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Today in the World Countries
- Al-Isra al Miraj is being celebrated in Djibouti
- Ascension of the Prophet is being celebrated in Kuwait
- Independence Day is being celebrated in Gambia
- Isra'a Wal Mi'raj is being celebrated in Oman
- Israk and Mikraj is being celebrated in Brunei
- Leilat al-Meiraj is being celebrated in Comoros
- Mabaath is being celebrated in Iran
- Maha Shivaratree is being celebrated in Mauritius
- Maha Shivaratri is being celebrated in Nepal
- Mahasivarathri Day is being celebrated in Sri Lanka
- Miraaj Nabi is being celebrated in Somalia
- Miradji is being celebrated in Mayotte
Today in Astrology
- People born on this day are Aquarius as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
- Global financial system is "dysfunctional and unfair" and is "failing developing countries" according to UN Secretary General António Guterres at opening of African Union leaders'summit in Ethiopia.
- Moses Wong, TikTok Star, born in Malaysia.
- Shassy, Pop Singer, born in Haiti.
- Ahmet Suat Özyazici, Turkish soccer manager (4xTurkish Super League; 3xTurkish Cup Trabzonspor) and midfielder (3 caps; Idmanocagi, Trabzonspor), who died at 87.
- Christian Atsu, Soccer Player.
On this day in 2022
- Johannes Thingnes Bø of Norway wins his 4th biathlon gold medal of the Beijing Winter Olympics when he takes out the men's mass start.
- Héctor Pulido, Mexican football midfielder (43 caps; Cruz Azul, Club Jalisco AC), who died at 79.
On this day in 2021
- Facebook blocks users in Australia from accessing news sites in response to proposed new laws for tech companies to pay to show news content.
- American rapper, songwriter and producer, Prince Markie Dee died age 52. He was a member of the Fat Boys, a pioneering rap group that gained fame during the 1980s. Morales was also the vice-president of Uncle Louie Music Group..
- NASA Perseverance rover lands safely on Mars in the Jezero Crater on mission to find microfossils.
- NASA's Perseverance rover successfully lands at Jezero Crater, Mars.
- NASA's Perseverance rover successfully lands at Jezero Crater, Mars, on mission to find microfossils.
- Nearly seven million people required to boil their water in Texas as unusually harsh winter storm in the state continues.
- Emmett Fluellen, Family Member, born in United States.
- Juan Pizarro, Baseball Player.
- Juan Pizarro, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1963,64 Chicago White Sox; World Series 1957 Milwaukee Braves), who died at 84.
- Prince Markie Dee [Mark Anthony Morales], American rapper and songwriter (Fat Boys - "Jail House Rap" ; "Wipe-Out"), and actor (Disorderlies), who died at 52.
On this day in 2020
- 40th Brit Awards: Best Album "Psychodrama" by Dave, Best, Song of the Year "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi.
- 40th Brit Awards: Best Album "Psychodrama" by Dave, Best, Song of the Year "Someone you Loved" Lewis Capaldi.
- 40th BRIT Awards: Best Album "Psychodrama" by rapper Dave, Best Song of the Year "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi.
- Swarms of desert locusts affecting east Africa reach South Sudan, threatening a food crisis.
- President Donald Trump commutes the 14-year sentence of former Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich's corruption conviction.
- Ashraf Ghani declared the winner of Afghanistan's presidential elections five months after the vote, fraud allegations meant recounting.
- Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, suspending those claims.
On this day in 2019
- British parliamentary committee issues scathing report on Facebook, accusing company of breaking privacy laws, calling for new regulations.
- Australian political parties hacked by a "sophisticated state actor" Prime Minister Scott Morrison says, just months ahead of general election.
- Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte-Carlo Sporting, Monaco: Sportsman: Novak Ðokovic; Sportswoman: Simone Biles; Team: French Men's National Football team.
- Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says "" There's no way the US can crush us" in interview with BBC, saying his daughter's arrest politically motivated.
- NHL hockey team Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon agrees to invest $250 million into the Alliance of American Football; named new chairman of the AAF.
- Gun battle in Pulwama, Indian-controlled Kashmir, kills nine with Pakistan-based group Jaish-e-Mohammad held responsible.
- 16 US states, including California and New York, band together to sue President Donald Trump over his use of emergency powers to build a border wall..
- 25-year old murder of a woman solved when police in Minnesota run DNA though a genealogy site and find suspect.
- Loyal Armani, Family Member, born in United States.
- Kelly Seymour, South African cricketer (South African off-spinner in 7 Tests 1963-70), who died at 83.
- Kelly Seymour, South African cricket spin bowler (7 Tests,9 wickets; Western Province), who died at 83.
- Doug Stewart, Race Car Driver.
- T. J. Cunningham, American NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks), who died at 46.
On this day in 2018
- Syrian government forces begin a new offensive on Eastern Ghouta in Syria's civil war.
- 60th Daytona 500: Austin Dillon wins after multi-car wreck sends race into overtime (207 laps) ahead of rookie Darrell Wallace Jr.
- 71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri "Best Film, Guillermo del Toro Best Director, Best Actors Frances McDormand / Gary Oldman.
- NBA All Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: Team LeBron beats Team Curry,148-145; MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, F.
- After taking out the men's combined gold medal, Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher wins the giant slalom at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
- Aseman Airlines flight crashes in the Zagros mountains, Iran, killing all 66 on board.
- Frenchman Martin Fourcade wins his 2nd of 3 gold medals at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the 15k mass start biathlon; also wins men's 12.5k pursuit & mixed relay.
On this day in 2017
- 67th Berlin International Film Festival: Hungarian film "On Body and Soul" wins the Golden Bear.
- Robert Jeffreys, Race Car Driver.
- Norma McCorvey, American abortion activist (Jane Roe in Roe vs Wade) who later became pro-life, who died at 69.
- Daniel Vickerman, Rugby Player.
- Ivan Koloff, Wrestler.
On this day in 2016
- Pope Francis questions US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump's Christianity over his call to build a wall on the Mexican border.
- Pantelis Pantelidis, World Music Singer.
- Angela Raiola, Reality Star.
On this day in 2015
- American singer Willie C. Jackson from Fifties doo-wop group The Spaniels died aged 79. Their 1954 hit 'Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite' was featured in such films as Three Men and a Baby and American Graffiti. The Spaniels became one of the first artists to sign with Vee-Jay Records, the first large, independent Afro-American owned record label..
- Jerome Kersey, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers), who died of a pulmonary embolism at 52.
- Willie C. Jackson, American doo wop baritone vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), who died at 79.
On this day in 2014
- Ukrainian Revolution of 2014 begins as protesters, riot police and unknown shooters take part in violent events in the capital, Kiev, culminating after five days in the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych.
- Police clash with protesters in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Netherlands sweeps the medals in the men's 1,000m speed skating at the Sochi Winter Olympics; Jorrit Bergsma wins gold ahead of team mates Sven Kramer and Bob de Jong.
- Netherlands sweeps the medals in the men's 1,000m speed skating at the Sochi Winter Olympics; Jorrit Bergsma wins gold ahead of teammates Sven Kramer and Bob de Jong.
- American snowboarder David Wise wins first of 2 consecutive Olympic halfpipe gold medals in Sochi; wins again in Pyeongchang (2018).
- Big Daddy V, [Nelson Frazier Jr.] American professional wrestler, who died of a heart attack at 43.
- Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer, who died at 99.
On this day in 2013
- $50 million worth of diamonds is stolen in an armed robbery at Brussels Airport, Belgium.
- African-American soul and R&B singer Otis Damon Harris, who was a member of The Temptations, died at the age of 62 after a 14-year battle with prostate cancer. Harris was a member of The Temptations from 1971 to 1975, joining shortly after the departure of Eddie Kendricks..
- 15 people are killed by flooding and landslides in Indonesia.
- Elspet Gray, Lady Rix, Scottish actress (4 Weddings & a Funeral, Solo, Tokyo), who died at 83.
- Damon Harris, African-American soul singer (The Temptations-My Girl) dies from prostate cancer at 62.
- Damon Harris, African-American soul singer (The Temptations-My Girl), who died from prostate cancer at 62.
- Kevin Ayers, British progressive rocker (Soft Machine; Joy of a Toy), who died at 68.
- Kevin Ayers, English rocker, who died at 68.
On this day in 3102BC
- Epoch (origin) of the Kali Yuga.