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Today in the World Countries
- Prajatantra Diwas is being celebrated in Nepal
Today in Astrology
- People born on this day are Aquarius as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
- 65th Daytona 500: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins for JTG Daugherty Racing in double overtime and under caution over a record 212 laps; former NBA player Brad Daugherty first Black car owner to win the race.
- Faryal, TikTok Star, born in United Arab Emirates.
- Dickie Davies, TV Show Host.
- Greg Foster, American athlete (3 x World C'ship gold 110m hurdles; Olympic silver 1984), who died from amyloidosis at 64.
- Jansen Panettiere, Movie Actor.
- Richard Belzer, TV Actor.
On this day in 2022
- Alexander Bolshunov, representing Russian Olympic Committee, wins men's 50k freestyle cross country gold in Beijing to become only 2nd man to achieve 30k/50k double at a Winter Olympics.
- Charley Taylor, American Pro Football HOF wide receiver and running back (8 × Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1967; Washington Redskins), who died at 80.
- Jane Marczewski, Pop Singer.
On this day in 2021
- In a softening of 4-year WADA ban on Russia from all international sport, Russia to compete under acronym "ROC" after name of the Russian Olympic Committee.
- Kim Kardashian West files for divorce from her third husband, Kanye West after almost seven years.
On this day in 2020
- German gunman opens fire in a bar in Hanau, Germany, killing nine in a racially motivated attack.
- American rapper, singer, and songwriter Pop Smoke died after being shot twice in the chest during a home invasion in Hollywood Hills, California. His debut studio album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, was posthumously released in July 2020 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with all 19 tracks from the album charting on the Billboard Hot 100..
- Gust Graas, Painter.
- Heather Couper, British astronomer and presenter (The Sky at Night), who died at 70.
- Jens Nygaard Knudsen, Danish Lego designer of the minifigure, who died at 78.
- Jose Mojica Marins, Director.
- José Mojica Marins, Director.
- Pop Smoke [Bashar Barakah Jackson], American rapper and singer-songwriter (Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon), shot and killed in a home invasion at 20.
- Pop Smoke, Rapper.
On this day in 2019
- New York city bans hair discrimination, to limit racial stereotyping.
- Vatican confirms secret church guidelines for children of priests.
- Bernie Sanders announces he is running for President for a second time.
- Four-time MLB All-Star at 3B Manny Machado agrees to the biggest free-agent contract in American sports history, a 10 year deal worth $300 million with the San Diego Padres.
- Don Newcombe, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star), who died at 92.
- Abdoulaye Yerodia Ndombasi, Politician.
- Karl Lagerfeld, Fashion Designer.
- Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer (Fendi, Chanel), who died at 85 (age disputed).
On this day in 2018
- At least 17 killed when a garbage mound collapses in Maputo, Mozambique.
- Canadian team of Justin Kripps & Alexander Kopacz dead-heat in 3:16.86 with Germans Francesco Friedrich & Thorsten Margis for the 2-man bobsleigh gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
- Syrian government forces bombard Gouta in deadliest day in 3 years, killing over 100 civilians.
- Nigeria says 110 girls missing, presumed kidnapped by Boko Haram after attack on school in Dapchi, Yobe state.
- Yury Tyukalov, Soviet rower (Olympic 1952,56 Gold), who died at 87.
On this day in 2017
- NBA All Star Game, Smoothie King Centre, New Orleans, LA: West beats East,192-182; MVP: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, F.
- Syx Rose Valentine, Family Member, born in Atlanta, GA.
- Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), who died at 73.
- Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, who died at 93.
On this day in 2016
- Harper Lee, Novelist.
- [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), who died at 89.
- Mario Bazali, Race Car Driver.
- Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and writer (Name of the Rose), who died at 84.
On this day in 2015
- Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was being treated for cancer after a small cancerous tumour was found at the back of his tongue..
- Ward Swingle, American vocalist, jazz musician, composer, arranger, and conductor (The Swingle Singers - Jazz Sebastian Bach), who died at 87.
On this day in 2014
- Norwegian biathletes Ole Einar Bjørndalen (sprint gold) andEmil Hegle Svendsen (mass start gold), each win their 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the mixed relay.
- David Bowie was named best British male at the Brit Awards in London, although he was not there in person to collect his award. Arctic Monkeys won both best group and best album for the third time - the first act to achieve that milestone. Ellie Goulding won best British female, while pop act One Direction were honoured for their global success for the second year running.Bowie's prize came at the expense of four much younger hopefuls - Jake Bugg, Tom Odell, John Newman and Mercury Prize winner James Blake..
- Death toll in Ukraine reaches 26 after Government crackdown on protesters.
- After winning the combined gold in Turin (2006), American alpine skier Ted Ligety has to wait 8 years for his next Olympic success, gold in the giant slalom in Sochi.
- BRIT Awards: David Bowie, Ellie Goulding and Arctic Monkeys win.
- Canadian team Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyes win their second consecutive Olympic 2-woman bobsleigh gold medal at the Sochi Winter Games.
- Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková retains her Olympic 5,000m title (Vancouver 2010) in Sochi; also Vancouver 3,000m gold.
- Dale Gardner, American astronaut, who died from a brain aneurysm at 65.
- Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, who died at 82.
- Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, Russian cosmonaut, who died at 79.
- Simón Díaz, World Music Singer.
On this day in 2013
- 12 people are killed and 11 are injured after a Yemeni Air Force plane crashes in Sana'a.
- Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist (Nobel 1996), who died at 75.
- Manfred Niehaus, German composer, who died at 79.
- Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, who died at 88.