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Today in the World Countries
- Carnival is being celebrated in Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Venezuela
- Carnival Monday is being celebrated in Brazil, Curacao, Dominica
- Commonwealth Day is being celebrated in Gibraltar
- President's Day is being celebrated in American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico
- Shrove Monday is being celebrated in Saint Barthelemy
Today in Astrology
- People born on this day are Pisces as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
- 6.4 magnitude earthquake, followed by 5.8 magnitude aftershock strikes near city of Antakya, Turkey, on the Syria border, killing at least six people in same region devastated by earthquakes 6 Feb.
- Andrii Levchenko, Model, born in Budapest, Hungary.
- Coach Bayan, TikTok Star, born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
- Diddi Emah, Dancer, born in Nigeria.
- Taha Asaad, Fitness Instructor, born in Lebanon.
- Ken Warby, Australian motorboat racer (water speed record 275.97 knots [511.10 km/h; 317.58 mph 1978]), who died at 83.
On this day in 2022
- NBA All-Star Game, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Arena, Cleveland: Team LeBron beats Team Durant,163-160; MVP: Stephen Curry (50 points, record 16 x 3s).
- 64th Daytona 500: On owner Roger Penske's 85th birthday,23 year-old rookie Austin Cindric works his way through numerous crashes over the closing laps to win from Bubba Wallace.
- Jamal Edwards, Entrepreneur.
- Aleksandr Sidorenko, Ukrainian swimmer (Olympic gold USSR 400m IM 1980; World C'ship gold 200m IM 1982), who died at 61.
On this day in 2021
- Australian Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka of Japan wins her 4th major and second Australian title; beats American Jennifer Brady 6-4,6-3.
- Bloodiest day of protests in Myanmar since its coup after security forces open fire, killing two people with 40 wounded in Mandalay.
- US President Joe Biden declares a major disaster in Texas as state struggles to cope with aftermath of a crippling winter storm.
- Mauro Bellugi, Italian soccer defender (32 caps; Inter Milan, Bologna, Napoli), who died from COVID-19 pandemic at 71.
- Stan Williams, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1960²; World Series 1959,1990 [coach: Cincinnati Reds]; NY Yankees, LA Dodgers), who died from cardio-pulmonary illness at 84.
- Chris Craft, Race Car Driver.
On this day in 2020
- New Bank of England £20 note with painter JMW Turner released, replacing earlier one with economist Adam Smith.
- Trump associate Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months imprisonment for obstructing a congressional investigation.
- Yona Friedman, Architect.
On this day in 2019
- William Broomfield, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan), who died at 96.
- Dominick Argento, American composer (Colonel Jonathan the Saint), who died at 91.
On this day in 2018
- Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors becomes first female to win Olympic medals in 2 different sports at a single Winter Games (Pyeongchang); 1,000m speed skating gold,3000m short track relay bronze.
- Dutch women’s short track speed skating 3000m relay team skates a world record 4:03.471 in the B Final at the Pyeongchang Olympics; South Korea takes the gold medal in an inferior time,4:07.361; Dutch win bronze by default.
- After winning the Olympic ice dance gold medal in Vancouver (2010), Canadian pair Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir follow their team event gold by taking the ice dance title at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
- Queen of England, Elizabeth II makes surprise appearance at London fashion week.
- Frenchman Martin Fourcade wins his 3rd gold medal of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the biathlon mixed relay; also wins 12.5k pursuit & 15k mass start; 5th career gold (2 Sochi 2014).
- Venezuela becomes the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis.
On this day in 2017
- Famine is declared in Unity State, South Sudan, affecting 4.9 million.
On this day in 2016
- Gunman goes on random killing spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, killing 6.
- 4-inch lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas.
- Jeb Bush suspends his presidential campaign.
- US primary elections: Nevada Democratic Primary - Hillary Clinton wins with 52.6%.
- US primary elections: South Carolina Republican Primary - Donald Trump wins with 32.5%.
- Tropical Cyclone Winston hits Fiji, killing at least 29 - most powerful storm on record in Southern Hemisphere winds 296 kilometers per hour (184 mph).
- TV personality and actress Casey Reinhardt at the age of 30 weds longtime beau Sean Brown in California.
- R& B singer Ne-Yo at the age of 36 weds Crystal Renay Williams in Los Angeles.
- Paramore's lead vocalist Hayley Williams at the age of 27 weds New Found Glory's lead guitarist Chad Gilbert in Franklin, Tennessee; divorce in 2017.
- Paramore's lead vocalist Hayley Williams at the age of 27 weds New Found Glory's lead guitarist Chad Gilbert in Franklin, Tennessee.
- American R& B singer Ne-Yo at the age of 36 weds Crystal Renay Williams at the age of 29 at the Terranea Resort, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes, California; divorce in 2023.
- Peter Mondavi, American winemaker (Charles Krug - Napa Valley), who died at 101.
On this day in 2015
- Kristen Stewart is the first American actress to win a French César Award as Best Supporting Actress for "Clouds of Sils Maria".
On this day in 2014
- Marie-Philip Poulin scores in overtime to lead Canada to a 3-2 win over the US and 4th consecutive Olympic women's ice hockey gold medal at the Sochi Winter Games.
- Aberdeen, Washington unveils statue of a weeping Kurt Cobain at park named after the singer.
- Adelina Sotnikova convincingly wins the women's singles figure skating gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics for Russia's first title in the ladies event.
- After winning the individual large hill 10k Nordic combined title Jørgen Graabak of Norway wins his 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the team large hill / 4 x 5 km relay.
- Canada beats Sweden,6-3 in final to become first women's curling team to go through the Olympics undefeated as they win Sochi gold medal; first Manitoba based team to win Olympic gold.
- France sweeps the medals in the men's ski cross at the Sochi Winter Olympics; Jean-Frédéric Chapuis takes the gold ahead of team mates Arnaud Bovolentaand Jonathan Midol.
- France sweeps the medals in the men's ski cross at the Sochi Winter Olympics; Jean-Frédéric Chapuis takes the gold ahead of teammates Arnaud Bovolentaand Jonathan Midol.
- Princess Leonore, Princess, born in New York City, NY.
- Like Nastya, YouTube Star, born in Russia.
On this day in 2013
- Kepler-37b, the smallest known exoplanet, is discovered.
- Estonia becomes the first country to establish a national system of fast chargers for electric cars.
- Antonio Roma, Argentinian footballer, who died at 80.