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Today in the World Countries

  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Haiti, Sudan
  • Liberation Day is being celebrated in Cuba
  • New Year is being celebrated in Kazakhstan
  • New Year Holiday is being celebrated in Armenia
  • New Year's Day is being celebrated in Morocco
  • New Year's Day is being celebrated in most countries
  • Republic Day is being celebrated in Slovakia, Taiwan
  • Solemnity of Mary is being celebrated in Vatican City
  • People born on this day are Capricorn as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

In the future 6000

  • 1st reversible date since 11/11/1999.

On this day in 2023

  • Avenger's actor Jeremy Renner is accidentally run over by a snowplow, breaking more than 30 bones in his body near Reno, Nevada.
  • Fred White, drummer with Earth, Wind & Fire, died age 67. Earth, Wind & Fire had the 1975 US No.1 single 'Shining Star', and the 1981 UK No.3 single 'Let's Groove'. The band received 20 Grammy nominations and were the first African-American act to sell out Madison Square Garden..
  • Kidd Tetoon, Rapper, born in Chile.
  • Mahnoor, TikTok Star, born in Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Mustafa Mohd, TikTok Star, born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Gangsta Boo, Rapper.
  • Happy Valley: Season 3 is released. The third and final season picks up with Catherine close to retirement when she discovers a murder victim that leads her back to Tommy Lee (James Norton), the father of her grandson (Rhys Connah) and the person who was the reason her daughter died.[Premieres in the UK on 1 Jan 2023 on BBC One; will air in US on Acorn TV/AMC+/BBC America/Acorn TV on 22 May 2023]
  • Paul T. Goldman: Season 1 is released. The relationship single father Paul T. Goldman had with a woman who was hiding many secrets leads to Goldman's book and the series from director Jason Woliner.
  • Kaleidoscope: Season 1 is released. A thief (Giancarlo Esposito) and his crew plan to steal $7 billion from an unbreakable bank vault in this crime drama anthology series. Episodes will be listed in different order for each viewer, except for the final one.
  • Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is sworn in as the 39th President of Brazil, his third term in office.
  • Art McNally, American Pro Football HOF referee and executive (NFL Head of Officiating 1968-91), who died at 97.

On this day in 2022

  • Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozen becomes first player in NBA history to hit buzzer-beaters on consecutive days; hits 3-pointers to beat Washington Wizards,120-119 and previous night Indiana Pacers,108-106.
  • State Funeral in Cape Town, South Africa, for anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
  • Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is released. The documentry brings together many of the cast and directors to talk about the Harry Potter film franchise.
  • Dan Reeves, American football coach (AP NFL Coach of the Year 1993 NY Giants,1998 Atlanta Falcons; Denver Broncos), who died from complications of dementia at 77.

On this day in 2021

  • Cuba's "day zero" unifies its two currencies by withdrawing the Cuban convertible peso (CUC), alongside steep increases in prices and salaries, effectively devaluing the remaining Cuban Peso for the first time since 1959.
  • African Continental Free Trade Area, signed by 54 countries comes into effect, largely symbolically with full implementation expected to take years.
  • Carlos Do Carmo, Folk Singer.
  • Misty Morgan, American country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard - "Tennessee Bird Walk"), who died of cancer at 75.
  • Shadow in the Cloud is released. In the throes of World War II, Captain Maude Garrett (Chloë Grace Moretz) joins the all-male crew of a B-17 bomber with a top-secret package. Caught off guard by the presence of a woman on a military flight, the crew tests Maude’s every move. Just as her quick wit is winning them over, strange happenings and holes in her backstory incite paranoia surrounding her true mission. But this crew has more to fear…lurking in the shadows, something sinister is tearing at the heart of the plane. Trapped between an oncoming air ambush and an evil lurking within, Maude must push beyond her limits to save the hapless crew and protect her mysterious cargo.
  • Cobra Kai: Season 3 is released. The Karate Kid spin-off series moves to Netflix for its third season.
  • Floyd Little, American Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Syracuse University; 5 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1969; Denver Broncos), who died from cancer at 78.

On this day in 2020

  • Mick Bolton, the keyboardist best known for playing with Mott the Hoople and Dexys Midnight Runners died age 72. During the 80’s Bolton found a notable gig offstage; giving keyboard lessons to Paul McCartney's wife and collaborator, Linda McCartney..
  • Pro-Iranian protesters end siege of US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Scotland's Peter Wright beats Dutch defending champion Michael Van Gerwen,7-3 with 102.79 average,34 x 140s,11 maximums and 53% on doubles to seal his first PDC World Darts Championship in London.
  • 86th Sugar Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #7 Baylor,26-14.
  • Tommy Hancock, American western swing fiddler and bandleader (Supernatural Family Band - "I Should Have Married Marie" ; "Tacos for Two"), who died at 90.
  • Lexii Alijai, Rapper.
  • Carlos De León, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC cruiserweight champion (1980–82,83–85,86–88,89–90), who died of a heart attack at 60.
  • Doug Hart, American NFL defensive back (NFL champion 1965,66,67; Super Bowl 1967,68; Green Bay Packers), who died at 80.
  • Jaap Schröder, Dutch violinist, conductor, musicologist, and pedagogue ( Academy of Ancient Music), who died at 94.
  • Messiah (2020): Season 1 is released. CIA's Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) is called in to help with the case of a street preacher the people call Al-Masih (Al-Masih), who seemingly disappears and appears elsewhere.
  • Les Josephson, American football running back (NFL Pro Bowl 1967); Los Angeles Rams), who died at 77.
  • David Stern, American basketball executive (NBA commissioner 1984-2014; longest-tenured commissioner in history of major North American sports leagues), who died from a brain haemorrhage at 77.
  • Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (only perfect game in World Series history, Game 5 1956; World Series MVP 1956; NY Yankees), who died from esophageal cancer at 90.

On this day in 2019

  • Dutchman Michael van Gerwen wins his 3rd PDC World Darts Championship; beats Englishman Michael Smith 7-3 at the Alexandra Palace in London.
  • Level at 1-1 in Hopman Cup tennis tie, Roger Federer and Serena Williams (combined 43 major singles titles) matchup in deciding mixed doubles; with team mate Belinda Bencic, Federer wins 4-2,4-3 for 2-1 Swiss victory over US.
  • Millions of women create a 300 mile 'Women's Wall'across state of Kerala, India, in support of women's access to temple of Sabarimala.
  • Qatar introduces a 100% tax on alcohol and other "health-damaging goods", doubling the price of alcohol, tobacco, energy drinks and pork in the oil-rich, predominantly Muslim nation.
  • Qatar withdraws from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) after 57 years of membership.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Austria.
  • 105th Rose Bowl: #5 Ohio State beats #9 Washington,28-23; MVPs: Dwayne Haskins (QB, Ohio State) and Brendon White (S, Ohio State).
  • Austrian women Nicole Kopaunik at the age of 37 and Daniela Paier at the age of 37 become the 1st same-sex couple to be officially married in the predominantly Catholic country, in a ceremony in Velden, southern Austria, shortly after midnight.
  • George, the last Hawaiian tree snail of his kind (Achatinella apexfulva species), who died at the University of Hawaii aged 14 years.
  • Karl Foitek, Race Car Driver.
  • Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: Season 1 is released. Japanese home organization consultant helps people find their sparks of joy as they declutter their houses.
  • Jair Bonsonaro begins his 4 year term as President of Brazil.

On this day in 2018

  • Japanese actress and former porn star Sora Aoi announces her engagement.
  • Initiative of 300 Hollywood women called "Time's Up" announced to fight sexual harassment.
  • California becomes largest US state to legalise cannabis for recreational use.
  • 16-time world darts champion Phil Taylor loses,7-2 to fellow Englishman Rob Cross in the final of his last World Championship in London.
  • World Darts Championship: Retiring 16-time title holder Phil Taylor loses 7-2 to fellow Englishman Rob Cross in the Final at the Alexandra Palace, London..
  • Robert Mann, American composer & violinist (String Quartet 1952), who died at 97.
  • Phil Wendt, Race Car Driver.
  • John V Tunney, American politician (Rep/Sen-D-California), who died of prostate cancer at 83.
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says recent unrest "is nothing" after 30 people killed in 5 days of anti government demonstrations.

On this day in 2017

  • Derek Parfit, British philosopher who specialized in problems of personal identity, rationality and ethics, who died at 74.
  • Wally Gervais, Race Car Driver.
  • Ransom (2017): Season 1 is released. Crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont (Luke Roberts) and his team travel around the world to help with difficult kidnap and ransom cases in this drama from David Vainola and Spotnitz was inspired by real life crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert.
  • Reflection was released by Brian Eno. The latest ambient solo release for the British artist consists of one 54-minute track recorded in one live take.
  • Indian provincial cricket team Vidarbha wins first Ranji Trophy title in their first final appearance in 61 years beating Delhi by 9 wickets in Indore; medium pacer Rajneesh Gurbani stars with the ball taking 6 wickets.

On this day in 2016

  • Dubai skyscraper "The Address" burns as the New Year is rung in. Fire started on the 31st..
  • After floods along the Mississippi River kill 31, Exxon Mobil Corp decides to close a plant in flood threatened Memphis.
  • Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, who died from heart failure at 83.
  • John Coundley, Race Car Driver.
  • Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian-born American cinematographer (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), who died at 85.
  • Yosemite is released. It's the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community.
  • Michael G. Oxley, American politician (Rep-R-OH,1981-2007), who died at 71.
  • Dale Bumpers, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas,1975-99), who died at 90.

On this day in 2015

  • Lithuania adopts the euro as its currency, replacing the litas and becoming the 19th member of the Eurozone.
  • Singer-songwriter Ben Harper at the age of 45 weds social advocate Jaclyn Matfus.
  • Ninón Sevilla, Cuban-Mexican actress (Aventurera, Víctimas del Pecado), who died at 85.
  • Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), who died of pancreatic cancer at 82.
  • Boris Morukov, Astronaut.
  • Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue, Rod Stewart), who died of a rare brain disease at 59.
  • Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
  • Omar Karami, Lebanese Prime Minister (1992-94,2004-05), who died at 80.
  • Mario Cuomo, American Democratic Party politician and the 52nd Governor of New York (1983-95), who died of a heart condition at 82.

On this day in 2014

  • Juanita Moore, American actress (Imitation Of Life), who died at 99.
  • The Best Offer is released. Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush), managing director of a leading auction house, has collected hundreds of masterful, priceless portraits of women that he keeps hidden in his villa. One day, Oldman receives a special assignment: a mysterious young woman, who refuses to appear in person, asks him to sell her family's antiques. Not only interested in her classical paintings and furniture, Oldman becomes increasingly fascinated by the mysterious incognito woman, leading to a sumptuous and entertaining mystery of passions, neuroses and intrigue. [IFC Films]
  • New Zealand cricket batsman Corey Anderson smashes a record century off just 36 balls in the Black Caps'159 run ODI win over the West Indies in Queenstown; finishes on 131 not out off 47 balls.


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