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Today in the World Countries
- Day After New Year is being celebrated in Mauritius
- Day after New Year's Day is being celebrated in New Zealand
- Founders' Day is being celebrated in Haiti
- New Year Holiday is being celebrated in Panama
- New Year Holiday is being celebrated in most countries
- New Year's Day Holiday is being celebrated in Australia, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Japan, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand
- New Year's Hoilday is being celebrated in Monaco
- New Year's Holiday is being celebrated in Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands, Guernsey, North Macedonia, Ukraine
- Victory Day is being celebrated in Cuba
- Winter Solstice (Nyilo) is being celebrated in Bhutan
- People born on this day are Capricorn as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
On this day in 2023
- Ken Block, Race Car Driver.
- Cliff Gustafson, American College Baseball HOF coach (College World Series 1975,83; Collegiate Coach of the Year 1983; University of Texas, Austin), who died at 91.
- Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin collapses in cardiac arrest and is revived by CPR on the field in televised NFL game against the Bengals in Cincinnati.
On this day in 2022
- Israel becomes one of the first countries to offer a fourth vaccine dose against COVID-19 pandemic amid an Omicron surge.
- US epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci says focus should be on hospitalizations not case numbers amid huge surge in Omicron COVID-19 pandemic cases. Cases up 202%, hospitalizations up 30% in US..
- Bob Halloran, American sportscaster (CBS Sports NY) and event organiser (MGM Mirage), who died at 87.
- Jens Jørgen Hansen, Danish soccer right back (40 caps; Esbjerg fB), who died at 82.
- TV SERIES
- Around the World in 80 Days: Season 1 is released. Phileas Fogg (David Tennant), his valet Jean Passepartout (Ibrahim Koma), and journalist Abigail "Fix"Fortescue (Leonie Benesch) set out on their journey to travel the world in 80 days in the latest adaptation of Jules Verne's novel of the same name.[Airs as a part of PBS' Masterpiece series]
- Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigns in a televised address amid political deadlock after a rejection of his deal with the military by pro-democracy forces.
On this day in 2021
- Kerry Vincent, Chef.
- US President Donald Trump says to Georgia's secretary of state Brad Raffensperger "I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, ” in recording released by the Washington Post.
- Paul Westphal, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (NBA C'ship 1974; NBA All-Star 1977–81; Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns) and coach (NBA: Phoenix, Seattle, Sacramento), who died from glioblastoma at 70.
- Don Salls, American football linebacker (Alabama) and coach (Jacksonville State University 1946-52,1954-64), who died at 101.
On this day in 2020
- Grant Weatherstone, Scotland rugby union winger (16 caps; Edinburgh District), who died at 88.
- Sam Wyche, American NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals 1984-91; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1992-95; introduced no-huddle offence), who died from melanoma at 74.
- TV SERIES
- Deputy: Season 1 is released. Deputy Bill Hollister (Stephen Dorff) is the new acting sheriff after the death of the Los Angeles County Sheriff in this drama from David Ayer and Will Beall.
On this day in 2019
- Apple CEO Tim Cook blames below expectation Chinese iPhone sales for downturn in company's outlook, rocking international stock markets.
- Two women become the first to ever enter India's Sabarimala shrine in Kerala State, after law change, prompting protests.
- United States international Christian Pulisic becomes the most expensive American soccer player when he moves from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea for £57.6M ($73M); remains at Dortmund on loan until the end of the season.
- " Mean" Gene Okerlund, American pro wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host (WWF, WCW), who died of kidney failure at 76.
- Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), who died of leukemia at 76.
- Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (Captain & Tennille - "Love Will Keep Us Together") dies of kidney failure at 76.
- Gene Okerlund, Sportscaster.
- Julia Grant [prev George Roberts], transgender activist featured in "A Change of Sex", who died at 64.
- TV SERIES
- The Masked Singer: Season 1 is released. Nick Cannon hosts the celebrity singing competition based on the South Korean show of the same name. A judging panel that includes Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke eliminate and guess the identities of the 12 disguised celebrities, who compete against one another.
On this day in 2018
- Storm Eleanor forms near Ireland then sweeps across the UK and Western Europe in next few days.
- US senator Al Franken resigns.
- WHO reveals it will classify gaming addiction as mental health condition in its next Classification of Diseases.
- Bus crash in Pasamayo, Peru, kills 51 on notorious "Devil's Curve" road.
- Haider Mikhael, Family Member, born in Malaysia.
- Rick Hall, American record producer, songwriter, and creator of the "Muscle Shoals sound" (FAME Studio), who died of prostate cancer at 85.
- Thomas Monson, Religious Leader.
- TV SERIES
- LA to Vegas: Season 1 is released. Captain Dave (Dylan McDermott) and the Jackpot Airlines' crew fly every weekend between Burbank and Las Vegas in this workplace comedy produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.
On this day in 2017
- Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands wins his 2nd PDC World Darts Championship beating defending champion Gary Anderson,7-3 at the Alexandra Palace, London.
- US House Republicans vote to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, a public uproar forces them to back down the next day.
- Jean Vuarnet, French alpine skier (Olympic gold downhill 1960; World C'ship gold 1960), who died after a stroke at 83.
- John Berger, English art critic & author (Ways of Seeing), who died at 90.
- TV SERIES
- The New Celebrity Apprentice: Season 15 is released. Donald Trump was fired after several derogatory statements about immigrants and the show returns with Arnold Schwarzenegger as host of The New Celebrity Apprentice with Jessica Alba, Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, and Warren Buffett as his advisors.
On this day in 2016
- Saudi Arabia executes 47 alleged terrorists, including Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
- Marcel Barbeau, Canadian abstract artist, who died at 90.
- Nimr al-Nimr, Saudi Shiite religious leader & non-violent critic of the Saudi Arabian government, executed by the Saudi authorities aged 56 or 57.
On this day in 2015
- The Economist lists Daniel Kahneman as the 7th most influential economist in the world.
- " Little" Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), who died at 94.
- [Little] Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), who died at 94.
- Bob Gilmore, Irish keyboard player (Trio Scordatura), educator, and musicologist (Harry Partch: A Biography), who died of cancer at 53.
- MOVIES: NOT RATED
- Li'l Quinquin is released. This absurdist, metaphysical murder mystery opens with the discovery of human body parts stuffed inside acow – a literal bête humaine — on the outskirts of the English Channel in northern France. The bumbling and mumbling Captain Van der Weyden (Bernard Pruvost) is assigned to investigate the crime, but he has to contend with a young prankster, the mischievous Quinquin (Alane Delhaye), as he proceeds to investigate the case. [Kino Lorber]
- The Search for General Tso is released. This mouthwateringly entertaining film travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery. General Tso's chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking, and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the country. But just who was General Tso? And how did his chicken become emblematic of an entire national cuisine? Director Ian Cheney (King Corn) journeys from Shanghai to New York to the American Midwest and beyond to uncover the origins of this iconic dish, turning up surprising revelations and a host of humorous characters along the way. [Sundance Selects]
- The Taking of Tiger Mountain is released. A captain of the Liberation Army launches a counter-insurgency against a ruthless bandit, ruling the lands of Northeast China from his fortress on Tiger Mountain, with a skilled investigator sent to destroy the gang from the inside.
- MOVIES: PG13
- The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is released. England,1941 With London in the midst of the blitz, two teachers evacuate a group of schoolchildren to the abandoned Eel Marsh House. Seeking safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening when their arrival awakens the Woman in Black.
On this day in 2014
- Raúl Castro gives a speech commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Cuban revolution and warns of "neo-liberal and neo-colonial thinking" entering the country.
- 30 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff and falls 400 ft in Malshej Ghat, India.
- Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), who died of liver cancer at 70.
- TV SERIES
- Community: Season 5 is released. Creator Dan Harmon returns as showrunner to helm the fifth season of the comedy, replacing season four executive producers Moses Port and David Guarascio.
- The Assets: Season 1 is released. CIA-counterintelligence-analyst-turned-soviet-spy Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys) tries to stay one step ahead of CIA agents Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker) and Jeanne Vertefuille (Harriet Walter), who want to stop the person responsible for the leaks before they endanger more people in this eight-episode miniseries based on the book "Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed."
On this day in 2013
- Rod Hicks, American bassist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), who died at 71.
- Gerda Lerner, Teacher.
- Margaret A. Brewer, American soldier & first female general officer in US Marine Corps, who died at 82.
- Ned Wertimer, American actor (The Jeffersons), who died from complications from a fall at 89.
- Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (36 caps; Atlético Mineiro), who died from a respiratory illness at 67.
- GAMING: PC
- Seduce Me for PC is released. Having happened upon an invite to a wealthy socialite's holiday home, you find yourself in the Mediterranean exploring a luxury mansion by the sea and meeting an array of characters. From Pietra's flirtatious maid Esper, to the sexually aggressive divorcee, Cecelia, you'll find yourself surrounded by temptation. Be careful how you act, the world reacts.
- GAMING: XBOX 360
- Retro City Rampage for Xbox 360 is released. YOU are THE PLAYER. Your open-world crime spree of INCREDIBLE CAR STEALING ACTION is suddenly ambushed by ”EVIL” GOOD GUYS. They will stop at nothing to protect the citizens of Theftropolis City from your RAMPAGE OF DOOM. Are YOU rad enough to defeat the ”EVIL” GOOD GUYS? RETRO CITY RAMPAGE invites you to steal over 40 vehicles and outrun the law while mowing down your fellow citizens! Jump on pedestrains for coins, or use them for target practice with over 25 weapons and power-ups! WHOA! This 8-bit nostalgic throwback comes loaded with story missions and arcade challenges (over 80 of 'em)! Explore the city or pop a cap in your friends' scores to educate them in the finer points of SUPER CRIME.