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Today in the World Countries
- Defenders' day holiday is being celebrated in Kazakhstan
- Gospel Day is being celebrated in Tuvalu
- Liberation Day is being celebrated in Czech Republic, Slovakia
- Royal Ploughing Ceremony is being celebrated in Cambodia
- St. George's Day Holiday is being celebrated in Bulgaria
- Victory Day is being celebrated in French Polynesia, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Reunion, Saint Barthelemy, Wallis And Futuna
- Victory in WWII Day is being celebrated in France
- World Red Cross Day is being celebrated in International
Today in Astrology
- People born on this day are Taurus as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
- Marlon Gerbes, Pianist, born in New Zealand.
On this day in 2022
- 148th Kentucky Derby: Venezuelan jockey Sonny Leon rides 80-1 outsider Rich Strike to victory to become second biggest longshot to win in the history of the event.
- UK BAFTA Television Awards: "In My Skin" Best Drama, Big Zuu Best Entertainment, Sean Bean and Jodie Comer best acting awards.
- Dennis Waterman, English stage and screen actor (Fair Exchange; Minder; The Sweeney), and singer, who died of lung cancer at 74.
On this day in 2021
- Bombings outside a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, kill at least 50 people, mostly teenage girls, amid growing fears about US military withdrawal.
- Indian Medical Association calls for a national lockdown, criticizing President Modi's government's response as recorded COVID-19 pandemic deaths pass 4,000 a day.
- Tesla chief executive Tesla Elon Musk hosts "Saturday Night Live" in the US.
- Spencer Silver, Chemist.
- Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgarian soccer centre-back (77 caps; CSKA Sofia, Saint-Étienne), who died from cancer at 62.
- Helmut Jahn, German-American architect who designed the O'Hare United Airlines Terminal and the Thompson Center in Chicago and One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, killed when struck by cars while bicycling at 80 .
- Bo, Obama family's Portuguese water dog and "First Dog" of the White House, who died of cancer.
- Curtis Fuller, American jazz trombonist (Yusef Lateef; John Coltrane; Farmer/Golson Jazztet), who died at 88.
On this day in 2020
- Two US White House staffers test positive for coronairus and three members of the COVID-19 pandemic task force go into self-isolation after possible exposure to the virus.
- Two US White House staffers test positive for COVID-19 pandemic and three members of the COVID-19 pandemic task force go into self-isolation after possible exposure to the virus.
- 11-year old Brazilian skateboarder Gui Khury creates world record by performing 1st 1080 degree turn on a vertical ramp.
- Percy Inglis, Facebook Star.
- Roy Horn, Magician.
- Roy Horn [Uwe Ludwig Horn], German-American Las Vegas entertainer (Siegfried & Roy), who died of COVID-19 pandemic at 75.
- Lonnie Caruthers, Race Car Driver.
On this day in 2019
- Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi who spent eight years in prison on death row for blasphemy arrives in Canada.
- Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp signs new abortion law, the so-called "heart-beat bill" (comes into effect Jan 2020).
- Iran announces it will stop complying with parts of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
- Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes argues that Facebook should be split up and regulated in "New York Times" Op-Ed essay.
- Thailand's general elections official results show opposition Pheu Thai Party won most seats but still unable to form governmen, due to rules favoring the military.
- Singapore passes sweeping "anti-fake news" laws bill.
- UK goes a week without using a coal-fired power station for first time in 137 years due to use of more renewable energy.
- UK goes a week without using a coal-fired power station for first time in 137 years due to use of more renewables.
- Jim Fowler, TV Show Host.
On this day in 2018
- Paris St-Germain seals the French domestic football treble with a 2-0 win over 3rd Div Les Herbiers in the French Cup Final at the Stade de France.
- Ebola outbreak declared in north-west Democratic Republic of Congo with 2 confirmed cases and 17 deaths.
- Largest-ever wave at 23.8m recorded in the South Hemisphere at Campbell Island by New Zealand scientists.
- Seattle Mariners MLB left-hander James Paxton hurls a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto.
- President Trump pulls the US out of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal.
- Ernest Medina, American soldier and commanding officer of the unit responsible for the My Lai Massacre of 16 March 1968, who died at 81.
- Andy Isbister, Race Car Driver.
- Anne V. Coates, British film editor (1962 Oscar, Lawrence of Arabia), who died at 92.
- Mahmoud Hammoud, Lebanese politician and diplomat, who died at 82 or 83.
- James Scott, American boxer and felon, who died at 71.
- George Deukmejian, American politician,35th Governor of California (1983-91), who died at 89.
On this day in 2017
- Robert Gutter, American conductor and teacher (founded International Institute for Conductors,1996), who died at 78.
On this day in 2016
- Sadiq Khan (L) is elected Mayor of London, - 1st Muslim mayor of a major Western city.
- Following his unexpected death, Prince had the top two spots on the Billboard albums chart with The Very Best of Prince at No.1 and Purple Rain at No.2. With his music unavailable on most streaming services and download distributors, physical albums were in many cases the best way to get his music..
- Colton Sopo Squad, YouTube Star, born in United States.
- Colton Sopo, YouTube Star, born in United States.
- John Bradshaw, American theologian, who died at 82.
- John Bradshaw, Self-Help Author.
- William Schallert, American actor (Patty Duke Show, Get Smart), who died at 93.
- William Schallert, American character actor (Patty Duke Show- "Martin" ; Get Smart - "The Admiral"), who died at 93.
On this day in 2015
- Mwepu Ilunga, Soccer Player.
- Jaime León, Colombian pianist, composer, and conductor Filarmónica de Bogota,1971-78), who died at 93.
- (Antoni) "Ton" Hartsuiker, Dutch pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator, who died at 81.
On this day in 2014
- Chuck Berry was named as one of the 2014 Polar Music Prize laureates. A spokesperson from the award committee said: "In the course of three minutes he conjures up an image of the everyday life and dreams of a teenager, often with the focus on cars. Chuck Berry, born in 1926, was the first to drive up onto the highway and announce that we are born to run.".
- NFL Draft: South Carolina outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney first pick by Houston Texans.
- World's oldest astrolabe (mariner's navigator tool) c. 1498 from Portugeuese shipwreck of explorer Vasco da Gama found near Al Hallaniyah Island, Oman.
- World's oldest astrolabe (mariner's navigator tool) c. 1498 from Portuguese shipwreck of explorer Vasco da Gama found near Al Hallaniyah Island, Oman.
- Roger L. Easton, American scientist, inventor and designer of GPS, who died at 93.
On this day in 2013
- Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United's manager at the end of the season.
- 33 people are killed after an overloaded bus falls into a river in Himachal Pradesh, India.
- Ja Rule was released from prison after serving nearly two years on gun and tax evasion charges. The rapper was let out of a prison in Ray Brook, New York, but would remain under house arrest until 28 July. The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to not filing tax returns over a five-year period in 2011 and attempted criminal possession of a weapon the year before. He was sentenced to 28 months in prison after failing to pay $1.1m (£710,319) in taxes between 2004 and 2008. The rapper was also sentenced to two years in prison for possessing a semi-automatic handgun, which police found hidden in his car after a concert in New York in 2007..
- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi receives a four year prison sentence for fraud.
- A painting by Fernand Leger owned by Madonna sold for $7.2 million (£4.7m) in New York. The singer bought the 1921 Cubist work, Three Women at the Red Table, in 1990 for $3.4m (£2.2m). According to Sotheby's, proceeds from the sale "would benefit Madonna's Ray of Light Foundation, supporting girls' education projects in the Middle East and South Asia"..
- Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United's manager at the end of the season.
- Brooklyn Skye, Instagram Star, born in United States.
- Brian Forbes, English director and actor, who died at 86.
- Jeanne Cooper, American actress (Kay-The Young & Restless), who died at 84.
- Taylor Mead, American writer, actor and performer (Factory, Taylor Mead's Ass), who died at 88.