Today is World Population Day, an annual event which aims to raise awareness about issues related to the world’s growing population.
It is held on July 11 because it is on this day in 1987 that the world’s population totaled more than 5 billion people for the first time.
Here is the official site.
What happened today in history?
- 1533 – Henry VIII is excommunicated by Pope Clement VII.
- 1848 – Warterloo Station opens in London.
- 1864 – Battle of Fort Stevens (American Civil War)
- 1914 – Babe Ruth makes his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut.
- 1977 – Martin Luther King is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (King died in 1968).
Who was born today?
- 1274 – Robert the Bruce – Scottish king.
- 1767 – John Quincy Adams – 6th President of the United States.
- 1899 – E. B. White – American writer (Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web).
- 1920 – Yul Brynner – Russian actor (The King and I, The Magnifient Seven).
- 1990 – Caroline Wozniacki – Danish tennis player.
Who died today?
- 1989 – Laurence Olivier – English actor.