XXIV Olympic Winter Games, an international winter multi-sport event, started in China today. Preliminary events began on 2 February while the games officially opened on 4 February. The opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics was held on 4 February 2022 at Beijing National Stadium also known as the Bird's Nest.
Today marks the 130th birthday anniversary of Oliver Hardy. This comedy legend of the early Classical Hollywood era is remembered together with his acting partner Stan Laurel. Their comedy duo act Laurel and Hardy lasted from 1927 to 1955. These two appeared in 107 short films, feature films, and cameo roles.
The Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia (Elijah) II of Georgia turns 89 today. The spiritual leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church is a noted individual in the clerical communities worldwide as a person with conservative values and liberal approaches towards controversial issues. Respected by many religious leaders of different confessions, His grace serves his own country and the rest of the world with undying patience and endless love, frequently as a peacemaker during war conflicts.
On this day in 1892, J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. An English writer, poet, philologist, and academic is best known as the author of the fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
As he said, "all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us". Since today would be his 130th birthday, BRAMS Institute offers to either read or reread one of his works or watch a film based on one of his fantasy books.