I encountered this sentence and I am kind of confused by the tense that is used. It says 'my niece was born today'. Can anyone enlighten me about this?
You always use was/were with born when you talk about when or where someone started their life. For examples:
I was born in 1960.
He was born in London.
Even you can say "My niece was born today". My niece is born today is ungrammatical as it indicates a regular or repeated action of birth; you are born once, not again and again. However, the following sentence is correct grammatically as it indicates that the action is regular or repeated.
More children are born to older women today (nowadays).