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  • Midsummer Day is being celebrated in Finland, Sweden
  • Wisakha Bucha Day is being celebrated in Thailand
  • People born on this day are Cancer as their zodiac sign.

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On this day in 2023

  • Beijing records its hottest June day of 41.1C (105.9F), since records began in 1961.
  • Debris field found for missing Titan submersible with all five on board believed dead after it suffered "catastrophic implosion" near wreck of the Titanic.
  • Yoana Karemova, Pianist, born in Bulgaria.
  • Bev Risman, English rugby union fly-half (8 Tests England,4 British & Irish Lions; University of Oxford RFC) and rugby league fullback (5 Tests GB,1 England; Leigh RLFC, Leeds RLFC), who died at 85.
  • Peter Brötzmann, German free jazz saxophonist and clarinet player, who died at 82.
  • The Bear: Season 2 is released. Carmy Berzatto, sous chef Sydney Adamu (Ayo Edebiri) and manager Richie Jerimovich (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) deal with bureaucracy and the challenges of launching a new restaurant.
  • And Just Like That...: Season 2 is released. Carrie has a new lover but then Aidan Shaw (John Corbett) appears; Miranda and Che take their relationship to the next level; and Charlotte faces a bombshell declaration from her daughter Lily (Cathy Ang) in the second season of the Sex and the City sequel series.
  • Glamorous: Season 1 is released. 22-year-old aspiring influencer Marco Mejia (Miss Benny) begins working for makeup CEO Madolyn Addison (Kim Cattrall) in this comedy-drama series created by Jordon Nardino.
  • Final Fantasy XVI for PlayStation 5 is released. Introducing FINAL FANTASY XVI Coming to PlayStation 5. An all-new title in the legendary FINAL FANTASY series. FINAL FANTASY XVI is the newest entry in the FINAL FANTASY series, coming to the PlayStation 5 (PS5) system. FINAL FANTASY XVI is an all-new standalone single player action RPG produced by Naoki Yoshida (FINAL FANTASY XIV, DRAGON QUEST X) and directed by Hiroshi Takai (FINAL FANTASY XIV, THE LAST REMNANT).
  • Jason Mraz announces that he and Christina Carano have divorced.

On this day in 2022

  • 6.1 magnitude earthquake, Afghanistan's deadliest in twenty years, strikes near Khost, in the south-east, killing at least 1000 and injuring 1500.
  • Tooth of murdered Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba arrives for a tour of Democratic Republic of Congo, before being laid to rest in Kinshasa (Lumumba's body was dissolved in acid).
  • Alec Head, French horse trainer and breeder (6 x champion trainer France; 4 x Arc de Triomphe; owner Haras du Quesnay), who died at 97.
  • The Umbrella Academy: Season 3 is released. The Umbrella Academy think they have prevented the apocalypse but soon discover all is not well in the third season of the series based on the comics and graphic novels by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way.
  • Last Days of Lazarus for Xbox Series X is released. After their mother's suicide, Lazarus returns home to his sister Lyudmila. But unexplained events make the world and even reality collapse around him. Looming death, a spreading malediction and the supernatural threaten his sanity, yet Lazarus pushes forward to find the truth about his family.Last Days of Lazarus is a first-person adventure game with a strong narrative and rich visuals drawing its inspiration from the post soviet era with a Gothic vibe and supernatural elements. As the story unravels, you'll meet questionable characters whose corrupted version of the truth you'll need to navigate. With a troubled past yourself, you'll struggle not only with solving the mysteries laid upon you but also with keeping alive any sliver of hope for salvation.

On this day in 2021

  • Unesco says Australia's Great Barrier Reef should be put on list of World Heritage Sites that are "in danger".
  • René Robert, Canadian ice hockey winger (NHL All Star 1972-73,74-75; Buffalo Sabres 1st 100 point player 1974-75), who died after a heart attack at 72.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance for PC is released. Join up to 4 friends and battle iconic monsters from Dungeons & Dragons in the new co-op action RPG Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance. Dark Alliance brings to life the world of Dungeons & Dragons in an explosive action RPG filled with real-time combat and dynamic co-op.Frost giants and vengeful dragons roam unchecked through Icewind Dale as invading armies of evil grow stronger every day. Now four heroes must beat back the onslaught of creatures and defend against the dark. Choose your hero and join up to four friends to battle legendary monsters. Explore the frigid world of IcewindDale as you vanquish unstoppable bosses, earn powerful gear, and unlock new abilities to take on even bigger challenges.
  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX for PlayStation 4 is released. Since his first appearance in 1986 with Alex Kidd in Miracle World, the iconic Alex Kidd makes his return to smash rocks, collect coins and tackle bosses once again in Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX!Return The Kingdom of Radaxian to its former glory and destroy the evil Janken the Great!Comprising of all levels from the original title as well as brand new levels which expand the lore of Alex Kidd, experience Miracle World like you've never seen it before with new animations, graphical detail and gameplay improvements.
  • ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights for Switch is released. Long ago, in the distant reaches of Land's End, an unforeseen rainfall transformed all living things into frenzied undead monstrosities known as the Blighted. Faced with a calamity far beyond their understanding, the kingdom fell into ruin with no end to the accursed rain in sight.Meanwhile in the remnants of this devastated land, a young woman named Lily awakens in the depths of a churchUnravel the mystery of the kingdom destroyed by the Rain of Death. Journey through the sprawling and hauntingly beautiful Land's End, traversing a submerged forest, a sealed-off contaminated underground cavern, and a grand castle.Formidable bosses await that will gladly claim your life given even the slightest chance. Defeat these powerful foes and release them from their unending curse to recruit them as allies. Overcome the challenges before you and search for the truth with powerful knights at your side.
  • LEGO Builder's Journey for Switch is released. LEGO Builder’s Journey is an atmospheric, geometric puzzle game that asks us to sometimes follow the instructions… and sometimes to break the rules. A story about play, connections and adventure. Step through levels brick by brick with puzzles that ask us to sometimes follow the instructions… and sometimes to be creative and break the rules.Builder’s Journey is a poetic puzzle that takes place in a LEGO® brick world, brought to life with the most accurately rendered LEGO® elements yet to feature on screens. Be taken through a breathtaking world filled with brick-by-brick effects, accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack.Throughout the narrative, there will be ups and downs, challenges and celebrations. Take the time to experiment, and most importantly, to play as figuring out who we are and what we become is the Builder’s Journey.
  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game for Xbox One is released. Join the fun!The Olympic Games are back, and this time it's your chance for glory! Whether you play with friends, family, or go for gold on the global leaderboards, this is a party game that anyone can pick up and enjoy!Prepare to unleash the competitor within as you create your athlete, customize their skills and pick the perfect costume. Why settle for standard sportswear when you can take center stage as a pirate, astronaut or cowboy?Choose between 18 fun-fueled sporting eventsfrom Tennis and Football to the 100m, Basketball and Boxingthere's always a record to beat and a score to settle.Going for gold has never been this much fun!

On this day in 2020

  • New York City, once the epicentre of the pandemic in America, begins stage 2 of re-opening, allowing outdoor dinning and some in-store shopping.
  • Brazil becomes second country to pass 50,000 deaths (officially) with states of Amazonas, Pará, Ceará, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro most effected..
  • Carlos Luis Morales, Ecuadorian soccer goalkeeper (40 caps; Independiente, Palestino, ESPOLI), who died from cardiocirculatory arrest at 55.
  • Dick Buerkle, American athlete (WR 1 mile indoor 3:54.93 1978), who died at 72.
  • Joel Schumacher, American film director (Lost Boys, Batman), who died at 80.
  • Juan Fernandez, Race Car Driver.
  • Pierino Prati, Italian soccer forward (14 caps; 3 goals in European Cup Final 1969, AC Milan; Roma, Savona), who died from cancer at 73.
  • US government data shows African Americans four times more likely than whites to be hospitalized for COVID-19 pandemic highlighting racial disparities for the pandemic.
  • Phil Krueger, American football quarterback (Southeast Missouri State), college coach (Fresno State, Utah State) and NFL executive (GM TB Buccaneers), who died at 90.

On this day in 2019

  • Russian volcano Raikoke erupts from 700m-wide-crater, seen from International Space Station. Turns sunsets purple across the Northern Hemisphere all summer..
  • Seven-story building collapses in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, with at least 25 construction workers sleeping inside killed.
  • Attempted coup fails in Ethiopia, four officials killed including army chief of staff General Seare Mekonnen.
  • The world-famous Glastonbury Festival took place in Pilton, Somerset, England. The event was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, but returned this year. This year's festival featured its youngest-ever solo headline in Billie Eilish and Sir Paul McCartney as the oldest. McCartney was joined by Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen when he headlined the Pyramid Stage. Other acts appearing included: Diana Ross, Sam Fender, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Lorde, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Haim, Elbow and St. Vincent..
  • Bob Witkop, Race Car Driver.
  • Judith Krantz (née Tarcher), Jewish-American fashion writer and novelist (Scruples, Princess Daisy; Dazzle), who died at 91.
  • Sir Elton John was awarded France's highest civilian award, the Legion d'Honneur. The British musician was presented with the award by President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Élysée Palace. President Macron's office praised Sir Elton as a "melodic genius"and as one of the first gay artists to give a voice to the LGBT community..

On this day in 2018

  • NHL Draft: Frolunda HC (SHL) defenceman Rasmus Dahlin first pick by Buffalo Sabres.
  • Comedian John Oliver is blocked on Chinese social media after parody of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
  • Eurozone countries agree debt relief deal for Greece, signalling end to the country's economic crisis.
  • Grigory Barenblatt, Russian mathematician, who died at 90.
  • Vinnie Paul [Abbott], American heavy metal drummer (Pantera), who died of a heart condition at 54.
  • MOVIES: JUNE 22 2018
  • Araby is released. Andre, a teenager, lives in an industrial town in Brazil near an old aluminum factory. One day, a factory worker, Cristiano, suffers an accident. Asked to go to Cristiano’s house to pick up clothes and documents, Andre stumbles on a notebook, and it’s here that Araby begins — or, rather, transforms. As Andre reads from the journal entries, we are plunged into Cristiano’s life, into stories of his wanderings, adventures, and loves. Beautifully written and filmed, Araby is a fable-like road movie about a young man who sets off on a ten-year journey in search of a better life. [Grasshopper Film]
  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts is released. In the deserted hills of an Indonesian island, Marlina, a young widow, is attacked and robbed of all her livestock by a gang of seven bandits. She then defends herself, setting out on a journey to find justice, empowerment, retribution and redemption. But the road is long, especially when she begins to be haunted by the ghost of her victim. [Icarus Films]
  • Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town is released. Riot grrrl rocker and shameless hot mess Izzy wakes up hungover AF to find out that her ex-boyfriend is celebrating his engagement to her ex-best friend tonight at a bougie party across town. Enraged and desperate, Izzy embarks on a frenetic quest across Los Angeles to break up the party in order to fulfill what she believes to be her destiny … before it’s too late.
  • Damsel is released. Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson), an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American Frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). As Samuel traverses the Wild West with a drunkard named Parson Henry (David Zellner) and a miniature horse called Butterscotch, their once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.
  • The King is released. Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, a musical road trip across America in his 1963 Rolls Royce explores how a country boy lost his authenticity and became a king while his country lost her democracy and became an empire.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is released. It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
  • The Catcher Was a Spy is released. This gripping, stranger-than-fiction espionage thriller brings to life the incredible true story of Moe Berg, the professional baseball player who became a World War II spy. A Jewish, Princeton-educated, multilingual catcher for the Boston Red Sox with a closely-guarded private life, the enigmatic Berg (Paul Rudd) was already a man of mystery when, in 1944, the US government’s wartime intelligence agency enlisted his services. His mission: go behind enemy lines in Europe to assassinate the Nazi’s chief nuclear scientist before the Germans develop an atomic bomb. Trading in his catcher’s mitt for a trench coat, Berg must rely on his formidable, steel-trap intellect in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse—with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. [IFC Films]
  • Boundaries is released. Laura (Vera Farmiga) is a single mother living in Seattle, who has a constant need to put others & animals before her. When her estranged, criminally-minded father Jack (Christopher Plummer) is kicked out of his retirement home, Laura agrees to drive him down the coast to live with her sister JoJo (Kristen Schaal) in LA. Along for the ride is her bright but troubled son Henry, and an assortment of animal charity cases. Without telling Laura, Jack convinces Henry to help him sell off his copious supply of marijuana at every stop of their journey, resulting in unexpected reunions with old friends and family.
  • MOVIES: TV14
  • Never Steady, Never Still is released. Having? ?lived? ?with? ?Parkinson’s disease? ?for? ?almost? ?two? ?decades, ? ?Judy ?(Shirley? ?Henderson)? ?is? ?faced? ?with? ?the? ?heightened challenges? ?of? ?daily? ?life? ?when? ?her? ?husband? ?and? ?caregiver? ?dies? ?of? ?a? ?sudden? ?heart? ?attack? ?on? ?their isolated property on the shores of Stuart Lake. Meanwhile, her teenage son Jamie (Théodore Pellerin), ? ?pushed? ?by? ?his? ?father? ?to? ?get? ?a? ?job? ?on? ?the? ?oil? ?fields, ? ?is? ?terrified? ?by? ?the? ?idea? ?of? ?filling? ?his shoes? ?at? ?too? ?young? ?an? ?age, ? ?and? ?grappling? ?with? ?the? ?daunting? ?task? ?of? ?becoming? ?a? ?man? ?in? ?world that? ?has? ?no? ?apparent? ?room? ?for? ?weakness.
  • Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 2 is released. After recent events, Luke finds everyone knows of his abilities and a new enemy soon arrives.
  • Kazuashita was released by Gang Gang Dance. The first new release for the New York experimental band in seven years features contributions from Jorge Elbrecht and Ryan Sawyer.
  • Pray for the Wicked was released by Panic! At the Disco. The sixth full-length release for Brendon Urie was written after his stint in Broadway's Kinky Boots and was produced by Jake Sinclair.
  • Passwords was released by Dawes. The sixth full-length release for the folk rock band led by Taylor Goldsmith was produced by Jonathan Wilson.
  • No Sounds Are Out of Bounds was released by The Orb. The 15th full-length studio release for the British ambient house duo features contributions from Brother Culture, Andy Cain, Hollie Cook, Roger Eno, Gaudi, Emma Gillespie, Mary Pearce, Guy Pratt, Michael Rendall, Rianna, Roney FM, Jah Wobble, and Youth.
  • Bad Witch was released by Nine Inch Nails. The six-track project is the third and final part of a planned trilogy of EPs for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
  • Heaven & Earth was released by Kamasi Washington. The second full-length release for the Los Angeles jazz saxophonist features contributions from Tony Austin, Ronald Bruner, Jr., Brandon Coleman, Cameron Graves, Terrace Martin, Miles Mosley, Patrice Quinn, and Thundercat.
  • Year Of The Snitch was released by Death Grips. The sixth full-length studio release for the Sacramento experimental hip-hop trio features contributions from Andrew Adamson and Tool's Justin Chancellor.
  • ZEBRA was released by Arp. The fifth full-length release for New York electronic producer Alexis Georgopoulos is his first for the Mexican Summer label and features elements of psychedelic jazz, pop, kosmische, and African music.
  • The Sims 4: Seasons for PC is released. Add weather to your Sims' lives to tell new stories, enjoy seasonal activities, and celebrate heartfelt holidays with The Sims 4: Seasons. Make the most out of the weather all year round, from crisp snowfalls to sweltering heat -- every world is affected by seasons in unique ways! Create a winter story with ice skating, befriend a magical scarecrow at the fall harvest, share a spring fling during a downpour, or host a summer pool party. Gather friends and family to celebrate holidays complete with traditions, gifts and special guests. Stay warm or keep cool with all-new outfits to brave the elements. Even begin a blossoming gardening career as a botanist or by crafting floral arrangements!
  • New Gundam Breaker for PlayStation 4 is released. Break, build and battle with the Gunpla you’ve always wanted in NEW GUNDAM BREAKER. Blast through enemy Gunplas and collect their fallen weapons and armor to customize your Gunpla in real time and now you can team up with your friends in a 3v3 co-op mode. Don’t miss out on the action in the newest installment of this series. [Bandai Namco]
  • Mario Tennis Aces for Switch is released. A new Mario Tennis game is bringing a new level of skill and competition to Nintendo Switch. Mario steps onto the court in classy tennis garb for intense rallies against a variety of characters in full-blown tennis battles. New wrinkles in tennis gameplay will challenge your ability to read an opponent's position and stroke to determine which shot will give you the advantage. And this time the game adds the first story mode since the Mario Tennis game on Game Boy Advance, offering a new flavor of tennis gameplay, with a variety of missions, boss battles and more.
  • Yet Another Zombie Defense HD for Xbox One is released. Yet Another Zombie Defense HD is all about defending yourself against hordes of darkness attacking you every single night. You know this is a lost cause, enemy forces are overwhelming and sooner or later your time will come. So, if you gonna go, do it with style, and pave yourself through piles of fallen monsters before they squash you. There’s just one thing that matters - how long can YOU survive? Yet Another Zombie Defense HD is a top-down arcade zombie shooter with tactical/strategy elements. Prepare yourself before the night falls - build some defensive barricades, buy guns and ammo, set up turrets and stay alive as long as you can. Each night puts your skills to the test, as darkness forces become stronger with each wave. Make them remember you and shoot your way to a glorious end. [Microsoft]

On this day in 2017

  • NBA Draft: Washington point guard Markelle Fultz first pick by Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Prince Harry claims no one in UK royal family wants to be King or Queen in article published in Newsweek.
  • Norman Ayrton, English actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK), who died at 92.
  • Mary Valastro, Reality Star.
  • Hervé Filion, Canadian harness racing driver (World Driving C'ship 1970; Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year 1969-74,76,78,81,89), who died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77.
  • The Gong Show (2017): Season 1 is released. The reboot of the 1970s show is hosted by a British comic named Tommy Maitland (widely reported to be Mike Meyers) with a rotating panel of celebrity judges that include Jack Black, Dana Carvey, Will Forte and Zach Galifianakis.
  • The Mist (2017): Season 1 is released. Many people in the small town of Bridgeville, Maine are at odds with one another when a strange mist comes and forces them to work together to find their love ones and survive in this series based on Stephen King's novella.
  • Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas for Switch is released. You wake up and find a letter from your father. He is gone The only lead is his old notebook and a mysterious necklace. What happened?Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas combines captivating storytelling, breathtaking 3D visuals and exciting gameplay into one epic action-adventure experience. In the game you explore the islands of Uncharted Seas, a world filled with many dangers, puzzles and secrets. You must fight monsters, learn to use magic and discover ancient treasures, which will help you on your quest. Use all of your wits and skill to unravel the mysteries of the ancient kingdom of Arcadia and the sea monster, Oceanhorn.FEATURE OVERVIEW:- 15+ hours of story driven gameplay- Master magic and swordfight- Find ancient items to help you on your quest- Steam Achievements and Leaderboards- Steam Cloud- Steam Trading Cards- Full controller support- Enchanting original soundtrack

On this day in 2016

  • NHL owners meeting unanimously approves the Las Vegas expansion bid to start play in the 2017-18 season..
  • Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Coldplay, and Adele headline; other performers include Tame Impala, Squeeze, Frightened Rabbit; ZZ Top, ELO, and Cyndi Lauper.
  • American drummer and record producer Jerry Carrigan died age 75. He first achieved widespread recognition by being part of the first wave of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and later as a first-call session musician in Nashville for over three decades. He recorded with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich, Kenny Rogers Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Stevens and Dolly Parton..
  • Amjad Sabri, World Music Singer.
  • Nuts! is released. The mostly true story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire with his goat-testicle impotence cure and a million-watt radio station.
  • Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons: Season 1 is released. Former ESPN commentator Bill Simmons hosts a new weekly talk show with an emphasis on sports, but will also cover pop culture and technology for HBO.
  • Breached for PC is released. Breached is a sci-fi story with data stalking, drone flights and resource scavenging. The year is 2245. Being urgently awakened from hibernation, you find only desert around. Your shelter damaged, oxygen is low. Lifesaving system reserve: 8 days. Explore the desert, dig into broken data, fix your shelter.

On this day in 2015

  • JAMA Internal Medical Journal announces obese Americans now outnumber those just overweight.
  • James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), who died in a plane crash at 61.
  • Joseph de Pasquale, American violist (Boston Symphony,1949-64: Philadelphia Orchestra,1964-96), and educator (Curtis Institutu,1965-2015), who died at 95.
  • Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, who died at 83.
  • Buddy Landel 'Nature Boy', American professional wrestler, who died after a car accident at 53.
  • Laura Antonelli, Italian actress (Wifemistress, Divine Nymph), who died at 73.
  • Get to Heaven was released by Everything Everything. The third full-length release for the British art rock band was produced by Stuart Price.
  • South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds in wake of killings in a Charleston church.

On this day in 2014

  • US Open Women's Golf, Pinehurst Resort: Michelle Wie wins by 2 shots from Stacy Lewis for her first major title.
  • Teenie Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, who died from complications from emphysema at 68.
  • Felix Dennis, English publisher and poet (Dennis Publishing), who died at 67.
  • The Last Ship: Season 1 is released. Based on the William Brinkley novel, Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and the crew of the U.S.S. Nathan James are the few survivors of a pandemic that has killed off more than half of the earth's population. With two civilian virologists, Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) and Dr. Quincy Tophet (Sam Spruell), on board, they may be the only hope to find the cure.


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