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  • Catholic Easter Monday is being celebrated in Albania, Kosovo
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  • Easter Monday is being celebrated in most countries
  • Easter Monday (Many Regions) is being celebrated in Spain
  • Easter Sunday is being celebrated in Ethiopia
  • Family Day is being celebrated in South Africa
  • Holy Monday is being celebrated in Zambia
  • Martyrdom of Imam Ali is being celebrated in Iran
  • Micronesian Culture and Traditions Holiday is being celebrated in Micronesia
  • National Day is being celebrated in Cyprus
  • Orthodox Easter Monday is being celebrated in Georgia, Georgia
  • People born on this day are Aries as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • DEATHS
  • Hans "Buffy" Ettmayer, Austrian soccer midfielder (30 caps; FC Wacker Innsbruck, VfB Stuttgart, Hamburger SV, Freiburger FC), who died at 76.

On this day in 2022

  • DEATHS
  • C. W. McCall [William Dale Fries, Jr.], American country singer (Convoy), who died of cancer at 93.
  • MOVIES: NOT RATED
  • Gagarine is released. Youri,16, has lived all his life in Gagarine Cite´, a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris. From the heights of his apartment, he dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when plans to demolish his community’s home are leaked, Youri joins the resistance. With his friends Diana and Houssam, he embarks on a mission to save Gagarine, transforming the estate into his own “starship” – before it disappears into space forever.
  • Pirates is released. New Year’s Eve 1999. Cappo (Elliot Edusah), Two Tonne (Jordan Peters) and Kid (Reda Elazouar) drive through London in their tiny Peugeot 205, pumping a live garage set from the stereo and arguing about their Avirex jackets and Naf Naf imports. As the eighteen-year olds step into adulthood they know their lives and friendships are on the brink of change. Determined to end the century on a bang they drive from place to place in a desperate search for tickets for the best millennium party ever. In their efforts to end up somewhere, they end up closer together.
  • MOVIES: NR
  • Barbarians is released. Set over the course of twenty-four hours, Barbarians sees couple Adam (Iwan Rheon) and Eva (Catalina Sandino Moreno) wake up in their supposed dream house on Adam’s birthday. Lucas (Tom Cullen), property developer and friend of the couple, arrives for dinner with his actress girlfriend Chloe (Inès Spiridonov), to celebrate Adam's birthday and the couple’s buying of the house. But secrets unravel over dinner, and when the doorbell rings the evening takes a nightmarish turn. As manners give way to madness, an 'idyllic' evening of celebration descends into a dark night of terror; and the group's civilized dinner party turns out to be anything but. [IFC Midnight]
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Morbius is released. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?
  • MOVIES: R
  • The Bubble is released. A group of actors and actresses stuck inside a pandemic bubble at a hotel attempt to complete a sequel to an action franchise film about flying dinosaurs.
  • The Contractor is released. Special Forces Sergeant James Harper (Chris Pine) is involuntarily discharged from the Army and cut-off from his pension. In debt, out of options and desperate to provide for his family, Harper contracts with a private underground military force. When the very first assignment goes awry, the elite soldier finds himself hunted and on the run, caught in a dangerous conspiracy and fighting to stay alive long enough to get home and uncover the true motives of those who betrayed him.
  • You Won't Be Alone is released. In an isolated mountain village in 19th-century Macedonia, a young girl is taken from her mother and transformed into a witch by an ancient, shape-shifting spirit. Left to wander feral, the young witch beholds the natural world with curiosity and wonder. After inadvertently killing a villager and assuming her body, she continues to inhabit different people, living among the villagers for years, observing and mimicking their behavior until the ancient spirit returns, bringing them full circle.
  • Bull is released. Ten years after he was last seen, Bull (Neil Maskel), a vicious mob enforcer, seeks revenge on the gang that double-crossed him. He returns home to methodically track down those who betrayed him and find his beloved son. With the ominous warning: “I’m coming for all of them, ” Bull stalks his former gang, leading up to a savage showdown between his wife and her mob boss father (David Hayman).
  • TV SERIES
  • The Outlaws: Season 1 is released. Seven people serving their community service sentence discover a bag of cash in this British comedy thriller co-created by Stephen Merchant and Elgin James.
  • Slow Horses: Season 1 is released. A group of MI5 agents demoted to desk duty led by Jackson Lamb (Gary Oldman) seek redemption in the espionage drama based on Mick Herron's Slough House novels.
  • ALBUMS
  • Past Life Regression was released by Papercuts. The seventh full-length release for the Jason Quever-led project Papercuts was self-recorded.
  • The Unraveling of Puptheband was released by PUP. The fourth full-length release for Toronto punk band PUP was produced with Peter Katis.
  • Unlimited Love was released by Red Hot Chili Peppers. The first full-length release in six years for the Red Hot Chili Peppers is also the first with John Frusciante since 2006's Stadium Arcadium.
  • Tilt was released by Confidence Man. The second full-length release for Australian dance quartet Confidence Man was self-produced and mixed by Ewan Pearson.
  • Leave the Light On was released by Pillow Queens. The second full-length release for Irish rock band Pillow Queens was written over three months and recorded by returning producer Tommy McLaughlin.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 5
  • MLB The Show 22 for PlayStation 5 is released. Diamond Dynasty is back. Play, collect, and build on your fantasy card collection and bring to life on the diamond*. Try the new Mini Seasons mode, where each season brings new challenges as you face off against a new set of competition. Create and use multiple Ballplayers, beyond your Road to the Show personalized Baseball RPG experience, and customize your Ballplayers exactly how you want to aid in your progression. Face your friends with cross-platform play**. With cross progression, continue your progress and earn and use content on other console platforms. Stepping up to the plate for the first time? Tailor your experience with gameplay styles and two new difficulty settings to help you get the hang of the basics. Play March to October in your style, with updated mode tools to utilize custom uniforms, logos, and created stadiums. Live out your dream Baseball matchups with new Legends joining the diamond.
  • POLITICS
  • Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declares a nationwide public emergency after violent protests amid the country's worst economic crisis since independence.

On this day in 2021

  • EVENTS
  • Seven democracy protesters convicted for unauthorized assembly in Hong Kong including Martin Lee and Jimmy Lai.
  • DEATHS
  • Amy Lee Fisher, YouTube Star.
  • TV SERIES
  • Back: Season 2 is released. Andrew has been running the pub while Stephen was away at the Lyneham Abbey Wellness Centre. But Stephen's return doesn't mean things are back to normal as there's a new pub opening in the second season of the British comedy created by Simon Blackwell.[Premiered originally in the UK on 21 Jan 2021; in the US on AMC+ on 18 Mar 2021 and on IFC on 31 Mar 2021]
  • Made For Love: Season 1 is released. Hazel Green (Cristin Milioti) runs to her father's (Ray Romano) house to escape from her controlling husband (Billy Magnussen), who had a tracking chip implanted in her brain in this dramedy based on the Alissa Nutting novel of the same name.
  • United States of Al: Season 1 is released. Marine veteran Riley (Parker Young) befriends Awalmir aka Al (Adhir Kalyan), an interpreter who served with him in Afghanistan and who has just moved to start a new life in America in this Chuck Lorre comedy created by David Goetsch and Maria Ferrari.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
  • Outriders for PlayStation 4 is released. Outriders is a 1-3 player co-op RPG shooter set in an original, dark and desperate sci-fi universe. As mankind bleeds out in the trenches of Enoch, you'll create your own Outrider and embark on a journey across the hostile planet. With rich storytelling spanning a diverse world, you'll leave behind the slums and shanty towns of the First City and traverse forests, mountains and desert in the pursuit of a mysterious signal. Combining intense gunplay with violent powers and an arsenal of increasingly twisted weaponry and gear-sets, Outriders offers countless hours of gameplay from one of the finest shooter developers in the industry People Can Fly.

On this day in 2020

  • EVENTS
  • All England Lawn Tennis Club cancels Wimbledon for the first time since World War II because of the COVID-19 pandemic; entire grass-court season abandoned.
  • DEATHS
  • Adam Schlesinger, American rock musician (Fountains Of Wayne) and songwriter (That Thing You Do), who died of COVID-19 pandemic complications at 52.
  • David Driskell, American artist and champion of African American art, who died of COVID-19 pandemic complications at 88.
  • Ellis Marsalis, American jazz musician and prominent teacher, who died of COVID-19 pandemic complications at 85.
  • John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, who died of COVID-19 pandemic at 94.
  • TV SERIES
  • In My Skin: Season 1 is released. 16-year-old Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy) hides her troubled home life from her friends and teachers in this Welsh dark coming-of-age comedy created by Kayleigh Llewellyn.[Pilot originally aired on BBC 3 on 28 Oct 2018 and won Best TV Drama at the 2019's BAFTA Cymru. Commissioned to series with four additional episodes to air in 2020]
  • GAMING: SWITCH
  • Cat Girl Without Salad: Amuse-Bouche for Switch is released. Interstellar mayhem! A bounty-hunting cat girl! Funktasmical genre-spanning action! This one has it all — no foolin'! Blast everything that moves in this genre-defying action extravaganza! Take control of Kebako, a cat-eared intergalactic bounty hunter, as she patrols the galaxies with her faithful companion Squiddie in search of ridiculous space criminals.
  • POLITICS
  • Nur Hassan Hussein [Nur Adde], Somalian politician, Prime Minister of Somalia (2007-09), who died from COVID-19 pandemic at 82.
  • US President Donald Trump says the US Strategic National Stockpile is almost depleted amid widespread shortages of medical equipment to fight COVID-19 pandemic.
  • SPORTS
  • Ed Farmer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; Chicago WS) and broadcaster (Chicago WS radio 1991-2005), who died of kidney disease at 70.

On this day in 2019

  • EVENTS
  • China announces new laws against fentanyl-related substances to come into effect 1 May.
  • Major archaeological site announced discovered on a reef in the middle of Lake Titicaca, in Andes, dated 8th and 10th centuries AD from Tiwanaku state.
  • US online sales overtake retail sales for the first time, with 11.813% online compared with 11.807% for general merchandise stores.
  • Saudi Arabian oil company Saudi Aramco revealed to be world's most profitable company when its earnings released - $111.1 billion in the last year.
  • Methane, a gas usually made by living things, detected on Mars in 2013 by European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter reported in "Nature Geoscience".
  • DEATHS
  • Michel Sénéchal, French operatic tenor, and educator, who died at 91.
  • TV SERIES
  • The Twilight Zone (2019): Season 1 is released. The reboot of the anthology series first created by Rod Serling is hosted and narrated by Jordan Peele.
  • POLITICS
  • Japanese government announces the name of a new era 'Reiwa'for the next Emperor, Crown Prince Naruhito.

On this day in 2018

  • DEATHS
  • Edward Digby,12th Baron Digby, British Army (Coldstream Guards) officer, who died at 93.
  • Efraín Ríos Montt, Guatemalan general and dictator (1982-83) convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, who died of a heart attack at 91.
  • Bud Chaddock, Race Car Driver.
  • Steven Bochco, American TV producer and co-creator of Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, who died at 74.
  • TV SERIES
  • Ordeal By Innocence: Season 1 is released. Rachel Argyll (Anna Chancellor) is murdered and her adopted son Jack (Anthony Boyle) is sent to prison for the crime. 18 months later, just as Rachel's husband Leo Argyll (Bill Nighy) is about to marry his secretary, Gwenda Vaughan (Alice Eve), a man (Luke Treadaway) arrives saying he has an alibi for Jack in this latest adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1958 novel.
  • Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert is released. NBC's latest live musical will be a concert staging of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera at Brooklyn's Marcy Armory with John Legend as Jesus, Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, Alice Cooper as King Herod, Ben Daniels as Pontius Pilate, Norm Lewis as Caiaphas, Jin Ha as Annas, Jason Tam as Peter and Erik Gronwall as Simon Zealotes.

On this day in 2017

  • EVENTS
  • Chinese leaders announce plans to build city in Xiongan New Area,3x size of New York.
  • Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm.
  • DEATHS
  • Steve Smith, Race Car Driver.
  • Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Poet.

On this day in 2016

  • DEATHS
  • Andy Hampton, Race Car Driver.
  • MOVIES: NOT RATED
  • Darling is released. A house sitting job starts a terrifying chain of events as a woman (Lauren Ashley Carter) begins to have maddening visions.
  • Kill Your Friends is released. As the twentieth century breathes its very last, with Britpop at its zenith, twenty-seven-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox (Nicholas Hoult) is slashing and burning his way through London’s music industry. Blithely crisscrossing the globe in search of the next megahit—fueled by greed and inhuman quantities of drugs and alcohol—Stelfox freely indulges in an unending orgy of self-gratification. But the industry is changing fast, the hits are drying up, and the only way he’s going to salvage his sagging career is by taking the idea of “cutthroat” to murderous new levels. [Well Go USA]
  • Francofonia is released. A portrait of the Louvre transforms into a magisterial, centuries-spanning reflection on the relation between art, culture and power.
  • No Home Movie is released. Chantal Akerman films her mother, an old woman of Polish origin who is short lifetime, in her apartment in Brussels. For two hours, we will see them eating, chatting and sharing memories, sometimes accompanied by Sylvaine, Chantal' s sister. Also, and to show how small the world has become, Chantal remains in contact with her mother at other times of the year via Skype from lands as far away from Belgium as Oklahoma or New York.
  • MOVIES: PG
  • God's Not Dead 2 is released. Welcome back to Hope Springs, home not only of Hadleigh University, but also Martin Luther King Jr. High School, where beloved teacher Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart) helps students understand and enjoy history. Her love of teaching, her love for her students, and her love of life all come from the same place: her love of Christ. So when Brooke, a hurting student grieving the loss of her brother, reaches out to Grace, their coffee-shop conversation naturally leads to Grace sharing the hope she finds in Christ. When Brooke later asks an honest question about Jesus in the classroom, Grace’s reasoned response lands her in big trouble—almost before she even finishes giving her answer. With the principal and superintendent joining forces with a zealous civil liberties group, Grace faces an epic court case that could cost her the career she loves and expel God from the classroom—and the public square—once and for all!
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Sold is released. A girl risks everything for freedom after being trafficked from her mountain village in Nepal to a brothel in India.
  • MOVIES: R
  • Miles Ahead is released. In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (Don Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past. [Sony Pictures Classics]
  • The Dark Horse is released. An inspiring true story based on the life of charismatic and brilliant chess champion, Genesis Potini (Cliff Curtis). His emotionally-charged story is about finding the courage to lead, despite his own struggles – finding purpose and hope in passing on his gift to the children of his community. [Broad Green Pictures]
  • Standing Tall is released. Abandoned by his mother (Sara Forestier) at the age of 6, Malony (Rod Paradot) is constantly in and out of juvenile court. An adoptive family grows around this young delinquent: Florence (Catherine Deneuve), a children’s magistrate nearing retirement, and Yann (Benoît Magimel), a caseworker and himself the survivor of a very difficult childhood. Together they follow the boy’s journey and try unfailingly to save him. Then Malony is sent to a stricter educational center, where he meets Tess (Diane Rouxel), a very special young girl who will show him that there are reasons for hope. [Cohen Media Group]
  • The Girl in the Photographs is released. A bored young woman in a sleepy community called Spearfish, starts receiving photographs of brutally murdered young women. Are they real or staged? The culprit is either a serial killer or some creep with a sick sense of humour.
  • TV SERIES
  • The Ranch: Season 1 is released. After a short-lived career as a semi-pro football player Colt Bennett (Ashton Kutcher) returns to Colorado to help his brother Jimmy (Danny Masterson) and father (Sam Elliott) run the family ranch.
  • ALBUMS
  • The Wilderness was released by Explosions in the Sky. This is the seventh full-length studio release and the first non-soundtrack album since 2011 for the Texan post-rock quartet.
  • The Follower was released by The Field. This is thee fifth full-length release for Swedish producer Axel Willner.
  • Super was released by Pet Shop Boys. The 13th studio release for the British synth-pop duo was produced by Stuart Price.
  • Upland Stories was released by Robbie Fulks. The latest release for the singer-songwriter features contributions from Shad Cobb, Flatlanders guitarist Robbie Gjersoe, Alex Hall, Wayne Horvitz, Fats Kaplin, Todd Phillips, Jenny Scheinman, and was recorded by Steve Albini.
  • Three Men and a Baby was released by Mike & the Melvins. In 1999, Mike Kunka of godheadSilo and the Melvins (King Buzzo, Dale Crover, and Kevin Rutmanis) were set to release an album together when it was sidelined by a variety of factors. 16 years later, they reunited to complete the album.
  • Weezer (White Album) was released by Weezer. The fourth self-titled release for the alternative rock band led by Rivers Cuomo was inspired by Southern California beach life and was produced by Jake Sinclair.
  • Welcome the Worms was released by Bleached. The second full-length release for the Los Angeles-based band that includes sister Jennifer and Jessie Clavin was co-produced by Joe Chiccarelli and Carlos de la Garza.
  • Metal Resistance was released by Babymetal. This is the second full-length release for the Japanese metal-pop trio of Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-metal), Moa Kikuchi (Moametal) and Yui Mizuno (Yuimetal.
  • No Burden was released by Lucy Dacus. The debut full-length release for the Virginia singer-songwriter was recorded in one day.
  • #N/A was released by Nisennenmondai. The Japanese instrumental trio of Masako Takada, Yuri Zaikawa, and Sayaka Himeno worked with producer Adrian Sherwood for its latest release.
  • Next Thing was released by Frankie Cosmos. This is the second full-length studio release for the indie-pop project of Greta Kline.
  • Pussy's Dead was released by Autolux. The third full-length release for the alternative rock trio was produced by Boots.
  • Lost Time was released by Tacocat. The third full-length release for the Seattle punk-pop band was produced by Erik Blood.
  • Little Windows was released by Teddy Thompson/Kelly Jones. The duets album between British singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson and American singer-songwriter Kelly Jones was produced by Mike Viola.
  • IV was released by Black Mountain. The first studio release in more than five years [not including the Year Zero soundtrack] for the Vancouver rock band was produced by Randall Dunn.
  • III was released by Moderat. This is the third full-length release for the collaboration between Modeselektor's Gernot Bronsert, Sebastian Szary and Apparat's Sascha Ring.
  • Changes was released by Charles Bradley. The third full-length release for the soul singer discovered by Daptone founder Gabriel Roth features a cover of Black Sabbath's track.
  • Ears was released by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. The latest release for the composer features Buchla synthesizers, more vocals and woodwinds from Rob Frye of Bitchin Bajas.
  • Empire Builder was released by Laura Gibson. The fourth full-length release for the Oregon singer-songwriter features contributions from Peter Broderick, Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Dave Depper, Alela Diane, Neko Case drummer Dan Hunt, and Nate Query of the Decemberists.
  • Everything You've Come to Expect was released by The Last Shadow Puppets. This is the second full-length release for the supergroup that includes Alex Turner, Miles Kane, James Ford, and newest addition Mini Mansions' Zach Dawes on bass.
  • Felder was released by Jan St. Werner. The latest solo release for the Mouse on Mars artist is the fourth album in St. Werner's experimental Fiepblatter series.
  • Amen & Goodbye was released by Yeasayer. The fourth full-length release for the Brooklyn-based band features guest appearance by Suzzy Roche of The Roches and was produced by Joey Waronker.
  • A Mineral Love was released by Bibio. The seventh full-length release for producer Stephen Wilkinson as Bibio features guest appearances from Gotye, Olivier St. Louis, and Wax Stag.
  • Adventure was released by Shonen Knife. The latest release for the Japanese pop-punk band sees the return of original drummer Atsuko Yamano.
  • Bang, Zoom, Crazy... Hello was released by Cheap Trick. The first release in seven years for the rock band is its first with Daxx Nielsen on drums.
  • Are You Serious was released by Andrew Bird. The 10th full-length studio release from the singer-songwriter features contributions from Blake Mills and Fiona Apple.
  • Azel was released by Bombino. The third studio release for the Tuareg artist features influences from reggae and rock music and was produced by Dave Longstreth.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
  • Adam's Venture: Origins for PlayStation 4 is released. Head out on a bold adventure in Adam’s Venture: Origins. Set in the roaring 20’s, in Adam’s Venture: Origins you will explore ancient ruins, and recover mysterious artifacts. Together with your trusted accomplice Evelyn, you will have to outsmart the evil Clairvaux company.
  • GAMING: XBOX ONE
  • Steredenn for Xbox One is released. Steredenn is a frenetic and chaotic space shooter, carved in big beautiful pixels, with insane boss battles. Embark in your ship and engage the fight against dreadful space pirates in a never-ending combat for your survival.
  • SPORTS
  • The Golden State Warriors NBA record winning home run ends at 54 games with a 109-106 defeat to the Boston Celtics; the loss at Oracle Arena was the Warriors’ first since January 2015.

On this day in 2015

  • EVENTS
  • 56 people are killed after the Russian trawler Dalniy Vostok sinks off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula.
  • DEATHS
  • Misao Okawa, Supercentenarian.
  • Eddie LeBaron, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1955,57,58,62; Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), who died at 85.
  • Cynthia Lennon (née Powell), first wife of Beatle John Lennon (1962-68), and mother of singer, photographer, activist Julian Lennon, who died of cancer at 75.
  • MOVIES: NOT RATED
  • Ned Rifle is released. Henry and Fay's son Ned (Liam Aiken) sets out to find and kill his father for destroying his mother's life. But his aims are frustrated by the troublesome Susan (Aubrey Plaza), whose connection to Henry predates even his arrival in the lives of the Grim family.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Woman in Gold is released. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting 'The Lady in Gold'. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way. [TWC]
  • GAMING: PC
  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin for PC is released. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin includes the 3 previously released DLC packs - Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the ivory King - along with additional features. All versions of the game include the following features (Existing Dark Souls II owners will receive a patch to implement these elements): Additional NPCs added for an enhanced story experience. Parameter adjustments for improved game balance. Augmented item descriptions. Improved online matchmaking functionality. [Bandai Namco]
  • POLITICS
  • John Paul Hammerschmidt, American politician (Rep-R-AR,1967-93), who died at 92.
  • SPORTS
  • Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), who died of cancer at 65.

On this day in 2014

  • EVENTS
  • NATO suspends all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia.
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens.
  • WEDDINGS
  • Media personality Willard Scott at the age of 80 weds Paris Keena in Fort Myers, Florida.
  • DEATHS
  • Joe "Speedo" Frazier, American doo-wop vocalist (Impalas - "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)") dies at 70.
  • ALBUMS
  • Life Journey was released by Leon Russell. The latest solo release for the pianist was produced by Tommy LiPuma and includes two original songs.
  • Looking into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne was released by Various Artists. The tribute album to singer-songwriter Jackson Browne features such artists as Shawn Colvin, Ben Harper, Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby, Indigo Girls, Keb' Mo, Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, J. D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen & wife Patti Scialfa, Sean & Sara Watkins, and Lucinda Williams.
  • II: Void Worship was released by Pilgrim. The second full-length release for the Rhode Island doom metal band is its first as duo after original bassist Count Elric the Soothsayer left in 2013.
  • In Each and Every One was released by Polar Bear. This is the fifth full-length release for the experimental jazz band led by Sebastian Rochford.
  • Inventions was released by Inventions. This is the debut release for the collaboration between Matthew Cooper of Eluvium and Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky.
  • I Shall Die Here was released by The Body. The experimental doom band worked with Bobby Krlic (also known as the Haxan Cloak) on its fourth full-length release.
  • Here and Nowhere Else was released by Cloud Nothings. The fourth studio release for the Cleveland indie rock band led by Dylan Baldi was produced by John Congleton.
  • Here Be Monsters was released by Jon Langford & Skull Orchard. This is the first release in four years for the Mekons/Waco Brothers member and his band that includes Joe Camarillo, Jean Cook, Alan Doughty, Jim Elkington, and Tawny Newsome.
  • Himalayan was released by Band of Skulls. The third full-length studio release for the British alternative rock trio was produced by Nick Launay.
  • Hot Dreams was released by Timber Timbre. The fifth full-length release for the Canadian folk band led by Taylor Kirk and was produced by Simon Trottier.
  • Ibibio Sound Machine was released by Ibibio Sound Machine. The debut release for the African-electronic music project led by Eno Williams was produced by Max Grunhard, Leon Brichard, and Benji Bouton.
  • Cope was released by Manchester Orchestra. The fourth studio release for the Atlanta-based indie rock band was produced with Dan Hannon.
  • Education, Education, Education & War was released by Kaiser Chiefs. The fifth studio release for the rock band was produced by Ben H. Allen III and is its first without Nick Hodgson who left in December 2012 (Vijay Mistry takes over on drums).
  • A Dotted Line was released by Nickel Creek. The Grammy-winning bluegrass trio of Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Sean Watkins return from its 2007 "indefinite hiatus"to release its Eric Valentine-produced sixth studio album.
  • Angel was released by Pure X. The third full-length release for the Austin band sees the addition of the touring guitarist Matty Tommy Davidson.
  • Arc Iris was released by Arc Iris. This is the debut release for the former Low Anthem member Jocie Adams.
  • Baby was released by White Hinterland. The third full-length studio release for Casey Dienel was self-produced in a home studio in her parents' basement.
  • Salad Days was released by Mac DeMarco. This is the second full-length solo release for the Canadian singer-songwriter.
  • Range of Light was released by S. Carey. The second full-length solo release for the Bon Iver drummer includes a guest appearance from Justin Vernon.
  • Psychic 9-5 Club was released by HTRK. The first release for the Australian group since the death of founding member Sean Stewart in 2010 returns as as a duo with Nigel Yang and Jonnine Standish.
  • The Infamous Mobb Deep was released by Mobb Deep. The eighth studio release for the rap duo of Havoc and Prodigy features guest appearances from Bun B, Busta Rhymes, French Montana, Juicy J, The Lox, Nas, Snoop Dogg, and Mack Wilds. It also includes a disc of unreleased tracks from 1995's The Infamous sessions.
  • Sweet Disarray was released by Dan Croll. The debut release for the Liverpool-based singer-songwriter was self-produced.
  • GAMING: PC
  • Goat Simulator for PC is released. Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, bringing next-gen goat simulation to YOU. You no longer have to fantasize about being a goat, your dreams have finally been realized!
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 3
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition for PlayStation 3 is released. Blackgate Prison Is Under New ManagementBatman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition amplifies the 2.5-D game with new maps, enemy encounters, difficulty levels, batsuits, and enhanced visuals. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knights past. Featuring stealth gameplay, free-flow combat, and Batmans famed arsenal of gadgets, the genuine Arkham experience is reproduced in a deep, action packed side-scrolling adventure.
  • Ragnarok Odyssey ACE for PlayStation 3 is released. Ragnarok Odyssey ACE is a completely evolved version of the popular giant-hunting game released on PlayStation Vita, adding a wealth of new content and features and introducing a PlayStation 3 version. New job-specific ACE skills change the battle dynamic significantly, while the addition of hirable in-game mercenaries ensures that players can have a battle party to take on the toughest foes even when they can't get online. The new Yggdrasil Tower, with its randomly generated levels, along with a consistent supply of new online quests, ensures that there will always be unique content each time the game is played.
  • MLB 14: The Show for PlayStation 3 is released. MLB 14 The Show is a realistic baseball game that allows players to feel the MLB experience with moments such as when you're called up to the majors, a sacrifice fly to left field, or crushing a walk-off homer to win it all.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
  • Mercenary Kings for PlayStation 4 is released. Craft your arsenal to avenge your fallen comrades and save the world from the fearsome forces of CLAW.Save the worldIn this frantic 2D action game, you are part of the Mercenary Kings, the most skilled team of warriors-for-hire on Earth. When your comrades have fallen and the fearsome forces of CLAW have seized an island-wide top secret Laboratory Base, you must do what it takes to stop them.But you're not going in unprepared - as backup you've got a crew of rogue geniuses and experts in their field. Able to craft and customize guns'n'blades or upgrade your body armour, you've never been this ready to join the fight.

On this day in 2013

  • EVENTS
  • 9 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Tikrit, Iraq.
  • The world’s first smelling TV screen is unveiled in Japan.
  • DEATHS
  • Moses Blah, Politician.
  • Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold 100kg 1972), who died at 73.
  • ALBUMS
  • The Ascent was released by Wiley. The ninth studio release for the British grime artist features guest appearances from such artists as Far East Movement, French Montana, Ghetts, Kano, Lethal Bizzle, Ms D, Emeli Sandé, Tinchy Stryder, and Tulisa.
  • SPORTS
  • Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A& M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), who died at gallbladder cancer at 76.

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