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Today in the World Countries

  • Eid al-Fitr Holiday is being celebrated in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Libya, Qatar
  • Eid ul-Fitar Holiday is being celebrated in Pakistan
  • Eid-al-Fitr Holiday is being celebrated in Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
  • Eid-ul Fithr Holiday is being celebrated in Maldives
  • Fast and Prayer Day is being celebrated in Liberia
  • Hari Raya Aidil Fitri is being celebrated in Brunei
  • Ramadan Bairam Holiday is being celebrated in Sudan
  • Ramadan Feast Holiday is being celebrated in Turkey
  • Sinhala and Tamil New Year Day is being celebrated in Sri Lanka
  • People born on this day are Aries as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

    On this day in 2022

    • EVENTS
    • Global COVID-19 pandemic known cases pass 500 million, with 5.1 billion (66%) having received at least one vaccine shot.
    • DEATHS
    • Gilbert Gottfried, Comedian.
    • Sergei Yashin, Russian & Soviet Hockey HOF left winger (Olympic gold 1988; HC Dynamo Moscow, EC Wilhelmshaven-Stickhausen), who died at 60.
    • MOVIES: NOT RATED
    • Islands is released. Still living with his aging parents, Joshua (Rogelio Balagtas), a Filipino immigrant to Canada, prays every night for God to rid him of his shyness. The Almighty seemingly answers his petition when his beatific cousin Marisol (Sheila Lotuaco) arrives and slowly transforms Joshua's house back into a home.
    • GAMING: PC
    • B.I.O.T.A. for PC is released. B.I.O.T.A. is a 2D metroidvania action-platformer, in which you command a team of mercenaries and investigate a mining colony infected by an alien plague.Explore a pixel art world packed with mutant monsters and deadly traps. Try to survive using a multitude of guns and various crafts, including a mech, a sub, and a starship.
    • GAMING: SWITCH
    • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim for Switch is released. Vanillaware, the storytellers behind Odin Sphere and Dragon's Crown, craft a sci-fi mystery epic spanning thirteen intertwining stories. Uncover the truth and delve into a 2D sidescrolling adventure featuring gorgeous art and environments. Then, battle the kaiju in fast-paced, top-down combat. Customize the Sentinels with an arsenal of mechsuit weaponry, and fight to defend humanity! A departure from the studio's traditional fantasy style, the game takes place in a modern setting punctuated with giant mechs. Although the world may be bleak, Vanillaware's signature artistic shine and gorgeous aesthetics will bring the characters and story of 13 Sentinels to life. CHARACTERS:JURO KURABEA mild-mannered young high school student trying to live a normal life in the 80s. Rarely excited, he is fond of campy old Sci-Fi movies, with their giant robots and space invasions. But it seems like everyone in his life is trying to manipulate him for their own ominous ends...IORI FUYUSAKAShe believes she's an ordinary high school girl, with dreams and crushes and a sweet tooth. However, she finds herself at the center of a massive conspiracy, called on to stop an apocalypse before the world is doomed. What she's not sure about is: can she really answer the call? EI SEKIGAHARA A stoic young man with amnesia, Ei finds himself next to a dead body without any memories of his past. Declared a boy "from another dimension", he's constantly pursued by armed gunmen in black suits, and often finds himself in intense life-or-death situations. Through investing the clues and people in 1985, he chases the truth beyond his lost memories... KEITARO MIURA A dutiful young soldier from 1945, fiercely dedicated to defending his country. He'd lay down his life if it meant saving even a single soul. Chosen as part of a secret military program to pilot a new weapon called a "Sentinel", Miura soon discovers that his true enemies lie beyond World War II... MEGUMI YAKUSHIJIA shy, composed girl of few words, with a nurturing domestic side. While she's devoted to her beloved, Juro, he himself has lost all memory of their past relationship. Goaded on by a mysterious talking cat, she agrees to a "contract"-- willing to go to any length to restore the boy she loves. NATSUNO MINAMI A perky, friendly girl on her high school's track team who loves a good Sci-Fi story. When she discovers a small robot hiding in the school, it seems like a story out of one of her favorite movies. However, she finds herself drawn into a massive, apocalyptic conspiracy in which the dangers of her favorite shows becomes disturbingly real. NENJI OGATAA high school punk with a heart of gold. He prefers to punch first and ask questions later, so when he gets involved in a convoluted conspiracy, most of the geek-talk goes over his head. Still, he's determined to bust through and save the girl -- even if he's resigned to her thinking he's just another thug. RENYA GOUTOA cold, brilliant young man who will use any means necessary to find the truth. Gouto processes information and startling revelations with a calm, ready intelligence that baffles (or outpaces) the adults around him. He's no villain, but he knows what's at stake, and what must be done. RYOKO SHININOME An aloof agent desperate to prove her worth to her unrequited love (and mentor) Tetsuya Ida. A mission gone wrong left Ryoko with traumatic brain damage, and dependent on a medicine of unclear origins. Still, she fights through the mental fog and pain to untangle the conspiracies... SHU AMIGUCHI An easygoing late-80s high school playboy, quick to make friends and quick to flirt. Tries not to take life too seriously, whether it's on his side or not. But when his TV turns on by itself, and an idol starts talking to him through it, begging for his help unraveling a mystery...he rolls with it as best he can. TAKATOSHI HIJIYAMAA confident young Japanese soldier in the 1940s, displaced from his home and dropped into a city both foreign and familiar. Adrift, old-fashioned, and out of place, he struggles to make sense of all the changes in his world...and then, after months of living as a solitary vagrant, he finds the young man responsible for uprooting his life. TOMI KISARAGIA flippant, shy teenager. She often hangs out with her gal pals after school, getting snacks and chatting like any other, but she seems to know more than she lets on. Determined to investigate the mysteries of her fate, she surreptitiously follows whatever lead she can, only to discover even greater peril awaiting her...YUKI TAKAMIYA A surly delinquent who (reluctantly) infiltrates the school as a spy to save her best friend. Despite her disdain for her underhanded allies, she stubbornly seeks the truth when everyone else has something to hide. Tough and caustic, but she's got a protective streak and a sharp mind.
    • POLITICS
    • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologies and is fined for attending parties during COVID-19 pandemic lockdown - first premier to be sanctioned for breaking the law.

    On this day in 2021

    • EVENTS
    • Worst frost conditions in half a century will affect 80% of French vineyards according to industry officials.
    • Great Britain loosens its COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, opening pubs and shops after 175 days, the world's longest period of restrictions.
    • POLITICS
    • Shirley Williams, British politician (Labour Party; Social Democratic Party; Liberal Democrat), who died at 90.

    On this day in 2020

    • EVENTS
    • Pope Francis calls for the world to be united in the face of COVID-19 pandemic as he delivers his Easter message from an empty St Peter's Cathedral in Rome.
    • Huge storm system produces more than 40 tornadoes in the US from Texas to South Carolina killing 32 people across six states.
    • OPEC and other major oil companies agree to the largest-ever drop in production to stabilize world prices.
    • DEATHS
    • Jim Frey, American MLB manager (Kansas City Royals, American League C'ship 1980; Chicago Cubs), who died at 88.
    • Doug Sanders, American golfer (4 x runner-up in major C'ships; 20 PGA Tour titles), who died at 86.
    • Stirling Moss, British auto racer (16 x F1 Grands Prix; World F1 Drivers C'ship runner-up 1955-58; 12 Hours of Sebring 1954) and broadcaster (ABC F1, NASCAR), who died at 90.
    • Tarvaris Jackson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills), who died in a car accident at 36.
    • Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian (The Goodies), who died of COVID-19 pandemic complications at 79.
    • TV SERIES
    • Run (2020): Season 1 is released. Ruby Richardson (Merritt Wever) decides to leave her dull life to travel across America with her old college boyfriend Billy (Domhnall Gleeson) after receiving a text message from him to fulfill a pact they made 17 years ago in this romantic comedy thriller written by Vicky Jones.
    • Belgravia: Season 1 is released. Set in 1840s London, secrets continue to haunt the nouveau riche Trenchards and the aristocratic Bellasis 25 years after they first met in 1915 in the six-part adaptation of Julian Fellowes' novel of the same name.
    • Killing Eve: Season 3 is released. Suzanne Heathcote takes over as lead writer and executive producer for season three of the drama.
    • SPORTS
    • John Horton Conway, British mathematician (cellular automaton Game of Life), who died of COVID-19 pandemic complications at 82.
    • Glenn Beckert, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1969-72; Gold Glove Award 1968; Chicago Cubs), who died at 79.
    • Peter Bonetti, English soccer goalkeeper (7 caps; World Cup 1966; Chelsea 600 games), who died at 78.

    On this day in 2019

    • EVENTS
    • John Hutch drummer with the Liverpudlian group The Big Three died age 79. The Big Three rivalled The Beatles for popularity before the Mersey sound became a national and international phenomenon in the early Sixties. Hutch filled in on drums behind Lennon, McCartney and Harrison in both 1960 and 1962 and later claimed he was offered the opportunity to become Pete Best’s successor before Ringo Starr was given the job in The Beatles..
    • DEATHS
    • Georgia Engel, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Georgette" ; Hot In Cleveland), who died at 70.
    • MOVIES: APRIL 12 2019
    • A Dark Place is released. (Also known as "Steel Country") When a young boy goes missing in a sleepy backwoods town, a local sanitation truck driver, Donald, plays detective, embarking on a precarious and obsessive investigation.
    • MOVIES: NOT RATED
    • A Land Imagined is released. A lonely construction worker from China goes missing at a Singapore land reclamation site, and a sleepless police investigator must put himself in the mind of the migrant to uncover the truth beneath all that sand.
    • Dogman is released. In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello (Marcello Fonte) is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino (Edoardo Pesce), an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When Simoncino’s abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences.
    • Girls of the Sun is released. Somewhere in Kurdistan, Bahar, commander of the “Girls of the Sun” battalion, is preparing to liberate her hometown from the hands of extremists, hoping to find her son who is held hostage. A French journalist, Mathilde, comes to cover the attack and bear witness to the story of these exceptional warriors. Since their lives have been turned upside down, they have all been fighting for the same cause: Women, Life, Liberty. [Cannes]
    • Long Day's Journey Into Night is released. Bi Gan follows up his knockout debut, Kaili Blues, with this noir-tinged stunner about a lost soul (Jue Huang) on a quest to find a missing woman from his past (Wei Tang). Following leads across Guizhou province, he crosses paths with a series of colorful characters, among them a prickly hairdresser played by Taiwanese superstar Sylvia Chang. When the search leads him to a dingy movie theater, the film launches into an hour-long, gravity-defying 3D sequence shot that plunges its protagonist—and us—into a labyrinthine cityscape. {Kino Lober]
    • Master Z: Ip Man Legacy is released. Following his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi (Max Zhang), tries to make a life with his young son in Hong Kong, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats. But it’s not long before the mix of foreigners, money, and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight. [Well Go USA]
    • Satan & Adam is released. Satan & Adam chronicles the unlikely pairing of legendary one-man-band Sterling "Mr. Satan"Magee and harmonica master Adam Gussow. Shot over 20 years, the film showcases one of the greatest blues duos you probably never got a chance to see. Magee and Gussow came together on the streets of Harlem in the 1980s, a time when race relations in New York City were at an all-time low. From completely different worlds, these two musicians forged a lifelong relationship that showcases the unifying power of music.
    • Teen Spirit is released. Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition.
    • William is released. Star academics Julian Reed and Barbara Sullivan fall in love with each other and with the idea of cloning a Neanderthal from ancient DNA. Against the express directive of University administrators they follow through on this audacious idea. The result is William: the first Neanderthal to walk the earth for some 35,000 years. William tries his best to fit into the world around him. But his distinctive physical features and his unique way of thinking—his “otherness”—set him apart and provoke fear. William’s story is powerful and unique, but his struggle to find love and assert his own identity in a hostile world is universal—and timeless.
    • MOVIES: PG
    • Missing Link is released. This April, meet Mr. Link: 8 feet tall,630 lbs, and covered in fur, but don't let his appearance fool you... he is funny, sweet, and adorably literal, making him the world's most lovable legend. Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, our fearless trio of explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world to help their new friend. Through it all, the three learn that sometimes you can find a family in the places you least expect.
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • Little is released. Jordan Sanders - Hall (Regina Hall and Marsai Martin) is a take-no-prisoners tech mogul who wakes up in her adult self's penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation. Her long-suffering assistant April (Issa Rae) is the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line.
    • After is released. As she enters her first semester in college, Tessa (Josephine Langford) is a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.
    • Wild Nights with Emily is released. In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson (Molly Shannon) is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong affair with her friend and sister-in-law Susan...yes this is the iconic American poet, popularly thought to have been a reclusive spinster. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst's most bizarre love triangle.
    • MOVIES: R
    • Stockholm is released. Stockholm is based on the absurd but true story of a 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis documented in the 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” by Daniel Lang. The film follows Lars Nystrom, (Ethan Hawke) who dons a disguise to raid a central Stockholm bank. He then takes hostages in order to spring his pal Gunnar (Mark Strong) from prison. One of the hostages includes Bianca (Noomi Rapace), a wife and mother of two. Negotiations with detectives hits a wall when (at the request of the Prime Minister) the police refuse to let Lars leave in a getaway car with the hostages. As hours turn into days, Lars alternates between threatening the hostages and making them feel comfortable and secure. The hostages develop an uneasy relationship with their captor, which is particularly complex for Bianca, who develops a strong bond with Lars as she witnesses his caring nature. This connection gave rise to the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm syndrome”.
    • Mary Magdalene is released. She is one of the most transformative yet misunderstood women in history, alternately vilified as a sinner and canonized as a saint. For the first time, the incredible story of Mary Magdalene is told through her own eyes. In the first century A.D., the free-spirited Mary (Rooney Mara) flees the marriage her family has arranged for her, finding refuge and a sense of purpose in a radical new movement led by the charismatic, rabble-rousing preacher Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix). The sole woman among his band of disciples, Mary defies the prejudices of a patriarchal society as she undergoes a profound spiritual awakening and finds herself at the center of an earth-shaking historical moment. [IFC Films]
    • Hellboy is released. Hellboy (David Harbour) comes to England, where he discovers The Blood Queen, Nimue (Milla Jovovich), a resurrected ancient sorceress thirsting to avenge a past betrayal. Suddenly caught in a clash between the supernatural and the human, Hellboy is now hell-bent on stopping Nimue without triggering the end of the world.
    • Her Smell is released. A self-destructive punk rocker struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.
    • TV SERIES
    • Special: Season 1 is released. The comedy about a gay man (Ryan O’Connell) with a mild cerebral palsy is based on Ryan O'Connell's memoir and executive produced by Jim Parsons.
    • ALBUMS
    • Sulphur English was released by Inter Arma. The Richmond, Virginia metal band's fourth album was produced by Mikey Allred.
    • This Wild Willing was released by Glen Hansard. The fourth full-length solo studio release for the The Swell Season singer was recorded in Paris with contributions from such artists as Deasy, Joe Doyle, Marketa Irglova, the Khoshravesh brothers, Dunk Murphy, and ROMY.
    • Ribbons was released by Bibio. The latest release from the British producer Stephen Wilkinson features a variety of stringed instruments including the mandolin and fiddle.
    • Ventura was released by Anderson.Paak. The fourth full-length studio release for the Southern California artist features guest appearances from André 3000, Brandy, Nate Dogg, Sonyae Elise, Lalah Hathaway, Smokey Robinson, and Jazmine Sullivan.
    • In the Shape of a Storm was released by Damien Jurado. The latest release for the now Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter was recorded in two hours with only "occasional accompaniment from Josh Gordon."
    • No Geography was released by The Chemical Brothers. The ninth full-length release for the British electronic duo features only Japanese rapper Nene and Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora.
    • Map of the Soul: Persona was released by BTS. The seven-track mini-album release from the South Korean boy band features a guest appearance from Halsey.
    • Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present LSD was released by LSD. Delayed from its planned November 2018 release, this 10-song set marks the first collaborative album from the new "supergroup"consisting of British musician Labrinth, singer-songwriter Sia, and proudcer Diplo.
    • Absolute Zero was released by Bruce Hornsby. The fourth full-length solo studio release for the singer-songwriter features guest appearances by Jack DeJohnette, Blake Mills, Rob Moose, Justin Vernon, and yMusic.
    • Dogrel was released by Fontaines D.C.. The debut full-length release for the Irish indie rock band was produced and mixed by Dan Carey.
    • GAMING: SWITCH
    • Giga Wrecker Alt. for Switch is released. In the near future, where Earth has been ravaged by robot invaders, the fate of the planet rests of the shoulders of a young girl who becomes more than human. Saved from death and cursed with cybernetic powers beyond comprehension, it's up to Reika Rekkeiji to save humanity from the evil Ajeet in this exciting new game from legendary developer Game Freak. GIGA WRECKER ALT. combines frantic platforming, intense combat and physics-based puzzle challenges into one exciting adventure. By destroying robotic enemies and the world around her, Reika can form the resulting debris into all manner of weapons and tools. Use these to overcome obstacles and solve puzzles, navigate through platform-laiden levels, then take the fight to the robot invaders and save mankind from extinction before it's too late.
    • SPORTS
    • Melbourne captain Cameron Smith becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 49th minute penalty in Storm's 18-12 win over North Queensland in Townsville takes him to 2,420; Hazem El Masri,2,418.
    • Forrest Gregg, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle, coach (9-time Pro Bowl; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), who died of Parkinson's disease at 85.
    • Tommy Smith, English soccer defender (1 cap; Football League Div 1 1966,73,76,77; FA Cup 1965,74; European Cup 1977; Liverpool 467 games), who died at 74.

    On this day in 2018

    • BIRTHS
    • True Thompson, Family Member, born in Cleveland, OH.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Tower of Time for PC is released. Tower of Time is a classic RPG with a unique real-time combat system where tactics are more important than equipment. Explore the Tower, buried underground for millennia, and uncover the history of times long gone and the mystery of why your land is dying.
    • Dead In Vinland for PC is released. Dead in Vinland is a survival/management game, mixed with RPG and adventure elements, focusing on a Viking family trying their level best to survive on a mysterious island. Exiled on a faraway and unknown land, lead Eirik and his family on their quest to survive. Manage their physical and mental health, explore the island, organize your camp and deal with other human beings. Some will help you, and some will be less... friendly. Unveil the esoteric mysteries of Vinland. They could save your life… or lead you to your demise.
    • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
    • Rogue Aces for PlayStation 4 is released. Join the Rogue Aces and liberate the islands from The Baron and his dreaded pilots. Will you be able to face the fiercest of foes with only one life and three planes?
    • GAMING: SWITCH
    • Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs - Royal Edition for Switch is released. Regalia: Of Men And Monarchs is a tactical RPG set in a cheerful fantasy world full of weirdness and wonder. Assemble your party, go adventuring, manage your kingdom, make new friends, and defeat your opponents in challenging turn-based combat.
    • Shelter Generations for Switch is released. There are two games included in this special digital collection. Shelter 2 (with the Mountains DLC included) follows the life of a mother Lynx; it's a journey of parenthood in which nurturing your cubs is paramount for survival. You need to hunt for food and utilise maternal instincts such as calling the cubs closer, making sure they drink water from rivers, and lifting and carrying them from harm's way. You need to raise them safely until they reach adulthood, with a different experience and circumstances each time you play.Paws: A Shelter 2 Game is a standalone experience based within the same world. In this poetic adventure you need to explore and survive the wilds as a cub, interacting with the environment and forging a surprising alliance. It features puzzles, a special soundtrack and plenty of memorable moments.
    • Skies of Fury DX for Switch is released. Fight as both British and German pilots during WWI's battle for the skies. Take to the skies and experience WWI as a fighter pilot. Skies of Fury DX offers players the chance to engage in epic, aerial combat in historic Bloody April,1917, as both British and German pilots. Using 10 distinctive aircraft from WWI, players fly through stunning, hand-painted environments. Dogfight through the missions as a single player, or challenge your friends to a multiplayer, split-screen battle. [Nintendo]
    • Burly Men At Sea for Switch is released. One of TIMEs top five games of 2016, Burly Men at Sea is a folktale about a trio of large, bearded fishermen who step away from the ordinary to seek adventure.Set in the waters of early 20th-century Scandinavia, the game's story branches through a series of encounters with creatures from folklore. You play as storyteller and wayfinder, shaping the narrative around three ungainly heroes. Play through once for a single tale, then set sail again to uncover paths to new adventures.Named Best Story Game of 2016 by Rock, Paper, Shotgun, and nominee for Best 2D Visuals (Unity Awards 2016), SXSW Gamers Voice Award (2016), and Best Adventure Game/RPG (Intel Level Up 2016).
    • POLITICS
    • John Melcher, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana), who died at 93.

    On this day in 2017

    • DEATHS
    • Charlie Murphy, Comedian.
    • Barry “Frosty” Smith, American rock, country and blues touring and session drummer (Lee Michaels; Roky Erikson; Doug Sahm), who died at 71.
    • Toshio Matsumoto, Director.
    • MOVIES: NOT RATED
    • Glory is released. Tsanko Petrov, a railroad worker, finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the money over to the police, for which the state rewards him with a new wristwatch that soon stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova, head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov's old watch, a family relic. Here starts his desperate struggle to recover both his old watch and his dignity. [Film Movement]
    • GAMING: 3DS
    • BYE-BYE BOXBOY! for 3DS is released. Square off against the odds in BYE-BYE BOXBOY!, a 2D puzzle-platformer available exclusively from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS family systems. Join Qbby, a conundrum-solving cube, on an all-new adventure where you’ll need to box clever and ingeniously navigate your way through more than 180 brainteasing levels. [Nintendo UK]

    On this day in 2016

    • EVENTS
    • Breakthrough Starshot: Scientists and internet entrepreneurs, including Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg, announce interstellar project to send robot spacecraft to Alpha Centauri.
    • A report showed that British artists including Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Adele had helped the music industry return to meaningful growth for the first time in almost 20 years. British artists accounted for five of the top 10 selling albums during 2015, as the global music industry generated $15bn (£10.5bn)..
    • A US court ruled that Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page must face trial in a copyright row over the song 'Stairway to Heaven'. The copyright infringement action had been brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, who played on the same bill as Led Zeppelin in the 1960s, and claimed he should be given a writing credit on the track..
    • DEATHS
    • Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Chips with Everything), who died at 83.
    • Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, who died at 88.
    • Anne Jackson, American stage actress (Twice Around the Park), who died at 90.
    • David Gest, American television producer, who died at 62.
    • TV SERIES
    • Game of Silence: Season 1 is released. 25 years ago, Jackson (David Lyons) Gil (Michael Raymond-James), Shawn Polk (Larenz Tate) and Boots (Derek Phillips) caused an accident that sent them to the Quitman Youth Detention Facility. The secret the four kept from their time there reemerges in this drama series based on the Turkish series Suskunlar (which was based on Lorenzo Carcaterra's 1995 novel Sleepers).
    • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
    • Stories: The Path of Destinies for PlayStation 4 is released. In Stories, each choice you make takes Reynardo into a unique narrative. From tongue-in-cheek takes on heroic adventures to dark, Lovecraftian scenes, Stories’ repertoire is as diverse as it is action-packed. But Reynardo’s fateful decisions won’t always be easy: Sometimes retrieving a weapon lost at the beginning of time means sacrificing the life of an old friend. [Playstation.com]
    • Ratchet & Clank for PlayStation 4 is released. Play the game, based on the movie, based on the game. Ratchet & Clank (PS4) is a new game based on elements from the original Ratchet & Clank (PS2). Developed alongside the major motion CG-animated picture coming to theatres in 2016, Ratchet & Clank (PS4) marks the PlayStation 4 debut of PlayStation's greatest heroes. Join Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark and new friends as they battle to save the Solana Galaxy from the evil Chairman Drek. With an hour of new cinematics (including footage from the film), Ratchet & Clank (PS4) takes a deeper look at the characters' origin stories and modernizes the original gameplay. Explore the galaxy in a game that features new planets, new and updated gameplay segments, all-new bosses, all-new Clank gameplay, all-new flight sequences, and much more --- with completely new visuals built to demonstrate the power of the PS4. Battle your enemies with an out-of-this-world arsenal, including new weapons and fan-favorite tools of destruction from the Ratchet & Clank Future series. From the brand new Pixelizer (which transforms enemies into explosive 8-bit pixels) to franchise favorites like the dance-party-inducing Groovitron and wise-cracking robotic bodyguard Mr. Zurkon, Ratchet & Clank's arsenal has never been better. Help Ratchet and Clank save the galaxy for the first time, again, exclusively on PlayStation 4.
    • GAMING: XBOX ONE
    • Dark Souls III for Xbox One is released. Developed by Japanese developer FromSoftware, DARK SOULS III is the latest chapter in the DARK SOULS series with its trademark sword and sorcery combat and rewarding action RPG gameplay. Players travel across a wide variety of locations in an interconnected world of unrelenting challenge and deep RPG gameplay as they search for a way to survive the coming apocalypse.

    On this day in 2015

    • EVENTS
    • Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly was arrested on drugs charges after police stopped the bus in which he was travelling in Tennessee. Officers found 'five coloured crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia' and handguns on board the tour bus..
    • BIRTHS
    • India Casiraghi,, London, born in Monaco.
    • WEDDINGS
    • Fashion designer Tina Knowles at the age of 61 weds actor Richard Lawson at the age of 68 in Newport Beach, California.
    • Actor David Arquette at the age of 43 weds entertainment host Christina McLarty in a quiet ceremony.
    • DEATHS
    • Gary Terry, Race Car Driver.
    • Sheila Kitzinger, British author, anthropologist & child birth educator, who died at 86.
    • TV SERIES
    • Silicon Valley: Season 2 is released. The Mike Judge comedy returns for its second season.
    • Game of Thrones: Season 5 is released. The fifth season returns with a ten episodes which will include introductions to Dorne and its people.
    • POLITICS
    • Hillary Clinton announces she will run for the Democratic nominee for US President for the 2nd time.

    On this day in 2014

    • EVENTS
    • The new drug, ABT-450, with a 90-95% success rate for treating Hepatitis C, is announced.
    • The Pulp hit 'Common People' was voted the top Britpop anthem by listeners of BBC Radio 6 Music in the UK, beating Oasis, Blur and Suede to take the title. More than 30,000 people voted, with The Verve's 'Bittersweet Symphony' second and Oasis tracks 'Don't Look Back in Anger' and 'Wonderwall' in third and fourth..
    • WEDDINGS
    • Actress Ginnifer Goodwin at the age of 35 weds actor Josh Dallas at the age of 32 in Los Angeles, California.
    • Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter at the age of 34 weds long term girlfriend Lauren Kitt in Santa Barbara, California.
    • DEATHS
    • Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), who died of Alzheimer's & COPD at 89.
    • Billy Standridge, Race Car Driver.
    • SPORTS
    • Hal Smith, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1957,59²; St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates), who died at 82.

    On this day in 2013

    • EVENTS
    • A man-made 32-foot and 60 tonne monument that is dates around 2000 BC is discovered in the Sea of Galilee.
    • 11 people are killed and 30 are injured in mosque attacks across Iraq.
    • BIRTHS
    • Preslee Grace Nelson, YouTube Star, born in United States.
    • DEATHS
    • Robert Byrne, American grand chess master, who died from Parkinson’s disease at 84.
    • Michael France, American screenwriter, who died from complications from diabetes at 51.
    • MOVIES: NOT RATED
    • Paris-Manhattan is released. A romantic comedy centered on a Woody Allen-obsessed pharmacist (Alice Taglioni) and her would-be lover (Patrick Bruel).
    • Antiviral is released. After being infected with the virus that killed superstar Hannah Geist, Syd March must unravel the mystery surrounding her death to save his own life.
    • This Ain't California is released. This Ain't California is a celebration of the lust for life, a contemporary documentary trip into the world of skateboarding in the German Democratic Republic. The film follows its three heroes from their childhood in the seventies through their teenage rebellion in the eighties to the summer 1989 when their life changed forever.
    • The Angels' Share is released. Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.After narrowly avoiding jail and becoming a new dad, Robbie vows to change his life. He and his friend hatch a plan after visiting a whisky distillery.
    • Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington is released. A look a the life of photo-journalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington who covered wars in Afghanistan, Liberia and Libya.
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • Scary Movie 5 is released. A couple begin to experience paranormal activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital. With the help of surveillance cameras and various experts, they learn they're being stalked by a nefarious demon, but in a funny way. This is the Scary Movie franchise after all.
    • 42 is released. The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
    • MOVIES: R
    • It's a Disaster is released. In this doomsday comedy, four couples who meet for Sunday brunch find themselves stranded in a house together as the world may be about to end.
    • Disconnect is released. A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world.
    • To the Wonder is released. After visiting Mont Saint-Michel, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Marina meets a priest and fellow exile, who is struggling with his vocation, while Neil renews his ties with a childhood friend, Jane.
    • TV SERIES
    • Da Vinci's Demons: Season 1 is released. Twenty five-year old artist/inventor Leonardo da Vinci (Tom Riley) works for Lorenzo Medici (Elliot Cowan); attracts the attention of Medici's mistress, Lucrezia Donati (Laura Haddock); battles Count Girolamo Riario (Blake Ritson); and seeks the mysterious Book of Leaves in this historical fantasy series.
    • SPORTS
    • Marv Harshman, American basketball hall of fame coach (Pacific Lutheran, Wash State, Washington), who died at 95.

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