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Today in the World Countries

  • Day of the Veterans is being celebrated in Argentina
  • Easter Tuesday is being celebrated in Nauru
  • Sizdah Bedar is being celebrated in Iran
  • People born on this day are Aries as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • Salim Durani, Indian cricket all-rounder (29 Tests,1 x 100,74 wickets, BB 6/73; Saurashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan), who died from cancer at 88.
  • 41st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: American Airlines CenterDallas, Texas: LSU defeat Iowa Hawkeyes,102-85 to win Tigers'first-ever national title; MOP: Angel Reese (LSU).

On this day in 2022

  • Ukraine liberates the entire Kyiv region from retreating Russian forces.
  • Estelle Harris, Movie Actress.
  • Leonel Sanchez, Soccer Player.
  • Leonel Sánchez, Chilean soccer striker (85 caps; Club Universidad de Chile 413games,167 goals), who died at 85.

On this day in 2021

  • Morris "B. B." Dickerson, American bassist (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?" ; "Low Rider"), who died at 71.
  • Valentin Afonin, Russian soccer defender (42 caps; SKA Rostov-on-Don, CSKA Moscow), who died at 81.
  • WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn is released. Exploring the rise and fall of one of the biggest corporate flameouts and venture capitalist bubbles in recent years – this is the story of WeWork and its hippie-messianic leader Adam Neumann who makes you beg the question, was he trying to create a cult?
  • This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection is released. Mantoa (Mary Twala Mhlongo), an 80-year-old woman, has lived in a small Lesotho village for her entire life. While preparing for her own death, she receives word of an accident that has killed her only son, leaving her entirely alone, with only the respect of her community, the traditions of her ancestors, and the courage of her convictions. When her community must relocate to make way for a nearby dam which would flood her family’s burial ground, Mantoa draws a line in the sand and becomes an unlikely political and spiritual leader.
  • The Man Who Sold His Skin is released. Sam Ali, a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of the World’s most sulfurous contemporary artist. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realize that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom.
  • The Oak Room is released. During a raging snowstorm, a drifter returns home to the blue-collar bar located in the remote Canadian town where he was born. When he offers to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender by telling him a story, the night's events quickly spin into a dark tale of mistaken identities, double-crosses and shocking violence.
  • Shiva Baby is released. At a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a college student runs into her sugar daddy.
  • Malmkrog is released. Among the guests who come to the mansion of aristocratic landowner Nikolai over Christmas are a politician, a young countess, and a general with his wife. They dine and discuss topics such as progress and morality. As the debate becomes more heated, cultural differences become increasingly apparent. [MUBI]
  • Concrete Cowboy is released. While spending the summer in North Philadelphia, a troubled teen is caught between a life of crime and his estranged father’s vibrant urban-cowboy subculture.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Unholy is released. After a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary, Alice, a young hearing-impaired girl, is inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick. As word spreads and people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hoping to revive his career visits the small New England town to investigate. When terrifying events begin to happen all around, he starts to question if these phenomena are the works of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister.
  • Every Breath You Take is released. A psychiatrist (Casey Affleck), whose client commits suicide, finds his family life disrupted after introducing the patient's surviving brother (Sam Claflin) to his wife (Michelle Monaghan) and daughter.
  • The Serpent: Season 1 is released. Set in the 1970s, conman Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim) and his girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman) begin their crime spree in southeast Asia which draws the attention of Dutch diplomat Herman Knippenberg (Billy Howle) and his wife (Ellie Bamber) in this eight-part series inspired by real events.[Premiered originally in the UK on BBC One on 1 Jan 2021 and in the US on Netflix on 2 Apr 2021]
  • Dancing with the Devil... The Art of Starting Over was released by Demi Lovato. The seventh full-length release for the actress/pop singer-songwriter features guest appearances from Noah Cyrus, Sam Fischer, Ariana Grande, and Saweetie.
  • Course in Fable was released by Ryley Walker. The latest release for the New York-based singer-songwriter was produced by Tortoise's John McEntire and features contributions from Bill MacKay, Nancy Ives, Douglas Jenkins, Ryan Jewell, and Andrew Scott Young.
  • New Long Leg was released by Dry Cleaning. The debut full-length release for the British post-punk band was recorded in Wales with producer John Parish.
  • Homecoming was released by Du Blonde. The third full-length release for Beth Jeans Houghton as Du Blonde features guest appearances from Andy Bell, Ezra Furman, Shirley Manson, and The Farting Suffragettes.
  • G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END! was released by Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The seventh full-length studio release for the Canadian post-punk band was produced by The Besnard Lake's Jace Lasek.
  • Head of Roses was released by Flock of Dimes. The second full-length release for the Jenn Wasner solo project was recorded at her North Carolina studio.

On this day in 2020

  • New study shows western Antarctica once swampy with temperate forests 93-83 million years ago during Cretaceous period, according to Alfred Wegener Institute.
  • Number of COVID-19 pandemic cases worldwide passes 1 million, with 1,002,159 cases and 51,485 deaths reported, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • Spain's death toll passes 10,000 (10003), as it posts a record single-day rise of 950 deaths.
  • Record 6.6 million Americans filed claims for unemployment in last week according to the US Department of Labor,10 million over 2 weeks.
  • Sergio Rossi, Italian shoe designer, who died of COVID-19 pandemic complications at 84.
  • Patricia Bosworth, American actor, journalist, writer, and biographer, who died of COVID-19 pandemic complications at 86.
  • Free Pennington, Race Car Driver.
  • Logan Williams, TV Actor.
  • Eddie Large [McGinnis], British comedian (Little and Large), who died of heart issues and COVID-19 pandemic complications at 78.
  • Claudio Spies, Chilean American composer, who died at 95.
  • Curious Expedition for Switch is released. Curious Expedition is a roguelike expedition simulation set in the late 19th century. Together with famous personalities you will venture on unprecedented expeditions to regions never explored before for fame, science and treasures.
  • Brazilian president Jair Bonsonaro downplays the COVID-19 pandemic saying "its not all its being made out to be".
  • Carl Tacy, American college basketball coach (Wake Forest University 1972-85; 222-149 record), who died at 87.
  • Goyo Rubio, Spanish soccer defender (22 caps; Real Madrid 317 games), who died of COVID-19 pandemic at 73.

On this day in 2019

  • Lori Lightfoot elected first female African American Mayor of Chicago.
  • NASA states it wants to send astronauts to Mars by 2033, and land on the Moon again in 2024.
  • Canada is warming at twice the speed of the rest of the world, according to a federal report, increasing 2.3% in northern Canada.
  • 70 villages evacuated in Khuzesta province, Iran, after at least 45 killed in flooding after unprecedented rainfall.
  • Anthem James Tru, Instagram Star, born in United States.
  • Luigi Massi, Fashion Designer.
  • FAR: Lone Sails for PlayStation 4 is released. Traverse a desiccated seabed littered with the remains of a decaying civilization. Keep your vessel going, overcome obstacles, and withstand hazardous weather conditions. Where will this journey take you? Are you the last of your kind?
  • Darksiders: Warmastered Edition for Switch is released. Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of the world, War the first Horseman of the Apocalypse stands accused of breaking the sacred law by inciting a war between Heaven and Hell. In the slaughter that ensued, the demonic forces defeated the heavenly hosts and laid claim to the Earth.
  • Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (82) resigns after 20 years in office after widespread protests over running for another term.
  • OKC guard Russell Westbrook becomes 2nd player in NBA history to have 20+ points, rebounds and assists in a game; records 20-20-21 in 119-103 win over LA Lakers.

On this day in 2018

  • ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden gains her first pro win in a sudden-death playoff againstInbee Park and Jennifer Song that extends to 8 holes.
  • Morris Halle, Teacher.
  • Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Politician.
  • Susan Anspach, American actress (Grace-Yellow Rose, Hair, Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again Sam), who died at 75.
  • The Crossing (2018): Season 1 is released. 47 refugees from a war 150 years in the future wash up on the shores of a small Oregon town in the present day in this sci-fi drama written by Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR for PC is released. A true, full-length open-world game for VR has arrived from award-winning developers, Bethesda Game Studios. Skyrim VR reimagines the complete epic fantasy masterpiece with an unparalleled sense of scale, depth, and immersion. From battling ancient dragons to exploring rugged mountains and more, Skyrim VR brings to life a complete open world for you to experience any way you choose. Skyrim VR includes the critically-acclaimed core game and official add-ons -- Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn.Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel and the future of the Empire hangs in the balance. As Dragonborn, the prophesied hero born with the power of The Voice, you are the only one who can stand amongst them.
  • Winnie Mandela [Winnie Madikizela-Mandela], South African anti-apartheid activist and ANC politician, who died of a long illness at 81.

On this day in 2017

  • Attack on visitors to Muslim shrine by a custodian and others in Sargodha, Pakistan leaves 20 dead.
  • Willie Ringer, Race Car Driver.
  • Sam Ard, Race Car Driver.

On this day in 2016

  • Mike Gibbons, American rocker (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods - "Billy Don't Be A Hero"), who died at 71.
  • Gato Barbieri, Argentinian Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), who died at 83.

On this day in 2015

  • Hayley Okines, Autobiographer.
  • Manoel De Oliveira, Director.
  • Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), who died of cancer at 78.
  • Robert Schuller, American Christian televangelist (Glass Cathedral, Hour of Power), who died at 88.
  • BOXBOY! for 3DS is released. Think outside the box to save a world in danger. Traverse tricky landscapes by creating boxes to help Qbby navigate more than 20 puzzling worlds. Just watch out—tons of obstacles stand in your way, so fortify yourself with a Shielding Afro or other boxy defenses. Then beat some more stages to earn sweet square costumes, like a superhero outfit.
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft - Blackrock Mountain for PC is released. An expansion for Hearthstone, Blackrock Mountain is a single-player adventure.
  • War for the Overworld for PC is released. War for the Overworld is a Dungeon Management Game that employs your favourite aspects of the RPG, RTS and god game genres.In War for the Overworld, you will play as a malevolent Underlord with unrivaled dark power and an insatiable desire for bloody conquest.Excavate your dungeon and populate it with dozens of unique rooms that will attract myriad creatures to your halls to work and fight for you. In addition to creatures you have destructive spells and powerful rituals to cast upon any unsuspecting goodly hero (or rival Underlord) who dares trespass your unholy halls.
  • Underground for Wii U is released. Practice makes perfect. Surgical doctors-in-training residents all around the world have access to various box trainers and virtual reality simulators to train and maintain their laparoscopic skill set. However, due to a high workload, at the end of the day not everyone has time and energy to practice on these repetitive machines. By turning these drills into a fun and engaging video game, experienced doctors and doctors-in-training can practice them at home, and, more importantly, have fun while doing so.

On this day in 2014

  • Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, who died at 75.
  • Skip Lowis, Race Car Driver.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Unknown Known is released. In The Unknown Known, Errol Morris offers a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and expound on his “snowflakes, ” tens of thousands of memos (many never previously published) he composed as a congressman and as an advisor to four different presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide a window onto history—not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it. Morris makes plain that Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes”—whether intended to elucidate, rationalize, obfuscate, or control history—are contradicted by the facts. [RADiUS-TWC]
  • The Retrieval is released. 1864: as war ravages the nation, on the outskirts of the Civil War business as usual continues for slave-owners and traders. Will, a fatherless 13 year-old boy, survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang who sends him to earn the trust of runaway slaves in order to lure them back to the South. On a dangerous mission into the free North to find Nate, a fugitive freedman, things go wrong and Will and Nate find themselves on the run. As the bond between them unexpectedly grows, Will becomes consumed by conflicting emotions as he faces a gut-wrenching final decision.
  • Dom Hemingway is released. After twelve years in prison, Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he's owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt.

On this day in 2013

  • Eurozone unemployment reaches a high of 12%.
  • 13 children are killed in a fire in a mosque in Yangon, Burma.
  • 4 more critical cases of bird flu (H7N9) are reported in China.
  • 9 mutilated bodies are found in an SUV in Tamaulipas, Mexico.
  • The UN General Assembly approves the first Arms Trade Treaty.
  • Uruguay passes legislation to legalize same-sex marriage.
  • 13 people are killed in a quarry accident, in Arusha, Tanzania.
  • 7 people are killed in an attack on a power plant in Peshawar, Pakistan.
  • Milo O'Shea, Irish character actor (Barbarella, Staircase and Mass Appeal, Romeo & Juliet), who died at 86.
  • Jesús Franco, Spanish film director and writer, who died from complications from a stroke at 82.
  • Indigo Meadow was released by The Black Angels. The fourth full-length release for the Texas-based psychedelic rock band was produced by John Congleton.
  • Jama Ko was released by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba. The third release for Bassekou Kouyate introduces a new group of ngoni players and was co-produced with Howard Bilerman.
  • Love & Devotion was released by Heterotic. The debut release from Planet Mu founder Mike Paradinas and his wife Lara Rix-Martin features Gravenhurst's Nick Talbot on four tracks.
  • Heza was released by Generationals. The third full-length studio release for the New Orleans-based duo of Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner is the first album on the Polyvinyl label.
  • Holiday was released by Port St. Willow. This is the self-produced debut release (originally self-released in May 2012) for Brooklyn artist Nick Principe.
  • Haw was released by Hiss Golden Messenger. The fourth release for the band led by M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch, features contributions from such artists as The Black Twig Pickers’ Nathan Bowles, Megafaun’s Phil Cook, and William Tyler.
  • Ministry of Love was released by IO Echo. The debut full-length release for the duo of Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross includes Asian instruments.
  • My Shame Is True was released by Alkaline Trio. The ninth full-length studio release for the punk rock trio was produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore.
  • Out of Touch, In the Wild was released by Dutch Uncles. This is the third release for the British five-piece led by Duncan Wallis.
  • Pearl Mystic was released by Hookworms. The debut full-length release for the British indie rock quintet includes influences from psychedelic and krautrock.
  • Cosy Moments was released by Kinski. The sixth full-length release for the Seattle rock band is its first in over five years and its debut on the Kill Rock Stars label.
  • Amygdala was released by DJ Koze. The first solo releases in nine years from electronic producer Stefan Kozalla features guest appearances from Caribou, Apparat, Hildegard Knef, Matthew Dear, Ada, Milosh, and Dirk von Lotzow.
  • Caveman was released by Caveman. The second release for the New York indie band was produced by Nick Stumpf.
  • For Now I Am Winter was released by Ólafur Arnalds. The third full-length release for the Icelandic composer was orchestrally arranged by Nico Muhly and features the vocals of Agent Fresco singer Arnór Dan Arnarson on four tracks.
  • Dormarion was released by Telekinesis. The third full-length release from Michael B. Lerner as Telekinesis was produced by Jim Eno of Spoon.
  • Dear Miss Lonelyhearts was released by Cold War Kids. The fourth release for the California indie rock band is its first with former Modest Mouse and Murder City Devils guitarist Dann Gallucci, who also co-produced the album with Lars Stalfors.
  • Disarm the Descent was released by Killswitch Engage. The sixth studio release for the Massachusetts metalcore band sees the return of original lead singer Jesse Leach, who had left in 2002.
  • Cruise Your Illusion was released by Milk Music. The debut full-length release for the Olympia, Washington indie punk quartet formed by brothers, Alex Coxen and Joe Rutter.
  • Pioneer was released by The Band Perry. The second full-length release from the country trio was produced by Dann Huff.
  • Ride Your Heart was released by Bleached. The full-length debut for Los Angeles-based sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin was influenced by 1970s punk and Southern California pop-rock.
  • Seabed was released by Vondelpark. This is the full-length debut release for the London-based indie electronic trio of Lewis Rainsbury, Matt Law, and Alex Bailey.
  • Sempiternal was released by Bring Me the Horizon. The fourth release for the British metalcore band was produced by Terry Date and is its first with Worship's Jordan Fish.
  • Nomad was released by Bombino. The second solo release for Tuareg guitarist-singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.
  • Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO was released by The Besnard Lakes. This is the fourth release for the Canadian band led by husband-and-wife Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas.
  • Totale Nite was released by Merchandise. The five-track EP from the Tampa indie rock trio is its first release on the Night people label.
  • The North Borders was released by Bonobo. The fifth release for electronic producer Simon Green features guest appearances from Erykah Badu, Cornelia, Grey Reverend, and Szjerdene.
  • Vanishing Point was released by Mudhoney. The ninth studio release for the Seattle quartet is its first new album since 2008's The Lucky Ones.
  • Victim of Love was released by Charles Bradley. The soul singer worked with producer Thomas Brenneck on his second release on Daptone Records.
  • Wolf was released by Tyler, The Creator. The third full-length studio release from the Odd Future rapper features guest appearances from such artists as Erykah Badu, Hodgy Beats, Frank Ocean, Pharrell, Laetitia Sadier, and Earl Sweatshirt.
  • You Have Already Gone to the Other World was released by A Hawk and a Hacksaw. The sixth studio release for the indie duo of Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost was produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof and inspired by the 1964 film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.
  • White People & the Damage Done was released by Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine. The second full-length release for the punk band led by former Dead Kennedys frontman was produced by Marshall Lawless and Matt Kelley.
  • Cities in Motion 2 for PC is released. Cities in Motion 2 is the sequel to the popular mass transit simulation game Cities in Motion. The Modern Days introduces new features, like multiplayer game modes, day and night cycle, timetables and dynamic cities. The player's actions in building the transportation network will affect how the city grows, with affordable transportation spawning middle class housing and work places, and more expensive and delicate choices bringing in demanding business people. Player has many different types of vehicles to choose from and now can also build roads with bus lanes. Tackling the rush hour by managing transportation timetables and meeting the needs of the citizens are one of the key elements of building a successful and efficient network!
  • Defiance for PlayStation 3 is released. Defiance is the first multi-platform shooter MMO which interconnects with a global television program by cable channel Syfy.
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge for PlayStation 3 is released. The solitary Ninja, Ryu Hayabusa, must find a way to lift the deadly curse on his right arm before it destroys him... NINJA GAIDEN 3 has been reworked to bring to Wii U the truly intense, high-speed challenge and action NINJA GAIDEN fans demand. With more weapon and Ninpo types, a new character progression system, a redesigned battle system and the return of dismemberment, NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor's Edge improves upon the original NINJA GAIDEN 3 in every way and offers Wii U exclusive features and functionalities.
  • Chuck Fairbanks, American football coach (New England Patriots 1973-78; University of Oklahoma 1967-72, University of Colorado 1979-81), who died from brain cancer at 79.


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