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Today in the World Countries

  • Armenian Remembrance Day is being celebrated in Armenia
  • Concord Day is being celebrated in Niger
  • Loktantra Diwas is being celebrated in Nepal
  • People born on this day are Taurus as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • India surpasses China as the worlds most populous country according to UN estimates, with 1,425,775,850 people (estimated to reach 1.7 billion by 2064).
  • Tucker Carlson, Fox News most popular prime-time host, is fired from the cable network.
  • Aun Mehmood, TikTok Star, born in Pakistan.

On this day in 2022

  • (Wilhelm) "Willi" Resetarits, Austrian singer and human rights activist, who died at 73.
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth (2022): Season 1 is released. An alien (Chiwetel Ejiofor) seeks Justin Falls (Naomie Harris), a scientist, who he believes can help save his species in this continuation inspired by the novel by Walter Tevis and the 1976 film of the same name with David Bowie.
  • The Baby: Season 1 is released. 38-year-old Natasha (Michelle De Swarte) didn't want a child but finds herself saddled with a baby in this horror comedy limited series co-created by Siân Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer.
  • Barry: Season 3 is released. Barry finds it's not just other people stopping him from leaving his past behind in the third season of the dark comedy from Bill Hader and Alec Berg.
  • Gaslit: Season 1 is released. Martha Mitchell (Julia Roberts), the wife of Nixon's Attorney General (Sean Penn) and the Nixon administrations attempts to keep her from talking about Watergate are at the center of the limited series based on the first season of the Slate podcast Slow Burn.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron wins re-election defeating National Rally's Marine Le Pen, first sitting French president re-elected in 20 years.
  • American singer NE-YO (42) renews marriage vows with his wife Crystal Renay Smith (35) in an elaborate rooftop ceremony at Resorts World Las Vegas, Nevada; divorce in 2023.

On this day in 2021

  • At least 82 COVID-19 pandemic patients die in a fire at Ibn Khatib hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, with 100 more injured.
  • Alber Elbaz, Fashion Designer.
  • Christa Ludwig, German soprano (Vienna State Opera,1955-94; Metropolitan Opera,1959-93), who died at 93.
  • John T. Ward Jr., American racehorse trainer (Kentucky Derby 2001 Monarchos; Breeders'Cup Distaff 1999 Beautiful Pleasure), who died at 75.
  • Sarolta Monspart, Hungarian orienteering competitor (first non-Scandinavian female to win World C'ship 1972; 14 x national titles), who died at 76.
  • Joe Biden becomes the first US President to officially recognize killing of Armenians in the Ottoman empire during WWII as 'genocide'.

On this day in 2020

  • Jimmy Bowsher, Race Car Driver.
  • Graeme Watson, Australian cricket all-rounder (5 Tests,1 x 50,6 wickets; 2 ODIs; Victoria CA, WA CA, NSW CA), who died from cancer at 75.
  • (Hamilton) Bohannon, American R& B and disco percussionist, bandleader, songwriter, and record producer (" Save Their Souls"), who died at 78.
  • Harold Reid, American country bass vocalist (Statler Brothers - "Bed Of Rose's"), who died of kidney failure at 80.
  • Lynn Faulds Wood, Scottish television presenter (Watchdog), who died of a stroke at 72.
  • MOVIES: APRIL 24 2020
  • Beastie Boys Story is released. Surviving Beastie Boys members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz share details on the history of their band and their friendship with director and longtime collaborator Spike Jonze.
  • 1BR is released. Sarah tries to start anew in LA, but her neighbours are not what they seem.
  • Robert the Bruce is released. King Robert the Bruce is injured and on the run from the English army. On the brink of defeat, a widow and her family nurse him back to health and join The Bruce as he sets out to claim the long-awaited freedom of Scotland.
  • To the Stars is released. In a god-fearing small town in 1960s Oklahoma, bespectacled and reclusive teen Iris endures the booze-induced antics of her mother and daily doses of bullying from her classmates. She finds solace in Maggie, the charismatic and enigmatic new girl at school, who hones in on Iris’s untapped potential and coaxes her out of her shell. When Maggie’s mysterious past can no longer be suppressed, the tiny community is thrown into a state of panic, leaving Maggie to take potentially drastic measures and inciting Iris to stand up for her friend and herself.
  • True History of the Kelly Gang is released. Set amidst the grueling badlands of 19th-century Australia, legendary outlaw Ned Kelly (George MacKay) grows up under the bloody and uncompromising rule of the English. Food is scarce, survival is filled with daily strife, and every opportunity the colonizers take to make their victims feel powerless is inflicted with searing brutality. In a desperate attempt to prime him for rebellion, Ned Kelly’s mother (Essie Davis), sells him off into the hands of the notorious bushranger Harry Power (Russel Crowe), where the young bandit discovers he comes from a line of warriors called the Sons of Sieve. Fueled by his roots and a voracious appetite for revenge, Ned Kelly leads an anarchist army to wreak havoc on their oppressors in one of the most audacious attacks the country has ever seen. [IFC Films]
  • Extraction is released. Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is a fearless black market mercenary with nothing left to lose when his skills are solicited to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. But in the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers, an already deadly mission approaches the impossible, forever altering the lives of Rake and the boy.
  • Defending Jacob: Season 1 is released. Jacob (Jaeden Martell), the 14-year-old son of assistant district attorney Andy Barber (Chris Evans), is accused of murder in this limited series thriller based on the novel of the same name by William Landay.
  • Dear Life was released by Brendan Benson. The seventh full-length solo release for the Raconteurs member was self-produced.
  • For Their Love was released by Other Lives. The fourth full-length release for the Oklahoma indie rock band was recorded in Oregon and was self-produced.
  • Shortly After Takeoff was released by BC Camplight. The final release for Brian Christinzio's "Manchester Trilogy"features contributions from Adam Dawson and Francesca Pidgeon.
  • Harkin was released by Harkin. The debut full-length solo release for the indie singer-songwriter features contributions from Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and was recorded with John Agnello and Richard Formby.
  • Good Souls Better Angels was released by Lucinda Williams. The latest full-length release for the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter was produced with Ray Kennedy and Tom Overby.
  • Wake UP! was released by Hazel English. The debut full-length release for the Los Angeles-based artist born in Australia was produced by Ben H. Allen and Justin Raisen.
  • Spuds Unearthed for PlayStation 4 is released. Fight to build your own Spud tribe and make your planet prosper in this hilarious action-strategy game with a dash of playing god. Journey to different planets, upgrade your heroes and create new weapons for your galactic conquest.
  • Predator: Hunting Grounds for PlayStation 4 is released. Hunt or Be Hunted - Predator: Hunting Grounds is an immersive asymmetrical shooter set in remote areas around the world, where the Predator stalks the most challenging prey. Play as a member of an elite Fireteam and complete paramilitary operations before the Predator finds you. Or, play as the Predator to hunt the most worthy prey, choosing from your vast array of deadly alien tech to collect your trophies, one by one.
  • Deliver Us The Moon for PlayStation 4 is released. Deliver Us The Moon is a Sci-Fi thriller set in an apocalyptic near future, where Earth's natural resources are depleted. A lone astronaut is sent to the moon on a critical mission to save humanity from extinction.
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto for Switch is released. The latest game in the Ultimate Ninja Storm series is finally here for Nintendo Switch. It features all DLC, including the latest "NEXT GENERATIONS"DLC Update Pack. Relive the Fourth Great Ninja War that unfolded in Naruto Shippuden, and experience the story of Boruto: Naruto the Movie featuring Naruto's son, Boruto Uzumaki. Plus, choose from 124 ninja—the most in the series! Join in action-packed battles, whenever and wherever you want.
  • Trials of Mana for Switch is released. When the world was shrouded in darkness, the Goddess of Mana drew forth the Sword of Mana to smite the eight Benevodons, monsters of destruction. She sealed the horrors inside the eight Mana Stones, bringing the realm back from the brink. Weakened from rebuilding the world, the Goddess changed herself into a tree and fell into a deep sleep for many years. However, the forces of evil soon sought to free the Benevodons to gain control of the world. They started a terrible war to further their plot and destabilize the kingdoms. Peace was at an end. Mana itself began to disappear from the world and the Mana Tree started to wither...

On this day in 2019

  • Hubert Hahne, Race Car Driver.
  • MOVIES: APRIL 24 2019
  • Carmine Street Guitars is released. Five days in the life of fabled Greenwich Village guitar store Carmine Street Guitars.
  • Cobra Kai: Season 2 is released. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) looks to open Miyagi-do as a full dojo/karate school.

On this day in 2018

  • Ed Sheeran's "÷" is the best-selling album of 2017, selling 6.1 million copies, according to IFPI.
  • Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo arrested and charged with eight murders after being identified through genealogy websites.
  • Streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time according to IFPI.
  • Suffragist Millicent Fawcett is the first woman to have a statue erected in Parliament Square, London, England.
  • Genius (2017): Season 2 is released. Pablo Picasso (Antonio Banderas) is the focus of the second season of the biographical anthology series from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.
  • Frostpunk for PC is released. In a completely frozen world, people develop steam-powered technology to oppose the overwhelming cold. Society in its current form becomes ineffective and it has to change in order to survive.
  • BattleTech for PC is released. Assume command of your own mercenary outfit of 'Mechs and the MechWarriors that pilot them, struggling to stay afloat as you find yourself drawn into a brutal interstellar civil war.
  • Gal*Gun 2 for PlayStation 4 is released. Gal Gun is back for an adventure more outrageous than ever! A new army of girls has been overpowered by lust in THE FULL-FRONTAL SEQUEL to Japan's infamous shooter. Fend them off with your Pheromone Shot and use new gadgets to expel demons from their bodies in the most audacious first-person shooter you'll ever play!FEATURES:* The craziest shooter yet! -- Help swarms of girls exorcise their demon possessions by hitting their pleasure spots with your love gun until they explode in euphoria!* A gorgeous new cast! -- Woo a fresh set of girls in a brand-new Gal Gun story. With the aid of alluring angel Risu, become romantically entangled with girl-next-door Chiru and childhood sweetheart Nanako.* Fulfil each girl's desires! -- Manage your schedule to receive jobs from the academy's love-struck girls, and satisfy their requests to unlock new missions and story scenes.* Suck your way to Pantsu Paradise! -- Equip the Demon Sweeper, capable of vacuuming up Gal*Gun 2's pesky demon menaces... and sucking the dresses right off the girls' bodies!* Get up-close and very personal! -- Enter Doki Doki Mode, which returns in its biggest, boldest and bounciest guise ever, to rub, caress and poke your way to happiness!
  • The Swords of Ditto for PlayStation 4 is released. The Swords of Ditto is a compact action RPG that creates a unique adventure for each new hero of legend in the relentless fight against the evil Mormo.
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole for Switch is released. From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes South Park: The Fractured but Whole, a sequel to 2014's award-winning South Park: The Stick of Truth.Players will once again assume the role of the New Kid, and join South Park favorites Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman in a new hilarious and outrageous RPG adventure. In South Park: The Fractured but Whole, players will delve into the crime-ridden underbelly of South Park with Coon and Friends. This dedicated group of crime fighters was formed by Eric Cartman whose superhero alter-ego, The Coon, is half man, half raccoon. As the New Kid, players will join Mysterion, Toolshed, Human Kite, Mosquito, Mint Berry Crunch and a host of others to battle the forces of evil while Coon strives to make his team the most beloved superheroes in history.
  • The Invisible Hours for Xbox One is released. A group of strangers receive a curious invitation from enigmatic inventor Nikola Tesla, offering each of them the chance to make amends for their darkest wrongdoings. When the last guest arrives at Tesla's isolated mansion laboratory, they find him dead - murdered. Disgraced Swedish detective, Gustaf Gustav, vows to find the killer amongst the other guests: a blind butler, a convicted murderer, the world's most famous actress, Tesla's former assistant, the son of a wealthy railroad magnate, and rival inventor Thomas Edison. But none of these people are what they seem.
  • US President Donald Trump hosts his first state dinner for visiting French President Emmanuel Macron.

On this day in 2017

  • Don Gordon [Donald Guadagno], American actor (Bullitt, Papillon), who died at 90.
  • Agustín Edwards, Chilean media tycoon (El Mercurio), who died at 89.
  • Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), who died at 88.
  • Pinstripe for PC is released. Pinstripe is an emotionally charged adventure through Hell created entirely by a one-man team over the course of five years. Play as Teddy, an estranged ex-minister forced to venture through the frozen afterlife in search of his three-year-old daughter Bo, and her perverse kidnapper. Discover the dark secrets of Teddy's past, and confront his sleazy, demonic nemesis, Mr. Pinstripe.
  • What Remains of Edith Finch for PC is released. What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of short stories about a cursed family in Washington State.
  • Outlast 2 for PlayStation 4 is released. Outlast 2 is the sequel to the acclaimed survival horror game Outlast. Set in the same universe as the first game, but with different characters and a different setting, Outlast 2 is a twisted new journey into the depths of the human mind and its dark secrets. No conflict is ever black and white. Outlast 2 introduces you to Sullivan Knoth and his followers, who left our wicked world behind to give birth to Temple Gate, a town, deep in the wilderness and hidden from civilization. Knoth and his flock are preparing for the tribulations of the end of times, and you’re right in the thick of it.
  • Statik for PlayStation 4 is released. Statik is a VR game focused on solving puzzles in a place you're not familiar with, with a person you don’t recognize, and hands that aren’t completely yours.
  • Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), who died at 77.

On this day in 2016

  • Quenisha Qiana, Model, born in Netherlands.
  • Papa Wemba [Wembadio Kikumba], Congolese singer, known as the "King of Rumba Rock", who died after collapsing on stage at 66.
  • Jan Henrik Kayser, Norwegian concert pianist (Grieg Prize,1978), who died at 83.
  • Bill Wimble, Race Car Driver.
  • Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer (Me & Mrs Jones), who died at 81.
  • Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 1952,60), who died at 85.
  • Veep: Season 5 is released. The fifth season of the comedy begins with the decision for president ending in an electoral college tie.
  • Game of Thrones: Season 6 is released. Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) returns for the sixth season, which will be the first season that the series will surpass the George R.R. Martin's novels.
  • Silicon Valley: Season 3 is released. Richard (Thomas Middleditch) seeks to become CEO of Pied Piper in the third season of the Mike Judge comedy.

On this day in 2015

  • Armenia commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire.
  • MOVIES: APRIL 24 2015
  • Misery Loves Comedy is released. Over fifty very famous American and Canadian funny people (filmmakers, writers, actors and comedians) share life and professional journeys and insights, in an effort to shed light on the thesis: Do you have to be miserable to be funny?
  • Kung Fu Killer is released. A vicious serial killer is targeting top martial arts masters, and convicted criminal and kung-fu master Hahou (Donnie Yen) is the only one with the skills to stop him. Released from jail and into police custody, they soon have their doubts about Hahou’s true allegiance after a series of mysterious events. Hunted by an unstoppable killer (Wang Baoqiang) and the entire police force, Hahou finds himself on his own. [Well Go USA]
  • 24 Days is released. In January of 2006 a beautiful young woman walks into a Parisian cellphone shop, looks around, and asks for the sales attendant's number. Later, she calls asking to meet. Who could have known Ilan, the 23 year old man, was flirting with death? The next time his family hears from him is through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding ransom.
  • The Great Museum is released. Featuring unprecedented access to an influential and multi-faceted institution, The Great Museum reveals the inner-workings of Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of the most important art institutions in the world. Widely known as the art palace that houses paintings by Rembrandt, Diego Velasquez, Pieter Brueghel, Peter Paul Rubens and Caravaggio, among many other canonical works, the museum also features a remarkable and magnetic group of dedicated employees. As the camera follows the spacious rooms hosting some of the world's most valuable art works, director Johannes Holzhausen reveals a dynamic, reflective and fast-moving institution that's both adapting to the marketing and funding realities of the 21st-century while remaining faithful to its core mission.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Age of Adaline is released. After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever. [Lionsgate]
  • Little Boy is released. A seven-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his father back from World War II.
  • Adult Beginners is released. A young, hipster entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister (Rose Byrne), brother-in-law (Bobby Cannavale) and three year-old nephew in the suburbs — only to become their manny. Faced with real responsibility, he may finally have to grow up — but not without some bad behavior first.
  • The Forger is released. The world's best art forger (John Travolta) makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he must pull off an impossible heist - he must forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum, and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice. He enlists the help of his father (Christopher Plummer) and son (Tye Sheridan) and together they plan the heist of their lives!
  • The Water Diviner is released. In 1919, Australian farmer Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who have suffered their own losses in the conflict: Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), a strikingly beautiful but guarded hotelier raising a child alone; her young, spirited son, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades), who finds a friend in Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdo?an), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor’s boys and who may be this father’s only hope. With seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his path, Connor must travel across the battle-scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth and his own peace.
  • Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is released. This authorized documentary traces Cobain's life from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success with the grunge band Nirvana.
  • Dungeons 2 for PC is released. In Dungeons 2, fulfill the Dungeon Lord’s voracious quest for vengeance by recruiting fearsome new monsters from all corners of the underworld in order to undertake his evil bidding.
  • BRAWL for PlayStation 4 is released. It’s a horror-themed party game for up to four players. The game mixes well-known gameplay (you try to blow up your opponents with strategically placed bombs) with MOBA elements. There are eight characters, each with unique skillset. The easiest way to learn which character is best suited to your style is to play through the story mode that serves as a tutorial. BRAWL is mainly a party game and as such it features five local multiplayer modes, two online only, and two modes that can be played by one or two players in cooperation.

On this day in 2014

  • Konstantin Orbelyan, Armenian pianist, jazz and classical composer, and orchestra leader (State Estrada (Pops) Orchestra), who died at 85.
  • Shobha Nagi Reddy, Politician.
  • Bad Teacher: Season 1 is released. Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor) poses as a teacher at her friend's step-daughter's school after convincing Principal Carl Gaines (David Alan Grier), but not everyone is so easily fooled in this comedy based on the 2011 film of the same name.
  • Black Box: Season 1 is released. Renowned neurologist Dr. Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) hides her bipolar diagnosis from everyone except her psychiatrist, Dr. Helen Hartramph (Vanessa Redgrave) as she juggles her attraction to a chef named Will Van Renseller (David Ajala) and her coworker, Dr. Ian Bickman (Ditch Davey).
  • Endless Legend for PC is released. Endless Legend is a 4X turn-based fantasy strategy game by the creators of Endless Space and Dungeon of the Endless. Create your own Legend.
  • The Blackwell Epiphany for PC is released. A dead man’s soul cries out against the force of a ferocious blizzard. He cries for help. He cries for answers. Then he screams as he is torn apart like damp tissue paper. This wasn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last. The police are powerless to stop it, so the duty falls to the only ones who can. What force could be so powerful – and so malevolent – that it would destroy the very core of a life in order to get what it wants? Rosa Blackwell and Joey Mallone mean to find out, even if it means risking themselves in the process.


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