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Today in the World Countries

  • Abolition Day is being celebrated in Mayotte
  • Freedom Day is being celebrated in South Africa
  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Sierra Leone, Togo
  • King's Birthday is being celebrated in Curacao, Netherlands, Sint Maarten
  • Resistance Day is being celebrated in Slovenia
  • People born on this day are Taurus as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • A pair of the "shortest, tightest"leather shorts worn by Freddie Mercury on stage sold at auction for £18,000. The singer wore the garment at several shows, including at Queen's sold-out Birmingham gig on 6 December 1980. The shorts were referenced in a 1992 biography by Queen's fan club secretary Jacky Gunn, who said they "didn't leave much to the imagination". Omega Auctions said they had been bought by an overseas bidder..
  • English rock and roll singer Wee Willie Harris died aged 90. He is best known for his energetic stage shows and TV performances starting in the 1950s when he was known as "Britain's wild man of rock 'n' roll". Paul McCartney and John Lennon reportedly queued for his autograph when he played in Liverpool in 1958. He resurfaced in the late 1970s as a nostalgia act, after Ian Dury mentioned him in the song 'Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3'..
  • Findings from the Zoonomia Project published - where genomes of 240 mammals collected and compared. Reveals 10.7% of the human genome identical to almost all species..
  • James Corden's final appearance as host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS, after 1,196 episodes.
  • (Charles William) "Wee Willie" Harris, English singer known as "Britain's wild man of rock 'n'roll", who died at 90.
  • Love & Death: Season 1 is released. David E. Kelley's limited series inspired by the 1980 true story of how Candy Montgomery's (Elizabeth Olsen) affair with Allan Gore (Jesse Plemons) led to her killing his wife (Lily Rabe) with an axe.
  • Sweet Tooth: Season 2 is released. Gus (Christian Convery) and other hybrids are held prisoner by General Abbot (Neil Sandilands) and the Last Men to be used as guinea pigs by the imprisoned Dr. Aditya Singh (Adeel Akhtar) to find a cure to a sickness that is killing people.
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor for PC is released. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor picks up five years after the events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Cal must stay one step ahead of the Empire's constant pursuit as he continues to feel the weight of being one of the last remaining Jedi in the galaxy. Developed by the veteran team at Respawn Entertainment, Jedi: Survivor will expand upon iconic Star Wars stories, worlds, and characters, and thrilling combat first experienced in Jedi: Fallen Order.
  • Mail Time for PC is released. Mail Time is a relaxing, cottagecore adventure set in a peaceful forest, far, far away.It's your first day on the job as a newly minted Mail Scout. Equipped with a mushroom hat, a pack full of letters, and unbridled enthusiasm, it's time to deliver letters and packages across the Grumblewood Grove.Their recipients eagerly await the sight of your mushroom hat, so don't tarry! Run, jump, glide, and make your way across the forest to deliver parcels and joy to the cute critters that inhabit these woods.That's right. It's Mail Time!
  • Live A Live for PlayStation 5 is released. The legend is alive!LIVE A LIVE, originally only released for the Super Famicom in Japan, is being revived on Nintendo Switch! Experience this legendary RPG for the first time in the west, brought alive in the same HD-2D visual style as OCTOPATH TRAVELER and TRIANGLE STRATEGY.Meet seven heroes, each with their own unique abilities and lives to live across different time periods. Experience their stories in any order you choose, uncovering shocking developments along the way:* Prehistory: A tribesman comes of age in a world without words.* The Wild West: A wanderer with a bounty on his head fights for his life. * Imperial China: A kung fu master searches for a worthy successor. * Twilight of Edo Japan: A shinobi undertakes an important secret mission. * Present Day: A martial artist strives to become the strongest there ever was. * The Near Future: A youth with psychic powers takes a stand against evil. * The Distant Future: A newly built robot is swept up in a tragedy in space. Featuring remastered music from original composer Yoko Shimomura and produced by Takashi Tokita (the director of the Super Famicom version), this remake retains everything that players loved about the original game while also being accessible to newcomers.
  • Bramble: The Mountain King for PlayStation 5 is released. Bramble The Mountain King is a grim adventure set in a world inspired by dark, Nordic fables. Explore the beautiful yet dangerous and twisted land of Bramble in your endeavour to rescue your sister. Traverse a wondrous landscape and survive deadly encounters with Bramble's many hideous creatures.
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence appears before the federal grand jury investigating President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss.

On this day in 2022

  • SpaceX, launches its Crew Dragon capsule with four astronauts, including Jessica Watkins - becomes 1st black woman to serve extended mission on International Space Station.
  • Judy Henske, American folk singer (High Flying Bird), who died at 85.
  • Pompo the Cinephile is released. Pompo is a talented and gutsy producer in “Nyallywood, ” the movie-making capital of the world. Although she’s known for B-movies, one day Pompo tells her movie-loving but apprehensive assistant Gene that he will direct her next script: a delicate drama about an aging and tormented creative genius, starring the legendary and Brando-esque actor Martin Braddock, and a young actress seeking her first break. But when the production heads towards chaos, can Gene rise to Pompo’s challenge, and succeed as a first-time director?
  • The Survivor is released. The film is set post-World War II and will star Ben Foster as Harry Haft, a boxer who fought fellow prisoners in the concentration camps to survive. Haunted by the memories and his guilt, he attempts to use high-profile fights against boxing legends like Rocky Marciano as a way to find his first love again.
  • The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes is released. Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe's tragic death spawned conspiracies and rumors for decades, often overshadowing her talent and shrewdness. By piecing together her final weeks, days and hours through previously unheard recordings of those who knew her best, this feature illuminates more of her glamorous, complicated life, and offers a new perspective on that fateful night.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt for PlayStation 5 is released. A treacherous betrayal has stirred a war amongst vampires, who are also targeted for annihilation by the secret society known as the Entity. Use your supernatural powers, weapons, and wit in this third-person battle royale game to dominate the night and restore the masquerade.Feed on potent blood to grow in power then hunt using your supernatural abilities and senses. With Prague in lockdown, defy gravity and strike from anywhere in your quest to dominate the night.Choose your Clan allegiance to define your playstyle and let your personality shine through as you create your most unique looks for rivals to remember.Form unholy alliances or fight alone away from human eyesight. As the hunters become the hunted, fight to the last drop to become the ultimate vampire and restore order.
  • The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe for Switch is released. The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is an expanded re-imagining of 2013's The Stanley Parable. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will make a choice, and you will become powerless. You are not here to win. The Stanley Parable is a game that plays you.
  • Italian women footballers finally turn professional after Italian Football Federation changes status of top division (takes effect 1 July) and ends capped amateur salaries.

On this day in 2021

  • Pfizer announces it is working on a new antiviral therapy to treat COVID-19 pandemic at its onset and prevent hospitalization.
  • Australian singer-songwriter Anita Lane died age 61. She was briefly a member of the Bad Seeds with Nick Cave and Mick Harvey. Lane released two solo albums, Dirty Pearl (1993) and Sex O'Clock (2001)..
  • Death end re; Quest for Switch is released. Arata Mizunashi, a video game programmer, receives a notification from an email sent to him by Shina Ninomiya, a colleague of his who went missing nearly one year ago. Together, they worked to create World's Odyssey (W.O.D.), an immersive virtual landscape powered by breathtaking, state-of-the-art technology. That is, until Shina's sudden disappearance put a swift halt to production. Arata discovers the startling revelation that Shina Ninomiya was stuck inside of "W.O.D."the whole time. When Arata delves hurriedly back into the lines of code haunting his forsaken project, he realizes that his game is now ravaged by an infestation of bugs, and that Shina is its only active player.Arata soon learns that a nefarious force prevents him from extracting Shina out of the game. Her only way out? She must complete the game to unlock the perfect ending -- an outcome with a success rate of 1%. On their journey, they encounter a slew of NPC characters that blur perceptions of humanity and A.I.-technology, setting into a motion a thrilling narrative that calls into question the differences between the virtual world and ours.Little do they know what horrors await them on both sides of the screen...
  • Brazil's Senate orders an official inquiry into President Jair Bonsonaro'and government official's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On this day in 2020

  • American R&B, rock and roll and jazz singer and songwriter Young Jessie died age 83. He recorded as Young Jessie in the 1950s and 1960s, and was known for his solo career, work with The Flairs and a brief stint in The Coasters. He later performed and recorded jazz as Obie Jessie..
  • Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 pandemic pass 3 million with the death toll at 205,000. US has 1/3 of all new cases..
  • Guitarist Scott Taylor died at the age of 58 from a brain tumour. He was a member of the English rock band Then Jerico. 'Big Area' achieved their greatest chart success, peaking at number 13 in the UK Singles Chart in 1988..
  • US Defense Department declassifies and releases videos of unidentified "aerial phenomena" from 2004 and 2015.
  • Eavan Boland, Poet.
  • Ashley Ross, Reality Star.
  • Nur Yerlitas, Fashion Designer.
  • Robert Herbin, French soccer defender (23 caps; Saint-Étienne) and manager (Saint-Étienne, Lyon, Strasbourg), who died at 81.
  • Marty Smith, American motocross racer (AMA 125cc 1974,75; AMA 500cc 1977), who died in a dune buggy accident at 63.
  • Lynn Harrell, American cellist, who died at 76.
  • Never Have I Ever: Season 1 is released. First-generation Indian-American teenager Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) deals with issues with high school and growing up in this series inspired by creator Mindy Kaling's childhood.

On this day in 2019

  • Shooter opens fire in a synagogue in Poway, California, killing one and injuring three.
  • Pope Francis donates $500,000 for migrants stranded in Mexico trying to reach the US.

On this day in 2018

  • More than 40 Tuareg killed over two days by suspected jihadists in Menaka region, Mali.
  • Mass protests across Spain after 5 men convicted of sexual abuse but not rape of teenage girl during Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona.
  • Historic Korean summit, the North's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea agree to officially end Korean war and rid peninsula of nuclear weapons.
  • Swedish band ABBA announce they have recorded new songs for the first time since 1982.
  • Paul Junger Witt, American TV and film producer (Brian's Song; Soap; The Golden Girls; Dead Poets Society), who died of cancer at 77.
  • Mrs. Hyde is released. Mrs. Géquil is a teacher despised by her colleagues and students. On a stormy night, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she wakes up, she feels different. Will she be able to keep the powerful and dangerous Mrs. Hyde contained?
  • Let the Sunshine In is released. Isabelle, Parisian artist, divorced mother, is looking for love, true love at last.
  • In the Last Days of the City is released. Tamer El Said’s ambitious debut feature tells the fictional story of a filmmaker (Khalid Abdalla) from downtown Cairo as he struggles to capture the soul of a city on edge while facing loss in his own life. Shot in Cairo, Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin during the two years before the outbreak of revolution in Egypt, the film’s multi-layered stories are a visually rich exploration of friendship, loneliness and life in cities shaped by the shadows of war and adversity. [Big World Pictures]
  • The House of Tomorrow is released. The film tells futurist, architect, and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller's incredible story through two teens hoping to get laid, become punk gods, and survive high school.
  • Ava is released. Based on her own adolescent experiences, Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava is a gripping debut about a young girl’s coming-of-age in a strict, traditional society. Living with her well-to-do parents in Tehran, Ava is a bright and focused teen whose concerns — friendships, music, social status, academic performance — resemble that of nearly any teenager. When Ava’s mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship with a boy — going so far as to visit a gynecologist — Ava is overwhelmed by a newfound rage. Formerly a model student, Ava begins to rebel against the strictures imposed by her parents, her school, and the society at large.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Avengers: Infinity War is released. As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
  • Backstabbing for Beginners is released. Based on a true story, an idealistic young employee (Theo James) working at the UN investigates the grisly murder of his predecessor and uncovers a vast global conspiracy, that may even involve his own boss (Ben Kingsley).
  • Disobedience is released. From Sebastián Lelio, the director of the Academy Award-winning A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz and based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.
  • Kings is released. Millie (Halle Berry) is a hardworking single mom with a soft spot for strays. When Kings begins, she already has eight children living in her house and will soon bring home another. Her neighbor Obie (Daniel Craig) is the local loose cannon, and the only white man in an area largely inhabited by African Americans, Latinos, and Koreans. With racial tensions running dangerously high, Millie and Obie would appear to be unlikely allies. Yet following the acquittal of four of the officers accused of beating Rodney King, these two must navigate the gathering chaos in the city to bring Millie’s kids home safely.
  • MOVIES: TV14
  • The Week Of is released. When two very different fathers (Adam Sandler and Chris Rock) come together for their children’s wedding, everything that could go wrong, does. Watch the hilarious hijinks as the two try to keep everything afloat, while dealing with their families...and each other. Before they get to the big day, they have to go through a long week.
  • The Rachel Divide is released. Rachel Dolezal ignited an unprecedented media storm when a local news station in Spokane, WA outed her as a white woman who had been living as the black president of the NAACP. Since the controversy erupted, director Laura Brownson and team exclusively filmed with Rachel, her sons and her adopted sister Esther, capturing the intimate, vérité life story of a damaged character who lands squarely in the cross-hairs of race and identity politics in America — and exploring how that character still provokes negative reactions from millions who see her as the ultimate example of white privilege. [Netflix]
  • Duck Butter is released. Two women, who are dissatisfied with the dishonesty they see in dating and relationships, decide to make a pact to spend 24 hours together hoping to find a new way to create intimacy.
  • Bobby Kennedy for President is released. The four-part miniseries directed by Dawn Porter features interviews as well as rare and never-before-seen footage, as it explores the career of the U.S. senator/U.S. Attorney General/presidential candidate.
  • Forth Wanderers was released by Forth Wanderers. The second full-length release for the indie rock band that includes members based in Ohio and New York was recorded in five days by Cameron Konner.
  • In the Rainbow Rain was released by Okkervil River. The latest release for the rock band led by Will Sheff, who produced the album with Shawn Everett, was recorded with Benjamin Lazar Davis, Will Graefe, Sarah Pedinotti, and Cully Symington.
  • Grid of Points was released by Grouper. The 11th full length release for Liz Harris was written and recorded in Wyoming over a week-and--a-half.
  • Everything's Fine was released by Jean Grae. The debut release for the collaboration between Jean Grae and Quelle Chris features guest appearances from Big Tone, Hannibal Buress, Michael Che, John Hodgman, Ashok "Dap"Kondabolu, Mosel, Nick Offerman, Denmark Vessey, Anna Wise, and Your Old Droog.
  • Dirty Computer was released by Janelle Monáe. The third LP (and first in five years) from the actress and recording artist features appearances by Brian Wilson, Pharrell Williams, Zoë Kravitz, and Grimes, plus musical contributions from Prince just prior to his death.
  • Caer was released by Twin Shadow. The fourth full-length release for George Lewis Jr. as Twin Shadow features guest appearances from Haim and Rainsford.
  • Conquistador was released by Dylan Carlson. The latest solo release for the Earth frontman was recorded by Kurt Ballou.
  • Critical Equation was released by Dr. Dog. The 10th full-length studio release for the Philadelphia indie band was produced by Gus Seyffert.
  • Beerbongs & Bentleys was released by Post Malone. The second full-length release for the rapper features guest appearaces from 21 Savage, G-Eazy, Swae Lee, Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla $ign, and YG.
  • Last Man Standing was released by Willie Nelson. The latest full-length studio release for the legendary country singer-songwriter features 11 new songs co-written with producer Buddy Cannon.
  • Lavender was released by Half Waif. The second full-length release for the Nandi Rose Plunkett project that includes two of her Pinegrove bandmates was co-produced with David Tolomei.
  • Megaplex was released by We Are Scientists. The sixth full-length release for the New York indie pop duo was produced by Max Hart.
  • Speak Your Mind was released by Anne-Marie. The debut full-length release for the British pop artist features a guest appearance from Marshmello.
  • Twerp Verse was released by Speedy Ortiz. The third full-length release for the Massachusetts indie rock band led by Sadie Dupuis was mixed by Mike Mogis.
  • The Thin Silence for PC is released. The Thin Silence explores depression, self-doubt, struggles, and trials. Amongst the darkness, the game features that sound, that thin silence, which calls to us in our darkest hours.
  • Monster Prom for PC is released. You have 3 weeks to get a date for Monster Prom. Go through absurd and funny situations, raise your stats and seduce one of your classmates. Beautiful art, bold, unapologetic dialogue and hard choices make up this Multiplayer (1-4 players) Dating Sim. Be your worst self.
  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition for Switch is released. In Jotun, you play Thora, a Norse warrior who has died an inglorious death and must face the challenges of Viking purgatory to prove herself to the Gods and enter Valhalla.
  • German leader Angela Merkel has a 1-day trip to Washington meeting US President Donald Trump.

On this day in 2017

  • NFL Draft: Texas A& M defensive end Myles Garrett first pick by Cleveland Browns.
  • Joe Leonard, Race Car Driver.
  • Julius Youngner, American virologist, helped develop Salk polio vaccine, who died at 96.
  • Vinod Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor (Mera Gaon Mera Desh), who died at 70.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III for PC is released. Jump into a brutal battle between three warring factions In Dawn of War III. You will have no choice but to face your foes when a catastrophic weapon is found on the mysterious world of Acheron.
  • Expeditions: Viking for PC is released. Circa 790 AD. A small band of Norse warriors lands on the shores of England. History may have forgotten their names, but their actions live on. As the chieftain of your clan, let ambition guide your choices in the party-based RPG Expeditions: Viking. How will history remember you?
  • Kamiko for Switch is released. Wield your weapon bestowed by the gods, and open the gates between worlds. KAMIKO is a game styled around Japanese Shinto beliefs. Fight as priestesses called "KAMIKO"and battle against demons while solving puzzles to make your way through the stages. Look no further if you are looking for an arcade action game with a twist. Each stage has several Torii (gates) which are magically sealed. Find a way to break all the seals to make your way to the stage boss. []

On this day in 2016

  • Eva Hesse is released. Documentary feature film focusing on the life and times of Eva Hesse, a ground-breaking artist who was active in New York and Germany in the 1960's.
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition for PC is released. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition delivers a multitude of new areas, difficulty options, and gameplay upgrades that should appeal to both new and seasoned Ori players.
  • Wailing Heights for PC is released. A body-hopping, musical adventure game, set in a horrific hamlet of monsters, with a story by Kevin Beimers (Hector: Badge of Carnage) and glorious 2D artwork from a host of illustrious comic book talent.

On this day in 2015

  • Suzanne Crough, American child actress (The Partridge Family), who died at 52.
  • Gene Fullmer, American boxer (world middleweight champion), who died at 83.
  • Kerbal Space Program for PC is released. In Kerbal Space Program you have to build a space-worthy ship, capable of flying its crew out into space without killing any of them. At your disposal is a collection of parts, which must be assembled to create a functional craft. Each part has its own function and will affect the way a ship flies (or does not). So strap yourself in, and get ready to try some Rocket Science.

On this day in 2014

  • " Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" late-night talk and news show fronted by John Oliver premieres on HBO.
  • Ariana Grande's first single from her album, "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea, is released.
  • Harry Firth, Race Car Driver.
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Season 1 is released. The Daily Show's John Oliver moves to HBO to host his own weekly half-hour satirical news show.


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