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Today in the World Countries

  • Angolan Peace Day is being celebrated in Angola
  • Children's Day is being celebrated in Taiwan
  • Ching Ming Festival is being celebrated in Macau
  • Chungmyung Day is being celebrated in North Korea
  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Senegal
  • Orthodox Easter Saturday is being celebrated in Serbia
  • Qing Ming Festival is being celebrated in Taiwan
  • Qingming Festival is being celebrated in China
  • People born on this day are Aries as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

Happening Today

  • EVENTS
  • Finland officially joins NATO at a ceremony in Brussels, becoming its 31st member and doubling NATO's border with Russia.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 5
  • EA Sports PGA Tour for PlayStation 5 is released. Compete in PGA TOUR events like all three legs of the FedExCup Playoffs and THE PLAYERS Championship. Additional experiences include the LPGA, U.S. Amatuer Championship, and the Korn Ferry Tour. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR is the only place to play the MASTERS Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Discover the best golfing destinations around the world and play championship courses, from Pebble Beach to St Andrews.EA SPORTS PGA TOUR is the first-ever video game to integrate ShotLink data, resulting in unrivaled gameplay authenticity.
  • Meet Your Maker for PlayStation 5 is released. You are the Custodian of the Chimera, a living experiment created as a last resort to save life on Earth. Enter a tactical battle for the planet's most coveted resource and the key to your Chimera's evolution: pure Genetic Material. Construct and fortify brutal Outposts to extract and guard your Genmat. Infiltrate and outsmart other players' Outposts to gather more.Adapt, upgrade, and evolve... or die trying.Meet Your Maker is a post-apocalyptic first-person building-and-raiding game where every level is designed by players. Switch between roles as you mastermind devious maze-like Outposts filled with traps and guards, then gear up for methodical fast-paced combat raiding other players' creations.
  • GAMING: SWITCH
  • GrimGrimoire OnceMore for Switch is released. GrimGrimoire is a magic fantasy real-time strategy game in which a young wizard girl named Lillet struggles to uncover the truth in order to avoid reliving the same five days and impending disaster. Developed by Vanillaware and published by Nippon Ichi Software, it was first released in 2007.Resurrected as GrimGrimoire OnceMore for PlayStation 4 and Switch, this remastered release features high-resolution graphics and new systems that make the game more enjoyable, including "Great Magic"that can turn the tides in battle and a "Skill Tree"to strengthen your familiars.Please look forward to GrimGrimoire OnceMore, now more beautiful, vivid, and easier to play than ever.
  • GAMING: XBOX SERIES X
  • Road 96: Mile 0 for Xbox Series X is released. Road 96: Mile 0 is a Narrative-Adventure game with a musical component created by DigixArt, the French studio behind the successful Road 96,11-11 Memories Retold and 5 Pegases Awards winner. Published by Ravenscourt, players will alternate between the roles of Zoe and Kaito, two teenagers with different backgrounds and beliefs. They live and explore White Sands, a luxurious condominium where Petria´s elite reside and where Kaito´s parents work.Their journey in Road 96: Mile 0 will challenge their friendship and everything they believe in. They say money doesn't buy happiness, nor friendship. These teens are dreamers and they are going to learn where they belong. Will they remain friends?
  • POLITICS
  • Former US president Donald Trump pleads not guilty to 32 felony counts of falsifying documents related to 2016 hush money payments in a NY court.
  • SPORTS
  • Birger Jensen, Danish soccer goalkeeper (19 caps; Club Brugge KV 328 games), who died at 72.

On this day in 2022

  • WEDDINGS
  • Kourtney Kardashian and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker marry at the One Love Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas at the age of they later call it their "practice" as they didn't have a licence.
  • POLITICS
  • Economist Rodrigo Chaves elected President of Costa Rica defeating current president José María Figueres.
  • SPORTS
  • Petar Skansi, Croatian basketball center (Olympic silver Yugoslavia 1968; Jugoplastika) and coach (Yugoslavia, Croatia, Jugoplastika, Benetton Treviso), who died at 78.

On this day in 2021

  • EVENTS
  • ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand wins her first LPGA Tour event by 2 strokes from NZ's Lydia Ko who cards a 10-under-par final round.

On this day in 2020

  • EVENTS
  • 4 April 2020, Patrick Francfort, died from COVID-19 pandemic age 64. As a member of The Gibson Brothers he had success during the disco boom of the late 1970s. Their best known hit singles included 'Cuba' and 'Que Sera Mi Vida'..
  • DEATHS
  • Forrest Compton, American actor (Gomer Pyle USMC, Edge of Night), who died at 94.
  • Rafael Callejas, World Leader.

On this day in 2019

  • EVENTS
  • Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green fashion brand was rescued from administration by the JD Sports Group. It was reported they would keep the flagship store in Manchester open, but 11 other stores and 33 concessions in House of Fraser would close, putting 97 jobs at risk. Pretty Green was founded in 2009 by Gallagher and was named after a song by The Jam..
  • Kathie Lee Gifford leaves NBC's "Today" show after 11 years.
  • US Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pledges to roll back anti-LGBT policies, including not baptizing children of gay parents.
  • US Mormon church pledges to roll back anti-LGBT policies, including not baptizing children of gay parents.
  • BIRTHS
  • Oscar Ramsay, Family Member, born in London, England.
  • DEATHS
  • Georgiy Daneliya, Director.
  • GAMING: SWITCH
  • Overwhelm for Switch is released. OVERWHELM is an action horror-world platformer where enemies power-up and you don’t. Horror-world Exploration: Explore the oppressive caverns of the hive, guided only by a sparse map. Enemies can appear from anywhere at any time. Bosses Give Enemies Power-Ups: As you defeat each of the five unique bosses, their abilities get distributed to the enemies of the world with escalating difficulty. Tactile, Tense Combat: Combat is crunchy and fast. One hit and you die. Three deaths and the run is over. Defeat bosses in different orders to optimize your playthrough.
  • POLITICS
  • Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel apologises for the kidnapping of thousands of mixed-race children during colonial period in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda.
  • SEPERATIONS
  • Amazon's Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos agree record-breaking $35 billion divorce settlement.
  • SPORTS
  • Myer "Whitey" Skoog, American basketball guard (NBA C'ship 1952,53,54 Minneapolis Lakers), who died at 92.
  • Myer Skoog, American basketball guard (NBA C'ship 1952-4; Minneapolis Lakers), who died at 92.

On this day in 2018

  • DEATHS
  • Gertrude Jeannette, African American taxi driver, playwright and film and stage actress (Shaft, Cotton Comes to Harlem), who died at 103.
  • GAMING: SWITCH
  • Pinball FX3: Bethesda Pinball for Switch is released.
  • SPORTS
  • Ray Wilkins, English former footballer and captain of the National Soccer Team, who died at 61.
  • 21st Commonwealth Games open in the Gold Coast, Australia.

On this day in 2017

  • EVENTS
  • Pink Star diamond sets world record price of $71 million for a gem at an action in Hong Kong.
  • Alibaba becomes the world's largest retailer according to US Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • DEATHS
  • Samir Farid, Journalist.
  • TV SERIES
  • Prison Break: Season 5 is released. When clues appear that Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) might still be alive, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) and Michael's wife Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) brings the crew (T-Bag, C-Note and Sucre) back together to locate him.
  • Louis C.K.: 2017 is released. The first of two comedy stand-up specials filmed for Netflix was recorded at Washington, D.C.'s DAR Constitution Hall.
  • GAMING: PC
  • Blackwood Crossing for PC is released. Blackwood Crossing is a single-player, first person narrative game. An intriguing tale exploring the relationship of Scarlett and Finn, two siblings who are growing apart. When their paths cross with a ghostly figure, an ordinary train ride evolves into a haunting adventure of love, death and magic.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
  • Drawn to Death for PlayStation 4 is released. Drawn To Death will be an arena shooter like you’ve never played before. Part of the reason for this is our unique gameplay. And part of the reason is that the game takes place inside the notebook of a very creative teenage kid; it’s a violent and bizarre landscape filled with all of the weird, amazing, passionate, and exciting fantasies that are swimming around in the head of our teenage artist.
  • Persona 5 for PlayStation 4 is released. Beneath the veneer of typical urban high school life, a group of teenagers mask their mysterious alter egos, their "phantom thief"side. Who are they? Why are they dressed as such? What are their motives? And... why are they being pursued? A picaresque coming-of-age story, Persona 5 brings a new twist to the RPG genre. Assume the role of a second-year high school student who becomes a Persona-user through an unexpected incident. Having moved to Tokyo just before the start of the school year, he finds residence at a cafe run by his parents' friend, and is about to get his first taste of school life in the big city. The protagonist seems quiet and well-mannered at first glance, but gives a completely different impression once he has donned his "phantom thief"guise. What is the motivation of his alter ego...? Arsene is the protagonist's initial Persona, characterized by a mask-like face and a pair of huge, black wings. Some suspect an association between its name and the famous gentleman-thief, Arsene Lupin. What is the origin of this Persona, and what power does it hold? This is an account of the wild adventures experienced by a team of young misfits, who grow dramatically along the way. While attending Shujin High School, the protagonist will encounter a number of individuals, each with his or her own distinctive personality and charm. School life in the city is full of surprises and interesting events! It will most definitely be a fun year for the protagonist, living as an ordinary student. However, he and his friends become involved in an incident which leads to the awakening of their Personas. No one would ever suspect that these adolescents will eventually shake the world... Welcome to the next iteration of the Persona series, boasting a brand new metropolitan setting, all-new cast, and fresh, original story. [Atlus]
  • PaRappa the Rapper Remastered for PlayStation 4 is released. Parappa returns to win over another generation of fans with all new PSP exclusive features. Players can once again join Parappa in his quest to win the heart of Sunny Funny and learn from their favorite Rap Masters like- Chop Chop Master Onion, Instructor Mooselini, and Cheap Cheap The Cooking Chicken. Complete with all the music and addictive gameplay that made it an instant classic, Parappa the Rapper is sure to please fans both old and new. Play all the songs and funky characters from the original game.
  • LEGO City Undercover for PlayStation 4 is released. In LEGO City: Undercover developed by TT Games and published by Nintendo, players assume the identity of Chase McCain, an undercover detective armed with clever disguises. As players run, drive and even fly through the city, they'll use the Wii U GamePad as a map, communicator and indispensable crime scanner. This is the first time that the LEGO City play sets have come to life on a gaming platform and it's exclusively on the Wii U console.
  • POLITICS
  • Chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun, Syria by Syrian government forces kills more than 80 civilians.

On this day in 2016

  • EVENTS
  • It was reported that David Bowie had dominated the UK album charts for the first quarter of 2016. Bowie had the most entries to the chart with six albums in the top 40, after fans sought out his music in the wake of his death in January with his final album Blackstar becoming the second best selling album of the year so far, (behind Adele's 25)..
  • DEATHS
  • Chus Lampreave [María Jesús Lampreave Pérez], Spanish actress (Volver, Belle Époque), who died at 85.
  • Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), who died of cancer at 78.
  • GAMING: PC
  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday for PC is released. 1979 Revolution: Black Friday is choice driven, narrative game that brings players into the brooding world of a nation on the verge of collapse. Play as Reza, an aspiring photojournalist, and make life and death decisions as you survive the gritty streets of Iran in the late 1970’s.
  • SPORTS
  • 78th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Villanova defeats North Carolina,77-74; Wildcats guard Phil Booth,20 points.

On this day in 2015

  • DEATHS
  • John Read, British businessman, CEO (TSB Group), who died at 97.
  • Elmer Lach, Canadian Hockey HOF center (Stanley Cup 1944,46,53 Montreal Canadiens; Hart Trophy 1945; Art Ross Trophy 1948; 5 x NHL All Star), who died of a stroke at 97.

On this day in 2014

  • BIRTHS
  • Allu Ayaan, Family Member, born in Hyderabad, India.
  • WEDDINGS
  • TV personality Taylor Armstrong at the age of 42 weds attorney John Bluher at the Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades, California.
  • MOVIES: G
  • Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is released. Captured with IMAX® 3D cameras, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered.Join trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.
  • MOVIES: NOT RATED
  • Ilo Ilo is released. Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family - troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middleclass and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in both the family and Singapore itself, Teresa initially struggles to manage Jiale's antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again. [Film Movement]
  • Goodbye World is released. When a mysterious cyber-attack cripples civilization, a group of old college friends retreat to a remote country home, where they must cope with an uncertain future while navigating the minefield of their shared past.
  • Alien Abduction is released. A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this thriller based on the Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.
  • Nymphomaniac: Volume II is released. Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, recounts the erotic experiences of her adulthood.
  • The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden is released. Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos’ “Adam and Eve”, others flock there—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Clashing personalities are aggravated by the island community’s lusty free-love ethos, and when some of the islanders disappear, suspicions of murder hang in the air leaving an unsolved mystery which remains the subject of local lore today.
  • MOVIES: PG
  • Watermark is released. Award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, beautifully weave together diverse stories from around the globe that eloquently detail humanity’s relationship with water through the ages: how we are drawn to it, how we use it, and the magnitude of our need for this rapidly depleting resource. Full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach. This is balanced by forays into the particular: a lingering memory of a stolen river, a mysterious figure roaming ancient rice terraces. These images, both beautiful and haunting, create a compelling global portrait that illustrates humanity’s past, present and future relationship with the natural world. [Entertainment One]
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier is released. After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, lives quietly in Washington, D.C. trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy.
  • MOVIES: R
  • Alan Partridge is released. Famous DJ Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) finds himself at the center of a siege, when a disgruntled fellow DJ (Colm Meaney) decides to hold their station hostage after learning that he’s getting sacked by the new management.
  • In the Blood is released. When her husband goes missing during their Caribbean vacation, a woman sets off on her own to take down the men she thinks are responsible.
  • The Players is released. A series of short films about infidelity.
  • Under the Skin is released. An alien seductress (Scarlett Johansson) preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland.
  • GAMING: PC
  • The Elder Scrolls Online for PC is released. Experience this epic adventure on your own or together with your friends, guild mates, and thousands of alliance members. Explore dangerous caves and dungeons, embark upon adventurous quests across Tamriel, and engage in massive player versus player battles, where the victors reap the spoils of war.
  • POLITICS
  • President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, claims that climate change will lead to battles over water and food within the next five to ten years.
  • Margo MacDonald, Scottish national broadcaster and politician (MP for Glasgow Govan 1973-74), who died at 70.

On this day in 2013

  • EVENTS
  • 74 people are killed after an illegally constructed building collapses in Thane, India.
  • 9 people have been killed on an axe-murdering rampage in Chhattisgarh state, India.
  • Poecilotheria rajaei, a giant tarantula with a 20cm leg span, is discovered in Sri Lanka.
  • Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman turned himself in to British police after reports emerged suggesting he began a sexual relationship with his second wife, Mandy Smith, when she was 14 years old. After a brief meeting, the authorities decided not to pursue charges..
  • DEATHS
  • Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league hooker, captain, coach (25 Tests; St. George), who died at 80.
  • Carmine Infantino, American comic book artist, who died at 87.
  • Roger Ebert, American film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), who died of cancer at 70.
  • TV SERIES
  • Hannibal: Season 1 is released. FBI head of Behavioral Sciences Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) brings together FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and as-yet-unknown-killer psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) to help solve difficult cases.
  • GAMING: PC
  • Evoland for PC is released. Evoland is a game and a story. The story of action adventure gaming as seen in the Zelda or Final Fantasy series, starting with the early age of action RPGs, when a few pixels were enough to make us dream for hours. New players will discover a bit of video game history and a very fun gameplay, and veterans will also enjoy a host of references to legendary titles scattered along the game. [Shiro]
  • GAMING: WII U
  • Toki Tori 2 for Wii U is released. Toki Tori 2 is the sequel to the game that spawned Two Tribes ten years ago. The game will provide a completely new experience, built from the ground up for today's players and technology.

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