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Today in the World Countries
- Bak Full Moon Poya Day is being celebrated in Sri Lanka
- Ching Ming Festival is being celebrated in Hong Kong, Macau
- Prayer Day is being celebrated in Greenland
- Qing Ming Festival is being celebrated in Taiwan
- Qingming Festival is being celebrated in China
Today in Astrology
- People born on this day are Aries as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
In the future 2173
- Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd, New Amsterdam, Arcturus (Star Trek).
In the future 2063
- Earth's 1st contact with the extraterrestrial Vulcan species in the Star Trek universe.
- Aya Ibrahim, TikTok Star, born in Egypt.
- Air - R is released.
Air reveals the unbelievable game-changing partnership between a then-rookie Michael Jordan and Nike’s fledgling basketball division which revolutionized the world of sports and contemporary culture with the Air Jordan brand. This moving story follows the career-defining gamble of an unconventional team with everything on the line, the uncompromising vision of a mother who knows the worth of her son’s immense talent, and the basketball phenom who would become the greatest of all time.
On this day in 2022
- Shanghai lockdown extended to cover the whole city as COVID-19 pandemic cases increase, as China remains one of the last to employ a "zero-Covid" system.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urges UN Security Council to act against Russia, accusing Russian military of the worst war crimes since WWII, including execution, rape and torture of civilians.
- Nehemiah Persoff, Movie Actor.
- Bobby Rydell [Ridarelli], American pop singer (" Wild One" ; "Wildwood Days"), and actor (Bye Bye Birdie), who died of pneumonia at 79.
- Bjarni Tryggvason, Astronaut.
- Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off - Not Rated is released.
A wide-ranging, definitive look at Hawk’s life and iconic career, and his relationship with the sport with which he’s been synonymous for decades. Hawk, born in San Diego, Calif., is a pioneer of modern vertical skating and one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. [HBO]
On this day in 2021
- Tropical Cyclone Seroja causes floods and landslides in southeast Indonesia and East Timor, killing at least 113 people according to local authorities.
- India records over 100,000 new COVID cases for the first time, more than half in the state of Maharashtra, which begins a new lockdown.
- India records over 100,000 new daily COVID cases for the first time, more than half in the state of Maharashtra, which begins a new lockdown.
- 82nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Baylor Bears become second consecutive first-time NCAA champions with 86–70 over previously undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs.
- Italy scraps its 1914 film censorship law that could ban films on moral and religious grounds.
- Krzysztof Krawczyk, World Music Singer.
- Paul Ritter, Movie Actor.
- Paul Ritter [Simon Paul Adams], British actor (Friday Night Dinner; Chernobyl; Quantum of Solace), who died of a brain tumor at 54.
- TV SERIES
- Hemingway is released.
The three-part Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary narrated by Peter Coyote explores the life and work of the author with interviews with other writers, academics and biographers.
On this day in 2020
- British monarch Queen Elizabeth II makes an address to the nation “we will meet again”, for only the 5th time in her 66-year reign.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital suffering from COVID-19 pandemic.
- WrestleMania XXXVI, WWE Performance Center, Orlando FL, Part 2: Drew McIntyre defeats Brock Lesnar to win the WWE C'ship; Charlotte Flair beats Rhea Ripley for NXT Women's title.
- Legacy Warren, YouTube Star, born in United States.
- Peter Walker, English cricket batsman (3 Tests; Glamorgan CCC), who died after a stroke at 84.
- Bobby Mitchell, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1960,62–64; First-team All-Pro 1962–64; Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), who died at 84.
- Honor Blackman, English actress (Goldfinger, The Avengers), who died at 94.
- Honor Blackman, Movie Actress.
- Ed Biles, American football coach (College: Xavier 1962-68; NFL: Houston Oilers 1981-83), who died from leukemia at 88.
- Dougie Morgan, Scottish rugby union halfback (21 caps Scotland,2 British & Irish Lions; Stewart's Melville FP), who died at 73.
- TV SERIES
- Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children: Season 1 is released.
The five-part documentary series looks into the cases of kidnapping and murder of at least 30 African-American children, aged 7 to 17, in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981 that were recently reopened by the Atlanta Police Department in 2019 (and dramatized in the second season of Netflix's Mindhunter).
On this day in 2019
- Shawn Smith a long-time singer-songwriter on the Seattle music scene died age 53 due to complications from diabetes. He performed with the bands Brad, Pigeonhead and Satchel, among others. In a strange coincidence, fellow Seattle luminaries Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) died on the same date in 1994 and 2002, respectively..
- OKC guard Russell Westbrook becomes first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for the third consecutive season during the Thunder's 123-110 win at home over Detroit Pistons.
- Wowaka, Pop Singer.
- Sydney Brenner, South African biologist known for his contributions on the genetic code and molecular biology (Nobel Laureate 2002), who died at 92.
- The Seduction of Kansas was released by Priests.
The second full-length release for the Washington, D.C. post-punk band was produced by John Congleton and is its first without bassist Taylor Mulitz (who left to focus on Flasher).
- What a Boost was released by Rozi Plain.
The fourth full-length release for the London-based singer-songwriter was self-produced and features contributions from Sam Amidon, Chris Cohen, Jamie Whitby Coles, Neil Smith, Kate Stables, and Joel Wästberg.
- Titanic Rising was released by Weyes Blood.
The fourth full-length release for Natalie Mering was co-produced with Foxygen's Jonathan Rado.
- Free Spirit was released by Khalid.
The second full-length release for the R&B artist features guest appearances from John Mayer and SAFE.
- Love Keeps Kicking was released by Martha.
This is the third full-length release for the British indie punk band.
- Morbid Stuff was released by PUP.
The third full-length release for the Toronto punk band was recorded by Dave Schiffman and Darren McGill.
- Brutalism was released by The Drums.
The fifth full-length release for the New York indie pop project of Jonny Pierce was mixed by Chris Coady.
- Interview Music was released by Idlewild.
The eighth full-length studio release for the Scottish rock band was recorded in Los Angeles and Scotland with producer Dave Eringa.
- High Life - Not Rated is released.
Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole.
- Shazam! - PG-13 is released.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).
- Pet Sematary - R is released.
After relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family's new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.
- Unicorn Store - TV-PG is released.
A woman named Kit receives a mysterious invitation that would fulfill her childhood dreams.
- The Wind - NR is released.
Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard) is a tough, resourceful frontierswoman settling a remote stretch of land on the 19th-century American frontier. Isolated from civilization in a desolate wilderness where the wind never stops howling, she begins to sense a sinister presence that seems to be borne of the land itself, an overwhelming dread that her husband (Ashley Zukerman) dismisses as superstition. When a newlywed couple arrives on a nearby homestead, their presence amplifies Lizzy’s fears, setting into motion a shocking chain of events. [IFC Films]
- The Public - PG-13 is released.
In The Public, an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often act as "de-facto social workers"and care for those regular patrons. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy"sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening inside the building.
- Storm Boy - PG is released.
A contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele's classic Australian tale. 'Storm Boy' has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can't explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives. Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship.
- Suburban Birds - Not Rated is released.
Hao (Mason Lee) is part of a team of young engineers called in to investigate a series of craters that have opened up on the edge of the city. As he and his team survey the subsiding area, another story is taking place in the same suburban landscape. A younger boy, also named Hao, spends long afternoons playing with friends and making mischief until one-by-one, his playmates start to disappear. As these parallel stories unfold, the connections between them proliferate and grow stranger. [Cinema Guild]
- The Haunting of Sharon Tate - R is released.
Based on one of Hollywood’s most chilling murder cases, this spellbinding thriller follows 26-year-old actress Sharon Tate (Hilary Duff), a rising star about to have her first baby with her husband, director Roman Polanski. Plagued by terrifying premonitions, Sharon sees her worst nightmares come to life with the appearance of Charles Manson and his deadly cult.
- The Best of Enemies - PG-13 is released.
Based on a true story, The Best of Enemies centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.
- Peterloo - PG-13 is released.
Filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, where government-backed cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of 80,000 that gathered in Manchester, England to demand democratic reform.
- TV SERIES
- Warrior (2019): Season 1 is released.
Set in the late 1800s, gifted martial artist Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) immigrates from China to San Francisco and ends up as an enforcer for the one of the Chinatown tongs in this drama created by Jonathan Tropper and inspired by Bruce Lee's original writings.
- Our Planet: Season 1 is released.
The eight-part series from Planet Earth and Blue Planet director Alastair Fothergill was filmed over four years with 4k cameras and narrated by David Attenborough.
On this day in 2018
- Isao Takahata, Japanese anime film director, screenwriter and producer (Grave of the Fireflies, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), who died of lung cancer at 82.
- Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, who died at 89.
- Eric Bristow MBE ['The Crafty Cockney'], English darts player (BDO World Champion 1980-81,84-86), who died of a heart attack at 60.
On this day in 2017
- Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner pulled after criticized for trivializing demonstrations.
- María Luisa Ozaita, Spanish pianist, harpsichordist, musicologist, conductor, and composer (Pelleas y Melisanda), who died at 77.
- Tim Parnell, Race Car Driver.
- TV SERIES
- Brockmire: Season 1 is released.
10 years after his public breakdown over his wife's affair, former major league baseball announcer Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) takes a job with the minor league Morristown Frackers in this comedy that began as a short video on the Funny Or Die website.
- Archer: Season 8 is released.
Archer moves to FXX for its eighth season which is set in 1940s Los Angeles.
On this day in 2016
- Canadian hip hop artist Drake released the single 'One Dance'. The track reached No.1 in ten countries including the US and topped the UK Singles Chart for 15 consecutive weeks, making it the joint-second longest consecutive No.1 in the country with Scottish band Wet Wet Wet's cover of 'Love Is All Around'. The track also became the most played song on streaming media service Spotify, with over 950 million individual streams..
- Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigns after the Panama Papers leak show a conflict of interest.
- PayPal announces it is cancelling a $3.6 million investment in North Carolina after the state passes anti-gay legislation.
- " One Dance" single Released by Drake (Billboard Song of the Year 2016).
- 35th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut defeats Syracuse,82–51; Huskies'power forward Breanna Stewart,24 points.
- San Francisco becomes the first US city to mandate paid parental leave.
- Leon Haywood, American funk and soul singer, and keyboardist (" It's Got To Be Mellow" ; "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You"), who died at 74.
- Howard Marks, Autobiographer.
On this day in 2015
- ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Brittany Lincicome eagles last hole to force a playoff, then beats Stacy Lewis on 3rd extra hole to win her 2nd major title.
- Rolling Stone Magazine retracts its "Rape on Campus" story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia after being discredited.
- Tom Jensen, Race Car Driver.
- Claudio Prieto, Spanish composer (Solo a Solo; Cantata manriqueña), who died at 80.
- Richard Dysart, American actor (Leland MacKenzie-LA Law, The Last Days of Patton), who died at 86.
- TV SERIES
- Mad Men: Season 7.5 is released.
The second half of the final season of the Matthew Weiner drama.
- A.D.: The Bible Continues: Season 1 is released.
The miniseries from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey begins with the effects of the Crucifixion of Jesus (Juan Pablo di Pace) on his disciples, his mother Mary (Greta Scacchi), Mary Magdalene (Chipo Chung), and other old world leaders.
- American Odyssey: Season 1 is released.
An international conspiracy involving a major US corporation and terrorists is discovered by Sgt. Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel), former U.S. Attorney turned corporate lawyer Peter Decker (Peter Facinelli), and political activist Harrison Walters (Jake Robinson) with hacker Bob Offer (Nate Mooney), who must all come together to stop the people involved in the conspiracy.
- Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Season 1 is released.
The documentary directed by Alex Gibney features interviews with his family, co-stars, journalists, as well as a variety of footage of Ol' Blue Eyes performing (including his 1971 "retirement"concert) to illustrate his life and influence on America.
- The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1 is released.
Christina Ricci returns as Lizzie Borden for the miniseries that picks up after her acquittal of the double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892.
On this day in 2014
- 167th Grand National: Leighton Aspell wins aboard Pineau de Re; sixth French-bred horse to win the GN.
- Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire picks up the 1,000th win of his MLB career as the Twins score a 7 - 3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
- John Pinette, American comedian and actor (The Punisher, Junior), who died from an pulmonary embolism at 50.
- Junior Spencer, Race Car Driver.
On this day in 2013
- Mark Knopfler cancelled two shows in Russia in protest over what he called the country's "crackdown"on human rights groups. The former Dire Straits frontman pulled out of the gigs in June after Russian authorities searched the offices of organisations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Critics said the raids were an attempt to crush government dissent..
- Japan’s Nikkei 225 reaches its highest level in five years.
- 60 people are killed in Nigeria after a bus collides with an oil tanker.
- Baltimore outfielder Chris Davis becomes 4th player to homer in first 4 games of a MLB season; 8th-inning grand slam propels Orioles to a 9-5 win over the Twins; his RBI total of 16 a MLB record.
- Bert Stern: Original Madman - Not Rated is released.
Bert Stern: Original Mad Man is the definitive voyage into the life and work of one of the greatest American photographers of all time. After working alongside Stanley Kubrick at Look Magazine, Stern became an original Madison Avenue "mad man, "his images helping to create modern advertising. Groundbreaking photos of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy and the infamous Lolita image from Kubrick’s film, coupled with his astonishing success in advertising, minted Stern – along with Irving Penn and Richard Avedon – as a celebrity in his own right; indeed, Stern’s photographs of Monroe in her last sitting are considered to be the ultimate images of the 20th century icon. After marrying the stunning ballet dancer Allegra Kent, the kid from Brooklyn was sitting on top of the world...until a dramatic fall from grace. [First Run Features]
- Down the Shore - R is released.
Set on the Jersey shore, the lives of three childhood friends begin to unravel when a secret from their past is revealed.
- Evil Dead - R is released.
Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with her brother and a group of friends, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads to danger and horror.
- Free Angela & All Political Prisoners - Not Rated is released.
A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt placing her on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.
- Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal - Not Rated is released.
A once-famous painter gets re-energized when he befriends a sleepwalking cannibal.
- Simon Killer - Not Rated is released.
Simon, a recent college graduate, travels to France where he falls in love with a prostitute.
- Lotus Eaters - Not Rated is released.
A group of young Londoners struggle to find meaning in their lives while masking their discontent with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. The story centers on ex-model and aspiring actress Alice (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) and her relationship with Charlie (Johnny Flynn), her drug-addicted ex-boyfriend.
- 6 Souls - R is released.
Since the death of her husband, Dr. Cara Harding's (Julianne Moore) faith in God has wavered, but not her belief in science. In an attempt to open her up to accepting unexplainable psychiatric theories, her father introduces her to Adam, a patient with multiple personalities who takes on some of the physical characteristics of his other personalities. Cara quickly discovers that Adam's other personalities are murder victims and the more she finds out about him and his past, the closer she and her loved ones are to becoming murder victims themselves. [RADiUS-TWC]
- The Brass Teapot - R is released.
When a John (Michael Angarano) and Alice (Juno Temple) discover that a brass teapot makes them money whenever they hurt themselves, they must come to terms with how far they are willing to go to fulfill their wildest dreams.
- The Company You Keep - R is released.
A thriller centered on a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run after a journalist exposes his identity.
- Upstream Color - Not Rated is released.
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
- Trance - R is released.
An art auctioneer, mixed up with a group of criminals, partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting.
- TV SERIES
- Vice: Season 1 is released.
Shane Smiths host the news magazine series that covers provocative stories from around the world.