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  • Araw ng Kagitingan is being celebrated in Philippines
  • Ascension Day is being celebrated in Denmark
  • Baghdad Liberation Day (Kurdistan) is being celebrated in Iraq
  • Constitution Day is being celebrated in Kosovo
  • Eid Ul Fitr Holiday is being celebrated in Bangladesh
  • Eid-al-Fitr is being celebrated in Saudi Arabia
  • Eid-al-Fitr Holiday is being celebrated in Yemen
  • Ide el Fitr is being celebrated in Comoros
  • Independence Restoration Day is being celebrated in Georgia, Georgia
  • Martyrs' Day is being celebrated in Tunisia
  • Ugaadi is being celebrated in Mauritius
  • People born on this day are Aries as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • Kuwaiti media outlet, Kuwaiti News unveils virtual news presenter on Twitter speaking Arabic, using artificial intelligence (although China was the 1st in 2018).
  • Rukia, TikTok Star, born in Shanghai, China.
  • Fred Pancoast, American college football coach (University of Tampa, Memphis State University, Vanderbilt University), who died at 90.

On this day in 2022

  • Heiress and actress Nicola Peltz at the age of 27 marries photographer Brooklyn Beckham at the age of 23 in Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Jack Higgins [Harry Patterson], British novelist (The Eagle Has Landed), who died at 92.

On this day in 2021

  • La Soufrière volcano begins erupting on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent with a plume of ash 20,000 feet into the sky.
  • American rapper, songwriter DMX (Earl Simmons) died age 50. The official cause of death was a cocaine-induced heart attack. He began rapping in the early 1990s and released his debut album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot in 1998, to both critical acclaim and commercial success. He was the first artist to debut an album at No. 1 five times in a row on the Billboard 200 charts. Overall, DMX has sold over 74 million records worldwide..
  • DMX [Earl Simmons], American rapper (..And Then There Was X), and actor (Romeo Must Die), who died of a heart attack at 50 [2].
  • Dmx, Rapper.
  • Ekkehard Fasser, Swiss bobsledder (Olympic gold, four-man 1988; World C'ship gold 1983; World Cup champion 1985-86), who died at 68.
  • Nikki Grahame, Reality Star.
  • Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh and consort of Great Britain's Elizabeth II, who died at 99.
  • Prince Philip, Prince.
  • Ramsey Clark, American lawyer, US Attorney General (1967-69) and activist, who died at 93.
  • Held is released. A couple's ailing marriage is put to the test when they are held hostage in an isolated vacation rental by an unseen Voice that commands their every move and threatens harm if they don’t obey.
  • Moffie is released. The year is 1981 and South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the apartheid regime. The threat of communism and “die swart gevaar” (the so-called black danger) is at an all-time high. But that’s not the only danger Nicholas faces. He must survive the brutality of the army – something that becomes even more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Thunder Force is released. In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends Lydia (Melissa McCarthy) and Emily (Octavia Spencer) reunite after Emily devises a treatment that gives them the powers to protect their city. While the pair have wildly different personalities — Lydia is a free spirit who leaps without looking and Emily is a meticulous scientist—their lifelong bond of friendship sees them through their adventures. With help from Emily’s daughter Tracy (Taylor Mosby), the two are ready to do battle with the evil “Miscreants” including “The Crab” (Jason Bateman), “Laser” (Pom Klementieff), and their leader “The King” (Bobby Cannavale).
  • Voyagers is released. With the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust, and the insatiable hunger for power.
  • Slalom is released. 15-year-old Lyz (Noée Abita), a high school student in the French Alps, has been accepted to an elite ski club known for producing some of the country’s top professional athletes. Taking a chance on his new recruit, ex-champion turned coach Fred (Jérémie Renier) decides to mold Lyz into his shining star despite her lack of experience. Under his influence, she will have to endure more than the physical and emotional pressure of the training. Will Lyz’s determination help her escape Fred’s exploitative grip?
  • Them (2021): Season 1 is released. The first season of the anthology series subtitled "Covenant"is set in 1950s where a black family from North Carolina move to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood where they experience both human and supernatural threats.
  • They're Calling Me Home was released by Rhiannon Giddens. The second full-length release from Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi was recorded over six days in Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This Is Really Going To Hurt was released by Flyte. The second full-length British indie trio was recorded in Los Angeles with Justin Raisen, Andrew Sarlo and mixing engineer Ali Chant.
  • ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE was released by BROCKHAMPTON. The sixth full-length studio release for the Los Angeles-based hip-hop collective features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Baird, Danny Brown, JPEGMAFIA, SoGone SoFlexy, and Charlie Wilson.
  • In Another World was released by Cheap Trick. The 20th full-length studio release for the rock band was produced with Julian Raymond.
  • Fearless (Taylor's Version) was released by Taylor Swift. The first of a planned re-recording of the singer-songwriter's six albums released on the Big Machine Label features six tracks not on the 2008 album and a track for the 2010 film, Valentine's Day.
  • A Softer Focus was released by Claire Rousay. The latest full-length release for the Texas-based experimental artist features contributions from Ben Baker Billington, Alex Cunningham, Lia Kohl, Macie Stewart, and Dani Toral.
  • Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection was released by Matthew E. White. This is the debut full-length collaboration between Matthew E. White and Lonnie Holley.
  • Trials of Fire for PC is released. Trials of Fire is a single player, turn-based strategy game set in a post-cataclysmic fantasy realm.
  • The House in Fata Morgana - Dreams of the Revenants Edition - for Switch is released. A gothic suspense tale set in a cursed mansion. ‘The House in Fata Morgana’ is a full-length visual novel spanning nearly a millennium that deals in tragedy, human nature, and insanity. This version includes three games and more: 1: The House in Fata Morgana: the main storyline. 2: A Requiem for Innocence: a prequel shedding light on the origins of Fata Morgana’s terrible curse. 3: Reincarnation: a sequel featuring the central cast members reincarnated in the present day. *The part including voices 4: Other additional short stories.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV for Switch is released. The Erebonian Empire is on the brink of all out war! Taking place shortly after the ending of Trails of Cold Steel III, the heroes of Class VII find themselves against the full force of the Empire in an attempt to stop its path of total domination. Further, the hero of the Erebonian Civil War and Class VII's instructor, Rean Schwarzer, has gone missing. Now, the students of Class VII, old and new, must unite with heroes from all over the continent to create the only chance the world has to be spared from total destruction.
  • Say No! More for Switch is released. SAY NO! MORE is the world’s first NPG (NO!-Playing Game). Play as an intern with a burning desire to say NO! to everything and everyone. Customize your character, say NO! in different styles and languages, clap back at mean colleagues and change the world! WISHLIST TODAY!
  • Uganda opposition party National Unity Platform Party, headed by Bobi Wine, claims 623 people have been abducted and tortured by the government of President Yoweri Museveni.

On this day in 2020

  • Dmitri Smirnov, Russian-British classical composer (Solo for Harp; Thel; Red Bells), and teacher, who died of COVID-19 pandemic at 71.
  • The Good Fight: Season 4 is released. Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart becomes a subsidiary of a large multinational firm and the loss of independence is felt acutely by Diane and her colleagues.
  • The Procession to Calvary for PC is released. Pilfer from pirates, conspire with cardinals and perform miracles with an incompetent magician. The Procession to Calvary is a Pythonesque adventure game made from Renaissance paintings, and a spiritual successor to the critically acclaimed Four Last Things.
  • Jocelyn Barrow, British race relations campaigner (Card) and 1st black female governor of the BBC, who died at 90.

On this day in 2019

  • Nine prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters found guilty on public nuisance charges for their part in 2014 "Umbrella Movement".
  • Wolves have returned to the Netherlands after 140 years claim ecologists.
  • Marilynn Smith, American golfer, co-founder LPGA (Titleholders Championship 1963-64), who died at 89.
  • Fosse/Verdon: Season 1 is released. The eight-part limited series about the five decade long partnership between choreographer/director Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Broadway dancer/actress Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams) was based on the biography Fosse written by Sam Wasson.
  • Vacation Simulator for PC is released. Welcome to the Vacation Simulator: a rough approximation of VACATION inspired by real human NOT JOBBING, brought to you by the same robots behind the Job Simulator. Reallocate your bandwidth and get ready to splash, s’more, snowball, and selfie your way to optimal relaxation.
  • Vaporum for PlayStation 4 is released. Vaporum is a grid-based dungeon crawler RPG in an original steampunk setting, inspired by old-school classics of the genre. Stranded in the middle of an ocean, in front of a gigantic tower, the hero has to find out what the place is, what happened there, and most importantly, who he is.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy for PlayStation 4 is released. Become Phoenix Wright and experience the thrill of battle as you fight to save your innocent clients in a court of law. Play all 14 episodes, spanning the first three games, in one gorgeous collection. Solve the intriguing mysteries behind each case and witness the final truth for yourself.
  • Falcon Age for PlayStation 4 is released. Falcon Age is a first-person, single-player action adventure. As Ara, learn to hunt, gather, and fight to reclaim her cultural legacy in the lost art of falcon hunting against a force of automated colonizers. Bond with a baby falcon and go on an adventure.
  • Dangerous Driving for PlayStation 4 is released. From the creative talent behind the genre-defining Burnout series, Dangerous Driving puts aggression back into the racing genre, recapturing the spirit of the past and taking it to a new place. Dangerous Driving is a game about real driving. The sort of driving you want to do when no one else is looking. The sort of driving you’d love to do if only everyone else would get OUT OF THE DAMN WAY! This game gives you the chance to live out that fantasy. To floor it in everyday cars, at high speeds, weaving in and out of traffic and slamming the other cars right off the road. This is a game built in the spirit of the classic arcade racing games of the 80’s and 90’s. It’s about speed, driving skill and beautiful powerslides around epic corners. It’s also about all out aggression, instant retaliation and sweet, sweet revenge. The more dangerously you drive, the faster you can go.
  • Zanki Zero: Last Beginning for PlayStation 4 is released. Play from the POV of one of eight protagonists in each chapter and explore the dungeons, towers, and islands to uncover the deadly sins of the protagonists' pasts. Hunt for materials & food while fending off monsters in real-time battle environments; but don't forget to eat, sleep, & go to the bathroom (seriously, it's bad for your health & fatal for your party). With every life cycle lasting only 13 days, each clone’s stats, abilities, and capabilities differ as they grow from youths to old age.
  • Out There: Omega The Alliance for Switch is released. Out There is an award-winning space exploration game where you try to survive alone in a distant and unknown part of the galaxy by upgrading your spaceship and managing your resources. Space is a hostile place; dangerous and mysterious adventures will mark each step of your travel. You will not only meet insidious intelligent species, but also deal with ancient powers linked to your destiny and the fate of mankind itself.

On this day in 2018

  • US Senator Tammy Duckworth becomes the first senator to give birth while in office.
  • Fleetwood Mac announce new members Neil Finn and Mike Campbell after firing long-standing member Lindsey Buckingham.
  • Extinction for PC is released. You are one of the world’s last Sentinels, a soldier named Avil equipped with the skills to battle the endless wave of Ravenii. Fight massive brutes and their minions across a sprawling countryside, defending cities and rescuing refugees torn from their homes.
  • The Bunker for Switch is released. As the last remaining survivor in a nuclear bunker, Johns daily routine is the one thing that keeps him sane. But when an alarm goes off, his mind starts to self-destruct. The Bunker is a live-action psychological horror game starring Adam Brown (The Hobbit) and Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) with writing talent behind The Witcher, Broken Sword and SOMA.

On this day in 2017

  • Suicide car bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia kills at least 17, Al-Shabaab group claim responsibility.
  • Twitter footage of passenger forcibly removed from United Airlines flight in Chicago after flight overbooked causes outrage.
  • Two Egyptian coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria attacked by suicide bombers leaving at least 44 dead.
  • American guitarist Bob Wootton died age 75. He joined Johnny Cash's backing band, the Tennessee Three, after original lead guitarist Luther Perkins, died in a house fire. He was Cash's guitarist for nearly thirty years..
  • Bob Wootton, American guitarist, who died at 75.
  • Alan Henderson, Irish rock bassist (Them), who died at 72.
  • Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital, The War of the Roses), who died at 95.

On this day in 2016

  • Will Smith, Football Player.
  • Outlander (2014): Season 2 is released. In France, Claire and Jamie Fraser set out to change history by stopping the Jacobite rebellion to save the Highlanders.
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for PlayStation 4 is released. Embark on a brand new adventure which teams Shantae with her arch nemesis, Risky Boots! When a curse falls upon Sequin Land, Risky Boots and Shantae must join forces to battle unimaginable evil. Shantae must give up her job as Scuttle Towns "Guardian Genie" and become a pirate if she hopes to get her magic back and save the day. As a pirate, Shantae gains new weapons and tools to advance her quest and power through monsters!* Flintlock Pistol (blast enemies and switches from afar)* Pirate Hat (glide on the wind using this enormous headwear)* Risky's Boots (run at super speeds! Chain your attacks as you dash through enemies & over lava)* Cannon (blast yourself into the air on a belch of black powder)Core Gameplay Components:* Whipping! Destroy monsters, topple bosses, and solve puzzles with your hair* Platforming! Run and jump through deviously designed levels* Exploring! Navigate a world of interconnected levels and Labyrinths* Belly Dancing! Dance with your Magic Lamp to suck up magic and items* Customizing! Earn new abilities, unlock stat-boosting artifacts, magic & costumes* Storytelling! Flirtatious characters and wonderfully off-beat humor

On this day in 2015

  • Pim Lier, Dutch lawyer and illegitimate son of Prince Consort Henry, who died at 96.
  • Margaret Rule, British archaeologist (Mary Rose Tudor warship), who died at 86.
  • Louie: Season 5 is released. The fifth season of the comedy returns with just eight episodes due to Louis C.K.'s busy career.
  • The Comedians: Season 1 is released. The comedy based on the Swedish series Ulveson and Herngren is set behind the scenes of a late night sketch comedy show where veteran comic Billy (Billy Crystal) is set up with Josh (Josh Gad), an up-and-coming comedian.
  • StarDrive 2 for PC is released. The core mechanics of the franchise have evolved to incorporate a turn-based strategic layer, featuring realtime battles.
  • Fire: Ungh's Quest for PC is released. FIRE, the new adventure by Daedalic Entertainment is set in the cutest Stone Age setting you've ever seen. Ungh, FIRE’s adorably-naive protagonist, was supposed to watch over his tribe’s fireplace during the night. But being a slightly clumsy Neanderthal, Ungh fell asleep and let the fire go out.
  • I Am Bread for PC is released. The story of a solitary slice of bread's epic and emotional journey as it embarks upon a quest to become toasted.
  • Affordable Space Adventures for Wii U is released. Affordable Space Adventures is a 2.5D side scrolling spaceship simulator. You are using the GamePad as a Heads Down Display - spaceship cockpit, and you have to configure all the systems in order to fly around undetected on an alien planet. You can either pilot the Small Craft TM solo, or fly as a crew of 2 to 3 players, requiring a lot of communication between the players.

On this day in 2014

  • Stuart Parkin is awarded the Millennium Technology Prize for his work on magnetic storage.
  • Edie Saccone-Joly, YouTube Star, born in Cork, Ireland.
  • Eduardo Saccone-Joly, YouTube Star, born in Cork, Ireland.
  • GAMING: XBOX 360
  • The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 - A Crooked Mile for Xbox 360 is released. After discovering damning evidence at a bloody crime scene, Bigby is situated just steps behind the prime suspect of a horrific murder, but he’s not the only one; other forces in Fabletown will stop at nothing to protect their interests. Every decision matters and time is ticking in this third episode of The Wolf Among Us.
  • Bertha Tickey, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1973), who died at 91.


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