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  • Assumption Day Holiday is being celebrated in Vatican City
  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Pakistan
  • Oued Ed-Dahab Day is being celebrated in Morocco
  • People born on this day are Leo as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

In the future 2126

  • Comet Swift-Tuttle approaches close to Earth.

On this day in 2023

    On this day in 2022

    • EVENTS
    • Fire at Abu Sefein Church in Giza, Egypt, results in 41 deaths.
    • DEATHS
    • Arne Legernes, Norwegian soccer midfielder (41 caps; Molde FC, Larvik Turn), who died at 91.
    • Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Business Executive.
    • Tales of the Walking Dead: Season 1 is released. The Walking Dead spinoff anthology series will feature both new and original characters from the zombie series.

    On this day in 2021

    • EVENTS
    • Spain records its highest ever temperature of 47.2C (117F) in Montoro, Córdoba.
    • Calder Fire, near Lake Tahoe, begins in California, goes on to destroy 1000 structures and over 218,000 acres.
    • Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Gilbert throws a no-hitter in his MLB debut, defeating San Diego Padres,7-0 in Phoenix; record equalling 8th no-hitter of the season.
    • 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes south-west Haiti near city of Les Cayes, killing at least 2,200 people, injuring many more and destroying 52,000 homes.
    • It rains for the first time at Greenland ice sheets'highest point, at Summit Station research facility, above freezing conditions create some melting for 337,000 square miles of ice.
    • DEATHS
    • Igor Oistrakh, Soviet-Russian concert violinist (Wieniawski Competition,1952), and educator (Moscow Conservatory, Brussels Royal Conservatory), who died at 90.
    • Nathalie Maillet, Race Car Driver.
    • R. Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), music educator, and environmentalist, who died of complications Alzheimer's disease at 88.

    On this day in 2020

    • EVENTS
    • Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda breaks Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old 5,000m world record with a run of 12:35.36 at the Diamond League meet in Monaco.
    • English hard rock and heavy metal bass player Pete Way died age 69 following life-threatening injuries he had sustained in an accident two months earlier. He was bassist for UFO and was also a founding member of Waysted and Fastway and notably played with Michael Schenker Group and Ozzy Osbourne..
    • DEATHS
    • Angela Buxton, English tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon women's doubles 1956 [with Althea Gibson]), who died at 85.
    • Julian Bream, English classical guitarist and lutenist, who died at 87.
    • Shwikar, Movie Actress.
    • Thomas Forsyth, Scottish soccer defender (22 caps; Motherwell, Rangers), who died at 71.
    • Spree is released. Meet Kurt (Joe Keery), a 23-year-old rideshare driver for "Spree", who is so desperate for social media attention that he'll stop at nothing to go viral. He comes up with a plan to livestream a rampage as a shortcut to infamy - coining his evil scheme "#thelesson", he installs a set of cameras in his car and begins streaming his rides. Wildly miscalculating the popularity that would come from his lethal scheme, Kurt’s desperation grows as he tries to find a way to overcome the plan's flaws. In the middle of all this madness, a stand-up comedian (Sasheer Zamata) with her own viral agenda crosses Kurt's path and becomes the only hope to put a stop to his misguided carnage.
    • Martin Margiela: In His Own Words is released. One of the most revolutionary and influential fashion designers of his time, Martin Margiela has remained an elusive figure the entirety of his decades-long career. From Jean Paul Gaultier’s assistant to creative director at Hermès to leading his own House, Margiela never showed his face publicly and avoided interviews, but reinvented fashion with his radical style through forty-one provocative collections. Now, for the first time, the “Banksy of fashion” reveals his drawings, notes, and personal items in this exclusive, intimate profile of his vision.
    • MOVIES: NR
    • Sputnik is released. Due to her controversial methods, young doctor Tatiana Yurievna (Oksana Akinshina) is on the precipice of losing her medical license. Her career may not be over, though. After she’s recruited by the military, Tatiana is brought to a secure science research facility to assess a very special case, that of Konstantin Sergeyevich (Pyotr Fyodorov), a cosmonaut who survived a mysterious space accident and has returned to Earth with a unique condition: there’s something living inside of him that only shows itself late at night. The military has nefarious plans for it. Tatiana wants to stop it from killing Konstantin. And the creature itself thrives on destruction. [IFC Midnight]
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • Boys State is released. Boys State is a continually revealing immersion into a week-long annual program in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government. Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine closely track the escalating tensions that arise within a particularly riveting gubernatorial race, training their cameras on unforgettable teenagers like Ben, a Reagan-loving arch-conservative who brims with confidence despite personal setbacks, and Steven, a progressive-minded child of Mexican immigrants who stands by his convictions amidst the sea of red. In the process, they have created a complex portrait of contemporary American masculinity, as well as a microcosm of our often dispiriting national political divisions that nevertheless manages to plant seeds of hope.
    • MOVIES: R
    • Project Power is released. On the streets of New Orleans, word begins to spread about a mysterious new pill that unlocks superpowers unique to each user. The catch: You don’t know what will happen until you take it. While some develop bulletproof skin, invisibility, and super strength, others exhibit a deadlier reaction. But when the pill escalates crime within the city to dangerous levels, a local cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) teams with a teenage dealer (Dominique Fishback) and a former soldier fueled by a secret vendetta (Jamie Foxx) to fight power with power and risk taking the pill in order to track down and stop the group responsible for creating it.
    • Ted Lasso: Season 1 is released. Kansas college (American) football coach Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) is hired by an English professional soccer team in this comedy from Sudeikis and Bill Lawrence.
    • Teenage Bounty Hunters: Season 1 is released. Fraternal twins Sterling and Blair (Maddie Phillips and Anjelica Bette Fellini) join bounty hunter Bowser Jenkins (Kadeem Hardison) on the job while juggling high school and relationships in this comedy created by Kathleen Jordan.
    • ALBUMS
    • Total Freedom was released by Kathleen Edwards. The first full-length release for the Canadian singer-songwriter in eight years was co-produced by Jim Bryson and Ian Fitchuk.
    • Blonde on the Tracks was released by Emma Swift. The Bob Dylan covers album from the Nashville-based Australian singer-songwriter was produced by Patrick Sansone.
    • Candid was released by Whitney. The third full-length release for the band features covers of songs from such artists as David Byrne, John Denver, Kelela, Moondog, Labi Sif, and SWV as well as a guest appearance from Waxahatchee.
    • A Celebration of Endings was released by Biffy Clyro. The ninth full-length studio release for the the Scottish alternative rock trio was produced by Rich Costey.
    • Even in Exile was released by James Dean Bradfield. The second full-length solo release for the Manic Street Preachers singer/guitarist features lyrics based on poems by Patrick Jones about Chilean activist/poet Victor Jara.
    • Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? was released by Fantastic Negrito. The latest full-length release for the two-time Grammy winner was inspired by socially and politically-aware albums from 1960s-70s.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Factorio for PC is released. Factorio is a game about building and creating automated factories to produce items of increasing complexity, within an infinite 2D world. Use your imagination to design your factory, combine simple elements into ingenious structures, and finally protect it from the creatures who don't really like you.
    • EA SPORTS UFC 4 for PlayStation 4 is released. In EA SPORTS UFC 4 the fighter you become is shaped by your fight style, your achievements, and your personality. Develop and customize your character through a unified progression system across all modes. Go from unknown amateur to UFC superstar in the new Career Mode, experience the origins of combat sports in two all-new environments; The Kumite and The Backyard, or challenge the world in new Blitz Battles or Online World Championships to become the undisputed champ. In gameplay, fluid clinch-to-strike combinations offer more responsive and authentic stand-up gameplay, while overhauled takedown and ground mechanics deliver more control in those key phases of the fight. No matter how, or where, you play EA SPORTS UFC 4 puts 'you' at the center of every fight.
    • Bite the Bullet for Xbox One is released. Satisfy your appetite for destruction in this roguelite RPG shooter where you must eat to powerup your character, weapons, and abilities. Consume strange species to add new entries to DarwinCorp's mysterious Compendium. Catalyze crafting fermentations in your belly by eating enemies! Explore three branching skill trees based on your diet - remember, you are what you eat!
    • James R. Thompson, American politician, (longest serving Governor of Illinois,1977-91), who died at 84.
    • SPORTS
    • Herb Orvis, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (University of Colorado; NFL: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts), who died at 73.

    On this day in 2019

    • EVENTS
    • Iowa congressman Steve King says without rape and incest "“Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?" in video for "The Des Moines Register".
    • Pakistan PM Imran Khan strongly criticizes India for revoking Kashmir's special status and putting it under lockdown in address in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
    • American rapper ASAP Rocky found guilty of assault in Stockholm and given a suspended sentence.
    • French woman Stephanie Frappart is the first woman to referee a major match in a European men's tournament - UEFA Super Cup Chelsea vs Liverpool in Istanbul.
    • " It is raining plastic, "survey published, plastic found in 90% of rain samples taken in Colorado by the US Department of the Interior and US Geological Survey.
    • " The 1619 Project" produced by Nikole Hannah-Jones, to examine legacy of slavery in America, launched in "The New York Times Magazine".
    • DEATHS
    • Reg Scarlett, West Indian cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960), who died at 84.
    • Ivo Malec, Croat-French composer (Miniatures pour Lewis Carroll; Lumina), who died at 94.
    • Adam is released. Awkward, self-conscious Adam Freeman (Nicholas Alexander) has just finished his junior year of high school in 2006. When his cool older sister Casey (Margaret Qualley) suggests he visit her in New York for the summer, Adam has visions of meeting a girl and finally gaining some actual life experience. The fantasy doesn't materialize exactly as expected. Casey has enthusiastically embraced life amidst Brooklyn's young LGBTQ community and invites Adam to tag along with her to queer bars, marriage equality rallies and other happenings. When Adam falls at first sight for Gillian (Bobbi Salvör Menuez), a smart, beautiful young woman in this new crowd, she mistakenly assumes he is trans. Flummoxed and enamored, he haplessly goes along with her assumption, resulting in an increasingly complex comedy - and tragedy - of errors he's ill-equipped to navigate.
    • David Makes Man: Season 1 is released. 14-year-old David (Akili McDowell) attends a magnet school for academically gifted kids and must decide whether to take advantage of that opportunity or become the local drug dealer at the South Florida projects in this drama series inspired by the life of series creator and co-writer by Tarell Alvin McCraney.
    • GAMING: PC
    • The Great Perhaps for PC is released. The Great Perhaps is a time travel puzzle game about an astronaut returning to Earth destroyed by natural cataclysms. There, among the ruins he finds an unusual artifact — an old lantern, in the light of which you can see glimpses of another time and travel to the past.
    • No Man's Sky Beyond for PlayStation 4 is released. No Man’s Sky is an epic science fiction adventure set across an infinite universe, in which every star is the light of a distant sun, orbited by planets filled with life — each yours to visit. Explore never-before-seen worlds and trade, fight and survive on a galactic scale.
    • Vasara Collection for Xbox One is released. Japanese arcade shoot’em ups Vasara and Vasara 2 come to Xbox One in a single package. It’s sci-fi meets history in these arcade classics which take place in an alternate timeline Feudal Japan where technologically, advanced weaponry, and sci-fi equipment are a reality and heroes use flying motorcycles with amazing firepower and fierce melee weapons to destroy their enemies.

    On this day in 2018

    • EVENTS
    • Pennsylvania grand jury alleges 300 "predator priests" abused over 1000 children over 30 years and Catholic leaders covered it, up after 2-year investigation.
    • 2.3 million estimated Venezuelans have left crisis-hit Venezuela since 2015 according to the UN.
    • Italy's Morandi Bridge collapses in Genoa, taking 30 vehicles with it and killing 43.
    • Jill Janus died by suicide age 42. She was the lead singer of American heavy metal bands Huntress, The Starbreakers and Chelsea Girls..
    • Death's Gambit for PlayStation 4 is released. Death's Gambit is a challenging Action-RPG through which you explore an alien medieval planet filled with beasts, knights, and horrors. As an agent of Death, bound to his service, banish your fears and endure the struggle that lies at the heart of Leydia.
    • Phantom Doctrine for PlayStation 4 is released. The year is 1983. The world teeters on the verge of destruction as the Cold War tightens its icy grip. East or West: trust no one, question everything. The fate of humanity rests in your hands as you pit spy versus spy in tactical Phantom Doctrine.
    • Cosmic Star Heroine for Switch is released. Why can't the galaxy just stay saved? 3 exotic planets to explore. Aliens. Robots. Magic. Forbidden technology. Conspiracies. A galactic threat. And one brave heroine to make things right. Cosmic Star Heroine is an exciting RPG from the creators of Cthulhu Saves the World.
    • The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - The Final Season Episode 1: Done Running for Xbox One is released. After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be Clementine's chance for a home. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. Clem must build a life and become a leader while still watching over AJ, an orphaned boy and the closest thing to family she has left. In this gripping, emotional final season, you will define your relationships, fight the undead, and determine how Clementine's story ends.

    On this day in 2017

    • EVENTS
    • Cholera has now infected more than 500,000 people in Yemen and killed over 2,000 according to the World Health Organisation.
    • Parliamentary citizenship scandal deepens in Australia after Barnaby Joyce, Deputy PM revealed to be a New Zealand citizen.
    • Mudslide and flooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone kills over 500 with 600 missing.
    • DEATHS
    • Frank Broyles, American collegiate athlete, and administrator (University of Arkansas Athletic Director,1974-2007), who died at 92.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Starcraft Remastered for PC is released. StarCraft®: Remastered upgrades the essential sci-fi strategy experience from beginning to end. Welcome back to the original game and its award-winning expansion, StarCraft: Brood War.
    • US President Donald Trump condemns racist violence at the White House after criticism of his earlier response to Charlottesville violence.

    On this day in 2016

    • EVENTS
    • US Senior Open Men's Golf, Scioto CC: Gene Sauers wins by 1 stroke ahead of Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Billy Mayfair.
    • American keyboard and synthesizer player James Woolley died at the age of 49. Woolley was known for his playing with industrial metal group Nine Inch Nails as well as Rob Halford's one-time band 2wo, which also included John 5 of Marilyn Manson..
    • DEATHS
    • Neil Black, British oboist, and educator, who died at 84.
    • Hermann Kant, German writer, who died at 90.
    • Philip "Fyvush" Finkel, American actor (Boston Public, Picket Fences), who died at 93.
    • SPORTS
    • South African athlete Wayde van Niekerk sets world record 43.03 to win the men's 400m gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Kirani James (Grenada) silver, American LaShawn Merritt bronze.
    • Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt wins coveted 100m Olympic 100m gold medal in 9.81 at Rio de Janeiro Olympics - first man to win the event 3 times.
    • Kenya's Jemima Sumgong wins women's marathon gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2:24:04; Eunice Kirwa (Bahrain) takes silver, and Mare Dibaba (Ethiopia) bronze.
    • Justin Rose of Great Britain finishes with a score of 16 under par to win the inaugural men's individual golf gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Rose is 2 strokes ahead of Henrik Stenson (Sweden) and 3 from American Matt Kuchar.
    • An all-British final in the men's cycling sprint with Jason Kenny beating team mate Callum Skinner at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

    On this day in 2015

    • EVENTS
    • Jazz Summers, manager of bands such as Wham!, Snow Patrol, Scissor Sisters and The Verve, died from lung cancer. He co-managed Wham! and is credited with the duo breaking into the United States market in 1985 and to go onto to become the first western pop group to tour China..
    • Most extensive face transplant surgery ever performed on Patrick Hardison by Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez at New York University Langone Medical Center.
    • DEATHS
    • Karen Stives, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold team, silver individual 1984), who died at 64.
    • Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham; Snow Patrol), who died at 71.
    • [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), who died at 83.
    • Amnesiac is released. A man (Wes Bentley) wakes up in bed suffering from memory loss after being in an accident, only to begin to suspect that his wife (Kate Bosworth) may not be his real wife and that a web of lies and deceit deepen inside the house where he soon finds himself a prisoner. [XLrator Media]
    • Big Sky is released. Mother and daughter, Dee and Hazel (Kyra Sedgwick and Bella Thorne) go on a roadtrip to a desert facility to help Hazel deal with her agoraphobia. When gunmen and brothers Jesse and Pru (Frank Grillo and Aaron Tveit) attack the pair, Hazel has to battle her fears so she and her mother can survive.
    • One & Two is released. Siblings Eva (Kiernan Shipka) and Zac (Timothée Chalamet) live cut off from society in a remote farmhouse, their insular world bounded by an enormous wall. But as the pair begins exploring their extraordinary, potentially dangerous supernatural abilities, a mystery arises: is their father trying to keep the world out, or to keep his children in? [IFC Midnight]
    • Rosenwald is released. Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler, rose to head Sears, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 Southern schools in African American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era. Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. The Rosenwald Fund supported great artists like Marian Anderson, Woody Guthrie, Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Jacob Lawrence. Among those interviewed are civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous and Congressman John Lewis, columnists Eugene Robinson and Clarence Page, Cokie Roberts, Rabbi David Saperstein, Rosenwald school alumni writer Maya Angelou and director George C. Wolfe and Rosenwald relatives.
    • Prince is released. Seventeen-year-old Ayoub has a lot on his plate: his father is a junkie, his mother is a lonely divorcé, and his sister is falling in with the wrong crowd. Haunted by his father's terrible reputation, Ayoub can't get the attention of Laura, the most beautiful girl in the neighborhood. He does, however, gain the attention of Kalpa, an eccentric, purple Lamborghini-driving, psychotically violent local criminal. Falling in with Kalpa, Ayoub tries to enlarge his status (and wallet) enough to win Laura over, but soon finds that his new life is far more than he bargained for. [FilmBuff]
    • Tom at the Farm is released. After the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume, Tom (Xavier Dolan), travels from his home in the city to a remote country farm for the funeral. Upon arriving, he’s shocked to find that Guillaume's family knows nothing about him and was expecting a woman in his place. Torn between his own grief and that of the family, Tom keeps his identity a secret but soon finds himself increasingly drawn into a twisted, sexually-charged game by Guillaume’s aggressive brother (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), who suspects the truth. [Amplify]
    • The Boy is released. It’s the summer of 1989. 9-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The Mt. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted's mother left, John has drifted into despondency—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. The arrival of a mysterious drifter, William Colby (Rainn Wilson), captivates young Ted and the two form a unique friendship - setting the stage for Ted’s final, unnerving metamorphosis. [Chiller Films]
    • We Come as Friends is released. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old “civilizing” pathology re-emerges – that of colonialism, the clash of empires, and new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is released. In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced to put aside longstanding hostilities and team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. [Warner Bros.]
    • MOVIES: R
    • People Places Things is released. Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) is a graphic novelist and a professor in NYC. At his adorable twin girls’ fifth birthday party, Will’s life is turned upside down when he walks in on the mother of his children, and longtime girlfriend, Charlie, (Stephanie Allynne) with their friend Gary (Michael Chernus). One year later, Will is still alone and trying to put his life back together. He finds unexpected challenges when his talented student Kat (Jessica Williams) tries to set Will up with her accomplished mother Diane (Regina Hall). In this thoughtful comedy, Will is forced to navigate the unknown landscape of single fatherhood and dating in New York City, while remaining an inspiration for his students and coming to terms with himself both as a father as an artist.
    • Ten Thousand Saints is released. Adapted from the novel by Eleanor Henderson, Ten Thousand Saints is a coming-of-age story about three teenagers in late 1980s New York City — Jude (Asa Butterfield), new to the city from Vermont, “straight-edge” musician Johnny (Emile Hirsch), and troubled, rich uptown girl Eliza (Hailee Steinfeld) — who break away from their messed up parents (Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer) to form their own surrogate family. Set in 1988, a time of great cultural upheaval - against the excesses of the decade, the AIDS epidemic and the gentrification of the city culminating in the infamous Tompkins Square Park riots — Ten Thousand Saints is a nostalgia trip to a bygone era of New York City. [Screen Media Films]
    • Straight Outta Compton is released. In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these young men revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. [Universal Pictures]
    • Mistress America is released. Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) – a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes.
    • Meru is released. Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.
    • Fort Tilden is released. Fort Tilden: New York City’s secluded seaside nirvana where, like flies to honey, Brooklyn’s hip millennial set flocks on sweltering weekend afternoons for unbridled summertime indulgence. Amidst the vexing stagnation of quarter-life crises, Allie (Clare McNulty) struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper (Bridey Elliot) awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day when a pair of good-looking guys invites them along for a carefree Fort Tilden afternoon. As the two young women board their fixed-gear bicycles and embark on a lengthy journey to the beach, they quickly realize that, akin to their confusing, transitioning lives, they neither know where they’re going nor how they plan to get there.
    • ALBUMS
    • Everybody's Coming Down was released by The Good Life. The first release in eight years for the Nebraska rock band led by Cursive's Tim Kasher was mixed by John Congleton.
    • Dry Food was released by Palehound. This is the debut full-length release for Boston singer-guitarist Ellen Kempner.
    • Midnight was released by Grace Potter. Grace Potter's second solo release (her first since forming The Nocturnals) was produced by Eric Valentine and features contributions from her bandmates as well as Rayland Baxter, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Audra Mae, Nick Oliveri of Queens Of The Stone Age, and Noelle Skaggs of Fitz & The Tantrums.
    • Morning World was released by Teen Daze. The fifth full-length release for the solo project for Canadian artist Jamison was recorded and mixed with John Vanderslice.
    • The Boombox Ballads was released by Sweet Baboo. Welsh indie artist Stephen Black worked with arranger Paul Jones for his fifth release.
    • Venom was released by Bullet For My Valentine. The fifth full-length for the Welsh metal band was produced by Carl Bown and Colin Richardson
    • Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings for Xbox One is released. Super Mega Baseball packs ultra-tight batting/pitching mechanics, a novel difficulty system dubbed “Ego”, and a baseball simulation with accurate physics and comprehensive statistics tracking.

    On this day in 2014

    • BIRTHS
    • Rowdyrogan, YouTube Star, born in United States.
    • GAMING: PC
    • IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad for PC is released. IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is the continuation of the legendary IL-2 Sturmovik series that has set the standard for PC combat flight games for more than ten years. This new entry into the series offers virtual pilots an even more accurate simulation of the most famous air battles of World War II.
    • XType Plus for Wii U is released. Pure 2D blasting is what retro shooter, XType Plus, has in its gun sights, as it docks for download exclusively in Nintendo eShop on Wii U.Youll need a sturdy trigger finger to survive this vertical blaster, as you pilot an insignificant vessel against an infinite series of randomly-generated bosses, each more difficult than the last. Its a simple mission: wipe out the enemy and dont get hit. The action kicks off with a laidback feel but very soon ramps up to hardcore proportions, where dodging is the key to survival. Lose your three lives, and its lights out.As you battle on, youll come under relentless enemy fire from hulking, organic-looking ships. And XType Plus relishes every single shot, as huge patterns of bullets descend on your ship, leaving the slimmest of spaces to squeeze through. One blessing is your tiny hit box - only a direct impact to the core will take you out, although youll still need fighter-pilot reflexes and the eyes of a hawk to stay alive.Beyond the blasting, XType brings fresh content in a supercharged Plus mode, exclusive to Wii U, pitting you against the clock, your lives exchanged for a countdown. Add in EMP bombs (electromagnetic pulse) and a larger enemy arsenal, and youve got tension on a plate.Conquer that all-important high score for a badge of honour, then showboat with the best of them via the leaderboard system. Better yet, every high score you upload is accompanied by a video of your game, and other players will be able to watch your performance, good or bad! The upside is that you can also watch how the top ten players reach such lofty heights - they might just help your battle strategy in XType Plus, a lean, pared down and intense challenge for all Wii U shooter fans.-Destroy an endless stream of bosses for the highest of high scores-Blast against the clock in Plus Mode, new for Wii U-Upload gameplay videos and check out other gamers victory runs

    On this day in 2013

    • EVENTS
    • 14 people are killed and 26 are injured by two roadside bombings in Baqubah, Iraq.
    • DEATHS
    • Lisa Robin Kelly, American actress, who died at 43.
    • Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), who died from complications from COPD at 67.
    • MOVIES: R
    • This Is Martin Bonner is released. Fifty-something Martin Bonner leaves his old life behind and relocates to Reno, where he finds work helping released prisoners transition to life on the outside, while trying his hand at speed dating and passing time as a soccer referee on weekends. Meanwhile, Travis Holloway has just been released from prison after serving 12 years. Surprising both of them, Travis and Martin form an unlikely friendship that offers them reciprocal support and understanding.
    • The Patience Stone is released. Adapted from the best-selling novel by Atiq Rahimi, The Patience Stone captures the reality of everyday life for an intelligent woman under the oppressive weight of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Betrayer for PC is released. Betrayer washes you ashore in the New World in 1604, where you’re expecting to join a struggling English colony on the Virginia coast. Instead you find only ghosts and mysteries in a land drained of color and life. You’ll build up an arsenal of weaponry including muskets, crossbows and throwing axes, collecting untold treasures along the way. Chart your own course through an untamed wilderness teeming with danger and discovery as you search for survivors and unravel the colony’s many mysteries, including the identity of the strange, silent woman in red who helps from afar.
    • GAMING: XBOX 360
    • Charlie Murder for Xbox 360 is released. A four-player arcade beat 'em up featuring all four members of the revolutionary punk act who are on a crusade to retrieve front man Charlie Murder's girlfriend, Skelekitten, from their chart topping metal rivals.


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