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  • Assumption of Mary Holiday is being celebrated in Colombia
  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Afghanistan
  • Nikini Full Moon Poya Day is being celebrated in Sri Lanka
  • Raksha Bandhan is being celebrated in India, Nepal
  • San Martin Day is being celebrated in Argentina
  • People born on this day are Leo as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

In the future 2335

  • William T Riker, character on Star Trek Next Generation, born in Valdez, Alaska.

On this day in 2023

    On this day in 2022

    • EVENTS
    • 30-hour siege begins on Hayat Hotel, Mogadishu, by Shabab militants leaving 21 dead and 117 injured.
    • DEATHS
    • Jan Erling Jørgensen, TikTok Star.
    • MOVIES: AUGUST 19 2022
    • Beast is released. Dr. Nate Daniels (Idris Elba), a recently widowed husband, returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife, on a long-planned trip with their daughters to a game reserve managed by Martin Battles (Sharlto Copley), an old family friend and wildlife biologist. But what begins as a journey of healing jolts into a fearsome fight for survival when a lion, a survivor of blood-thirsty poachers who now sees all humans as the enemy, begins stalking them.
    • The Legend of Molly Johnson is released. In 1893 on an isolated property, a heavily pregnant woman named Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) and her children struggle to survive the harsh Australian landscape; her husband is gone, droving sheep in the high country. Molly then finds herself confronted by a shackled Aboriginal fugitive named Yadaka (Rob Collins). As an unlikely bond begins to form between them, secrets unravel about her true identity. Meanwhile, realizing Molly’s husband is missing, new town lawman Nate Clintoff becomes suspicious and sends his constable to investigate. The deadly encounter between Molly, Yadaka and the constable results in a tragic chain of events with Molly becoming a symbol of feminism and anti-racism.
    • MOVIES: NR
    • Spin Me Round is released. A woman wins an all-expenses trip to a company's gorgeous "institute"outside of Florence, and also the chance to meet the restaurant chain's wealthy and charismatic owner. She finds a different adventure than the one she imagined.
    • MOVIES: PG
    • Three Minutes: A Lengthening is released. So long as we are watching history, history is not over. Three minutes of footage, shot by David Kurtz in 1938, are the only moving images remaining of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk, Poland before the Holocaust. Three Minutes: A Lengthening explores the human stories hidden within the celluloid. [Super LTD]
    • The Territory is released. The Territory provides an immersive on-the-ground look at the tireless fight of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people against the encroaching deforestation brought by farmers and illegal settlers in the Brazilian Amazon. With awe-inspiring cinematography showcasing the titular landscape and richly textured sound design, the film takes audiences deep into the Uru-eu-wau-wau community and provides unprecedented access to the farmers and settlers illegally burning and clearing the protected Indigenous land. Partially shot by the Uru-eu-wau-wau people, the film relies on vérité footage captured over three years as the community risks their lives to set up their own news media team in the hopes of exposing the truth.
    • MOVIES: R
    • The Immaculate Room is released. Mike (Emile Hirsch) and Kate (Kate Bosworth), a seemingly perfect couple, join a psychological experiment to compete for 5 million dollars if they can last 50 days in a sleek, white room in complete isolation. No phones, no family – only the Voice of the Immaculate Room keeping them in check if they think of straying. But as the clock ticks down, the Room becomes more than it seems, putting them through cruel tests to break their resolve and resurfacing private demons which they may not survive.
    • Orphan: First Kill is released. Esther’s terrifying saga continues in this thrilling prequel to the original and shocking horror hit, Orphan. After orchestrating a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility, Esther travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. Yet, an unexpected twist arises that pits her against a mother who will protect her family from the murderous “child” at any cost.
    • Bad Sisters: Season 1 is released. The Garvey sisters (Sharon Horgan, Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle, Sarah Greene and Eve Hewson) come under suspicion from life insurance investigators after their brother-in-law's death in this dark comedy series from Horgan.
    • Echoes: Season 1 is released. Identical twins, Leni and Gina (both played by Michelle Monaghan), have switched lives over the years, but now one is missing in this Australian thriller created by Vanessa Gazy.
    • ALBUMS
    • Close to Home was released by Aitch. The debut full-length release for the British rapper features guest appearances from by Ashanti, Bakar, Mastermind, New Machine, Ed Sheeran, and AJ Tracey.
    • Bleed Out was released by The Mountain Goats. The latest full-length release from John Darnielle's indie rock quartet The Mountain Goats was inspired by the movies he watched during the pandemic.
    • 90 in November was released by Why Bonnie. The debut full-length release for Blair Howerton-led band Why Bonnie on the Keeled Scales label was written mostly in Brooklyn during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
    • Holy Fvck was released by Demi Lovato. The eighth full-length release for Demi Lovato features guest appearances from Dead Sara, Royal & the Serpent and YUNGBLUD.
    • Freakout/Release was released by Hot Chip. The eighth full-length studio release for British electro-pop band Hot Chip was written and recorded at its East London studio.
    • Get Fucked was released by The Chats. The second full-length release for Australian punk band The Chats was recorded in six days with Cody McWaters.
    • Heartmind was released by Cass McCombs. The 10th full-length release for singer-songwriter Cass McCombs features contributions from such artists as Charlie Burnham, the Chapin Sisters, Danielle Haim, Shahzad Ismaily, Wynonna Judd, Kassa Overall, Ariel Rechtshaid, and Buddy Ross.
    • Lucky Me was released by Phoebe Green. The debut full-length release for British pop artist Phoebe Green was produced by Kaines & Tom A.D.
    • Viva Las Vengeance was released by Panic! At the Disco. The seventh full-length release for Brendon Urie's solo music project Panic! At the Disco was recorded live to tape with Jake Sinclair and Mike Viola.
    • SPORTS
    • Egon Pajenk, Austrian soccer defender (3 caps; SK Rapid Wien 266 games), who died at 72.

    On this day in 2021

    • EVENTS
    • Iran's official COVID-19 pandemic death toll passes 100,000 amid its fifth wave of infections, according to its Health Ministry.
    • DEATHS
    • Chuck Close, Photographer.
    • Sonny Chiba, Movie Actor.
    • Ramo Stott, Race Car Driver.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Quake Remastered for PC is released. The remastered version of Quake is here.
    • The Vale: Shadow of the Crown for PC is released. CLOSE YOUR EYES. BECOME A WARRIOR: Feel your enemy’s rasping breath; a foot shifts on swampy ground; the crack of steel on wooden shield. The Vale is an audio based action adventure that sets out to breathe new life into medieval combat and fantasy narrative.
    • Recompile for PlayStation 5 is released. 3D sci-fi Metroidvania Recompile features intense combat, tight platforming, super-powered abilities and a unique environmental hacking system. Many obstacles, right down to foes, can be manipulated and bypassed. The story explores many themes from machine sentience to the nature of reality. The player, a rogue program of semi-sentient code, finds themselves trapped in The Mainframe - a sprawling digital wasteland dead-set on deleting trespassers.Recompile is built around a narrative system unique to the genre. Unlike a typical Metroidvania, it features dynamic outcomes based on play style, meaning player decisions alter the world and can lead to any one of multiple endings.Challenges include intelligent enemies and intricate environmental puzzles, all requiring the mastery of many unlockable abilities such as time dilation, explosive weaponry and even jetpack flight.
    • RiMS Racing for PlayStation 5 is released. The first motorbike simulation that combines a realistic racing challenge with engineering and mechanics! Ride the world's most powerful motorbikes and optimise their performance by swapping out parts and analysing data in real time.
    • Twelve Minutes for Xbox One is released. You are doomed to live the same TWELVE MINUTES inside your apartment, unless you use your knowledge of what is going to happen, to change the outcome, and break the loop.
    • SPORTS
    • Bill Freehan, American baseball catcher (11 x All Star; World Series 1968; 5 x Gold Glove; Detroit Tigers), who died from dementia at 79.

    On this day in 2020

    • EVENTS
    • Apple becomes the 1st US company to be valued at $2 trillion, just 2 years after it reached $1 trillion valuation.
    • US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says he will suspend controversial plan to cut costs until after the election.
    • Largest floods in 70 years wet the toes of giant 71m Leshan Buddha carved by a river just outside Chengdu, China with 100,000 people evacuated.
    • DEATHS
    • Landon Clifford, YouTube Star.
    • Coup 53 is released. Ten years in the making, Coup 53 tells the story of the 1953 the Anglo-American coup d'état that overthrew Iran's government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh and reinstalled the Shah. The CIA/MI6 covert action was called Operation Ajax. It was all about Iran’s oil and who gets to control and benefit from it. BP was at the heart of this story. Shot in seven countries, featuring participants and first-hand witnesses, and unearthing never seen before archive material, Coup 53 is a politically explosive and cinematically innovative documentary that lifts the lid on secrets buried for over sixty-six years.
    • High Score: Season 1 is released. Narrated by Charles Martinet, the six-part documentary about the history of video games features interviews with creators and other contributors of such games as Final Fantasy, Mortal Kombat, Pac-Man, and Space Invaders.
    • Golfing dinner termed #GolfGatet appearing to flout COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, attended by Irish political figures, prompts two politicians to later resign.
    • Slade Gorton, American politician (Sen-R-WA,1981-87,1989-2001), who died at 92.

    On this day in 2019

    • EVENTS
    • Evelyn Hernández cleared of killing her newborn baby in landmark case in a retrial in El Salvador.
    • DEATHS
    • Al Jackson, American MLB player (New York Mets), who died at 83.
    • Larry "The Mole" Taylor, American session (The Monkees) and touring rock and blues bass player (Canned Heat - "On the Road Again" ; John Mayall; Tom Waits), who died of cancer at 77.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Remnant: From the Ashes for PC is released. The world has been thrown into chaos by an ancient evil from another dimension. As one of the last remnants of humanity, you must set out alone or alongside up to two other survivors to face down hordes of deadly enemies to try to carve a foothold, rebuild, and retake what was lost.
    • Rad for PC is released. RAD is a 3D action rogue-like set in a post-post-apocalyptic world, where humanity has faced armageddon not once, but twice.
    • Erica for PlayStation 4 is released. Enter a dangerous and shadowy world of murder and cultists in this pioneering interactive thriller, exclusive to PS4, that asks you to reach into the game world and take control of the narrative.
    • Hotline Miami Collection for Switch is released. Hotline Miami Collection contains both legendary games in the neon-soaked, brutally-challenging Hotline Miami series from Dennaton Games.
    • Sudanese Ex-President Omar al-Bashir admits he has received $90 million from Saudi Arabian royals at the start of his corruption trial in Khartoum.

    On this day in 2018

    • EVENTS
    • Two more earthquakes hit Lombok in Indonesia killing 14 two weeks after previous earthquakes.
    • Limerick wins All Ireland Hurling Championship for first time in 45 years with a 3-16 to 2-18 win over defending champions Galway at Croke Park, Dublin.
    • Monsoon rains finally ease in Kerala State, India, with flooding taking 350 lives with 200,000 in relief camps.
    • Novak Ðokovic beats Roger Federer 6-4,6-4 in the final of the Cincinnati Masters to become the first player to win all 9 Masters 1,000 tennis tournaments since the series started in 1990.
    • Weinstein accuser Asia Argento is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 17-year old in article by "The New York Times".
    • DEATHS
    • Vaughn Beals, American CEO (Harley Davidson. 1981-96), who died at 90.
    • Rudy Giuliani, US President Donald Trump's lawyer claims in interview with NBC Chuck Todd that "truth isn't truth".

    On this day in 2017

    • DEATHS
    • Shane Sieg, Race Car Driver.
    • Bea Wain, American pop singer (" Deep Purple" (the song, not the group); "Heart and Soul"), and radio host, who died at 100.
    • Charles R Bentley, American pioneer or polar science, who died from complications of Parkinson’s disease at 87.
    • Dick Gregory, American comedian, civil rights activist and dietician (Bahamian Diet), who died of heart failure at 84.
    • Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 is released. The final season sees the Internet expanding outside just research institutions to the masses with the invention of the web browser.
    • ALBUMS
    • Science Fiction was released by Brand New. The fifth full-length release for the Long Island rock band was a surprise digital release and was produced by Mike Sapone. A physical release is expected in October.

    On this day in 2016

    • EVENTS
    • Colombian BMX rider Mariana Pajón successfully defends her Olympic title when she beats American Alise Post in the final in Rio de Janeiro.
    • American bass guitarist Larry Taylor died age 77. He is best known as a member of Canned Heat from 1967. Before joining Canned Heat he had been a session bassist for The Monkees and Jerry Lee Lewis. He was the younger brother of Mel Taylor, long-time drummer of The Ventures..
    • DEATHS
    • Donald Henderson, American epidemiologist, led world campaign that eradicated smallpox, who died at 82.
    • Jack Riley, American actor (The Bob Newhart Show), who died at 80.
    • Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952,60), involved in shoplift scandal, who died at 87.
    • Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World is released. Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback. Working with NetScout, a world leader in real time service assurance and cybersecurity, Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works - from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.
    • Spa Night is released. Spa Night is a portrait of forbidden sexual awakening set in the nocturnal world of spas and karaoke bars in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. David Cho (Joe Seo), a timid 18-year-old living with his financially-struggling immigrant parents, chances upon a secret cruising spot when he takes a job at an all-male spa. There he begins to realize hidden desires that threaten his life as a dutiful son and student. [Strand Releasing]
    • Ixcanul is released. Maria, a 17 year old Mayan woman, lives on the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her. Although Maria dreams of seeing the city, her status as an indigenous woman does not allow her to go out into that modern world. Later, during a pregnancy complication, this modern world will save her life, but at what price.
    • MOVIES: PG
    • Kubo and the Two Strings is released. Clever, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living, telling fantastical stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a mythical spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King and the evil twin Sisters, to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and claim his heroic destiny.
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is released. The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis (Sean Bean) commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx (Aaron Paul) and his fellow soldiers fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey), captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to the empire’s rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.
    • A Tale of Love and Darkness is released. Based on Amos Oz's international best-seller, A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of Oz's youth at the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The film details young Amos' relationship with his mother (Natalie Portman) and his birth as a writer, looking at what happens when the stories we tell, become the stories we live.
    • Ben-Hur is released. Ben-Hur is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. [Paramount Pictures]
    • MOVIES: R
    • Imperium is released. Nate Foster (Daniel Radcliffe), a young, idealistic FBI agent, goes undercover to take down a radical right-wing terrorist group. The bright up-and-coming analyst must confront the challenge of sticking to a new identity while maintaining his real principles as he navigates the dangerous underworld of white supremacy.
    • War Dogs is released. Two friends in their early 20s (Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
    • Morris from America is released. Morris Gentry (Markees Christmas) is a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his single father, Curtis (Craig Robinson) to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G., is a complete fish-out-of-water—a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world. To complicate matters further, Morris quickly falls hard for his cool, rebellious,15-year-old classmate Katrin. Morris sets out against all odds to take the hip-hop world by storm and win the girl of his dreams.
    • The People vs. Fritz Bauer is released. Germany,1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, with no success so far due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past. Because of his distrust in the German justice system, Fritz Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service Mossad, and, by doing so, commits treason. Bauer is not seeking revenge for the Holocaust -- he is concerned with the German future.
    • ALBUMS
    • 25 25 was released by Factory Floor. This is the second full-length release for the British electronic duo of Gabe Gurnsey and Nik Void (drummer Dominic Butler left the band after the release of its debut in 2013).
    • One Day All of This Won't Matter Any More was released by Slow Club. The fourth full-length release for the British indie pop duo of Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor was produced by Matthew E. White.
    • Roosevelt was released by Roosevelt. The debut full-length release for German producer Marius Lauber was self-recorded and produced.
    • Real was released by Lydia Loveless. The fourth full-length release for the alt-country singer-songwriter was produced by Joe Viers.
    • Pure & Simple was released by Dolly Parton. The 43rd full-length studio release for the country singer-songwriter was self-produced and features songs with writing credited solely to her.
    • Sweatbox Dynasty was released by Tobacco. The fourth full-length release for the Pennsylvania producer was recorded on cassette and then into a sampler to create the 12 tracks.
    • The Childhood of a Leader [OST] was released by Scott Walker. The soundtrack to Brady Corbet's 2015 film that was inspired by a short story by Jean-Paul Sartre about the childhood of a future Fascist leader is the second film score for the avant-garde artist.
    • Honest Life was released by Courtney Marie Andrews. The sixth full-length release for the Seattle-based singer-songwriter was self-produced.
    • Jumping the Shark was released by Alex Cameron. The debut full-length solo release for the Seekae co-founder was produced with Fanny B.
    • Golden Sings That Have Been Sung was released by Ryley Walker. The third full-length release for the singer-songwriter was produced by Wilco's Leroy Bach.
    • High Anxiety was released by Thom Sonny Green. The debut full-length solo release for the Alt-J drummer was inspired by his life on the road with the band.
    • Endless was released by Frank Ocean. After several days of streaming video of himself building a wooden staircase, Frank Ocean releases an 18-track visual album on Apple Music.
    • Furnaces was released by Ed Harcourt. The seventh full-length release fore the British singer-songwriter was produced by Flood.
    • Eve was released by Thalia Zedek. The sixth full-length studio release for the indie rock guitarist was recorded and mixed by Andy Hong.
    • Exploded View was released by Exploded View. The debut full-length release for Annika Henderson's latest project was recorded in Mexico straight-to-tape.
    • Beulah was released by John Paul White. The second full-length solo release for The Civil Wars co-founder features a guest appearance from The Secret Sisters.
    • Callus was released by Gonjasufi. The third full-length release for the California artist was self-produced and features contributions from the Cure's Pearl Thompson.
    • At Swim was released by Lisa Hannigan. The third full-length solo release for the Irish singer-songwriter was produced with Aaron Dessner.
    • Amnesty (I) was released by Crystal Castles. The fourth full-length release for the Canadian experimental electronic band is its first with new singer Edith Frances.
    • GAMING: 3DS
    • Style Savvy: Fashion Forward for 3DS is released. Manage your very own boutique and become the star of the entire fashion business!Dive into the world of fashion!Run your very own business and help your customers to become truly stylish!The fashion is business in the palm of your hand - choose from your path and show your talent!- Share your best looks and challenge your friends- Participate in contests and take pics with your pals!- Decorate to your heart's content- Create the perfect showroom!- Choose from 19,000 items!- Manager your fashion store- Delight your customers
    • Metroid Prime: Federation Force for 3DS is released. Enlist with a four-player local or online squad in this co-operative sci-fi shooter set in the Metroid universe. Hop in a specialized battle Mech suit and work with your teammates to take down enemy forces and complete objective- based missions. Then, take a break and play a fun, pick-up game of Blast Ball with fellow troops.
    • F1 2016 for PlayStation 4 is released. Includes the full 2016 season calendar of 21 tracks, including the brand new Baku circuit in Azerbaijan, and the full roster of 22 drivers and 11 teams, including the new Haas F1 Team. F1 2016 immerses you in not only the on-track excitement of a FORMULA ONE career, including the inclusion of the iconic Safety Car and also the Virtual Safety Car for the first time, but also uniquely offers the drama and vehicle development that goes on behind the scenes. Work with your agent, engineer and team to develop your car in the deepest ever career experience, spanning up to ten seasons. Forge your own path to glory, and rise to be the champion.
    • SPORTS
    • Germany beats Sweden 2-1 in the women's football gold medal match at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; 52,432 at the Maracanã Stadium.
    • Great Britain upsets the heavily favoured Netherlands to win the women's field hockey gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after drawing 3-3 in regulation time; win dramatic penalty shootout,2-0.
    • Kiley Neushul scores 3 goals as the US women's water polo team routs Italy 12-5 to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and retain their Olympic title.
    • Chloe Esposito of Australia sets Olympic record overall score of 1,372 points to win the women's modern pentathlon in Rio de Janeiro. Élodie Clouvel of France second (1,356 points), Oktawia Nowacka of Poland third (1,349).
    • A 6-way tie for first place in the final of the equestrian individual jumping competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Nick Skelton of Great Britain wins gold medal jump-off.
    • Tajikistan's Dilshod Nazarov throws 78.68m to win the men's hammer throw gold medal the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; first gold medal for Tajikistan in Olympic history.
    • Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya goes one better than her London silver medal when she wins women's 5,000m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; runs Olympic record time of 14:26.17.

    On this day in 2015

    • EVENTS
    • US Food and Drug administration approves Female Viagra libido pill Addyi.
    • World famous tenor Russell Watson at the age of 48 weds girlfriend Louise Harris in Spain.
    • World-famous British pop-opera tenor Russell Watson at the age of 48 weds girlfriend Louise Harris in Spain.
    • DEATHS
    • Doudou N'Diaye Rose, Drummer.
    • Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery is released. For nearly 40 years, Wolfgang Beltracchi fooled the international art world and was responsible for the biggest art forgery scandal of the postwar era. An expert in art history, theory and painting techniques, he tracked down the gaps in the oeuvres of great artists – Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Heinrich Campendonk, André Derain and Max Pechstein, above all – and filled them with his own works. He and his wife Helene would then introduce them to the art world as originals. What makes these forgeries truly one-of-a-kind is that they are never mere copies of once-existing paintings, but products of Beltracchi’s imagination, works “in the style of” famous early 20th-century artists. With his forgeries, he fooled renowned experts, curators and art dealers. [KimStim Films]
    • GAMING: PC
    • Warlocks vs Shadows for PC is released. Warlocks vs Shadows is an action RPG/brawler game set in a fantasy world invaded by shadow monsters. Playing as an incredibly powerful Warlock and, by using magic skills and weapons, you fight through hordes of enemies. The game places great focus on co-op and versus play between players, where you can fight in 1-4 player DeathMatch or in teams of 1v1 or 2v2.
    • SMITE for Xbox One is released. Players choose from a selection of mythical gods, join session-based arena combat, and use custom powers and team tactics against other player-controlled gods and non-player controlled minions.
    • Giana Sisters: Dream Runners for Xbox One is released. In Giana Sisters: Dream Runners, Giana competes with herself. But now she’s not only cute and punk… there’s more. Two more to be exact.

    On this day in 2014

    • EVENTS
    • The 24 hour ceasefire extension renewal between Israel and Palestine is violated as Hamas fire rockets; Israeli Air Force respond, killing 9 Gazans.
    • NASA satellites take photos showing that the eastern basin of the Aral Sea had for the first time completely dried up.
    • DEATHS
    • Augustus. Roman Emperor.
    • ALBUMS
    • Bahamas Is Afie was released by Bahamas. The third studio release for the Canadian indie band led by Afie Jurvanen was produced with Robbie Lackritz.
    • Blacc Hollywood was released by Wiz Khalifa. The fifth full-length studio release for the Grammy-nominated rapper features guest appearances from Curren$y, Ghost Loft, Juicy J, Nicki Minaj, Nas, Project Pat, Rick Ross, ScHoolboy Q, Snoop Dogg, Ty Dolla $ign, and Chevy Woods.
    • Decimation Blues was released by Castanets. This is the sixth release for the indie project formed by Raymond Raposa.
    • Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society was released by James Yorkston. The latest release from the Scottish singer-songwriter was produced by Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and features contributions from such artists as KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail, Hot Chip drummer Rob Smoughton, Fimber Bravo, Jon Thorne, and Emma Smith.
    • Foundations of Burden was released by Pallbearer. The second full-length release for the doom metal band was produced by Billy Anderson.
    • Impressions was released by Music Go Music. The second full-length release for the Los Angeles pop trio comes five years after their 2009 debut, Expressions.
    • Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk was released by Electric Würms. The debut release for the prog-rock side project of The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd and Wayne Coyne with backing by Nashville psychedelic rock band Linear Downfall was produced by David Fridmann & Scott Booker.
    • Maximum Overload was released by DragonForce. The sixth full-length release for the British power metal band now led by Marc Hudson was produced by Jens Bogren.
    • Meshes of Voice was released by Jenny Hval & Susanna. The collaboration between Jenny Hval and Susanna Wallumrød was inspired by Maya Deren's 1943 surrealist film, Meshes of the Afternoon and was originally written for Ladyfest in 2009.
    • Lights Out was released by Bishop Allen. Produced by Matthew Cullen, the third full-length release for the Brooklyn indie rock band is its first in five years.
    • The Great Divide was released by Twin Atlantic. The third full-length release for the Scottish alternative rock band was produced by Jacknife Lee and Gil Norton.
    • The Golden Echo was released by Kimbra. The second full-length release for the New Zealand-born singer-songwriter was produced by Rich Costey.
    • Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch was released by Dr. John. Dr. John's tribute album to Louis Armstrong features James "12"Andrews, Terence Blanchard, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Shemekia Copeland, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anthony Hamilton, Mike Ladd, Ledisi, The McCrary Sisters, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, Bonnie Raitt, and Arturo Sandoval.
    • Sparks was released by Imogen Heap. The fourth solo release for the British singer-songwriter includes guest appearances from deadmau5 and Vishal-Shekhar.
    • V was released by jj. This is the third full-length studio release for the Swedish dream pop duo.
    • The No-Hit Wonder was released by Cory Branan. The fourth full-length release for the alt-country-rock singer-songwriter features features guest appearances from Tim Easton, Craig Finn, Jason Isbell, Austin Lucas, Caitlin Rose, and Steve Selvidge.
    • Tales of Xillia 2 for PlayStation 3 is released. TALES OF XILLIA 2 focuses on the events a year after the climactic end of TALES OF XILLIA. Players assume the role of Ludger Kresnik, a young man with a zest for cooking who lives with his older brother and cat, Rollo. On his way to his first day at work for a local cafeteria he runs into a young girl named Elle Marta and the two soon become involved in an accident that will change both of their lives forever.
    • The Last Tinker: City of Colors for PlayStation 4 is released. The indie-developed rebirth of platform games.A joyous platformer frequently compared to Jak and Daxter, The Last Tinker is a colorful adventure set in Colortown, a world built upon creativity, emotion and collaboration. A dark force named The Bleakness has emerged and seeks to tear the colors apart, draining all joy and life from the world. Koru, a young boy from the slums of Colortown, is forced to act. He embarks on an epic and one of a kind adventure to combat the Bleakness and to restore joy and color to his home.
    • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare for PlayStation 4 is released. Plants vs. Zombies is digging into the trenches with an explosive new 3D experience. Blast zombies, plants, and new characters with inventive weapons across a mine-blowing PvZ world. Take on Co-Op and Multiplayer action with your friends and sow the seeds of victory!
    • CounterSpy for PlayStation 4 is released. Synthesizing the spy mythology and unique aesthetics of the 50's and 60's and set during the Cold War, CounterSpy highlights the rogue third spy agency, C.O.U.N.T.E.R., which keeps the globe's superpowers at bay. As each side of the ongoing conflict nears the unleashing of a blow of earthshaking proportions, C.O.U.N.T.E.R. takes action, furtively subverting their plans and maintaining world peace with subterfuge.
    • Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment for PlayStation Vita is released. Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is a Role Playing Game based on the novel, manga and anime, Sword Art Online, and reflects the charming characters and breathtaking environments from the virtual reality world called Aincrad. In a simulated Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game setting, players find that they are captured within the game and must explore and defeat enemies until they reach the highest floors of Aincrad to beat the game and free themselves from the fantasy world.
    • The Golf Club for Xbox One is released. The Golf Club is HB Studios' next generation golf simulation. What really takes The Golf Club into the next generation is the procedural generation of courses and depth of social interaction. The Course Creator can generate a brand new course in seconds which can be shared and played immediately online with friends and other gamers across the world. There are also full editing capabilities for courses, Tournaments and Tours. Challenge your friends on a new or existing course in real time or try to beat their best recorded round. Add to this a myriad of stat tracking and personal bests of friends and rivals to beat, notifications, challenges and social media integration.
    • Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition for Xbox One is released. Xbox One players can now experience the full adventure of Blizzard's epic action RPG, Diablo III, and the upcoming expansion, Reaper of Souls all from the comfort of their couch in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Take on the role of one of six powerful character class Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, Wizard, or the all-new Crusader and embark on a dark journey through Acts I-V to save the world of Sanctuary from ancient and sinister forces.

    On this day in 2013

    • EVENTS
    • 24 Egyptian policemen are killed in an attack in Rafah.
    • Kate Bush requested fans did not take any photographs or record footage using mobile devices at her upcoming 22-date run of performances in London, England. The 56-year-old star said on her website: "I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras." The musician added it would mean "a great deal to me" but admitted that it was "a lot to ask"..
    • 37 pilgrims are killed in a train accident in India.
    • DEATHS
    • Lee Thompson Young, TV Actor.
    • Cedar Walton, American hard bop jazz pianist (Jazztet; Art Blakey), and composer (" Mosaic"), who died at 79.
    • ALBUMS
    • Drenge was released by Drenge. The debut full-length release for the British brother duo of Rory and Eoin Loveless was produced by Ross Orton.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Race the Sun for PC is released. Race the Sun is an intense action game that could be described as a mash-up of Star Fox and Temple Run with a community focus.
    • Saints Row IV for PC is released. Saints Row IV is an open world game that continues the story of the Third Street Saints by elevating their status to the highest level - the leaders of the free world. After a catastrophic alien invasion occurs where the aliens trasnport the Saints to a bizarro-Steelport simulation, you must fight to free humanity from alien grandaddy Zinyak's mental grasp by ultiziling gargantuan superpowers. Escape the simulation that's trapped the Saints crew, or die trying.
    • The Bureau: XCOM Declassified for PC is released. It's 1962. John F. Kennedy is the U.S. President and the Cold War has the nation gripped with fear – but a far more viscous and insidious enemy than communism is threatening America. Known only to a scant few, a covet government unit called The Bureau begins investigating and concealing a series of mysterious attacks by an alien enemy. As special agent William Carter, you make the decisions, pull the trigger and lead your squad in a third-person tactical shooter set within a high-stakes, covert war to defend the human race. The Bureau’s mission is clear – survive, adapt and overcome the enemy threat (Heartbreak Ridge-style) to protect the citizens from the truth.
    • José Sarria, American political activist, drag queen and 1st openly gay candidate for public office in the US (1961), who died of adrenal cancer at 90.


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