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  • Saint Mary's Day is being celebrated in Georgia, Georgia
  • People born on this day are Virgo as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

    On this day in 2022

    • EVENTS
    • Tour Championship, Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Irishman Rory McIlroy wins $18m with 1 stroke win over Scottie Scheffler & Im Sung-jae; becomes first 3-time winner of the FedEx Cup.
    • DEATHS
    • Manzoor Hussain, Pakistani field hockey striker (Olympic gold 1986; World Cup gold 1978,82; 175 caps,86 goals), who died at 63.
    • SPORTS
    • A 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card sells for $12.6 million at auction, becoming the world's most expensive piece of sporting memorabilia.

    On this day in 2021

    • EVENTS
    • MLB Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani becomes 1st player in team history to reach 20 stolen bases and hit 40 home runs in a season, in 10-2 win over San Diego Padres.
    • BIRTHS
    • Teddy Ballinger, Family Member, born in United States.
    • DEATHS
    • Pierre Bourque, Race Car Driver.

    On this day in 2020

    • EVENTS
    • Japanese tech company SkyDrive says it has completed the first manned test flight of a flying car.
    • DEATHS
    • El Loco Valdés, Comedian.
    • Chadwick Boseman, American actor (Black Panther), who died of colon cancer at 42.
    • Scott Deware, Race Car Driver.
    • The Binge is released. In the not so distant future all drinking and drugs have been made completely illegal by the government... except for one night a year. High school seniors, Griffin, Hags and Andrew make a pilgrimage to get to the best party in town where all their dreams will come true... Sure they will have to avoid their crazed principal (Vince Vaughn), violent siblings and the wild animals roaming the streets, but that’s all part of the fun! Their friendship will be tested, love live’s will be rattled and their brains completely scrambled. One thing is for sure, no one’s life is EVER the same after participating in The Binge
    • The Eight Hundred is released. From the acclaimed filmmaker behind Mr. Six comes a riveting war epic. In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely surrounded by the Japanese army.
    • The Garden Left Behind is released. The Garden Left Behind traces the relationship between Tina, a young Mexican trans woman, and Eliana, her grandmother, as they navigate Tina's transition and struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City.
    • Epicentro is released. Epicentro is an immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial, "utopian"Cuba, where the 1898 explosion of the USS Maine still resonates. This Big Bang ended Spanish colonial dominance in the Americas and ushered in the era of the American Empire. At the same time and place, a powerful tool of conquest was born: cinema as propaganda. In his latest film, Oscar-nominated director Hubert Sauper (Darwin's Nightmare) explores a century of interventionism and myth-making together with the extraordinary people of Havana—who he calls "young prophets"—to interrogate time, imperialism and cinema itself. [Kino Lorber]
    • House of Cardin is released. Millions know the iconic logo and ubiquitous signature but few know the man behind the larger than life label. House of Cardin is a rare peek into the mind of a genius, an authorized feature documentary chronicling the life and design of Cardin. A true original, Mr. Cardin has granted the directors exclusive access to his archives and his empire, and unprecedented interviews at the sunset of a glorious career.
    • Matthias & Maxime is released. Two childhood best friends are asked to share a kiss for the purposes of a student short film. Soon, a lingering doubt sets in, confronting both men with their preferences, threatening the brotherhood of their social circle, and, eventually, changing their lives.
    • MOVIES: NR
    • Centigrade is released. In 2002, a young American couple, Matthew and Naomi, travel to the arctic mountains of Norway. After pulling over during a snowstorm, they wake up trapped in their SUV, buried underneath layers of snow and ice. As if the stakes aren’t high enough, it is revealed that Naomi is eight months pregnant in their frozen prison. With few resources, a dwindling food supply, and nothing but time, tension, blame, and personal secrets bubble to the surface. Matthew and Naomi realize they must work together to survive in a crippling battle against the elements, hypothermia, disturbing hallucinations, and plunging temperatures reaching as low as -30C. Will they all make it out of this alive. [IFC Midnight]
    • MOVIES: PG
    • All Together Now is released. Amber Appleton (Auli’i Cravalho) remains an optimist even when her personal life is far less stable than it appears on the surface. A musically gifted high school student with aspirations to attend Carnegie Mellon, Amber balances her beloved high school drama club helmed by Mr. Franks (Fred Armisen) with working long hours at a donut shop to help support herself and her down-on-her-luck single mom (Justina Machado). She also spends time at the local retirement community, giving care and attention to her favorite pessimistic resident (Carol Burnett). When new obstacles present themselves that threaten her dreams, Amber must learn to lean on the strength of her chosen family to move forward.
    • The Personal History of David Copperfield is released. The Personal History of David Copperfield re-imagines Charles Dickens’ classic ode to grit and perseverance through the comedic lens of its award-winning filmmakers— giving the Dickensian tale new life for a cosmopolitan age with a diverse ensemble cast of stage and screen actors from across the world. Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell lend their wry, yet heart-filled storytelling style to revisiting Dickens’ iconic hero on his quirky journey from impoverished orphan to burgeoning writer in Victorian England. [Searchlight Pictures]
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • The New Mutants is released. In an isolated hospital, young mutants are being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.
    • Bill & Ted Face the Music is released. When we last met Bill and Ted they were time-traveling teenagers trying to pass history class and win the battle of the bands. Once prophesized to save the universe with their rock and roll, middle age and the responsibilities of family have caught up with these two best friends who have not yet fulfilled their destiny. They’ve written thousands of tunes, but they have yet to write a good one, much less the greatest song ever written. With the fabric of time and space tearing around them, a visitor from the future warns our heroes that only their song can save life as we know it. Out of luck and fresh out of inspiration, Bill and Ted set out on a time travel adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe as we know it. Together with the aid of their daughters, a new crop of historical figures, and some sympathetic music legends, Bill and Ted find much, much more than just a song.
    • Fatima is released. In 1917, outside the parish of Fátima, Portugal, a 10-year-old girl and her two younger cousins witness multiple visitations of the Virgin Mary, who tells them that only prayer and suffering will bring an end to World War I. As secularist government officials and Church leaders try to force the children to recant their story, word of the sighting spreads across the country, inspiring religious pilgrims to flock to the site in hopes of witnessing a miracle. What they experience will transform their quiet lives and bring the attention of a world yearning for peace.
    • MOVIES: R
    • Get Duked! is released. Set deep in the Scottish Highlands, Get Duked (formerly titled "Boyz In The Wood") is an anarchic satire of generational politics, hip-hop loving farmers and hallucinogenic rabbit shites that puts the youth of tomorrow against the status quo of yesterday.
    • ALBUMS
    • Energy was released by Disclosure. The third full-length release for the British electronic duo features guest appearances from Amine, Blick Bassy, ChannelTres, Common, Fatoumata Diawara, Mick Jenkins, Kehlani, slowthai, and Syd.
    • Got to Be Tough was released by Toots & the Maytals. The latest full-length studio release for the reggae group was produced by its frontman, Frederick "Toots"Hibbert.
    • Inner Song was released by Kelly Lee Owens. The second full-length release for the Welsh artist features a guest appearance from John Cale.
    • Dream Nails was released by Dream Nails. The second full-length release for the British all-female punk/riot grrrl band was produced and mixed by Tarek Musa.
    • Mama, You Can Bet! was released by Jyoti. The third full-length release for Georgia Anne Muldrow under the name Jyoti features a guest appearance from Lakeica Benjamin.
    • Blackbirds was released by Bettye LaVette. The latest full-length release for the R&B singer features songs sung by other female artists and was produced by Steve Jordan.
    • Club Future Nostalgia: The Remix Album was released by Dua Lipa. The British pop singer worked with DJ The Blessed Madonna on the remix of her recently released album, Future Nostalgia. It features guest appearances from [the singer/actress] Madonna, Missy Elliott, and Gwen Stefani.
    • Shape & Destroy was released by Ruston Kelly. The second full-length release for the Nashville-based singer-songwriter was produced with Jarrad Kritzstein.
    • The Baby was released by Samia. The debut full-length release for the New York singer-songwriter was recorded with producers Caleb Hinz, Hippo Campus' Jake Luppen and Nathan Stocker.
    • Smile was released by Katy Perry. The sixth full-length studio release for the pop artist includes contributions from The Monsters & Strangerz, Charlie Puth, and Stargate.
    • S&M2 [Live] was released by Metallica. The live album of the metal band performing with the San Francisco Symphony at San Francisco's Chase Center features songs recorded over two nights in September 2019.
    • The Third Gleam was released by The Avett Brothers. The latest full-length release for the folk rock trio is the third installment of their ongoing Gleam series.
    • Use Me was released by PVRIS. The third full-length release for the Massachusetts band led by Lynn Gunn was produced with JT Daly.
    • Whole New Mess was released by Angel Olsen. The fifth full-length studio release for the singer-songwriter features new sparser recordings with just her voice and guitar of several tracks from 2019's All Mirrors.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Windbound for PC is released. Embark on a personal journey and discover the history of the idyllic forbidden islands; each holding the key to a mystery and unexpected revelations. Head towards the horizon, advancing across the islands, each with their own wildlife, landscapes and challenges to face. Scavenge the island's untamed terrain for resources that you can use to craft a full range of tools and weapons to hunt wildlife and upgrade your boat. You must set sail when resources become scarce. Your boat is your key companion on this journey, carefully craft your own custom sailing vessel to take on the treacherous waters, traversing from one island to the next.
    • Project CARS 3 for PC is released. Project CARS 3 is the third instalment in the best-seller racing franchise that brings all the intense thrills, emotions and fun from the vibrant world of motor racing to vivid life as players undertake a whole new exciting career journey that sees them rise from weekend warrior to racing legend.Also new to the franchise is a deeply engaging metagame that challenges players to race hard and earn in-game Credits with which to buy and own hundreds of cars from the world's most elite brands and race them all on dynamic and spectacular circuits around the globe featuring stunning all-weather, all-seasons conditions.Race-won Credits and XP will also entice players to buy authentic performance upgrades and customisation options for their stable of exclusive cars, including wheels, tyres, body kits, rims, as well as personalisation options to create their own racing hero personas.With a completely redesigned and unrivalled controller experience, an even more accurate and fun handling model, adjustable skill settings for every level of driver and every element of weather-affected races, Project CARS 3 is the biggest, most exciting and authentic evolution to the definitive racing franchise.
    • Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars for PC is released. For as long as historians can remember, the ancient Dracul bloodline has ruled over the mysterious lands of Warmont -- Realm of the Bloodthrone. Inside the secluded borders of this land, an unholy court of vampires feast on the blood of their human subjects. And, as long as they give it willingly, a vicious peace between mortal and immortal is kept alive under the watchful eye of the vampiric rulers -- Vlad and Cecilia Dracul, forever bound by eternal love.To the east, a cold wind blows over the desolate planes of Mourterra -- The Land of the Dead. No humans live on this barren and cursed soil, and yet the land is far from deserted. Horrifying remnants of the ancient and corrupt Nosfernus bloodline stalk here in silence, patiently waiting for their chance to once again plague the lands of the living.Meanwhile, in Esain -- The Frozen North, another bloodline of vampires resides in solitude and isolation from the world. For the mystical clan of the Moroia, magic is blood, and blood is magic... and it runs thick in their cold, blue veins. No being -- living or dead -- dares interrupt their dark rituals and bloody soirees.Tonight, the smell of blood is strong on the wind, and a red moon lights up the dark sky. A new vampire war is imminent, and none will be spared from the coming horrors.Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars is an engaging strategy game set in a dark vampire world in turmoil, that combines empire management and turn-based combat with unique card-game elements. Descend into a mythical world filled with horrors and legends -- and hurl yourself into a compelling gothic epos paired with a challenging game experience.
    • Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions for PlayStation 4 is released. Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is an arcade football game bringing a refreshing look to the football genre with the exhilarating action and over the top shots that made the license famous.
    • Wasteland 3 for PlayStation 4 is released. In Wasteland 3 you take command of a squad of Desert Rangers, lawmen and women in a post-nuclear world, trying to rebuild society from the ashes. More than a century after the bombs fell, you’re fighting a losing battle to keep your beloved Arizona alive. Then the self-proclaimed Patriarch of Colorado radios, promising aid if you'll do a job he can only entrust to an outsider—rescue his land from the ambitions of his three bloodthirsty children. You’re dispatched on a desperate quest from the scorching deserts to the snowy mountains to start from scratch, building a new base, finding a snow-worthy vehicle, training new recruits, and fighting your way through hostile frozen wastes. All the while, you'll have to decide who to trust in this land torn apart by corruption, intrigue, warring factions, crazed cultists, cutthroat gangs, and bitter sibling rivalries. Build a reputation for yourself by making decisions that will profoundly impact Colorado, its inhabitants and the story you experience. Will you be Colorado’s savior or its worst nightmare? Wasteland 3 is a squad-based RPG from inXile entertainment, featuring challenging tactical turn-based combat and a deep, reactive story full of twists, turns, and brutal ethical decisions that will keep you hooked whether you’re a Wasteland veteran or new to the series. Create a squad of up to six Rangers and customize them with perks and abilities geared to your playstyle. You even get your own battle truck, which you can upgrade into a hardened war beast, bristling with weapons, to help mow down your enemies.
    • Nexomon: Extinction for Switch is released. Nexomon: Extinction is a return to classic monster catching games, complete with a brand new story, eccentric characters and over 300 unique Nexomon to trap and tame. The world is on the brink of extinction as mighty Tyrant Nexomon fight for dominion over humans and monsters. Join the guild of tamers and begin an epic journey to restore balance before all hope is lostBegin Your JourneyLeave the orphanage you grew up in, choose your first Nexomon and start your life as a Tamer.Explore a world teeming with NexomonTrap and tame over 300 brand new Nexomon from eleven elemental types, with powerful evolutions. Join the FightTyrant Nexomon roam free and the Guild of Tamers is stretched to the limit, can you change the tide of the battle? Battle Trainers and TyrantsStep up and take on would-be challengers and dangerous foes in beautifully animated turn-based battles. Discover Diverse RegionsFrom arid deserts to freezing tundra, navigate challenging environments and manage their effects on your Nexomon.Immerse yourself in the world of NexomonUncover secrets, stumble upon side-quests and encounter a raft of eccentric characters.Train hard to become the greatestDynamic difficulty will see the world around you get more challenging as you progress, as even defeated trainers come back stronger than before and ready to battle again!
    • Jump Force: Deluxe Edition for Switch is released. Choose from over 50 playable characters and battle it out in locations that mix the Real World and the Jump World. Create your own character and join the jump force, an alliance of the most powerful manga heroes from Dragon BALL, One piece, Naruto and much more. Unite to fight with up to 6 players on one Console via exclusive 3 vs 3 offline multiplayer.
    • Double Kick Heroes for Xbox One is released. Butcher loads of zombies in Rhythm with METAL! Survive the wasteland fighting an epic freakshow!Double Kick Heroes mixes a shoot'em up with a rhythm game!Merging face-melting heavy metal rhythm riffs, with a high-octane zombie crushing shoot 'em up, Double Kick Heroes is like no game you've ever seen before!You must survive on the highway to hell by killing monsters with your gundillac! Struggle through the 30 levels of total madness and escape from this nightmare! Only the power of Metal can save your band!
    • Drake Hollow for Xbox One is released. What are drakes? Drakes are the friendly native creatures who need your help for survival. Alongside basic needs such as hunger, thirst, and shelter, drakes want to have fun and be protected from the creatures that threaten their blighted home. Build up and secure your base, create resources, bond with the drakes, and help keep these vegetable folk entertained. There’s always something to do or someone to defend in Drake Hollow.
    • Road to Guangdong for Xbox One is released. A family emergency reunites a young art graduate and her elderly aunt for a memorable road trip across 1990s China. Sunny’s life is at a crossroads. She knows everything’s about to change. She just doesn’t know how yet. She glances again at the contract. The good news is she’s now the proud owner of her family‘s cherished restaurant. The bad news? It’s seen better days.A tap at the door announces the arrival of her aunt, Guu Ma.Yep, everything’s about to change alright. But the “how” part will be decided by a bunch of strangers she’s only seen in faded photographs.

    On this day in 2019

    • EVENTS
    • Discovery of 3.8-million-year-old skull of early human ancestor Australopithecus anamensis, found by Yohannes Haile-Selassie, at Miro Dora, Ethiopia, upends previous evolutionary theory published in journal "Nature".
    • Climate change activist Greta Thunberg arrives in New York after sailing across the Atlantic in an emissions-free voyage.
    • British PM Boris Johnson prorogues parliament, suspending it for 5 weeks to limit opposition to a no deal Brexit, prompting a furious backlash.
    • DEATHS
    • Sogyal Rinpoche, Teacher.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Headspun for PC is released. After waking from a five week coma, Theo finds his life in disrepair. With no memory of the accident, it’s up to Ted and Teddy – the conscious and subconscious voices in his head – to work out what happened, and put his life back on track.Headspun is a game about recovery, discovery, and the ongoing battle between logic and emotion.
    • AER: Memories of Old for Switch is released. AER puts you in the shoes of Auk, a magical shape-shifting girl who can transform between human and bird.
    • New Italian coalition government formed of anti-establishment Five Star Movement and center-left Democratic Party ousting Matteo Salvini.

    On this day in 2018

    • EVENTS
    • Aretha Franklin lies in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detriot in a 24 carat coffin.
    • Chinese ride-sharing firm Didi Chuxing issues public apology after second Hitch passenger killed within three months.
    • Puerto Rico raises official death toll of 2017 Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975.
    • DEATHS
    • Tatyana Kuznetsova, Soviet cosmonaut (youngest person selected for space training at 20 but never flew), who died at 77.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Strange Brigade for PC is released. Egypt, the 1930's. Erased from ancient history and buried in a nameless tomb for 4,000 years, Seteki the Witch Queen has risen once again. Only one troop of daring heroes can stand against the fearsome power of Seteki and her army of mummified monstrosities: The Strange Brigade!Explore remarkable ruins, solve perilous puzzles and uncover tantalising treasure while blasting your way through an array of undead enemies in thrilling third-person action that's certain to bring out your inner adventurer!
    • The Golf Club 2019 featuring PGA Tour for PC is released. Do you have what it takes to win PGA TOUR’s FedExCup? Compete in the all new officially licensed PGA TOUR Career mode. Play on famous courses like TPC Boston, TPC Sawgrass and more.
    • Bad North for PC is released. Bad North is a charming but brutal real-time tactics roguelite. Defend your idyllic island kingdom against a horde of Viking invaders, as you lead the desperate exodus of your people. Command your loyal subjects to take full tactical advantage of the unique shape of each island.Everything is at stake: fail, and watch the blood of your subjects stain the ground red.
    • Battle Chef Brigade for PlayStation 4 is released. Vive la Brigade!Welcome to Victusia, where the members of the elite Battle Chef Brigade are revered for their ability to skillfully take down monsters and transform their kills into delicious cuisine! But getting in isn't easy; chefs from across Victusia must vie for their spot in a high stakes competition. Follow two contestants, Mina and Thrash, as their journeys through the tournament unfold. In order to become a Brigadier you'll need to hunt monsters with combo-based attacks and prepare your freshly-caught ingredients in puzzle-based cooking challenges to serve up winning dishes to the judges all while the round clock ticks down.An "Extra Helping"of FeaturesPlay as two chefs, brought to life with colorful illustrations and VO, in a charming campaign that's equal parts old school brawler and combo puzzling, with a light sprinkling of RPG progression on top. Welcome Ziggy, the Undead Necromancer Chef, now playable in Local Multiplayer, Break the Dishes, Survival, and Free Play. If that's not enough for you, test your might against fellow Brigadiers with the addition of Local Multiplayer! Play as Mina, Thrash, and even Ziggy in an epic battle where YOU make all the rules. Who will come out on top?Extra Modes that test your cooking prowess including: Daily Cook-Off, Restaurant Rush, Break the Dishes, and the BRAND NEW Survival Mode leaderboards where you can show off your culinary creations.Hone your skills in a BRAND NEW Free Play Mode and find the ultimate cooking combination.Collect and enjoy the brilliant illustrations of Battle Chef Brigade in the BRAND NEW Art Gallery.
    • Donut County for PlayStation 4 is released. Donut County is a physics adventure game where you control a hole in the ground. Every time you swallow something, the hole grows a little bit bigger. You play as a raccoon named BK, a new hire at a startup that uses remote-controlled holes to steal people's trash - along with everything else. When BK falls into a hole himself, he must answer to his best friend Mira and the residents of Donut County who are now stuck 999 feet below their homes.
    • Fire Pro Wrestling World for PlayStation 4 is released. Game modes include Deathmatch (steel cage, barbed wire, or landmines), MMA rules, no-holds barred gruesome fighting, and SWA homebrew rules that mix pro wrestling and MMA. Create your dream wrestler from over a thousand devastating moves, and even more body parts, to battle for custom championship belts. Personalize the ring, mat logos, and even the referee.
    • Firewall Zero Hour for PlayStation 4 is released. Choose from one of 12 contractors hired by anonymous contract handlers and work as a team to either protect or obtain valuable data, housed on a laptop and located in dangerous locations around the globe.
    • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 for PlayStation 4 is released. Improved negotiation system and budget management. Added a re-sell and clean sheet options, so that strategy is needed not only on the field, but also with club management. Enjoy playing the newly added licensed leagues in Master League. All league regulations have been implemented, such as the Split System from the Scottish Premiership.
    • Yakuza Kiwami 2 for PlayStation 4 is released. Kazuma Kiryu thought his Tojo Clan days were behind him. He and his young ward, Haruka Sawamura, have built a peaceful life from the ashes of conflict. All it took was a single gunshot to shatter that peace. Yukio Terada, the fifth chairman of the Tojo Clan, has been assassinated. With war on the horizon, the legendary Dragon of Dojima is pulled back into the world he wanted to leave behind.
    • Victor Vran: Overkill Edition for Switch is released. Overkill Edition includes the fully updated and award winning Action RPG Victor Vran, the expansive Fractured Worlds & the legendary Motorhead: Through The Ages. Look your very best and reinforce your play style with a monumental arsenal of powerful weapons, game-changing outfits, wicked demon powers and fate-binding destiny cards. Redefine how you play at any moment, even in the heat of battle. Modify your demon slaying loadout as you dodge deadly attacks, leap from towering locations and take on hordes of hideous beasts and cunning boss monsters. Fedora or no fedora, you decide! Slaying demons doesn't have to be a lonely affair -- form a pack and find even greater strength in numbers, to explore the story of the dark world together.
    • Into the Breach for Switch is released. Control powerful mechs from the future to defeat an alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game.
    • Blade Strangers for Switch is released. Developed by Studio Saizensen, Blade Strangers is a hardcore old-school fighting game. The streamlined four button control scheme makes it easy for beginners to deal out damage from day one...but the intricate combos, counters and specials give tournament-caliber players plenty of opportunities for frame counting, chain construction and hit-box science.

    On this day in 2017

    • EVENTS
    • Investigation into German nurse Niels Högel, a serving life sentence for killing two patients, concludes he probably killed 86 more.
    • English actor Ed Skrein pulls out of role in movie “Hellboy” after whitewashing criticism.
    • Matt Vogel makes his debut as the voice of Kermit the Frog in "Muppet Thought of the Week" video.
    • Kenya brings in world's toughest ban on plastic bags with possible US$38,000 fine and four years in jail.
    • North Korea launches missile that flies over Japan, the country's J-Alert warning system warns people to take cover.
    • DEATHS
    • Bobby Boyd, American NFL cornerback (5 × All-Pro 1964–1968; NFL interceptions leader 1965; Baltimore Colts), who died of bladder cancer at 79.
    • Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder for PlayStation 4 is released. The rock-racing, tower defense, art history game is back. Like the title says, Bigger and Boulder cranks up the surrealism and gameplay with chaotic two-on-two multiplayer, new time periods, and improved graphics, physics, and destructibility.

    On this day in 2016

    • EVENTS
    • Mexican singer, songwriter Juan Gabriel died from a heart attack aged 66. Having sold over 200 millions records worldwide, Gabriel was among Latin America's best selling singer-songwriters. His nineteenth studio album, Recuerdos, Vol. II, is reportedly the best-selling album of all time in Mexico, with over eight million copies sold..
    • DEATHS
    • Juan Gabriel [Alberto Aguilera Valadez], Mexican singer, -songwriter dies of a heart attack at 66.

    On this day in 2015

    • DEATHS
    • Al Arbour, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman, coach and executive (coach NY Islanders Stanley Cup 1980-83), who died of Parkinson's disease and dementia at 82.
    • MOVIES: AUGUST 28 2015
    • 7 Chinese Brothers is released. Larry (Jason Schwartzman) is an unqualified, unemployable, inebriated prankster who rides a tide of booze onto the glorious shores of an undiscriminating Quick-Lube. Taking a part-time job vacuuming and washing windshields, Larry finds himself mixed up with hostile co-workers and unsatisfied customers, while also finding himself smitten with his lovely boss, Lupe Torrez (Eleanore Pienta). Will Larry keep it together long enough to win the girl, provide for man's best friend (his dog Arrow), and do his grandmother (Olympia Dukakis) proud?
    • The Golden Dream is released. Juan, Sara and Samuel, three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala, travel to the US in search of a better life. On their journey through Mexico, they meet Chauk, an indian from Chiapas who doesn't speak Spanish. Travelling together in cargo trains, walking on the railroad tracks, they soon have to face a harsh reality.
    • MOVIES: PG
    • War Room is released. Tony (T.C. Stallings) and Elizabeth Jordan (Priscilla Evans Shirer) have it all—great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie), and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident. [TriStar Pictures]
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • Z for Zachariah is released. In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, a young woman (Margot Robbie) survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor), he’s nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger (Chris Pine) enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel. [Roadside Attractions]
    • MOVIES: R
    • Zipper is released. Sam Ellis (Patrick Wilson) is a man on the rise—a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with a high-end escort instead turns into a growing addiction. His moral compass unraveling, his new demon threatens to destroy his life, family and career. [Alchemy]
    • When Animals Dream is released. A teenage girl's sexual awakening unleashes something primal within, revealing a dark family secret. On the run and in mortal danger, embracing a century’s old curse will be her only way to survive. [RADiUS-TWC]
    • We Are Your Friends is released. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Zac Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Wes Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski). With Cole’s forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.
    • The Second Mother is released. Val, a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo, is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means. [Oscilloscope Pictures]
    • Narcos: Season 1 is released. The drama depicts the 1980s Medellin cocaine cartel run by Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) and the efforts of DEA agents Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) to capture Escobar.
    • ALBUMS
    • Noctunes was released by Willis Earl Beal. The second full-length studio release for the Washington state-based artist is his first with indie label Tender Loving Empire.
    • Kunk was released by Dope Body. The fourth full-length release for the Baltimore noise rock band features some songs from Lifer's recording sessions.
    • Highest Point in Cliff Town was released by Hooton Tennis Club. The debut full-length release for the British indie rock band was produced by Bill Ryder-Jones.
    • Cranekiss was released by Tamaryn. The third release for the indie artist was influenced by her move to New York and working with Weekend's Shaun Durkan and producer Jorge Elbrecht.
    • Depression Cherry was released by Beach House. The fifth full-length release for the indie duo was produced with Chris Coady.
    • Abandoned was released by Defeater. The fifth full-length for the Boston-based hardcore band led by Derek Archamault continues its conceptual albums about a New Jersey blue-collar family with a focus on a Catholic priest who is having a crisis of faith due to his time in World War II.
    • Beauty Behind the Madness was released by The Weeknd. The second full-length studio release for the Canadian artist features guest appearances from Lana Del Rey, Labrinth, and Ed Sheeran.
    • Bad Magic was released by Motörhead. The 22nd studio release for the British metal trio was produced by Cameron Webb and features a cover of The Rolling Stones' Sympathy For The Devil.
    • Stuff Like That There was released by Yo La Tengo. The latest release for the New Jersey indie rock band features covers of songs by the Cure, the Lovin' Spoonful, Darlene McCrea, the Parliaments, Sun Ra, and Hank Williams, as well as reworkings of its own older songs.
    • Poison Season was released by Destroyer. The second full-length release for Dan Bejar's solo project was produced by John Collins.
    • Pickpocket's Locket was released by Frog Eyes. The ninth full-length studio release for the Canadian indie band led by Carey Mercer was created on an acoustic guitar his father willed to him.
    • What Went Down was released by Foals. The fourth full-length release for the British indie rock band was recorded in France with producer James Ford.
    • Turkey was released by Mike Krol. Recorded in Sacramento, the third full-length studio release for the garage rock artist is his first on the Merge label.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Satellite Reign for PC is released. A real-time, class-based strategy game through which you control a team of four agents, each with distinct and unique abilities, collectively battling for control of a simulated, living cyberpunk city.
    • Devil's Third for Wii U is released. [Available in the US in December 2015] The first project under THQ's partnership with game creator Tomonobu Itagaki and his newly formed Valhalla Game Studios, Devil's Third is a fast-paced action game set in the near future in the wake of a global catastrophe. Itagaki, whose credits include the critically acclaimed Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive franchises, has pledged to deliver an experience like no other, combining a deep storyline with original combat mechanics all set against an atmospheric and explosive backdrop.
    • Blues and Bullets - Episode 1: The End of Peace for Xbox One is released. Blues and Bullets is a dark and violent crime thriller. Set in an alternative Eliot Ness & Al Capone story, Blues and Bullets blends a stunning script with detective work to deliver an amazing interactive experience.
    • Magnetic: Cage Closed for Xbox One is released. Magnetic is a first person puzzle game that lets you manipulate and master magnetic forces. The mechanics are focused around a single tool: The Magnet Gun. This device is the only thing that helps you navigate the vast and deadly prison-maze youve been cast into.

    On this day in 2014

    • DEATHS
    • Glenn Cornick, British rock bassist (Jethro Tull,1967-70; Wild Turkey), who died from heart failure at 67.
    • Bill Kerr, South African-born Australian actor (Hancock's Half Hour), who died at 92.
    • SteamWorld Dig for Wii U is released. The clock has stopped around the turn of the 19th century, and humankind has prematurely blown itself to bits. The remaining scraps are huddling in caves beneath the surface, and steam-powered robots have taken over the Wild West.

    On this day in 2013

    • EVENTS
    • 51 people are killed in a series of bombings across Iraq.
    • 70th Venice Film Festival: "Sacro GRA" directed by Gianfranco Rosi wins Golden Lion.
    • China and Russia walk out of a UN Security Council meeting after the US pushes for immediate action against Syria's use of chemical weapons.
    • DEATHS
    • Rob du Bois, Dutch composer, who died at 79.
    • Tokyo Waka: A City Poem is released. A poem about a city, its people, and 20,000 crows.
    • MOVIES: R
    • Closed Circuit is released. Martin and Claudia are lawyers and ex-lovers who find themselves put at risk after they join the defense team for an international terrorist's trial.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Shelter for PC is released. As the mother of a litter of cubs you are forced out from familiar and safe surroundings to find new shelter in a beautiful, but dangerous world. The harsh reality of nature plays a pivotal role in the game whilst at the same time Shelter aims to pay a homage to the great outdoors and all its imposing beauty.
    • GAMING: XBOX 360
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows for Xbox 360 is released. The oldest brother, Leonardo is the leader of the four Turtles – an accomplished tactician possessing a discipline and focus as sharp as his blades. His selfless sense of responsibility for the family sometimes puts him at odds with the headstrong Raphael, who too often only thinks of himself. With a katana in each hand, Leo is the most well-rounded fighter in the Turtle roster, balanced by an unwavering dedication to his training. He is without a standout strength or glaring weakness, defined by a general aptitude for speed, reach, damage, and reactiveness, making him the easiest for novice players to pick up and play.


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