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Today in the World Countries

  • Constitution Day is being celebrated in Cook Islands
  • Founders' Day is being celebrated in Ghana
  • People born on this day are Leo as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • Shortcomings is released. Follow Ben, Miko, and Alice as they navigate a range of interpersonal relationships and traverse the country in search of the ideal connection.
  • Passages is released. Set in Paris, this seductive drama tells the story of Tomas (Franz Rogowski) and Martin (Ben Whishaw), a gay couple whose marriage is thrown into crisis when Tomas begins a passionate affair with Agathe (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a younger woman he meets after completing his latest film.
  • A Compassionate Spy is released. The incredible story of Manhattan Project scientist Ted Hall, who shared classified nuclear secrets with Russia.

On this day in 2022

  • Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ordered to pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages to parents of child killed in Sandy Hook massacre after Jones claimed it was a hoax.
  • US Attorney General Merrick Garland announces charges against four police officers for violating the rights of Breonna Taylor during a 2020 raid that resulted in her death.
  • Johnny Famechon, Australian boxer (WBC featherweight champion 1969-70), who died at 77.
  • What Josiah Saw is released. A family with buried secrets reunite at a farmhouse to pay for their past sins. Josiah (Robert Patrick) and his youngest son, Thomas (Scott Haze), are all that remain of an estranged family. But after experiencing terrifying visions from beyond, Josiah decides they must change their ways to right a great wrong. After being away for over two decades, Eli (Nick Stahl) and Mary (Kelli Garner), Josiah's eldest children, are enticed to sell the property and reunite at the old farmhouse in hopes of closing this haunting chapter of their lives for good. Sins of the past will be paid in full.
  • Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-Head: Season 1 is released. Beavis and Butt-Head are back in the reboot of the Mike Judge animated comedy that is already promised a second season on Paramount+.
  • Hard West 2 for PC is released. Hard West 2 is a journey to the heart of darkness in the American West. Take control of a supernatural posse and catch the mysterious Ghost Train. Outsmart, outcheat and outgun your enemies in this turn-based tactics game set in a Wild West world where nothing is as it seems.
  • Hindsight for PC is released. What if the physical objects of everyday life, the possessions we hold close, were actual windows to the past? Peer into distant memories and unseen futures in Hindsight.
  • Sword and Fairy: Together Forever for PlayStation 5 is released. "Swords and Fairy 7"is an action role-playing game developed by Softstar Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.This game starts with the story among three clans "Human", "Deity", and "Demon", it brings rich story-lines as well as improves the battle system compared with its previous episodes. Third person real time action mode is being used to replace the traditional turn-based battle, more fun and excitements will be brought to the players. With the smooth combat experience, this game will come at you with a boom of the traditional oriental aesthetics. Get ready for the adventure in this beautiful oriental world.
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass - Wave 2 for Switch is released. Wave 2 includes the Turnip Cup and the Propeller Cup, with fast and familiar courses appearing from the Mario Kart series across the Super NES, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, Wii and Mario Kart Tour games. Each course can be played locally or online.

On this day in 2021

  • Mediterranean region evolving into a "wildfire hotspot" according to authorities, amidst extreme temperatures with Greece experiencing one of its worst heatwaves in 40 years.
  • Rihanna named the world's wealthiest female musician worth $1.7 billion by Forbes.
  • Largest wildfire in California so far in 2021, the Dixie Fire at 320,000 acres, destroys the gold rush town of Greenville.
  • Global known COVID-19 pandemic caseload passes 200 million, with the death toll at 4.2 million according to Johns Hopkins.
  • Graham McRae, New Zealand auto racer (Tasman Formula 5000 Series 1971,72,73; L& M Continental 5000 C'ship 1972), who died at 81.
  • Cooking With Paris (2021): Season 1 is released. Paris Hilton joins the celebrity home cooking reality crowd with her own series with guest appearances from Nikki Glaser, Kim Kardashian West, Demi Lovato, Lele Pons, Saweetie, plus her mother Kathy Hilton and sister Nicky Hilton.
  • Toodee and Topdee for PC is released. A cosmic turbulence caused the 2D Platformer and the Top-Down Puzzler dimensions to merge! Switch between Toodee and Topdee and their unique perspectives to overcome hard-as-nails challenges, solve mind-melting puzzles and defeat huge bosses. Oh, and there's a co-op mode!
  • J.R. Richard, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; NL ERA leader 1979; NL strikeout leader 1978,79; Houston Astros), who died at 71.

On this day in 2020

  • Huge explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, kill more than 200 and leaves over 6,000 thousand people injured.
  • COVID-19 pandemic infection spike forces a return to lockdown in Manila and surrounding provinces in the Philippines, affecting 27 million people as cases pass 100,000.
  • UN says COVID-19 pandemic has created biggest educational disruption in history affecting nearly 1.6 million students in 190 countries,94% worldwide.
  • Willie Hunter, Scottish soccer forward (3 caps; Motherwell) and manager (Queen of the South, Inverness Caledonian), who died at 80.
  • Fbg Duck, Rapper.
  • Red Penguins is released. Red Penguins tells a story of capitalism and opportunism run amok - complete with gangsters, strippers and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink in Moscow. Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the famed Red Army hockey team formed a joint-venture that showed anything was possible in the new Russia. Eccentric marketing whiz, Steve Warshaw, is sent to Russia and tasked to transform team into the greatest show in Moscow. He takes the viewer on a bizarre journey highlighting a pivotal moment in U.S. Russian relations in a lawless era when oligarchs made their fortunes and multiple murders went unsolved.
  • The Swamp is released. The documentary directed by Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme follows Republican House representatives Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Thomas Massie (R-KY), and Ken Buck (R-CO) as they juggle legislation and demands to fundraise by the RNC.
  • Skully for PC is released. On a mysterious remote island, a skull washes up on shore and is reawakened by an enigmatic deity. Dubbed Skully, the newly reanimated being has been summoned to intervene in a war between the deity’s three siblings, whose quarrel jeopardizes the island they call home.
  • Hellbound for PC is released. Classic First Person Shooter style game. Like the good old days. An action game focused on speed, gore, guns, and metal music. Inspired by the 90s’ classics with modern visuals and audio.
  • Fall Guys for PC is released. Fall Guys is a massively multiplayer party game with up to 60 players online in a free-for-all struggle through round after round of escalating chaos until one victor remains.
  • Relicta for Xbox One is released. Relicta is a first-person puzzle game whose main mechanics combine magnetism and gravity. The player is equipped with a pair of special gloves that allow them to change the magnetic and gravitational properties of experimental cubes scattered around each level. These cubes can be moved by the player, either carrying them bodily or using magnetism or gravity. They can also be placed on teleporting machines to warp them to another teleporter and help solve puzzles. Mechanics really come alive when combined in ingenious ways. For instance, magnetism can be used to repel or attract cubes, but repelling a cube that has previously “anti-gravitated” gives you a frictionless device that will retain inertia until it collides against something solid, like a wall (or your skull). It can even be used as a means of transport for the player to reach new places. Cubes can also be used to power up some devices, in order to operate doors and force fields. As the player progresses towards more complex puzzles, they will encounter other devices - magnetic plates, elevators, buttons or even drones capable of nullifying magnetic and gravitational fields as well as stealing cubes.

On this day in 2019

  • Frank Zapata is the first person to cross the English Channel by flyboard in 22 minutes.
  • Gunman kills nine and injures 27 at a bar in Dayton, Ohio, in 2nd mass shooting in 24 hours in the US.
  • Car explosion kills 20 with 47 injured in Cairo, Egypt, in terrorist-related incident.
  • China's central bank allows its currency to weaken under usual 7-1 ratio to the US dollar for first time in a decade in response to furhter US trade tariffs.
  • Nuon Chea, Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader 'Brother Number Two', who died at 93.
  • Australian cricket batsman Steve Smith hits brilliant 142 following his 1st innings 144 in 1st Test v England at Edgbaston; only 4th batsman all-time to score more than 140 in each innings of a Test match.

On this day in 2018

  • Super Rugby Final, AMI Stadium, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders successfully defend title with 37-18 home win against the Lions from Johannesburg; Crusaders'9th SR title.
  • Bob Walker, Race Car Driver.
  • Mickey Flora, Race Car Driver.
  • Random Acts Of Flyness: Season 1 is released. The late-night show from Terence Nance will feature a variety of vignettes that include "vérité documentary, musical performances, surrealist melodrama and humorous animation"to explore American culture through a range of topics such as death, history, patriarchy, police brutality, romance, and white supremacy.

On this day in 2017

  • Aldi supermarket withdraws all eggs from sale after chemical fipronil found in eggs from The Netherlands.
  • 'Despacito' by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber became the most-watched YouTube video ever, passing the Wiz Khalifa/Charlie Puth collaboration 'See You Again' with nearly 3 billion views in just seven months..
  • 4 Days in France is released. On a seemingly ordinary night in Paris, Pierre takes one last look his lover Paul’s sleeping body, then steals away into the early morning light. Where he’s headed, neither of them know. Pierre’s only guide is his Grindr app, which leads him on a series of encounters with an indelible cast of characters across the French countryside. Paul sets out after him, using his own phone to track Pierre’s movements in a strange and wonderful game of Grindr cat-and-mouse.
  • Columbus is released. When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother.
  • Icarus is released. When Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller involving dirty urine, unexplained death and Olympic Gold-exposing the biggest scandal in sports history.
  • It's Not Yet Dark is released. Soon after premiering his short film The Sound of People at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, promising young Irish director Simon Fitzmaurice was tragically diagnosed with motor neurone disease (ALS). At just 34 years old, he was given four years to live. Fitzmaurice and his wife were expecting their third child, and a career in storytelling lay at his feet. Reeling from the shock, Fitzmaurice drew strength from his deepest desires—instead of being stuck in that painful moment, he realized his greatest defiance of ALS would be to direct his first feature film. Seven years later, despite total physical incapacitation, Fitzmaurice completed My Name is Emily (2015), directing it only with the use of his eyes. This emotional journey of self-realization and personal triumph over life-crushing adversity is nothing short of inspiring. All of it is captured with intimate home movies, photographs, and an affectionate voice-over by compatriot Colin Farrell, transporting us into Fitzmaurice’s creative world where every physical and psychological challenge is met with positivity and the desire to fulfill a dream.
  • Step is released. Step documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. As each one tries to become the first in their families to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.
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  • The Dark Tower is released. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
  • Wind River is released. U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent Cory Lambert discovers a body in the rugged wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The FBI sends in rookie agent Jane Banner, but she’s unprepared for the difficulties created by the oppressive weather and isolation of the Wyoming winter. When she employs Cory as a tracker, the two venture deep into a world ravaged by violence and the elements. Wind River is a stark look at life on the edge of an imposing wilderness, where the rule of law is eclipsed by the laws of nature. [Sundance]
  • Kidnap is released. A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mom Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) when her son suddenly disappears. Without a cell phone and knowing she has no time to wait for police help, Karla jumps in her own car and sets off in pursuit of the kidnappers. A relentless, edge-of-your seat chase ensues, where Karla must risk everything to not lose sight of her son.
  • Fun Mom Dinner is released. Four moms, whose only common ground is their kids' preschool class, decide to get together for a harmless "fun mom dinner."The night begins as a disaster, but the combination of alcohol, karaoke, and a cute bartender, leads to an unforgettable night where these seemingly different women realize they have more in common than motherhood and men.
  • Brave New Jersey is released. A small town on the night of Orson Welles’s legendary 1938 War of the Worlds radio hoax is fooled into believing aliens are invading America. As they face what they think is their last night alive, hilarious & life-changing events unfold.
  • Comrade Detective: Season 1 is released. A fictional 1980s Romanian police drama series where detectives Gregor Anghel (Florin Piersic Jr.) and Iosef Baciu (Corneliu Ulici) investigate the murder of officer Nikita Ionesco is "found and remastered"with dubbed voices including Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the leads in this comedy series created by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka.
  • Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Season 1 is released. The sequel to David Wain's 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer and the 2015 prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is set in 1991 with Joey Bragg, Jai Courtney, Mark Feuerstein, Skyler Gisondo, Samm Levine, Alyssa Milano?, Adam Scott, Dax Shepard, and Marlo Thomas joining the cast.
  • Woodland Echoes was released by Nick Heyward. The first solo release in nearly 20 years for the British singer-songwriter who was also the frontman for Haircut One Hundred was produced with his son Oliver, Ian Shaw, and Phillip Taylor.
  • Dark Matter was released by Randy Newman. The first new studio release for the pop singer-songwriter in nine years was produced by Mitchell Froom, Lenny Waronker, and David Boucher.
  • Collection was released by Soccer Mommy. The debut full-length release for the Nashville singer-songwriter Sophie Allison features some newly recorded songs previously released on Bandcamp as well as some new songs.
  • Call It Love was released by Briana Marela. The third full-length release for the Seattle indie-pop artist was co-produced with Small Black's Juan Pieczanski and Ryan Heyner
  • Dead Cross was released by Dead Cross. This is the debut full-length release for the hardcore punk band that includes Dave Lombardo, Mike Patton, Michael Crain, and Justin Pearson.
  • Earl Grey was released by Girl Ray. The debut full-length release for the British indie-pop trio of Poppy Hankin, Iris McConnell, and Sophie Moss was recorded over two weeks by the band's touring guitarist, Mike O'Malley.
  • LawBreakers for PC is released. Prepare to deliver death from every angle, as you master your skills and compete in unprecedented gravity-defying combat in LawBreakers.
  • Rwandan President Paul Kagame wins a third term with 98.63% of the vote.

On this day in 2016

  • Patrice Munsel [Munsil], American operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera,1943-58; Patrice Munsel Show), who died at 91.

On this day in 2015

  • 31 people are killed and 100 are injured after floods partially sweep two passenger trains off a bridge in Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog announce the end to their relationship on Twitter.
  • Robert Downey Jr. named the world's highest paid actor by Forbes Magazine (earning $80 mil). 4 non-Hollywood actors make the top 10..
  • Influential country producer Billy Sherrill, who worked with artists like George Jones, Charlie Rich, and Tammy Wynette and is known for pioneering the "countrypolitan"sound, died after a short illness at the age of 78. Sherrill also co-wrote many hit songs, including 'Stand by Your Man' (written with Tammy Wynette)..
  • A plague of locusts in Southern Russia prompts a state of emergency to be declared.
  • Adam Walacinski, Polish composer, who died at 86.
  • Earl Whiting, Race Car Driver.
  • Gerd Natschinski, German composer, who died at 86.
  • Takashi Amano, Photographer.
  • Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight for 3DS is released. The next entry of the Etrian Odyssey Untold series is essentially two games in one - the first, a Nintendo 3DS update to Etrian Odyssey 2: Heroes of Laggard (released on Nintendo DS) with new dungeon layouts, new graphics, and system improvements from the recent Etrian Odyssey Untold. The second is the Untold portion - a brand new story mode with a fixed party, voiced dialogue, and animated cut scenes that follows the bittersweet tale of the Fafnir Knight and Princess Arianna. Like Persona Q, the Untold portion of the game has a strong focus on characters and their interactions as the story about the Fafnir Knight and Princess Arianna unfolds as they adventure forth into the ruins of Ginnungagap and the Yggdrasil Labyrinth with the hero Flavio and the two mysterious adventurers, Bertrand and Chloe.
  • Fairy Fencer F for PC is released. Long ago, a terrible war raged between two deities. Wielding magical weapons known as Furies, they sealed each other away and the remaining Furies were scattered throughout the world. Today, these ancient weapons are sought after by warriors known as Fencers. When a young man named Fang obtains a Fury of his own, he gains an unlikely partner, and the course of his destiny is forever altered...A world of magic and adventure awaits you in Fairy Fencer F! Take charge of your destiny as you brave dungeons, defeat monsters, and travel the world to collect all 100 Furies. But be carefulthe Furies are coveted by many Fencers, good and bad. Pray these powerful weapons do not fall into the wrong hands.
  • Galak-Z: The Dimensional for PlayStation 4 is released. This hand painted intergalactic adventure takes you to the ends of the universe to fight enemies in new ways. Inspired by the classic sci-fi anime of the late 1970s and early 1980s as well as more modern shooters.
  • The Castle Game for PlayStation 4 is released. Ever played escort missions in a tower defense setting? Imagine using the defenses and walls to keep the enemies out, but also having safe and open paths for your allies to run through. Or how about having all the structures be destroyable? Now, some enemies are pretty dumb and will follow the path you cleverly designed, but the smarter ones will take out any structure that can pose a threat to them. So now you have defenses that can be damaged. To balance things out, you are given a giant hammer that can quickly repair structures. Engineers are also available to auto-repair any damaged structures nearby. [Neptune Interactive]
  • Submerged for PlayStation 4 is released. Submerged is a 3rd-person, combat-free game in which the gamer explores a mysterious, flooded city and discovers the beauty of desolation in vast outdoor environments. She takes on the role of Miku, a young girl who has brought her wounded brother to the city in their small fishing boat. [Uppercut Games]
  • Beyond Eyes for Xbox One is released. Beyond eyes shows you the imaginative world of Rae, a 10 year-old girl, as she ventures outside her familiar surroundings in search of a fat cat named Nani. Rae isn't like most other girls. She lost her eyesight in an accident with fireworks when she was just a toddler and the experience left her traumatized. Fearing loud noises and public places, she hardly ever leaves her house, preferring to spend her free time in her special garden where everything smells pleasant and all is nice. Some people might feel sorry for Rae, being as isolated as she is, but Rae herself is perfectly content with her life especially after befriending a gorgeous full-figured stray feline she names Nani. When Nani goes missing Rae finally gains the courage to go outside for the first time on an wonderful and life changing journey to find her missing friend. The world outside is frightening and unfamiliar but, with the guidance of the player, Rae learns to overcome her fears and finds beauty and possible new friends outside of her golden cage.
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Reckoning for Xbox One is released. Brace yourself for Reckoning, the final DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Grapple your way out of ship-fired missile strikes, avoid plasma lamp explosions and boost jump off crumbling glaciers in four all-new MP maps. The conclusion of the Exo Zombies saga: Descent introduces a remote ocean Atlas survival facility, new “fused” zombie enemies, and the Trident Reflected Energy Weapon. Discover the true cause of the global pandemic and the terrible secret that Atlas has been hiding. [Activision]
  • Rare Replay for Xbox One is released. Rare assembles the adventures of its iconic characters in a collection of thirty games that span the decades. From its earliest 2D classics to Xbox 360 hits, Rare Replay delivers a gaming array for veteran players and newcomers alike. Includes Perfect Dark, Killer Instinct Gold, Viva Pinata, Kameo, Banjo Kazooie, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Perfect Dark Zero, and a bunch more.

On this day in 2014

  • Hamas and Israel agree to another 72 hour ceasefire.
  • Bunny Hayler, Family Member, born in London, England.
  • Aitana Derbez, Family Member, born in Mexico.
  • Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words is released. The documentary from Peter Kunhardt includes archival footage with audio from the tapes Nixon recorded from 1971 to 1973 while in the White House.
  • Partners (2014): Season 1 is released. A court order brings high profile attorney Allen Braddock (Kelsey Grammer) in contact with Marcus Jackson (Martin Lawrence), a recently divorced lawyer who works mainly pro-bono cases.
  • Owl John was released by Owl John. The debut solo release for Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison as Owl John was produced by band mate Andy Monaghan and Olympic Swimmers' Simon Liddell.

On this day in 2013

  • British Open Women's Golf, St. Andrews: American Stacy Lewis wins her second major,2 shots ahead of runners-up Na Yeon Choi and Hee Young Park.
  • Sandy Woodward [John Forster], English admiral (British Naval Task Force, Falklands War), who died at 81.
  • Pikmin 3 for Wii U is released. Pikmin 3 is a reimagined, mass-action strategy title from the critically acclaimed Pikmin series. Players take control of 3 explorers and an array of cute Pikmin in a struggle for survival. By exploiting the unique abilities of these little Pikmin creatures, players solve puzzles, battle dangerous predators and forage for food needed to save the explorers' home planet.
  • Hassan Rouhani is inaugurated as the President of Iran.
  • Art Donovan, American football player, who died from a respiratory ailment at 89.


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