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  • Culturama is being celebrated in Saint Kitts And Nevis
  • Feast of San Salvador is being celebrated in El Salvador
  • Festival Tuesday is being celebrated in British Virgin Islands
  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Jamaica
  • National Day is being celebrated in Bolivia
  • People born on this day are Leo as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

    On this day in 2022

    • DEATHS
    • Daniel Lévi, Composer.
    • SPORTS
    • Gene Visscher, American college basketball coach (Weber State University 1971-74; Northern Arizona University 1981-83), who died at 81.

    On this day in 2021

    • DEATHS
    • Herbert Schlosser, American television executive (NBC - hired Johnny Carson; championed Laugh-In; conceptualized Saturday Night Live), who died at 95.
    • Kenneth Nichols, Canadian classical pianist, composer, (Symphonic Celebration; Boy In A Cage), and teacher (Brandon University,1962-96), who died at 85.
    • Trevor Moore, Comedian.
    • The Macaluso Sisters is released. Maria, Pinuccia, Lia, Katia and Antonella are five sisters who live in an apartment in Palermo. When Antonella accidentally dies, the sisters' relationships are turned upside down for the rest of their lives.
    • Swan Song is released. Retired hairdresser and local bar performer icon Pat Pitsenbarger (Udo Kier) has given up on life from the confines of his small-town Sandusky, Ohio nursing home. But when Pat gets word that a former client's dying wish was for him to style her final hairdo, he sets out on an epic journey across Sandusky to confront the ghosts of his past - and collect the beauty supplies necessary for the job.
    • Naked Singularity is released. Casi (John Boyega) is a promising young NYC public defender whose idealism is beginning to crack under the daily injustices of the very justice system he’s trying to make right. Doubting all he has worked for and seeing signs of the universe collapsing all around him, he is pulled into a dangerous high-stakes drug heist by an unpredictable former client (Olivia Cooke) in an effort to beat the broken system at its own game.
    • Materna is released. Materna follows the journeys of four New York women who are isolated by city life, separated by class, politics, race and religion, and yet bound by a shared hunger for identity and connection. With their futures at stake, the characters' lives are upended by a fateful encounter underground, where their stories of personal transformation become a battle for survival.
    • MOVIES: NR
    • John and the Hole is released. While exploring the neighboring woods,13-year-old John (Charlie Shotwell) discovers an unfinished bunker—a deep hole in the ground. Seemingly without provocation, he drugs his affluent parents (Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Ehle) and older sister (Taissa Farmiga) and drags their unconscious bodies into the bunker, where he holds them captive. As they anxiously wait for John to free them from the hole, the boy returns home, where he can finally do what he wants. [Sundance]
    • MOVIES: PG
    • Vivo is released. Vivo follows a one-of-kind kinkajou (aka a rainforest “honey bear, ” voiced by Lin-Manuel Miranda), who spends his days playing music to the crowds in a lively square with his beloved owner Andrés (Buena Vista Social Club’s Juan de Marcos Gonzáles). Though they may not speak the same language, Vivo and Andrés are the perfect duo through their common love of music. But when tragedy strikes shortly after Andrés receives a letter from the famous Marta Sandoval (three-time Grammy-winning Latin pop legend Gloria Estefan), inviting her old partner to her farewell concert with the hope of reconnecting, it’s up to Vivo to deliver a message that Andrés never could: A love letter to Marta, written long ago, in the form of a song. Yet in order to get to Marta, who lives a world apart, Vivo will need the help of Gabi (Ynairaly Simo) – an energetic tween who bounces to the beat of her own offbeat drum to fulfill his owner’s wishes.
    • MOVIES: R
    • The Suicide Squad is released. Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.
    • Annette is released. Los Angeles, today. Henry (Adam Driver) is a stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of humor who falls in love with Ann (Marion Cotillard), a world-renowned opera singer. Under the spotlight, they form a passionate and glamorous couple. With the birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious little girl with an exceptional destiny, their lives are turned upside down.
    • MOVIES: TV14
    • Escape from Mogadishu is released. Based on a true story: as civil war rages in Mogadishu, rival North and South Korean diplomats are left trapped. With no aid from either government, their only shot at survival may require uniting with bitter adversaries to escape.
    • Mr. Corman: Season 1 is released. Failed-musician-turned-fifth-grade-teacher Josh Corman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) struggles with how his life is going after a breakup with his girlfriend in this dramedy created and directed by Gordon-Levitt.
    • ALBUMS
    • King's Disease II was released by Nas. The sequel to the rappers 2020 King's Disease album features guest appearances from A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Blxst, Eminem, EPMD, Lauryn Hill, Hit-Boy, Charlie Wilson, and YG.
    • Draw Down the Moon was released by Foxing. The fourth full-length release for the Connor Murphy-led trio was produced by Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra.
    • The Apple Drop was released by Liars. Angus Andrew includes Cameron Deyell, Lawrence Pike and his wife Mary Pearson Andrew for the Liars' 10th full-length release.
    • Sinner Get Ready was released by Lingua Ignota. The fourth full-length release for the Kristin Hayter solo project was inspired by the religious communities in rural Pennsylvania.
    • SPORTS
    • Faith Kipyegon of Kenya retains her Olympic 1,500m title in OR 3:53.11 at the Tokyo Olympics.
    • Jamaican 100/200m champion Elaine Thompson Herah claims her third track gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics as part of the winning Jamaican 4x100m relay team.

    On this day in 2020

    • EVENTS
    • COVID-19 pandemic detected cases in Africa pass 1 million with 21,983 deaths.
    • British music producer and sound engineer Martin Birch died age 71. He became renowned for engineering and producing albums recorded predominantly by British rock bands, including Deep Purple, Rainbow, Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden..
    • US COVID-19 pandemic death toll could reach 300,000 by 1 December, about 70,000 lives saved if masks worn consistently, according to University of Washington study.
    • BIRTHS
    • Oliver Fisher, Family Member, born in United States.
    • DEATHS
    • Wilbert McClure, American boxer (Olympic gold light middleweight 1960), who died at 81.
    • La Llorona is released. Indignant retired general Enrique finally faces trial for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde of angry protestors threatens to invade their opulent home, the women of the house—his haughty wife, conflicted daughter, and precocious granddaughter—weigh their responsibility to shield the erratic, senile Enrique against the devastating truths being publicly revealed and the increasing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Meanwhile, much of the family’s domestic staff flees, leaving only loyal housekeeper Valeriana until a mysterious young Indigenous maid arrives.
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • An American Pickle is released. Herschel Greenbaum (Seth Rogen) is a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1919 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is troubled to learn that his only surviving relative is his great grandson, Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.
    • Star Trek: Lower Decks: Season 1 is released. Set in 2380, the animated comedy from Mike McMahan follows the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos as they try to balance working and living on a Starfleet ship.
    • GAMING: PC
    • POST VOID for PC is released. Post Void is a hypnotic scramble of early first-person shooter design that values speed above all else. Keep your head full and reach the end; Kill what you can to see it mend; Get the high score or try again.
    • There is no game : Wrong dimension for PC is released. There is no game. So don't go messing things up by clicking everywhere. You don’t want to be kicked out of your video game world, do you? Of course not!
    • SPORTS
    • Wayne Fontana [Glyn Geoffrey Ellis], British rocker (The Mindbenders - "The Game Of Love"), who died at 74.

    On this day in 2019

    • EVENTS
    • The Philippines declares a national dengue epidemic with 622 people killed and 146,000 cases so far in 2019.
    • A quarter of humanity is running out of water with 17 countries under extreme water stress including Cape Town, Los Angeles and Bangalore, according to report by the World Resources Institute.
    • Barneys New York files for bankruptcy, amid figures 7,567 US retails stores have closed so far in 2019 compared to 5,864 in 2018.
    • Lawyer representing 800 boy scouts identify 350 sex abusers within Boy Scouts of America saying "It's the largest paedophile ring on earth".
    • Members of Korn, Tool, Judas Priest, Linkin Park and several other bands signed a brief in support of Led Zeppelin, whose years-long copyright case over the opening guitar riff of 'Stairway To Heaven' was set to return to court. In response to the court order,123 music-makers filed an amicus brief, aiming to "elucidate the effect of the panel’s decision… on all songwriters, composers, musicians and producers in the United States and around the world". The lawsuit was originally filed in 2014 by the estate of the late Randy California, the singer/guitarist of Spirit and the composer of ‘Taurus’..
    • DEATHS
    • Maurice Simon, American jazz musician, who died at 90.
    • Sushma Swaraj, Politician.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Silver Chains for PC is released. Silver Chains is a first-person horror game with a strong emphasis on story and exploration. Search for clues within an old abandoned manor to unravel the truth about the terrible events which have happened.
    • The Angry Birds Movie 2 VR: Under Pressure for PlayStation 4 is released. Now the birds and piggies are best frenemies, Red and Leonard team up to assemble a crack(ed) team and investigate mysterious Eagle Island. But first, they must get there in one piece — in a giant Piggy submarine. Can the birds and pigs cooperate, deep beneath the waves? Or will they get that sinking feeling as the pressure rises?
    • Age of Wonders: Planetfall for PlayStation 4 is released. Age of Wonders: Planetfall is the new strategy game from Triumph Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Age of Wonders series, bringing all the exciting tactical turn-based combat and in-depth empire building of its predecessors to space in an all-new, sci-fi setting.
    • Gravity Ghost: Deluxe Edition for PlayStation 4 is released. Surf the night sky. Careen through the cosmos. Find the fox. When a ghost girl’s best friend goes missing, she’ll turn the whole universe upside down to find him. Gravity Ghost is a planetary platformer where orbiting is an art form. In over 100 dizzying levels, put your aerial skills to the test against planets that bounce, break, splash, and more.
    • Metal Wolf Chaos XD for Xbox One is released. Metal Wolf Chaos XD is a modernized re-release of FromSoftware's 2004 mech shooter with upgraded visual fidelity, refined controls and gameplay, a new save system, and 4K + 16:9 support for modern displays.
    • US government imposes wide-ranging sanctions on the Venezuelan government.

    On this day in 2018

    • EVENTS
    • Saudi Arabia's state airline suspends direct flights to Toronto and expels ambassador after Canada calls for release of detained activists for civil and women's rights.
    • PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi announces she will be stepping down.
    • Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify remove conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms.
    • Chicago police appeal for more help after 66 people shot in the city in one weekend.
    • Boston appoints its first African American Police Commissioner William G. Gross.
    • DEATHS
    • Joel Robuchon, Chef.
    • Joël Robuchon, French chef, world record for Michelin stars (32), who died of cancer at 73.
    • Lodge 49: Season 1 is released. Former surfer Sean "Dud"Dudley (Wyatt Russell) joins a fraternal lodge hoping to recapture the happy and simple life he had with his father.
    • Better Call Saul: Season 4 is released. A death causes Jimmy to put his relationship with Kim and his career as a lawyer in danger as the Saul Goodman seen on Breaking Bad begins to emerge.
    • Margaret Heckler, American politician (15th U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services (1983-85)), who died at 87.
    • South Sudan peace accord signed between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar in Sudan attempting to end 5 years of civil war.

    On this day in 2017

    • EVENTS
    • British Open Women's Golf, Kingbarns GC: South Korean In-Kyung Kim wins by 2 strokes from Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England.
    • DEATHS
    • Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 100m,200m,4x100m 1956; 400m 1964), who died from dementia at 79.
    • SPORTS
    • Darren Daulton, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1992,93,95; World Series 1997; Silver Slugger Award 1992; Philadelphia Phillies), who died of brain cancer at 55.
    • UEFA Women's Euro Final: Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema scores 2 as the Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 in Enschede, the Netherlands.

    On this day in 2016

    • EVENTS
    • Super Rugby Final, Westpac Stadium Wellington: Wellington Hurricanes win their first SR title with a 20-3 win over the Lions from Johannesburg.
    • DEATHS
    • Alfredo Darrington Bowman, Doctor.
    • Pete Fountain [Pierre LaFontaine], American jazz and Dixieland clarinetist (Lawrence Welk,1957-59), who died at 86.
    • Jack Sears, Race Car Driver.
    • Helen Delich Bentley, American politician (Rep-R-MD,1985-950), who died at 92.
    • SPORTS
    • Hoàng Xuân Vinh of Vietnam records 202.5 points to win the gold medal in the men's 10m air pistol at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Vietnam's first ever gold medal in any Olympic event.
    • Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú sets world record 4:26.36 to win the gold medal in the women's 400m individual medley at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

    On this day in 2015

    • EVENTS
    • Comedian Jon Stewart hosts "The Daily Show" for the last time.
    • BIRTHS
    • Adley Mcbride, Actor YouTube Star, born in United States.
    • DEATHS
    • Louise Suggs, American golfer, co-founder of LPGA (11 major titles, US Open 1949,52), who died of natural causes at 91.
    • Eqyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurates the Suez Canal Expansion at a ceremony in Ismaïlia.
    • Republican Presidental nomination race begins with debate between 7 lesser ranked candidates in Cleveland, Ohio.
    • SPORTS
    • World's largest ever Pinball tournament Pinburgh with 700 machines held in Pittsburgh.

    On this day in 2014

    • Web Junkie is released. China is the first country to label “Internet addiction” a clinical disorder. With extraordinary intimacy, Web Junkie investigates a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teenagers are deprogrammed, focusing on three teens, their parents and the health professionals determined to help them kick their habit.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Back to Bed for PC is released. Bob the sleepwalker has a habit of always falling asleep in hazardous places. Luckily for Bob, his subconscious protector, Subob, is always ready to save him. Now the challenge for Subob is to guide Bob to safety, across rooftops, avoiding falls, and around dangerous creatures from the nightmares of Bob.
    • SPORTS
    • LeRoy Pearce, American collegiate athlete and college football coach,1950-70 (University of Miami, University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas, and 3 others), who died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 86.

    On this day in 2013

    • EVENTS
    • 18 people are killed and 55 are wounded by a car bomb explosion in Damascus, Syria.
    • An alleged chemical weapons attack on Damascus, Syria, is claimed by Syrian rebels.
    • ALBUMS
    • Back on the Planet was released by Ras G. The latest release for the Los Angeles producer is an instrumental album.
    • Bloodlines was released by Barbarossa. On his second full-length release, British singer-songwriter James Mathé introduced drum machines, keyboards, and synths to the largely acoustic sound he had established on his debut disc.
    • Heavy Metal Music was released by Newsted. This is the debut full-length release for the metal project led by former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted.
    • Didn't It Rain was released by Hugh Laurie. Joe Henry returns as producer for the second jazz/blues release for actor-singer Hugh Laurie.
    • Joke in the Hole was released by Eric Copeland. The latest solo release from the Black Dice founding member expands the experimental dance style he begun on 2011's Limbo with samples and beats.
    • II was released by Moderat. The electronic trio formed by Apparat (aka Sascha Ring) and Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary) worked in the studio for six months on the follow-up to the group's 2009 self-titled debut.
    • Imps of Perversion was released by Pop. 1280. The second full-length release for the Brooklyn quartet was produced by Martin Bisi.
    • Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon was released by KT Tunstall. The fourth full-length studio release for the Scottish singer-songwriter was produced with Howe Gelb and includes a guest appearance by PJ Harvey.
    • Hobo Rocket was released by Pond. The fifth full-length release for the Australian psychedelic rock band led by Nick Allbrook was originally planned as the sixth album [Original fifth album, Man, It Feels Like Space Again is now the planned sixth disc].
    • Home was released by Rudimental. The debut release for the British drum and bass band includes guest appearances from such artists as Angel Haze, Alex Clare, and Emeli Sandé.
    • Wrongdoers was released by Norma Jean. The sixth full-length studio release for the metalcore band led by Chris Day and Cory Brandan is its first with three new members: John Finnegan, Jeff Hickey, and Clayton Holyoak (replacing Jake Schultz, Scottie H. Henry, and Chris Raines/Matt Marquez).
    • Yes, It's True was released by The Polyphonic Spree. The fourth full-length studio release for the indie choral pop band Tim DeLaughter was co-produced with Eric Drew Feldman and Tim Palmer.
    • Tides End was released by Minks. Produced by Mark Verbos, the second full-length release for Shaun Kilfoyle became a solo project after Amalie Bruun left to join Ex Cops.
    • To the Happy Few was released by Medicine. The first new material in 18 years for the Los Angeles alternative rock band is its first with the original line-up since 1995's Her Highness.
    • Prince Avalanche [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] was released by David Wingo. Explosions in the Sky's collaborated with David Wingo on the soundtrack to the David Gordon Green's remake of the Icelandic film, Either Way.
    • Slave Vows was released by The Icarus Line. The fifth full-length release from the Los Angeles post-hardcore band led by Joe Cardamone is the first with new drummer Ben Hallett.
    • Sleep of Reason was released by Raffertie. This is the debut full-length release for the London-based electronic producer, Benjamin Stefanski.
    • The Blind Hole was released by Dead in the Dirt. The debut full-length release for the Atlantic grindcore three-piece was produced by Andy Nelson.
    • The Civil Wars was released by The Civil Wars. The second release for the duo Joy Williams and John Paul White followed an announced hiatus in November 2012 due to "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition."
    • Swisher was released by Blondes. A year after the release of the self-titled compilation albuum from the Brooklyn-based electronic duo of Sam Haar and Zach Steinman comes its follow-up full-length with nine new tracks.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Divinity: Dragon Commander for PC is released. Set in the time when both magic and technology were at their peak in the Divinity universe, Dragon Commander tells the story of a young dragon knight who fights for the survival of Rivellon when his father, the king, is brutally murdered for opposing the teachings of a new religion. Six nations - the elves, the dwarves, the imps, the undead, the lizards and the humans - must set aside their differences and unite to stop empress Aurora from taking over the world.
    • Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians for PC is released. Awakened from his sleep, Beatbuddy journeys through lush hand-painted environments on a trip to save his friends and his own immortality. Beatbuddy interacts with the living breathing environment that pulses to the beat of an original soundtrack, aiding him as he unlocks new paths and solves puzzles.
    • Ibb & Obb for PlayStation 3 is released. Ibb & Obb is a two player cooperative game set in a puzzle filled world where gravity goes both up and down.
    • Tales of Xillia for PlayStation 3 is released. TALES OF XILLIA draws players into the adventures of Jude Mathis, a medical student going to school in the capital city of Fennmont, and Milla Maxwell, a mysterious lady accompanied by four unseen beings. In a tale that can be lived from either Jude or Milla’s perspective, the two heroes’ journeys fatefully intersect as they learn that the kingdom of Rashugal has been fatefully experimenting with a powerful device that has effectively been draining the world’s supply of mana. Faced with the knowledge that continued experiments would result in dangerous results, Milla and Jude join forces to restore peace to a dying world in a dangerous journey that will test their courage and convictions.
    • Superfrog HD for PlayStation 3 is released. Superfrog HD is a 2D amphibian platformer that is an HD remake of Team17's classic Superfrog, which was released in 1993 on the Amiga. It will feature all-new graphics and will be appearing on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
    • Dragon's Crown for PlayStation Vita is released. Dragon's Crown thrusts you into a fantastical medieval world packed with labyrinthine dungeons to explore, vile monstrosities to smite, and nearly endless online adventure. Your mission is to dive into the dank underworld, uncovering treasure and strengthening your mettle as you unlock the secret behind the ancient dragon threatening the world. Simple, easy-to-learn controls allow anyone to dive into the fray and enjoy the breathtaking sword-and-sorcery action. In addition to long-lasting gameplay, the game also features a vast array of character customization features - with six wildly different classes to play as, raiding the catacombs for epic loot remains fresh and engaging.
    • Disney Planes for Wii U is released. Disney's Planes takes players on a high-flying, action-packed, fun-filled adventure with Dusty, a big-hearted, speed-loving crop duster.
    • SPORTS
    • 1 person is killed and 4 are injured after a hot air balloon crash in Montbovon, Sweden.


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