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Today in the World Countries

  • August Thursday is being celebrated in Anguilla
  • Nane Nane is being celebrated in Tanzania
  • People born on this day are Leo as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2022

  • Beyoncé’s single "Break My Soul" is her first solo #1 on Billboard's Top 100 in 14 years, the same week her "Renaissance" album reaches No. 1 on Billboard's 200 chart.
  • Lamont Dozier, American songwriter and producer (Holland–Dozier–Holland - "Heat Wave" ; "Where Did Our Love Go" ; "You Keep Me Hanging On"), who died at 81 [2].
  • Olivia Newton-John, Pop Singer.
  • FBI conduct a search of former US President Donald Trump's Florida home, Mar-a-Largo, over his handling of classified government documents.
  • British-born Australian singer, actress and activist Olivia Newton-John died from cancer at her home in the Santa Ynez Valley of California, at the age of 73. In 1978, Newton-John starred in the musical film Grease, which became the highest-grossing musical film ever at the time and whose soundtrack remains one of the world's best-selling albums of all time. She scored the 1978 UK & US No.1 single with John Travolta, 'You're The One That I Want', and the 1981 US No.1 & UK solo No.7 single 'Physical'. She was a four-time Grammy Award winner whose music career included five No.1 hits. Newton-John, who battled breast cancer three times, was an advocate for breast cancer research..

On this day in 2021

  • More than 51 people killed in northern Mali after attacks on three villages by Islamist jihadists.
  • " Wright Brothers'moment" in nuclear fusion research when 1.3 megajoules of energy produced at National Ignition Facility by the Livermore Lab.
  • Taliban forces capture three regional Afghan cities including key northern city of Kunduz.
  • The Dixie Fire becomes California's second-largest wildfire ever at 463,000 acres (724 square miles).
  • Cesare Salvadori, Italian fencer (Olympic gold sabre team 1972; silver 1964,68), who died at 79.
  • Bill Davis, Politician.
  • Jaan Kaplinski, Poet.
  • John Meadows, Fitness Instructor.
  • Bobby Bowden, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Florida State 1976-2009; National C'ship 1993,99), who died of pancreatic cancer at 91.
  • Ken Clark, Canadian football punter (CFL All Star 1977,80,82,85; Hamilton Tiger-Cats; Saskatchewan Roughriders; Ottawa Rough Riders; NFL: LA Rams), who died at 73.
  • USA women's basketball team wins it's record extending 7th consecutive Olympic gold medal with 90-75 win over Japan in Tokyo; guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi each win their 5th straight gold.
  • XXXII Summer Olympic Games officially close at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan.

On this day in 2020

  • Music mogul Simon Cowell breaks his back riding an electric bike.
  • Gabriel Ochoa Uribe, Colombian soccer manager (record 14 x league titles; Millonarios [6], Santa Fe, América de Cali [7]; Columbia), who died at 90.

On this day in 2019

  • Nuclear accident at Russian nuclear-weapon testing site at closed city Sarov kills five scientists in mysterious circumstances.
  • Thousands of Beatles fans made a pilgrimage to London's Abbey Road 50 years after the group walked over its zebra crossing for the cover of the last album the band recorded. Transport for London said two bus routes were briefly diverted as queues to cross the road blocked access..
  • Manfred Max Neef, Politician.
  • This Way Up: Season 1 is released. Aine (Aisling Bea) is an English as a foreign language teacher who is trying to move on after her breakdown, as her sister Shona (Sharon Horgan) continues to be concerned about her in this comedy created by Bea. [Premiered originally in the UK on 8 Aug 2019 on Channel 4]
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms - Eight Princes for PC is released. The year is 291 CE, and a generation has passed since the tumultuous events of the Three Kingdoms period began. Despite the tripartite division of power which brought the conflict to a stalemate, and the brief unification of the kingdoms under the Jin dynasty, civil war is no more than a heartbeat away.For the Jin is a dynasty divided. Its many ruling princes are hungry for greater power, each with ambitions – and methods – of their own. Eight stand above all others… will they rally to their emperor and empress? Or carve a legacy for themselves that will echo through the ages?The Eight Princes Chapter Pack is set 100 years after the events of Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, and features a new cast of playable factions led by the foremost princes of the Jin Dynasty. These Eight Princes offer feature substantially different campaign mechanics, focussing their playstyles in fascinating and unique waysPlayable princesEach of the eight playable princes adhere to the five core character classes of the base game, and have their own sets of campaign mechanics which strongly focus their gameplay style.
  • Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition for Switch is released. Pillars of Eternity, the ultimate role-playing experience on PC, comes to Xbox One! Created by and for role-playing fans by Obsidian Entertainment, masters of the RPG genre, Pillars started as a Kickstarter project, where it shattered all funding goals and pulled in more than 75,000 backers. From there, it released to broad critical acclaim, won dozens of awards, and has been a fan favorite on the PC. Now, Paradox Arctic has adapted this unmissable RPG for an entirely new audience on major consoles -- bringing Pillars' fantastical world, tactical combat, and unforgettable story to fans on a whole new platform. Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition includes all previously released additional content from the PC version, including all DLC and expansions in a single package. But Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition goes beyond just offering everything together. Paradox Arctic has thoroughly updated the Xbox One version of the award-winning RPG for play with a controller, and have entirely redesigned the UI for easy viewing on televisions. Players will be able to easily navigate the game's detailed character creation, real-time-with-pause combat, and party management from their couches thanks to new TV-friendly menus and controls. Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition features: Award-winning writing, story and artwork of Pillars of Eternity, along with the expanded world and content of The White March: Parts I & II Countless character creation options, from races and classes to character backgrounds which drive your personal story An epic universe to explore, filled with intriguing party members and companions, a variety of in-game factions, and a lovingly rendered world to traverse All major updates from the original PC version, including a raised level cap, expanded party AI options, and new difficulty levels New UI and controls designed from the ground up, presenting the Pillars of Eternity experience like never before

On this day in 2018

  • EPL club Chelsea sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Spain's Athletic Bilbao for £72 million; world-record fee for a goalkeeper.
  • Academy of Motion Pictures reveals new "Popular Film" category for the Oscars.
  • US State Department imposes new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in Britain.
  • Dog Days is released. Dog Days is an ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals around sunny Los Angeles. When these human and canine's paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.
  • Unavowed for PC is released. A demon has possessed you and used your body to tear a swath of bloodshed through New York. You are now free, but life as you knew it is over. Your only path forward is joining the Unavowed - an ancient society dedicated to stopping evil. No matter what the cost.
  • Malaysia charges former prime minister Najib Razak with three counts of money laundering.

On this day in 2017

  • American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor Glen Campbell died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 81. He became a patient at an Alzheimer's long-term care and treatment facility in 2014. Campbell released more than 70 studio albums and sold 45 million records worldwide. His hits include: 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix', 'Wichita Lineman', 'Galveston' and 'Rhinestone Cowboy'. His guitar playing can be heard on ‘Strangers in the Night’ by Frank Sinatra, ‘You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'‘ by The Righteous Brothers and ‘I'm a Believer’ by The Monkees..
  • The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix.
  • Harlow Barker, Instagram Star, born in England.
  • Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), who died at 81.
  • Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), who died at 89.
  • Marian Varga, Composer.
  • Cat Quest for PC is released. Cat Quest is an open world RPG set in the pawsome world of cats! In search of your catnapped sister you pounce into the massive continent of Felingard - a world crafted in the style of overworld maps of yore and purring with cat-tastic characters, stories, and puns!
  • Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 1: The Enigma for PlayStation 4 is released. Both Bruce Wayne and Batman ARE forced into precarious new roles. The Riddler has returned to terrorize Gotham City, but his gruesome puzzles merely foreshadow an even greater crisis. With the arrival of a ruthless federal agent and the return of a still nascent Joker, Batman must navigate uneasy alliances while Bruce Wayne undertakes a perilous series of deceptions.
  • Graceful Explosion Machine for PlayStation 4 is released. Skillfully pilot the Graceful Explosion Machine, a fighter ship armed with a ludicrously overpowered quad-weapon array! Lost in deep space, you'll shoot, dash and combo your way through jewel-hued alien worlds, fighting crystalline enemies to find a way home. The GEM fighter is the most advanced single pilot fighter in the galaxy, offering precise controls, nimble movement, and devastating firepower.-A blisteringly intense side-scrolling arcade shooter experience-The quad-weapon array gives the player four unique and devastatingly powerful weapons at all times-30+ levels across 4 unique worlds-Visuals bursting with vibrant color, bold lines, and geometric enemy designs-Analogue and digital synthesizer driven soundtrack-Extensive ranking and stats for each level encourages replay to perfect the game's combo systems-Score attack mode: a finely-tuned experience for wracking up big scores!
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice for PlayStation 4 is released. Unsheathe the bloodstained blade of gritty warrior Senua as she fights her way through a nightmarish landscape in a ferociously personal journey. Can you survive a fearsome realm of vicious swordplay and terrifying creatures?
  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows for PlayStation 4 is released. Masquerada is a single-player tactical RPG adventure where real-time combat can be paused for tactics with Venetian-styled masks that grant deadly magic.
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 for PlayStation 4 is released. The Blue Bomber returns in this 2nd collection of classic Capcom titles. Featuring reproductions of Mega Man 7,8,9, and 10, this collection is full of additional content, from time trials and remix challenges to a music player and an extensive gallery of rare illustrations.
  • LawBreakers for PlayStation 4 is released. Prepare to deliver death from every angle, as you master your skills and compete in unprecedented gravity-defying combat in LawBreakers.
  • Sine Mora EX for Switch is released. Co-developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality, and published by Microsoft Studios, Sine Mora is a dieselpunk shoot 'em up that provides a unique take on the genre, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with next-gen presentation, Sine Mora is a gorgeous shmup that appeals to both hardcore and casual gamers alike. Coming exclusively to Xbox LIVE Arcade, Sine Mora features over 60 combinations of planes, characters and time manipulation devices to complete every beautifully-crafted stage with scaling difficulty. All of this is set to an epic score of soaring heights, composed by Akira Yamaoka, acclaimed for his works on Shadows of the Damned and the Silent Hill series.
  • Kenyan general election: President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee Party of Kenya re-elected, opposition leader Raila Odinga refuses verdict.

On this day in 2016

  • K-pop girl group Blackpink debuts with the song Whistle.
  • The judge overseeing Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' trial ruled against the band and their publishing company's attempts to recoup nearly $800,000 in legal fees. While a federal jury determined that Led Zeppelin were not guilty of plagiarizing Spirit's 'Taurus' in a copyright infringement trial, judge R. Gary Klausner ruled that, since the lawsuit itself was not frivolous and meritless, the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy (California) Wolfe and their attorney Francis Malofiy were not obligated to repay the defendants' legal fees..
  • Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, who died at 93.
  • Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, who died at 82.
  • Bear With Me: Episode 1 for PC is released. Bear With Me is an episodic noir adventure game. Amber is trying to find her missing brother while being aided by her trusty teddy, Ted E. Bear.
  • Australia beats New Zealand 24-17 to win the inaugural women's sevens rugby gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
  • Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins the women's 100m backstroke gold medal in a time of 58.45; her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

On this day in 2015

  • Sean Price, Rapper.
  • Argentine winger Juan Imhoff scores 3 tries as Pumas beat South Africa,37-25 in Rugby Championship match at Durban; Argentina's first ever win against Springboks.

On this day in 2014

  • Hamas rejects continuation of cease fire if Israel does not lift blockade.
  • The West African Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern by the WHO.
  • Charles Keating, English actor, who died from lung cancer at 72.
  • Rod Eulenfeld, Race Car Driver.
  • Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), who died at 85.
  • The Maid's Room is released. The Maid's Room is a psychological thriller that explores the complex relationships between truth and justice, hubris and power, wealth and fear.
  • Fifi Howls from Happiness is released. Mitra Farahani’s lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called “Persian Picasso, ” whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran.
  • Deepsea Challenge 3D is released. As a boy, filmmaker James Cameron dreamed of a journey to the deepest part of the ocean. This film is the dramatic fulfillment of that dream. It chronicles Cameron’s solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench—nearly seven miles beneath the ocean’s surface—piloting a submersible he designed himself.
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey is released. Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own, escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is released. The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. [Paramount Pictures]
  • Step Up: All In is released. In the latest chapter of the Step Up series, all-stars from previous installments come together in Las Vegas to battle for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.
  • Into the Storm is released. In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.
  • What If is released. Medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?
  • About Alex is released. After one of them suffers an emotional breakdown, a group of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away. Despite the group’s best efforts to keep it light and enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, cannot be contained.
  • After is released. In the winter of 2002 in chilly upstate New York, a middle class family struggles with the financial consequences of a failing family business and a series of intergenerational conflicts and rivalries. But, what truly threatens to upset their delicate balance and shatter the emotionally fragile family matriarch (Kathleen Quinlan) is an intricately buried secret that, if revealed, could alter their lives irrevocably. [Paladin]
  • The Knick: Season 1 is released. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the drama set in 1900 in New York City follows the lives and works of the staff of Knickerbocker Hospital including new lead surgeon, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen); Dr. Everett Gallinger (Eric Johnson); Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr. (Michael Angarano); Dr. Algernon Edwards (Andre Holland); and Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance), the daughter of hospital benefactor, Captain August Robertson.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's for PC is released. Welcome to your new summer job at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, where kids and parents enter for entertainment and food as far as the eye can see. The main attraction is Freddy Fazbear, of course; and his couple offriends. They are animatronic robots, programmed to please the crowds. The robots' behavior has become somewhat unpredictable at night however, and it was much cheaper to hire you as a security guard than to find a repairman. From your small office you must watch the security cameras carefully. You have a very limited amount of electricity that you're allowed to use per night (corporate budget cuts, you know). That means when you run out of power for the night- no more security doors and no more lights! If something isn't right- namely if Freddybear or his friends aren't in their proper places, you must find them on the monitors and protect yourself if needed.

On this day in 2013

  • Hindi film "Chennai Express" premieres directed by Rohit Shetty, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Fastest Bollywood film to earn $1 billion..
  • 14 people are killed by a bomb explosion in Nangarhar, Afghanistan.
  • 4 people are killed and 4 are wounded in a shooting spree in Dallas, Texas.
  • Regina Resnik, American operatic singer, who died at 90.
  • Karen Black, American actress (5 Easy Pieces, Pyx), who died from ampullary cancer at 74.
  • SteamWorld Dig for 3DS 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.
  • Spelunky for PC is released. Spelunky is a unique platformer with randomized levels that offer a new and challenging experience each time you play.
  • Papers, Please for PC is released. The communist state of Arstotzka has just ended a 6-year war with neighboring Kolechia and reclaimed its rightful half of the border town, Grestin. Your job as immigration inspector is to control the flow of people entering the Arstotzkan side of Grestin from Kolechia. Among the throngs of immigrants and visitors looking for work are hidden smugglers, spies, and terrorists. Using only the documents provided by travelers and the Ministry of Admission's primitive inspect, search, and fingerprint systems you must decide who can enter Arstotzka and who will be turned away or arrested.
  • Guacamelee! Gold Edition for PC is released. Guacamelee! is a Metroid-vania style action-platformer set in a magical Mexican inspired world.The game draws its inspiration from traditional Mexican culture and folklore, and features many interesting and unique characters. Guacamelee builds upon the classic open-world Metroid-vania style of games, by adding a strong melee combat component, a new dimension switching mechanic, and cooperative same-screen multiplayer for the entire story. The game also blurs the boundaries between combat and platforming by making many of the moves useful and necessary for both of these.
  • Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party for Wii U is released. Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party is a game for 2-8 players where players sit in a circle around a GamePad and spin a virtual bottle.
  • Retired Washington Post journalist and editor Ben Bradlee is named as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama .
  • Ben Bradlee is named as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama .


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