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Today in the World Countries

  • First President Day is being celebrated in Kazakhstan
  • Freedom and Democracy Day is being celebrated in Chad
  • Independence Restoration Day is being celebrated in Portugal
  • National Day is being celebrated in Central African Republic, Romania
  • People born on this day are Sagittarius as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • The Bikeriders is released. The Bikeriders follows the rise of a 1960s Midwestern motorcycle gang through the lives of its members.

On this day in 2022

  • Ercole Baldini, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold men's road race 1956; World C'ship gold individual pursuit 1956; Giro d'Italia 1958), who died at 89.
  • Gaylord Perry, Baseball Player.
  • A Wounded Fawn is released. A serial killer brings an unsuspecting new victim on a weekend getaway to add another body to his ever-growing count. She's buying into his faux charms, and he's eagerly lusting for blood. What could possibly go wrong?
  • Inscryption for Switch is released. From the creator of Pony Island and The Hex comes the latest mind melting, self-destructing love letter to video games. Inscryption is an inky black card-based odyssey that blends the deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles, and psychological horror into a blood-laced smoothie. Darker still are the secrets inscrybed upon the cards...In Inscryption you will...Acquire a deck of woodland creature cards by draft, surgery, and self mutilation.Unlock the secrets lurking behind the walls of Leshy's cabin.Embark on an unexpected and deeply disturbing odyssey.
  • Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song Remastered for Switch is released. In the long, long ago of 1992, Square Enix released the fantastic Romancing SaGa on the Super Famicon in Japan. The fourth 'SaGa' game, it revolutionized the series with its non-linear structure and innovative mechanics.13 years later, a remake was released for the PlayStation 2 in Japan as "Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song"and later in North America as "Romancing Saga". This new version of the game was faithful to the original but featured impressive 3D visuals and some welcome features that made the adventure more approachable for new players.Now,17 years after that, it's back again - and it's bigger and better than ever.The game now features remastered HD graphics, new quality of life features that make it easier and more convenient to play, and you can even expect some new elements too!
  • Lover Pretend for Switch is released. The main character Chiyuki lives alone and spends all of her time studying for university and doing part-time work.She has two dreams in life. The first is to become a scriptwriter, which was also a dream of her late mother. Another is to find her father who she never met.Chiyuki tries looking for information while working her new job, but in a twist of events ends up cast in the role of their love interest?Can Chiyuki draw up a script about fake lovers, while not knowing anything about falling in love herself?
  • Railbound for Switch is released. Railbound is a comfy track-bending puzzle game about a pair of dogs on a train journey around the world.Connect and sever railways across the world to help everyone reach their homes, and solve over 150 clever puzzles ranging from gentle slopes to twisted passageways.
  • US President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden host their first state dinner at the White House for French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron.

On this day in 2021

  • Turner Art Prize awarded to activist group Array Collective for installation including mock Irish pub - first Northern Irish artists to win.
  • Tel Aviv named the world's most expensive city for the first time ahead of Singapore and Paris, with Damascus the cheapest.

On this day in 2020

  • Spotify's most streamed artist of 2020 was Bad Bunny, its most streamed song "Binding Lights" by The Weekend.
  • Actor Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, reveals he is transgender.
  • Chinese robotic spacecraft Chang’e-5 lands on the Moon as part of two-day mission to retrieve rock samples.
  • Alexis Sharkey, Instagram Star.
  • Arnie Robinson Jr., American athlete (Olympic gold long jump 1976; bronze 1972), who died from a brain tumor at 72.
  • Maria Itkina, Russian athlete (9 sprint world records,60m-400m), who died at 88.
  • Todd Gibson, Race Car Driver.
  • Project Wingman for PC is released. Project Wingman is a flight action game that lets you take the seat of advanced fighter jets and become a true ace. Fight in various missions and gamemodes ranging from intense aerial dogfights to large scale ground assault in an alternate scorched earth setting.
  • Chronos: Before the Ashes for PC is released. An Adventure RPG with a refreshing combination of adventure game elements and RPG mechanics. Deep combat - a variety of weapons, abilities and powers are available to the player in the pursuit of their quest. Unique aging mechanic - Every time the player dies they age One year. Players must adapt to their advancing age as they progress their character; starting the game young, nimble and quick, and ending wise and more attuned to magic.
  • Empire of Sin for PlayStation 4 is released. Empire of sin, the strategy game from romero games and Paradox interactive, puts you at the heart of the ruthless criminal underworld of 1920S prohibition-era Chicago. It's up to you to Hustle, charm and intimidate your way to the top of the pile and do whatever it takes to stay there. This character-driven, noir-inspired game puts players smack dab in the glitz and glamor of the roaring 20S, all while working behind the scenes in the gritty underbelly of organized crime.
  • Twin Mirror for PlayStation 4 is released. Sam, a 33-year old man recovering from a recent break-up, returns to his hometown Basswood, West Virginia, for the funeral of his best friend. Understandably depressed and bitter, he feels completely out of sorts and out of place... But when he wakes up in his hotel room with a bloody shirt and no memory of his whereabouts the previous night, he embarks on a twisted investigation to find the truth.FEATURES:* Play a Thrilling Investigation -- Recall your memories and find the truth by exploring the dark undertones of a small town in West Virginia.* Embark on a Compelling Emotional Journey -- Sam's quest is also one of redemption in his journey to find himself again and heal his wounded heart.* Direct Sam's Fate -- Your choices and values decide Sam's place in life as you shape his relationships with the Basswood's inhabitants.
  • Worms Rumble for PlayStation 5 is released. Worms Rumble is Worms like you’ve never played it before, with intense, real-time, arena-based 32 player cross-platform combat. Get ready for Deathmatch and Last Worm Standing modes where you’re only ever a Holy Hand Grenade away from death.
  • Denis Menke, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1969,70; Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds), who died at 80.

On this day in 2019

  • Earliest traceable patient, a 55-year-old man, develops symptoms of a novel COVID-19 pandemic (COVID-19 pandemic) in Wuhan, China.
  • British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins season-ending Abu Dhabi GP to claim his 6th F1 World Drivers C'ship by 87 points from team mate Valtteri Bottas; Mercedes'6th straight Constructors title.
  • A newly developed apple that can last a year - the Cosmic Crisp goes on sale in Washington State, US.
  • Shelley Morrison, American actress (General Hospital, Will & Grace), who died at 83.
  • Iraqi parliament approves resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi after weeks of unrest and 400 deaths.
  • Pat Sullivan, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1971, Auburn University; NFL: Atlanta Falcons) and coach (TUC, Samford), who died from cancer at 69.

On this day in 2018

  • Syrian shadow puppetry added to UN list of cultural activities in urgent need of saving.
  • Egyptian actress Rania Youssef charged for "inciting debauchery" after wearing see-through dress to Cairo film festival.
  • Ariana Grande releases the music video to her single "Thank U Next", biggest ever launch on Youtube Premiere.
  • British boxer Tyson Fury dominates much of the fight but survives 2 knockdowns to force a split decision draw with defending WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder at the Staples Center, Los Angeles.
  • Computer-animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Award Best Animated Film 2019).
  • World's first super-high definition 8K television channel by Japanese broadcaster NHK launches.
  • Violent demonstrations in Paris, France, by yellow-vest movement with 36,000 protesting nationwide.
  • Singer Nick Jonas at the age of 26 and actress Priyanka Chopra at the age of 36 marry at Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur, India.
  • Kenneth "Ken" Berry, American actor (F Troop, Mayberry RFD, Mama's Family), who died at 85.
  • Calvin Newborn, American R& B and jazz guitarist, who died at 85.
  • Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer is released. When one of Santa’s reindeer suddenly announces his retirement, he needs to find a replacement and fast! Against all odds, Elliot and his best friend Hazel set out to prove that he is the horse for the job. As Elliot and Hazel take on the North Pole reindeer try-outs, Hazel learns that Christmas as we know it may be headed for disaster. Meanwhile, back at the farm a potential new owner has plans that threaten the lives of their friends. Elliot is faced with the biggest decision of his life: save his friends, or follow his dreams and save Christmas. Maybe he doesn’t have to choose; after all, big dreamers dream big! [Screen Media Films]

On this day in 2017

  • Loveless is released. Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears.
  • My Happy Family is released. On the evening of her 52nd birthday, Georgian literature teacher Manana unexpectedly announces to her family that she is leaving. She has been married for 30 years and lives in a three-bedroom flat in Tbilisi with her husband, parents, two children and her son-in-law.The members of her family represent three generations and are completely different from each other: Manana's husband Soso (55); their daughter Nino (24), who is married and adores her husband Vakho (27); Manana's son Lasha (20); Manana's mother Lamara (72), the pillar of the family who takes care of everybody; and Manana's father Otar (80), who after a long and exhausting life, dreams of death which seems slow in coming. Initially, the family don't take Manana's decision seriously. But then she packs her suitcase and leaves. The family is shocked and incredulous: where is she going? Who upset her? She is past 'divorce age' after all, and has a good husband who doesn’t drink, take drugs or beat her.
  • Psychopaths is released. The paths of multiple serial killers cross over one single, blood soaked night. Which psychopath will survive through to morning? Follow the soul of a recently executed serial killer as he descends back to earth and possesses his many followers beneath the full moon. There’s Alice, an escaped mental patient who thinks she’s living in the 1950s glamour world, Blondie, a beautiful seductress who lures men down into her suburban basement, the Midnight Strangler, first seen claiming a victim in a seedy hotel, and an enigmatic masked contract killer who stalks the city with his own deadly agenda.
  • The Dancer is released. Loïe Fuller (Soko) was the toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century and an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lumière Brothers. The film revolves around her complicated relationship with protégé and rival Isadora Duncan (Lily-Rose Depp).
  • The Tribes of Palos Verdes is released. When teenage Medina (Maika Monroe) moves with her family to the picture-postcard perfect paradise of Palos Verdes, California, they seem headed for a happy new chapter in their lives. But old troubles soon catch up to them, as Medina’s parents’ marriage disintegrates, her mother (Jennifer Garner) spirals into an emotional freefall, and her twin brother (Cody Fern) turns to drugs. Caught in the middle of it all, Medina must rely on her inner strength to become the stabilizing force in her family, while finding refuge in a new passion: surfing. [IFC Films]
  • The Other Side of Hope is released. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife and job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. After Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo—and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously. [Janus Films]
  • The New Radical is released. Uncompromising millennial radicals from the United States and the United Kingdom attack the system through dangerous technological means, which evolves into a high-stakes game with world authorities in the midst of a dramatically changing political landscape.
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  • Wonder Wheel is released. Wonder Wheel tells the story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s: Ginny (Kate Winslet), an emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house; Humpty (Jim Belushi), Ginny’s rough-hewn carousel operator husband; Mickey (Justin Timberlake), a handsome young lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright; and Carolina (Juno Temple), Humpty’s long-estranged daughter, who is now hiding out from gangsters at her father’s apartment.
  • The Shape of Water is released. Set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
  • The Disaster Artist is released. With The Disaster Artist, James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau – an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable – into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy's cult-classic disasterpiece The Room (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), The Disaster Artist is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend— and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you're doing. [A24]
  • Voyeur is released. Voyeur follows Gay Talese—the 84-year-old giant of modern journalism—as he reports one of the most controversial stories of his career: a portrait of a Colorado motel owner, Gerald Foos. For decades, Foos secretly watched his guests with the aid of specially designed ceiling vents, peering down from an “observation platform” he built in the motel’s attic. He kept detailed journals of his guests’ most private moments -- from the mundane to the shocking -- but most of all he sought out, spied on, and documented one thing: strangers having sex. Talese’s insatiable curiosity leads him to turn his gaze to a man accustomed to being the watcher, exploring a tangle of ethical questions: What does a journalist owe to his subjects? How can a reporter trust a source who has made a career of deception? Who is really the voyeur?
  • Dark: Season 1 is released. The disappearance of two children in a German town leads to secrets of four families and a link to something supernatural in 1986 in this mystery thriller written by Jantje Friese and directed by Baran bo Odar.
  • Change was released by Cindy Wilson. The debut full-length solo release for the B-52's singer features contributions from Marie Davon, Lemuel Hayes, Suny Lyons, and Ryan Monahan.
  • From a Room, Vol. 2 was released by Chris Stapleton. The third full-length release for the award-winning country singer-songwriter was produced with Dave Cobb.
  • Songs of Experience was released by U2. The 14th full-length studio release for the Irish rock band was delayed after recent political changes in the world caused the band to change it from being a planned companion album to the more personal Songs of Innocence to a more political one.
  • War & Leisure was released by Miguel. The fourth full-length studio release for the R&B singer-songwriter features guest appearances from J. Cole, Salaam Remi, Rick Ross, Travis Scott, and Kali Uchis.
  • Weighing of the Heart was released by Nabihah Iqbal. This is the debut full-length release for the London-based artist who previously performed under the name Throwing Shade.
  • The Visitor was released by Neil Young. The Canadian singer-songwriter and Promise Of The Real return for a third full-length collaboration following 2015's The Monsanto Years and the 2016 live album, Earth.
  • Versatile was released by Van Morrison. The 38th full-length studio release for the Belfast-born singer-songwriter features jazz and vocal standards as well as three new songs.
  • Seven: The Days Long Gone for PC is released. If there's one place that Master Thief Teriel avoids at all costs, it's the prison island of Peh. But when a daring heist takes an unexpected turn, Teriel finds himself shackled on an airship bound for the infamous island. To make matters worse, the daemon inside his head makes it very clear that the thief will never leave unless he does exactly what he's told.In Seven: The Days Long Gone you play as Teriel. You must use all of your cunning and clandestine skills to escape a web of deceit and betrayal, and ultimately survive Peh.
  • DOOM VFR for PlayStation 4 is released. Available for PlayStation VR and VIVE platforms, this DOOM adventure will bathe you in virtual carnage. Developed by id Software, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre and modern VR, DOOM VFR brings the fast-paced, brutal gameplay fans of the series love to virtual reality. Immerse yourself in the UAC facility on Mars and the depths of Hell, as your skills are put to the test through intense combat and challenging puzzle-solving. Play as a cybernetic survivor who is activated by the UAC to fight the demon invasion, maintain order, and prevent catastrophic failure at the Mars facility. Lay waste to an army of demonic foes as you explore and interact with the outlandish world of DOOM from an entirely new perspective.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for Switch is released. Search for the ultimate paradise, Elysium, with your companion, Pyra.Explore an endless ocean of clouds, where the last remnants of civilization live on the backs of colossal beasts called Titans. Experience the story of Rex and his new friend, Pyra, a mysterious being known as a Blade who grants him tremendous power. Together, search for Pyras long lost home Elysium, the ultimate paradise for all of humanity.Features:* Explore colossal beasts called Titans, the homes of different civilizations, offering expansive regions to discover. * Form powerful bonds with Blades, unique beings granting tremendous power to their users, called Drivers. * Features a deep battle system that builds on triumphs of the Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X games.
  • Sky Force Reloaded for Xbox One is released. The best mobile shooter is now ready to rock your iPhone!Sky Force Reloaded is an award winning and highly acclaimed vertical shooter. It features 3d interactive objects, outstanding graphics, special effects, high quality soundtrack and 100% of pure gameplay.Ever wanted to play a good arcade vertical shooter? This one is for you!----------------------------------------------PRESS:IGN Review:9.5/10 - Force your friend to buy this one.AppSmile.com5/5 - With its recent introduction into the App Store, Sky Force Reloaded (or perhaps re-Reloaded) is a title no arcade junkie should miss.PocketGamer:10/10 - Graphically, Sky Force: Reloaded is stunning. The whole game screams quality.PocketPlayers.deOne of the best, if not THE best shooters!----------------------------------------------FEATURES:- 8 large levels- plenty of enemies, - interactive environment elements*- upgradable weapons- dynamic weather (rain, clouds, wind)- highscoresRecommended for fans of Raiden,1942,1945, iFighter, Siberian Strike
  • SOMA for Xbox One is released. Strange occurrences are disrupting the routines of the PATHOS-2 research facility. The radio is silent. Behavioral anomalies of the machines are increasingly dangerous, if not... malevolent. The facility is devolving into chaos. No weapons, and the only escape is practically unthinkable.From Frictional Games, creators of the groundbreaking Amnesia and Penumbra series, SOMA is an aberrant tale of scientific inquiry and survival; an entropic exploration of synapse and circuit that wades through the delusions of human consciousness.
  • Hand of Fate 2 for Xbox One is released. Hand of Fate 2 is a dungeon crawler set in a world of dark fantasy. Master a living board game where every stage of the adventure is drawn from a deck of legendary encounters chosen by you.
  • President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the F.B.I..

On this day in 2016

  • Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is declared King of Thailand, succeeding his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
  • UN admits its peacekeepers were responsible for the cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010 that killed 30,000.
  • Ousmane Sow, Senegalese sculptor, who died at 81.
  • Maize for PC is released. Maize is a first-person adventure game about what happens when two scientists misinterpret a memo from the U.S. Government and create sentient corn. And that last sentence is pretty much the least ridiculous thing about the game.
  • Deponia for PlayStation 4 is released. Deponia is a fast-paced comedy of errors and one of the most unusual love stories in gaming history. The twist-filled story takes its off-beat characters all over trash planet Deponia, a unique game world in the style of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Matt Groening. From Kuvaq, an improvised village built inside a giant trash heap, to the swimming black market and the dark corners of the elevated planetary railways: Deponia is brought to life with detailed hand-painted backgrounds in widescreen format and top-quality cartoon animation
  • The Dwarves for Xbox One is released. The Dwarves is a fantasy role-playing game with a strong story and tactically challenging real-time battles. 15 playable heroes, each with individual skills, are to be deployed cleverly. Take on superior numbers of orcs, ogres, älfs, bögnilim, zombies, dark mages, and many more foes, to give them the low-down.
  • French President Francois Hollande announces he will not seek a 2nd term - 1st modern French leader not to do so.
  • Gambia presidential election: dictator Yahya Jammeh is defeated by Adama Barrow after 22 years in power.

On this day in 2015

  • In the largest deal ever for a MLB pitcher, Boston Red Sox land one of the biggest catches of the off-season, signing free agent David Price for 7 years and $217 million.
  • After finishing the season with the largest payroll in MLB history at $298.3 million, the Los Angeles Dodgers are assigned the largest luxury tax bill ever, $43.7 million.
  • George Benson, Race Car Driver.
  • BigFest for PlayStation Vita is released. With the help of Big Dave and your trusty crew of roadies, in BigFest you design, build and manage the ultimate music festival, from a small field with 20 guests slow clapping, all the way up to multi-day, multi-stage, mega festivals.
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing for Xbox One is released. Set in a gothic-noir universe resembling a fantastical 19th century Europe filled with monsters, magic, and weird technology, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing will follow the son of the famed hunter, known in-game as Van Helsing, in a tale wrought with wry humor and snappy dialogue. Van Helsing, a larger-than-life hero possessing a dark yet romantic charm, will follow his path to the dismal land of Borgovia where former supernatural foes have enlisted his help to defeat a new scourge terrorizing the ravaged Eastern European city. With an assortment of extraordinary characters, an engrossing storyline, and a beautifully dark and gothic art style, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing looks to bring RPG enthusiasts an anachronistic adventure like no other.
  • Just Cause 3 for Xbox One is released. Set in the bucolic Mediterranean island republic of Medici, a land crumbling under the brutal rule of General Di Ravello, you assume control of franchise's hero Rico Rodriguez, a man on a mission to liberate his homeland and the people of any means necessary. With over four hundred square miles of utter freedom from sky to seabed and a massive arsenal of weaponry, gadgets and vehicles, prepare to unleash chaos in the most creative and explosive ways you can dream up.
  • Jim Loscutoff, American basketball forward (NBA champion (1957,59–64; Boston Celtics), who died from Parkinson's disease and pneumonia at 85.

On this day in 2014

  • (Moisés) "Mario" Abramovich, Argentinian tango and classical violinist (Sexteto Major,1974-2014), who died at 88.
  • The Crew for PC is released. Engage in a relentless ride to infiltrate and subvert the 510s, a gang that has come to power around Detroit's illegal street racing scene. Your mission? Build up your reputation in the secret racing scene and sabotage their activities city-by-city all across an open world United States. Maneuver through the crackling streets of New York City and Los Angeles, drive through sunny Miami Beach, or trek through the grand plateaus of Monument Valley. Each location comes with its own set of surprises and driving challenges to master. On your journey you will encounter other people on the road - all potentially worthy companions to crew up with, or future rivals to compete against.
  • Utility Claudio Liverziani becomes first 3-time MVP in the Italian Baseball League; 291/.444/.472 season, with 30 HRs and 20 RBI in 38 games for Fortitudo Bologna.

On this day in 2013

  • Martin Sharp, Australian cartoonist, album cover artist songwriter (Cream), and filmmaker, who died of emphysema at 71.
  • Richard Coughlan, English drummer, who died from pneumonia at 66.
  • Treme: Season 4 is released. The final season of the drama finds New Orleans celebrating the election of Barack Obama as President and the residents hoping for opportunities after three years of struggling after the damages from Hurricane Katrina.


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