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  • Jamhuri Day is being celebrated in Kenya
  • Neutrality Day is being celebrated in Turkmenistan
  • Virgin of Guadalupe is being celebrated in Mexico
  • People born on this day are Sagittarius as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

    On this day in 2022

    • EVENTS
    • 'Calculated and targeted execution'leaves three people shot and killed, including two police officers, with the three killers also killed in a six hour gun fight near Wieambilla, west of Brisbane, Australia.
    • DEATHS
    • Alidspicexo, TikTok Star.
    • Mike Leach, Football Coach.
    • ALBUMS
    • NO THANK YOU was released by Little Simz. The surprise release from British rapper Little Simz was produced by Inflo.
    • Wavetale for PlayStation 5 is released. Surf the waters of a submerged city! Unravel the past, save the islanders from mysterious sea monsters and discover secrets hidden under the surface.Explore an open sea and the decaying archipelago of Strandville in Wavetale, a story-driven action-adventure game introducing you to fed-up fishermen, secretive hermits - and maybe a pirate or two. Traverse calm waters and surging waves as Sigrid, a young girl who befriends a mysterious shadow that provides her with the power to walk on water.Speed through the waves, swing yourself from housetops with your net, and defeat an old nemesis to save the citizens of the islands. All with a bit of help from the shadows down below - and your cranky grandmother.
    • SPORTS
    • John Gregory, American football coach (CFL Grey Cup 1989 Saskatchewan Roughriders; South Dakota State Uni), who died at 84.

    On this day in 2021

    • EVENTS
    • British PM Boris Johnson announces a emergency COVID-19 pandemic booster program to protect the NHS and stem a possible incoming “tidal wave of Omicron”.
    • Dutchman Max Verstappen wins Formula 1 Drivers'C'ship for Red Bull with a controversial last lap win over Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP.
    • DEATHS
    • Jimmy Rave, Wrestler.
    • Paulias Matane, Politician.
    • Vicente Fernández, World Music Singer.
    • SPORTS
    • Roland Hemond, American baseball executive (GM Chicago White Sox 1970–85; Baltimore Orioles 1988–95), who died at 92.

    On this day in 2020

    • EVENTS
    • Media personality Perez Hilton is banned from TikTok.
    • UN Chief Antonio Guterres urges world's leaders to declare "climate emergency" to avoid catastrophic global warning on 5th anniversary of Paris Climate Accord.
    • DEATHS
    • Terry Kay, Novelist.
    • John le Carré [pen name for David Cornwell], English novelist (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold), who died at 89.
    • Motjeka Madisha, South African soccer defender (13 caps; Mamelodi Sundowns), who died in car accident at 25.
    • Jack Steinberger, American physicist (1988 Nobel Prize for Physics - Neutrinos), who died at 99.
    • Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country), who died of COVID-19 pandemic complications at 86.
    • Ann Reinking, American dancer and actress (All the Jazz, Micki & Maude), who died at 71.
    • The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart is released. The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart chronicles the triumphs and hurdles of brothers Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb, otherwise known as the Bee Gees. The iconic trio, who found early fame in the 1960s, went on to write over 1,000 songs and have 20 No. 1 hits throughout their career, transcending more than five decades of changing tastes and styles.

    On this day in 2019

    • EVENTS
    • British General Election won by Boris Johnson's Conservative Party in landslide win with 80 seat majority. Scottish National Party also wins 48 of 59 seats in Scotland..
    • Deepest point on land on earth identified under Denman Glacier, east Antarctica at 3.5km (11,500ft) below sea level.
    • DEATHS
    • Danny Aiello, American actor (Moonstruck, Do the Right Thing), who died at 86.
    • Jack Scott, Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter (" My True Love"), who died of congestive heart failure at 83.
    • Brian Muller, New Zealand rugby union prop (14 caps; Taranaki), who died at 77.
    • Jorge Hernández, Boxer.
    • Peter Snell, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1960,64; 1,500m 1964), who died of heart failure at 81.
    • Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), who died of kidney disease at 57.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Detroit: Become Human for PC is released. Humankind, rediscovered. Travel to the near-future metropolis of Detroit a city rejuvenated by an exciting technological development: androids. Witness your brave new world turn to chaos as you take on the role of Kara, a female android trying to find her own place in a turbulent social landscape.Shape an ambitious branching narrative, making choices that will not only determine your own fate, but that of the entire city. Discover what it means to be human from the perspective of an outsider see the world of man though the eyes of a machine.
    • SuperEpic: The Entertainment War for Switch is released. In a not-too-distant future dystopia?, a single videogame development company, ?Regnantcorp, controls an Orwellian society by enslaving the population with their addictive free game?s. As a rebellious racoon, along with your llama steed, you'll explore a surreal castle-like office full of enemies, challenges, secrets and corporate pigs.

    On this day in 2018

    • EVENTS
    • China built 88 out of world's 143 skyscrapers in 2018 more than any country ever (buildings over 200 meters/656 ft).
    • Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev compete complex spacewalk to fix hole in Soyuz spacecraft.
    • Seven mass graves in former Islamic State area discovered containing hundreds of bodies, some tortured, near Albu Kamal, eastern Syria.
    • BIRTHS
    • Salvador Uriel Xipolitakis, Instagram Star, born in Greece.
    • DEATHS
    • Melvin Dummar, American claimant to the Howard Hughes estate, who died at 74.
    • Meng Lang, Chinese poet and activist, who died at 57.
    • David Owens, Race Car Driver.
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • Once Upon a Deadpool is released. A Deadpool fairy tale that gives zero F’s.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Insurgency: Sandstorm for PC is released. Insurgency: Sandstorm is a team-based, tactical FPS based on lethal close quarters combat and objective-oriented multiplayer gameplay. Experience the intensity of modern combat where skill is rewarded, and teamwork wins the fight.
    • British Prime Minister Theresa May survives 200-117 no-confidence vote from her own Conservative Party.
    • American Media Inc. publisher of "National Enquirer" admits paying hush money to mistresses of US President Donald Trump.
    • Michael Cohen, former lawyer for US President Donald Trump sentenced to three years in prison for campaign-finance violations and tax fraud.

    On this day in 2017

    • EVENTS
    • Democrat Doug Jones defeats Republican Roy Moore for Alabama Senate seat in upset win marked by allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore.
    • BIRTHS
    • Chelsea Correia, Reality Star, born in Cannes, France.
    • DEATHS
    • Pat DiNizio, American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory" ; "Blue Period"), who died from ill health at 62.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Rumu for PC is released. Rumu is an intimate, narrative-driven adventure that follows the path into sentience of a robot vacuum cleaner.
    • Resident Evil 7: biohazard - End of Zoe for PlayStation 4 is released. Play as a previously unseen member of the Baker family in a shocking additional installment of their saga. Experience the wilder side of survival horror as you fight hand-to-hand with the horrific creatures dwelling in the swamps outside of the Baker estate. Discover the ultimate fate of Zoe and witness the end of the Baker family's tragic events.
    • Nine Parchments for PlayStation 4 is released. Nine Parchments is a co-operative blast’em up game of magical mayhem from Frozenbyte, creators of the Trine series.
    • Gang Beasts for PlayStation 4 is released. Gang Beasts is a silly local multiplayer party game with doughy ragdoll physics and horrific environmental hazards. In the current pre-alpha players can grab, push, pull, punch, and throw their friends from wrestling rings, speeding trucks, and suspended platforms.
    • Pinball FX3 for Switch is released. Tailored specifically to make use of the unique possibilities of the system, Pinball FX3 supports vertical monitor orientation and HD Rumble, giving the game the perfect feel on this awesome handheld system. On the Switch, you’ll get unprecedented mobility to earn the coveted first spot on a leaderboard. When that high-score and feeling is lit and you are in the flow, but need to catch a train – now you can. The transition from the living room to mobile is seamless with Switch. [Zen Studios]
    • The End Is Nigh for Switch is released. The End Is Nigh is a sprawling adventure platformer where the player takes control over Ash, one of few "things"that have "survived"the "end of the world."Follow Ash as he flops his way through a future of pain and suffering. Feel his stress levels rise as you throw him into an endless swarm of decaying, mutant animal-like creatures and help aid his final epic simply make a friend (out of pieces of people he finds along his journey). [Nintendo]
    • Okami HD for Xbox One is released. In Okami, the player takes the role of the mythical sun goddess Amaterasu, in the form of a wolf. Her task is to restore color (or 'life') to the world by destroying the monsters who have stolen it. Since Amaterasu is a diety, there are naturally people who worship her and people who don't. The more people who worship her (as a result of her restoring color and doing other good deeds for them), the more powerful she becomes.
    • Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince for Xbox One is released. Fearful Symmetry is a puzzle game with a unique brain-teasing twist. Control multiple characters at the same time; both in different dimensions. It is up to you to move the characters simultaneously in opposite directions to guide them through treacherous puzzles filled with traps.

    On this day in 2016

    • DEATHS
    • Jim Lowe, American DJ (WNEW) "King of Trivia", who died at 93.
    • Walter Swinburn, English jockey (The Derby winner,1981), who died after falling from a window at 55.
    • Bill English is sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister, succeeding John Key.
    • Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte boasts he killed susected criminals personally when mayor of Davao City.
    • Paolo Gentiloni is sworn in as Prime Minister of Italy, succeeding Matteo Renzi.

    On this day in 2015

    • EVENTS
    • COP21 climate change summit in Paris reaches a deal between 195 countries to limit the rise in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
    • First women ever elected in Saudi Arabia in municipal council elections.
    • ALBUMS
    • HITnRUN: Phase Two was released by Prince. Released on Tidal, the surprise album features songs he recorded in analog over a period of four years. [CD release: 29 Jan 2016]

    On this day in 2014

    • EVENTS
    • Over 200 pro-democracy activists arrested in Hong Kong.
    • UN climate change talks in Peru continue past scheduled time as negotiations continue to stall.
    • E! news anchor Jason Kennedy at the age of 33 weds fashion journalist and blogger Lauren Scruggs at the age of 26 at the Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas.
    • DEATHS
    • Norman Bridwell, American author and cartoonist (Clifford the Big Red Dog), who died at 86.
    • Little Feet is released. Determined to set their pet goldfish free, Lana and Nico embark on a magical urban odyssey from their Los Angeles home to the ocean. Their adventure, seen through the eyes of the brother/sister team, is filled with an array of wild and sometimes frightening encounters. [Factory 25]
    • Maidan is released. Maidan chronicles the civil uprising that toppled the government of Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovich and has since developed into an international crisis between Russia and the West. Filmed in stunning long takes, sans commentary, Maidan is a record of a momentous historical event and an extraordinary study of the popular uprising as a social, cultural and philosophical phenomenon. [Cinema Guild]
    • Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is released. A retired woman (Gena Rowlands) hires a dance instructor (Cheyenne Jackson) to give her private dance lessons at her home—one per week for six weeks. As they dance together, an antagonistic relationship turns into a close friendship.
    • Free the Nipple is released. A group of fearless women fight for their right to go topless in public, as they smash societal taboos one bare breast at a time. Based on a true story, this spirited satire follows New York City activists Liv and With, who take their crusade for gender equality from the streets of the urban jungle to the courts. More than just a movie, Free the Nipple has launched an empowering real-life movement, inspiring women across the globe to take back their bodies. [IFC Films]
    • Tip Top is released. Farid, an Algerian informant for the French police, is found murdered in a small French town. Two offbeat and unethical female investigators (Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Kimberlain) are brought in to investigate the possibility of police involvement with the murder. Meanwhile the seemingly degenerate cop with a heart of gold, Mendes (François Damiens), acquires an eager, albeit naive Algerian informant, Younes, who quickly gets into trouble. [Kino Lorber]
    • The Captive is released. Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) steps briefly into a diner and comes out to find that his young daughter Cassandra has vanished without a trace from the back of his truck. Her unsolved abduction destroys Matthew's once-happy relationship with his wife, Tina (Mireille Enos), who, haunted by mementos of Cassandra that appear mysteriously at her work, suspects her husband of foul play. Years later, when detectives Nicole (Rosario Dawson) and Jeffrey (Scott Speedman) discover recent images of Cassandra online, Matthew risks everything to ensure his daughter's safe return—and to save himself and Tina from the limbo of unrelenting despair. [A24]
    • We Are the Giant is released. Since late 2010, more than a dozen nations have experienced popular uprisings that have collectively been called the Arab Spring. Protests, buoyed by predominantly young participants and social-media organizing, have exposed repression and led to regime changes. What does it mean to take part in a collective action that has the potential to unseat dictators and bring previously undreamt-of freedoms to a people? We Are The Giant explores this question through a series of insightful activist portraits.
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • Exodus: Gods and Kings is released. Moses (Christian Bale) rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. [20th Century Fox]
    • MOVIES: R
    • Inherent Vice is released. When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin...well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic '60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy, ” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble. [Warner Bros.]
    • After The Fall is released. When everyday family man Bill Scanlon (Wes Bentley) loses his job, his peaceful life quickly spirals out of control. Terrified that he will lose everything he has achieved, he turns to a life of crime, descending into drastic and dangerous measures to stay ahead of the law. As he fights to provide for his family, Bill discovers that the only thing worse than getting caught is getting away with it.
    • The Color of Time is released. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams (James Franco) has a beautiful, adoring wife (Mila Kunis) and a young son. But as he prepares for a reading in New York City and struggles to create new work, he is haunted by memories of his past—from his first sexual encounter to a later tragic loss.
    • Top Five is released. New York City comedian-turned-movie star Andre Allen (Chris Rock) tries to get his career back on track.
    • Marco Polo (2014): Season 1 is released. The Netflix series explores the early days of Marco Polo's (Lorenzo Richelmy) time in the court of Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong).
    • GAMING: PC
    • Scrolls for PC is released. Scrolls is Mojang's next game and offers a new and unique game play where you fight to outmaneuver your opponent on the battlefield using the destructive powers in your collection of magical scrolls. Tear your opponent limb from limb with the might of your summoned armies, lay waste to the defenses with the obliterating power of your siege weapons or open up the very skies and let bolts of lightning shower his minions until only ash remains. The road to victory is yours to choose. Obtain the powerful scrolls and decide which ones you will take to battle as you fight to become the mightiest Magician of all.
    • Redux: Dark Matters for PC is released. A fast-paced space shooting game with fresh scoring elements - a bastard-hard shooter.
    • Actor and comedian Nick Cannon (37) files for divorce from singer Mariah Carey (48) after 6 years of marriage.
    • American comedian ans TV host Nick Cannon (37) files for divorce from American pop singer Mariah Carey (48) after 6 years of marriage.

    On this day in 2013

    • EVENTS
    • The United States announces sanctions on the two dozen companies who assisted Iran with their nuclear program.
    • DEATHS
    • Tom Laughlin, American actor and director (Billy Jack), who died of complications from pneumonia at 82.
    • Zbigniew Karkowski, Polish composer and experimental musician (Sensorband), who died of pancreatic cancer at 55.
    • Audrey Totter, American actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up, The Unsuspected), who died from a stroke at 95.
    • Don Simkins, Race Car Driver.
    • Lee Raymond, Race Car Driver.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Total War: Rome II - Caesar in Gaul for PC is released.
    • RUSH for Wii U is released. Rush is a unique 3D puzzle game.


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