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Today in the World Countries
- Day of Reconciliation is being celebrated in South Africa
- Independence Day is being celebrated in Kazakhstan
- National Day is being celebrated in Bahrain
- Victory Day is being celebrated in Bangladesh
Today in Astrology
- People born on this day are Sagittarius as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
- Denice Melinn, Model, born in Sweden.
- Rina Charaniya, Model, born in India.
On this day in 2022
- Japan announces its biggest military build-up since WWII, amid concerns over China and North Korea.
- American rock and roll and rhythm and blues singer and guitarist Charlie Gracie died aged 86. His biggest hits were ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Fabulous’, both in 1957. Gracie became only the second American rock and roller to bring this new art form to the British concert stage. His two extensive tours in 1957 and 1958 were topped off by headlining the Palladium and the Hippodrome in London. In the audiences, among Gracie's fans, were future rock musicians Graham Nash and members of The Beatles..
- Charlie Gracie [Graci], American rock pioneer, rhythm and blues singer, and guitarist (" Butterfly" ; "Fabulous"), who died of complications following COVID-19 pandemic at 86.
- Siniša Mihajlovic, Soccer Coach.
- The Apology - December 16,2022 is released.
Twenty years after the disappearance of her daughter, recovering alcoholic Darlene Hagen (Anna Gunn) is preparing to host her family's Christmas celebration with her best friend Gretchen (Janeane Garofalo). Late Christmas Eve, Darlene's estranged ex-brother-in-law, Jack (Linus Roache) arrives unannounced, bearing nostalgic gifts and a heavy secret. Soon, Darlene finds herself caught between reason and ruthless instinct. Trapped together by a dangerous storm, a battle of wits escalates to a violent game of revenge.
- The Quiet Girl - Not Rated is released.
Rural Ireland. 1981. Nine-year-old Cait is sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. Quietly struggling at school and at home, she has learned to hide in plain sight from those around her. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth.
- Avatar: The Way of Water - PG-13 is released.
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.
- TV SERIES
- The Recruit (2022): Season 1 is released.
Newly hired CIA lawyer Owen Hendricks (Noah Centineo) discovers a former asset (Laura Haddock) is threatening to expose the agency's secrets unless they clear her for a serious crime in this spy thriller from Alexi Hawley.
- Litvinenko: Season 1 is released.
Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko (David Tennant) was poisoned with polonium-210 in London and his widow Marina (Margarita Levieva) seeks to have the Russian State named as perpetrators by the British government in the four-part drama written by George Kay.
On this day in 2021
- Six children die in a bouncy castle accident at a school in Devonport, Tasmasia, Australia.
- Bill Mahoney, Canadian ice hockey coach (NHL: Minnesota North Stars 1983-85), who died at 82.
- TV SERIES
- MacGruber (2021): Season 1 is released.
MacGruber (Will Forte) is finally released from jail after 10 years and with help from Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) and Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe), seeks to stop Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth (Billy Zane) from destroying the world.
- Station Eleven: Season 1 is released.
Survivors of a flu pandemic try to rebuild in the Patrick Somerville post-apocalyptic limited series based on a novel of the same name by Emily St. John Mandel.
On this day in 2020
- US Major League Baseball announces it is elevating the Negro Leagues to Major League status.
- Major winter storm hits US Northeast resulting in at least seven deaths and Binghamton, New York, receiving record 41 inches of snow.
- Nine-year-old girl who died of an asthma attack in 2013 becomes first person in the world to officially have air pollution listed as cause of death.
- 14 people found guilty of 2015 terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo office and supermarket in Paris.
- China blocks imports of coal, from Australia, the world's second biggest market for the world's biggest coal exporter.
- After nearly 178 days, Twenty One Pilots pulled the plug on the livestream for their 'Level Of Concern' video, which refreshed every 3:40 with new footage uploaded by fans. The band had called on fans to submit video for the visuals, with the fan footage being used to form a constant live stream of automatically generated footage.Every time the song restarted, the footage changed - meaning the video could theoretically go on forever. Guinness declared it the longest music video ever made..
- Kálmán Sóvári, Hungarian soccer defender (17 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, VM Egyetértés), who died at 79.
On this day in 2019
- Drew Brees breaks Peyton Manning's NFL record (539) for career touchdown passes as New Orleans Saints rout Indianapolis Colts,34-7; Brees 29 of 30 for 307 yards & 4 TDs for record 96.7% pass completion.
- Mariah Carey's single "All I Want For Christmas Is You" reaches No. 1,25 years after release.
- Mama Cax, Blogger.
- Bill Simpson, Race Car Driver.
- Basil Butcher, West Indies cricket batsman (44 Tests; 3,104 runs @ 43.11), who died at 86.
On this day in 2018
- After some supporters of the #MeToo movement expressed an interest in banning the song 'Baby, It’s Cold Outside, ' a Kentucky radio station decided to show its support for the newly controversial song by playing it on repeat for two hours. The song had faced controversy as people began to scrutinize the situation portrayed in the lyrics. Written in 1944, it describes the exchange between a man and a woman, as the woman expresses her desire to get home and the man tries to persuade her to stay. At one point, the woman even asks, "What’s in this drink?".
- Huge explosion and fire in a restaurant in Sapporo, Japan injures 42.
- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is sworn back into office two months after being removed by President Sirisena.
- Oribe Canales, Cuban American celebrity hairdresser, who died of cancer at 62.
- John Ford Noonan, American playwright (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking), who died at 77.
- Lee Leonard, American television personality (ESPN, CNN), who died at 89.
- Anca Pop, Pop Singer.
- Colin Kroll, American co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, who died of a drug overdose at 34.
- TV SERIES
- Springsteen on Broadway is released.
The Boss tells personal stories and plays acoustic versions of some of his songs in his one-man show at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre filmed July 17 and 18,2018.
On this day in 2017
- Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and pop singer (w/ husband Louis Prima -" That Old Black Magic" ; "I Wish You Love"), who died from heart failure at 89.
- Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and popular music singer (Mrs Louie Prima), who died from heart failure at 89.
On this day in 2016
- 5 day pollution red alert declared in Beijing and 21 other Chinese cities, classified by officials as a “meteorological disaster”.
- US State Department increases reward for information on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to $25 million.
- Rosanna Carter, Movie Actress.
- Dick Zimmermann, Race Car Driver.
- Stillness In Wonderland was released by Little Simz.
The second full-length studio release for the British rapper features guest appearances from Josh Arce´, Bibi Bourelly, Chip and Ghetts, Chuck20, SiR, The Internet's Syd, and Tilla.
- The Bad Kids - Not Rated is released.
Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for students at risk of dropping out. Every student here has fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school. Black Rock is their last chance. [FilmRise]
- The Hollow Point - R is released.
A new sheriff of a small town along the U.S. & Mexico border investigates a drug cartel deal that went horribly wrong.
- Two Lovers and a Bear - R is released.
Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman (Dane DeHaan) and Lucy (Tatiana Maslany), two burning souls who come together to make a leap for life and inner peace.
- Solace - R is released.
When FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is unable to solve a series of homicides, he decides to enlist the help of his former colleague Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers. The reclusive Clancy, who shuttered his practice and retreated from the world following the death of his daughter and subsequent break-up of his marriage, wants nothing to do with the case. He soon changes his mind after seeing disturbingly violent visions of Joe’s partner, FBI Special Agent Katherine Cowles’s (Abbie Cornish) ultimate demise. When Clancy’s exceptional intuitive powers put him on the trail of a suspect, Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his abilities are no match against the extraordinary powers of this vicious murderer on a mission. [Lionsgate Premiere]
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - PG-13 is released.
In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
- Neruda - R is released.
Beloved poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) is also the most famous communist in post-WWII Chile. When the political tides shift, he is forced underground, with a perseverant police inspector (Gael García Bernal) hot on his trail. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Neruda, however, sees the struggle with his police inspector nemesis as an opportunity to reinvent himself. He cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse ever more perilous. In this story of a persecuted poet and his obsessive adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become a symbol for liberty, as well as a literary legend. [The Orchard]
- Fences - PG-13 is released.
In this adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, an African American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.
- Collateral Beauty - PG-13 is released.
When a successful New York ad executive suffers a personal tragedy and retreats from life, his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything. Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways. From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, this thought-provoking drama explores how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and death interlock in a life fully lived.
- Barry - Not Rated is released.
A young Barack Obama, known to his friends as Barry, arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to begin his junior year at Columbia University. In a crime-ridden and racially charged environment, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres and struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships with his Kansas-born mother, his estranged Kenyan father, and his classmates. [Netflix]
- A Kind of Murder - R is released.
In 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara who leads a seemingly perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective, while at the same time lusting after another woman.
- TV SERIES
- The Man in the High Castle: Season 2 is released.
Germany and Japan move closer to war in the second season where Juliana (Alexa Davalos) faces consequences of her actions, Joe (Luke Kleintank) ends up in Berlin, Frank (Rupert Evans) feels closer to the resistance after seeing the films, John Smith (Rufus Sewell) feels conflicted as his son becomes sicker, Trade Minister Tagomi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) has regrets and Chief Inspector Kido (Joel de la Fuente) seeks to figure out the connections between Julianna, the films and the Man in the High Castle.
- The OA: Season 1 is released.
Seven years ago blind Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling) went missing. She returns mysteriously with her sight restored in this drama from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij.
On this day in 2015
- US Federal Reserve raises interest rates by 0.25% for the first time since 2006.
- Jasmine Johnson, Family Member, born in United States.
- Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), who died at 91.
- Dreams Rewired - Not Rated is released.
Dreams Rewired traces the desires and anxieties of today’s hyper-connected world back more than a hundred years, when telephone, film and television were new. As revolutionary then as contemporary social media is today, early electric media sparked a fervent utopianism in the public imagination – promising total communication, the annihilation of distance, an end to war. But then, too, there were fears over the erosion of privacy, security, morality. Using rare (and often unseen) archival material from nearly 200 films to articulate the present, Dreams Rewired reveals a history of hopes to share, and betrayals to avoid.
- The Emperor's New Clothes - Not Rated is released.
With a mix of rabble-rousing outrage and audacious comedy, Russell Brand examines how bank bailouts have left the 99% high and dry—taking his message straight to the top as he fearlessly confronts the corporations and political leaders responsible. [IFC Films]
On this day in 2014
- An Army Public School in Pakistan is attacked by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militants who kill 145 people.
- James Reynolds, Family Member, born in New York.
- Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), who died at 75.
- Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA heavyweight champion 1965-7), who died from dementia at 75.
- Sucker was released by Charli XCX.
The third full-length release (her first was not commercially released) for the British pop artist features songs written and/or produced by such artists as Ariel Pink, Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, Patrik Berger, Bloodshy & Avant, Cashmere Cat, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Markus Krunegård, Greg Kurstin, Justin Raisen, Stargate, and Steve Mac.
- TV SERIES
- Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas is released.
The stop-motion animated Christmas special based on the 2003 theatrical movie Elf and its Broadway Musical follows Buddy (voiced by Jim Parsons) as he travels to New York City to meet the father he never knew.
On this day in 2013
- It was reported that Miley Cyrus had insured her infamous tongue for $1 million. A source told Heat magazine: "Miley's totally aware of how her tongue is getting more headlines than she is, and getting it insured is just part of her trademarked image. It's not the first time she's done something like this - when she first cut her hair short, she tried to get her new crop patented. She wanted it to become known as The Miley"..
- 79th Heisman Trophy Award: Jameis Winston, Florida State (QB).
- 21 people are killed and 20 are injured after a bus falls from an elevated highway in Manila, Philippines.
- Yococono, Blogger, born in Japan.
- Uthradom Thirunal-Marthanda Varma, Prince.
- Madhusudan Rege, Indian cricket batsman (1 Test; Maharashtra), who died at 89.
- Ray Price, American singer, who died from pancreatic cancer at 87.