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Today in the World Countries
- Martyrdom of Hazrat Fatemah is being celebrated in Iran
- National Day is being celebrated in Bhutan
- National Day Holiday is being celebrated in Bahrain
Today in Astrology
- People born on this day are Sagittarius as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
- Bc Michaels, Drummer, born in Brisbane, Australia.
- Luzelba Mansour, Reality Star, born in Mexico.
On this day in 2022
- Minnesota Vikings recover from 33-0 down at halftime to beat Indianapolis Colts,39-36 in overtime at US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN; biggest comeback in NFL history.
- Elayne Jones, American classical timpanist and civil rights activist, who died at 94.
On this day in 2021
- Discovery of the first true millipede (Eumillipes persephone) with 1,000 legs found down a drill hole in Western Australia published in "Scientific Reports".
- Dimitrios Stefanakos, Greek soccer defender (7 caps; Olympiacos FC), who died at 85.
- Live Life Fast was released by Roddy Ricch.
The latest full-length release for the Compton rapper features guest appearances from 21 Savage, Fivio Foreign, Jamie Foxx, Future, Gunna, Alex Isley, Kodak Black, Lil Baby, Takeoff, and Ty Dolla $ign,
- Mother/Android - R is released.
Set in the near future, Mother/Android follows Georgia (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her boyfriend Sam (Algee Smith) through their treacherous journey of escape as their country is caught in an unexpected war with artificial intelligence. Days away from the arrival of their first child, they must face No Man’s Land, a stronghold of the android uprising, in hopes of reaching safety before giving birth.
- Nightmare Alley - R is released.
When charismatic but down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival, he crafts a golden ticket to success, using this newly acquired knowledge to grift the wealthy elite of 1940s New York society. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet.
- Spider-Man: No Way Home - PG-13 is released.
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
- Swan Song - R is released.
In the near future, Cameron Turner (Mahershala Ali), a loving husband and father diagnosed with a terminal illness, is presented with an alternative solution by his doctor (Glenn Close) to shield his family from grief. As Cam grapples with whether or not to alter his family’s fate, he learns more about life and love than he ever imagined.
- The Lost Daughter - R is released.
Alone on a seaside vacation, Leda (Olivia Colman) becomes consumed with a young mother and daughter as she watches them on the beach. Unnerved by their compelling relationship, (and their raucous and menacing extended family), Leda is overwhelmed by her own memories of the terror, confusion and intensity of early motherhood. An impulsive act shocks Leda into the strange and ominous world of her own mind, where she is forced to face the unconventional choices she made as a young mother and their consequences.
- The Novice - Not Rated is released.
An obsessive novice rower climbs the ranks of her cutthroat university's team, pushing herself to physical and mental extremes in her quest to become the best.
- The Tender Bar - R is released.
J.R. (Tye Sheridan) is a fatherless boy growing up in the glow of a bar where the bartender, his Uncle Charlie (Ben Affleck), is the sharpest and most colorful of an assortment of quirky and demonstrative father figures. As the boy’s determined mother (Lily Rabe) struggles to provide her son with opportunities denied to her — and leave the dilapidated home of her outrageous if begrudgingly supportive father (Christopher Lloyd) — J.R. begins to gamely, if not always gracefully, pursue his romantic and professional dreams — with one foot persistently placed in Uncle Charlie’s bar.
- Cyrano - PG-13 is released.
A man ahead of his time, Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage) dazzles whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne (Haley Bennett), Cyrano has yet to declare his feelings for her — and Roxanne has fallen in love, at first sight, with Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr.).
- TV SERIES
- The Witcher: Season 2 is released.
Geralt of Rivia takes Princess Cirilla to his childhood home of Kaer Morhen in the second season of the fantasy series based on the Polish book series by Andrzej Sapkowski.
- With Love: Season 1 is released.
Siblings Lily (Emeraude Toubia) and Jorge Diaz (Mark Indelicato) search for love in the romantic comedy created and written by Calderón Kellet.
On this day in 2020
- More than 300 school boys rescued after they were kidnapped from their school in Katsina state, northern Nigeria.
- King Carl XVI Gustaf says Swedish authorities have failed in their response to COVID-19 pandemic, criticizing the country's controversial anti-lockdown strategy.
- China's Chang'e-5 mission successfully returns from collecting rock samples from the Moon, landing in Siziwang Banner, Mongolia.
- Cyclone Yasa makes landfall as a category 5 storm over Bula province, Fiji, killing two people.
- French President Emanuel Macron tests positive for COVID-19 pandemic, sending other European leaders into isolation.
- Frank Burnett, Race Car Driver.
- Jeremy Bulloch, Movie Actor.
- Pelle Svensson, Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler (World C'ship gold 100kg 1970,71; Olympic silver 97kg 1964), who died from cancer at 77.
- Stanley Cowell American jazz pianist (Heath Brothers), record label co-founder (Strata-East), and educator, who died from hypovolemic shock at 79.
- TV SERIES
- The Stand is released.
A deadly superflu leaves the few survivors with dreams of either of a friendly older woman named Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) or a more darker figure: Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård) in this new adaptation of Stephen King's novel (that includes a new coda).
On this day in 2019
- England's Fallon Sherrock becomes first woman to win a match at the PDC World Darts Championship, beating compatriot Ted Evetts,3-2 at the Alexandra Palace in London.
- Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf sentenced to death in absentia for high treason.
- China's 1st domestically built aircraft carrier, the Shandong, enters naval service.
- Australia has its hottest day ever with average temperature of 40.9 across the country.
- Young girl's 5,700 year old DNA extracted from birch tar used as chewing gum, from Lolland Island, southern Denmark.
- Hayden Fry, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (SMU 1962-72, North Texas State University 1973-78, University of Iowa 1979-98), who died from cancer at 90.
- Richard Demark, Race Car Driver.
- Karin Balzer, German athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1964; bronze 100m hurdles 1972), who died at 81.
On this day in 2018
- Malaysia files criminal charges against US bank Goldman Sachs for it role in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal.
- New reports to US Senate say Russian propaganda efforts on social media much more extensive than thought, including targeting African Americans.
- Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster's word of the year is "justice".
- Catriona Gray of the Philippines crowned 67th Miss Universe.
- Astronomers identify furtherest object in the solar system as 2018 VG18 (nicknamed Farout),120 x further from the sun than earth.
- CBS announces former Chief Executive Les Moonves will not receive his $120 million exit payout.
- US military confirms it has killed 62 fighters from Islamist group al-Shabab in air strikes in Somalia.
- US poacher sentenced to watch the film "Bambi" repeatedly during year in prison, for killing hundreds of deer in Missouri.
- Anca Pop, Pop Singer.
- Galt MacDermot, Canadian musician and composer (Hair), who died at 89.
- Penny Marshall, American actress and director (Laverne & Shirley, Big), who died at 75.
- Penny Marshall, American actress (The Odd Couple; Laverne & Shirley), and director (Big; Awakenings; A League of Their Own), and producer (Cinderella Man), who died of diabetes complications at 75.
- Penny Marshall, Director.
- Raven Wilkinson, American ballerina, first African American woman to dance with major ballet company, who died at 83.
- They Shall Not Grow Old - Not Rated is released.
Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage which is more than a 100-years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the First World War, Jackson set out to bring to life the day-to-day experience of its soldiers. After months immersed in the BBC and Imperial War Museums’ archives, narratives and strategies on how to tell this story began to emerge for Jackson. Using the voices of the men involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line; their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate; slept and formed friendships, as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime.
On this day in 2017
- Terrorist suicide attack on a Methodist church in Quetta, Pakistan kills nine.
- Sebastián Piñera wins Chile's presidential election run-off, returning to office after 4 years.
- Set of ink-brush paintings by Qi Baishi sells at auction for 931.5m yuan in Bejing - record for Chinese paintings.
- Set of ink-brush paintings by Qi Baishi sells at auction for 931.5m yuan ($US140m) in Bejing, a record for Chinese paintings.
- " Star Wars: The Last Jedi" takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend,2nd largest opening in North America ($220m).
- French sailor François Gabart sets round-the-world record for fastest solo navigation of the globe in 42 days 16 hours.
- Brazilian footballer and former AC Milan and Real Madrid player Kaka retires.
- Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist (Double Rainbow), who died at 59.
- Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist (" Double Rainbow" ; "Pride And Joy"), who died of diabetes complications at 59 .
- Robert G Wilmers, American banker ( M& T Bank), billionaire and philanthropist, who died at 83.
- TV SERIES
- A Christmas Story Live! is released.
The Tony-nominated musical (itself based on the 1983 movie) is the latest live musical for Fox and features a new song written just for this production. Adult Raphie (Matthew Broderick) recalls the Christmas when his nine-year old (Andy Walken) self wanted a Red Ryder BB, despite warnings from his mother (Maya Rudolph), his teacher (Jane Krakowski) and even Santa (David Alan Grier) who said he'd shoot his eye out.
On this day in 2016
- Henry Heimlich, American surgeon and inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, who died at 96.
- Henry Heimlich, Doctor.
On this day in 2015
- José Mourinho is sacked as manager of British Premier football club Chelsea.
- A London judge said he was concerned at how much Liam Gallagher and his ex-wife Nicole Appleton were spending in a legal dispute over how their assets should be split after it was revealed that the pair had spent over £800,000 on legal fees. Judge O'Dwyer decided their money and property should be divided equally, with each receiving £5.4m..
- Libyan warring political factions sign a UN-brokered deal to form a unified government.
- Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals is arrested on fraud charges in New York by the FBI.
- TV SERIES
- Luther: Season 4 is released.
Luther is on a leave of absence after many tragedies when Detective Chief Inspector Theo Bloom (Darren Boyd) and Detective Sergeant Emma Lane (Rose Leslie) seek him out as a cannibalistic serial killer draws Luther further back into the field.
On this day in 2014
- Sony Pictures cancels the release of "The Interview", starring Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, and James Franco, after a cyber attack on the studio.
- 103-year-old Gus Andreone records the 8th ace of his career on the 113-yard,14th hole of the Lakes Course, Palm Aire, Sarasota, FL; oldest golfer to record a hole-in-one.
- Kiriku, Comedian, born in Nigeria.
- Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer and informant, who died at 79.
- Goodbye to All That - Not Rated is released.
When his wife unexpectedly informs him that she wants a divorce, well-meaning but oblivious husband Otto Wall (Paul Schneider) finds himself thrust back into bachelorhood. Cue a hilarious sequence of romantic encounters—from reconnecting with a former crush to online dating—as Otto searches for the real thing amidst a string of one night stands. [IFC Films]
- If You Don't, I Will - Not Rated is released.
Pomme (Emmanuelle Devos) and Pierre (Mathieu Amalric) have been together a long time. Passion and spontaneity have given way to predictability and cold shoulders. But there's a lingering optimism, a hope they can return to the couple they used to be, attending chic art openings and sharing a laugh like young lovers. On a hike together one afternoon, Pomme declares her independence by deciding to stay in the woods rather than return to an underwhelming life with Pierre. Pierre tries to get back to normal, despite his worry over her whereabouts and the indelible sense that he's missing his better half. Meanwhile, Pomme begins an extended meditation in the forest on where her own life should go next, with or without Pierre. In the end, both are left to contemplate the strength and meaning of each other's commitment. [Film Movement]
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - PG-13 is released.
Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.
On this day in 2013
- Angela Merkel is elected Chancellor of Germany for a third term.
- Australia wins the 3rd test to take win the 2013-14 Ashes test cricket series.
- Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt and Nirvana are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Leland Smith, American composer, bassoonist and computer coder who led music publishing into the digital age (SCORE), who died at 88.