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  • São Tomé Day is being celebrated in Sao Tome And Principe
  • Winter Solstice is being celebrated in Macau
  • People born on this day are Sagittarius as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

    On this day in 2022

    • DEATHS
    • John Harries, British atmospheric physicist (provided 1st direct observational evidence of carbon dioxide increase - greenhouse effect), who died at 76.
    • MOVIES: PG
    • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is released. Puss in Boots embarks on an epic journey into the Black Forest to find the mythical Wishing Star and restore his lost lives. But with only one life left, Puss will have to humble himself and ask for help from his former partner and nemesis: the captivating Kitty Soft Paws. In their quest, Puss and Kitty will be aided—against their better judgment—by a ratty, chatty, relentlessly cheerful mutt, Perro. Together, our trio of heroes will have to stay one step ahead of Goldilocks and the Three Bears Crime Family, “Big” Jack Horner and terrifying bounty hunter, The Big Bad Wolf.
    • MOVIES: R
    • Wildcat is released. Wildcat follows the emotional and inspiring story of a young veteran (Harry Turner) on his journey into the Amazon. Once there, he meets a young woman (Samantha Zwicker) running a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center, and his life finds new meaning as he is entrusted with the life of an orphaned baby ocelot. What was meant to be an attempt to escape from life turns out to be an unexpected journey of love, discovery, and healing.
    • Emily in Paris: Season 3 is released. Emily has decisions to make with her career and her romantic relationships in the third season of the romantic comedy series from Darren Star.
    • Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky visits Washington, DC, meets with US President Joe Biden at the White House, and addresses Congress.

    On this day in 2021

    • EVENTS
    • Major breakthrough in development of nuclear fission energy when experiment produces 59 megajoules of energy over five seconds at JET Laboratory, UK (reported Feb 2022).
    • DEATHS
    • (Wilbert) Billy Davis, American tennis player (11 x American Tennis Association Titles), who died of congestive heart failure at 91.

    On this day in 2020

    • EVENTS
    • US begins vaccinating for COVID-19 pandemic using the Moderna vaccine.
    • Hawaiian vocalist Israel Kamakawiwo?ole's official music video for his rendition of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's "Over the Rainbow" reaches a billion views on YouTube.
    • BIRTHS
    • Waylon Bradford, Family Member, born in United States.
    • Waylon Marable, Family Member, born in United States.
    • DEATHS
    • K. T. Oslin, American country singer (80's Ladies), who died at 78.
    • Governor of California Gavin Newson says there are now no intensive care beds left in Southern California or the San Joaquin valley.
    • SPORTS
    • Kevin Greene, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (5 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1989,94,96; LA Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers), who died at 58.

    On this day in 2019

    • EVENTS
    • Mariah Carey topped the US Billboard Hot 100 with 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' for the first time,25 years after its original release, thereby breaking several records, including the longest trip to number one. With estimated sales of over 16 million copies worldwide, 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' is the best-selling holiday song by a female artist, and one of the best-selling physical singles in music history. The following year, the song also topped the charts in the UK for the first time, spending a record 69 weeks in its top 40 prior to reaching number one..
    • DEATHS
    • Martin Peters, English soccer midfielder (67 caps; West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City), who died from Alzheimer's disease at 76.
    • Sam Strahan, New Zealand rugby union lock (17 caps; Manawatu), who died at 74.

    On this day in 2018

    • DEATHS
    • Katie Hagar, Race Car Driver.
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • Aquaman is released. Aquaman reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.
    • All Is True is released. The year is 1613, Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.
    • American Renegades is released. American Renegades is about a team of Navy Seals on assignment in war-torn Europe who discover a treasure of gold at the bottom of a lake— rumored to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In an effort to help the locals, they go rogue and engineer a heist to retrieve the gold and return it to its rightful owners. But in a deadly turn of events, they are detected by the enemy and left with only 10 hours to carry out their mission.
    • Bumblebee is released. On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug. [Paramount Pictures]
    • Second Act is released. Second Act is a comedy in the vein of Working Girl and Maid In Manhattan. Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.
    • Welcome To Marwen is released. When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation—a testament to the most powerful women he knows—through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one. Welcome to Marwen tells the miraculous true story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit. [Universal]
    • MOVIES: R
    • Cold War is released. Cold War is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate — an impossible love story in impossible times. [Amazon Studios]
    • Vanity Fair (2018) is released. Gwyneth Hughes' adaptation of the classic novel by Thackeray William Makepeace follows Becky Sharp (Olivia Cooke) as she makes her way from her pennilessness status to the court of King George IV.
    • Marvel's Spider-Man: Silver Lining for PlayStation 4 is released. The conclusion of the three-part DLC series.
    • Sundered: Eldritch Edition for Switch is released. Sundered is a horrifying fight for survival and sanity, a hand-drawn epic from the creators of Jotun. You play Eshe, a wanderer in a ruined world, trapped in ever-changing caverns teeming with eldritch horrors. Harness the power of corrupted relics to defeat gigantic bosses, at the cost of your humanity. Resist or embrace.
    • SPORTS
    • Tennis Australia announces a 10-point tie break to be implemented in Australian Open when deciding set reaches 6-6; takes place of 2-game advantage final sets.

    On this day in 2017

    • DEATHS
    • Tom Colella, Race Car Driver.
    • Richard "Dick" Enberg, American sportscaster (NBC, CBS, ESPN), who died of a heart attack at 82.
    • Roswell Rudd, American free-jazz trombonist (Archie Shepp), and avant-garde composer (New York Art Quartet), who died of prostate cancer at 82.
    • Wolfgang Ludewig, German composer, who died at 91.
    • Bruce McCandless II, American aviator, electrical engineer and astronaut who made the 1st untethered space walk (STS 41B, STS-31), who died at 80.
    • Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King for Switch is released. Prove your worth by fighting through monster-infested dungeons to save the Kingdom of Blossom!
    • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood for Switch is released. When Max wishes for his annoying little brother, Felix, to be whisked away by unknown evil forces, he gets more than he bargained for. Armed only with a marker and a hope of undoing what he has just done, he sets out on a perilous journey across deserts, eerie lantern-lit bogs, ancient temples and lush green forests to get his younger sibling back. Along the way Max gains the power to manipulate his environment and overcome seemingly impossible obstacles.
    • Mom Hid My Game! for Switch is released. It's gone! My game is lost! Take back to hunting for consoles hidden by Mom!Let's find the game console Mom hid!Is it inside the chest or on the shelf? Could it be under the sofa, too?Where is it!?Find the 'game' in each level using various items!An easy-going and funny escape game awaits!
    • The Coma: Recut for Switch is released. The Coma: Recut is a Korean survival horror. You are Youngho, a hapless Korean student who, after drifting asleep during his final exam, wakes to find himself trapped in a twisted version of his school, Sehwa High. And he's not alone. Relentlessly pursued by a psychotic killer, Youngho must evade his hunter while desperately searching for a way to escape the dread-filled corridors and classrooms.FEATURES:* A remastered version of indie cult classic The Coma: Cutting Class, the game has been rebalanced and 'recut' with new and updated animations, mechanics, cutscenes and art.* Hide: Crouch in the darkness or cower in a closet to stay out of sight and evade the killer.* Survive: Use your flashlight to search for useful items, but be warned - it can attract unwanted attention.* Mystery: Discover notes and clues to uncover the twisted history of Sehwa High's students and teachers.* Death: Beware the horrors lurking in the dark, lest you bleed out in some forgotten classroom.* The cast of characters and creepy corridors of Sehwa High are brought to life in a hand illustrated manhwa art style.* Inspired by the real-world plight of Korea's overworked high school students.
    • The Deer God for Switch is released. The Deer God is a breathtaking 3D pixel art adventure that will challenge your religion and your platforming skills. It's a game about survival, reincarnation, and karma; all set in a breathtaking and unique 3D pixelized world. Feast your eyes on the beautiful lighting, day and night system, and vast landscapes.
    • The Next Penelope for Switch is released. The Next Penelope is an original 2D racing and action game, set in a futuristic Greece. As Penelope is looking for Ulysses through the galaxy, the player is free to explore the worlds in any order. Each planet features unique situations, races, bosses, and new permanent abilities to get for the spaceship. All weapons cost vital energy when used, so the player is very powerful and close to death at the same time.
    • Tiny Metal for Switch is released. A turn-based strategy game of intrigue with a distinct Japanese flavor that takes place in the aftermath of your king's assassination. Roll out the tanks, create more troops, expand your squad, and struggle for territory with war-room levels of control. Outfight the enemy with your own army of foot soldiers, tanks, helicopters, tactical vehicles, and fighter jets. Capture rival territories and extend your military power over the sprawling map of Zipang. Follow the gripping story of Nathan Gries and answer for yourself what is -- and what isn't -- worth fighting for. Inspired by turn-based strategy games of the past, TINY METAL takes the finely honed gameplay of classical Japanese war gaming and brings it into the modern era with great graphics,15 unique units, and never-before-seen gameplay mechanics. TINY METAL is the Japanese arcade war game you wish you had as a kid. [Nintendo]

    On this day in 2016

    • EVENTS
    • Indian sports drama film "Dangal" directed by Nitesh Tiwari and starring Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra premieres - first Indian film to earn $300 million worldwide.
    • American singer Richard Marx told of how he had to restrain a fellow passenger on a Korean Air flight after the man, who was drunk allegedly attacked others onboard. The incident happened as Marx and his wife were travelling from Hanoi to Seoul. The man was arrested upon landing in South Korean..
    • DEATHS
    • Weston Noble, American music educator and conductor (Luther College,1948-2005), who died at 94.
    • The Autopsy of Jane Doe is released. It’s just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hirsch) team of coroners, until an unidentified, highly unusual corpse comes in. Discovered buried in the basement of the home of a brutally murdered family, the young Jane Doe—eerily well preserved and with no visible signs of trauma—is shrouded in mystery. As they work into the night to piece together the cause of her death, the two men begin to uncover the disturbing secrets of her life. Soon, a series of terrifying events make it clear: this Jane Doe may not be dead. [IFC Films]
    • MOVIES: PG
    • Sing is released. Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist — okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel — who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • Assassin's Creed is released. Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. [20th Century Fox]
    • Passengers is released. Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) and Jim (Chris Pratt) are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As Aurora and Jim try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction... only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.
    • MOVIES: R
    • Patriots Day is released. In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of the most sophisticated manhunt in law enforcement history and the strength of the people of Boston.
    • Julieta is released. Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antía. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antía’s father and Julieta’s husband. But at times grief doesn’t bring people closer, it drives them apart. When Antía turns eighteen she abandons her mother, without a word of explanation. Julieta looks for her in every possible way, but all she discovers is how little she knows of her daughter.
    • Carl Icahn is announced as Special Advisor to the President on Regulatory Reform, under President Donald Trump.

    On this day in 2015

    • DEATHS
    • David Emms, British educator (London Goodenough Trust), who died at 90.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Aviary Attorney for PC is released. The hottest bird lawyering game to come out of 1840s France. Join Jayjay Falcon and his witty apprentice, Sparrowson, as the two take on clients, interview witnesses, collect evidence, and deliver justice to the guilty.

    On this day in 2014

    • British pop piano player and singer Elton John at the age of 67 marries Canadian filmmaker David Furnish at the age of 51.
    • DEATHS
    • Billie Whitelaw, British actress (Omen, Adding Machine), who died at 82.
    • Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, who died at 90.
    • Udo Jurgens, Composer.
    • Udo Jürgens [Bockelmann], Austrian-Swiss pop singer-songwriter (Eurovision Song Contest,1966), who died of heart failure at 80.

    On this day in 2013

    • Actress and model Teresa Palmer at the age of 27 weds actor/director Mark Webber at the age of 33 in Mexico.
    • DEATHS
    • Eli Beeding, American Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, who died at 85.
    • David Coleman, British sports commentator (worked for the BBC for 46 years), who died at 87.
    • Bronzell Miller, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), who died at 42.
    • Lars Edlund, Swedish composer, who died at 91.


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