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Today in the World Countries
- National Unity Day is being celebrated in Zimbabwe
- People born on this day are Capricorn as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
On this day in 2023
- MOVIES: R
- All of Us Strangers is released. One night in his near-empty tower block in contemporary London, Adam (Andrew Scott) has a chance encounter with a mysterious neighbor Harry (Paul Mescal), which punctures the rhythm of his everyday life. As a relationship develops between them, Adam is preoccupied with memories of the past and finds himself drawn back to the suburban town where he grew up, and the childhood home where his parents (Claire Foy and Jamie Bell), appear to be living, just as they were on the day they died,30 years before.
On this day in 2022
- Major winter storm across the US causes widespread disruption, prompting states of emergency to be issued in Wisconsin and New York.
- Anton Tkác, Slovak track cyclist (Olympic gold Czechoslovakia men's match sprint 1976; World C'ship gold 1974,78), who died at 71.
- Big Scarr, Rapper.
- GAMING: PLAYSTATION 5
- Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth for PlayStation 5 is released. The Gods are at War.You must gather the souls of fallen warriors and train them to fight at Odin's side. From the creators of STAR OCEAN The Second Story, Valkyrie Profile sets new standards for role playing games on the PlayStation game console.- Epic storyline set in the world of Norse mythology- Multiple endings and 50+ hours of gameplay.- Intricate character development.- Innovative combo-driven combat system.- Stunning hand-painted backdrops and animated visuals.- Spectacular special effects.
On this day in 2021
- American singer, songwriter, record producer, and composer Thom Bell died aged 79. He was known as one of the creators of Philadelphia soul in the 1970s. He found success as a producer and songwriter for the Delfonics, Stylistics, and Spinners..
- Bob Keselowski, American auto racer (ARCA Hooters SuperCar Series 1989) and team owner (K Automotive Racing), who died from cancer at 70.
- MOVIES: NOT RATED
- The Velvet Queen is released. In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, multi-award-winning nature photographer Vincent Munier guides writer Sylvain Tesson on his quest to document the infamously elusive snow leopard. Munier introduces Tesson to the subtle art of waiting from a blind spot, tracking animals, and finding the patience to catch sight of the beasts. Through their journey in the Tibetan peaks, inhabited by invisible presences, the two men ponder humankind’s place amongst the magnificent creatures and glorious landscapes they encounter along the way.
- MOVIES: PG
- Sing 2 is released. The ever-optimistic koala, Buster Moon, and his all-star cast of performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet …all in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star to join them.
- MOVIES: R
- The King's Man is released. As a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King's Man.
- The Matrix Resurrections is released. In The Matrix Resurrections, return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. And if Thomas…Neo…has learned anything, it’s that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of—or into—the Matrix. Of course, Neo already knows what he has to do. But what he doesn’t yet know is the Matrix is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before. [Warner Bros. Pictures]
- TV SERIES
- Emily in Paris: Season 2 is released. The romantic comedy returns with Emily visiting Saint Tropez and other South of France locations.
- GAMING: PC
- Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires for PC is released. Empires, a unique "Romance of the Three Kingdoms"experience. Dramatic stories of officers on different sides. All 94 officers who have appeared in DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 are playable. In addition, players can control all 700 common officers. A major change from previous series titles, areas around castles become battlefields, evolving into “Storming the Castle” instances. Employ strategic Secret Plans and balance Army Affinity to break through the enemy's gate. Defeat the enemy commander in Decisive Battle mode to claim victory of the castle. The Empires series' signature domestic system is back. With a high degree of flexibility, set long and mid term kingdom goals, recruit new officers, procure logistics, and execute a variety of military, economic and diplomatic commands to strive to unify China.
- GAMING: PLAYSTATION 5
- Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass for PlayStation 5 is released. Humanity is under siege as the full force of Mental's hordes spread across the world, ravaging what remains of a broken and beaten civilization. The last remaining resistance to the invasion is the Earth Defense Force led by Sam "Serious"Stone and his heavily-armed squad of misfit commandos.Croteam returns with a high-powered prequel to the Serious Sam series that scales up chaos to unprecedented levels. The classic Serious Sam formula is revamped by putting an unstoppable arsenal up against an unimaginable number of enemies that requires players to circle-strafe and backpedal-blast their way out of impossible situations.
On this day in 2020
- British guitarist Robin Le Mesurier died at the age of 68. He was known for his long collaborations with Rod Stewart and Johnny Hallyday, as well as for the wide-ranging nature of his musical performance, including membership of such bands as The Wombles. In September 2015, Le Mesurier joined Rod Stewart and Rolling Stone Ron Wood for the Faces reunion..
- Stella Tennant, Model.
- GAMING: XBOX SERIES X
- Override 2: Super Mech League for Xbox Series X is released. Override is a 3D fighting game with local and online multiplayer modes that is perfect for competitive players, mech fans, or casual brawlers.This newest entry to the series features a fully online Career Mode, improved combat systems, and tons of multiplayer modes.
On this day in 2019
- New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas sets NFL record for most catches in a season with his 144th as Saints beat Tennessee 38-28; breaks 17-year old record held by Marvin Harrison (143).
- Tony Britton, English actor (The Day of the Jackal), who died at 95.
- Fritz Künzli, Swiss soccer striker (44 caps; FC Zürich, FC Winterthur, FC Lausanne-Sport), who died from Alzheimer's disease at 73.
On this day in 2018
- Tsunami hits Indonesia's Sunda Strait killing over 400 after part of Anak Krakatau volcano slips into the sea.
- Herman Sikumbang, Guitarist.
- Paddy Ashdown, British MP, leader of Liberal Democrats (1988-1999), who died of bladder cancer at 77.
- Partial shutdown of US federal government begins.
- Roberto Suazo Córdova, President of Honduras (1982-86), who died at 91.
On this day in 2017
- UN Security Council votes 15 to 0 for additional sanctions on North Korea, including measures to slash the country's petrol imports by up to 90%.
- MOVIES: NOT RATED
- Happy End is released. A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.
- MOVIES: PG13
- Pitch Perfect 3 is released. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.
- Crooked House is released. In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the old man’s widow 50 years his junior (Christina Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith de Haviland (Glenn Close).
- The Post is released. Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers - and their very freedom - to help bring long-buried truths to light.
- MOVIES: R
- Downsizing is released. When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures. [Paramount Pictures]
- Hostiles is released. Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale) who, after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back home to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike) whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche, and vicious outliers they encounter along the way.
- Hangman is released. Decorated homicide detective Ray Archer (Al Pacino) partners with criminal profiler Will Ruiney (Karl Urban) to catch one of the city's notoriously vicious serial killers, who is playing a twisted version of murder using the child's game… Hangman, while journalist Christi Davies (Brittany Snow) reports on the crime spree, shadowing the detectives.
- Father Figures is released. Kyle and Peter Reynolds (Owen Wilson and Ed Helms) are brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out together to find their real father, and end up learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.
- MOVIES: TVMA
- Bright is released. Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it. [Netflix]
On this day in 2016
- Ebola vaccine VSV-EBOV is found to be 70-100% effective in a study published in The Lancet, becoming the world's first proven vaccine against Ebola.
- American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Leslie West died age 75 after suffering a heart attack in his home near Daytona, Florida. He was a founding member and co-lead vocalist of the hard rock band Mountain that formed on Long Island, New York in 1969 and are best known for their cowbell-tinged song "Mississippi Queen", as well as the heavily sampled song "Long Red"and their performance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Mountain is one of many bands to be commonly credited as having influenced the development of heavy metal music in the 1970s. In 2011, due to complications from diabetes, West's right leg had to be amputated..
- Bill Price, British audio engineer (Tom Jones; Wings: Sparks; Elton John), and record producer (The Clash; Sex Pistols; Waterboys), who died of cancer at 72.
- Franca Sozzani, Journalist.
- Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), who died at 72.
- Margaret Pereira, English forensic scientist (Nicholls and Pereira method), who died at 88.
On this day in 2015
- Dwayne Tatman, Race Car Driver.
- Carson Van Osten, American musician and comic strip writer (Disney), who died at 70.
- GAMING: PC
- Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 4: A Block and a Hard Place for PC is released. Minecraft: Story Mode is like a playable TV show based on the Minecraft game, where YOU are the star, and your choices and actions decide how the story is told. You assume the role of Jesse, and you and your friends are thrown into an adventure to save the world. While visiting EnderCon, your crew stumbles on something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and your only hope is to track down the “Order of the Stone”, a fabled group of adventurers who slew the legendary Ender Dragon. But where are they? In a race against time, you will travel across the over-world, through the Nether, to The End, and beyond. [Telltale Games]
- GAMING: PLAYSTATION VITA
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel for PlayStation Vita is released. At the elite Thors Military Academy, Erebonias best and brightest learn everything from the art of war to the liberal arts. Rean Schwarzer, a new student, learns that hes been selected as a member of the newly-minted Class VII, made up of students from both noble and commoner backgrounds.Class VII has no shortage of issues to overcome, but Rean and his classmates will have to work past their differences and hone their skills, because theyll need more than just top marks to make the grade theyll need to safeguard their country from those who would plunge it into war.- A World of Lore Return to the Zemurian continent, setting of the Trails in the Sky titles, with a new adventure for old and new fans alike.- Tactical Thinking Execute your strategies in exciting turn-based battles where timing and distance can make the difference between victory and defeat.- Combat Links Link any two characters in battle, enabling unique synergies between them.
On this day in 2014
- (John) "Joe" Cocker, English rock vocalist (" With A Little Help From My Friends" ; "Cry Me A River" ; "You Are So Beautiful"), who died of lung cancer at 70.
- Christine Cavanaugh, Voice Actress.
- Beyonce's politically charged visual album Lemonade was the music critics' favourite album of the year. The record, which tackles themes of black empowerment and female identity, topped a "poll of polls" compiled by the BBC. It beat David Bowie'selegiac swansong Blackstar, which was released two days before his death in January..
- Beyoncé's politically charged visual album Lemonade was the music critics' favourite album of the year. The record, which tackles themes of black empowerment and female identity, topped a "poll of polls"compiled by the BBC. It beat David Bowie elegiac swansong Blackstar, which was released two days before his death in January..
On this day in 2013
- Actress Lacey Chabert at the age of 31 weds longtime boyfriend David Nehdar in Los Angeles, California.
- Ed Herrmann, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1974 Chicago White Sox; caught Larry Dierker no-hitter 1975 Houston Astros), who died from prostate cancer at 67.