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  • People born on this day are Sagittarius as their zodiac sign.

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On this day in 2022

  • FBI investigate a targeted attack on two electricity substations in North Carolina which closes schools and leaves around 40,000 without power for days.
  • Sonny Holland, American college football coach (Montana State University 1971-77; Big Sky C'ship 1972,76), who died from Parkinson's disease at 84.

On this day in 2021

  • American drummer Melvin Parker died. He and his brother, saxophonist Maceo Parker, were key members of James Brown's band. Parker was the drummer on three of Brown's recordings: ‘Out of Sight, ’ ‘Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, ’ and ‘I Got You (I Feel Good).’.
  • Momcilo Vukotic, Serbian soccer midfielder (14 caps, Yugoslavia; FC Partizan, FC Bordeaux) and manager (Cyprus, PAOK, Partizan), who died from throat cancer at 71.
  • Citizen Ashe is released. Citizen Ashe is the story of sports legend and social activist Arthur Ashe. Known to most by his stellar sports career - Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open winner and the first black player to be selected for the US Davis Cup Team - this film uncovers Ashe’s personal evolution; how his activism grew and embraced not only the Civil Right movement and African-Americans but all oppressed peoples throughout the world. Ashe died of AIDS-related complications in 1993 and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom the same year. [Dogwolf/CNN/HBO Max]
  • Silent Night is released. A cozy house in the English countryside. The tree has been lovingly decorated. A grand feast is being prepared. Over the sound system, Michael Bublé croons about holiday sweaters. Nell (Keira Knightley), Simon (Matthew Goode), and their boy Art (Roman Griffin Davis) are ready to welcome friends and family for what promises to be a perfect Christmas gathering. Perfect except for one thing: everyone is going to die.
  • The Hand of God is released. From Academy Award-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, The Great Beauty, The Young Pope), comes the story of a boy, Fabietto Schisa, in the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s. The Hand of God is a story full of unexpected joys, such as the arrival of football legend Diego Maradona, and an equally unexpected tragedy. Fate plays its part, joy and tragedy intertwine, and Fabietto’s future is set in motion. Sorrentino returns to his hometown to tell his most personal story, a tale of fate and family, sports and cinema, love and loss. [Netflix]
  • The Scary of Sixty-First is released. While out apartment hunting, college pals Noelle and Addie stumble upon the deal of a lifetime: a posh duplex on Manhattan's Upper East Side. But soon after moving in, a more sinister picture of the apartment emerges when a mysterious woman arrives and claims the property used to belong to the infamous and recently-deceased Jeffrey Epstein. With this news, Noelle becomes obsessed with the visitor—to the point of infatuation. As the pair plunge deeper into the conspiracies of the Epstein case, Addie falls into her own bizarre state: a pseudo-possession complete with inexplicable fits of age-regressed sexual mania. As they peel back on these strange occurrences, the truth reveals itself to be more twisted than they could have ever imagined.
  • Petite Maman is released. Nelly has just lost her grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother's childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods. One day she meets a girl her same age building a treehouse.
  • Wolf is released. Believing he is a wolf trapped in a human body, Jacob (George MacKay) eats, sleeps, and lives like a wolf – much to the shock of his family. When he’s sent to a clinic, Jacob and his animal-bound peers are forced to undergo increasingly extreme forms of ‘curative’ therapies. However once he meets the mysterious Wildcat (Lily-Rose Depp), and as their friendship blossoms into an undeniable infatuation, Jacob is faced with a challenge: will he renounce his true self for love.
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  • Flee is released. Amin Nawabi grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon-to-be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan for the first time.
  • Encounter is released. A decorated Marine goes on a rescue mission to save his two young sons from an inhuman threat. As their journey takes them in increasingly dangerous directions, the boys will need to leave their childhoods behind.
  • Benedetta is released. In the late 17th century, with plague ravaging the land, Benedetta Carlini joins the convent in Pescia, Tuscany, as a novice. Capable from an early age of performing miracles, Benedetta's impact on life in the community is immediate and momentous.
  • Harlem: Season 1 is released. 20-something best friends Camille, Tye, Quinn, and Angie juggle life, career and relationships in Harlem in this comedy from Tracy Oliver.
  • Island of Noise was released by Modern Nature. The latest full-length release for Modern Nature was inspired in part by Shakespeare's The Tempest.
  • kick iiii was released by Arca. One of the four releases on the same day for Arca's KICK anthology features guest appearances from Oliver Coates, Shirley Manson, No Bra, and Planningtorock.
  • kiCK iiiii was released by Arca. One of the four releases on the same day for Arca's KICK anthology features a guest appearance from Ryuichi Sakamoto.
  • KicK iii was released by Arca. One of the four releases on the same day for Arca's KICK anthology is said to be "more manic, violently euphoric and aggressively psychedelic."
  • Kick ii was released by Arca. One of the four releases on the same day for Arca's KICK anthology features influences from reggaeton.
  • Der Lange Marsch was released by Gas. This is the latest full-length ambient studio release for Wolfgang Voigt under the name GAS.
  • Old Friends New Friends was released by Nils Frahm. The two-disc release from Nils Frahm features 23 solo piano compositions recorded between 2009 and 2021 that were not included on previous albums.
  • Chorus for PlayStation 5 is released. Take control of Nara, once the Circle’s deadliest warrior, now their most wanted fugitive, on a quest to destroy the dark cult that created her. Unlock devastating weapons and mind-bending abilities in a true evolution of the space-combat shooter. Along with Forsaken, her sentient starfighter, explore ancient temples, engage in exhilarating zero-g combat, and venture beyond our waking reality. Lead Nara and Forsaken, her sentient ship, as their quest for redemption takes them across the galaxy and beyond the boundaries of reality. Enter a dark new universe, teeming with mystery and rife with conflict. Explore epic locations such as sprawling space stations and strange planes of existence beyond our own. Attain powerful weapons and combat upgrades. Master your ship’s unique drift mechanic and deadly mind-bending abilities, including extra-sensory perception, teleportation, and telekinesis. Chain your powers together to become the ultimate living weapon.
  • Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain for Switch is released. Battle to see who has the brawniest brain. Take on a series of brain-bending activities that test your mental mettle in Big Brain Academy™: Brain vs. Brain for the Nintendo Switch™ system! Play a wide variety of activities, like memorizing a series of numbers, identifying an animal as it slowly comes into focus, or helping guide a train to its goal in fun, fast activities. Go brain-to-brain with friends and family in 4-player* matches to see who gets the highest score. Everyone can play together at varying difficulties, so a kid can hold their own against an adult in this battle of the brains!Treat your brain to some quick mental funGet your own Big Brain Brawn score with a fun test. Boost your skill and speed by practicing certain activities. Of course, you can also prep for your next multiplayer brain battle or compare scores with friends and family. Unlock dozens of outfit options for your in-game avatar—from a cat outfit to a corn costume!Go brain vs. brain against mind-masters near and farWant to see how you match up to brainiacs around the world? Hop into Ghost Clash mode to compete against other users’ data**. Choose from mental marvels worldwide, folks on your friends list, or family members who have profiles on the same system. Outside of Ghost Clash mode, check your rankings to see how your Big Brain Brawn matches up against others.
  • Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition for Switch is released. Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition is the latest installment in the popular Disney franchise. For the first time on Switch, the game lets players enjoy a variety of new adventures in six Disney-themed worlds, such as exploring the world of Disney Frozen, dancing with Disney princesses or engaging in quests and dungeons. Players will encounter and interact with well-known characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Ariel... and run their own cafe!Features:* 6 DISNEY WORLDS and all your favorite characters that you can discover through portals: Frozen, Snow White* Discover the area where you travel to new worlds, interact with different residents of Castleton and unlock new accessories!* DUNGEONS to defeat: come test your fieriness, help your residents of Castleton and win gems to use at the castle!* Thousands of CUSTOMIZATIONS to make your best avatar in the game you can even customize your clothes!* Gather materials to CRAFT new accessories, furniture, clothes or delicious food!* RUN YOUR OWN CAFE and make sure that you satisfy all Disney habitants! Use your earning to decorate even more your place.* EMBELLISH your own house with furniture made from materials you've collected!
  • Danganronpa Decadence for Switch is released. Danganronpa Decadence contains the three main titles in the legendary Danganronpa franchise, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition, and also features the brand-new title Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp, a boardgame-style bonus game with all-new scenes and interactions between your favorite characters!
  • Claude Humphrey, American Pro Football HOF defensive end (6 × Pro Bowl,5 × First-team All-Pro Atlanta Falcons; Philadelphia Eagles), who died at 77.
  • Horst Eckel, German soccer wing half (32 caps West Germany,1954 FIFA World Cup; 1. FC Kaiserslautern, SV Röchling Völklingen), who died at 89.

On this day in 2020

  • “I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation, ” warns Dr. Robert Redfield, head of US CDC about the months ahead with COVID-19 pandemic.
  • AT& T Inc’s Warner Bros studio announces all its 2021 movies will stream online the same day they appear in theatres because of the pandemic.
  • Alison Lurie, American novelist (Pulitzer Prize - Foreign Affairs), who died at 94.
  • Bill Fitsell, Canadian journalist, writer and historian (International Hockey Hall of Fame curator, historian 1969-2005), who died at 97.
  • Noah Creshevsky, American electroacoustic composer, who died of cancer at 75.
  • Per Aspera for PC is released. Experience city-building as never before — Overcome near-impossible odds to terraform Mars, cultivate the red-planet’s hidden resources, and unravel the past mysteries of those who’ve attempted the unbelievable feat. Humanity's future rests on your shoulders.
  • PHOGS! for PC is released. In PHOGS! you play as a duo of dogs on a captivating, puzzle-filled adventure. Linked by a stretchy belly, you’ll need to bark, bite and bounce your way through obstacles set across the themed worlds of Food, Sleep and Play, in co-op or single-player.
  • El Hijo - A Wild West Tale for PC is released. El Hijo is an exciting spaghetti-western stealth game, in which you guide a 6-year-old boy on his quest to find his mother.
  • Morbid: The Seven Acolytes for PC is released. Morbid: The Seven Acolytes is a Horrorpunk Action RPG filled with Lovecraftian horrors and Cronenbergian gore.
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising for PlayStation 5 is released. [Formerly titled 'Gods & Monsters'] Immortals Fenyx Rising brings grand mythological adventure to life. Play as Fenyx, a new, winged demigod, on a quest to save the Greek gods. The fate of the world is at stake – you are the gods’ last hope. Wield the powers of the gods like Achilles' sword and Daidalos' wings to battle powerful enemies and solve ancient puzzles. Fight iconic mythological beasts like Cyclops and Medusa in dynamic combat in the air and on the ground. Use your skills and diverse weapons, including selfguided arrows, telekinesis, and more, for devastating damage. Discover a stylized open world across seven unique regions, each inspired by the gods.
  • Haven for PlayStation 5 is released. Does love truly conquer all? Two lovers gave up everything, left their entire lives behind, and escaped to a lost planet to be together. Play these lovers, Yu and Kay, at the same time as they settle into an unknown and eerie world. Explore the planet searching for parts and material to fix their ship and make it a cosy home. Enjoy life together as a relatable couple cooking meals, crafting, collecting resources and engaging in meaningful conversations. Fight against those trying to tear them apart by synchroniSing their actions in combat, finding the perfect timing and rhythm, while controlling both characters simultaneously. Glide through the mysterious landscape, explore a fragmented world and fight against what’s trying to tear them apart in this RPG adventure about love, rebellion, and freedom.
  • Absolute Drift for Switch is released. In Absolute Drift, you will master the art of drifting. Practice your skills in Free-Roam and compete in drift events such as Driftkhana and Mountain Drifting.
  • Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack for Switch is released. Taiko no Tatsujin RPG?! Join Don-chan in two exciting RPG adventures!From the past to the future, Don-chan sets out on a great adventure that will transcend time and space and save the world from mysterious occurrences around the world in "Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack". ¦Enjoy a relaxing adventure through the world where you control Don freely in Story Mode!Take care of foes you encounter in Taiko Battles!Drum on the Taiko well to attack! Mess it up and you'll be attacked!Compose a team of your favorite characters to take on even stronger enemies! ¦In "Rhythmic Adventure 1"you'll serendipitously meet Tocky who has the important job of protecting all of history.He tells you his friend Ticky has been abducted by someone named Professor Timedyne.This wily professor is trying to use Ticky to dismantle history!Travel to all sorts of ages throughout history and do away with the bad guys!
  • Wildfire for Switch is released. Manipulate Your Environment. Use fireballs to set the world ablaze, freeze water to cross impassable lakes or trap your enemies in ice, and move earth itself to grow grass to hide in or vines to climb. Master the Elements. You'll learn new abilities as your connection to the elements grow, but beware; fire will spread and consume everything in its path - including you! Outsmart Your Enemies. Use the environment to your advantage as you evade and engage the Arch Duchess' forces, intelligent enemies that work together to hunt you down. Burn the World...With a Friend. Play solo or have a friend join you, wielding your elemental powers in tandem, creating new ways through Wildfire’s dense, systemic environment.

On this day in 2019

  • 70th anniversary of NATO marked by gathering in London of world leaders and reception by Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
  • Spotify say Drake the most streamed star of the 2010s with 28 billion streams, Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" most streamed track with 2.4 billion streams.
  • Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announce they are stepping down from roles at parent company Alphabet, Sundar Pichai to become head of both.
  • Shaaban Abdelrahim, Pop Singer.
  • Only You is released. Elena and Jake meet by chance on New Years Eve, arguing for the same taxi. However, instead of going their separate ways after sharing a taxi, they start a passionate relationship.
  • Phoenix Point for PC is released. 2022 – The Pandoravirus Unleashed. An unusual virus discovered in melting permafrost excites the scientific community. It has a massive genome, and only 1% of its genes match anything in existing databases. “What the hell is going on with the other genes?” asks researcher Jean-Michel Moreau. “This opens a Pandora’s box. What kinds of discoveries are going to come from studying the contents?” The seas transform in something totally alien. Then the mutagens began to invade the land via an airborne microbial mist.
  • Halo: Reach Remastered for PC is released. Halo: Reach* comes to PC as the first installment of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Now optimized for PC, experience the heroic story of Noble Team, a group of Spartans, who through great sacrifice and courage, saved countless lives in the face of impossible odds. The planet Reach is humanity’s last line of defense between the encroaching Covenant and their ultimate goal, the destruction of Earth. If it falls, humanity will be pushed to the brink of destruction.
  • Arise: A Simple Story for PC is released. Set out on an emotional journey through the bittersweet lives of two people where memories come alive and time bends to your will. Lose yourself in moments of happiness and overcome every hardship as you relive your life’s story. A story of joy and sorrow. A simple story.
  • Blair Witch for PlayStation 4 is released. Your darkest fears will awaken in these woods.It's 1996. A young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland. As Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, you join the search. What starts as an ordinary investigation soon turns into an endless nightmare as you confront your fears and the Blair Witch, a mysterious force that haunts the woodsBlair Witch is a first-person, story-driven psychological horror game based on the cinematic lore of Blair Witch.A STORY OF THE HUMAN DESCENT INTO DARKNESSFrom the creative minds behind the critically acclaimed Layers of Fear, experience first-hand the toll that fear can take on the mind in an original story inspired by the cinematic lore of Blair Witch.FIND THE WAY THROUGH THE HAUNTED WOODSWith just your loyal dog Bullet by your side, navigate your way through a cursed forest that warps and distorts both time and space.YOUR SANITY AGAINST HER CURSEStand against the horrors of the Blair Witch and the decaying sanity of a man burdened by his past.HOW WILL YOU FACE YOUR FEARS?As you delve deeper into the woods, how you react to danger and behave under pressure will ultimately teach you more about yourself.
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 5 - Wolves for PlayStation 4 is released. After a tragic incident, brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz run away from home. Fearing the police, and dealing with Daniel’s new telekinetic power, the boys head to Mexico. Each stop on their journey brings new friends and new challenges.
  • SaGa: Scarlet Grace - Ambitions for PlayStation 4 is released. Originally released in Japan in 2016, SaGa SCARLET GRACE lets you pick one of four distinct heroes - each with their own unique storylines. That means you essentially have four RPGs in a single game.The version that launches in the West as SaGa SCARLET GRACE: AMBITIONS improves things further, with enhanced graphics, character voiceovers, new skills to learn and much more.
  • SIMULACRA for Switch is released. "Simulacra expands upon its predecessor, Sara is Missing, experimenting even further with unsettling horror. And it succeeds."9/10 - Pocket Gamer"WINNER, Excellence in Storytelling"- International Mobile Game Awards SEA"NOMINATED, Most Innovative Game"- Indie Prize Kyiv 2017You found the lost phone of a woman named Anna. In it, you see a desperate cry for help in the form of a video message. The phone behaves strangely as you dive deeper into it. You talk to her friends and they have no idea where she is. Her texts, emails and photo gallery provides fragments of information as the mystery deepens. It's up to you to piece it together.About the GameSIMULACRA is a realistic "found phone"horror game that takes place entirely on the screen of a mobile phone. A voyeuristic experience that combines of point and click adventure games, found footage videos and fully realised phone apps. Features:- Explore a fully realised world through a simulated phone.- Solve the mystery using through popular phone apps.- An expansive narrative with hours of gameplay that leads to 5 possible endings.- Filmed with live actors and an extensive VO cast.- Solve the recurring image and text decryption puzzles to learn more about Anna's story.
  • Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition for Switch is released. Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition adds all-new enhanced features to the playable content of Neverwinter Nights Diamond Edition.Slink through the shadows as a deadly half-elven rogue, wield fearsome magics as a powerful gnomish sorcerer, vanquish your foes as an armor-clad dwarven paladin... whatever hero you create, incredible adventures await.Discover magic, wonder, and danger at every turn on your own or with friends in these classic Dungeons & Dragons adventures.Enhanced Features:- Mobile Play: A new virtual joystick and context sensitive button makes gameplay easy- Improved Display: Featuring a new re-engineered UI for tablet and phone play. Portrait, combat bar, inventory, and other UI elements adjust in size based on device resolution, and can be scaled to your liking.- Advanced Graphics Options: Pixel shaders and post-processing effects make for crisper, cleaner visuals. Enable contrast, vibrance, and depth of field options as preferred.- Community Endorsed: Original developers have teamed with key members of the Neverwinter Nights community to curate important fan-requested improvements to support players, storytellers, and modders. - Backwards Compatibility: Works with save games, modules, and mods from the original Neverwinter Nights. A galaxy of community created content awaits.- Cross-Platform Multiplayer: Experience vast persistent worlds and game online with friends playing on mobile or desktop.All the playable content of Neverwinter Nights Diamond Edition:- The original Neverwinter Nights campaign: Find yourself at the center of intrigue, betrayal, and dark magic in Neverwinter Nights. Journey through dangerous cities, monster filled dungeons and deep into uncharted wilderness in search of the cure for a cursed plague ravaging the city of Neverwinter. Two expansion packs: - Shadows of Undrentide: Another adventure begins in Shadows of Undrentide! Charged by your master to recover four ancient artifacts, travel from the Silver Marches to unravel mysteries of a long-dead magical civilization. - Hordes of the Underdark: Continue the adventure started in Shadows of Undrentide and journey into the ever-more bizarre and hostile depths of Undermountain to challenge a gathering evil.
  • Heroland for Switch is released. Highly customizable RPG - as a hero Tour guide, you choose what your party does, and when! Customize strategies, weapons, and more, including taking home treasure to decorate Lucky's room.
  • Farming Simulator 20 for Switch is released. In Farming Simulator 20, take control of vehicles and machines faithfully recreated from leading brands in the industry. For the first time on Nintendo Switch, this includes John Deere, the largest agriculture machinery company in the world. Drive other famous farming brands such as Case IH, New Holland, Challenger, Fendt, Valtra, Krone, Deutz-Fahrand many more.Farming Simulator 20 features a new North American environment in which to develop and expand your farm. Enjoy many exciting farming activities, including new machinery and crops with cotton and oats, new to the Nintendo Switch! Tend to your livestock of pigs, cows, and sheep, and now ride your own horses, letting you explore the vast land around your farm in a brand-new way.
  • EarthNight for Switch is released. EarthNight is a hand-painted roguelike runner about the dragon apocalypse. Dragons have taken over the Earth and exiled the decimated human population to outer space. Our outraged heroes Stanley and Sydney decide to skydive to the planet’s surface, taking out as many dragons as they can on their way. In terms of gameplay, Stanley is a good pick for beginners given his simpler control scheme. Sydney is for experts, with a less intuitive — but ultimately more rewarding — control scheme.
  • Kamala Harris ends her campaign to be the Democratic candidate for president.
  • World leaders discussing US President Donald Trump in unflattering terms at NATO reception caught on camera and goes viral.

On this day in 2018

  • 7-year old Ryan of Ryan Toysreview is the year's highest-paid YouTube star earning $22 million.
  • Dutch court in Arnhem rejects man's request to legally be recognised 20 years younger.
  • David Attenborough warns collapse of civilisation and the natural world on the horizon at UN climate summit in Poland.
  • Andrei Bitov, Russian writer (Pushkin House), who died at 81.
  • Justin Cartwright, British novelist (In Every Face I Meet), who died at 75.
  • Markus Beyer, Boxer.
  • Geoff Murphy, Director.
  • Philip Bosco, American actor (Trading Places, Lend Me a Tenor), who died at 88.
  • Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric wins; first time since 2007 that either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't win award; Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg is inaugural women's winner.

On this day in 2017

  • First pizza party in space held by astronauts of the International Space Station.
  • Jocelyn Ducharme, TikTok Star, born in Plattsburgh, NY.
  • Ivan Chermayeff, British-born American graphic designer, who died at 85.
  • Carmen Mayrink Veiga, Entrepreneur.
  • John B. Anderson, American politician and 1980 Republican presidential candidate, who died at 95.

On this day in 2016

  • US army decides it will not allow an oil pipeline to be built in North Dakota, after months of protests by The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
  • S. Newman Darby, American inventor of the sailboard, who died at 88.
  • Gigliola Frazzoni, Italian operatic soprano, who died at 93.
  • Antonio Membrado, Spanish-French classical guitarist and composer, who died at 81.
  • Lara Croft GO for PlayStation 4 is released. Lara Croft GO is a turn based puzzle-adventure set in a long-forgotten world. Explore the ruins of an ancient civilization, discover well-kept secrets and face deadly challenges as you uncover the myth of the Queen of Venom.
  • Let It Die for PlayStation 4 is released. In the year 2026 AD, a large tectonic disturbance occurred causing mass destruction around the world. South Western Tokyo split off into the ocean and became an island covered by a deep fog. Continuous seismic activity then caused a large spire to rise out of the ocean through the island creating a tower-like structure that pierces the clouds. Many mysteries remain hidden from the eyes of mankind await those courageous enough to dare approach the tower…
  • Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality for PlayStation 4 is released.
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for PlayStation 4 is released. The Marvel and Capcom universes collide once again in this Ultimate installment of the popular fighting franchise. With new fighters, epic new modes and rebalanced gameplay, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 asks only one question — are you ready for the Ultimate fighting experience?

On this day in 2015

  • US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces all combat roles in US armed forced will be opened to women.
  • American musician and singer-songwriter Scott Weiland died aged 48. He was found in cardiac arrest on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota, just before he was scheduled to go on stage with his band The Wildabouts. He was 48 years old. Weiland was best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots from 1986 to 2013, as well as Velvet Revolver from 2003 to 2008..
  • Eevi Huttunen, Finnish speed skater (8 World C'ship gold 1951-59), who died at 93.
  • Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson, Jamaican ska and reggae session keyboard player, and band leader (" The Liquidator"), who died at 81.
  • Scott Weiland, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), who died at 48.
  • Roy Evans, British trade unionist and General Secretary (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation), who died at 84.
  • Christmas, Again is released. For a fifth consecutive December, a heartbroken Noel (Kentucker Audley) returns to New York City to work the night shift at a sidewalk Christmas tree lot. Devoid of any holiday spirit, he struggles to stay awake during the long, chilly nights in his trailer, while the daytime traffic keeps him from getting any real rest. As he slowly spirals into despair, he comes to the aid of a mysterious young woman in the park. Her warming presence, matched with some colorful customers, help rescue him from self-destruction. [Factory 25]
  • The Wiz Live! is released. NBC's latest live musical is an adaptation of the retelling of The Wizard of Oz with 18-year-old newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy; Queen Latifah as the Wiz; Mary J. Blige as Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West; David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion; Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow; Ne-Yo as the Tin Man; Common as the Bouncer of the Emerald City; and The Wiz's original Broadway Dorothy, Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em.
  • Pokemon Picross for 3DS is released. Turn puzzles into portraits. Pokémon Picross can be downloaded without charge from Nintendo eShop for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. In Pokémon Picross, solve number puzzles to complete pictures of your favorite Pokémon. When you complete a puzzle, you’ll add that Pokémon to your collection.
  • Dementium Remastered for 3DS is released. Dementium Remastered tells the tale of a man who awakens to find himself alone in a mysterious, derelict hospital that is frozen in time. Confronted by the deadly, grotesque surgical experiments that wander the halls, a series of challenging puzzles, and a cast of peculiar characters, he must face his deepest fears, unlock the mysteries of the hospital, and escape with his life.
  • Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below for PC is released. In DRAGON QUEST HEROES, players must rise up against insurmountable odds, challenging swarms of enemies and conquering gigantic monsters. DRAGON QUEST HEROES comes to the PlayStation 4 system in beautiful high-definition graphics, filled with characters and monsters designed by world-renowned artist Akira Toriyama.
  • Dariusburst: Chronicle Saviours for PC is released. Game Features:- Brand-new story mode with hundreds of stages covering DARIUS history- 3000+ stages unlockable by global players in AC Chronicle mode- 9 playable ships to choose from including classic Silver Hawk variants, a new CS-exclusive ship, and gameplay-changing Burst modes- Branching stages where you choose your own path and challenge level- Over 40 enormous, robotic sea-monster battleships (including new CS-exclusive bosses)- Haunting and memorable Zuntata soundtrack from classic tracks to new compositions- Cross-Save support with PlayStation(R)4Vita system
  • Bill Bennett, Canadian politician, Premier of British Columbia (1975-86), who died at 83.
  • Jamaican pianist, keyboard player, and singer, Gladstone Anderson (also known by his nickname "Gladdy") died age 81. He played a major part in the island's musical history, playing a key role in defining the ska sound and the rocksteady beat, and playing on hundreds of recordings and as leader of Gladdy's All Stars who scored the instrumental song hit with 'The Liquidator' in 1969 and 1980..

On this day in 2014

  • Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, resigns.
  • English keyboard instrumentalist Ian McLagan died of a stroke age 69. He was a member of Small Faces and the Faces and also worked with many other artists including with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Billy Bragg, Jackson Browne, Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen..
  • Protests erupt in cities across the US after a grand jury decides not to charge the New York City police officer who killed Eric Garner with a choke-hold.
  • Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the most-streamed artist in the world by Spotify. The 23-year-old had racked up more than 860 million streams on the service, beating Eminem and Coldplay who came second and third respectively. Katy Perry was the year's most streamed female artist, with Ariana Grande second and Lana Del Rey third..
  • Ian McLagan, English rock keyboardist (Small Face; Faces), who died from a stroke at 69.
  • Nathaniel Branden, Canadian-American psychotherapist, who died at 84.
  • Zero Motivation is released. At a remote Israeli desert outpost, Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar), best friends and pencil-pushers in the Human Resources Office, spend their time playing video games, singing pop songs, jousting with stationery and dreaming of Tel Aviv. The indolent twosome are watched over by their aspiring senior officer, Rama (Shani Klein), who dreams of a higher position and a significant military career, but with a platoon of unskilled, idle, female soldiers without any drive under her charge, her ambitions for promotion are constantly thwarted. With shifts of tone that go from slapstick to satiric to horrifying with fluid ease, and with a superb supporting cast of characters, Zero Motivation is destined to be one of the most talked about films of the year. [Zeitgeist Films]
  • Wild is released. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. [Fox Searchlight Pictures]
  • The Old City: Leviathan for PC is released. The Old City: Leviathan is an experiment in first person exploration that focuses entirely on story. All that exists is you and the world. Set in a decaying city from a civilization long past, The Old City: Leviathan puts the player in the shoes of a sewer dwelling isolationist.
  • Game of Thrones: Episode One - Iron From Ice for Xbox One is released. Episode 1 - Iron From Ice. The series is based on the world, characters and events seen in HBO’s television show, which in turn is based on George R. R. Martin’s books (A Song of Ice and Fire). The events in the game series begin towards the end of Season 3 of the television show and end just before the beginning of Season 5. You'll traverse familiar locations such as King’s Landing and The Wall, as well as unfamiliar locations such as Ironrath, the home of House Forrester.
  • " How Stella Got Her Groove Back" actor Taye Diggs (44) and Broadway actress Idina Menzel (43) file for divorce after 11 years of marriage.

On this day in 2013

  • Norbert Kuchinke, Film Producer.
  • Khalid Hasan, Pakistani cricket leg-spin bowler (1 Test; 16 years,352 days, then youngest Test player), who died at 76.
  • Nina was released by Xiu Xiu. The latest release for the Jamie Stewart project is a cover album of Nina Simone songs recorded in one day.
  • Life Love & Hope was released by Boston. The first new studio album for the rock band led by Tom Scholz in 11 years includes three songs (2 are remixed songs from 2002's Corporate America) from the late-Brad Delp.
  • Live from KCRW was released by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The fourth live release for the rock band was recorded from two appearances at KCRW's Santa Monica studios in April 2013.
  • Love's Crushing Diamond was released by Mutual Benefit. The debut full-length release for solo project for Brooklyn-based Jordan Lee was recorded while the singer-songwriter toured across the US.
  • Britney Jean was released by Britney Spears. The eighth studio release for the pop singer includes guest appearances from her sister Jamie Lynn, T.I., and
  • What The... was released by Black Flag. The first release of new material from the punk band founded by Greg Ginn since 1985 includes Ron Reyes and new drummer Gregory Amoore.
  • Sumie was released by Sumie. The full-length debut for the Gothenburg-based singer (her sister Yukimi is in Little Dragon) was produced by Dustin O'Halloran.
  • Sum/One was released by bEEdEEgEE. Gang Gang Dance's Brian DeGraw releases his debut solo release featuring guest vocalists Douglas Armour, Gang Gang Dance's Lizzi Bougatsos, CSS' Lovefoxxx, and Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor.
  • Tiny Brains for PlayStation 4 is released. Tiny Brains is a 3D co-op action puzzle game in which up to four players can take the role of tiny (but superpowered!) lab animals. The game will be released on unannounced platforms later this year.
  • Escape Plan for PlayStation 4 is released. Dice with death and win in this slapstick tale of survival.Guide Lil and Laarg to safety using unique touch controls to survive a perilous labyrinth of puzzles and booby traps.Help these two hapless heroes by tapping the rear touch pad, blowing into the microphone and much more to confuse enemies.Breathe a sigh of relief as they scrape through to freedom and giggle when they come to a deliciously messy end.
  • Rainbow Moon for PlayStation Vita is released. Rainbow Moon is a strategic role-playing game with a strong emphasis on character development.


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