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

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On this day in 2022

  • " A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical" opens at Broadhurst Theatre, NYC.
  • Pablo Puente Buces, Religious Leader.
  • Bob McGrath, American musician, singer (Sing Along With Mitch), and actor (Sesame Street,1969-2017), who died of complications from a stroke at 90.
  • George & Tammy: Season 1 is released. The relationship between country legends George Jones (Michael Shannon) and Tammy Wynette (Jessica Chastain) is explored in this six-part limited series created by Abe Sylvia.

On this day in 2021

  • Mt Semeru erupts on Java island, Indonesia, killing at least 14 and injuring 56.
  • American country music singer and musician Stonewall Jackson died in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 89. His breakthrough came in the country Top 40 in late 1958, with a song written by a young George Jones, ‘Life to Go’..
  • Eileen Ash-Whelan, English cricket medium pace bowler (7 WTests,10 wickets, BB 4/68; Middlesex CC), who died at 110.
  • Stonewall Jackson, American country music musician (" Waterloo" ; "A Wound Time Can't Erase"), who died from complications of vascular dementia at 89.

On this day in 2020

  • New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson smashes 251 to set up the home side's innings & 134 run win over the West Indies in the 1st Test in Hamilton.
  • Roux Lopez, Family Member, born in United States.
  • David Lander, TV Actor.
  • David L. Lander, American actor (Laverne & Shirley - "Squiggy"), who died of multiple sclerosis at 73.
  • Bassam Saba, Lebanese violinist, oud, and nay player (New York Arabic Orchestra; Silk Road Ensemble), who died of COVID-19 pandemic complications at 62.
  • Small Axe: Red, White and Blue is released. Leroy Logan (John Boyega) is a young forensic scientist with a yearning to do more than his solitary laboratory work. When he sees his father assaulted by two policemen, he finds himself driven to revisiting a childhood ambition to become a police officer; an ambition borne from the naïve hope of wanting to change racist attitudes from within.
  • Another Round is released. There's a theory that we should be born with a small amount of alcohol in our blood, and that modest inebriation opens our minds to the world around us, diminishing our problems and increasing our creativity. Heartened by that theory, Martin and three of his friends, all weary high school teachers, embark on an experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday. If Churchill won WW2 in a heavy daze of alcohol, who knows what a few drops might do for them and their students? Initial results are positive, and the teachers' little project turns into a genuine academic study. Both their classes and their results continue to improve, and the group feels alive again! As the units are knocked back, some of the participants see further improvement and others go off the rails. It becomes increasingly clear that while alcohol may have fueled great results in world history, some bold acts carry consequences.
  • 76 Days is released. Raw and intimate, this documentary captures the struggles of patients and frontline medical professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan.
  • Black Bear is released. At a remote lake house in the Adirondack Mountains, a couple entertains an out-of-town guest looking for inspiration in her filmmaking. The group quickly falls into a calculated game of desire, manipulation, and jealousy, unaware of how dangerously convoluted their lives will soon become in the filmmaker’s pursuit of a work of art, which blurs the boundaries between autobiography and invention.
  • Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan is released. Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan dives into the life of the tortured Irish vocalist, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the Pogues, who famously combined traditional Irish music with the visceral energy of punk rock. Featuring unseen archival footage from the band and MacGowan’s family, as well as animation from legendary illustrator Ralph Steadman, Julien Temple’s rollicking love letter spotlights the iconic frontman up to his 60th birthday celebration, where singers, movie stars and rock ’n’ roll outlaws gather to celebrate the man and his legacy.
  • Billie is released. Billie Holiday had one of the greatest voices of all time and changed the face of American music. She was a woman of breath-taking talent and global popularity while also stirring controversy. She started a notable rebellion singing “Strange Fruit” which exposed the realities of Black life in America and earned her powerful enemies. Raw, emotional and brutally honest, Billie is filled with never-before-heard interviews from musical greats like Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, Sylvia Syms and Count Basie.
  • Godmothered is released. Upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, Eleanor (Jillian Bell), a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. Finding a mislaid letter from a 10-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) working at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “Happily Ever After, ” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Half Brothers is released. Renato, a successful Mexican aviation executive, is shocked to discover he has an American half-brother he never knew about, the free-spirited Asher. The two very different half-brothers are forced on a road journey together masterminded by their ailing father, tracing the path their father took as an immigrant from Mexico to the US.
  • Love, Weddings & Other Disasters is released. With a couple’s impending wedding as the backdrop, Love, Weddings & Other Disasters weaves multiple storylines as it follows the search for love by a colorful group of characters including: an inexperienced wedding planner (Maggie Grace) nicknamed “The Wedding Trasher”; a fussy celebrity caterer (Jeremy Irons); his blind date (Diane Keaton); and a tour-bus guide (Andrew Bachelor) looking for his Cinderella.
  • All My Life is released. Jennifer Carter (Jessica Rothe) and Solomon Chau (Harry Shum Jr) are a sweet, fun-loving, newly engaged couple whose whole life seems ahead of them. But when Sol is diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in December, their plans for a summer wedding become impossible. In a race against time, Jenn and Sol’s friends and family launch an online fundraiser to help the couple create their dream wedding in just two weeks. In the process, they unleash an outpouring of generosity and attention from people around the world who want to celebrate the power of love with them. Through it all, Jenn and Sol’s commitment to each other only deepens, becoming a heartwarming reminder that the strength of true love knows no limits.
  • The Prom is released. Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma's predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.
  • The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is released. Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Godfather: Part III, director/screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola brings a definitive new edit and restoration of the final film in his epic Godfather trilogy—Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), now in his 60s, seeks to free his family from crime and find a suitable successor to his empire. That successor could be fiery Vincent (Andy Garcia)... but he may also be the spark that turns Michael's hope of business legitimacy into an inferno of mob violence. The film’s meticulously restored picture and sound, under the supervision of American Zoetrope and Paramount Pictures, includes a new beginning and ending, as well as changes to scenes, shots, and music cues. The resulting project reflects author Mario Puzo and Coppola’s original intentions of The Godfather: Part III, and delivers, in the words of Coppola, “a more appropriate conclusion to The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II.”
  • Nomadland is released. Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.
  • I'm Your Woman is released. In this 1970s set crime drama, a woman is forced to go on the run after her husband betrays his partners, sending her and her baby on a dangerous journey.
  • Selena: The Series: Season 1 is released. The drama series dramatizes the life of tejano star Selena Quintanilla (Christian Serratos).
  • Odin's Raven Magic was released by Sigur Rós. The recording of the collaboration between the Icelandic band, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Steindór Andersen and Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir with the Schola Cantorum of Reykjavík and L’Orchestre des Laureats du Conservatoire National de Paris is finally released after having premiered it live on stage back in 2002.
  • Nightmare Vacation was released by Rico Nasty. The debut full-length studio release for the rapper features guest appearances from Aminé, Gucci Mane, ppcocaine, Rubi Rose, Sukihana, Don Toliver, and Trippie Redd.
  • Weird! was released by Yungblud. The second full-length release for the British alternative pop artist features contributions from Travis Barker, Machine Gun Kelly, and Dan Reynolds.
  • Wonder was released by Shawn Mendes. The fourth full-length release for the Canadian singer-songwriter features a duet with Justin Bieber.
  • Suzerain for PC is released. As President Rayne, lead Sordland into ruin or repair during your first term in this text-based role-playing game. Navigate a political drama driven by conversations with your cabinet members and other significant figures. Beware or embrace corruption; shirk or uphold ideals. How will you lead?
  • ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos for PC is released. Enter the latest installment in the Chronos Series.Become Lieutenant Chloe, pilot of the massive battle robot Makhia as you face off against the Meteoras, colossal enemies of humanity in a story that takes place 200 years in the future.Make choices and decisions with the guidance of the Decision Support System.Pilot the 400-meter-tall Makhia in blood-pumping action sequences.Be amazed by the concerts of an electronic idol.The future awaits beyond your screen.
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition for PlayStation 4 is released. The Definitive Edition includes all the content from the original release of the acclaimed DRAGON QUEST XI, and adds extra character-specific scenarios, the choice of playing with the original soundtrack or a grand orchestral version of the music, the ability to switch between 2D and 3D graphic modes, a Japanese voice-acting option, and much more.
  • FIFA 21 NXT LVL EDITION for PlayStation 5 is released. On the street and in the stadium, FIFA 21 has more ways to play than ever before. FIFA 21 rewards you for your creativity and control all over the pitch. Create more scoring opportunities with all-new dynamic attacking systems in the most intelligent FIFA gameplay to date. A new Agile Dribbling system gives you the means to unleash your creativity in 1-on-1 situations. Use fast footwork, more responsive close control, and new skill moves like the ball roll fake to explode past defenders. In FIFA 21, increased positional awareness elevates footballers’ in-game intelligence to put them in the right place at the right time. See world-class forwards hold their runs in line with the last defender, creative playmakers find space to play through balls, and midfielders shut off passing lanes as players better live up to their real-world understanding of space and time on the pitch. [Electronic Arts]
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light for Switch is released. Play the Famicom classic that started the Fire Emblem™ legacy—localized for the first time. Meet Marth and recruit some of the most beloved Fire Emblem characters in their 8-bit glory as you play through all 25 chapters of this classic Famicom tactical role-playing game, localized and released for the first time in North America—for a limited time. From defending the kingdom of Talys to facing off against the titular Shadow Dragon, this scrappy hero must be poised to take on any challenge. Luckily, he has a capable group of allies at his side: Tiki, Minerva, the Whitewing Sisters, and more. See Marth’s humble beginnings from a refugee in Talys to the hero of Archanea!
  • Commandos 2 HD Remaster for Switch is released. Relive the real-time tactics masterpiece that defined the genre like no other: Originally developed by the legendary Pyro Studios, Commandos 2 - HD Remaster is a true homage to one of gaming's most celebrated masterpieces. Experience Commandos 2 Men of Courage like never before in high definition with reworked controls, UI and tutorial.Take control of an elite group of commandos who must venture deep into enemy territory and utilize their combined expertise to complete a series of notoriously demanding missions set in World War II. Go covert into various environments based on authentic World War II locations and lead your team of commandos against overwhelming odds, operate covertly and turn the tide of war.
  • John Wick Hex for Switch is released. Become The Baba Yaga. John Wick Hex is a fast-paced, action-oriented strategy game that makes you think and strike like John Wick, the professional hitman of the critically acclaimed film franchise. Created in close cooperation with the creative teams behind the films, John Wick Hex is fight-choreographed chess brought to life as a video game, capturing the series’ signature gun fu style while expanding its story universe. Players must make quick decisions and choose every action and attack they make, all the while considering their immediate cost and consequences. Featuring a unique blend of strategic time-based action, John Wick Hex captures the feel of the tactical combat from the films and blurs the line between the strategy and action video game genres. Perform well and progress in the main story mode to unlock new weapons, suit options and locations. Each weapon changes up the tactics you’ll use and the manner in which you’ll play. Ammo is finite and realistically simulated, so time your reloads and make the most of weapons you scavenge on the job. Experience an original new story set prior to the events of the films which sees John on a desperate mission to rescue Winston and Charon from a dangerous new adversary seeking his birthright. This story is brought to life by the world class voice talents of Ian McShane and Lance Reddick, reprising their iconic roles from the films, and voice acting legend Troy Baker, joining the stellar cast as the game's eponymous villain 'Hex'. John Wick Hex compliments the style of the films with a unique graphic noir art design and an original score by renowned composer Austin Wintory.
  • Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise for Switch is released. Work out at home and punch to the beat. Jab, uppercut, dodge, and more to catchy pop tunes in this rhythmic boxing game. Pass a Joy-Con™ controller to an exercise buddy and box to the beat together. Customize your workout with the help of a virtual instructor. Choose from nine virtual instructors, select a challenge level from light to heavy and have a workout prepared for you by your trainer, or create one all by yourself from scratch in Free Training. Check out detailed examples, practice specific moves, and receive helpful feedback from your instructor to get the most out of your workout. Warm up with the original Fitness Boxing game and then transfer your profile to the Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise game. Keep your progress from the original Fitness Boxing game and transfer your profile to the Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise game. Get your daily workout on and box (and bop) to the beat. Pass a Joy-Con controller (or two) to a workout partner to enjoy a 2-player boxing session lead by your in-game instructor. These virtual trainers have different personalities and styles, so try them out and find the one that suits you best! Complete achievements to receive tickets you can redeem for outfits to deck out your trainer in fitness fashion.Whatever difficulty you play on, you can revisit specific exercises for practice or watch detailed examples to observe perfect form.Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise is a way to get in a guided workout, track your activity, and listen to some popular, upbeat jams.

On this day in 2019

  • 58 migrants drown after a boat sinks off the coast of Mauritania, with 83 saved.
  • North American migratory birds getting smaller, their wings wider due to climate change according to study by University of Michigan published in journal "Ecology Letters".
  • Ockie Oosthuizen, South African rugby union front rower (9 caps; Transvaal), who died from cancer at 64.
  • Bob Willis, English cricket fast bowler and captain (90 Tests,325 wickets; 64 ODIs), who died of prostate cancer at 70.
  • The Moodys: Season 1 is released. Sean Sr. and Ann Moody (Denis Leary and Elizabeth Perkins) welcome their three adult children (Francois Arnaud, Jay Baruchel and Chelsea Frei) home for the holidays in this comedy series based on the Australian series of the same name.
  • Everreach: Project Eden for PC is released. Assume the role of Nora Harwood, member of Everreach’s Security Division, on a mission to secure the colonization process of Eden and investigate mysterious incidents in this fast-paced, story-driven action-RPG set on the visually stunning Planet Eden.

On this day in 2018

  • First successful birth resulting from uterus transplant from a deceased donor in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Attempts to establish mob council in Sicily thwarted when 46 members of the mafia arrested including Settimio Mineo.
  • Native Americans had just one migration from Siberia to the New World, at most 23,000 years ago, in research published in "Nature" and "Science".
  • French couture house Chanel ends its use of fur and exotic skins following bans by other companies.
  • Scottish artist Charlotte Prodger wins the 2018 Turner Prize with film shot on her iPhone.
  • The Council - Episode 5: Checkmate for PC is released. Checkmate is the fifth and final episode of The Council’s inaugural season. The Complete Season of The Council grants access to all 5 episodes.As his assumptions about reality come crashing down around him, Louis de Richet must take the final steps on deciding his path – and the fate of the world. Democracies, monarchies, and the future of nations hang in the balance.This finale brings all your decisions, mistakes, and victories to the fore as Louis’ alliances, enemies, and family all come together for a climatic confrontation. Who will win, and can the De Richets survive the island in the end? Finish the adventure in The Council Episode 5: Checkmate as kings fall, pawns rise, and the choice, as always, is yours.
  • Subnautica for PlayStation 4 is released. Descend into the depths of an alien underwater world filled with resources, creatures, wonder and threats. Craft equipment and submarines to explore lush coral reefs, volcanoes, cave systems, and more all while trying to survive.
  • Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight for PlayStation 4 is released. Choose from several difficulty levels and dance alongside the members of SEES in a customizable rhythm game experience. Characters can tear up the dance floor with a partner by performing well during a song and entering “Fever” mode; try out some of your favorite character combinations.
  • Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection for PlayStation 4 is released. Jam out to all your favorite Persona music with both Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight in an exclusive collector's box featuring character art by Shigenori Soejima.
  • Override: Mech City Brawl for PlayStation 4 is released. No gears, no glory! Control gigantic robots and duke it out across fantastic cityscapes in this 3D mech-based brawler! Epic and explosive battles await with distinctive mechs in local and online versus mode, party co-op with two to four players, and a single-player campaign.
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales for PlayStation 4 is released. From the creators of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt comes a brand new tale set in the brutal and twisted universe of witcher Geralt of Rivia. The world stands on the verge of chaos, as the tensions between the power-hungry Nilfgaardian Empire and proud Northern Realms grow. Facing an imminent invasion, Meve — war-veteran Queen of Lyria and Rivia — is forced to once again enter the warpath, and set out on a dark journey of destruction and revenge.
  • Just Cause 4 for PlayStation 4 is released. Welcome to Solis, a huge South American world home of conflict, oppression and extreme weather conditions. Just Cause 4 sees rogue hero Rico Rodriguez land in Solis to hunt down the truth about his past, at any costs. Strap into your wingsuit, equip your fully customizable grappling hook, and get ready to bring the thunder. Soar through the skies with your wingsuit - Skydive, Base Jump and Free Dive with no limits. Fight your enemies under extreme weather conditions, including treacherous tornadoes and tropical lightning storms, taking the iconic Just Cause action to insane new heights. Use extreme weather events to your advantage thanks to never seen before in-game physics. Spearhead the rebellion and defeat the Black Hand, a hi-tech private military organisation. Face off against Gabriela Morales – your most fierce, capable, and unpredictable adversary yet. Uncover the truth of Rico’s father’s past life on Solís’ and its extreme weather. Explore the remote South American country of Solís, home of conflict, secrets, and danger. Enjoy 100 square kilometres of exotic playground, from rainforest to desert, via snowy mountain peaks. Discover a plethora of wonders as you explore the world of Solís from bustling cities to rural grasslands. [Square Enix]
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden for PlayStation 4 is released. A tactical adventure game combining the turn-based combat of XCOM with story, exploration, stealth, and strategy. Take control of a team of Mutants navigating a post-human Earth. Created by a team including former HITMAN leads and the designer of PAYDAY.
  • Arca's Path VR for PlayStation 4 is released. Trapped in the enchanting simulated world of Arca, it is up to you to find a path through the labyrinth and break free. With intuitive hands-free gameplay, Arca’s Path is an atmospheric VR gaming experience.
  • Atelier Arland Series Deluxe Pack for PlayStation 4 is released. The 3 parts of the Arland Series Released in one deluxe edition!- Atelier Rorona ~The Alchemist of Arland~ DXFirst release in the Arland series. The main character Rorona must save her Atelier from being closed by the Kingdom. Using Synthesis, Exploration, and Battle, gain recognition for the Atelier and save it from being closed.- Atelier Totori ~The Adventurer of Arland~ DXThe second release in the Arland series. In a search for her missing mother, Totori tours the world of Arland as an adventurer accompanied by her friends. Use Synthesis, Explore, and Battle to fulfil requests, raise her rank as an adventurer and venture into brand new lands.- Atelier Meruru ~The Apprentice of Arland~ DXThird release in the Arland series. Princess of the small frontier country of Arls, Meruru plans to use alchemy to stimulate the growth of her small country. Use Synthesis, Explore, and Battle to increase the population within the time limit and boost the advancement of the kingdom.
  • Gear.Club Unlimited 2 for Switch is released. On the mountainside, through a nature park, in the middle of the desert or along the coast, defend your position over the course of more than 250 races, including championships, missions and challenges. As you progress through the races, admire the growing collection of cars in your personal garage. Gear.Club Unlimited 2 has more than 50 licensed cars from the world’s most famous manufacturers, such as the Porsche 718 Boxster,918 Spyder,911 GT2RS, Dodge Viper, Lotus 3-Eleven or McLaren 720s.
  • Toki for Switch is released. Toki sets off on a new adventure! The cult action/platform game originally released on arcade machines in 1989 is back with a super-simian new version, featuring all-new hand-drawn graphics and re-orchestrated music. Toki the warrior lived peacefully in the jungle with his sweetheart Miho. Appearing out of nowhere, the terrifying voodoo sorcerer Vookimedlo and heinous demon Bashtar kidnap Miho and turn the poor Toki into a chimpanzee! Unfortunately for his sweetheart, he has become a hairy, lethargic ape...
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom for Xbox One is released. A legendary game series returns with an all-new adventure and in HD. Monster Boy is a colorful side-scrolling action adventure created in cooperation with Ryuichi Nishizawa, the creator of the famous Wonder Boy in Monster World series. Monster Boy is being created to bring back the enjoyment of the classic games that shine by simplicity. Exciting gameplay, upbeat music and smooth graphics. You'll need to overcome huge bosses, find hidden passages, discover powerful equipment and use all your wits and skills to remove a powerful curse. Transform into 6 different creatures, each with their own skills and abilities. Take advantage of all the unique powers to open new paths and advance in an epic story.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron drops controversial rise in fuel tax after three weeks of mass protests.
  • Theresa May's UK government suffers three parliamentary defeats in one day, also found in contempt of parliament for failing to publish report in full on Brexit.
  • Ownership group Seattle Hockey Partners led by billionaire businessman Davis Bonderman is unanimously granted an NHL license by the Board of Governors; to start play 2020-21 season at KeyArena.

On this day in 2017

  • New York Giants fire head coach Ben McAdoo and manager Jerry Reese after a 2–10 start.
  • New York's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after allegations of sexual misconduct.
  • Thomas fire begins and spreads to city of Ventura, California.
  • Shashi Kapoor [Balbir Raj Kapoor], prominent Indian Bollywood actor (Deewar, The Deceivers, Shalimar, Heat & Dust), who died from a chest infection at 79.
  • Ali Abdullah Saleh, World Leader.
  • The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee is released. The life and career of the Washington Post editor Ben Bradley is examined with archival footage, interviews, home movies, and photos in this documentary directed by John Maggio.
  • US President Donald Trump scales back Utah National Parks - Bears Ears National Monument (85%), Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (50%).
  • US Supreme Court allows President Trump's travel ban to come into effect for 6 mostly Muslim countries.
  • Mary Louise Hancock, American politician and activist, who died at 97.

On this day in 2016

  • Venezuela issues new higher-value notes after currency falls 60% in 1 months against the US dollar.
  • Wayne Duncan, bassist with Australian rock band Daddy Cool died following a stroke. Their debut 1971 single 'Eagle Rock' stayed at No.1 on the Australian singles chart for ten weeks. Their debut July 1971 LP Daddy Who? Daddy Cool also reached No.1 and became the first Australian album to sell more than 100,000 copies..
  • Tens of thousands march throughout Brazil against a vote to undermine anti-corruption investigations.
  • Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), who died from lung illness at 69.
  • Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), who died of cancer at 67.
  • Mariah's World: Season 1 is released. The reality show follows Mariah Carey as she prepares for her Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour in Europe and her wedding to James Packer.
  • Austria elects liberal independent Alexander Van der Bellen as President, after original vote in May annulled.

On this day in 2015

  • A new statue of The Beatles was unveiled in Liverpool - 50 years after their last show in Merseyside. The bronze sculpture, by Andy Edwards which weighed 1.2 tonnes, had been given to the city by The Cavern Club the venue synonymous with the Fab Four in the 1960s..
  • Floods in Chennai and Tamil Nadu state, India start receding after a month of heavy rainfall, leaving more 260 dead and thousands stranded.
  • J Capri, World Music Singer.
  • Rodney Milne [Blumer], British opera critic (Opera magazine,1971-99), musicologist, and libretto translator, who died at 79.
  • Salvatore "Robert" Loggia, American actor (Jagged Edge, Big, Officer & a Gentleman, Scarface), who died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 85.
  • The Boy and the Beast is released. When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely family will be put to the ultimate test—a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.
  • The Girl King is released. An enigmatic young woman in conflict - torn between reason and passion; between her woman's body and being raised as a prince; between the ancient and modern worlds and between the brilliance of her educated mind and the conservative forces around her. Crowned Queen at the age of six, Kristina of Sweden was thrust into a labyrinth of power and tradition, where a court of austere, Lutheran men pressure her to marry and produce an heir to fulfill her destiny. She finds sanctuary and love with her lady-in-waiting, the beautiful and elegant, countess Ebba Sparre, although the Chancellor, Axel Oxenstierna, pressures her to pair with his son, Johan. Soon the forces around the Queen realize that Ebba is the key to controlling her, but they underestimate Kristina's brilliant mind and her drive to be free.
  • The Wannabe is released. Based on true events, The Wannabe is the story of a man obsessed with Mafia culture as he attempts to become a part of this lifestyle by fixing the 1992 trial of infamous mobster John Gotti and going on a crime spree of his own.
  • Youth is released. Fred (Michael Caine) and Mick (Harvey Keitel), two old friends, are on vacation in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz), Mick is intent on finishing the screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (Jane Fonda). And where will inspiration lead their younger friend Jimmy (Paul Dano), an actor grasping to make sense of his next performance? Set against a sprawling landscape of unforgettable sights and intoxicating music, Youth asks if our most important and life-changing experiences can come at any time – even late – in life. [Fox Searchlight]
  • Almost There is released. Almost There is a coming-of-(old)-age story about Peter Anton, an elderly "outsider"artist living in at-risk conditions whose world changes (and maybe not all for the better) when he's discovered by two filmmakers. Shot over eight years, Almost There documents Anton's first major exhibition and how the controversy it generates forces him to leave his childhood home. By highlighting the people in Anton's community compelled to help this hilarious and heartbreaking character survive, Almost There explores the responsibilities we have to those in need and the ethical complexities and potential conflicts inherent in every subject-filmmaker, artist-curator, helper-helpee relationship.
  • Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One is released. In which Scheherazade tells of the restlessness that befell the country: It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that in a sad country among all countries, where people dream of mermaids and whales, and unemployment is spreading. In certain places, forests burn into the night despite the falling rain; men and women long to set out to sea in the middle of winter. Sometimes there are animals that talk although it is highly improbable that they are listened to. In this country, where things are not what they appear to be, men of power promenade on camels and hide permanent and shameful erections; they await the moment when taxes are collected so they can pay a certain wizard whom... And seeing the morning break, Scheherazade fell silent. [Kino Lorber]
  • Every Thing Will Be Fine is released. One day, driving aimlessly around the outskirts of town after a trivial domestic quarrel, a writer named Tomas (James Franco) accidentally hits and kills a child. Over the next ten years he struggles to come to terms with his actions.
  • The Letters is released. Mother Teresa, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times. Her selfless commitment changed hearts, lives and inspired millions throughout the world. The Letters, as told through personal letters she wrote over the last 40 years of her life, reveal a troubled and vulnerable woman who grew to feel an isolation and an abandonment by God. The story is told from the point of view of a Vatican priest charged with the task of investigating acts and events following her death. He recounts her life’s work, her political oppression, her religious zeal and her unbreakable spirit. [Freestyle Releasing]
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Lady in the Van is released. Playwright Alan Bennett forms an unexpected bond with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. [Sony Pictures Classics]
  • A Royal Night Out is released. On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.
  • Krampus is released. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive. [Legendary Pictures]
  • Macbeth is released. Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition, set in war torn Scottish landscape. [Studiocanal]
  • Life is released. Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), a photographer for Life Magazine is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean (Dane DeHaan).
  • MI-5 is released. When charismatic terrorist Adem Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody during a high profile handover, legendary operative Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), Head of Counter-terrorism, is blamed. Disgraced and forced to resign, Harry disappears without a trace. With MI5 on its knees in the wake of the Qasim debacle and facing controversial reform, former agent Will Holloway (Kit Harington) is brought back from Moscow to discover the truth about Harry’s disappearance and in doing so, uncovers a shocking revelation; Harry is still alive, has gone rogue and he desperately needs Will’s help. Will must decide whether to turn Harry in - or risk everything by trusting the damaged, dangerous master spy who betrayed him once before.
  • Chi-Raq is released. Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. After the murder of a Child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago’s Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.
  • A Very Murray Christmas is released. The Christmas special directed by Sofia Coppola and written by Coppola, Bill Murray and Mitch Glazer, is set in New York's Carlyle Hotel with Murray acting and singing in sketches with a variety of artists including Michael Cera, Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Rashida Jones, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, and Jason Schwartzman.
  • Transparent: Season 2 is released. Maura's (Jeffrey Tambor) journey continues in season two.
  • Science & Magic was released by Lil Bub. 25% of the profits from the debut release from the celebrity cat adopted by Mike Bridavsky go to an ASPCA-affiliated charity group helping special needs animals.
  • A Head Full of Dreams was released by Coldplay. The seventh full-length studio release for the British alternative rock band was produced by Rik Simpson and Stargate with guest appearances from Beyoncé, Merry Clayton, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Annabelle Wallis.
  • Black Market was released by Rick Ross. The eighth studio release from the rapper features guest appearances from Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green, John Legend, Nas, DJ Premier, and The-Dream.
  • Long Lost Suitcase was released by Tom Jones. The latest studio release for the Welsh singer was produced by Ethan Johns.
  • Kubrick was released by Soulsavers. The second release for the British electronic duo is an instrumental album inspired by Stanley Kubrick's films.
  • Late Nights: The Album was released by Jeremih. The third full-length studio release for the Chicago R&B artist features guest appearances from Jhené Aiko, Big Sean, J. Cole, Future, Juicy J, Migos, Twista, Ty Dolla $ign, and YG.
  • Kannon was released by Sunn O))). The seventh studio release for the Seattle doom metal is a 30 minutes three-track album.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U is released. Fight for survival while exploring the vast expanses of an unknown planet where anything you see is reachable in your weaponized mech, called a Skell. Customize a lethal skill set of combat and defensive skills, called Arts, to strengthen your strategies and defeat enemies efficiently. Attack your enemies from multiple directions using melee weapons, guns, and your greatest asset—your tactical mind.
  • Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas divorce after 19 years of marriage.
  • Justin Bieber scored his third UK No.1 single with 'Love Yourself', which knocked his previous chart topper, 'Sorry', to No.2.The last living artists to achieve the feat were The Beatles in 1963 with 'She Loves You' and 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'..

On this day in 2014

  • NBC airs musical "Peter Pan Live!" starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken; substantially revised from the earlier Mary Martin productions.
  • Ukraine and Pro-Russian rebels agree to cease fire in the eastern war zone, beginning December 9.
  • US authorities promise a "fair" investigation into the death of African American Eric Garner, after a white New York City police officer held him in a choke-hold faces no charges.
  • The United Nations warns that the world is on course for the warmest year since records began.
  • Peter Pan Live! is released. After the success of the live production of the Sound of Music, NBC returns with Allison Williams as the boy who never wanted to grow up and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.
  • Dead State for PC is released. Dead State is a high-tension survival RPG set at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. As society begins to fall apart, the player must organize a scant handful of allies, working on fortifying a shelter, scouting for food and supplies, making uncertain alliances with others, and attempting to hold together a group as humanity teeters on the brink of extinction. A full-fledged RPG featuring shelter building and management, turn-based tactical combat, and reactive story and dialogue with an emphasis on survival at any cost. Attract new allies, scavenge food and supplies, and protect your shelter at any cost. Do you have what it takes to lead a desperate group through a crisis? This is your chance to find out.
  • Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, Blackpool, England: Team Europe beats US,11-5 for 5th straight title; MVP: Niels Feijen (Netherlands).

On this day in 2013

  • McDonald Bailey, British-Trinidadian 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), who died at 92.
  • Out of the Furnace is released. When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.
  • Mob City: Season 1 is released. Created by Frank Darabont, the drama is based on John Buntin's book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City, focuses on the Los Angeles police led by Police Chief William H. Parker (Neal McDonough) and Det. Hal Morrison (Jeffrey DeMunn) as they battle the elements of Mickey Cohen's (Jeremy Luke) gang.
  • Kirstie: Season 1 is released. Broadway star Madison Banks (Kirstie Alley) finds Arlo, the son (Eric Peterson) she gave up for adoption 26 years ago, shows up. Madison's best friend/assistant Thelma Katz (Rhea Pearlman) and her chauffeur Frank Baxter (Michael Richards) help them adjust to this new development.
  • Broken Sword 5: The Serpents' Curse - Part I for PC is released. George Stobbart and Nico Collard reunite for a new adventure in Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse.
  • Xavier Bettel becomes Luxenberg's first openly gay Prime Minister.


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