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Today in the World Countries

  • Battle Day is being celebrated in Falkland Islands
  • Constitution Day is being celebrated in Northern Mariana Islands
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception is being celebrated in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru
  • Immaculate Conception is being celebrated in most countries
  • Immaculate Conception Day is being celebrated in Italy, Spain
  • Mother's Day is being celebrated in Panama
  • National Youth Day is being celebrated in Albania
  • Saint Clement of Ohrid Day is being celebrated in North Macedonia
  • Santa Marian Kamalen Day is being celebrated in Guam
  • The Constitution Day is being celebrated in Uzbekistan
  • People born on this day are Sagittarius as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • Magazine Dreams is released. An amateur bodybuilder struggles to find human connection as his relentless drive for recognition pushes him to the brink.
  • The Boy and the Heron is released. A young boy named Mahitoyearning for his motherventures into a world shared by the living and the dead.There, death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning.
  • The Zone of Interest is released. The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.
  • Poor Things is released. Bella Baxter (Emma Stone) is brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

On this day in 2022

  • Singer Celine Dion reveals she has been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), a rare neurological disorder on Instagram.
  • Canadian singer Celine Dion reveals via Instagram that she has been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), a rare neurological disorder.
  • Documentary series "Harry & Meghan" about Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex begins streaming on Netflix.
  • Trevor Noah hosts his final episode of late-night talk and satirical news television program "The Daily Show".
  • Yoshishige Yoshida, Director.
  • Jackie McLeod, Canadian ice hockey right wing (World C'ship gold 1961; New York Rangers) and coach (Canada 1966-69, Olympic bronze 1968), who died at 92.
  • Harry & Meghan: Season 1 is released. The first three episodes of the six-part documentary series directed by Liz Garbus features interviews, personal videos and pictures about how Duke and Duchess of Sussex, better known as Prince Harry and Meghan, met, fell in love and the challenges that led to move to the United States.
  • CrossFire: Legion for PC is released. The world is in conflict. Black List and Global Risk are in a perpetual fight for the domination of their ideologies; but all is shaken up with the arrival of a new faction on the battlefield.Crossfire: Legion is a real time strategy game featuring tactical action in furious battles across a shattered version of the near future. Raise and customize your army to engage in intense online combat and carve your own path as you rise through the ranks.Whether you are looking for a highly competitive experience or prefer a slightly more relaxed approach, Crossfire: Legion has something in store for you.Prove your abilities in the online versus modes as you manage resources, consolidate a base and send your army to annihilate the enemies.Prepare yourself, on the field of battle, hesitation is your worst enemy.
  • The Forest Quartet for PlayStation 5 is released. The Forest Quartet is a 3D narrative puzzler about a gone, but not forgotten, lead singer. Play her spirit and travel through 3 acts unique to the members of her band for a final farewell concert. Face their emotions, solve puzzles and fight the corruption plaguing their souls.
  • Chained Echoes for Switch is released. Take up your sword, channel your magic or board your Mech. Chained Echoes is a 16-bit SNES style RPG set in a fantasy world where dragons are as common as piloted mechanical suits. Follow a group of heroes as they explore a land filled to the brim with charming characters, fantastic landscapes and vicious foes.Can you bring peace to a continent where war has been waged for generations and betrayal lurks around every corner?Chained Echoes is a story-driven game where a group of heroes travel around the vast continent of Valandis to bring an end to the war between its three kingdoms. In the course of their journey, they will travel through a wide array of diverse landscapes spanning from wind-tanned plateaus and exotic archipelagos to sunken cities and forgotten dungeons.
  • American basketball star Brittany Griner is released by Russian authorities in a prisoner exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout; Griner detained on drug smuggling charges since February 2022.

On this day in 2021

  • Gil Bridges, the last surviving member of the original line-up from American band Rare Earth died aged 80, of complications arising from COVID-19 pandemic. Rare Earth was the first big hit-making act signed by Motown that consisted only of white members..
  • Ralph Tavares died two days before his 80th birthday. He was a member of American R&B, funk and soul music group Tavares best known for their 1976 hit ‘Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel’..
  • Olaf Scholz is sworn as the new Chancellor of Germany, replacing Angela Merkel after 16 years.
  • London Correia, Reality Star, born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Kristina Dukic, YouTube Star.
  • Slim 400, Rapper.
  • Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX for PC is released. Enjoy “Monster Rancher” and “Monster Rancher 2” to the fullest!20 years since their release, the legendary monster training games “Monster Rancher” and “Monster Rancher 2”are bringing back the exciting days of growing, training, and competing with your unique monsters!"Will you grow your strongest monsters by doting on them or by developing an intense training regime? Find your own style among endless possibilities! "[“Monster Rancher” and “Monster Rancher 2” Features]? Raise, train, and battle just like in the original!You can acquire, train, and battle with all kinds of monsters just like in the original “Monster Rancher” games.In addition, you can take advantage of the online features to both acquire new monsters and compete online.
  • Halo Infinite for PC is released. When all hope is lost and humanity’s fate hangs in the balance, the Master Chief is ready to confront the most ruthless foe he’s ever faced. Begin anew and step inside the armor of humanity’s greatest hero to experience an epic adventure and finally explore the scale of the Halo ring itself.
  • Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space Remastered for Switch is released. The Freelance Police are back on the crime beat in a newly remastered version of their second episodic season. Zombies will dance. Mariachis will sing. A giant battle robot will trash the streets. And when their friends’ lives are at stake, Sam & Max will risk their very souls to set things right.
  • Barry Harris, American bebop jazz pianist (Cannonball Adderly; Lee Morgan; "The Bird of Red and Gold"), and educator, who died of COVID-19 pandemic complications at 91.

On this day in 2020

  • The UK begins vaccinating for COVID-19 pandemic using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
  • Walter Lechner, Race Car Driver.
  • Harold Budd, American avant-garde ambient pianist and composer (The Pavilion of Dreams), who died of COVID-19 pandemic at 84.
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 for PlayStation 5 is released. Japan's beloved puzzle game series Puyo Puyo and the world renowned Tetris game franchise have teamed up again to deliver even more Puyo popping and Tetrimino clearing fun in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2. Playing is easy: match 4 or more same coloured Puyos or complete a line of blocks to clear them from your board and dump Garbage into your opponent's game. But keep an eye on what's coming your way too.Play traditional Puyo Puyo and Tetris or mix them together to level up your game. Offline or online, you'll have loads of modes that let you play the way you want from single player Adventure to couch competition Versus to ranked Online matches, and more.
  • Monster Sanctuary for Switch is released. Embark on an epic adventure using the powers of the monsters you collect, and the team you build, to unlock an ever-expanding world. On your quest to become the ultimate Monster Keeper you’ll unravel the cause of a mystery that threatens the peace between humans and monsters.
  • DOOM Eternal for Switch is released. The demonic invasion is still in progress. Announced at the 2018 Bethesda E3 Showcase, DOOM Eternal is the direct sequel to the award-winning and best-selling DOOM (2016). Developed by id Software, DOOM Eternal will deliver the ultimate combination of speed and power, along with the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat.
  • Call of the Sea for Xbox Series X is released. A weird tale of otherworldly mystery. Call of the Sea is a first-person adventure puzzle game set in the 1930s that tells the story of Norah, a woman on the trail of her missing husband's expedition. The search takes place on a strange but beautiful island in the South Pacific, filled with secrets waiting to be unearthed. It is an otherworldly tale of mystery, adventure, and self-discovery.

On this day in 2019

  • In 2019, superstar MC and emo-rap pioneer, Juice WRLD, died tragically at just 21-years-old. The Chicago-born artist was a vital part of the wildly influential SoundCloud movement, parlaying his internet celebrity into a record deal with Grade A Productions and Interscope Records in 2017. In 2020, his third studio album, Legends Never Die, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200, becoming one of the most successful posthumous albums of all time..
  • Fire in an illegal bag factory in Delhi, India, kills 43.
  • Polar explorers Mike Horn and Børge Ousland complete 1,800 km (1,120 mile) journey on drifting ice in darkness in the Arctic.
  • Vienna State Opera stages its first show by a female composer in 150 years - Olga Neuwirth’s opera, “Orlando”.
  • Paul Volcker, American economist and Chairman of the US Federal Reserve (1979-87), who died at 92.
  • Rogério Pipi, Portuguese soccer forward (15 caps; Benfica), who died at 97.
  • Juice Wrld [Jarad Higgins ], American rapper and singer-songwriter (All Girls Are the Same, Lucid Dreams), who died of a seizure at Chicago airport at 21.
  • Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), who died at 85.
  • Harley Quinn: Season 1 is released. The animated comedy series follows Harley Quinn (voiced by Kaley Cuoco) after her break up with the Joker as she looks to become the "Queenpin"of Gotham and join the Legion of Doom with the help from Poison Ivy (voiced by Lake Bell).
  • Work in Progress: Season 1 is released. Life was not going well for Abby (Abby McEnany), but her life is changed when she starts dating a younger trans-man (Theo Germain) in this comedy created by McEnany and Tim Mason.
  • The L Word: Generation Q: Season 1 is released. The sequel to the 2004-09 drama The L Word introduces PR exec Dani Nùñez (Arienne Mandi), adjunct professor Micah Lee (Leo Sheng), assistant Sarah Finley (Jacqueline Toboni), and TV producer Sophie Suarez (Rosanny Zayas) to Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) and Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig).
  • Rene Auberjonois, American actor and voice artist (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, God of War), who died of lung cancer at 79.
  • Sanna Marin becomes Finland's youngest-ever Prime Minister at the age of 34.

On this day in 2018

  • 84th Heisman Trophy Award: Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (QB).
  • Roger the ripped kangaroo, famous for crushing a metal bucket like a paper cup, who died at 12 in Alice Springs of old age.
  • Rosanell Eaton, American voting rights advocate, who died at 97.
  • Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian 'Grandmother of Russian Human Rights', who died at 91.
  • Evelyn Berezin, American computer pioneer, invented first word processor, who died at 93.
  • US President Donald Trump announces John Kelly will be stepping down as White House Chief of Staff at the end of the year.

On this day in 2017

  • Edwin Abate, Race Car Driver.
  • The Rape of Recy Taylor is released. The Rape of Recy Taylor is the epic story of sexual violence in Jim Crow South. It is the little-known story of courageous black women who waged war to take back their bodies and their dignity, and whose vocal protests helped inspire the Civil Rights Movement 10 years later. Boldly speaking up against her rapists and putting her life and that of her family’s in grave danger, Recy Taylor attracted the attention of the NAACP and their chief investigator Rosa Parks. Parks, commonly believed to be a tired seamstress who refused to give up her seat on the bus in 1955 triggering the Montgomery Bus Boycott, was, in fact, an activist, working for years to undo years of criminal rapes and physical abuse against black women.
  • The Pirates of Somalia is released. When rookie journalist Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters) has an inspiring chance encounter with his idol (Al Pacino), he uproots his life and moves to Somalia looking for the story of a lifetime. Hooking up with a local fixer (Barkhad Abdi), he attempts to embed himself with the local Somali pirates, only to find himself quickly in over his head.
  • Quest is released. Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, Quest is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest"Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest"raise a family while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their home music studio. It's a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can't always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Epic in scope, Quest is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope. [First Run Features]
  • Foxtrot is released. Michael and Dafna experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists – a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son. [Sony Pictures Classics]
  • I, Tonya is released. Based on unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is the darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy has forever been defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived and worse-executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. [Neon]
  • Kaleidoscope is released. Recently released from prison, mild-mannered Carl (Toby Jones) quietly attempts to move on with his life. Just as he embarks on his first date in 15 years, Carl’s fresh start is shattered by the sudden reappearance of his domineering mother (Anne Reid), whose presence awakens within him a deep-seated trauma. What unfolds is a brain-warping puzzle as reality and illusion, past and present collide and explode in violence. [IFC Midnight]
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  • Just Getting Started is released. Duke Diver (Morgan Freeman) is the freewheeling manager of the luxury Palm Springs resort, the Villa Capri. Diver may have a mysterious past, but he’s a pro at making sure that life for the high-spirited residents is one big, non-stop party. But the status quo is challenged when ex-military charmer Leo (Tommy Lee Jones) checks in, triggering a competition between Duke and Leo for the top spot of Alpha male, as well as for the affections of the newly-arrived Suzie (Rene Russo). When Duke’s past suddenly catches up with him, the rivals put aside their differences and the two men reluctantly team up to stop whoever is trying to kill Duke, and also save the Villa Capri.
  • Bullet Head is released. After a heist gone tragically wrong, three career criminals find themselves trapped in a warehouse with the law closing in. But, inside the warehouse, a more dangerous threat awaits—as the fugitives are plunged into a furious battle for their lives.
  • The Crown: Season 2 is released. The second season of the drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) includes the 1956 Suez crisis, meeting President Kennedy (Michael C. Hall), Princess Margaret's relationship with future husband Tony Armstrong-Jones (Matthew Goode), and the resignation of her Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan.
  • Tribute to 2 was released by Jim James. The second covers release for the singer-songwriter features songs by such artist as The Beach Boys, Irving Berlin, Bob Dylan, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Willie Nelson, and Sonny & Cher.
  • Goin' Platinum! was released by Robert Finley. The second full-length release from the Louisiana-based blues singer-songwriter was produced by Dan Auerbach.
  • Finding Shore was released by Tom Rogerson. The second solo release for the Three Trapped Tigers pianist is a collaboration with Brian Eno, who suggested they use a device called the Moog Piano Bar to translate piano notes into MIDI sounds.
  • QTY was released by QTY. The debut full-length release for the New York City indie rock band led by Dan Lardner and Alex Niemetz was produced by Suede's Bernard Butler.
  • Hello Neighbor for PC is released. Hello Neighbor is a stealth-horror game about breaking into your neighbor’s house. Play against an advanced AI that learns from your actions, and counters them. Find out what horrible secrets your neighbor is hiding inside his basement.
  • Battlestar Galactica Deadlock for PlayStation 4 is released. Four years of war and a steep price in human lives have not been enough to unlock a deadly stalemate. The Colonials have countered all of the Cylon’s offensives so far, but no decisive victory was achieved. The deadlock is suddenly broken by a surprise attack from the Cylons and the brutal annihilation of the Colonial Fleet High Command on Picon. The fate of mankind is now resting on the shoulders of Rear-Admiral Lucinda Cain. The secret, cunning plan she has conceived could turn the tide of the war forever… []
  • Tokyo Xanadu eX+ for PlayStation 4 is released. Tokyo Xanadu eX+ a massive action RPG. When high school student Kou Tokisaka encounters the nightmare realm known as the Eclipse, his world is forever changed.

On this day in 2016

  • Florence Finch, Filipino-American war hero who fought against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, who died at 101.
  • Sheila Quinn, British nurse and adviser (British Red Cross), who died at 96.
  • Joseph Mascolo, American actor (Days of Our Lives), who died at 87.
  • OneShot for PC is released. OneShot is a surreal top down Puzzle/Adventure game with unique gameplay capabilities. You are to guide a child through a mysterious world on a mission to restore its long-dead sun. The world knows you exist.
  • Total War: WARHAMMER - Realm of the Wood Elves for PC is released. New Wood Elves Race in the Grand Campaign; New additional Race-specific currency: Amber; Wonder-based Campaign victory condition; Wood Elves may conquer any region on the map; Two New Playable Legendary Lords: Orion and Durthu; Two new Lord types with deep-specialisation skill trees; Three new Hero types with deep-specialisation skill trees.
  • John Glenn, American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D-Ohio), who died at 95.
  • Sir Mick Jagger became a father again at the age of 73, after his 29-year-old girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to a boy in New York City. The singer already had seven children, whose ages range from 17 to 45 and he became a great-grandfather in 2014..

On this day in 2015

  • Brody Schaffer, Dancer, born in San Diego, CA.
  • Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American rockabilly musician (" Tennessee Mambo"), who died at 91.
  • Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, who died at 90.
  • The Sims 4: Get Together for PC is released. The Sims 4 Get Together introduces Windenburg, a European-inspired World with a mix of vibrant, modern architecture and classic buildings and styles. From the charming countryside, to the bustling town square and luxurious island, Windenburg is filled with new things for your Sims to see and do. But you’re not going to be exploring these new sights alone. As the name suggests, Get Together is all about your Sim having fun with their friends, whether they’re leading their own exclusive Clubs or exploring Windenburg. Your Sims will be able to join different Clubs, each with their own interests, personalities, and styles. They have defined behaviors that dictate how they tend to act, including how they treat other Sims, and what they do or don't like to do. There will be a variety of Clubs waiting for your Sims when you first load up the expansion pack, but you’re also able to create and customize your own. You can set their requirements, decide what behaviors they have, choose their preferred hang outs, and even give them distinct rewards. []
  • Yakuza 5 for PlayStation 3 is released. The legendary dragon returns to the criminal underworld of Yakuza. Kazuma Kiryu, once known as the Dragon of Dojima, was living a quiet life as a taxi driver in Hakata after severing all his ties with the underworld. However, at the dawn of the bloody war between the Tojo Clan and the Omi Alliance, Kazuma is forced to accept his inescapable fate and returns to a life filled with crime and violence to protect his loved ones. Yakuza 5 continues the epic story of Kazuma Kiryu and 4 other protagonists, Haruka Sawamura, Taiga Saejima, Tatsuo Shinada and Shun Akiyama. The saga plays out across 5 major Japanese cities - Tokyo, Osaka, Hakata, Nagoya and Sapporo. Yakuza 5 also features “Another Drama” which is a series of extensive sub-plots that focus on each protagonist. The battle system and customization system have been enhanced from Yakuza 4 and various mini-games are available in the well-known locales from the series including infamous night clubs and popular CLUB SEGA locations.
  • Zotrix for PlayStation 4 is released. A twin-stick space shooter that combines the retro look and feel of 80’s and 90’s arcade games with modern gameplay elements, customization, and depth. [UFO Interactive]
  • Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space for PlayStation Vita is released. Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space is an expanded remake of the second entry in the acclaimed action series. Players take on the role of a "Ranger"military soldier armed with conventional weaponry, a "Pale Wing"special ops soldier equipped with a jetpack and armed with energy weapons, or new to this version, an "Air Raider, "who fights indirectly through the strategic placement and dispatch of trip mines, sentry guns, air strikes and more. Players must fend off the invaders in each mission area, either alone or with up to three friends, through frenetic real-time combat set in real-life locations. Helmed by the original developers at Sandlot, this is the definitive version of what fans typically consider to be the best EDF title.

On this day in 2014

  • Knut Nystedt, Norwegian composer, who died at 99.
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris for PC is released. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is the sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. In her new adventure, Lara Croft travels to Egypt and realized she must join forces with rival treasure hunter Carter Bell and imprisoned gods Horus and Isis to defeat the evil god Set. Featuring a 4-player co-op story, players must work together to explore the temple, defeat hordes of enemies from the Egyptian underworld, solve devious puzzles, and avoid deadly traps. At the same time, players compete for treasure, powerful artifacts, and ultimate bragging rights.
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft - Goblins Vs. Gnomes for PC is released. Goblins vs Gnomes delivers 143 newly added minions and spells.

On this day in 2013

  • Metallica played a gig inside a dome at the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini, thus becoming the first band ever to play on all seven continents. During the concert audio was transmitted to an audience made up of competition winning fans from Latin America through headphones. Staged in conjunction with Coca Cola Zero, it was only the second ever gig to take place on the continent, following a performance in 2007 from a group of musical scientists, called Nunatak, at British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Research Station as part of the Live Earth climate change awareness concerts..
  • John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist (Nobel Prize 1975), who died at 96.
  • Sándor Szokolay, Hungarian composer and pedagogue, who died at 82.
  • Don Mitchell, American actor, who died at 70.
  • Bonnie & Clyde: Season 1 is released. The two-part miniseries about the infamous 1930s outlaws Bonnie (Holliday Grainger) and Clyde (Emile Hirsch) airs simultaneously on A&E, History and Lifetime.


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