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Today in the World Countries

  • 3rd day of Chinese New Year (Many Regions) is being celebrated in Malaysia
  • Armed Forces Day Holiday is being celebrated in Liberia
  • Carnival is being celebrated in Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Venezuela
  • Carnival Holiday is being celebrated in Angola
  • Carnival Monday is being celebrated in Brazil, Curacao, Dominica
  • Chinese New Year Holiday is being celebrated in Singapore, Taiwan
  • Foundation Day Observed is being celebrated in Japan
  • Lunar New Year is being celebrated in Mongolia
  • Shrove Monday is being celebrated in Saint Barthelemy
  • Spring Festival Holiday is being celebrated in China
  • Tet holiday is being celebrated in Vietnam
  • The Third Day of Lunar New Year is being celebrated in Macau
  • Third day of Lunar New Year is being celebrated in Hong Kong
  • Union Day is being celebrated in Myanmar
  • Youth Day Holiday is being celebrated in Cameroon
  • People born on this day are Aquarius as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • India opens the first part of what will be its longest expressway linking Mumbai with New Delhi over 1,386-kilometer (861 mile).
  • Rihanna performs half-time at the Super Bowl, in her first live performance in six years in Glendale, Arizona.
  • Super Bowl LVII, State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona: Kansas City Chiefs beat Philadelphia Eagles,38-35; MVP: Patrick Mahomes, KC, QB.
  • Rosemarie Pen~amora Tan, Entrepreneur, born in Philippines.
  • Filip Taboo, YouTube Star, born in Croatia.
  • Eileen Sheridan, English cyclist (record road cyclist - Land’s End-John O’Groats time stood for 36 years), who died at 99.
  • Aka, Rapper.
  • Trugoy the Dove [David Jolicoeur], American rapper and producer (De La Soul - "Me Myself and I"), who died of heart failure at 54.

On this day in 2022

  • French forces say they have killed 40 fighters in air attacks in Burkina Faso linked to deadly attacks on Benin border.
  • Aurelio de la Vega, Cuban-American composer (Adiós; Variación del Recuerdo), educator (California State University,1959-92), and poet, who died at 96.
  • Brian Kan, Chinese thoroughbred horse trainer (5 x Hong Kong champion trainer; 5 x HK Derby winners), who died at 84.
  • Howard Grimes, American soul music session drummer (Al Green; Ann Peeples), who died of kidney failure at 80.
  • Ivan Reitman, Slovak-Canadian director and producer (Stripes; Ghostbusters; Dave; Private Parts), who died at 75.
  • Rahul Bajaj, Entrepreneur.

On this day in 2021

  • Rupert Neve died at 94 years old due to pneumonia and heart failure. Neve was a pioneering designer of professional audio recording equipment. Regarded as the father of modern studio recording, his equipment became industry standard and influenced the sound of countless musicians including Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, The Who, Pink Floyd and many more. Nirvana even recorded their iconic album Nevermind on a mixing console at Sound City Studios designed by Neve..
  • Milford Graves, American avant-garde and free jazz drummer, percussionist (New York Art Quartet), and educator (Bennington College, Vermont,1973-2012), who died of heart failure at 79.
  • Cowboys is released. Troy (Steve Zahn), a troubled but well-intentioned father, has recently separated from his wife Sally (Jillian Bell). Aghast at Sally's refusal to let their trans son Joe (Sasha Knight) live as his authentic self, Troy runs off with Joe into the Montana wilderness. Meanwhile, a police detective (Ann Dowd) pursues them, but her resolve about the case is tested the more she learns about Joe's family.
  • Dead Pigs is released. A bumbling pig farmer, a feisty salon owner, a sensitive busboy, an ambitious expat architect and a disenchanted rich girl converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs float down the river towards a rapidly modernizing Shanghai, China. Based on true events.
  • The World to Come is released. In upstate New York in the 1850s, Abigail (Katherine Waterston), a farmer’s wife, and her new neighbor Tallie (Vanessa Kirby) find themselves irrevocably drawn to each other. A grieving Abigail tends to her withdrawn husband Dyer (Casey Affleck) as free-spirit Tallie bristles at the jealous control of her husband Finney (Christopher Abbott), when together their intimacy begins to fill a void in each other's lives they never knew existed.
  • To All the Boys: Always and Forever is released. As Lara Jean Covey prepares for the end of high school and the start of adulthood, a pair of life-changing trips lead her to re-imagine what life with her family, friends, and Peter will look like after graduation. (Netflix)
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is released. Quick-witted teen Mark contentedly lives the same day in an endless loop. But his world is turned upside-down when he meets mysterious Margaret also stuck in the time loop. Mark and Margaret form a magnetic partnership, setting out to find all the tiny things that make that one day perfect. What follows is a love story with a fantastical twist, as the two struggle to figure out how – and whether – to escape their never-ending day.
  • Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar is released. Lifelong friends Barb and Star (Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo) embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time … ever. [Lionsgate]
  • Music is released. Zu (Kate Hudson) is a newly sober drug dealer and self-saboteur who finds herself the sole guardian of her half-sister, Music (Maddie Ziegler), a teenager with special needs. Barely able to take care of herself, let alone her sister, Zu struggles with this new responsibility, but soon learns that life’s obstacles are made easier with a little help from a friend, Ebo (Leslie Odom, Jr.), a neighbor whose family story makes him someone Zu can learn from and rely upon.
  • Land is released. Edee (Robin Wright), in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter (Demián Bichir) brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.
  • Judas and the Black Messiah is released. FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons). Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback). Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) commands?
  • French Exit is released. My plan was to die before the money ran out, ” says 60-year-old penniless Manhattan socialite Frances Price (Michelle Pfeiffer), but things didn’t go as planned. Her husband Franklin has been dead for 12 years and with his vast inheritance gone, she cashes in the last of her possessions and resolves to live out her twilight days anonymously in a borrowed apartment in Paris, accompanied by her directionless son Malcolm (Lucas Hedges) and a cat named Small Frank—who may or may not embody the spirit of Frances’s dead husband.
  • Breaking News in Yuba County is released. After her husband goes missing, Sue Buttons (Allison Janney), an under-appreciated suburban wife, gets a taste of being a local celebrity as she embarks on a city-wide search in Yuba County to find him. In an effort to prolong her newfound fame, she stumbles into hilarious hi jinks as her world turns upside down, dodging a wanna-be mobster (Awkwafina), a relentless local policewoman (Regina Hall), her half-sister (Mila Kunis) a local news reporter desperate for a story, and her husband's dead-beat brother (Jimmi Simpson), who all set out to uncover the truth behind the disappearance.
  • The Mauritanian is released. Captured by the U.S. Government, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim) languishes in prison for years without charge or trial. Losing all hope, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Together they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy. Based on the New York Times best-selling memoir, this is the explosive true story of a fight for survival against all odds.
  • Willy's Wonderland is released. A quiet loner (Nic Cage) finds himself stranded in a remote town when his car breaks down. Unable to pay for the repairs he needs, he agrees to spend the night cleaning Willy’s Wonderland, an abandoned family fun center. But this wonderland has a dark secret that “The Janitor” is about to discover. He soon finds himself trapped inside Willy's and locked in an epic battle with the possessed animatronic mascots that roam the halls. To survive, he must fight his way through each of them.
  • Who Am I? was released by Pale Waves. The second full-length release for the British indie-pop band was recorded in Los Angeles with Rich Costey.
  • Tyron was released by slowthai. The second full-length release for the British rapper features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, James Blake, Deb Never, Denzel Curry, Dominic Fike, Mount Kimbie, and Skepta.
  • Super Monster was released by Claud. The debut full-length solo release for the Brooklyn-based indie-pop artist features guest appearances Melanie Faye, Nick Hakim and Shelly.
  • New Fragility was released by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The sixth full-length studio release for the Alec Ounsworth indie rock project was mixed by John Agnello.
  • private LIFE was released by Virginia Wing. This is the fourth full-length release for the British trio of Alice Merida Richards, Sam Pillay and Christopher Duffin.
  • Glowing in the Dark was released by Django Django. The fourth full-length studio release for the British rock band was produced by Dave MacLean and features a guest appearance from Charlotte Gainsbourg.
  • Gal*Gun Returns for Switch is released. Gal*Gun is the entertaining story of a young man who becomes "super popular"with the opposite sex and is now living the "unfortunate"life of having every lady that looks his way confessing their undying love for him. But he must steel himself and fend these would-be lovers off with his 'special weapon' (known as the Pheromone Shot), as he tries to win the affections of one of the main protagonists. Gal*Gun is the crazy combination of arcade-style shooting action and dating sim that truly has no equal.
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury for Switch is released. The cat's out of the bag, Super Mario 3D World is on to the Nintendo Switch system. Pounce and climb through dozens of colorful stages! Mario (and his friends) can use power-ups like the Super Bell, which grants catlike abilities, like climbing and scratching. Work together locally or online with up to three other players to reach the goaland to see who can get a high score. The Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury game features the same great co-op gameplay, creative levels and power-ups as the original game, but also so much more.
  • Tokyo Olympics Chief Yoshiro Mori resigns after his comments talkative women made meetings “drag on too long”.

On this day in 2020

  • Tamás Wichmann, Hungarian sprint canoeist (World C'ship gold x 9; Olympic silver C-1 1000m 1972, C-2 1000m 1968; bronze C-1 1000m 1976), who died at 72.
  • Hamish Milne, Pianist.
  • The Cordillera of Dreams is released. Patricio Guzmán left Chile more than 40 years ago when the military dictatorship took over the democratically-elected government, but he never stopped thinking about a country, a culture, and a place on the map that he never forgot. After covering the North in Nostalgia for the Light and the South in The Pearl Button, his shots get up-close with what he calls "the vast revealing backbone of Chile's past and recent history.

On this day in 2019

  • Rare Black panthers spotted for the first time in nearly 100 years in Laikipia County, Kenya.
  • Republic of Macedonia officially changes it name to the Republic of North Macedonia to end long dispute with Greece.
  • Trial of 12 Catalonia independence leaders begins in Madrid.
  • WWII aircraft carrier USS Hornet, which sank in 1942 with loss of 140 sailors re-discovery announced by Vulcan Inc. near the Solomon Islands.
  • Hotel fire in New Delhi, India, kills 17.
  • 24 hour general strike in Belgium forces all fights to be cancelled and schools shut.
  • Nasa data shows the world has got greener - 5% more leafier since early 2000s, mostly due to tree planting in China, intensive farming in India.
  • Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán found guilty of all 10 federal crimes against him in New York after 200 hours of testimony.
  • Londyn Johnson, YouTube Star, born in United States.
  • Gordon Banks, English soccer goalkeeper (World Cup 1966,73 England caps), who died of kidney cancer at 81.
  • Vince Bellotti, Race Car Driver.
  • W. E. B. Griffin [William Edmund Butterworth], American best-selling author (Clandestine Operations, The Lieutenants), who died at 89.
  • Pedro Morales, Wrestler.
  • Miracle Workers (2019): Season 1 is released. While God (Steve Buscemi) is busy with his hobbies, it's up to low-level angel Craig (Daniel Radcliffe) and his fellow angels in the Department of Prayer Response to deal with all of humanity's prayers in this comedy series from Simon Rich and based on his book, What in God's Name.
  • Arcade Spirits for PC is released. Arcade Spirits is a romantic visual novel that follows an alternative timeline where the 1983 video game crash never occurred. It's 20XX and you've just started a new job at the Funplex game arcade. Who will you meet along the way? Will you find the romance you're seeking?
  • Conarium for PlayStation 4 is released. Conarium is a chilling Lovecraftian game, which follows a gripping story involving four scientists and their endeavor to challenge what we normally consider to be the 'absolute' limits of nature. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's novella "At the Mountains of Madness", but largely set after the original story.You, as Frank Gilman, open your eyes inside a room filled with strange, pulsating noises. Patterns of lights executing a Danse Macabre on the walls is presented by a queer device on the table. Having recalled nothing other than that you're in Upuaut, an Antarctic base located near south pole, you find the place deserted and have a distinct feeling of something being terribly wrong. Somehow knowing that your memories cannot guide you enforces a strange feeling of vulnerability, a familiar yet alien sensation of being a part of a peculiar whole... Soon you will discover that having used the device during the expedition, you have died but then returned subtly changed, speaking of strange memories and of strange places. You have lost something important or gained something sinister...Explore the antarctic base, as well as dreams and visions. Study clues, unlock secrets but avoid macabre beings at all cost.
  • Eden-Tomorrow for PlayStation 4 is released. Developed exclusively for PS VR, Eden-Tomorrow is a story-driven, sci-fi action-adventure. The main characters are a human plagued by amnesia and a drone called Newton, who must work together to survive on this hostile alien planet.
  • The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince for PlayStation 4 is released. Unleash Your Inner Monster - Transform at will from a princess into a wolf to guide the blind prince towards a cure. Weave through the dangerous forest, but be careful... A blind prince has no place in an all-seeing forest. Brute Strength Meets Sharp Wit - Various obstacles will require the wolf's strength, and others will require the princess's wit. With so many traps and perilous hurdles that await, can the two make it safely to their final destination?
  • The King's Bird for Switch is released. The King's Bird is a momentum-based precision-platformer that seamlessly combines parkour with aerial movement.
  • Australian government loses historic vote on own bill with amendment to allow offshore sick refugees access to healthcare, first loss in 78 years.
  • Lyndon LaRouche, American political activist (National Caucus of Labor Committees), who died at 96.

On this day in 2018

  • Portait paintings of Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald are unveiled at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.
  • Oxfam deputy director resigns over charity's failure to deal with sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti and Chad.
  • Tropical cyclone Gita strikes Tonga as a category four cyclone causing widespread damage.
  • Collette Briar Clifford, YouTube Star, born in United States.
  • Space Invaders Extreme for PC is released. SPACE INVADERS EXTREME combines the captivating essence of the original game with a stunning alliance of futuristic graphic design and cutting-edge audio. The gameplay experience has been developed to maximise on the consoles' abilities, offering players a whole new range of amazing features including a vast array of new power-ups.
  • German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier wins her 2nd gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the women's 10k pursuit; also wins 7.5k sprint gold.
  • French biathlete Martin Fourcade wins men's 12.5k pursuit gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also wins 15k mass start gold.

On this day in 2017

  • Emergency spillway at Oroville Dam, California threatens to collapse,180,00 residents ordered to evacuate.
  • Adele was the biggest winner at The 59th Annual Grammy Awards with five trophies, including Album of the Year for 25, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year for 'Hello'. Adele also became the first artist in history to win all three general field awards in the same ceremony twice, previously winning all three categories in 2012. David Bowie won Best Rock Performance, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Song and Best Recording Package for Blackstar..
  • American singer and musician Al Jarreau died of respiratory failure at the age of 76, just two days after announcing his retirement. During his career he received a total of seven Grammy Awards and is best known for his 1981 album Breakin' Away. He also sang the theme song of the late-1980s television series Moonlighting..
  • 59th Grammy Awards: Adele wins Best Song "Hello" and Best Album "25".
  • Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), who died at 76.
  • Girls: Season 6 is released. The sixth and final season of the Lena Dunham comedy.
  • The Missing: Season 2 is released. In 2003, Alice, the daughter of Sam (David Morrissey) and Gemma Webster (Keeley Hawes) went missing. 11 years later, a woman found wandering the streets of Germany claims to be Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham) and French detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) comes out of retirement when he hears she may hold information on another missing girl.

On this day in 2016

  • Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar is arrested on “anti-nationalism” charges by Indian police at an anniversary event of the death of Afzal Guru, at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • Pope Francis begins his visit to Mexico, arriving at “Benito Juarez” International Airport in Mexico City.
  • Marvel superhero film "Deadpool" starring Ryan Reynolds is released.
  • Britain's Ordnance Survey, using NASA data posts map of Mars on Flickr.
  • Fiji becomes the first country to ratify the UN climate deal (signed Paris, December 2015).
  • Cabin Fever is released. A flesh-eating virus makes a meal of 5 teens on spring break in a remote wood cabin in this update of Eli Roth’s classic gorefest, with all-new characters and all-new kills. [IFC Midnight]
  • Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong is released. Ruby (Jamie Chung), a Chinese American toy designer from LA, visits Hong Kong for the first time on business. Finding herself stranded, she meets Josh (Bryan Greenberg), an American expat who shows her the city. Meandering through nighttime streets pulsing with energy and possibility, they fall into a winding and carefree conversation, buoyed by an undeniable attraction. Just as things start to look promising romantically for the pair, the night is stopped short by a surprising revelation. A year later, Josh and Ruby run into each other on the ferry from Hong Kong to Kowloon. Ruby is now living in Hong Kong full time. Josh, partially influenced by Ruby's advice a year prior, has quit his finance job to write full time. After finding out that they're both with someone else now, they make amends and end up spending all night hanging out in Kowloon - from bargaining at the Temple Street Market to an impromptu visit to the bird fortune teller. By the time Josh and Ruby get to an underground music club, they can no longer hide their feelings for each other. But when the opportunity presents itself at the end of the night, will either of them dare to make the next move and betray the person they're with?
  • A War is released. Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus' wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him - and his family back home.
  • Mavis! is released. Her family group, the Staple Singers, inspired millions and helped propel the civil rights movement with their music. After 60 years of performing, legendary singer Mavis Staples' message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.
  • Mountains May Depart is released. At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, Jia Zhangke's new film is an intensely moving study of how China's economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love. [Kino Lorber]
  • Glassland is released. John (Jack Reynor) lives with his mother, Jean (Toni Collette), in a social housing suburb and ekes out a meager living as a nocturnal taxi driver. John returns home one morning to find his mother unconscious from an alcohol overdose – this was not the first time. Jean violently rejects John’s attempts to help as well as his intentions to unite the family. When Jean is offered an opportunity to recover, and with no savings or insurance, John is forced to offer his services to a petty criminal to help pay for his mother’s costly rehab program. John is subsequently faced with a life-changing task that may alter him and his family's lives forever. [Kaleidoscope Film Distribution]
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Zoolander 2 is released. Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are modeling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out of the business.
  • Touched With Fire is released. Two poets (Katie Homes and Luke Kirby) with bipolar disorder meet in a treatment facility, and their chemistry is instant and intense, driving each other's mania to new heights. They pursue their passion which breaks outside the bounds of sanity, swinging them from fantastical highs to tormented lows until they ultimately must choose between sanity and love.
  • Nina Forever is released. After his girlfriend Nina dies in a car crash, Rob unsuccessfully attempts suicide. As he begins to overcome his grief, he falls in love with a coworker, Holly. Their relationship is complicated when Nina, unable to find rest in the afterlife, comes back to life to sarcastically torment them whenever they have sex.
  • How to Be Single is released. There’s a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then…there’s Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun.
  • Deadpool is released. Based upon the Marvel Comics anti-hero, Deadpool is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with new abilities and a dark and twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. [20th Century Fox]
  • Everybody's Dying To Meet You was released by Flowers. The second full-length release for the British indie pop trio was produced by Brian O'Shaughnessy.
  • Fever Daydream was released by The Black Queen. The debut full-length release for the trio that includes Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato, Josh Eustis, and Steven Alexander was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen.
  • Cardinal was released by Pinegrove. The debut full-length release on the Run For Cover Label for the New Jersey indie rock band features two songs from its 2014 compilation, Everything So Far.
  • Hidden City was released by The Cult. The tenth full-length studio release for the British rock band was produced by Bob Rock.
  • Hiperasia was released by El Guincho. The third full-length release for the Spanish producer Pablo Diaz-Reixa was inspired by the Hiperasia chain of Chinese bazaars in Madrid.
  • Good Advice was released by Basia Bulat. The fourth full-length release for the Canadian singer-songwriter was produced by Jim James.
  • Né So was released by Rokia Traoré. The sixth full-length release for the Malian singer-songwriter was produced by John Parish and features guest appearances from Devendra Banhart, John Paul Jones, and Toni Morrison.
  • My Wild West was released by Lissie. The third full-length release for the singer-songwriter singer was inspired in part by her life in California (she has since moved to a farm in Iowa).
  • K 2.0 was released by Kula Shaker. The fifth full-length release for the British band led by Crispian Mill is its first in six years.
  • Spilt Milk was released by Peter Astor. Th eighth full-length solo release for the British singer-songwriter was produced with James Hoare.
  • Q*bert: Rebooted: The XBOX One @!#?@! Edition for Xbox One is released. Q*bert Rebooted takes the arcade classic and catapults it into the 21st century 3D game play that takes full advantage of today's technologies yet remains faithful to the original Q*bert. Featuring hexagonal blocks instead of squares, Q*bert Rebooted introduces new enemies, playable characters, power-ups, traps, gem collecting, multiple characters, downloadable content and new ways to play. Features:-Level Select replay all previously unlocked levels and track progress against friends-New Playable Characters introducing Q*zard, Q*bertha, Q*bot, Q*zilla, Q*tee, Q*knight and Q*nicorn, all based on the original Q*bert form-3 New Enemies the classic cast of adversaries are joined by new enemies Homer, Uppercut and Treasure Chest.
  • Johnny Lattner, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1953, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1954, Pittsburgh Steelers), who died from mesothelioma at 83.

On this day in 2015

  • Welsh singer Steve Strange, (born Steven Harrington) lead singer of Eighties pop band Visage, died aged 55 following a heart attack in hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. His band, Visage, formed in 1979 (with Rusty Egan and Midge Ure from Rich Kids, Billy Currie from Ultravox, and Barry Adamson, John McGeoch and Dave Formula from Magazine), and their breakthrough single, 'Fade To Grey', peaked at No.8 in the UK in 1981. Strange appeared in the video for David Bowie's No.1 hit ‘Ashes to Ashes’..
  • Nik Abdul Aziz, Politician.
  • Steve Strange [Harrington], Welsh pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, who died of a heart attack at 55.
  • Sam Andrew, American musician (Big Brother and the Holding Company), who died at 73.
  • David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), who died of cancer at 58.
  • Gary Owens, American disc jockey/TV host (Laugh In, Gong Show), who died at 80.
  • The Slap (2015): Season 1 is released. At Hector's (Peter Sarsgaard) 40th birthday party, his cousin slaps another couple's child which causes secrets to spill and turmoil amongst the family in the remake of the Australian series based on the novel by Christos Tsiolkas.
  • Harold for PC is released. Harold is a singleplayer sidescrolling platformer with an emphasis on the high quality, hand-drawn style of classic animated films. You play as Gabe, the guardian angel responsible for guiding Harold through the multiple paths of each map, constantly saving your human charge from imminent death by manipulating obstacles in different environments. To edge out the other runners and prove your angelic abilities you'll need every ounce of cunning and foresight you can muster, because your greatest hindrance is the oafish clumsiness of Harold himself.

On this day in 2014

  • Intel entrepreneur and co-founder of the X-PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis, claims that 50% of US jobs are under threat of being mechanized within 10 years.
  • It was reported that Rock music overtook pop in UK album sales during 2013, winning a bigger share of the market for the first time in five years. Rod Stewart's Time was the best-selling album to be classified as rock by the Official Charts Company, followed by Arctic Monkeys and Bastille. In total rock accounted for 33.8% of album sales, compared with 31% for pop, said industry body the BPI. However, pop records still held the lead in single sales..
  • German Nordic combined skier Eric Frenzel wins the 1st of 3 career Olympic gold medals in Individual normal hill/10 km event in Sochi; wins event again Pyeongchang and long hill 4 x 5k relay.
  • Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin is found guilty on corruption charges and sentenced to ten years in prison.
  • Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov win the Olympic gold in pairs figure skating.
  • Diarmuid Downs, British automotive engineer, who died at 91.
  • Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar, American comic actor and writer (" Your Show of Shows"), who died at 91.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • RoboCop is released. The year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years, but have been forbidden for law enforcement in America. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured, OmniCorp sees their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine.
  • GAMING: XBOX 360
  • World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition for Xbox 360 is released. The world is your battlefield. While every World of Tanks player dreams of becoming an ace tanker that single-handedly saves the day, it's only through teamwork that you and your allies will prevail. Up to 30 tanks at a time, split into two teams, will be vying for supremacy on over 10 highly-detailed maps. Hold up your end of the bargain and your allies will work with you to coordinate an unstoppable assault against your enemies.
  • Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze of Slovenia tie for gold in the women’s downhill event at 1:41.57s at the Sochi Winter Games; first-ever dead-heat in Olympic alpine skiing.


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