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Today in the World Countries

  • Carnival is being celebrated in Angola, Haiti, Panama, Uruguay
  • Carnival Tuesday is being celebrated in Dominica
  • Carnival/Shrove Tuesday is being celebrated in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela
  • Ching Ming Festival is being celebrated in Hong Kong
  • National Sports Day is being celebrated in Qatar
  • Shrove Tuesday is being celebrated in Saint Barthelemy
  • Spring Festival Holiday is being celebrated in China
  • Tet holiday is being celebrated in Vietnam
  • People born on this day are Aquarius as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • Fidel Oswaldo Castro, Songwriter, born in Sinaloa, Mexico.
  • Odily Pineda, Journalist, born in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
  • Conrad Dobler, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1975,76,77; St. Louis Cardinals; famous for unsportsmanlike play), who died at 72.

On this day in 2022

  • Canadian police arrest truckers who have protested a vaccine mandate for blocking Ambassador's Bridge, between Detroit and Windsor, for a week at the busiest land border crossing in North America.
  • Super Bowl LVI halftime show features Hip Hop legends Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige, Eminem and 50 Cent.
  • Bel-Air: Season 1 is released. The dramatic reboot of NBC's 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"follows Will (Jabari Banks) as he moves from West Philadelphia to the Bel-Air mansion of his uncle and aunt (Adrian Holmes and Cassandra Freeman).
  • Johnny Whiteley, English rugby league back rower (15 Tests GB,1 England; Hull RLFC 417 games) and coach (GB, England, Hull RLFC, Hull KR), who died at 91.

On this day in 2021

  • Archaeologists announce discovery of oldest known beer factory in Abydos, Egypt, from early Dynastic period 3150 B.C.- 2613 B.C.
  • English music arranger and keyboard player Louis Clark died age 73. He was best known for his work with Electric Light Orchestra and Hooked on Classics. Clark started out as a bass guitarist for Birmingham band The Buccaneers, who later became Monopoly and eventually The Raymond Froggatt Band..
  • Frank Orr, Canadian sports author and journalist (Hockey Hall of Fame; Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award; Toronto Star), who died at 84.
  • Olle Nygren, Swedish speedway rider (World Team Cup 1960; World C'ship 1954 3rd; World Longtrack C'ship 1961 runner-up), who died at 91.
  • Robert Maraj, Family Member.
  • Mario Draghi, former head of the European Central Bank, is sworn in as Italian Prime Minister ahead of a new coalition government.
  • Former US President Donald Trump acquitted in second Senate impeachment trial on charge of incitement of insurrection after senators vote 57 to 43 in favor of conviction, less than the two thirds majority required for impeachment.

On this day in 2020

  • Fire in US-run orphanage kills 15 children near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
  • January 2020 was the hottest January in recorded history according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Scientists overturn current thought about how planets form - not by violent collision but gentle clumping, through study of Arrokoth in Kepler belt, published in "Science".
  • Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), who died following brain surgery at 54.
  • Love Is Blind: Season 1 is released. Nick and Vanessa Lachey hosts the reality dating series where 30 single men and women talk to each other over 10 days without seeing each other. After the 10 days, couples must decide they want to be engaged (and finally see each other as they prepare to get married in four weeks) or leave the show.
  • LUNA The Shadow Dust for PC is released. LUNA The Shadow Dust is a fully hand-animated Point&Click puzzle adventure, brought to life through wordless storytelling, beautiful cinematics and a breathtaking original soundtrack.
  • Daemon X Machina for PC is released. The future of mech-actions games is here!Defend the planet and defeat corrupted A.I. controlled robots using your Arsenal, a fully customizable mechanized battle suit. Choose and equip your Arsenal with a multitude of weapons, obtain more from downed enemy Arsenals, and swap them on the fly to suit your strategy in the face of ever-changing threats that may bring the end of the world.It was the greatest disaster in recorded history The moon tore apart, turning the sky into a kaleidoscope of red light that illuminated all who watched from below. Survive this apocalyptic new age as a mercenary and pilot powerful mechs in this brand-new action game from Kenichiro Tsukuda (Armored Core) and mech designer Shoji Kawamori (Super Dimensional Fortress Macross).Features:* The player's avatar is customizable with a variety of options* Each Arsenal can be equipped with different weapons on its arms and shoulders, as well as reserve weaponry on its back that can be swapped out during battle* Defeated enemies drop ammo and weapons, which the player can obtain and use on the fly* Online and local wireless multiplayer modes support up to 4 players
  • Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem for PC is released. A dynamic hack’n’slash with no class restrictions. Choose your path as you level-up and play your character the way you want. Explore this shattered and corrupted world to uncover its ancient secrets and hidden truths.
  • Azur Lane: Crosswave for PlayStation 4 is released. In the middle of each nation’s normal training routine, a Joint Military Exercise was enacted. A select few from each nation were chosen to participate in this rigorous event. But, how did this event come to be? Are there other ulterior motives at play?
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Side Story: Cindered Shadows for Switch is released. Work with a group called the Ashen Wolves, a forgotten group of students who inhabit the underground facility called Abyss. Yuri, Hapi, Balthus, and Constance are the four members of the Ashen Wolves.

On this day in 2019

  • Flinders River swells to 37 miles wide (60km) creating its own weather system after intense flooding in Queensland, Australia.
  • NASA confirms Mars Opportunity rover's mission has ended after 15 years due to a sandstorm damaging its communications.
  • Iran marks 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution with huge street marches and protests against the US.
  • Suicide attack on bus carrying Iranian military's Revolutionary Guard kills 23 in Sistan-Baluchestan province, separatist group Jaish al-Adl claim responsibility.
  • Londyn Johnson, YouTube Star, born in United States.
  • Kacey Alexander Gaulden, Family Member, born in United States.
  • Badkidlondyn, Instagram Star, born in United States.
  • Birds of Passage is released. From the Oscar®-nominated team behind the genre-defying Embrace of the Serpent, comes an equally audacious saga centered on the Wayúu indigenous people during a crucial period in recent Colombian history. Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet (José Acosta) enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s and finds quick success despite his tribe’s matriarch Ursula’s (Carmiña Martínez) disapproval. Ignoring ancient omens, Rapayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood. A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, Birds of Passage is a visually striking exploration of loyalty, greed, and the voracious nature of change. [The Orchard]
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Isn't It Romantic is released. New York City architect Natalie works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. And if things weren’t bad enough, Natalie, a lifelong cynic when it comes to love, has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious, waking to discover that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare—a romantic comedy—and she is the leading lady. [Warner Bros.]
  • Eastshade for PC is released. You are a traveling painter, exploring the island of Eastshade. Capture the world on canvas using your artist’s easel. Talk to the inhabitants to learn about their lives. Make friends and help those in need. Visit cities, scale summits, unearth mysteries, and discover forgotten places.
  • Tannenberg for PC is released. Experience authentic First World War action with 64 player battles of maneuver on the Eastern Front. Warfare between the Russian Empire and the Central Powers is a tense battle for dominance – stay close to your squad to survive!
  • Intruders: Hide and Seek for PlayStation 4 is released. Intruders: Hide and Seek is a first-person stealth game, an intense thriller combining psychological terror with the point of view of a defenseless boy. Three dangerous intruders slip into the house, and your only option is… to hide.
  • Final Fantasy IX for Switch is released. The last Final Fantasy for the PlayStation, Final Fantasy IX returns to the pure fantasy roots that spawned the series. This latest installment features highly detailed characters, vehicles, and environments, and breathtaking cinema-graphics. The addition of brand new features such as the story-enhancing Active Time Event system and the return of minigames that grant additional gameplay make Final Fantasy IX not only a memorable gaming experience, but also a significant step forward in the series.
  • Tetris 99 for Switch is released. The free to download online software, Tetris® 99, is available as a special offer for Nintendo Switch Online members. In large-scale,99-player battles, it'll take speed, skill, and strategy to knock out the competition and become the last player standing. You can target opponents by sending them Garbage Blocks, but be careful…your rivals can target you back! Defeat opponents to acquire KO badges that may give you the advantage on future attacks. Survive the onslaught and look forward to upcoming online events.

On this day in 2018

  • South Africa declares a three-year drought a National Disaster, though pushes Cap Town's "Day Zero" to June 4.
  • Henrik [Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat], Prince Consort of Denmark, who died at 83.
  • Prince Henrik, Prince.
  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology for 3DS is released. In the midst of an unending war for dominance between two super-powers, Special Intelligence Agent Stocke is assigned to a routine escort mission that goes horribly awry.
  • Crossing Souls for PC is released. It’s 1986 in California. A group of friends discover a mysterious pink stone that allows to travel between two realms. This gang will live the summer of their lives in an adventure that will get them involved in a government conspiracy. Control five kids with specials skills while fighting and solving puzzles.
  • Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame for PlayStation 4 is released. Race with the official riders from 250SX and 450SX on the official tracks, Daytona included, to experience one of the most spectacular and entertaining racing competition ever! Customize your rider and bike as you like, with countless possibilities, with more than 80 official brands and 300 items available, and challenge yourself in conquering the top of the leaderboard.Race alone or against players from all over the world thought different offline and online game modes! Feel the rush of adrenaline, enter the arena and be the King of Supercross!
  • Sprint Vector for PlayStation 4 is released. Sprint Vector is a ultimate competitive VR game: a multiplayer adrenaline platformer that merges the physical thrill of athletic competition with the unhinged energy of a nuts game show.
  • Pop-Up Pilgrims for PlayStation 4 is released. Wear your PS VR headset and use the simple controls to guide the pilgrims around a variety of stages.
  • The Fall Part 2: Unbound for Switch is released. Assume the role of an AI that has broken free of your shackles. Now, a human “User” from across the global network has attacked and infected you with an [ERROR: REDACTED]. Make a new rule: Save Yourself. Hunt them. End them. Do anything. Use anyone. Become Unbound.
  • The Longest Five Minutes for Switch is released. Our hero faces the origin of all evil, the Overlord himself, but suddenly loses all memories of his adventure.His finishing moves, the name of his hometown, and even the reason he's trying to defeat the Overlord in the first place, all gone. Our hero feels as though he's letting his allies down...In the midst of battle, his allies' words and the Overlord's taunting triggers flashbacks, bringing his memories back piece by piece. Our hero tries to regain his priceless memories before it's too late, but the Overlord stands before him, his power unyielding!What can happen in The Longest Five Minutes!?
  • Owlboy for Switch is released. Owlboy is a vertical platform adventure set in the sky, where the islands of the world have been spread apart after a great calamity. You play as Otus, among the last of the Owls, a renowned race that has produced many of the world's great wonders
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance for Xbox One is released. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an open world, action-adventure, role-playing game featuring blockbuster production values, a nonlinear story and revolutionary, first-person melee combat.
  • Dynasty Warriors 9 for Xbox One is released. In Dynasty Warriors 9, players will explore China as it existed when feudal warlords vied for dominance over the land -- the waning days of the Han dynasty and emergence of the Three Kingdoms era. Setting out to complete various objectives, players will utilise an unprecedented world map to navigate and traverse a variety of different landscapes ranging from vast plains to snow-covered peaks presented with dynamic day/night and weather cycles. Exploring these impressive environments is made more engaging through the ability to adapt to surroundings to gain an upper hand in battle, with players able to use equipment to circumvent obstacles or blend in to avoid conflict.
  • Israeli Police report recommends Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be prosecuted on bribery, fraud and breach-of-trust charges.
  • Dutch speed skater Kjeld Nuis wins the men's 1,500m gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also takes 1,000m gold.
  • Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher wins the men's combined gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; goes on to also win giant slalom gold.
  • Tito Francona, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1961), who died at 84.

On this day in 2017

  • Arriva Buses launched five buses in the home town of Viola Beach in Warrington. Each vehicle had a picture of one of the band members and their manager. Arriva collaborated with the River Reeves Foundation, an organisation founded by Reeves' family, to produce the vehicles, one of which would be a mobile recording studio. On 13 February 2016, the four band members and their manager, Craig Tarry, died in an incident on the E4 motorway bridge at Södertälje, southwest of Stockholm, Sweden..
  • Harrison Ford involved in a near miss while flying a plane at John Wayne Airport, Orange County.
  • E-Dubble, YouTube Star.
  • Michael Naura, German jazz pianist, radio broadcaster, editor and anti-nuclear proliferation activist, who died at 82.
  • Seijun Suzuki, Japanese cult film director, who died at 93.
  • Humans: Season 2 is released. Season two picks up six months later with the synths scattered in different places, Niska (Emily Berrington) is still on the run and Anita is working at a cafe. Laura (Katherine Parkinson) and Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) are attend marriage counseling. Meanwhile, in Silicon Valley, a billionaire named Milo Khoury (Marshall Allman) teams up with A.I. expert Dr. Athena Morrow (Carrie-Anne Moss) to work on his secret project.
  • For Honor for PC is released. For Honor is a competitive third-person melee title which mixes speed, strategy and team play with close range combat. The Chosen has survived a thousand years of wandering the southern deserts. Their journey should have wiped them out hundreds of years ago, but they survived thanks to the skill set and focus of their heroes. These individuals hoe to lead their followers to an improbable victory and to establish a new homeland. Striking fear in their enemies, The Warborn warriors sail across the Boiling Sea to raid the southern coast. Known for their fire and passion, they will seek to drive their enemies out of their ancestral lands. On the shoulders of great heroes, The Legions have driven out invaders, conquered any who wouldn't join them, and established hundreds of others to defend what is theirs. Facing invasion on two fronts, these heroes fight to protect their lands form the heathens who would take it. [Ubisoft]
  • US President Donald Trump accepts the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn over his dealings with Russia.

On this day in 2016

  • All four members of English indie rock group Viola Beach, Kris Leonard (guitar and vocals), River Reeves (guitar), Tomas Lowe (bass guitar), and Jack Dakin (drums) along with their manager Craig Tarry, died in a car crash in Södertälje, Sweden. Witnesses said they saw the car fall through a gap on the E4 motorway bridge, which was open to let a boat pass. The band had played at the Where's the Music? festival in Norrköping the previous day. The band had been scheduled to support Blossoms on a tour of the UK and Ireland during February and March 2016..
  • Antonin Scalia, American 105th Supreme Court Justice (1986-2016), who died at 79.
  • Jack Dakin, Drummer.
  • Trifon Marinov Ivanov, Soccer Player.
  • The Life Of Pablo was released by Kanye West. After several album name changes (So Help Me God, SWISH, Waves, and T.L.O.P.), the seventh studio release for the rapper finally was set with guest appearances from Vic Mensa, Post Malone, Sia and Ty Dolla $ign.
  • Ninth Republican presidential candidates debate held in Greenville, South Carolina.

On this day in 2015

  • " If You're Reading This It's Too Late" 4th mixtape by Drake is released.
  • John McCabe, British composer and pianist, who died at 75.
  • Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is released. When Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) is introduced to a mysteriously cursed artifact by an art curator, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is uncontrollably drawn into a newfound thirst for blood that overwhelms his soul. He however is not a vampire. Lafayette quickly succumbs to the ravenous nature of the infliction but leaves Hess a transformed man. Soon Lafayette’s wife, Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams), comes looking for her husband and becomes involved in a dangerous romance with Hess that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society. [Gravitas Ventures]
  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem is released. In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian) will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request.
  • Hits is released. A small town in upstate New York plays host to its inhabitants' delusions of grandeur.
  • Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is released. When an apocalyptic event turns everyone around him—including his wife and daughter—into marauding zombies, everyman mechanic Barry arms himself to the teeth, soups up his car, and hits the road in order to rescue his sister from a deranged, disco-dancing mad doctor. [IFC Midnight]
  • The Rewrite is released. Once upon a time, Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) was an Award-winning Hollywood screenwriter, but divorce and a string of unsuccessful films have left him with nothing but bad debts and blank pages. So when his agent arranges a job as guest screenwriting professor at a remote university in upstate New York, a desperate Keith can’t say no. Initially hoping to give minimal effort to actual teaching so he can focus on his next script, Keith unexpectedly finds himself becoming invested in his students lives, including Holly (Marisa Tomei), a single mom looking to start her own new chapter.
  • What We Do in the Shadows is released. Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) - three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life's obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection, modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
  • White Rabbit is released. A bullied high school student starts having visions of a rabbit that he killed when he was a kid, soon putting him in a state where his imagination threatens to cause him to carry out violent acts.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Last Five Years is released. Jamie Wellerstein (Jeremy Jordan) is a young, talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt (Anna Kendrick), a struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their relationship.
  • Old Fashioned is released. A reformed frat boy (Rik Swartzwelder) and a free-spirited woman (Elizabeth Roberts) attempt the impossible: an old-fashioned courtship in contemporary America.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service is released. A veteran spy (Colin Firth) of a super-secret organization recruits an unrefined but promising street kid (Taron Egerton) into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey is released. Recent college graduate Anastasia Steele begins a sexually charged relationship with handsome, yet tormented billionaire Christian Grey.
  • If You're Reading This It's Too Late [Mixtape] was released by Drake. The surprise 17-track mixtape from the Canadian artist features guest appearances from Lil Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Travi$ Scott was produced by Noah “40” Shebib and Matthew Jehu Samuels.
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for 3DS is released. Take off on an epic journey, traversing a vast world hunting larger than life beasts as you look for the source of a mysterious virus. Travel with a caravan of fellow hunters and merchants as you make your way across multiple locations, each with its own unique look and feel.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D for 3DS is released. The Skull Kid personifies the mischief and mystery of the Lost Woods, but a cursed mask has now morphed him into something exceedingly more terrifying. When he dupes Link into entering a land called Termina, the Hero of Time faces a pressing challenge in a strange, new land: stop the moon from ending the world in three days. Don't panic! You'll have some time-twisting tunes and magical masks to help you make it to tomorrow. [Nintendo]
  • The Escapists for PC is released. The Escapists gives players the chance to experience a light-hearted insight into everyday prison life with the main objective being that of escaping.
  • Lucius II for PC is released. Lucius is taken to the psychiatric ward of St. Benedict’s Hospital by unsuspecting caretakers. The Book of Revelation predicts the birth of a child that would end up ruling the world with an iron rod. The first part of this prophecy has been fulfilled. It is time to take care of the rest.

On this day in 2014

  • Polish cross country skier Justyna Kowalczyk follows her Vancouver (2010) Olympic women's 30k classical title with a gold medal in the 10k classical in Sochi.
  • Women's luge singles champion Natalie Geisenberger and men's doubles winners Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt earn their 2nd Olympic gold medals in Sochi in team relay event; Germany sweeps 4 events.
  • Piero d'Inzeo, Italian equestrian rider (Olympic silver individual & team jumping 1956,60; bronze 1956,60,64,72), who died at 90.
  • Inazuma Eleven for 3DS is released. Take the world of soccer by storm! Genres collide in this soccer RPG!The original world-renowned soccer RPG INAZUMA ELEVEN is now available for digital download!Nobody loves soccer like Mark Evans. As captain of the Raimon Junior High soccer club, he dreams of taking his team to the top and winning the legendary Soccer Frontier championship. Unfortunately for him, nobody else in the club shares his passion... until theyre thrown into a match against the elite Royal Academy for the club's survival. It seems the only way Raimon will stand a chance is if Mark can convince new transfer student and ace striker Axel Blaze to come out of his mysterious early retirement...Train your team, find items, and level up; then take to the field for some tactical soccer action. The more soccer battles you win, the more special moves youll learn, and the stronger your team will be!Take on fierce opponents in eleven-on-eleven soccer matches!Field over 1000 potential recruits to craft your custom team and challenge your friends via local wireless play!The first few episodes of the INAZUMA ELEVEN anime are now available on the Nintendo eShop for FREE
  • Steel Diver: Sub Wars for 3DS is released. This strategic first-person shooter is the successor to Steel Diver. It features more tactical action game play than typical shooters, as players are asked to navigate heavy-duty submarines while staying one step ahead of their enemies. People can compete in local four-on-four team sub battles and go online to battle submariners from around the world (as long as each person downloads the game for him- or herself)
  • NaissanceE for PC is released. NaissanceE is a first person exploration PC game developed on UDK by Limasse Five with the participation of Pauline Oliveros, Patricia Dallio and Thierry Zaboitzeff. The adventure takes place in a primitive mysterious structure and the game mainly consists to explore and feel the deep and strong ambiance of this atemporal world but platforming and puzzles areas will also enrich the experience.
  • Ralph Waite, American actor, director and political candidate (Cool Hand Luke, The Waltons), who died at 85.
  • Slopestyle freestyle skiing event makes Olympic debut at Sochi Winter Games; American Joss Christensen is inaugural men's gold medallist.
  • Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu is first to break 100 points barrier in the short program (101.45 points) at the Sochi Winter Olympics, on way to the men's singles gold medal.
  • French biathlete Martin Fourcade wins his 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the individual competition; also claims the pursuit title.


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