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Today in the World Countries

  • Liberation Day is being celebrated in Afghanistan
  • Spring Festival Holiday is being celebrated in China
  • Statehood day is being celebrated in Serbia
  • 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

  • Buffalo gunman Payton Gendron sentenced to life in prison, after pleading guilty to ten counts of first-degree murder and a count of domestic terrorism, the first in New York.
  • Paul Berg, American biochemist (development of recombinant DNA techniques, Nobel Chemistry 1980), who died at 96.
  • Raquel Welch, Movie Actress.
  • Marlowe is released. In late 1930’s Los Angeles, down on his luck detective Philip Marlowe (Liam Neeson) is hired to find the ex-lover of a glamorous heiress (Diane Kruger), daughter of a well-known movie star (Jessica Lange). The disappearance unearths a web of lies, and soon Marlowe is involved in a dangerous, deadly investigation where everyone involved has something to hide.
  • Pharaoh: A New Era for PC is released. The legendary city-builder returns. Lead the creation of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever seen in this 4K remake with modernized UI. Build monuments, manage your population through hundred of hours of gameplay and explore 4,000 years of history through more than 50 missions.
  • Returnal for PC is released. After crash-landing on this shape-shifting world, Selene must search through the barren landscape of an ancient civilization for her escape. Isolated and alone, she finds herself fighting tooth and nail for survival. Again and again, she's defeated forced to restart her journey every time she dies.Through relentless roguelike gameplay, you'll discover that just as the planet changes with every cycle, so do the items at your disposal. Every loop offers new combinations, forcing you to push your boundaries and approach combat with a different strategy each time.Brought to life by stunning visual effects, the dark beauty of the decaying world around you is packed with explosive surprises. From high stakes, bullet hell-fuelled combat, to visceral twists and turns through stark and contrasting environments. You'll explore, discover and fight your way through an unforgiving journey, where mystery stalks your every move.

On this day in 2022

  • Revival of Meredith Willson's musical "The Music Man", starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC.
  • Floods and landslides after the heaviest rain in a century in Petrópolis, Brazil, leaves 146 people dead with 191 missing.
  • (Alokesh) "Bappi" Lahiri, Indian disco and film music composer, singer, and record producer, who died of a lung infection at 69.
  • Bappi Lahiri, Composer.
  • Cyberpunk 2077 for PlayStation 5 is released. Night City, California. Year 2077. The world is broken. MegaCorps manage every aspect of life from the top floors of their sky-scraping fortresses. Down below, the streets are run by drug pushing gangs, tech hustlers, and illegal braindance slingers. The in-between is where decadence, sex and pop culture mix with violent crime, extreme poverty and the unattainable promise of the American Dream. You are V, a cyberpunk. In a world of cyberenhanced street warriors, tech-savvy netrunners and corporate life-hackers, today is your first step to becoming an urban legend...Cyberpunk 2077 is an ambitious RPG for mature audience, set in the corrupt and tech-advanced world of the year 2077 and is being developed by CD Projekt RED in association with the Cyberpunk Pen & Paper system author, Mike Pondsmith.
  • Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires for Switch is released. Empires, a unique "Romance of the Three Kingdoms"experience. Dramatic stories of officers on different sides. All 94 officers who have appeared in DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 are playable. In addition, players can control all 700 common officers. A major change from previous series titles, areas around castles become battlefields, evolving into “Storming the Castle” instances. Employ strategic Secret Plans and balance Army Affinity to break through the enemy's gate. Defeat the enemy commander in Decisive Battle mode to claim victory of the castle. The Empires series' signature domestic system is back. With a high degree of flexibility, set long and mid term kingdom goals, recruit new officers, procure logistics, and execute a variety of military, economic and diplomatic commands to strive to unify China.

On this day in 2021

  • Major winter storm in the US stretches from Texas to Maine killing at least 31, with over 3 million without power in Texas.
  • UK is the first European country to require travellers from COVID 'hotspots'to isolate in quarantine hotels, following other countries such as Australia, NZ and Singapore.
  • Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes the first woman and first African to lead the World Trade Organization.
  • (Juan) "Johnny" Pacheco, Dominican-American salsa flutist, bandleader, composer, record producer and label executive (Fania Records), who died at 85.
  • Leopoldo Luque, Argentine soccer striker (43 caps; River Plate), who died from COVID-19 pandemic at 71.
  • Vincent Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2009,11,12; SD Chargers, TB Buccaneers), who died at 38.

On this day in 2020

  • Beijing orders people returning to the city after Lunar New Year holiday to self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Amie Harwick, Doctor.
  • A. E. Hotchner, American editor, novelist and playwright, who died at 102.
  • Caroline Flack, British television presenter (Love Island), commits suicide at 40.
  • Vatroslav Mimica, Director.
  • Tony Fernández, Dominican baseball shortstop (MLB All-Star 1986,87,89,92,99; World Series 1993; Gold Glove Award 1986–89; Toronto Blue Jays), who died of polycystic kidney disease at 57.

On this day in 2019

  • A fired employee opens fire at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, killing five and injuring six.
  • Al Mahmud, Poet.
  • Bruno Ganz, Movie Actor.
  • Gene Littler, American golfer (1961 US Open,29 PGA Tour titles), who died at 88.
  • Hotel by the River is released. An aging poet, Younghwan (Ki Joobong), summons his two estranged sons (Kwon Haehyo and Yu Junsang) to a solitary hotel beside the Han River because he feels his death is near. While waiting for them to arrive, he meets two women (Kim Minhee and Song Seonmi) out walking in the new-fallen snow and is struck by their angelic beauty. But the women have come to the hotel to do some healing of their own. As Younghwan moves between the women and his bickering sons, he also moves between his two minds: one that walks on the street and the other that communes with the eternal. [Cinema Guild]
  • Sorry Angel is released. Paris,1993. Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps) is a semi-renowned writer and single father in his thirties trying to maintain his sense of romance and humor in spite of the turmoil in his life and the world. While on a work trip to Brittany, he meets Arthur (Vincent Lacoste), an aspiring filmmaker in his early twenties, who is experiencing a sexual awakening and eager to get out of his parochial life. Arthur becomes instantly smitten with the older man.
  • The Breaker Upperers is released. Fifteen years ago, Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they're in their late-thirties and business is booming. They're a platonic, codependent couple who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test.
  • Donnybrook is released. Three desperate souls must fight their way out of a dead-end world in this bracing, gut-punching glimpse into America’s dark underbelly. Earl (Jamie Bell) is a struggling ex-marine and father determined to make a better life for his family—no matter what it takes. Angus (Frank Grillo) is a violent, unhinged drug dealer who leaves a trail of death and destruction in his wake. And Delia (Margaret Qualley) is a haunted woman who will do anything to escape a life of crime she can no longer bear. In their kill-or-be-killed world, all roads lead to the Donnybrook: an illicit backwoods cage match where bare-knuckled fighters brawl for a shot at a $100,000 prize. It’s either a last-ditch chance at redemption—or a death sentence. [IFC Films]
  • Ruben Brandt, Collector is released. Ruben Brandt, a famous psychotherapist, is forced to steal 13 paintings from the world's renowned museums and private collections to prevent his suffering from terrible nightmares he has as a result of subliminal messaging he received as a child. Accompanied by his four patients, he and his band of thieves strike regularly and with great success. The Collector quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world. Gangsters and headhunters chase him around the world while the reward for his capture keeps rising, approaching a hundred million dollars. A cartel of insurance companies entrusts Mike Kowalski, a private detective and leading expert on art theft, to solve the Collector Case. [Sony Pictures Classics]
  • MOVIES: TV14
  • Patrick is released. Sarah is unlucky in love and a bit of a mess. The last thing she needs is a mischievous dog. When she inherits Patrick the pug, not only does he turn her life upside down but also changes it forever.
  • Proven Innocent: Season 1 is released. When attorney Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre) was younger she was wrongly convicted and now she helps those like her with the help of her team that includes: attorney Ezekiel "Easy"Boudreau (Russell Hornsby), investigator Bodie Quick (Vincent Kartheiser), and communications director Violet (Nikki M. James) in this legal drama from David Elliot and Danny Strong.
  • Lorena: Season 1 is released. The four-part documentary series executive produced by Jordan Peele about the Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt case was directed by Joshua Rofé and includes discussion of issues such as the 24-hour news cycle, domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • The Umbrella Academy: Season 1 is released. Luther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castañeda), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Vanya (Ellen Page) and Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) are brought back together by the death of their adoptive father (Colm Feore) in this series based on the comics and graphic novels by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way.
  • Doom Patrol: Season 1 is released. Cyborg (Joivan Wade) comes to Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief (Timothy Dalton) and his band of superheroes: Cliff Steele/Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Larry Trainor/Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Rita Farr/Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby) and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero) with a mission that will change their lives for forever in the second live-action DC Universe series.
  • Ephyra was released by Woman's Hour. This is the second and final release for the London-based indie pop trio.
  • Head Above Water was released by Avril Lavigne. The first full-length studio release in over five years for the Canadian pop-rock artist features a guest appearance from Nicki Minaj.
  • Helium was released by Homeshake. The fourth full-length solo release for Canadian indie R&B artist Peter Sagar was self-recorded and mixed in his apartment in Montreal.
  • Hello Happiness was released by Chaka Khan. The first new studio release of new songs from the Chicago R&B/funk artist since 2007 was co-produced by Sarah Ruba and David "Switch"Taylor.
  • Brickbat was released by Piroshka. This is the debut full-length release for the music project that includes Lush's Miki Berenyi, Modern English's Mick Conroy, Moose's K.J. McKillop, and Elastica's Justin Welch.
  • Czarface Meets Ghostface was released by Czarface. The latest comic book-inspired hip-hop release for Czarface is a collaboration with Ghostface Killah.
  • ALL was released by Yann Tiersen. The latest release for the French composer was mixed by Gareth Jones and includes field recordings from Califonia's redwood forests and Berlin's Tempelhof airport.
  • Unfurl was released by Ry X. This is the second full-length release for the Australian, LA-based singer-songwriter.
  • Ladytron was released by Ladytron. The first full-length release in seven years for the electronic pop quartet features a guest appearance by Iggor Cavalera on drums.
  • Psychedelic Country Soul was released by The Long Ryders. The first new full-length release in over 30 years for the Alt-country/Americana band was produced by Ed Stasium.
  • Triage was released by Methyl Ethel. The third full-length release for the Australian pyschedelic pop/rock band was produced and recorded by its lead singer Jake Webb.
  • What It Is was released by Hayes Carll. The sixth full-length release for the Nashville-based Texas-born singer-songwriter was co-produced by Brad Jones and Allison Moorer (who also co-wrote several songs).
  • Crackdown 3 for PC is released. From out of nowhere, a new enemy attacked. Major metropolitan areas were hit with a never-before-seen form of elemental warfare, plunged into darkness and chaos. In the aftermath, the Agency picked-up a hot lead -- and now they'll stop at nothing to find the ones who knocked us down, to deliver a harsh dose of Justice… by any means necessary.
  • Far Cry New Dawn for PlayStation 4 is released. Seventeen years after a nuclear doomsday, Hope County, Montana, has changed in unexpected ways. Nuclear winter has given way to a "superbloom, "creating a lush, colourful landscape that survivors have begun to re-populate with makeshift buildings. It's a lawless frontier where people are struggling to get by - and you'll be able to experience it all with a friend in co-op, or on your own as a lone gunslinger. After living through the apocalypse, the survivors in Hope County now face a new threat: the nihilistic Highwaymen, vicious scavengers intent on bleeding the county dry. When the survivors put out a call for help to combat this deadly threat, you are quickly thrust into the middle of a new battle for the future of Hope County. Since the nuclear apocalypse, survivors have been piecing their shelter, tools, and weapons together from the broken remnants of the old world. The results may look ramshackle, but they'll keep you alive in a fight. Your Homebase will let you construct powerful weapons and vehicles, giving you more options than ever for explosive, over-the-top action. When anything and everything can happen, it is never too much to have someone watching your back. Whether it's Hurk, a boar, or whoever you want, you can recruit an eclectic cast of Guns and Fangs for Hire to fight by your side. You can even play with a friend in co-op.
  • Metro Exodus for PlayStation 4 is released. In Metro Exodus, Artyom and a band of survivors must flee the shattered ruins of the Moscow Metro and embark on an epic, continent-spanning journey across the post-apocalyptic Russian wilderness. Explore vast, non-linear levels, lose yourself in an immersive, sandbox survival experience, and follow a story-line that spans an entire year in the greatest Metro adventure yet. [Deep Silver]
  • Jump Force for PlayStation 4 is released. For the first time ever, the most famous Manga heroes are thrown into a whole new battleground: our world. Uniting to fight the most dangerous threat, the Jump Force will bear the fate of the entire human kind. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the famous Weekly Jump Magazine, Jump Force is also making the most of latest technologies to bring characters to life in a never-seen-before realistic design. A unique setting, merging the Jump World and the Real World. The Jump Force, an alliance of the most powerful Manga heroes from Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto and much more. Realistic graphics bring Manga characters to life like never before. [Bandai Namco]
  • ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove for PlayStation 4 is released. The iconic ‘90s duo is back in the groove with all-new presents to help them navigate this wack planet ”Earth” and retrieve all the lost pieces to the Rapmaster Rocket. Team up for co-op play to discover secret locations, hidden presents and new friends.

On this day in 2018

  • German women's luge singles champion Natalie Geisenberger and men's doubles winners Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt earn their 2nd Olympic gold medals in Pyeongchang in the team relay event.
  • First known case of transgender woman breastfeeding reported in "Transgender Health Journal" in US.
  • Denver's Serbian center Nikola Jokic records fastest triple double in NBA history (14 minutes,33 seconds) in the Nuggets'134-123 win at Milwaukee; Jokic finishes with 30 points,17 assists,15 rebounds.
  • Vaclovas Paketuras, Lithuanian composer (The Sun Is Setting; Polyphonic Pieces), who died at 90.
  • Wynn Irwin, American actor (Lotsa Luck, Sugar Time), who died at 85.
  • Secret of Mana for PlayStation 4 is released. Originally released in 1993, "Secret of Mana"is by far the most popular title in the Mana series. This is its full 3D remake. The game faithfully retells the story while adopting modern 3D graphics and controls. It features a newly arranged musical score, voiced characters and new content. The adventure of Randi, Primm, and Popoi is reborn in the new "Secret of Mana".KEY FEATURES:* Moogle Suit DLC - Equippable armor that can be used in game. This special piece of equipment also changes the appearance of the characters.* Tiger Two Piece DLC -Equippable armor that can be used in game. This special piece of equipment also changes the appearance of Primm.* Tiger Suit DLC - Equippable armor that can be used in game. This special piece of equipment also changes the appearance of Randi and Popoi.* Custom downloadable wallpaper (sizes: 1024 x 768,1280 x 1024,1920 x 1080,2560 x 1600)* 3D Graphics - Revamped visuals for the entire game; a vivid, Mana-filled world rebuilt in 3D!* Upgraded Gameplay - The original system has been reworked in an effort to realize a modern action RPG with improved gameplay.
  • Aqua Kitty UDX for Switch is released.
  • Xeodrifter for Switch is released. Drifting through the stars. Xeodrifter is the story of an interstellar drifter traveling the stars on a simple mission of exploration. We join our nomad as he embarks on the investigation of a small cluster of four planets in the omega sector, after a collision with a rogue asteroid damaged his warp core. Blast your way through alien landscapes, seek out valuable secrets, and defeat ancient guardians to unlock powers from a legendary supreme culture in this exciting journey of mystery and adventure.
  • Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in as South African President, replacing Jacob Zuma.
  • Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigns in a surprise move.
  • German figure skaters Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot set new ISU best free skating score of 159.31 on their way to pairs gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
  • Frenchman Pierre Vaultier retains his Olympic snowboard cross title (Sochi 2014) with a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
  • Sochi (2014) Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the US wins the giant slalom at the Pyeongchang Winter Games; also takes combined silver.
  • Vancouver (2010) Olympic super-G champion Aksul Lund Svindal of Sweden wins the downhill gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
  • IBU Female Rookie of the Year, Hanna Öberg of Sweden wins 15k individual biathlon gold medal with 4 clean shootings at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; first victory and podium of her career.

On this day in 2017

  • The Indian space rocket PSLV-C37 successfully launches 104 satellites in a single flight.
  • Doubt: Season 1 is released. Defense attorney Sadie Ellis (Katherine Heigl) becomes involved with a client (Steven Pasquale), who may have murdered a 15-year-old many years ago.
  • The Wardrobe for PC is released. Inspired by the great ‘90s classics such as 'Monkey Island', 'Day of the Tentacle', 'Tony Tough' and 'Sam & Max: Hit the Road', "The Wardrobe"has a strong sense of humour, but isn't shy about dealing with mature and non-politically correct themes.

On this day in 2016

  • 58th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran, Best Album "1989" by Taylor Swift.
  • Louis Lane, American conductor (Akron,1959-83; Lake Erie Opera,1964-72), and educator (Cleveland Institute,1982-2004) dies at 72.
  • George Gaynes, Dutch-American singer, actor and voice artist (Tootsie, Police Academy, General Hospital), who died at 98.
  • Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), who died at 57.
  • Better Call Saul: Season 2 is released. Season two finds Jimmy McGill a.k.a. Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) with the choice of staying within the law or trying more unethical ways to make more money as his relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn) changes.
  • 11.22.63: Season 1 is released. Produced by J.J. Abrams, high school history teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) travels back in time to stop the assassination of JFK in the adaptation of Stephen King novel's 11/22/63.
  • ZHEROS for PC is released. ZHEROS is a 3D beat’em up, set on one goal: pure and fast action. Plenty of fights and an original style will take the player on a fascinating and twisted journey.

On this day in 2015

  • Ella Osborne, Family Member, born in England.
  • Indian Summers: Season 1 is released. Set in 1932, Ralph Whelan (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), private secretary to the viceroy of India moves to Simla for the summer where his sister (Jemima West) draws the attention of Aafrin (Nikesh Patel), a Junior Clerk in the Viceroy’s office and WWI veteran Darius (Roshan Seth). Also in Northern India town for the season are socialite Cynthia Coffin (Julie Walters), who runs the Royal Club; Douglas (Craig Parkinson), a teacher at the missionary school; his wife Sarah (Fiona Glascott); and Scottish tea plantation heir, Ian McLeod (Alexander Cobb).

On this day in 2014

  • The O.C. actor Adam Brody and Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester marry.
  • Tammam Salam is elected Prime Minister of Lebanon after a 10 month gridlock.
  • Polish ski jumper Kamil Stoch wins his 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the men's large hill event; also wins normal hill gold.
  • World champion Aleksandr Tretyakov of Russia wins the men's skeleton gold medal at his home Sochi Winter Olympics.


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