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Today in the World Countries
- Independence Day is being celebrated in Kosovo
- Revolution Day is being celebrated in Libya
Today in Astrology
- People born on this day are Aquarius as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
- Global LGBT festival WorldPride opens in Sydney, Australia, its first time in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Chris Emerson, Music Producer, born in Sydney, Australia.
- Nawras Sattar, Makeup Artist, born in Iraq.
- John Holdsworth, English rugby league referee (2 x Challenge Cup Finals; record 6 x Premiership Finals; first World Club Challenge 1987: Wigan beat Manly 8-2), who died at 76.
- Kyle Jacobs, Songwriter.
- Land of Sleeper was released by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs.
The fourth full-length release for British rock band Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs sees the return of drummer Ewan Mackenzie, who was last seen on 2017's Feed The Rats.
- All Fiction was released by Pile.
The latest full-length release for Boston indie rock band Pile was produced with Kevin S. McMahon.
- Optical Delusion was released by Orbital.
The 10th full-length studio release for electronic duo features guest appearances from Coppe, Dina Ipavic, Penelope Isles, The Little Pest, The Mediaeval Baebes, Anna B Savage, and Sleaford Mods.
- Quest For Fire was released by Skrillex.
The second full-length studio release for electronic artist Skrillex features collaborations with Aluna, Nai Barghouti, Beam, Bobby Raps, Bibi Bourelly, Dylan Brady, Missy Elliott, Flowdan, Four Tet, Fred Again, Joker, Eli Keszler, Kito, Swae Lee, Mr. Oizo, Noisia, Josh Pan, Peekaboo, Posij, Porter Robinson, Siiickbrain, Sleepnet, Starrah, and Pete Wentz.
- 7s was released by Avey Tare.
The fourth full-length solo release for Animal Collective's Avey Tare was recorded in North Carolina with Adam McDaniel.
- Trustfall was released by P!nk.
The ninth full-length studio release for pop artist P!nk features guest appearances from First Aid Kit, Chris Stapleton and The Lumineers.
- Pacifiction - Not Rated is released.
On the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, the High Commissioner of the Republic and French government official De Roller (Benoît Magimel) is a calculating man with flawless manners. His somewhat broad perception of his role brings him to navigate the high end "establishment"as well as shady venues where he mingles with the locals. Especially since a persistent rumour has been going around: the sighting of a submarine whose ghostly presence could herald the return of French nuclear testing.
- Of an Age - R is released.
Set in the summer of 1999, an 17-year-old Serbian born, Australian amateur ballroom dancer experiences an unexpected and intense 24-hour romance with a friend’s older brother.
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania - PG-13 is released.
The official kick off of phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe finds Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that will push them beyond the limits of what they thought was possible.
- Devil's Peak - Not Rated is released.
Set in the Appalachian Mountains, Devil’s Peak is a tense thriller about a family dominated by a crime lord (Billy Bob Thornton) who controls his family and his business with his fists. When his son (Hopper Penn) meets the girl of his dreams (Katelyn Nacon), desperately wanting to escape the life he is expected to lead and free himself from the clutches of his father, he is forced to go head-to-head with the terrifying man who will stop at nothing to ensure loyalty from all of those around him.
- Emily - R is released.
Emily imagines the transformative, exhilarating, and uplifting journey to womanhood of a rebel and a misfit, one of the world's most famous, enigmatic, and provocative writers who died too soon at the age of 30.
- TV SERIES
- Hello Tomorrow!: Season 1 is released.
Set in a retro-future world, traveling salesmen Jack (Billy Crudup) and his co-workers sell timeshares on the moon in this dramedy from Amit Bhalla and Lucas Jansen.
On this day in 2022
- 28,000 women apply for 30 jobs driving trains after they are advertised for women in Saudi Arabia for the first time.
- Dallas Good, Canadian alt-country-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter (The Sadies -" Through Strange Eyes"), who died at 48.
On this day in 2021
- Texan senator Ted Cruz flies to Cancun, Mexico with his family amid a winter disaster in his state, igniting widespread condemnation.
- South Africa, Africa's worst-affected country begins COVID-19 pandemic vaccinations with the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Cape Town.
- Rush Limbaugh, American right wing radio personality, who died of lung cancer at 70.
- Rush Limbaugh, Radio Host.
- Özcan Arkoç, Turkish soccer goalkeeper (9 caps; Hamburger SV) and manager (Hamburger SV, Hannover 96), who died at 81.
- Martí Vergés, Spanish soccer midfielder (12 caps; FC Barcelona), who died at 86.
- Murray Weideman, Australian rules football CHF (Collingwood VFL premiers 1953,58 [c]; B& F 1957,61,62; Victoria 1956-60) and coach (Collingwood 1975-76), who died at 85.
- Doug Grisby, American soul music bassist, composer and producer (Patti LaBelle; Teena Marie), who died after suffering a stroke at 57.
- Gianluigi Saccaro, Italian fencer (Olympic gold épée team 1960; silver épée team 1964; bronze épée 1968), who died at 82.
- TV SERIES
- Behind Her Eyes: Season 1 is released.
Louise (Simona Brown) is having an affair with her psychiatrist boss David (Tom Bateman) and becomes friends with his wife, Adele (Eve Hewson) in this thriller based on Sarah Pinborough's novel of the same name.
- Amend: The Fight for America: Season 1 is released.
Will Smith hosts this six-part documentary series about the history of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution with reading from Mahershala Ali, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Lane, Pedro Pascal, and Yara Shahidi.
On this day in 2020
- American blues piano player and singer Henry Gray died age 95. He performed with many artists, including Robert Lockwood Jr., Billy Boy Arnold, Morris Pejoe, The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, and Howlin' Wolf. He released over 60 albums including recordings for Chess Records..
- Amazon boss Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to help fight climate change.
- Laureus World Sports Awards, Berlin, Germany: Sportsman: Lewis Hamilton & Lionel Messi; Sportswoman: Simone Biles; Team: South Africa National Rugby Union team.
- India's Supreme Court grants equal rights to women in the armed forces.
- General Motors announces it is retiring the Holden brand in Australasia.
- 62nd Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins second straight title by 0.014 seconds over Ryan Blaney on the second restart in overtime; his third Daytona victory.
- Mickey Wright, American golfer (13 major titles; 82 LPGA Tour wins), who died from a heart attack at 85.
- Terry Lineen, New Zealand rugby union centre (12 caps; Auckland), who died at 84.
- Candace Muzny, Race Car Driver.
- Grizzly II: Revenge (1983) - Not Rated is released.
All hell breaks loose when a 15-ft grizzly bear, reacting to the slaughter of her cub by poachers, seeks revenge and kills anyone that gets in her way. In the 3 days before the major concert taking place in Yellowstone National Park, the gigantic grizzly has brutally attacked campers Ron (George Clooney), Tina (Laura Dern) and Lance (Charlie Sheen), poachers and a park ranger. The terror doesn’t end there as the giant grizzly bear finds its way to the concert grounds to go on a killing spree.
On this day in 2019
- Protests continue by thousands in streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, against government corruption and inflation.
- 61st Daytona 500: Joe Gibbs Racing goes 1-2-3; Denny Hamlin holds off reigning Cup Series champion Joey Logano and teammate Kyle Busch to win his 2nd Great American Race.
- NBA All Star Game, Spectrum Centre, Charlotte, NC: Team LeBron beats Team Giannis,178-164; MVP: Kevin Durant GS Warriors, F.
- Paul Flynn, Politician.
- Ethel Ennis, American jazz singer (If Women Ruled The World), who died of a stroke at 86.
On this day in 2018
- Japanese defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu retains his Olympic men's figure skating title by winning the gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; first wins gold at Sochi (2014).
- 10k freestyle cross country champion Ragnhild Haga and 30k classical winner Marit Bjørgen win their 2nd Olympic gold medal in Pyeongchang as part of Norway's 4 x 5k relay team.
- Britain's Lizzy Yarnold wins her 2nd consecutive Olympic women's skeleton gold medal in Pyeongchang; also wins event in Sochi (2014).
- Czech skier Ester Ledecká wins super-G gold medal at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; later wins parallel giant slalom snowboarding to be first female to win gold in different sports at a single Games.
- Polish ski jumper Kamil Stoch retains his Olympic individual large hill title (Sochi 2014) with gold in Pyeongchang; beats normal hill winner Andreas Wellinger of Germany by 3.4m.
- 3 suicide bombers kill 18 in Konduga, north-east Nigeria.
- Russian biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina wins her 3rd career Olympic gold medal in women's 12.5k mass start in Pyeongchang; 7.5k sprint champion in Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014).
- Beatricce "Beebe" Freitas [nee Botty], American pianist, organist, and voice teacher (Hawaii Opera Theatre), who died at 79.
- Arno Motulsky, German-born founder of medical genetics, known as the "father of pharmacogenomics, "dies at 94.
On this day in 2017
- Discovery of a new mostly underwater continent Zealandia in the South Pacific announced in research journal "GSA Today".
- Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author of Polyhedron models, who died at 97.
- Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, who died at 73.
- Warren Frost, American actor (Twin Peaks, Matlock, Seinfeld), who died at 91.
- Peter Richardson, British cricketer (England batsman mid-50's), who died at 85.
- Please Be Mine was released by Molly Burch.
The debut full-length release for the Austin-based indie pop singer from Los Angeles was recorded in two days with co-producer Dan Duszynski.
- Prisoner was released by Ryan Adams.
The 16th full-length solo release for the singer-songwriter was influenced by his divorce from singer Mandy Moore.
- Reassemblage was released by Visible Cloaks.
The second full-length release for the ambient duo of Spencer Doran and Ryan Carlile features guest appearances from Matt Carlson, Miyako Koda, and Motion Graphics.
- New Spirit was released by PVT.
The fifth full-length release for the Australian electro-rock trio (previously known as Pivot) was recorded in London and Sydney.
- No Future was released by Moire.
The second full-length release for the London-based electronic producer features guest appearances from DRS and James Massiah.
- No Home of the Mind was released by Bing & Ruth.
The third full-length release for the David Moore project finds it streamlined to a five person ensemble.
- Notes of Blue was released by Son Volt.
The eighth full-length studio release for the alt-country band led by Jay Farrar was inspired by blues music.
- Undying Color was released by Mind Over Mirrors.
The sixth release for experimental electronic project of Jaime Fennelly features contributions from Janet Beveridge Bean, Jim Becker, Haley Fohr, and Jon Mueller.
- Windy City was released by Alison Krauss.
The country covers release for the multiple Grammy-winning singer was produced by Buddy Cannon.
- Terrible Human Beings was released by The Orwells.
The third full-length release for the Chicago-area garage rock band was produced by Jim Abbiss.
- The Incessant was released by Meat Wave.
The third full-length release for the Chicago post-punk band was recorded by Steve Albini.
- Saturday Night was released by Tim Darcy.
The debut full-length solo release for the Ought frontman was produced by Ross Gillard and Amy Fort.
- The Chief was released by Jidenna.
The debut full-length release for the R&B/hip-hop artist features guest appearances from Roman GianArthur, Nana Kwabena, Janelle Monáe, and St. Beauty.
- The Courtneys II was released by The Courtneys.
The second full-length release for the Canadian indie rock trio was self-produced and mixed by Vince Casamatta.
- Cruel Optimism was released by Lawrence English.
The latest release for the Australian artist features contributions from Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck, Mats Gustafsson, Thor Harris, Heinz Riegler, and Norman Westberg.
- Chalice Hymnal was released by Grails.
The sixth full-length release for the Portland, Oregon post-rock band was self-produced.
- Big Balloon was released by Dutch Uncles.
The fifth full-length release for the British indie pop band was co-produced by Brendan Williams and Phil Bulleyment.
- Life Will See You Now was released by Jens Lekman.
Produced by Ewan Pearson, the fourth full-length studio release for the Swedish singer-songwriter features bossa nova, disco, and samba rhythms.
- Hard Love was released by Strand of Oaks.
The fourth full-length release for indie rock artist Tim Showalter was produced by Nicolas Vernhes.
- Future was released by Future.
The fifth full-length studio release fro the rapper includes production from DJ Khaled, DY, Metro Boomin, Southside, Tarentino, Tre Pounds and Zaytoven.
- Highway Queen was released by Nikki Lane.
The third full-length release for the Nashville-based country singer-songwriter was produced with Jonathan Tyler.
- Fist Fight - R is released.
On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.
- From Nowhere - Not Rated is released.
Three undocumented teenagers — Moussa (J. Mallory McCree) an African Muslim teen living in fear of persecution, Sophie (Octavia Chavez-Richmond) a troubled teen from the Dominican Republic, and Alyssa (Raquel Castro) a straight-A student from Peru—are just about to graduate high school in the Bronx. Like most teenagers, all they want to do is hang with their friends, fall in love, and figure out where to go to college, but unlike their American classmates, these three live with the threat of being discovered by the authorities. When one of their teachers connects them with a lawyer to help them get their papers, the teens start to dig into their family histories to assist their immigration cases. As they continue to deal with the everyday problems of adolescence, the teenagers are forced to confront their past and, at the same time, fight for their future. [FilmRise]
- Lovesong - February 17,2017 is released.
Neglected by her husband, Sarah (Riley Keough) embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy (Jena Malone). Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding.
- In Dubious Battle - R is released.
In the California apple country, nine hundred migratory workers rise up "in dubious battle"against the landowners. The group takes on a life of its own—stronger than its individual members and more frightening. Led by the doomed Jim Nolan (Nat Wolff), the strike is founded on his tragic idealism, on the "courage never to submit or yield."
- A Cure for Wellness - R is released.
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center"at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.
- American Fable - PG-13 is released.
With her family’s livelihood imperiled by the farm crisis of the 1980s, eleven-year-old Gitty (Peyton Kennedy) loses herself in a world of fantasy and make believe. But she stumbles into her own fairytale when she makes a startling discovery: a well-dressed mystery man (Richard Schiff) being held captive in her family’s silo. It’s the beginning of a labyrinthine journey that will turn Gitty’s world upside down and force her to question her loyalty to her own family. [Sundance Selects]
- The Great Wall - PG-13 is released.
When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.
- XX - Not Rated is released.
XX is a new horror anthology with a gender twist - all segments will be helmed by female directors and will star female leads. The directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, but all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre.
- You're Killing Me Susana - Not Rated is released.
Eligio (Gael Garcia Bernal), a fun-loving, charismatic actor wakes up one morning to realize that his wife Susana (Veronica Echegui) has left You're Killing Me Susanahim without a word or warning. Eligio discovers that she is in Iowa, so he sells off his car and gets on a plane from his native Mexico City to goafter her. From the moment he gets off the plane in the Midwest university town Eligio is like a fish out of water. Things only get worse when the short, dark and loquacious Eligio discovers Susana has started a relationship with huge, mysterious and pasty white poet Slawomir (Hlynur Harraldson).
On this day in 2016
- Nike ends endorsement deal with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao after he made TV comments gay people are "worse than animals.".
- Oldest known case of human-Neanderthal sex (100,000 yrs ago) revealed by Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig),50,000 yr old Neanderthal woman's remains from Altai mountains show traces of Homo Sapiens DNA.
- Car bomb attack on military convoy in Ankara, Turkey, by Kurdish militant eaves 28 dead.
- Channing Dungey announced new President of ABC Entertainment Group, first African-American to lead a major US broadcast network.
- Chief executive Tim Cook confirms Apple will contest an FBI order to unlock the phone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook.
- Billy Taylor, Race Car Driver.
- Andrzej Zulawski, Director.
- Andy Ganteaume, Trinidadian cricketer (West Indian batsman who scored 112 in his only Test innings 1948), who died at 95.
- Tony Phillips, American MLB player (Oakland Athletics), who died at 56.
- Tony Phillips, Baseball Player.
- Embrace of the Serpent - Not Rated is released.
Embrace of the Serpent centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. [Oscilloscope Pictures]
- TV SERIES
- Broad City: Season 3 is released.
The third season of the comedy includes guest appearances from Alan Alda, Hillary Clinton, Tony Danza, Melissa Leo, and Whoopi Goldberg.
On this day in 2015
- Christopher Sails Jr., YouTube Star, born in Michigan.
- Baby Cj, YouTube Star, born in Michigan.
- Andrzej Koszewski, Polish choral and orchestral composer, and musicologist, who died at 92.
- Andrzej Koszewski, Polish composer, who died at 92.
- Kenneth "Wally" Kelly, American R& B singer (Manhattans - "Kiss And Say Goodbye"), who died at 74.
- Let It Reign was released by Carl Barât.
The debut release for the Libertines' co-frontman's side project Carl Barât & The Jackals was produced by Joby Ford of the Bronx.
- Don't Lose This was released by Roebuck "Pops"Staples.
The unfinished recordings from the blues guiatrist was completed with the help of his daughter Mavis Staples and producer Jeff Tweedy.
- Ibeyi was released by Ibeyi.
The debut full-length release for the French-Cuban twins Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz (daughters of Buena Vista Social Club percussionist Miguel Díaz) includes influences from Cuban folk music, electronic, French jazz, R&B and pop music.
- Hexadic was released by Six Organs of Admittance.
The latest release from the Ben Chasny solo project is based on a new composition method Chasny invented.
- Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair was released by Grooms.
The fourth full-length release for the Brooklyn indie rock band led by Travis Johnson was the last album recorded at Brooklyn's Death by Audio studio.
- Transfixiation was released by A Place to Bury Strangers.
The fourth full-length release for the noise rock band is its first with new drummer Robi Gonzalez.
- True Romance was released by Estelle.
The end of the British artist's four-year relationship was an influence on her fourth full-length release.
- Vestiges & Claws was released by Jose Gonzalez.
The third full-length solo release for the Swedish singer-songwriter is his first in seven years.
- Whatever, My Love was released by Juliana Hatfield Three.
22 years after their debut release, the alternative rock trio fronted by Juliana Hatfield returns with an album funded by Pledge Music.
- Talent Night at the Ashram was released by Sonny & the Sunsets.
The latest release for the band led by Sonny Smith was originally planned as a soundtrack to a feature-length film Smith wanted to film.
- Terraplane was released by Steve Earle & the Dukes.
The singer-songwriter turns to the blues for his 16th studio release that was written in five weeks while he toured Europe by himself.
- Skullsplitter was released by Eric Chenaux.
The latest experimental full-length release for the Toronto-based guitarist features four instrumental tracks produced with Radwan Ghazi Moumneh.
- Smoke + Mirrors was released by Imagine Dragons.
The second full-length release fro the Las Vegas rock band was produced with Alex Da Kid.
- Mount The Air was released by The Unthanks.
This is the first studio release for the Mercury-nominated British folk band in over four years.
- Mourn was released by Mourn.
The debut full-length release for the Spanish band formed by four teenagers was recorded in two days.
- Picture You was released by The Amazing.
The third studio release for the Swedish five-piece band was recorded in three days.
On this day in 2014
- " The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" premieres on NBC.
- US Secretary of State John Kerry claims climate change requires urgent action and that only a small "window of time" remained open.
- The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premieres on NBC.
- Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva wins her 3rd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the mass start; also wins individual and pursuit gold.
- Belarus takes the aerials double at the Sochi Winter Olympics when Anton Kushnir wins the men's event; Alla Tsuper claims the women's section.
- American musician and sound engineer Bob Casale, best known as a guitarist and keyboardist in the new wave band Devo died of heart failure in Los Angeles, California. He engineered the first solo album for Police guitarist, Andy Summers..
- American pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White win the first Olympic gold medal for the US in ice dance at the Sochi Winter Games.
- Bob Casale, (aka Bob 2), American new wave rock musician (Devo - "Whip It!"), and record producer, who died from heart failure at 61.
- Bob Casale, American musician, who died from heart failure at 61.
- Rollie Beale, Race Car Driver.
- Peroxide was released by Nina Nesbitt.
The debut full-length release for the Scottish singer-songwriter was produced with Iain Archer and Jake Gosling.
- TV SERIES
- Star-Crossed: Season 1 is released.
Ten years ago, a spaceship crashed just outside of Baton Rouge and the surviving aliens called Atrians are now being integrated into Earth society including seven Atrians into Marshall High School. 16-year-old Emery "Em"Whitehill (Aimee Teegarden) is drawn to the Atrian Roman (Matt Lanter), much to the dismay of their families and friends.
On this day in 2013
- 5 people are killed and 11 are injured after a gas explosion destroyed an apartment complex in Frenštát pod Radhoštem, Czech Republic.
- 37 people are killed and 130 are injured in a series of Baghdad car bombings.
- President Rafael Correa wins the Ecuadorian general election in a landslide victory.
- 62nd NBA All-Star Game, Toyota Centre, Houston, TX: West beats East,143-138; MVP: Chris Paul, LA Clippers, G.
- Jess Cameron with 75 and Elise Perry 3-27 lead Australia to 114 run win over West Indies in the Women's Cricket World Cup Final in Bombay, India.
- Mindy McCready, American country singer, commits suicide by gunshot at 37.
- Richard Briers, English actor, who died from emphysema at 79.
- TV SERIES
- Killing Lincoln is released.
Narrated by Tom Hanks, the adaptation of Martin Dugard and Bill O'Reilly book dramatizes the events leading up to and after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln (Billy Campbell) by John Wilkes Booth (Jesse Johnson).