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Today in the World Countries

  • Commonwealth Day is being celebrated in Gibraltar
  • Independence Day Holiday is being celebrated in Kosovo
  • Prajatantra Diwas is being celebrated in Nepal
  • President's Day is being celebrated in American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico
  • People born on this day are Aquarius as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • 76th BAFTA awards: Best Film "All Quiet on the Western Front", Best Director Edward Berger, acting awards Cate Blanchett, Austin Butler.
  • 65th Daytona 500: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins for JTG Daugherty Racing in double overtime and under caution over a record 212 laps; former NBA player Brad Daugherty first Black car owner to win the race.
  • Faryal, TikTok Star, born in United Arab Emirates.
  • Greg Foster, American athlete (3 x World C'ship gold 110m hurdles; Olympic silver 1984), who died from amyloidosis at 64.
  • Jansen Panettiere, Movie Actor.
  • Dickie Davies, English TV presenter (ITV's World of Sport), who died at 93.
  • Richard Belzer, TV Actor.
  • The Company You Keep (2023): Season 1 is released. The lives of con man Charlie (Milo Ventimiglia) and undercover CIA officer Emma (Catherine Haena Kim) become entangled in the spy drama series based on the Korean series "My Fellow Citizens."

On this day in 2022

  • Jane Marczewski, Pop Singer.
  • Charley Taylor, American Pro Football HOF wide receiver and running back (8 × Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1967; Washington Redskins), who died at 80.
  • Gary Brooker died from cancer at the age of 76. The English singer, songwriter, pianist was the founder of the rock band Procol Harum who had the 1967 UK No.1 and US No.5 single 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', (one of the few singles to have sold over 10 million copies) and scored the hits 'Homburg' and 'Conquistador'. Brooker founded The Paramounts in 1962 with his guitarist friend Robin Trower and has also worked with Eric Clapton, Alan Parsons and Ringo Starr. Brooker also contributed to various George Harrison albums including All Things Must Pass (1970)..

On this day in 2021

  • In a softening of 4-year WADA ban on Russia from all international sport, Russia to compete under acronym "ROC" after name of the Russian Olympic Committee.
  • I Care a Lot is released. Poised with sharklike self-assurance, Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike) is a professional, court-appointed guardian for dozens of elderly wards whose assets she seizes and cunningly bilks through dubious but legal means. It’s a well-oiled racket that Marla and her business-partner and lover Fran (Eiza González) use with brutal efficiency on their latest “cherry, ” Jennifer Peterson (Dianne Wiest) — a wealthy retiree with no living heirs or family. But when their mark turns out to have an equally shady secret of her own and connections to a volatile gangster (Peter Dinklage), Marla is forced to level up in a game only predators can play — one that’s neither fair, nor square. [Netflix]
  • Jumbo is released. Jeanne (Noémie Merlant), a shy young woman, works in an amusement park. She still lives at home with her mother and is fascinated with lights and carousels. When Jeanne meets Jumbo, the park's new flagship attraction, a thrilling and unique romance ensues.
  • Days of the Bagnold Summer is released. A teenager spends his summer listening to heavy metal music and trying to get along with his librarian mom.
  • Sin is released. Florence, early XVI century. Although widely considered a genius by his contemporaries, Michelangelo Buonarroti (Alberto Testone) is reduced to poverty and depleted by his struggle to finish the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When his commissioner and head of the Della Rovere nobility Pope Julius II dies, Michelangelo becomes obsessed with sourcing the finest marble to complete his tomb. The artist’s loyalty is tested when Leo X, of the rival Medici family, ascends to the papacy and charges him with a lucrative new commission – the façade of the San Lorenzo basilica. Forced to lie to maintain favor with both families, Michelangelo is progressively tormented by suspicion and hallucinations, leading him to ruthlessly examine his own moral and artistic failings. [Corinth Films]
  • Test Pattern is released. Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. Their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning women face when navigating sex and consent within the American patriarchy.
  • The Violent Heart is released. Nine-year-old Daniel lives in a town outside of Nashville. Daniel sees his sister sneak out the door and follows to a dark, secluded spot in the woods, where she is killed. Fifteen years later, Daniel lives at home with his mom and teen brother Aaron. The killer has never been caught. Struggling to find his path in life, Daniel works at a local auto shop and dreams of enlisting in the Marines like his father. But he has a criminal record and would need a rarely granted waiver. Cassie is an 18-year-old who has had her fill of high school. An only child, she is particularly close to her father, an English teacher at her school. When Cassie takes her car in for an oil change and meets Daniel there’s instant chemistry. Devastated to discover her father may not be the man she thought he was, Cassie reaches out to Daniel and a tender romance blossoms. But when deeply buried secrets of their small town are revealed, violent events of the past threaten to tear the couple apart. [Gravitas Ventures]
  • Blithe Spirit is released. Best-selling crime novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) suffers from terrible writer’s block and is struggling to finish his first screenplay. His picture-perfect new wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focused so they can fulfill her dream of leaving London for Hollywood. Charles’ quest for inspiration leads him to invite the eccentric mystic Madame Acarti (Judi Dench) to perform a séance in his home. He gets more than he bargained for when Madame Acarti inadvertently summons the spirit of his first wife: the brilliant and fiery Elvira (Leslie Mann). Ready to pick up her life right where she left off, Elvira is shocked to discover the prim and proper Ruth is now married to her husband and running her household. Charles finds himself stuck between his two wives and their increasingly over-the-top attempts to outdo one another. [IFC Films]
  • Flora & Ulysses is released. 10-year-old Flora is an avid comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, whose parents have recently separated. After rescuing a squirrel she names Ulysses, Flora is amazed to discover he possesses unique superhero powers, which take them on an adventure of humorous complications that ultimately change Flora's life--and her outlook--forever. Based on the Newbery Award-winning book.
  • Silk Road is released. Inspired by larger-than-life actual events, this riveting crime thriller follows the rise and fall of Silk Road, the infamous darknet site that sent a seismic shock through the World Wide Web. Young, idealistic, and driven to succeed, Ross Ulbricht (Nick Robinson) creates the internet’s first unregulated marketplace: Silk Road. But when it becomes a multimillion-dollar pipeline for illicit drugs, Ross is set on a collision course with Rick Bowden (Jason Clarke), a disreputable and dangerously unpredictable DEA agent, who will use any means necessary to take him down.
  • For All Mankind: Season 2 is released. The second season of the Ronald D. Moore sci-fi series begins in 1983 as tensions from the Cold War spill onto NASA.
  • Echo was released by Indigo Sparke. The debut full-length release for the Australian singer-songwriter was co-produced with Adrianne Lenker.
  • A Billion Little Lights was released by Wild Pink. The third full-length release for the indie rock band led by John Ross was produced by David Greenbaum.
  • Angel Tears in Sunlight was released by Pauline Anna Strom. The posthumously released album was the first new music in over 30 years for the San Francisco-based composer.
  • An Overview on Phenomenal Nature was released by Cassandra Jenkins. The second full-length solo release for the New York folk artist was produced by Josh Kaufman.
  • As the Love Continues was released by Mogwai. The 10th full-length studio release for the Scottish post-rock band was produced by Dave Fridmann and features contributions from Atticus Ross and Colin Stetson.
  • Conflict Of Interest was released by Ghetts. The third full-length studio release for the British grime artist features guest appearances from BackRoad Gee, Dave, Giggs, Hamzaaand, Jaykae, Aida Lae, Miraa May, Pa Salieu, Emeli Sande, Moonchild Sanelly, Ed Sheeran, Skepta, Stormzy, and Wretch 32.
  • Cool Dry Place was released by Katy Kirby. The debut full-length release for the Nashville-based singer-songwriter from Texas was produced by Alberto Sewald and Logan Chung.
  • Open Door Policy was released by The Hold Steady. The eighth full-length studio release for the indie rock band was recorded by producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin.
  • THE SHORE for PC is released. THE SHORE is a first person story driven game with an atmospheric environment and narrations, You will encounter mysterious creatures and unravel the secrets behind them. Strong elements of horror, struggle to survive an unknown world that will make you question your own sanity.
  • Persona 5 Strikers for PlayStation 4 is released. The sequel to the international smash-hit Persona 5 (3.2 million copies world-wide) is now available as the series' first action RPG! Featuring an all-new story set up half a year after the events of P5! Travel Japan! Following the events of P5, the Phantom Thieves of Hearts gather once more during their summer break to solve the mystery behind new change of heart cases that are occurring all over Japan! Persona 5 is now an action RPG!The new action battle system makes hitting enemy weak points to activate a 1 More or All-Out Attack, which fans have come to love, even easier!You can even use Baton Pass to play as other characters!In the newly introduced Jails, you can switch controls between characters at any time! Clear the game with style by using different characters in unique situations! New character! Who is this new mysterious girl you meet in the Shibuya of the other world? Find out as she fights alongside you as the newest member of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts!
  • The Sinking City for PlayStation 5 is released. The Sinking City is an action/investigation game set in an open world inspired by the universe of H.P. Lovecraft. In this new type of adventure, you take on the role of Charles W. Reed, an investigator in the 1920s United States. No sooner have you arrived in Oakmont, Massachusetts, than you are led to investigate a mysterious flood inundating the city, in the hopes of shedding light on the darkness that has seized the place and corrupted the minds of the inhabitants - and yours...* An oppressive atmosphere and story inspired by the universe of H.P. Lovecraft.* A vast open world that can be explored on foot, by boat, in a diving suit* High replay value thanks to an open investigation system: each case can be solved in a number of ways, with different possible endings depending on your actions.* An arsenal of weapons from the 1920s with which to take on nightmarish creatures.* Manage your mental health to untangle the truth behind the madness.
  • PUSS! for Switch is released. In PUSS! you have to get through mazes without touching walls to reach the exit portal. All the levels are randomly sequenced, so every run is different. The game’s visuals are based on different elements of modern art: glitch art, surrealism, psychedelic art, web punk, vaporwave, naive art, etc.
  • Blizzard Arcade Collection for Switch is released. Relive the Legacy: Experience a blast from Blizzard's past! The Blizzard® Arcade Collection brings three of our classic console games to modern platforms and new audiences. INCLUDED GAMES:• Blackthorne®: As mercenary captain Kyle Blackthorne, traverse an alien planet, liberate the Androthi people, and claim your destiny.• The Lost Vikings®: Help three Vikings—Erik, Baleog, and Olaf—overcome challenging platforms and puzzles to find their way back home.• Rock N Roll Racing®: Rock out in the raddest vehicular destruction derby this side of 1993. RNRR is back with original rock and metal soundtrack hits plus a few new surprises.LEVEL UP THE LEGACY:The Blizzard Arcade Collection contains two different Original Editions of each game plus a new Definitive Edition!• The Original Editions are the games as you remember them but with new quality of life improvements included—like the ability to set custom keybindings, rewind your gameplay up to 10 seconds, save and load your game as well as watch playthroughs of Blackthorne and The Lost Vikings (and then jump in to play at any point). Improvements may vary by game and game edition.
  • Kim Kardashian West files for divorce from her third husband, Kanye West after almost seven years.

On this day in 2020

  • German gunman opens fire in a bar in Hanau, Germany, killing nine in a racially motivated attack.
  • American rapper, singer, and songwriter Pop Smoke died after being shot twice in the chest during a home invasion in Hollywood Hills, California. His debut studio album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, was posthumously released in July 2020 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with all 19 tracks from the album charting on the Billboard Hot 100..
  • Heather Couper, British astronomer and presenter (The Sky at Night), who died at 70.
  • Gust Graas, Painter.
  • Jens Nygaard Knudsen, Danish Lego designer of the minifigure, who died at 78.
  • Jose Mojica Marins, Director.
  • José Mojica Marins, Director.
  • Pop Smoke [Bashar Barakah Jackson], American rapper and singer-songwriter (Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon), shot and killed in a home invasion at 20.
  • Ride Your Wave is released. Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water. From then on, she can summon him in any watery surface as soon as she sings their song, but can the two really remain together forever? And what is the real reason for Minato's sudden reappearance?
  • Corpus Christi is released. After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime,20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. Over the course of his incarceration he has found Christ, and aspires to join the clergy - but his criminal record means no seminary will accept him. When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town’s new priest, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though he has no training, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk - even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the community hasn't revealed in the confessional booth.
  • The Suicide of Rachel Foster for PC is released. Coming back to the family hotel after years, a young woman finds herself trapped with the ghosts from her past and an old cellular telephone as the only way to unveil a terrible truth.
  • 3000th Duel for Switch is released. A hero with no memory, and with a mysterious mask covering his face, is thrown out into this land of unknown. Reaching to an end of his journey, he discovers a truth that is hard to swallow - something terrifying about his true identity...

On this day in 2019

  • New York city bans hair discrimination, to limit racial stereotyping.
  • Vatican confirms secret church guidelines for children of priests.
  • Four-time MLB All-Star at 3B Manny Machado agrees to the biggest free-agent contract in American sports history, a 10 year deal worth $300 million with the San Diego Padres.
  • Karl Lagerfeld, Fashion Designer.
  • Abdoulaye Yerodia Ndombasi, Politician.
  • Devotion for PC is released. Devotion is a first-person atmospheric horror game depicting the life of a family shadowed by religious belief. Explore a 1980s Taiwan apartment complex lost in time gradually shift into a hellish nightmare. Delve into the vows each member of the family has made, and witness their devotion.
  • Yakuza Kiwami for PC is released. In 2005, a legend was born on the PlayStation 2 - the legend of Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, in his video game debut with Yakuza. Now,11 years after that release, a new generation of players will be able to experience the incomparable action and drama of the Yakuza series with the rebuilt-from-scratch HD remake exclusive to PlayStation 4, Yakuza Kiwami."Kiwami"means Extreme, and the game takes that concept to heart. It's not an HD-remaster or up-rezzing of PS2-era textures. Yakuza Kiwami was recreated from the ground up exclusively for the PlayStation 4. That means every visual element was optimized for the 1080p/60fps environment, every line of the script was re-recorded by series actors and for the first time in the West, gamers will be able to hear the original Japanese language track.Then there's the game itself! The PS2-era brawling gameplay is refined for the current gen with Kazuma Kiryu fighting his way through the ranks of Yakuza, only to wind up protecting a young girl whose aunt (who also happens to be Kiryu's childhood sweetheart) is missing... along with 10 billion yen.
  • Pode for PlayStation 4 is released. Pode is a co-op puzzle exploration game about a rock and a fallen star working together to solve ancient puzzles in an environment inspired by Norwegian art & culture.
  • Death end re; Quest for PlayStation 4 is released. Jump between reality & in-game modes, as players will need to investigate in the real world to solve the mysterious inner-workings of the World Odyssey. Your decision can change the game's ending. In this turn-based command battle system, you can roam freely & duke it out with fearsome monsters. During battle, players can change the game's genre from a first-person shooter to a fighter game.
  • ChromaGun VR for PlayStation 4 is released. Welcome to ChromaTec’s test lab! You’re here to test our state-of-the-art military-grade color-technology: The ChromaGun (patent pending)! Use it to solve our meticulously designed test chambers by painting the walls and droids. Remember how to mix colors from pre-school? Congratulations, you qualify!
  • Steins; Gate Elite for Switch is released. Follow a group of young, tech-savvy “lab members” who discover the means of changing the past via e-mail using a modified microwave. Their experiments in pushing the boundaries of time begin to spiral out of control as they become entangled in a conspiracy surrounding SERN, the organization behind the Large Hadron Collider, and John Titor, who claims to be from a dystopian future.
  • Bernie Sanders announces he is running for President for a second time.
  • Don Newcombe, American baseball pitcher (4 x MLB All Star; World Series 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers; NL MVP & Cy Young Award 1956), who died at 92.

On this day in 2018

  • At least 17 killed when a garbage mound collapses in Maputo, Mozambique.
  • Nigeria says 110 girls missing, presumed kidnapped by Boko Haram after attack on school in Dapchi, Yobe state.
  • Yury Tyukalov, Soviet rower (Olympic 1952,56 Gold), who died at 87.
  • The Station for PC is released. The Station is a first-person sci-fi mystery set on a space station sent to study a sentient alien civilization. Assuming the role of a recon specialist, players must unravel a mystery which will decide the fate of two civilizations.
  • Syrian government forces bombard Gouta in deadliest day in 3 years, killing over 100 civilians.

On this day in 2017

  • Syx Rose Valentine, Family Member, born in Atlanta, GA.
  • Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), who died at 73.
  • Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, who died at 93.
  • Big Little Lies: Season 1 is released. The David E. Kelley adaptation of Liane Moriarity's novel of the same name about how seemingly perfect lives of three mothers of seven-years-old children--Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Jane (Shailene Woodley)--end with someone committing murder.
  • Crashing: Season 1 is released. A New York stand-up comedian (Pete Holmes) ends up couch surfing at other comedians apartments after discovering his wife cheating on him in this comedy from Holmes and Judd Apatow.
  • The Good Fight: Season 1 is released. The spinoff of The Good Wife picks up a year later after a financial scam forces Diane Lockhart and her goddaughter Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) to leave Lockhart & Lee and join a law firm that includes Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo). [The first episode airs on CBS with subsequent episodes only available on CBS All Access]
  • NBA All Star Game, Smoothie King Centre, New Orleans, LA: West beats East,192-182; MVP: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, F.

On this day in 2016

  • Mario Bazali, Race Car Driver.
  • Harper Lee, Novelist.
  • [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), who died at 89.
  • Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and writer (Name of the Rose), who died at 84.
  • The Mermaid is released. Xuan's (Deng Chao) real estate project involves reclamation of the sea and threatens the livelihood of the mermaids who live there. The mermaid Shan (Lin Yun) is dispatched to stop Xuan, but they fall in love. Out of his love for Shan, Xuan plans to stop the project. Unfortunately, Shan and the other mermaids are hunted by a hidden organization, and Xuan must save Shan before it's too late.
  • Rolling Papers is released. In 2014, recreational marijuana sales began in Colorado. With all eyes on ground zero of the green rush, The Denver Post appointed the world's first marijuana editor. Pot is legal and The Cannabist is covering it as it unfolds.
  • Diamond Tongues is released. Edith (Leah Goldstein) dreams of being a successful actress but just can’t seem to make things happen. When she can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong, she begins to do everything wrong.
  • Snowtime! is released. To amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohort defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luke’s horde. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict.
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  • Risen is released. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
  • Race is released. Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.
  • The Witch is released. New England,1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest - within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately - animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member's faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways. [A24]
  • Forsaken is released. In 1872, John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) retires as a gunfighter and returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland). However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil, as the railroad will be coming through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, but his father does not want his son to return to a life of violence.
  • Love (2016): Season 1 is released. Gus (Paul Rust) moves into a new apartment after the end of his relationship and meets Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) in the relationship comedy from Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin.
  • Love Yes was released by TEEN. The third full-length release for the Brooklyn-based band was produced by Daniel Schlett.
  • Marlon Williams was released by Marlon Williams. The solo full-length debut for the New Zealand singer-songwriter was co-produced with Ben Edwards.
  • Need Your Light was released by Ra Ra Riot. The fourth full-length release from the New York indie pop band was produced by Rostam Batmanglij.
  • Life of Pause was released by Wild Nothing. The third full-length release for the indie rock band led by Jack Tatum was recorded in Los Angeles and Stockholm.
  • Livin' on a High Note was released by Mavis Staples. Produced by M Ward, the latest release from the R&B/soul singer features songs written for her by such artists as Aloe Blacc, Benjamin Booker, Neko Case, Nick Cave, Ben Harper, tUnE-yArds, and Justin Vernon.
  • Lola was released by Carrie Rodriguez. Produced by Lee Townsend, the latest release from the Austin singer-songwriter features covers of Mexican classics and originals influenced by those songs.
  • Grasque was released by Choir of Young Believers. The fifth full-length release for the Danish project of Jannis Noya Makrigiannis features a variety of influences including Danish pop, hip-hop, R&B, and techno.
  • In My Mind was released by BJ the Chicago Kid. The major label full-length debut release for R&B singer Bryan James Sledge features guest appearances from such artsts as Big K.R.I.T., Buddy, Chance the Rapper, and Kendrick Lamar.
  • DJ-Kicks was released by Moodymann. The latest DJ-Kicks mix series features 11 exclusive edits from Detroit's Kenny Dixon, Jr. (aka Moodymann).
  • Century Plaza was released by Dan Sartain. The latest release for the Alabama rock artist features songs inspired by the electro-pop music of the 1980s.
  • Daze was released by Brood Ma. The third full-length release for the London-based electronic producer is his first on the Tri Angle label.
  • Basar was released by Africaine 808. The debut full-length release for the electronic project from Berlin-based DJ Nomad and producer Dirk Leyers that features influences from West African music.
  • Traditional Synthesizer Music was released by Venetian Snares. The latest release for Canadian electronic artist Aaron Funk features modular synthesizers.
  • Ultimate Care II was released by Matmos. The latest release created from sounds from a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II model washing machine by the experimental electronic duo was recorded in the basement of their home with contributions from Dan Deacon, Horse Lords' Max Eilbacher, Horse Lords' Sam Haberman, Needle Gun's Duncan Moore and Half Japanese's Jason Willett.
  • Victorious was released by Wolfmother. The fourth full-length release for the Australian hard rock band led by Andrew Stockdale was produced by Brendan O'Brien.
  • Yes, I'm a Witch Too was released by Yoko Ono. The sequel to her 2007 remix album features collaborations with such artist as Peter Bjorn and John, Death Cab For Cutie, Sean Lennon, Moby, Penguin Prison, Portugal. The Man, Miike Snow, Sparks, and tUnE-yArDs.
  • Void Beats/Invocation Trex was released by Cavern of Anti-Matter. The debut full-release for the trio that includes Stereolab's Tim Gane, Joe Dillworth, and synth maestro Holger Zapf, features guest appearances from Deerhunter's Bradford Cox, Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom, and Mouse on Mars' Jan St. Werner.
  • Principe del Norte was released by Prins Thomas. The fourth solo release from the Norwegian artist/producer is a two-disc (or four LP) album of instrumentals influenced by 90's ambient music.
  • Neo was released by So Pitted. The debut full-length release for the Seattle alternative rock trio was co-produced with Dylan Wall.
  • Phase was released by Jack Garratt. The debut full-length release for the 2016 Brits Critics' Choice award-winner was self-produced.
  • Painting With was released by Animal Collective. Avey Tare, Geologist, and Panda Bear created shorter songs for the trio's 11th full-length release that features contributions from Colin Stetson and John Cale.
  • Side Pony was released by Lake Street Dive. The fourth full-length studio release for the indie pop band from Boston was produced by Dave Cobb.
  • The Heretic's Bargain was released by Rangda. This is the third full-length release for the psych supergroup formed by Sir Richard Bishop, Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano.
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright for 3DS is released. Two kingdoms at war – the peace-loving Hoshido and the glory-seeking Nohr. It is up to the player to decide which side to fight for. As the prince/princess of Hoshido, who was raised by Nohr royal family, you will be torn between two families you love. Whichever path you take, you will face different types of challenges.

On this day in 2015

  • Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was being treated for cancer after a small cancerous tumour was found at the back of his tongue..
  • Ward Swingle, American vocalist, jazz musician, composer, arranger, and conductor (The Swingle Singers - Jazz Sebastian Bach), who died at 87.
  • Vikings: Season 3 is released. Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) leads his people to Wessex to learn if the promises of King Ecbert (Linus Roache) are true.
  • The Odd Couple (2015): Season 1 is released. The Neil Simon play that became a comedy series is updated with Matthew Perry as the messy Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as the very neat Felix Unger.
  • Frozen Cortex for PC is released. A simultaneous-turn-based tactical game from the creators of Frozen Synapse. Defeat your opponent’s plans on a randomly-generated playfield in this brutal futuresport.

On this day in 2014

  • After winning the combined gold in Turin (2006), American alpine skier Ted Ligety has to wait 8 years for his next Olympic success, gold in the giant slalom in Sochi.
  • BRIT Awards: David Bowie, Ellie Goulding and Arctic Monkeys win.
  • Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková retains her Olympic 5,000m title (Vancouver 2010) in Sochi; also Vancouver 3,000m gold.
  • David Bowie was named best British male at the Brit Awards in London, although he was not there in person to collect his award. Arctic Monkeys won both best group and best album for the third time - the first act to achieve that milestone. Ellie Goulding won best British female, while pop act One Direction were honoured for their global success for the second year running.Bowie's prize came at the expense of four much younger hopefuls - Jake Bugg, Tom Odell, John Newman and Mercury Prize winner James Blake..
  • Dale Gardner, American astronaut, who died from a brain aneurysm at 65.
  • Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, who died at 82.
  • Simón Díaz, World Music Singer.
  • Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, Russian cosmonaut, who died at 79.
  • Child's Pose is released. When her son is implicated in a hit and run accident, Cornelia Keneres (Luminita Gheorghiu) does everything she can to keep him out of jail.
  • Strider for Xbox One is released. Originally released in 1989, Strider remains one of Capcom's most enduring franchises. The game tells the story of Hiryu, the youngest ever "Super A" ranked agent of an elite corps known as the Striders. Strider Hiryu receives orders to assassinate Grandmaster Meio, supreme dictator of Earth, who has plunged humanity into a dystopian dark age.
  • Death toll in Ukraine reaches 26 after Government crackdown on protesters.
  • Canadian team Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyes win their second consecutive Olympic 2-woman bobsleigh gold medal at the Sochi Winter Games.
  • Norwegian biathletes Ole Einar Bjørndalen (sprint gold) andEmil Hegle Svendsen (mass start gold), each win their 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the mixed relay.


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