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Today in the World Countries

  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Dominican Republic
  • People born on this day are Pisces as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • Aurora Páez Gavira, Family Member, born in Los Palacios y Villafranca, Spain.
  • Moris Dieck, Self-Help Author, born in Mexico.
  • New post-Brexit deal for Northern Ireland announced by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
  • Ricou Browning, American film stuntman (Creature from the Black Lagoon), stunt co-ordinator (Thunderball), director, and producer (Flipper), who died at 93.

On this day in 2022

  • Countries sanction Russia for its invasion of Ukraine; EU closes its airspace to Russian planes, Russian banks excluded from worldwide Swift payment system, Sweden sends arms to Ukraine.
  • Hanna Havrylets, Ukrainian composer (David's Psalms; Elegiya), and educator, who died at 63.
  • Killing Eve: Season 4 is released. The fourth and final season of the drama series find Eve, Villanelle and Carolyn with very different goals.
  • Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber: Season 1 is released. The anthology series based on Mike Isaac's book of the same name will focus on Uber and its CEO, Travis Kalanick (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

On this day in 2021

  • US authorizes its third COVID-19 pandemic vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, a one-shot vaccine.
  • Ng Man-Tat, Movie Actor.

On this day in 2020

  • Dow Jones Index suffers its biggest points fall in history closing down 1,190.95 in New York amid concerns about COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Biggest cosmic explosion ever detected from a supermassive black hole in Ophiuchus galaxy 390 million lights years away, (size of 15 Miky Ways), published in "Astrophysical Journal".
  • Altered Carbon: Season 2 is released. Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie), in another new body, looks for Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry) in the second season of the sci-fi series based on Richard K. Morgan's 2002 novel of the same name.
  • OVERPASS for PC is released. In Overpass, the player takes control of powerful buggies and quads, scrabbling across extreme tracks and very hazardous terrain. This simulation, unique in its genre, pits the player against craggy slopes and puts their cool-headedness to the test throughout technical obstacle courses along wilderness tracks.Overpass's realistic physics engine requires you to keep precise and meticulous control of your speed and acceleration or you risk losing your grip and failing your crossing. You'll need to master the technical characteristics of official reproductions of buggies and quads from iconic brands such as Yamaha, Suzuki or Arctic Cat. Differential locking,2 or 4 drive wheels, transmission type: the player has been given all the tools they need to discover the real vehicle options that will let them adapt their driving to the terrain.The Career mode lets you manage your buggies and quads and choose the one best adapted to each track and terrain type in order to win the competition and attract sponsors. In multi-player mode, you'll need to know and master the slightest detail of each track in order to post the best times and show that you are truly the master of off-roading!

On this day in 2019

  • Pakistan shoots down an Indian fighter jet and captures the pilot, further escalating tensions in the disputed Kashmir region.
  • " Captain Marvel" film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson premieres.
  • Michael Cohen, former lawyer to Donald Trump testifies before the House Oversight Committee saying Trump is "racist", a "con man" and "a cheat".
  • Doctors announce world's second known case of semi-identical twins, a boy and girl from Brisbane, Australia.
  • English drummer Doug Sandom died one day after his 89th birthday. He was the first drummer for the rock band The Who. No recordings with Sandom playing with the band were ever released..
  • First gun control legislation for 25 years passed by US House of Representatives, with new federal background checks.
  • Actor Luke Perry (52) suffers a stroke in Los Angeles.
  • Smallest baby boy ever born to be later successfully released, goes home, after original birth weight of 268g (9.45oz) from Tokyo hospital.
  • Train crashes into a buffer at Cairo's main railway station killing 25 and injuring dozens in Egypt.
  • Doug Sandom, British drummer (The Who,1962-64), who died at 89.
  • Bill Playle, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests), who died at 80.
  • Nathaniel Taylor, American actor (Rollo-Sanford & Sons), who died at 80.
  • Sebastian Leiva, Rapper.
  • Styx is released. ER doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) embarks on a one-woman solo sailing trip to Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. When Rike comes across a sinking ship of refugees, she is quickly torn out of her contented and idealized world and must make a momentous decision.
  • Whiskey Cavalier: Season 1 is released. After a breakup, FBI agent Will Chase (Scott Foley)--codename is “Whiskey Cavalier”--is teamed up with CIA Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (Lauren Cohan)--codename: “Fiery Tribune”--to lead a team of spies as they save the world, deal with relationships, and office politics in this dramedy from Dave Hemingson and Bill Lawrence.
  • Tech Support: Error Unknown for PC is released. Things are not what they seem at your new tech support specialist job. While resolving customer issues, you soon find yourself in the middle of a conspiracy. Will you side with your employer, join a rogue hacktivist group bent on destroying them, assist the police or stand alone?
  • Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles for Xbox One is released. Yonder shipwrecks players on the vast island of Gemea, a land enshrouded in an evil murk. By exploring the land, joining forces with the locals and contributing to their community through optional talents like farming, crafting, cooking, fishing and brewing, adventurers can help the island flourish.
  • Second summit begins between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • France-Albert René,2nd President of Seychelles (1977-2004), who died at 83.

On this day in 2018

  • Barbra Streisand reveals she has cloned her dog twice.
  • Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte-Carlo Sporting, Monaco: Sportsman: Roger Federer; Sportswoman: Serena Williams; Team: Mercedes F1 team.
  • Kailani Ochmann Derbez, Family Member, born in Mexico.
  • Luciano Benjamín Menéndez, Argentine general, Commander of the Third Army Corps (1975-79), and convicted human rights violator and murderer, who died of cardiogenic shock at 90.
  • Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.: Season 1 is released. Detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) and Detective Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson) revisits the murders of Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose) and The Notorious B.I.G. (Wavyy Jonez) in this true crime drama.
  • Gravel for PC is released. Destroy obstacles, take shortcuts, and forget any rules until the end to win.
  • Into the Breach for PC is released. Control powerful mechs from the future to defeat an alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game.
  • Blasters of the Universe for PlayStation 4 is released. Features first-person bullet-hell gameplay that requires you to duck, dodge, and maneuver through myriad enemies and hundreds of bullets.
  • de Blob 2 for PlayStation 4 is released. In de Blob 2 Comrade Black and the Inkies are back with a whole new plot to rid the world of color. With all new help from Papa Blanc and his flock of followers the Blancs, Blob and his friends will have their work cut out for them bringing color back to the citizens of Prisma City. Set off on an action-packed color adventure where custom paints, patterns and music bring the world to life. de Blob 2 is a creative evolution driven by your imagination!
  • Immortal Redneck for PlayStation 4 is released. Immortal Redneck mixes old-school first-person shooter action with rogue-lite mechanics. Frantic gameplay, twitch controls and an arcade-style feel meet randomly generated dungeons, a complete skill tree, permanent death and nine classes with different traits.
  • Moss for PlayStation 4 is released. Meet Quill, a young mouse with dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her quiet settlement. One day while exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious stone and an ancient magic is awakened. Dramatic events quickly unfold as a distant evil extends its reach. With her uncle now in grave danger, Quill must embark on an epic journey—and she needs you there by her side. Together, you'll travel to forgotten realms, solve challenging puzzles, and battle menacing enemies. Alone, no one can conquer what you're up against. But united, you just may defeat even the darkest of villains. Immerse yourself in the world of Moss to help write the story of a hero in the making. []
  • Mulaka for PlayStation 4 is released. Explore northern Mexico’s breathtaking landscapes with Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure game based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara.
  • RiftStar Raiders for PlayStation 4 is released. The Spiral Arm has been plunged into chaos, hordes of WarSwarm, a hive-mind of alien AI, have waged war on humanity, and it’s fallen to the poster boy for the Federation’s “Most Wanted” to save the galaxy… and turn a profit.
  • Outlast: Bundle of Terror for Switch is released. Investigate the inside of Mount Massive Asylum and live to uncover the mystery.Survival horror at its most terrifyingIn the remote mountains of Colorado, horrors await inside Mount Massive Asylum. A long-abandoned home for the mentally ill, it has been recently re-opened by the research and charity branch of the transnational Murkoff Corporation and operates in strict secrecy... until now.Acting on a tip from an anonymous source, independent journalist Miles Upshur breaks into the facility and what he discovers treads a terrifying line between science, religion, nature and something else entirely. Once inside, his only hope of escape lies with the terrible truth at the heart of Mount Massive.Outlast is a true survival horror experience which shows that the most terrifying monsters of all come from the human mind itself. Are you prepared?
  • Payday 2 for Switch is released. Payday 2 is an action-packed, four-player co-op heist shooter that once again lets gamers don the masks of the original Payday crew - Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains. The new CrimeNet network offers a huge range of dynamic contracts and players are free to choose anything from small-time convenience store hits or kidnappings, to cyber-crime or emptying out bank vaults. As the crew progresses the jobs become bigger, better and more rewarding. Along with earning more money and becoming a legendary criminal comes a new character customization and crafting system that lets crews build and customize their own guns and gear.
  • Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Trump, has his top-secret security clearance at the White House downgraded.

On this day in 2017

  • Gossip Girl's star Penn Badgley at the age of 30 weds singer Domino Kirke in New York.
  • " Gossip Girl" actor Penn Badgley at the age of 30 weds British-American singer Domino Kirke at the age of 33 in a New York courthouse.
  • Jórunn Viðar, Icelandic pianist and composer, who died at 98.
  • Taken (2017): Season 1 is released. The action series based on Luc Besson's franchise with Liam Neeson is a prequel that follows the young Green Beret named Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) as he learns those "very particular set of skills"he will utilize in the future.
  • When We Rise: Season 1 is released. The miniseries written and created by Dustin Lance Black focuses on the LGBT movement from its beginnings in the 1970s to the present with LGBT activist Cleve Jones (Guy Pearce); women’s rights leader Roma Guy (Mary-Louise Parker); her wife, social justice activist Diane Jones (Rachel Griffiths); African-American community organizer Ken Jones (Michael K. Williams); and transgender-activist Cecilia Chung (Ivory Aquino).
  • Stories Untold for PC is released. Stories Untold is a compilation tape of four experimental text adventures, including a remaster of the original episode The House Abandon.

On this day in 2016

  • " The Voice" winner RaeLynn Woodward weds Josh Davis in Nashville.
  • George Kennedy, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Naked Gun films), who died at 91.
  • Fuller House: Season 1 is released. The Tanner family returns with D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) recently widowed and working as a veterinarian in San Francisco. Her sister Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), and Kimmy's teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas) move in to help take care of D.J.'s three sons--12-year-old Jackson (Michael Champion),7-year-old Max (Elias Harger) and baby, Tommy Jr (the Messitt Twins). Dad (Bob Saget), Uncle Jessie (John Stamos), Uncle Joey (Dave Coulier), Becky (Lori Loughlin) and Steve (Scott Weinger) also visit.

On this day in 2015

  • 70's glam rocker Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) sentenced to 16 years in prison for various child sex convictions.
  • Madonna said she suffered whiplash as a result of her "nightmare" accident at the 2015 Brit Awards. The 56-year-old was pulled backwards off stage by a cape, which was supposed to fall from her shoulders causing the singer to fall down a flight of steps..
  • Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, who died at 91.
  • Boris Nemtsov, Politician.
  • Eastern Boys is released. Arriving from all over the Eastern Bloc, the men who loiter around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris are scraping by however they can, forming gangs for support and protection, ever fearful of being caught by the police and deported. When the middle-aged, bourgeois Daniel (Olivier Rabourdi) approaches a boyishly handsome Ukrainian who calls himself Marek for a date, he learns the young man is willing to do anything for some cash. What Daniel intends only as sex-for-hire begets a home invasion and then an unexpectedly profound relationship. The drastically different circumstances of the two men’s lives reveal hidden facets of the city they share. [First Run Features]
  • Bluebird is released. In the northern reaches of Maine, a local school bus driver becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection and fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. What happens next shatters the tranquility of her small logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have enormous consequences.
  • Ana Maria in Novela Land is released. Twenty-something Ana Maria (Edy Ganem) is so bored with her life she keeps sabotaging it without thinking. After she gets fired from her job, bails on her best friend, and blows off her sister’s bridal fitting, Ana Maria gets into a fight with her mom about her lack of purpose. At the end of this epically bad day, Ana Maria seeks solace by watching her favorite TV show, the Mexican telenovela Pasión Sin Limites (Passion Without Limits) which features a scheming seductress, Ariana Tomosa (also Edy Ganem). In the novela, Ariana is also having a bad episode, having just been blackmailed by the evil lawyer Schmidt (Luis Guzman) after being caught in a love triangle between the wealthy Eduardo (Juan Pablo Gamboa) and his sexy son Armando (Michael Steger). When both Ana Maria and Ariana simultaneously complain about their crummy lives, lightning strikes and the two women switch places. As a terrified Ariana slaps her way through the real world, a liberated Ana Maria sleeps her way into big trouble. With the show hurtling towards its gripping finale, Ana Maria must figure out how she ended up in Novela Land before she is trapped inside her melodramatic fantasy forever.
  • My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn is released. Directed and shot by Nicolas Winding Refn's wife Liv Corfixen over the duration of the production and subsequent Cannes debut of Only God Forgives, My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn captures the very private and intimate moments to which a traditional documentary crew simply wouldn't have access. The result is a fascinating, detailed look at a creative genius at work and also a portrait of a director torn between the general public's desire for a "Drive 2"and his own mission to explore more challenging narrative territory.
  • The Salvation is released. In 1870s America, a peaceful settler (Mads Mikkelsen) kills his family's murderer unleashing the fury of a notorious gang leader. Betrayed by his corrupt and cowardly community, the pioneer, a Danish ex-soldier, must turn vengeful hunter, slay the outlaws, and cleanse the town’s black heart.
  • The Hunting Ground is released. From the makers of The Invisible War comes a startling expose of rape crimes on US campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verite footage and first person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue - despite incredible push back, harassment and traumatic aftermath - both their education and justice.
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  • The Lazarus Effect is released. Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde) have achieved the unimaginable—bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned, trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated. Frank, Zoe and their team (Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger and Evan Peters) take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Frank pushes them to do the unthinkable: attempt to resurrect their first human test subject. Initially, the procedure appears a success, but the team soon realizes something is wrong with Zoe. As her strange new persona reveals itself, the team quickly becomes stuck in a gruesome reality. They are no longer faced with the question of whether they can bring someone back to life, but rather, the wrath of her return.
  • Deli Man is released. Jewish culture reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. As that culture continues to shift and adapt alongside mainstream America, delicatessen food – as its name suggests – remains a beloved communal delicacy.In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S. His story – augmented by the stories of iconic delis such as Katz’s,2nd Avenue Deli, Nate ‘n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage – embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods.
  • Focus is released. Nicky (Will Smith) is a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop…and the consummate con man off his game. [Warner Bros.]
  • Everly is released. A woman (Salma Hayek) faces down assassins sent by her ex, a mob boss, while holed up in her apartment.
  • '71 is released. ’71 takes place over a single night in the life of a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.
  • Maps to the Stars is released. Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13. Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town - mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption - and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she's determined to find it, no matter what it takes. [Focus World]
  • Out of the Dark is released. Sarah Harriman’s (Julia Stiles) family has relocated from London to a small town in Colombia to take over her father’s business. Moving into a beautiful old home and having her father nearby, their new life in Santa Clara seems like a promising place to raise their young daughter Hannah. But Sarah and her husband, Paul (Scott Speedman), soon learn of an ancient legend that haunts the town and has created a culture where ghosts have become the answer to anything that goes wrong. As they settle into their new surroundings Hannah begins to act strangely, wandering off into the jungle as if following something, and suddenly falls ill. When Sarah and Paul begin to see disfigured ghost-like creatures around the house Hannah disappears, sending them on a frantic search to find her. As they delve deeper into the town’s superstitions they discover a shocking secret about their family and must uncover the truth in order to save their daughter.
  • Futuro Beach is released. Donato (Wagner Moura) works as a lifeguard at the spectacular but treacherous Praia do Futuro beach in Brazil; Konrad (Clemens Schick) is an ex-military thrill-seeker from Germany vacationing with a friend. After Donato saves Konrad from drowning, but fails to save his other friend, initial sexual sparks give way to a deeper, emotional connection. Donato decides to leave everything behind, including his ailing mother and younger brother, Ayrton, to travel back to Berlin with Konrad. There, he finds both confusion and liberation, and his journey for love soon turns into a deeper search for his own identity. Eight years later, an unexpected visit from Ayrton, brings all three men back together as they struggle to reconcile the pain of loss and longing, instinctively drawn to each other in search of hope and a brighter future. [Strand Releasing]
  • Young Bodies Heal Quickly is released. Two brothers flee arrest for the accidental killing of a young girl. Their destination is their estranged father's desolate compound on the shore.
  • House of Cards (2013): Season 3 is released. Francis and Claire Underwood discover their new positions of power do not make it any easier to maneuver things to achieve their goals.
  • Sex Box: Season 1 is released. Three experts: Chris Donaghue, Fran Walfish, and Yvonne Capehart discuss relationship and sex issues with three different couples before and after they have sex in the on-stage (private) cube in the reality show based on a British series.
  • Skrillex And Diplo Presents Jack U was released by Jack U. The Surprise release from the collaboration between Skrillex And Diplo features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, AlunaGeorge, Justin Bieber, Fly Boi Keno, Bunji Garlin, Kai, Kiesza, Snails and Taranchyla.
  • Oblitus for PC is released. Explore your limits against a brutal and mysterious world as Parvus, a curious warrior with no memory and a heavy burden. Raise your spear and cast ancient spells as you battle hostile creatures and towering bosses in procedurally-generated 2D landscapes that are both beautiful and dangerous. Answer the call. Break the cycle.
  • Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One is released. Pneuma: Breath of Life requires you to think outside the box via a narrated story of self-discovery, whilst exploring the ontological mystery of the breath of life.
  • Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), who died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 83.
  • Russian politician Boris Nemtsov is assassinated in Moscow.

On this day in 2014

  • Chaos erupts after the Swedish Public Employment Service mistakenly invites 61,000 people to a job interview in Stockholm.
  • Taffy, Instagram Star, born in Osaka, Japan.
  • The Red Road: Season 1 is released. An uneasy alliance is formed after a situation in the Ramapo Mountain area brings together sheriff Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson) and Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa), an ex-con and a member of the Lenape Tribe.
  • Vikings: Season 2 is released. Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) faces new challenges and problems as he continues his desire to travel to other unknown lands in season two.
  • Tappingo for 3DS is released. Tappingo is a new puzzle game in which you create small pictures by solving puzzles. Your goal is to solve each puzzle picture by making all the numbered blocks extend into lines of the correct length. The number on each block indicates exactly how long the line needs to be.The game keeps track of the time taken to solve each puzzle. You can challenge your friends or yourself to set a better time! How quickly can you solve each puzzle?-Over 100 puzzles based on different themes: hobbies, sports, computers, animals, etc.-Time Attack mode: finish each puzzle as quickly as possible-Two gameplay modes-Cool art style
  • Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition for PC is released. In Resident Evil 4, Special Agent Leon S. Kennedy is dispatched on a mission to rescue the U.S. President’s daughter who has been kidnapped. Wending his way to a rural village in Europe, he faces new threats that are a departure from the traditional lumbering zombie enemies of the earlier installments in the series. Leon battles horrific new creatures infested by a new threat called Las Plagas and faces off against an aggressive group of enemies including mind-controlled villagers that are tied to Los Illuminados, the mysterious cult which is behind the abduction.
  • Shadowrun: Dragonfall for PC is released. Experience a New Full-Length Campaign: Return to the “Tech meets Magic” future of Shadowrun in an all-new 12+ hour campaign. Operating out of an offbeat hub neighborhood, you’ll choose which missions to accept and how you’ll approach them while navigating the dark underbelly of “the Flux”.
  • Republic of Crimea announces a referendum and ousts its regional government.
  • Arseniy Yatsenyuk appointed Prime Minister of the Ukraine.
  • US Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoes a "religious freedom" bill that would have allowed businesses to turn away gay customers.


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