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Today in the World Countries

  • Ascension of the Prophet is being celebrated in Kuwait
  • Isra'a Wal Mi'raj is being celebrated in Oman
  • Israk and Mikraj is being celebrated in Brunei
  • Mabaath is being celebrated in Iran
  • Miradji is being celebrated in Mayotte
  • PreÅ¡eren Day is being celebrated in Slovenia
  • People born on this day are Aquarius as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • Complete, Rapper, born in Australia.
  • Neringa Kriz?Iu¯te?, Instagram Star, born in Kaunas, Lithuania.
  • Sienna Bernardini, TikTok Star, born in France.
  • Mateusz Muranski, MMA Fighter.
  • Miroslav Blazevic, Soccer Coach.
  • Branka Veselinovic, Movie Actress.
  • Charlie Faulkner, Welsh rugby union prop (19 Tests Wales; British & Irish Lions 1977; Pontypool RFC, Barbarian FC) and coach (Newport RFC), who died at 81.
  • Cody Longo, TV Actor.
  • Elena Fanchini, Skier.
  • Bill Russell: Legend is released. Narrated by Corey Stoll and Jeffrey Wright, the two-part documentary from Sam Pollard includes the last interview with Boston Celtic's Bill Russell before he passed away in 2022 and personal archival material.
  • Not Dead Yet: Season 1 is released. Nell Serrano (Gina Rodriguez) seeks to start over and gets a job as an obituary writer in the adaptation of Alexandra Potter's book Confessions of a 40-something F**k Up.
  • Metroid Prime Remastered for Switch is released. Intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran receives a distress signal from a wrecked frigate in orbit around planet Tallon IV. Upon investigation, the frigate reveals itself to be a Space Pirate research vessel home to terrifying genetic experiments using the mysterious Phazon substance. There, Samus encounters her nemesis, Meta Ridley, whom she pursues to the surface of Tallon IV. It's up to her alone to explore the planet's interconnected regions, investigate its dark secrets, and end the intergalactic threat posed by Phazon.Experience this critically acclaimed first-person adventure like never before with remastered visuals, audio, controls, and more.

On this day in 2022

  • Horn of Africa with 13 million people now facing humanitarian crisis amid drought where the rainy season has failed three years in a row, according to UN World Food Program.
  • BRIT Awards: Adele wins best artist, song and album of the year.
  • Bamber Gascoigne, Game Show Host.
  • (Arthur) Bamber Gascoigne, English television presenter (University Challenge,1962-87), and author, who died at 87.
  • Luc Montagnier, Physiologist.
  • The Fabulous Filipino Brothers is released. Follows four brothers and their shenanigans.
  • SIFU for PC is released. Sifu is the new game of Sloclap, the independent studio behind Absolver. A third person action game featuring intense hand-to-hand combat, it puts you in control of a young Kung-Fu student on a path of revenge.
  • Crusader Kings III: The Royal Court for PC is released. There is but one true center for power and prestige: a ruler's court. Step into your own fully immersive throne room with Crusader Kings: Royal Court, and get ready to impress vassals and courtiers with your splendor and treasure on display. Watch visitors pay respect or family members squabble as you pass judgment in royal audiences, establishing the vital link between your people and your realm.In Crusader Kings: Royal Court, you can commission great works of art from inspired craftspeople. Impress your rivals with the grandeur of your court, or awe them with your noble house's heirlooms and relics. An enhanced Culture system lets you guide your people to novel cultural understandings as they merge or splinter off, embrace their heritage, learn languages, or acquire new traditions.
  • OlliOlli World for PlayStation 5 is released. OlliOlli World is a bold new skateboarding action-platformer that’s bursting with personality. Flip and flow through the vivid and vibrant world of Radlandia, meeting colorful characters as you grind, trick, and air your way to discover the mystical skate gods on your quest for Gnarvana. Traverse a delightful and weird world as you take on missions, challenges, and make new friends along the way. Customize your character’s looks, tricks, and style while you experience explorable levels with multiple paths that provide an array of opportunities for player expression. Challenge the world in Leagues or dare a friend to beat your best tricks on one of millions of sharable levels. Experience the accessibility, depth, and player freedom as you dive into the signature flow state gameplay of OlliOlli World.OlliOlli World marks the third entry in the critically-acclaimed OlliOlli series from Roll7, the BAFTA and multi-award-winning independent studio. Key Features:• Welcome to Radlandia!: Take a trip across a lush skateboarding utopia that is filled to the brim with eccentric characters and vibrant locations that are begging to be explored. Find your grind in Inflatable Alley or blaze down Los Vulgas to discover new paths, fresh side quests, rad rewards, and epic trick opportunities. All perfectly complemented by a hand-picked compilation of IDM and Electronica tracks. • Play at your level: Super tight controls combine with highly refined gameplay to ensure a silky smooth ride. Not a Pro? Don’t worry – OlliOlli World welcomes you with open arms, allowing new players to tear down streets and pull off sick method grabs without fear of faceplanting the curb. Think you’ve got what it takes? Achieve mastery through millions of unique levels in sandbox mode or compete against rivals around the globe in leagues with a hugely deep combo system with over 100 moves to master and combine in your battle for the highest score.• Freedom of expression: Cruise through Radlandia's epic skate-haven and prove your skills to unlock special rewards that let you customize your character’s looks, tricks and style. Want to skate in your flip flops… go for it. Want to wear a bumble bee onesie …ok then… no judgement. In OlliOlli World as long as you’re on board anything goes!
  • Death end re; Quest 2 for Switch is released. Mai Toyama seeks an escape from her traumatic past. She enrolls at Wordsworth, an all-girl's dormitory situated in the small, mountainous town known as Le Choara where it was rumored that her sister, Sanae, was last seen. Hopeful, Mai seeks to find her kin, but she soon finds terrifying inhabitants which lurk throughout the town after dark. At night, Le Choara's streets are filled with Shadow Matter -- a horrific group of menacing creatures. Around every cobblestone corner, Mai discovers that her hope of finding her sister lies beneath the long-buried secrets which haunt Le Choara.
  • Austrian alpine skier Matthias Mayer narrowly retains his Olympic Super-G title from American Ryan Cochran-Siegle at the Beijing Winter Games; Mayer's 3rd Olympic gold medal.

On this day in 2021

  • Martial law declared in Mandalay, Myanmar, amid continuing protests against the country's military coup.
  • South Africa halts rollout of Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 pandemic vaccine after research into the South African variant showed no protection again mild and moderate illness.
  • Riley Sabara, Family Member, born in United States.
  • Mary Wilson, American pop vocalist (Supremes - "Where Did Our Love Go?"), who died at 76.
  • David Egerton, English rugby union #8 (7 caps; Bath Rugby) and broadcaster (BBC), who died from COVID-19 pandemic at 59.
  • Dazharia Shaffer, TikTok Star.
  • Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, KC Chiefs; NFL Coach of Year 2004, San Diego Chargers), who died from Alzheimer's disease at 77.

On this day in 2020

  • Irish General Election: No party wins a majority, Sinn Fein 37 seats and the popular vote, Fianna Fáil 38 seats, Leo Varadkar's ruling Fine Gael only 35 seats.
  • Gunman shoots and kills 29 people in a shopping center in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, with 57 injured. Shooter shot and killed by security forces a day later..
  • Keelin Shanley, Journalist.
  • Erhard Schnell, German automotive designer 'Father of the Opel GT', who died at 92.
  • Paula Kelly, Stage Actress.
  • Qing Han, Illustrator.
  • Robert Conrad [Conrad R. Falk], American actor (Wild Wild West), who died at 84.
  • Roddy Ricch was at No.1 on the US chart with his debut studio album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial. The album later won Album of the Year at the 2020 BET Awards and Apple Music named it Album of the Year, where it was 2020's most streamed album globally..

On this day in 2019

  • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos accuses The National Enquirer and its owner, American Media Inc, of blackmail over private messages detailing an extramarital affair.
  • Holiday is released. Young and beautiful Sascha discovers her dream life of recklessness and fun comes at a price when she is welcomed into the “family” of her drug-lord-boyfriend at his holiday villa in the port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera. Physical and psychological violence are a way of life in this volatile household, but when Sascha seeks the attention of another man, the velvet veneer is stripped bare: is it possible for her to leave this life of luxury and violence behind? [Breaking Glass Pictures]
  • The Gospel of Eureka is released. Love, faith and civil rights collide in a southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes. The film takes a personal, and often comical look at negotiating differences between religion and belief through performance, political action, and partnership. Gospel drag shows and passion plays set the stage for one hell of a show.
  • The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot is released. Since WWII, Calvin Barr has lived with the secret that he was responsible for the assassination of Adolf Hitler. Now, decades later, the US government has called on him again for a new top-secret mission. Bigfoot has been living deep in the Canadian wilderness and is carrying a deadly plague that is now threatening to spread to the general population. Relying on the same skills that he honed during the war, Calvin must set out to save the free world yet again.
  • The Wandering Earth is released. The sun was dying out, people all around the world built giant planet thrusters to move Earth out of its orbit and to sail Earth to a new star system. Yet the 2500 years journey came with unexpected dangers, and in order to save humanity, a group of young people in this age of a wandering Earth came out boldly and fought hard for everyone's survival.
  • Under the Eiffel Tower is released. Stuart (Matt Walsh) is having a mid-life crisis. After losing his job, tagging along on his best friends' family vacation to Paris, and humiliating himself by proposing to their 24-year-old daughter, he teams up with Liam (Reid Scott), a self-proclaimed ladies’ man. The two head off to the French countryside where they soon cross paths with Louise (Judith Godrèche), a beautiful vineyard-owner. Love is on the horizon, but Stuart's going to have to get past a few hurdles -- and out of his own way -- in order to find it in this romantic coming-of-middle-age comedy.
  • The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is released. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are. [Warner Bros. Pictures]
  • Untogether is released. Andrea is a recently sober writer whose career has stalled since she published her debut novel several years ago. She strikes up an affair with Nick, a doctor-turned-writer who is hailed for his wartime memoir. At the same time, her sister Tara, a massage therapist dating an aging rock star, finds herself inexorably drawn to a newfound religious zeal and, particularly, to a politically engaged rabbi.
  • To Dust is released. Shmuel (Géza Röhrig), a Hasidic cantor, distraught by his wife’s untimely death, struggles to find religious solace while secretly obsessing over how her body will decay. As a clandestine partnership develops with Albert (Matthew Broderick), a community college biology professor, the two embark on an increasingly literal undertaking.
  • What Men Want is released. Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who's constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man's world... until she gains the ability to hear men's thoughts! With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test.
  • The Prodigy is released. Sarah (Taylor Schilling) is a mother whose young son Miles' disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family's safety, Sarah must grapple with her maternal instinct to love and protect Miles in favor of investigating what - or who - is causing his dark turn. She is forced to look for answers in the past, taking the audience on a wild ride; one where the line between perception and reality remains blurry.
  • Lords of Chaos is released. Based on an astonishingly true story, Lords of Chaos recounts the exploits of the Norwegian black metal movement’s most notorious band: Mayhem. After the gruesome suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin, the band's founder, Øystein Aarseth, used the opportunity to inject a mix of satanism, havoc, and murder into the music to sell more records.
  • Berlin, I Love You is released. Latest installment of the Cities of Love franchise (Paris, je t'aime / New York, I Love You / Rio, Eu Te Amo), this collective feature-film is made of ten stories of romance set in the German capital.
  • Everybody Knows is released. Carolina, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her Argentinian husband and children. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.
  • Cold Pursuit is released. Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson) is a family man whose quiet life with his wife (Laura Dern) is upended following the mysterious death of their son. Nels' search for justice turns into a vengeful hunt for Viking (Tom Bateman), a drug lord he believes is connected to the death. As one by one each of Viking's associates "disappear, "Nels goes from upstanding citizen to ice-cold vigilante, letting nothing - and no one - get in his way.
  • High Flying Bird is released. In the midst of a pro basketball lockout, sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players. His career is on the line, but Ray is playing for higher stakes. With only 72 hours to pull off a daring plan, he outmaneuvers all the power-players as he uncovers a loophole that could change the game forever. The outcome raises questions of who owns the game – and who ought to.
  • PEN15: Season 1 is released. The comedy co-created by Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle and Sam Zvibleman is set in middle school with Erskine and Konkle (who are clearly adults) as 13-year-olds.
  • One Day at a Time (2017): Season 3 is released. Season three of the reimagining of the Norman Lear 1970s sitcom introduces Lydia’s sister Mirtha (Gloria Estefan), Penelope’s brother Tito (Danny Pino), Penelope’s cousins Pilar and Estrellita (Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero).
  • Quiet Signs was released by Jessica Pratt. The third full-length release for the Los Angeles singer-songwriter is her first recorded in a professional studio.
  • thank u, next was released by Ariana Grande. The fifth full-length studio release for the pop singer features production from Charles Anderson, Tommy Brown, Michael Foster, Max Martin, Happy Perez, Ilya Salmanzadeh, and Andrew "Pop"Wansel.
  • Sunshine Rock was released by Bob Mould. The 13th solo release for the Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman was inspired in part by his recent move to Berlin.
  • Pursuit of Momentary Happiness was released by Yak. The second full-length release for British alternative rock trio led by Oli Burslem was produced by Jason Pierce and features a guest appearance from J Spaceman.
  • Varshons 2 was released by The Lemonheads. The second collection of covers by the Boston alternative rock band led by Evan Dando was produced by Matthew Cullen.
  • Vol. 4 :: Slaves of Fear was released by HEALTH. The fourth full-length studio release for the Los Angeles noise rock band was produced by Lars Stalfors.
  • True North was released by Michael Chapman. The latest release for the artist features contributions from BJ Cole. Sarah Smout, Bridget St John and was produced by Steve Gunn.
  • Tutti was released by Cosey Fanni Tutti. This is the first full-length release in nearly 40 years for the British avant-garde artist.
  • Tip Of The Sphere was released by Cass McCombs. The ninth full-length studio release for the singer-songwriter was produced with Dan Horne.
  • Girl with Basket of Fruit was released by Xiu Xiu. the 11th full-length release for the Los Angeles-based experimental band led by Jamie Stewart and was co-produced by Angela Seo and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier.
  • Buoys was released by Panda Bear. The sixth full-length solo release for Noah Lennox as Panda Bear was co-produced and co-mixed with Rusty Santos.
  • Live in London was released by Mavis Staples. The live recording from the soul singer's two-night performance at London's Union Chapel was self-produced.
  • Bobbie Gentry's the Delta Sweete Revisited was released by Mercury Rev. Phoebe Bridgers, Vashti Bunyan, Rachel Goswell, Norah Jones, Marissa Nadler, Beth Orton, Margo Price, Laetitia Sadier, Hope Sandoval, Kaela Sinclair, Susanne Sundfør, Carice van Houten, and Lucinda Williams provide vocals to the indie rock band's reimagining of Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 album.
  • AJ Tracey was released by AJ Tracey. The debut full-length release for the British rapper features guest appearances from Jay Critch, Giggs, and Not3s.
  • Yo-kai Watch 3 for 3DS is released. Mischievous beings known as Yo-kai are everywhere, and it's up to Nate and Hailey Anne to befriend, battle, and solve problems with them.Follow two parallel stories and unravel the mysteries behind strange sightings while meeting over 600 Yo-kai and using the new 3x3 grid battle system to strategically dish out or dodge attacks.More Yo-kai, more mysteries! 'Merican Yo-kai have made their way to YO-KAI WATCH 3 and they're rootin' tootin' troublemakers. Speaking of troublemakers, in BBQ, zombies rise from their graves and Nate must free the town during Zombie Night. If you're too afraid of zombies, you can always find treasure by exploring randomly generated dungeons and discover the truth about the mysterious ruins hidden all across the continent with the Yo-kai Blasters T group.* Meet Hailey Anne and Usapyon as they solve cases as Yo-kai detectives in Springdale* Explore the American-inspired location, BBQ, where 'Merican Yo-kai run rampant* Battle all-new bosses, meet over 600 Yo-kai, and use a new 3x3 grid battle system to strategically dish out attacks* In BBQ, go on a rafting adventure, try out a new Crank-a-kai, and interact with new 'Merican Yo-kai* Train up your very own Nyan, a cat like Yo-kai, in Build-a-Nyan* Bonk zombies on the head, in an all-new mode, Zombie Nightit's an invasion!* Link with versions of YO-KAI WATCH 2 and YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS to earn special Yo-kai* Discover treasure as part of the Yo-kai Blasters T group and make your way through randomly generated dungeons
  • God Eater 3 for PlayStation 4 is released. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it’s up to your special team of God Eaters to destroy god-like monsters devastating the world. With an epic story, unique characters, and all new God Arcs and Aragami, the latest evolution in ACTION is here.
  • City of Brass for Switch is released. Become a daring thief in City of Brass, a first-person action adventure from senior BioShock developers. Armed with scimitar and a versatile whip, you’ll lash and slash, bait and trap your way to the heart of an opulent, Arabian Nights-themed metropolis – or face certain death as time runs out.
  • Washington's Governor Jay Inslee declares a state emergency after heavy snowfall.
  • Thai King Vajiralongkorn issues royal decree calling Princess Ubolratana 's candidacy for Prime Minister for Thai Raksa Chart political party “improper and highly inappropriate”.
  • Fire at Ninho de Urubu football training center for Flamengo football club, Rio de Janeiro, kills 10.

On this day in 2018

  • Twitter reports its first quarterly profit as a public company.
  • Paul Danblon, Belgian composer, opera director, opera administrator and scientific journalist, who died at 86.
  • Ebony Reigns, Reggae Singer.
  • Attack of the Earthlings for PC is released. Take on Galactoil, a comically dysfunctional intergalactic energy corporation, and its larger-than-life employees in a tactical-stealth game that fuses satisfying strategic gameplay and dark comedy in a quirky single-player story.
  • A Case of Distrust for PC is released. A Case of Distrust is a narrative mystery from 1924 San Francisco. Play as private investigator Phyllis Cadence Malone in this historical 2D adventure game.
  • Rust for PC is released. Rust is a survival game created by Facepunch Studios. Inspired by games like DayZ, Minecraft and Stalker – Rust aims to create a hostile environment in which emergent gameplay can flourish. The aim of the game is to survive. To do this the player should gather resources. Hitting a tree with a rock will give you wood, hitting a rock with a rock will give you rock and ore. You can then craft a hatchet from the wood and rock, allowing you to gather faster. You can go out and hunt a variety of wildlife such as boars, chickens, rabbits, bears, wolves and deer. Once you have killed an animal you can butcher it to gather its meat and skin. You can craft a fire using wood and cook the meat inside the fire. Then you can eat. You face two major dangers in game. Rust is a multiplayer game, so there will be other players trying to survive in the same way that you are. Unfortunately for you they can find you, kill you and take your stuff. Fortunately for you – you can kill them and take their stuff. Or maybe you can make friends and help each other survive. Rust’s world is harsh – so you might need to make friends to survive. The environment is not kind. Bears and wolves will chase and kill you. Falling from a height will kill you. Being exposed to radiation for an extended period will kill you. Starving will kill you. Being cold will kill you.
  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall for PC is released. Civilization VI is a game about building an empire to stand the test of time, and the Rise and Fall expansion brings new choices, strategies, and challenges for players as they guide a civilization through the ages. Can you inspire the Loyalty of people around the world, or will you lose cities to your rivals? Will you establish a Golden Age for your civilization, or be mired in a Dark Age? In Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, you truly become a leader for the ages. Successful leadership of a civilization can send it into a prosperous Golden Age, but falling behind can usher in a Dark Age. Respond well to the challenges of a Dark Age, and your civilization can rise again into renewal with a Heroic Age.
  • WARTILE for PC is released. In WARTILE miniature figures battle it out in a real time strategy video game. Position your figurines, use their strengths and be mindful of their weaknesses, activate their special abilities and play your action cards to gain the upper hand on the playing field.
  • Aegis Defenders for Switch is released. Take on wild beasts, ruthless soldiers, and ancient gods in this 2D Action-Platformer inspired by Tower-Defense combat.
  • ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun for Switch is released. RunGunJumpGun is a tough as nails game that puts a gravity-defying weapon in your hands. One button lets you fly, the other blasts obstacles out of the way. With a cast of crazed characters, challenging gameplay, and a pulsing musical score, it delivers twitchy platforming goodness.
  • Disc Jam for Switch is released. A fast-paced action-sports game that pits 2-4 players against each other in a unique combination of air hockey and tennis. Players scramble to retrieve and throw a glowing disc while unleashing devastating abilities and defending variable-point end zones. An exciting blend of strategy and skill, this arcade-inspired title boasts a zany roster of characters to compete with friends both on the couch and online.
  • Mercenaries Saga Chronicles for Switch is released. Featuring Mercenaries Saga: Will of the White Lions, Mercenaries Saga 2: Order of the Silver Eagle and Mercenaries Saga 3: Gray Wolves of War, Mercenaries Saga Chronicles assembles the heroes from this fantastic series in one collection.
  • Bangladesh court sentences former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to 5 years in prison for corruption.
  • Noriaki Kasai of Japan becomes first athlete in history to participate in 8 Winter Olympics in the ski jumping qualification prior to the Pyeongchang Games.

On this day in 2017

  • US Senate confirms Jeff Sessions Attorney General, after controversy and protests.
  • Peter Mansfield, British Physician whose discoveries led to MRI (2003 Nobel Prize), who died at 83.
  • Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, who died at 45.
  • Rinanan, Instagram Star.
  • Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), who died at 91.
  • Ljubisa Beara, Bosnian general convicted of overseeing Srebrenica Massacre, who died in prison at 77.
  • Legion: Season 1 is released. Based on the X-Men comics character, David Haller (Dan Stevens) was diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child and currently institutionalized. His routine at a psychiatric hospital is changed with the arrival of a new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller) which triggers the discovery that the voices and visions he has may be real.
  • Bleed 2 for PC is released. Bleed 2 is a relentless arcade action game featuring air-dodging, bullet-reflecting, and tons of bosses.
  • Pix the Cat for Xbox One is released. PIX the CAT is an intense arcade game designed to make your pads sore!Rescue forsaken ducklings from the nested levels of the infamous GRID of INFINITY. Perfect your skills to SPEED and COMBO UP until you reach the explosive FEVER TIME! Defeat your friends at home in the combat ARENA and compete online with the GHOST feature. Surprising surprises are hidden along your adventure, eager to please you when you least expect it!

On this day in 2016

  • Late-night talk show "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" debuts on TBS in the US.
  • Benny Nguyen, YouTube Star, born in United States.
  • John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), who died at 87.
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: Season 1 is released. The former Daily Show correspondent hosts her own late-night satirical talk show on TBS.
  • American singer-actress Katharine McPhee (31) divorces producer Nick Cokas (50) after 8 years of marriage.
  • Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, who died at 82.

On this day in 2015

  • 68th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Boyhood" Best Film, Richard Linklater Best Director.
  • 57th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith, Best Album "Morning Phase" by Beck.
  • British soul singer Sam Smith won four Grammy Awards in the US, including the prestigious prizes for record and song of the year for 'Stay With Me' and best new artist. Album of the year went to Beck for Morning Phase..
  • Parker Yeager, YouTube Star, born in United States.
  • Filipe Pires, Portuguese pianist, composer (Portugaliae Genesis), and educator, who died at 81.
  • Better Call Saul: Season 1 is released. This spin-off from Breaking Bad (created by that show's Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould) is set mostly six years earlier and focuses on Albuquerque lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). Jonathan Banks also reprises his role as Mike Ehrmantraut, while newcomers include Michael McKean. It's much more of a drama (with some comedic elements) than originally suggested.
  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Season 1 is released. The six-part documentary from Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling features interviews with New York City real estate heir Robert Durst, who was suspected (and acquitted in one case) of three murders.
  • Ivory Coast wins the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations football championship.

On this day in 2014

  • 15 people are killed & 130 injured in a hotel fire in Medina, Saudi Arabia.
  • Maryen Miller, Family Member.
  • Netherlands sweeps the medals in the men's 5,000m speed skating at the Sochi Winter Olympics; Sven Kramer retains title (Vancouver (2010) ahead of team mates Jan Blokhuijsen and Jorrit Bergsma.
  • Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe claim gold and silver medals in the moguls freestyle skiing event at the Sochi Winter Olympics; first Canadian sisters to stand together on the podium.
  • Ole Einar Bjørndalen equals the Winter Olympics medal record with 12.
  • Slopestyle snowboarding event makes Olympic debut at Sochi Winter Games; American Sage Kotsenburg is inaugural men's gold medallist.


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