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Today in the World Countries

  • Chinese New Year is being celebrated in Taiwan
  • Korean New Year / Seolnal is being celebrated in South Korea
  • Saint Maroun's Day is being celebrated in Lebanon, Lebanon
  • Spring Festival Holiday is being celebrated in China
  • Tet holiday is being celebrated in Vietnam
  • People born on this day are Aquarius as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • R.Tee, DJ, born in Singapore.
  • Youngn Lipz, Rapper, born in Australia.
  • Lewis Spratlan, American classical composer and Pulitzer Prize winner (Life Is A Dream), who died at 82.
  • Marcos Alonso, Spanish soccer winger (22 caps; Atlético Madrid, FC Barcelona) and manager (Rayo Vallecano, Racing Santander, Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Valladolid), who died from cancer at 63.
  • Attachment is released. Maja (Josephine Park), a Danish has-been actress, falls in love with Leah (Ellie Kendrick), an academic from London. After Leah suffers from a mysterious seizure Maja returns with her to her childhood home. There, she meets Leah's overbearing mother, Chana (Sofie Gråbøl), a woman who could hold dark secrets.
  • YOU: Season 4 is released. Joe is now in London as Professor Jonathan Moore, where Marianne (Tati Gabrielle) has also settled in the fourth season of the thriller series.
  • Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence: Season 1 is released. The three-part documentary series directed by Zach Heinzerling features personal footage and interviews with the Sarah Lawrence College students who became victims of Larry Ray's cult that spanned over a decade before he was arrested.
  • South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declares "a national state of disaster" to respond to the country's electricity crisis amid daily blackouts.

On this day in 2022

  • Nearly four million bottles of beer destroyed in large crackdown on alcohol in northern Nigerian state of Kano, where alcohol prohibited under Sharia law.
  • Ian McDonald, English rock musician (saxophone, keyboards, guitar) (King Crimson,1968-69; Foreigner,1976-80), who died of cancer at 75.
  • Betty Davis (née Mabry); American model, soul and funk singer-songwriter (" They Say I'm Different" ; "Nasty Gal"), who died at 77.
  • Super Muñeco, Wrestler.
  • GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon for Switch is released. GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon combines intense roguelite hack-and-slash action with a stunning dark fantasy world, brought to life through the stroke of traditional Japanese art.As the chosen leader and guardian of the land of the living, wield the otherworldy arsenal and powers of the Getsu clan as you descend deeper into the depths of Hell to eradicate the source of the cataclysm.
  • Jeremy Giambi, American MLB baseball player,1998-2003 (Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and two other teams), takes his own life at 47.
  • Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league lock (33 Tests,6 World Cup games; Newtown RLFC, St. George RLFC; Inaugural RL "Immortal") and coach (St. George, RLFC, Cronulla RLFC), who died from dementia at 82.

On this day in 2021

  • American jazz composer, keyboardist, bandleader Chick Corea died age 79. His compositions 'Spain', '500 Miles High', 'Armando's Rhumba' and 'Windows' are widely considered jazz standards. As a member of Miles Davis's band in the late 1960s, he participated in the birth of jazz fusion. In the 1970s he formed Return to Forever along with Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans..
  • WHO team investigating origin of COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan say it is "extremely unlikely" that it leaked from a local research lab.
  • United Arab Emirates is the fifth entity to successfully orbit a probe around Mars, as probe Hope begins to study the planet's atmosphere..
  • Armando "Chick" Corea, American jazz-fusion pianist and composer; 23 time Grammy winner (Return To Forever, Delhpi I, Toy Dance), who died of cancer at 79.
  • Chick Corea, Pianist.
  • Kasia Lenhardt, Model.
  • Sator is released. Secluded in a desolate forest home to little more than the decaying remnants of the past, a broken family is further torn apart by a mysterious death. Adam, guided by a pervasive sense of dread, hunts for answers only to learn that they are not alone; an insidious presence by the name of Sator has been observing his family, subtly influencing all of them for years in an attempt to claim them.
  • Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption for Switch is released. Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is an epic - and humorous - fantasy adventure and role-playing game in which you take on the role of Shawn O'Conner, a young man striving to become a hero as well as a rogue.Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is the work of Lori Ann Cole and Corey Cole, creators of Quest for Glory, Shannara, Castle of Dr. Brain, and Mixed-Up Fairy Tales. Although Hero-U is not a direct sequel to the Quest for Glory games, it features the same mix of adventure, role-playing, humor, and immersive storytelling that we introduced in that series.Shawn can become the Rogue of the Year while exploring a mysterious castle, making friends and enemies, fighting deadly foes, and uncovering the secrets of his own hidden past. Meanwhile players will enjoy the rich and humorous dialogue and descriptions as they guide Shawn through his adventures.During the day, Shawn attends classes at the University, practices his skills, and tries to make friends with other students. At night, it's time to pull out weapons, armor, and traps to explore the abandoned wine cellars, stunning sea caves, creepy catacombs, and deadly dungeon beneath Hero-U. Most combat is optional for those who prefer a pure adventure game, but there are ample rewards for those who choose to valorously fight the creatures that threaten the school and all of Sardonia.
  • US Senate Impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins in Washington D.C..

On this day in 2020

  • Solar Orbiter probe attached to an Atlas rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral.
  • Storm Ciara makes landfall in northern Scotland bringing widespread wind and flooding to northern Europe resulting in 18 deaths.
  • Suspected militants attack and kill at least 30 people, many while sleeping in their cars in Auno, north-eastern Nigeria, kidnapping women and children.
  • 92nd Academy Awards: "Parasite" 1st non English film to win Best Picture, Best Director Bong Joon-ho, Best Actor Joaquin Phoenix, Best Actress Renée Zellweger.
  • Deaths from COVID-19 pandemic virus overtake those of Sars (2003) with 813 deaths worldwide, with more than 34,800 known infections.
  • Fastest supersonic New York to London journey made by British Airways Boeing 747-436 in four hours and 56 minutes, speeds of 1,327 km/h / 825 mph due to Storm Ciara.
  • Rosie Robert Joseph, Family Member, born in United States.
  • Sorrel [Doris Ernestine] Hays, American pianist and composer (The Glass Woman), who died of cancer at 78.
  • Mirella Freni, Italian lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly), who died at 84.
  • Homeland: Season 8 is released. The eighth and final season finds Carrie recovering from being in a Russian gulag. Meanwhile, President Warner (Beau Bridges) tasks Saul, now National Security Advisor, to negotiate peace with the Taliban.

On this day in 2019

  • Cadet, Rapper.
  • Elizabeth Warren officially announces her 2020 presidential campaign in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

On this day in 2018

  • Craig McGregor, American rock bassist (Foghat,1976-2018), who died of lung cancer at 68.
  • John Gavin [Juan Vincent Apablasa Jr], American actor (Imitation of Life, Psycho), and US Ambassador to Mexico (1981–86), who died of complications from pneumonia at 86.
  • Liam Miller, Irish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Sunderland, Hibernian), who died of pancreatic cancer at 36.
  • Johann Johannsson, Composer.
  • Reginald "Reg" E Cathey, American actor (The Wire, Oz, House of Cards), who died of lung cancer at 59.
  • Permission is released. Anna (Rebecca Hall) and Will (Dan Stevens), were each other’s first every-things: first kiss, first love, first and only relationship. Now,10 years in, at Anna’s 30th birthday party, as Will is about to propose, the couple’s best friend makes a drunken toast, suggesting that they should sleep around before their inevitable marriage. The joke lands like a lead balloon, but the thought lingers until Anna proposes that they try opening their relationship – as a sexual experiment. Together, they venture out of the purely monogamous boundaries of their relationship and, along the way, evolve.
  • Entanglement is released. While searching for the meaning of his existence, Ben Layten (Thomas Middleditch) uncovers a family secret that leads him to a woman named Hanna (Jess Weixler)… But when he and Hanna inadvertently fall in love, his life becomes increasingly and strangely complicated. Ben starts to realize that everything is amazingly and incredibly connected - and that the world might just be more inexplicable than he ever imagined.
  • Basmati Blues is released. Dr. Linda Watt (Brie Larson) is a sheltered but brilliant young scientist who is sent on a work trip to India. She is welcomed by almost everyone, and embraces a world she is unfamiliar with. Linda is assigned a guide, an ambitious young bureaucrat (Saahil Sehgal) who immediately takes a liking to her. But when Linda meets Rajit (Utkarsh Ambudkar), a rebellious college student forced to drop out by lack of funds there's instant chemistry. And through their playful antagonism, Linda's eyes are ultimately opened to the fact she has unknowingly become part of a destructive plan against the farmers. When she and the villagers discover her company's greedy agenda, they work together to fight against the abusive agricultural giant.
  • The Female Brain is released. Neuroscientist Julia's (Whitney Cummings) research into the biochemistry of the female brain is illustrated by three couples: newlyweds Zoe (Cecily Strong) and Greg (Blake Griffin), whose career troubles seep into their relationship; Lisa (Sofia Vergara) and Steven (Deon Cole), who are looking to spice up their stuck-in-a-rut marriage; and Lexi (Lucy Punch) who can't help trying to change her boyfriend Adam (James Marsden). Meanwhile, straight-laced Julia's own synapses start to fire when a handsome new subject (Toby Kebbell) joins her study.
  • Peter Rabbit is released. Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne).
  • Golden Exits is released. Nick (Adam Horovitz) has settled into a safe existence in a small pocket of Brooklyn, where he currently toils on an archival project for his father-in-law. Soon,20-something Naomi (Emily Browning) arrives from Australia to assist Nick for the semester. She has no acquaintances in the city beyond a loose family connection to Buddy (Jason Schwartzman), a music producer who lives in the same neighborhood. For the few months she spends around Nick, Buddy, and their families, Naomi's presence upsets the precarious balance holding these two households.
  • Fifty Shades Freed is released. Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.
  • The 15:17 to Paris is released. In the early evening of August 21,2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.
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  • Becks is released. After a crushing breakup with her girlfriend, a Brooklyn musician moves back in with her Midwestern mother. As she navigates her hometown, playing for tip money in an old friend's bar, an unexpected relationship begins to take shape.
  • The Ritual is released. Reuniting after the tragic death of their best mate, four old friends from university set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. But a wrong turn leads them into the dark and mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil still exists and stalks them at every turn.
  • Sleepwalkers was released by Brian Fallon. The second full-length solo release for The Gaslight Anthem frontman was produced by Ted Hutt.
  • Transangelic Exodus was released by Ezra Furman. The seventh full-length release for the singer-songwriter was produced by Tim Sandusky.
  • Always Ascending was released by Franz Ferdinand. The fifth full-length release for the Scottish indie rock band band was produced by Philippe Zdar of Cassius and is the first with Julian Corrie (who took over for Nick McCarthy).
  • A Humdrum Star was released by GoGo Penguin. The fourth full-length release for the Manchester-based jazz trio features elements of electronic music.
  • Brighter Wounds was released by Son Lux. The fifth full-length release for Ryan Lott's solo-project-turned-trio that now includes Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang is its first on the City Slang label.
  • Black Panther: The Album was released by Original Soundtrack. The soundtrack to the Black Panther film was curated by Kendrick Lamar (and he features on five songs) includes appearances from such artists as 2 Chainz, Ab-Soul, Anderson.Paak, James Blake, Future, Jay Rock, Swae Lee, Mozzy, ScHoolboy Q, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, the Weeknd, and Zacari.
  • Crooked Shadows was released by Dashboard Confessional. The seventh full-length studio release for the emo band led by Chris Carrabba is its first in eight years.
  • Cusp was released by Alela Diane. The sixth full-length release from the singer-songwriter features contributions from Peter Broderick, Heather Woods Broderick, Rob Burger, Ryan Francesconi, Daniel Hunt, and Luke Ydstie.
  • Damned Devotion was released by Joan as Police Woman. The fifth full-length release for Joan Wasser was produced with Thomas Bartlett and Parker Kindred.
  • Go Dig My Grave was released by Susanna. The sixth full-length solo release for the Norwegian artist features folk songs as well as covers of songs from such artists as Joy Division and Lou Reed.
  • Little Dark Age was released by MGMT. The fourth full-length studio release for the indie rock duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser was produced with Patrick Wimberly and Dave Fridmann.
  • Phantom Thread [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] was released by Jonny Greenwood. The ninth soundtrack from the Radiohead guitarist is his fourth for a Paul Thomas Anderson film.
  • Pure Beauty was released by Shirt. The debut full-length studio release for the New York City indie rapper features contributions from such artists as Chase, Ricky Dubs, Donnie Fontaine, Brady James, Joe Hov, Marie Matusz, New York, San Holo, Steel Tipped Dove, Wonder Breed, and Zois.
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] for PlayStation 4 is released. The best parts of Street Fighter and BlazBlue combine in this epic 2D fighter! Easy to pick up but filled with tactical depth that will have you playing for years, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] is the frantic new fighter from the maker of cult-classic Melty Blood -- and the hit underground Japanese brawler that has captured both the imagination and hearts of the fighting game community.FEATURES:* PlayStation's Hottest New Fighter: Discover the stunning Under Night In-Birth universe in this complete edition of the celebrated four-button fighter.* An Amazing Contemporary Cast: Wield swords, daggers, whips, scythes and even killer hair braids with a colourful roster of 20 unique and audacious fighters.* Accessible, Tactical Combat: The easy-to-understand 'Grind Grid' mechanic rewards smart offensive play but punishes sloppy and negative tactics to encourage considered tactics.* An Epic Story Campaign: Immerse yourself in the epic battle between In-Births and Voids with the story-rich Chronicle Mode.* The Fighting Genre's Best-Kept Secret: The developer of cult-classic Melty Blood finally returns to the genre by popular demand!
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia for PlayStation 4 is released. Assemble the Seven Deadly Sins and fight to save the Kingdom of Lioness in The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia. Based on the manga, The Seven Deadly Sins by Nabaka Suzuki, enjoy stories of adventure and experience all of the action and excitement from the anime. Play through memorable fights with famous characters such as Meliodas, Elizabeth, Hawk, and others in all of their unique fighting styles.FEATURES:* Assemble the Seven Deadly Sins: The popular hit anime The Seven Deadly Sins comes to console for the very first time.* Lush Environments: The world of Britannia comes to life in a scenic 3D environment, made possible by the power of the PS4.* Action Oriented: A high-tension and fast-paced action fighting style that is expected of the popular anime series.* Adventurous Storyline: Experience an enticing story line with your favorite characters to choose from and plenty of places in Britannia to explore.
  • Dragon Quest Builders for Switch is released. Generations ago, the realm of Alefgard was plunged into darkness by the terrible and treacherous Dragonlord, ruller of all monsters. Mankind was robbed of the power to build and forced to wander the ruins of their former home, scrounging and scavenging in the dust to survive.Now its up to you, a Legendary Builder chosen by the Goddess herself, to return the power of creation to the people and rebuild Alefgard. Only when the wonder of imagination has been returned will mankind be able to overthrow the evil Dragonlord once and for all!
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson, Icelandic theatre, dance, and film score composer (The Theory of Everything), who died form a combination of cocaine and prescription medication at 48.
  • XXIII Olympic Winter Games open in PyeongChang, South Korea.

On this day in 2017

  • Clem Smith, Race Car Driver.
  • Alone With You (2017) for PC is released. Alone With You is a sci-fi game for people who love adventure, exploring and maybe even a little romance. You're the last survivor of a doomed space colony, trying to escape a planet before it implodes around you. Along with your troubled AI companion, you'll scan for clues, solve puzzles, and discover the fates of over two-dozen colonists and the secrets of their interwoven lives.

On this day in 2016

  • Two German passenger trains collide near Bad Aibling, Bavaria, killing 10 and seriously injuring 18.
  • US primary elections: New Hampshire Primary, In Republican race Donald Trump wins (35%), John Kasich 2nd (16%), and Bernie Sanders (60%) defeats Hillary Clinton (38%) in Democratic race.
  • Majood Badr, YouTube Star, born in Saudi Arabia.
  • Cody Cohen, TikTok Star.
  • Earle Canavan, Race Car Driver.
  • Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia for PC is released. Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia occurs in Russia,1918. Nikolai Orelov wants to leave with his family, but he is required to perform one last mission for the Assassin Order: infiltration of the house where the tsar's family is being held by the Bolsheviks and theft of an artifact that has been fought over by Assassins and Templars for centuries. Along the way, he witnesses the massacre of the tsar's children, but manages to save the princess, Anastasia. He must escape the Templars while protecting the artifact and Anastasia. [Ubisoft]
  • Arslan: The Warriors of Legend for PlayStation 4 is released. A tactical action title based on the epic novel, manga, and anime IP The Heroic Legend of Arslan. It recounts the story of the young crown prince of Pars, Arslan, as he is forced out of his kingdom when his father, the King, is betrayed and defeated and his domain conquered. Arslan and his few companions need to re-assemble an army and fight against overwhelming odds to regain his throne and liberate his kingdom.
  • Dying Light: The Following for PlayStation 4 is released. Dying Light: The Following is a significant expansion to Dying Light and the untold chapter of Kyle Crane’s story. Take to a vast new area that will transform your Dying Light experience through new game mechanics, environments and challenges on top of the established core of the game.
  • Firewatch for PlayStation 4 is released. In Firewatch you play as a man named Henry who has retreated from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot and dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor, a woman named Delilah, is available to you at all times over a small, handheld radio — and is your only contact with the world you've left behind. But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the world, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making interpersonal choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have.
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 for PlayStation 4 is released. Recreate all the legendary teams from NARUTO SHIPPUDEN or create your own team. Players will be able to switch characters during the fight. The roster spans the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN story arc and capture the latest character appearances from the anime. Almighty foes such as Kaguya, Madara (Six Paths) & Obito (Six Paths) join the fray.
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime for PlayStation 4 is released. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a frantic 1- or 2-player couch co-op action space shooter set in a massive neon battleship. Only through teamwork can you triumph over the evil forces of Anti-Love, rescue kidnapped space-bunnies, and avoid a vacuumy demise. Deep space is a dangerous place, but you don't have to face it alone.
  • Unravel for Xbox One is released. Yarny's mission is to mend broken bonds and the yarn represents the love and connection between people. The player will use Yarny's thread to do things such as swinging across gaps or rappelling down trees. Te game will also challenge gamers to use the thread in clever and creative ways. [Electronic Arts]
  • Sushil Koirala, Nepalese politician, Prime Minister of Nepal (2014-2015), who died at 76.

On this day in 2015

  • Film "Fifty Shades of Grey" released, based on the erotic novel by E. L. James, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
  • Bob Dylan turned the tables on his critics during a 30-minute speech, at the Musicares charity gala honouring his career. The 73-year-old, who rarely talks about his work, asked why critics complained he "can't sing" and sounds "like a frog" but do not "say that about Tom Waits?" The singer added, "Critics say my voice is shot, that I have no voice. Why don't they say those things about Leonard Cohen? Why do I get special treatment?".
  • Dj Prince, YouTube Star, born in Fort Wayne, IN.
  • Drew Mcdonald, Wrestler.
  • Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), who died at 98.
  • Claude Ruel, Canadian NHL coach (Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup 1968-69), who died at 76.
  • Marvin David Levy, American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), who died at 82.
  • Happy People was released by Peace. This is the second full-length release for the British indie rock band led by Harry Koisser.
  • Evolve for PC is released. In a savage world of man vs nature, are you the hunter or the hunted? The creators of Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock Studios, bring you EVOLVE, the next-generation of multiplayer shooters where four hunters face-off against a single, player-controlled monster. Stalk your prey, execute your attack and prove you are the apex predator in adrenaline-pumping 4V1 matches.

On this day in 2014

  • Switzerland votes to return immigration quotas.
  • Graham Hills, English physical scientist and principal (Strathclyde University, England), who died at 87.
  • Protest erupt in Sarajevo and other cities in Bosnia-Herzegovina; the unemployment rate remains at 40% (57% for youth).
  • Olympic teams figure skating event debuts in Sochi with Russia taking the gold medal; pairs champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov win first of 2 gold at the Games.
  • Slopestyle snowboarding event makes Olympic debut at Sochi Winter Games; American Jamie Anderson is inaugural women's gold medallist.
  • Slovak biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina retains her Olympic 7.5k sprint title (Vancouver 2010) at the Sochi Winter Games.


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