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Today in the World Countries

  • Independence Manifesto Day is being celebrated in Morocco
  • Prithvi Jayanti is being celebrated in Nepal
  • People born on this day are Capricorn as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • Lai Austria, Model, born in Philippines.
  • Princess 'Azemah Ni'matul Bolkiah of Brunei daughter of the Sultan of Brunei marries her cousin Prince Bahar ibni Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.
  • (Mildred) "Carole" Cook, American stage and screen actress (The Lucy Show; The Incredible Mr. Limpet; Sixteen Candles), who died at of heart failure at 98.
  • Tatjana Patitz, Model.
  • Taylor Lejeune, TikTok Star.
  • Jeff Beck, Guitarist.
  • Shin Ultraman is released. There’s never a dull day on Japan's newly established SSSP Kaiju defense taskforce, led by Kimio Tamura (Hidetoshi Nishijima). After a particularly challenging encounter, a silver giant descends from the sky to rescue the planet. Dubbed Ultraman, this giant’s identity and purpose are a mystery. Shin Ultraman is a delightful reimagining of one of Japan’s classic superheroes, full of cosmic twists, charismatic villains, and giant Kaiju.
  • Children of Silentown for PC is released. Lucy is afraid of the forest, just like any other child: every night, the echoing roars rob her of her sleep. Not even her dreams are a safe place where she could play.People disappearing is nothing uncommon in the village, but this time, Lucy is old enough to investigate on her own. Or so she thinks.Children of Silentown is a point & click adventure game telling a mysterious and endearing story. Explore the town and its dangerous surroundings, meet its quirky inhabitants, solve puzzles and master minigames.Accompany Lucy on her adventure to get to the bottom of what is haunting the strange Silentown... if you dare.

On this day in 2022

  • Quebec announces it will impose a healthcare tax on unvaccinated adults who are accounting for 50% of ICU cases (scrapped Feb 2022).
  • WHO warns more than half of Europe could catch COVID-19 pandemic within weeks, warning of a "west-to-east tidal wave".
  • Rosa Lee Hawkins, American pop singer (The Dixie Cups - "Chapel Of Love" ; "Iko Iko"), who died from surgery complications at 76.
  • Tim Rosaforte, American golf writer (Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest) and broadcaster (USA Network, Golf Channel), who died of Alzheimer's disease at 66.
  • Ahmet Calik, Soccer Player.
  • Ahmet Çalik, Turkish soccer centre-back (8 caps; Gençlerbirligi, Galatasaray, Konyaspor), who died in a traffic accident at 27.
  • Anatoly Alyabyev, Russian biathlete (Olympic gold USSR 20km individual,4 × 7.5km relay 1980), who died from COVID-19 pandemic at 70.
  • Magawa, African Giant Pouched rat (1st rat to be awarded a PDSA award for finding landmines for APOPO), laid to rest after dying in retirement in Tanzania at 8.
  • Naomi: Season 1 is released. Naomi (Kaci Walfall) learns more about her origins after a supernatural event happens in her home town of Port Oswego in this superhero series based on the comic book series of the same name.
  • Far Cry 6 - Pagan: Control for PC is released. Set within the confines of Min's mind, this DLC blends "intense action and storytelling"as players explore Min's psyche and attempt to help break the self-proclaimed King of Kyrat's cycle of guilt and violence. In order to convey the trial-and-error process of growth and self-reflection, Pagan: Control pays tribute to the rougelite genre, meaning each death as Min sends the player back to the start of the DLC with only their accumulated knowledge and skills to help guide them through their second (and third, and fourth...) time around. Last but not least, Far Cry 4 fans may be interested to know Min's original voice actor, Troy Baker, will be returning to the Far Cry series for this performance.
  • David-Maria Sassoli, Italian politician and journalist, European Parliament President (2019-22), who died at 65.
  • Don Sutherin, American Canadian Football HOF defensive back/placekicker (Grey Cup 1963,65,68,69; Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ottawa Rough Riders), who died at 85.

On this day in 2021

  • Ireland becomes the country with the world's highest COVID-19 pandemic infection rate after a dramatic surge results in seven-day rolling average of 1,394 cases per million.
  • Mark Keds the former frontman with early 90s British indie-punks Senseless Things died of unspecified causes at the age of 50. Keds was also briefly a member of The Wildhearts, as well as Jolt, Lams, Trip Fontaine and Deadcuts..
  • Kathleen Heddle OBC, Canadian rower (Olympic gold coxless pair,8's 1992; double sculls 1996), who died from breast and lymph node cancer at 55.
  • Colin McDonald, Australian cricket batsman (47 Tests,5 x 100s; Victoria), who died at 92.
  • William Edgar Thornton, American medical doctor, USAF officer, and astronaut (STS-8, STS-51B), who died at 91.
  • Wálter Taibo, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (30 caps; Huracán, C.A. Peñarol), who died at 89.
  • US House Democrats introduce one article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" for encouraging his supporters to riot at the Capitol.
  • The king of Malaysia, Al-Sultan Abdullah declares a state of emergency over COVID-19 pandemic till 1 August, suspending parliament and giving the government new powers.
  • Sheldon Adelson, American business magnate (CEO of Las Vegas Sands casino company) and major political donor to the GOP and Israel, who died at 87.

On this day in 2020

  • Diego the giant 100 year old tortoise retires to the Galapagos islands after his high libido is credited with saving his species.
  • Tom Belso, Race Car Driver.
  • Taiwan re-elects Tsai Ing-wen for a second term as president in a landslide result.

On this day in 2019

  • Michael Atiyah, English mathematician (Atiyah-Singer Index, Fields Medal 1966), who died at 89.
  • J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Racing), who died of degenerative neurological disease at 49.
  • J.D. Gibbs, Race Car Driver.
  • Donbass is released. In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs. In the Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth and hatred is declared to be love. A journey through the Donbass unfolds as a chain of curious adventures, where the grotesque and drama are as intertwined as life and death. This is not a tale of one region, one country or one political system. It is about a world, lost in post-truth and fake identities. It is about each and every one of us. [Cannes]
  • Ashes in the Snow is released. During World War II, a 16 year-old aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin's brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. One girl's passion for art and her never-ending hope will break the silence of history
  • Buffalo Boys is released. In 19th Century Java, a brutal massacre and the murder of Sultan Hamza by Captain Van Trach and his Dutch soldiers force Arana, Jamar and Suwo - the sultan’s brother and infant sons - to flee the country, bringing them halfway around the world to the American Wild West. After working the railroads and learning the cowboy way of life, Arana tells the boys it’s time to return to their homeland and avenge their father’s death. Back on Indonesian soil, the hunt for their father’s killer begins. Along the way, they meet some villagers including Kiona, the rebellious and beautiful headman’s daughter who Suwo falls for, and soon find out that the treacherous Van Trach still rules the area. Their presence puts the village in danger, quickly turning their quest for revenge into a fight for freedom. With the odds stacked against them, Arana, Jamar and Suwo use the skills they learned from the wilds of America to face Van Trach and his army in a showdown for justice.
  • Perfect Strangers (Perfectos Desconocidos) is released. When a group of best friends get together during a lunar eclipse to share an intimate dinner in the tasteful house of Eva (Cecilia Suarez) and Antonio (Bruno Bichir), they suspect it's just another typical night until the hostess proposes a game. All guests must lay their cell phones on the table and read aloud all incoming messages and answer all incoming phone calls in front of the entire group. What begins as a provocative party game quickly becomes a wild ride full of twists and "textual tension"in this electrifying over the top comedy about the secrets we all carry in our pockets.
  • Touch Me Not is released. Together, a filmmaker and her characters venture into a personal research project about intimacy. On the fluid border between reality and fiction, Touch Me Not follows the emotional journeys of Laura, Tómas and Christian, offering a deeply empathic insight into their lives. Craving for intimacy yet also deeply afraid of it, they work to overcome old patterns, defense mechanisms and taboos, to cut the cord and finally be free. [Berlin]
  • Pledge is released. Three friends get the chance to live the college dream when they’re invited to join an elite fraternity—but first they’ll have to survive the hazing from hell. Freshman social misfits Ethan (Phillip Andre Botello), David (Zack Weiner), and Justin (Zachery Byrd) are desperate to improve their terminally uncool reputations by pledging one of their university’s prestigious Greek houses. When every frat on campus turns them down, they are unexpectedly recruited by a shadowy social club offering them access to an exclusive world of raging parties, eligible coeds, and VIP social status. The catch? A sadistic initiation ritual that goes from depraved to deadly over the course of 48 booze- and blood-soaked hours. [IFC Midnight]
  • A Dog's Way Home is released. A lot can happen between lost and found. A Dog's Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey back home after she is separated from her beloved human, Lucas (Jonah Hauer-King).
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Replicas is released. After a car accident kills his loving family, a daring neuroscientist will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science themselves.
  • The Upside is released. A recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) strikes up an unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston).
  • The Aspern Papers is released. Based on Henry James’s 1888 novella and set in the late 19th Century, The Aspern Papers tells of an ambitious American editor obsessed with the late Romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern. Determined to obtain the letters Aspern wrote to his lover and muse Juliana years earlier, the editor travels to Venice and meets the suspicious elderly woman along with her quiet niece in their grand but dilapidated palazzo. Assuming a false identity and initially concealing his true intentions, the editor ultimately charms the niece into helping him with his obsession. But when the niece presents him with a condition he can’t accept, the future of the papers and the mysteries they contain hang in the balance.
  • Sex Education: Season 1 is released. 16-year-old Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) decides to form a sex therapy clinic with "bad girl"Maeve (Emma Mackey) after it is revealed his mother (Gillian Anderson) is a sex therapist in this dramedy created by Laurie Nunn.
  • Tallies was released by Tallies. The debut full-length release for the Canadian indie pop quartet founded by Sarah Cogan and Dylan Frankland was co-produced Frankland and Josh Korody of Beliefs.
  • The Imperial was released by The Delines. The second full-length release for the Portland, Oregon-based country soul band that includes members of Richmond Fontaine was produced by John Morgan Askew.
  • Tomb was released by Angelo De Augustine. The third full-length release for the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter was produced by Thomas Bartlett.
  • You Tell Me was released by You Tell Me. This is the debut full-length release for the collaboration between Field Music's Peter Brewis and Admiral Fallow's Sarah Hayes.
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey for 3DS is released. Laugh your way through a story told from three perspectives. Search the Mushroom Kingdom for a cure as Bowser, explore his innards as the Mario Bros., and discover the untold story of Bowser Jr.’s Journey. Overcome the fury of Fawful, action-packed battles, puzzling tasks, and giant bosses in a classic action RPG—stuffed with new content! Mario and Luigi are stuck inside Bowser, forced to accomplish unusual tasks to assist their arch nemesis with hero stuff across the land. The scenes and dialogue that ensue will have you cackling like Fawful, even in battle! Time your button presses and keep up with the action: turn the system sideways, blow into the mic, or tap the touch screen. In an all-new mode, Bowser Jr. will cross paths with our unlikely allies as he recruits Ranged, Flying, and Melee troopers to fight for his cause. Strategically form teams and pit them against enemies to reign supreme in frenetic combat.
  • Hitman HD Enhanced Collection for PlayStation 4 is released. A compilation of two classic Hitman titles remastered in 4K resolution: Hitman: Blood Money and Hitman: Absolution. In Hitman: Blood Money you experience a globe-trotting adventure from the vineyards of Chile, to the Paris Opera House and even the White House itself in a face-off against a group of assassins known as “The Franchise”. When assassins from his contract agency, the ICA, are systematically eliminated in a series of hits, Agent 47 suspects that a larger, more powerful agency has entered the fray. As he suddenly loses contact with the ICA, Agent 47 senses that he may be the next target, so our merciless contract killer travels to America to take care of business himself… Rediscover Hitman: Absolution and experience the deep and personal story of Agent 47 as he pursues redemption across 20 intense missions. Enjoy a distinctive art style that combines with rich dialogue and performances by an impressive Hollywood cast to create a unique gameplay experience.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for Switch is released. Join Mario, Luigi, and pals for single-player or multiplayer fun anytime, anywhere. Take on two family-friendly, side-scrolling adventures with up to three friends* as you try to save the Mushroom Kingdom. Includes the New Super Mario Bros. U and harder, faster New Super Luigi U games—both of which include Nabbit and Toadette as playable characters. Two games in one. Simple, straightforward controls, new playable characters optimized for younger and less-experienced players, and a wealth of bonus content—like a Hints gallery and helpful reference videos**—make this a perfect choice for anyone looking to introduce their family to the wonderful world of Mario. All a player needs is one Joy-Con controller, so two people can team up right out of the box! Tackle 164 platforming courses in the two main game modes and enjoy extra replayability with three additional game modes in which you can also play as a Mii character: Challenges, Boost Rush, and Coin Battle.
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition for Xbox One is released. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition celebrates the 10th anniversary of this RPG with new fully playable characters, events and other additional content never released outside of Japan. Follow Yuri Lowell, a former Imperial Knight, as he befriends a colorful cast of characters throughout the world of Terca Lumireis and finds himself in the middle of a nefarious plot that threatens the destruction of the entire planet.

On this day in 2018

  • In China's first significant #MeToo moment Beihang University in Beijing fires a professor for sexual misconduct.
  • YouTube issues sanctions against vlogger Logan Paul after he posted footage of suicide victim's body in Japan in December.
  • Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher, K.K.K. member and murderer, who died at 92.
  • Kevin Martes 13, Rapper.
  • Takis Loukanidis, Soccer Player.
  • The Escapists 2 for Switch is released. Bust out anywhere, with anyone on the Nintendo Switch. Team up with another inmate for local two player split screen mode, taking a Joy-Con™ each to either team up to break out, or work against one another to determine who’s the quickest convict to make an escape. Risk it all to breakout from the toughest prisons in the world. Explore the biggest prisons yet, with multiple floors, roofs, vents and underground tunnels. You’ll have to live by the prison rules, attending roll call, doing prison jobs and following strict routines; all the while secretly engineering your bid for freedom! Your prison escape antics will take you from the frosty Fort Tundra, to a train hurtling through the desert, and even to the final frontier. [Nintendo]
  • Super Meat Boy for Switch is released. Super Meat Boy is a tough as nails platformer where you play as an animated cube of meat who's trying to save his girlfriend (who happens to be made of bandages) from an evil fetus in a jar wearing a tux.Our meaty hero will leap from walls, over seas of buzz saws, through crumbling caves and pools of old needles. Sacrificing his own well being to save his damsel in distress. Super Meat Boy brings the old school difficulty of classic NES titles like Mega Man 2, Ghost and Goblins and Super Mario Bros. 2 (The Japanese one) and stream lines them down to the essential no BS straight forward twitch reflex platforming.Ramping up in difficulty from hard to soul crushing SMB will drag Meat boy though haunted hospitals, salt factories and even hell itself. And if 300+ single player levels weren't enough SMB also throws in epic boss fights, a level editor and tons of unlock able secrets, warp zones and hidden characters.
  • Furi for Switch is released. Fight your way free in our frenzied all-boss fighter, and discover what’s waiting behind the last gate. Furi is all about the tension of one-on-one fights against deadly adversaries. It’s an intense, ultra-responsive game with a unique mix of fast-paced sword fighting and dual-stick shooting. Each of the formidable guardians - designed by Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki - has a unique and surprising combat style that requires focus and skill to defeat. The high-energy action gets a boost from an explosive soundtrack composed by electro musicians including Carpenter Brut.
  • Doug Barnard Jr, American politician (Rep-D-GA,1977-93), who died at 95.
  • US President Donald Trump causes worldwide controversy when it is reported he called African countries "shitholes" during immigration meeting.

On this day in 2017

  • Rockabilly guitarist Tommy Allsup, who narrowly avoided boarding the plane that killed Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, died aged 85. The musician famously lost a coin toss for a seat on the plane. His place was taken by teen star Ritchie Valens, who also perished when the plane crashed. Allsup went on to become a Grammy-winning musician, who played with Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson..
  • François Van der Elst, Belgian soccer winger (44 caps; Anderlecht, West Ham Utd), who died from cardiac arrest at 62.
  • José Vicente Asuar, Chilean electronic music composer, who died at 83.
  • Nevermind for Xbox One is released. Nevermind ushers you into dark and surreal worlds within the minds of trauma victims. When played with an (optional) biofeedback sensor, Nevermind senses your fear - lashing out if you allow your feelings of anxiety to get the better of you. Can you brave the terrors within Nevermind...and yourself?

On this day in 2016

  • David Bowie topped the UK album chart with his latest release Blackstar less than 24 hours after his death. With sales of over 43,000 units the album outsold its nearest competitor, Elvis Presley's If I Can Dream, by 25,000..
  • Gilberto Mendes, Brazilian composer, who died at 93.
  • Tharsis for PC is released. Tharsis is a turn-based strategy game about humanity’s first mission to Mars. It’s an important mission, and not just because of its potential to greatly increase our knowledge of the red planet. No, this mission is humanity’s attempt to locate the source of a mysterious signal emanating from the red planet. [Choice Provisions]
  • That Dragon, Cancer for PC is released. That Dragon, Cancer is an adventure game that acts as a living painting; a poem; an interactive retelling of Ryan and Amy Green's experience raising their son Joel, a 4-year-old currently fighting his third year of terminal cancer. Players relive memories, share heartache, and discover the overwhelming hope that can be found in the face of death.
  • FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins his record 5th award with 41.33% of the votes; American midfielder Carli Lloyd is Women's World Player of the Year.
  • College Football National Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: #2 Alabama beats #1 Clemson,45-40.

On this day in 2015

  • 72nd Golden Globes: Boyhood, Eddie Redmayne, & Julianne Moore win.
  • Anita Ekberg, Movie Actress.
  • Girls: Season 4 is released. Desiree Akhavan, Anthony Edwards, Ana Gasteyer, Gillian Jacobs, Marc Maron, Zachary Quinto, and Jason Ritter, are some of the guest stars of the fourth season of the Lena Dunham comedy that finds Hannah trying a new venue for her writing, Shoshanna seeing a job, Jessa tries to stay sober with AA as Marnie and Desi grow closer.
  • Togetherness: Season 1 is released. Tina Morris (Amanda Peet) moves in with her sister Michelle and her husband, and Brett (Melanie Lynskey and Mark Duplass) and Brett’s friend Alex (Steve Zissis).
  • Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is elected as the first female President of Croatia.

On this day in 2014

  • During a concert in Maui, Mick Fleetwood announces that Christine McVie would be rejoining Fleetwood Mac.
  • Cali Rush, YouTube Star, born in Canada.
  • Bitten: Season 1 is released. Based on the Women of the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong, werewolf Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort) has a new life as a photographer and a new boyfriend (Paul Greene) who knows nothing of her secret, but when dead bodies start appearing at her hometown in upstate New York, she is pulled back to her former life and ex-boyfriend, Clayton Danvers (Greyston Holt).
  • Ariel Sharon, Israeli politician and general, Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006), who died from heart failure at 85.


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