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Today in the World Countries
- Heroes' Day (Laurent Kabila) is being celebrated in Dr Congo
- John Chilembwe Day Holiday is being celebrated in Malawi
- Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday is being celebrated in American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico
- People born on this day are Capricorn as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
In the future 2027
- The Roman Empire is established. One of the events marking the beginning of the Imperium Romanum was the Roman Senate s granting of the honorific Augustus to Octavian on this day..
On this day in 2023
- Bjarne Hansen, Norwegian soccer centre-back (3 caps; Vålerenga FC), who died at 93.
- Gina Lollobrigida, Movie Actress.
On this day in 2022
- Charles McGee, American US Air Force officer and fighter pilot of the Tuskegee Airmen (WWII, Korean War, Vietnam), who died at 102.
- Collarwali, Indian tigress and 'Super Mum'who birthed 29 cubs, cremated at Pench Tiger Reserve at 16.
- TV SERIES
- Somebody Somewhere: Season 1 is released. Kansas native Sam (Bridget Everett) feels out of place in her hometown but singing helps her discover a community with a group of outsiders in this comedy inspired by Everett's own life.
- Unvaccinated World #1 tennis player novak djokovic is deported by the Australian government on "health and good order" grounds, without playing in the Australian Open.
On this day in 2021
- 10 Nepali climbers become the first to reach the summit of K2 in winter on the China-Pakistan border.
- India begin the vaccination of its 1.3 billion people for COVID-19 pandemic.
- American producer Phil Spector died in prison age 81. Known for his 'Spector Wall Of Sound’ he was a member of Teddy Bears, who had the 1958 US No.1 single 'To Know Him Is To Love Him'. He went on to produce many classic songs including; Ben E King, 'Spanish Harlem', The Crystals, 'Da Doo Ron Ron', The Ronettes, 'Baby I Love You', The Righteous Brothers, 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling', Ike and Tina Turner, 'River Deep, Mountain High'. He also produced albums for The Ramones, John Lennon, George Harrison, The Beatles, Cher and Harry Nilsson. The 2003 shooting of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California home led to his 2009 conviction of murder in the second degree..
- Armin Laschet is elected leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU), to replace long-serving leader Angela Merkel.
- (Harvey) Phil Spector, American record producer (Wall of Sound), and convicted murderer, who died of COVID-19 pandemic complications at 81.
- Jon Arnett, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (USC; 5 × Pro Bowl; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), who died from heart failure at 85.
On this day in 2020
- Newly appointed manager Carlos Beltran and New York Mets mutually agree to part ways because of his role in Houston Astros sign stealing scandal; third manager forced out of a job as a result of the allegations.
- Peter Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral who served on and designed submarines, who died at 91.
- Efraín Sánchez, Colombian soccer goalkeeper (9 caps; San Lorenzo) and manager (Columbia), who died at 93.
- TV SERIES
- Everything's Gonna Be Okay: Season 1 is released. Neurotic 25-year-old Nicholas (Josh Thomas) is forced to grow up when his father becomes deathly ill and becomes the legal guardian to his two teenaged half-sisters in this comedy from Josh Thomas.
- GAMING: PC
- Total War: Three Kingdoms - Mandate of Heaven for PC is released. The Total War: THREE KINGDOMS – Mandate of Heaven Chapter Pack depicts the events of the Yellow Turban Rebellion, enabling players to engage in the conflict from either rebel or loyalist perspectives. Introducing a number of new characters and playable faction leaders, the campaign begins in 182CE, but players can choose to continue well into the Three Kingdoms period, with familiar characters entering the campaign as the timeline progresses.
- GAMING: SWITCH
- To the Moon for Switch is released. Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts have peculiar jobs: They give people another chance to live, all the way from the very beginning... but only in their patients' heads.Due to the severity of the operation, the new life becomes the last thing the patients remember before drawing their last breath. Thus, the operation is only done to people on their deathbeds, to fulfill what they wish they had done with their lives, but didnt.This particular story follows their attempt to fulfill the dream of an elderly man, Johnny. With each step back in time, a new fragment of Johnny's past is revealed. As the two doctors piece together the puzzled events that spanned a life time, they seek to find out just why the frail old man chose his dying wish to be what it is.And Johnny's last wish is, of course... to go to the moon.* A unique story-driven experience* Innovative mix between adventure game elements and classic RPG aesthetics* Acclaimed original soundtrack that closely ties to the story* An espresso execution with zero filler and no time drains
- Super Crush K.O. for Switch is released. Super Crush KO is a fast-paced brawler set in a vibrant, near-future city. Zip up your favorite neon jacket and combo your way through swarms of deadly robots to save your kidnapped kitten and, while you’re at it, save humanity from an AI apocalypse.
- SELF for Switch is released. SELF is a Kafkaesque suspense text-based adventure game with simulation and puzzle mechanics.
- Stories Untold for Switch is released. Stories Untold is a compilation tape of four experimental text adventures, including a remaster of the original episode The House Abandon.
- Impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump begins in the Senate.
- Former Sacramento State softball player Alyssa Nakken becomes first woman to hold a coaching position on a MLB staff when named an assistant by the San Francisco Giants.
On this day in 2019
- Explosion by a suicide bomber aimed at US-led coalition forces at a market in Manjib, Syria, kills about 18 including four Americans.
- Egyptian city Cairo is engulfed by a sandstorm turning it orange.
- Australian Bureau of Meteorology tweets last four days were the country's hottest on record with Tarcoola, South Australia, reaching 49 C (120 F), Port Augusta 48.5 C (119 F).
- Spartaco Dini, Race Car Driver.
- Rita Vidaurri, American Ranchera singer, who died at 94.
- Hugh Lewin, South African anti-apartheid activist and writer (Bandiet: Seven Years in a South African Prison), who died at 79.
- MOVIES: NOT RATED
- The Heiresses is released. Chela and Chiquita are both descended from wealthy families in Asunción and have been together for over 30 years. But recently, their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality. Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy, forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.
- What Is Democracy? is released. Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor. Featuring a diverse cast—including celebrated theorists, trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime ministers—this urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means. [Zeitgeist Films]
- TV SERIES
- Deadly Class: Season 1 is released. Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth) was living in the streets when he is selected to attend Kings Dominion, an elite private academy where crime families from around the world send their children to learn to become assassins in this Russo Brothers executive produced-series based on the Image Comics graphic novel by Rick Remender and Wes Craig.
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins vote of no confidence in her government 325 to 306.
- UN says at least 890 killed in ethnic violence in the western Democratic Republic of Congo in December, with 465 building destroyed, delaying the presidential election.
- Houston guard James Harden becomes first player to score 55+ points in back-to-back NBA games since Wilt Chamberlain (1962); scores 58 in 145-142 OT loss to Brooklyn; 18 straight games with 30+ points.
- Golden State guard Stephen Curry first player in NBA history to hit 8+ three-point FGs in 3 consecutive games; goes 9-of- 17 three's in Warriors'147-140 win over New Orleans; teams combine for NBA record 43 3-pointers.
On this day in 2018
- Bradford Dillman, American actor (Compulsion, Piranha, Sudden Impact, Enforcer), who died of complications of pneumonia at 87.
- Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest - "Breakin'the Law"), who died at 69.
- TV SERIES
- Black Lightning: Season 1 is released. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) had retired from his secret identity of Black Lightning many years ago, but when danger threatens his twenty-something daughter, Jennifer (Nafessa Williams), and a promising student is being lured by a gang, he returns to the fight.
- GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
- Beholder: Complete Edition for PlayStation 4 is released. You’re a government-installed landlord in a totalitarian state. Your job is to spy on tenants, peep into their lives, eavesdrop on their conversations, and profile everyone to ensure laws are beyond obeyed and the state is kept happy. Anyone caught plotting against the state’s ever-changing laws must be reported. But will you?
- Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition for PlayStation 4 is released. Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is a brand-new disc that includes all base content from the original Street Fighter V release, Arcade Mode and a code for Character Pass 1 and 2 content, which includes 12 playable characters and 12 premium costumes.* ARCADE MODEChoose from six different paths themed after classic Street Fighter games.* GALLERYUnlock hundreds of illustrations as you play through Arcade Mode.* TEAM BATTLE Assemble local teams, set your own rules and see who comes out on top.* EXTRA BATTLEComplete online challenges to earn Fight Money, EXP, unique costumes and more.* NEW V-TRIGGERSEach character will have two V-Triggers, adding more depth to the combat system.* NEW VISUALSThe UI is redesigned with new color schemes and exciting pre-and-post fight effects.
- Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition for PlayStation 4 is released. In Kerbal Space Program, take charge of the space program for the alien race known as the Kerbals. You have access to an array of parts to assemble fully-functional spacecraft that flies (or doesn’t) based on realistic aerodynamic and orbital physics.
- GAMING: SWITCH
- InnerSpace for Switch is released. InnerSpace is an exploration flying game set in a world where physics are inverted. Take the role of an unnamed cartographer to explore the various bubble-worlds, collect relics, and encounter each bubble’s mythical demigod, in order to discover more about the universe, its history, and its future.
- Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), who died of complications of dementia at 71.
On this day in 2017
- Cuthbert Johnson, English musician and Benedictine abbot, who died at 70.
- Eugene Cernan, American NASA astronaut (12th person on the moon), who died at 82.
On this day in 2016
- First ever flower grown in space - a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system.
- Khadeejah Faatimah Abdullah, Instagram Star, born in Indonesia.
- Gary Loizzo, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), who died of pancreatic cancer at 70.
- Bob Harkey, Race Car Driver.
- Actress and singer Jamie-Lynn Sigler (35) weds baseball player Cutter Dykstra (53) in Palm Springs, California.
On this day in 2015
- Gempita Nora Marten, Family Member, born in Indonesia.
- MOVIES: NOT RATED
- Appropriate Behavior is released. For Shirin (Desiree Akhavan), being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine. [Gravitas Ventures]
- Little Accidents is released. When a teenage boy goes missing in a small town already devastated by a fatal mining accident, three strangers find themselves drawn together in a tangle of secrets, lies, and the collective grief of the community. Reeling from the disappearance of her son, Diane (Elizabeth Banks) finds herself drifting away from her husband (Josh Lucas), a mining company executive whose role in the accident has made her family the prime target for the town’s anger. When she forms a dangerous bond with the sole survivor of the disaster (Boyd Holbrook), truths will be uncovered that threaten to tear apart the few remaining threads holding the town together. [Amplify]
- Loitering with Intent is released. When out-of-work-actors Raphael (Ivan Martin) and Dominic (Michael Godere) hustle a prominent New York producer into believing they've written a hot movie script, they have 10 days to deliver the goods or lose their last opportunity for a big break. Hoping to escape the bustle of New York City to write in peace, the duo head to the upstate country home of Dom's sister Gigi (Marisa Tomei). But their writer's retreat descends into bacchanalian romp when Gigi's hostile boyfriend Wayne (Sam Rockwell) and his younger brother Devon (Brian Geraghty) bring old flames and simmering grudges to a head for the group. As yearnings for love and familial dynamics threaten to derail their career-making opportunity, will Raph and Dom's friendship survive the creative process?
- Medeas is released. Ennis (Brían F. O'Byrne), a stern, hard-working dairy farmer struggles to maintain control of his family and surrounding environment. His wife, Christina (Catalina Sandino Moreno), retreats into herself, progressively disconnecting from him and their five children. As tensions increase, each character must confront their yearnings and anxieties, culminating in a dangerous conflict between control and freedom, intimacy and alienation. [The Vladar Company]
- Still Life is released. Life for the unassuming John May (Eddie Marsan) has always revolved around his work for the local council in South London, finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. Profoundly dedicated to his work, he believes that everyone deserves a dignified exit, and writes eulogies and organizes funerals for those who wouldn't have them otherwise. But when a new case – an elderly alcoholic in a flat directly opposite his own – hits him harder than usual, he journeys outside London to track down the man's long-abandoned daughter (Joanne Froggatt). Against the odds, the two lonely souls are drawn to each other – and John's outlook starts to open to life's possibilities. [Tribeca Film]
- Vice is released. Julian Michaels (Bruce Willis) has designed the ultimate resort: VICE, where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans. When an artificial (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian's mercenaries and a cop (Thomas Jane) who is hell-bent on shutting down Vice, and stopping the violence once and for all.
- MOVIES: PG
- Paddington is released. From the beloved novels by Michael Bond, Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you, ” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. [TWC]
- MOVIES: PG13
- Spare Parts is released. Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club under the leadership of their school's newest teacher, Fredi (George Lopez). With no experience,800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime. [Pantelion Films]
- MOVIES: R
- The Wedding Ringer is released. Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.
- Gangs of Wasseypur is released. Gangs of Wasseypur charts seventy years in the lives – and spectacular deaths – of two mafia-like families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India. Inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs and beginning with the bandit-like career of Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) in the 1940s, the film follows the ruthless rise of his son Sardar (Manoj Bajpayee) and his offspring Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), Danish, Perpendicular and Definitive and their their longtime nemesis, the wily and seemingly unstoppable Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia). [Cinelicious Pics]
- Blackhat is released. Set within the world of global cybercrime, Blackhat follows a furloughed convict (Chris Hemsworth) and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.
- TV SERIES
- 12 Monkeys (2015): Season 1 is released. The 1995 film is remade as a TV show with James Cole (Aaron Stanford) time-traveling from 2043 to the present time to stop a virus before it can decimate the population.
On this day in 2014
- 19th Critics'Choice Movie Awards: 12 Years a Slave wins Best Film.
- Russell Johnson, American television and film actor, best known for his role as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, who died of kidney failure at 89.
- Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor (Charlotte's Web, Alice, The Partridge Family), who died from heart and kidney failure at 82.
- Albert Hammond, Race Car Driver.
- GAMING: WII U
- F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition for Wii U is released. F1 Race Stars is a fast-to-the-fun arcade racing game for all ages.
- Unepic for Wii U is released. Unepic is a combination of platforming and role playing games. There are many hilarious references throughout the game. The game takes place in Harnakon, a huge medieval castle.It is set in the hardcore NES Style, yet refined with the latest features. This makes Unepic a very unique game.
On this day in 2013
- 25 people are killed after an apartment block collapses in Alexandria, Egypt.
- It was announced that Joe Strummer was to have a city square named after him in Spain following a Facebook campaign.More than 2,000 residents of Granada, where The Clash frontman became a frequent visitor, signed a petition calling for him to be honoured. City hall officials agreed to the proposals and a square in the area was set to be renamed Plaza de Joe Strummer..
- A four day occupation of an Algerian BP facility by Amenas militants begins, killing 48 hostages.
- Abigail Van Buren [Pauline Phillips], American columnist and radio show host known for "Dear Abby" advice column, twin sister of fellow advice columnist Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer), who died from complications from Alzheimer's disease at 94.
- Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier (Olympic gold 1964), who died at 81.
- GAMING: PC
- Euro Truck Simulator 2 for PC is released. Travel across Europe as king of the road, a trucker who delivers important cargo across impressive distances! With dozens of cities to explore from the UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and many more, your endurance, skill and speed will all be pushed to their limits. If you've got what it takes to be part of an elite trucking force, get behind the wheel and prove it!