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  • Unification Day is being celebrated in Romania
  • People born on this day are Aquarius as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

In the future 2041

  • Roman emperor, Gaius Caesar, better known as Caligula (meaning Little Boot— he used to wear military boots as a child), was murdered..

On this day in 2023

  • Adani Enterprises owned by Gautam Adani, world's third richest man, loses $108billion in value after investment firm Hindenburg Research publishes report alleging stock manipulation and accounting fraud.
  • Bv Doshi, Architect.
  • Mahokenshi for PC is released. Mahokenshi is a potent combination of deck building and hex-grid strategy combining the deep tactical play of card games, with the strategic turn-based thinking of board games. As a Mahokenshi - a Samurai Mage from one of the Celestial Isles' four houses - you will need to protect the Kingdom against an encroaching corruption. Through strategy, positioning and tactics, utilise your card deck to explore the world, vanquish demons and banish the evil that plagues the land.Brimming with challenge, Mahokenshi invites players to explore a vibrant world filled with quests, cards and formidable foes, to restore peace one hex at a time.
  • Warlander for PC is released. Harness the almighty powers of god-like Warriors, Clerics, and Mages, with a unique style that mashes a Medieval-inspired setting, Fantastical items and abilities…and…EVEN POWERFUL ROBOTS! Master siege weapons and cataclysmic spells to control the battlefield and destroy the enemy's core!
  • Neptunia: Sisters vs. Sisters for PlayStation 5 is released. While the Goddesses were out responding to a distress call from the faraway PC Continent, Nepgear and the other Candidates were sent to investigate an abandoned laboratory.It was there that they found the "Ashen Goddess, "who trapped them in a deep sleep capsule. By the time they awoke,2 years had already passed.The latest smartphone, the "rPhone, "dominates the market.Neptune has been missing since her mission to the PC Continent, and in the absence of its Goddess and Candidate, Planeptune was ravaged by a strange new phenomenon, the Trendi Outbreaks.Suddenly finding herself robbed of home and family, Nepgear falls into a deep depression.This is a story about finding hope in the midst of despair, and the rebirth of a Goddess in the wake of destruction.
  • Forspoken for PlayStation 5 is released. Forspoken is an action RPG that follows the journey of Frey, a young New Yorker transported to the beautiful and cruel land of Athia. In search of a way home, Frey must use her newfound magical abilities to traverse sprawling landscapes, battle monstrous creatures and defeat powerful matriarchs known as Tantas.
  • Duncan Pugh, Australian bobsledder (Olympics,2010), and school teacher, who died of a brain aneurysm at 48.

On this day in 2022

  • 19 die in a fight and a fire at a nightclub in Sorong city, West Papua, Indonesia.
  • At least 34 people killed and 65,000 left homeless after two different tropical storms batter Madagascar and Mozambique with Madagascar's capital Antananarivo particularly affected.
  • Aftab Baloch, Pakistan cricket batsman (2 Tests; 7th player to pass the 400 first class run milestone,428 for Sind 1974), who died at 68.
  • Olavo De Carvalho, Journalist.
  • Szilveszter Csollány, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold rings 2000, silver 1996; World C'ship gold rings 2002), who died from COVID-19 pandemic at 51.
  • The Gilded Age: Season 1 is released. Set in 1882, Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moves from Pennsylvania to live in New York City with her aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Chrstine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon) after the death of her father in this Julian Fellowes drama.
  • Coup in Burkina Faso as military announce on TV they have overthrown President Roch Kaboré after his failure to stem an Islamic insurgency.

On this day in 2021

  • AFC Championship, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri: Kansas City Chiefs beat Buffalo Bills,38-24.
  • George Armstrong, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame centre (Stanley Cup 1961–62,1962–63,1963–64,1966–67 Toronto Maple Leafs; 7 x NHL All Star), who died from heart complications at 90.
  • Gunnel Lindblom, Swedish actress (Hunger, Virgin Spring), who died at 89.
  • Jóhannes Eðvaldsson, Icelandic soccer defender (34 caps; Celtic, Tulsa Roughnecks, Hannover 96, Motherwell), who died from COVID-19 pandemic at 70.
  • Euphoria Special Episode Part 2: Jules is released. The second special episode of Euphoria titled F*ck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob follows Jules (Hunter Schafer) during the holidays.

On this day in 2020

  • Duje Bonacic, Croatian rower (Olympic gold coxless four 1952), who died at 90.
  • Rob Rensenbrink, Dutch soccer left winger or forward (46 caps; Anderlecht), who died of progressive muscular atrophy at 72.
  • The Last Full Measure is released. The Last Full Measure tells the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), a U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen (also known as a PJ) medic who personally saved over sixty men. During a rescue mission on April 11,1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone heavily under fire, but he stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, before making the ultimate sacrifice in the bloodiest battle of the war. Thirty-two years later, respected Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman (Sebastien Stan) on a career fast-track is tasked with investigating a Congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger made by his best friend and PJ partner on the mission (William Hurt) and his parents (Christopher Plummer & Diane Ladd). Huffman seeks out the testimony of Army veterans who witnessed Pitsenbarger’s extraordinary valor, including Takoda (Samuel L. Jackson), Burr (Peter Fonda) and Mott (Ed Harris). But as Huffman learns more about Pitsenbarger’s courageous acts, he uncovers a high-level conspiracy behind the decades-long denial of the medal, prompting him to put his own career on the line to seek justice for the fallen airman.
  • I Wish I Knew is released. Shanghai's past and present flow together in Jia Zhangke's poetic and poignant portrait of this fast-changing port city. Restoring censored images and filling in forgotten facts, Jia provides an alternative version of 20th century China's fraught history as reflected through life in the Yangtze city.He builds his narrative through a series of eighteen interviews with people from all walks of life-politicians' children, ex-soldiers, criminals, and artists (including Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien)-- while returning regularly to the image of his favorite lead actress, Zhao Tao, wandering through the Shanghai World Expo Park. (The film was commissioned by the World Expo, but is anything but a piece of straightforward civic boosterism.) A richly textured tapestry full of provocative juxtapositions. [Kino Lorber]
  • Color Out of Space is released. After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.
  • Zombi Child is released. Haiti,1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. In Paris,55 years later, at the prestigious Légion d’honneur boarding school, a Haitian girl confesses an old family secret to a group of new friends – never imagining that this strange tale will convince a heartbroken classmate to do the unthinkable.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Turning is released. The Turning takes us to a mysterious estate in the Maine countryside, where newly appointed nanny Kate is charged with the care of two disturbed orphans, Flora and Miles. Quickly though, she discovers that both the children and the house are harboring dark secrets and things may not be as they appear.
  • The Gentlemen is released. The Gentlemen follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he's looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.
  • The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow: Season 1 is released. The documentary series hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop Chief Content Officer Elise Loehnen talk about a variety of health and wellness topics with doctors, researchers and other health practitioners.
  • Shrill: Season 2 is released. Annie (Aidy Bryant) made some big decisions at the end of the first season but is starting to have second thoughts about them.
  • Sing in a World That's Falling Apart was released by Black Lips. The ninth full-length studio release for the Atlanta garage rock band features influences from country music.
  • The Neon Skyline was released by Andy Shauf. The sixth full-length release for the Canadian pop singer-songwriter was mixed by Rob Schnapf.
  • Mind Hive was released by Wire. The latest full-length studio release for the British post-punk band features an eight-minute-long track.
  • Concrete and Glass was released by Nicolas Godin. The second full-length solo release for the Air frontman features guest appearances from Kadhja Bonet, Cola Boyy, musician Kirin J Callinan, Kate NV, and Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor.
  • Big Conspiracy was released by J Hus. The second full-length studio release for the British rapper features guest appearances form Burna Boy, iceè tgm, and Koffee.
  • Bonny Light Horseman was released by Bonny Light Horseman. The debut full-length release for the trio that includes Anaïs Mitchell, Josh Kaufman and Eric D. Johnson includes new interpretations of traditional folk songs, many hundreds of years old.
  • Hotspot was released by Pet Shop Boys. The 14th full-length studio release for the British synth-pop duo features a guest appearances from Years & Years and was produced by Stuart Price.
  • Thin Mind was released by Wolf Parade. The fifth full-length release for the indie rock band sees it returning to its three-person line-up of Dan Boeckner, Spencer Krug, and Arlen Thompson.
  • Commandos 2 HD Remaster for PC is released. Relive the real-time tactics masterpiece that defined the genre like no other: Originally developed by the legendary Pyro Studios, Commandos 2 - HD Remaster is a true homage to one of gaming's most celebrated masterpieces. Experience Commandos 2 Men of Courage like never before in high definition with reworked controls, UI and tutorial.Take control of an elite group of commandos who must venture deep into enemy territory and utilize their combined expertise to complete a series of notoriously demanding missions set in World War II. Go covert into various environments based on authentic World War II locations and lead your team of commandos against overwhelming odds, operate covertly and turn the tide of war.
  • Praetorians HD Remaster for PC is released. Relive the celebrated real-time strategy classic Praetorians, re-imagined in high definition.Praetorians is set amidst the political machinations of an emerging Roman Empire. Prove your worth on the battlefields of Egypt, the combat theaters of Gaul and finally the heart of the Empire itself in Italy, in the crusade to become Emperor.Your quest will not be an easy one, as the Empire is heavily defended by thousands of different troop types and war machines, all with special skills and individual strengths. To emerge victorious, you'll need to learn to combine your units and exploit the weaknesses of your enemies. But beware the closer you get to the Emperor, the closer you get to facing the Praetorian Guard the most powerful and deadly fighting force in the Empire!
  • Pete Stark, American politician (Rep-D-CA,1973-2013), who died at 88.

On this day in 2019

  • 17 temperature records broken in South Australia including highest ever recorded for capital Adelaide at 46.6C.
  • Aloysius Pang, TV Actor.
  • Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes: Season 1 is released. The four-part documentary series from Joe Berlinger features previously unheard audio of interviews with serial killer while on death row in Florida.
  • The Other Two: Season 1 is released. The comedy from former SNL writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider where a 29-year-old aspiring actor (Drew Tarver) and his 30-year-old sister (Heléne York) deal with finding themselves and feeling envy as their 12-year-old brother (Case Walker) becomes an instant internet star.
  • Weezer (Teal Album) was released by Weezer. The surprise release from the alternative rock band that includes covers of songs made famous by a-ha, Black Sabbath, Electric Light Orchestra, The Eurythmics, Michael Jackson, Ben E. King, Tears For Fears, TLC, Toto, and The Turtles.
  • Better Oblivion Community Center was released by Better Oblivion Community Center. The surprise release for the music project of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst features contributions from Carla Azar, Anna Butterss, Christian Lee Hutson, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner as well as Dawes’ Wylie Gelber and Griffin Goldsmith.
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 for PC is released. Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is the new real-time strategy game adapted from Games Workshop’s famous tabletop game that portrays the epic space battles of the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
  • Pikuniku for PC is released. Pikuniku is a puzzle-exploration game that takes place in a strange but playful world where not everything is as happy as it seems. Help peculiar characters overcome struggles, uncover a deep state conspiracy, and start a fun little revolution in this delightful dystopian adventure.
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 2 - Rules for PlayStation 4 is released. The two brothers continue their journey into the winter months & struggle against the cold. As Daniel gradually falls ill, Sean decides they must make their way to their distant grandparent’s house to recover. During their stay, they encounter next-door neighbor Chris, a young boy who believes he is a superhero by the name of Captain Spirit.
  • My Memory of Us for Switch is released. My Memory of Us is a reminiscence of a friendship between a boy and a girl. A friendship made during tough times. Times of terror, pain, and exclusion in a world where people were forced to live in two artificially detached worlds.The story in My Memory of Us is told from the perspective of two friends who complete each other. Each of them has their own abilities she can run fast, he can sneak but only when they work together as a team can they overcome all adversities. You just want to have fun with your friend. Go on then! Grab her hand and find out what adventures are waiting for you outside. Together, there's nothing in the world that can stop you.
  • US government recognises Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's President.
  • Search for missing Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala is called off after rescuers fail to find aircraft that disappeared from radar over English Channel 3 days earlier; search resumes funded by soccer community donations; wreckage discovered Feb 3.

On this day in 2018

  • English singer and songwriter Mark E. Smith from Manchester post-punk band The Fall died aged 60 after a long illness with lung and kidney cancer. Smith formed the Fall in 1976 and was the only constant member of the band. He was known for his tempestuous relationship with his bandmates, and frequently fired them – there have been 66 different members over the years..
  • Former US Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar found guilty of molesting over 150 girls, sentenced up to 175 years in prison.
  • Delvin.96, Instagram Star, born in Iran.
  • Jack Ketchum [Dallas William Mayr], American horror fiction author (Off Season, Red, The Woman), who died of cancer at 71.
  • Mark E. Smith, British rock vocalist (The Fall, The Post-Nearly Man), who died after a long illness at 60.
  • Waco: Season 1 is released. The six-part series chronicles the events that led to the 51-day standoff between the Branch Davidians, led by David Koresh (Taylor Kitsch) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and the FBI, including lead FBI negotiator, Gary Noesner (Michael Shannon).
  • Zwei: The Arges Adventure for PC is released. Filterless fashionista Pipiro and poindextrous punster Pokkle are ordinary step-siblings facing an ordinary day in their ordinary little burg...until a grand theft macguffin occurs and they decide to become unlikely heroes for cash and glory (in that order). This goes about as well as you’d expect.
  • LEGRAND LEGACY: Tale of the Fatebounds for PC is released. A tactical turn-based RPG that takes you on a journey through Legrand, a chaotic world that's torn apart by civil war and threatened by an otherworldly invasion. You play as Finn, the reluctant leader of a band of unlikely heroes, who soon discovers that the true peril to their universe lies within themselves.
  • UK charity Presidents Club forced to close after revelations of sexual harassment at event revealed by the "Financial Times".

On this day in 2017

  • American drummer Butch Trucks from The Allman Brothers Band died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 69. He played in various groups before forming the 31st of February while at Florida State University in the mid 1960s. He joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1969. Their 1971 live release, At Fillmore East, represented an artistic and commercial breakthrough..
  • Butch Trucks, American drummer (The Allman Brothers Band), who died at 69.
  • Grier Manning, Race Car Driver.
  • The New Edition Story: Season 1 is released. The three-part miniseries spans the years from its formation in 1978 to the subsequent departure of Bobby Brown, post-break-up careers, and reunions of the 1980 R&B boy band that included Michael Bivins (Bryshere Y. Gray), Ricky Bell (Caleb McLaughlin), Bobby Brown (Woody McClain), Ronnie Devoe (Keith Powers), Raplph Tresvant (Algee Smith), and Johnny Gill (Luke James).
  • Tales of Berseria for PlayStation 4 is released. Players set out on a journey of self-discovery as they assume the role of Velvet, a young woman whose once kind demeanor has been replaced and overcome with a festering anger and hatred after a traumatic experience three years prior to the events within TALES OF BERSERIA. Velvet will join a crew of pirates as they sail across the sea and visit the many islands that make up the sacred kingdom of Midgand in an all-new adventure developed by the celebrated team behind the TALES OF series.
  • Resident Evil 7: biohazard for PlayStation 4 is released. While Resident Evil 7 draws from the series’ roots of atmospheric survival horror, it also delivers a new level of terror. In the Resident Evil games of yesteryear, players braced for fear in the first-person via the creepy door-opening scenes, and Resident Evil 7 ramps up that tension with an immersive first-person view and a photorealistic graphical style. Capcom is able to achieve a higher degree of visual fidelity thanks to the new proprietary in-house RE Engine that includes VR oriented tools. With the RE Engine plus industry leading audio and visual technologies, you experience every abhorrent detail up close and personal in Resident Evil 7. Playing the game in the PlayStation VR Mode escalates the unsettling feeling of presence to a level that horror fans have never experienced. The full gameplay experience is available in the included PlayStation VR Mode from beginning to end. No Resident Evil you’ve ever survived could prepare you for this. [Capcom]
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for PlayStation 4 is released. KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a compilation of 3 magical KINGDOM HEARTS experiences: Originally released in 2012, KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD is a full-HD remastered version of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D Dream Drop Distance, brought to console for the first time. Series protagonists Sora and Riku take on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for coming threats. The signature action of the KINGDOM HEARTS series has evolved, allowing players to experience faster-paced battles and exploration at a blistering pace. KINGDOM HEARTS ? Back Cover (movie) A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers, connecting the earliest parts of the series’ history, showcased in the mobile title KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained ?. KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage – A completely new playable episode that links to the story of KINGDOM HEARTS III, taking place after the storyline of KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep played from the perspective of Aqua. [Square-Enix]
  • Moto Racer 4 for PlayStation 4 is released. In a world dominated by freestyling and risk-taking, impose your riding style throughout the world. Intimidate your opponents and win your races! Moto Racer 4 is a single and multi-player racing game (for up to 10 players) offering an Asphalt and Off Road mode.
  • Yakuza 0 for PlayStation 4 is released. The story follows Kazuma Kiryu as a junior yakuza member who finds himself in a heap of trouble when a simple debt collection goes upside down and his mark ends up murdered. Meanwhile, Goro Majima is living a "normal"life as the proprieter of a cabaret club, but is doing whatever it takes to rejoin the yakuza. What that entails isn't exactly easy.
  • President Trump withdraws the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

On this day in 2016

  • NFC Championship, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC: Carolina Panthers beat Arizona Cardinals,49-15.
  • David Bowie was at No.1 on both the UK & US album charts with his twenty-fifth and final studio album Blackstar, Bowie's only album to top the Billboard 200 in the US. Bowie was the biggest-selling vinyl artist of 2016 in the UK, with five albums in the vinyl Top 30, including Blackstar as the No.1 selling vinyl album of the year..
  • TV drama "The X-Files" returns after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and produced again by Chris Carter.
  • Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), who died at 86.
  • Marvin Minsky, American artifical intelligence computer scientist (MIT), who died at 88.
  • The X-Files: Season 10 is released. Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) are reunited as they look into possible aliens and government conspiracy in six new episodes.

On this day in 2015

  • Joe Franklin, American radio host, TV personality and New York institution (The Joe Franklin Show), who died of prostate cancer at 88.

On this day in 2014

  • 24 Exposures is released. Fetish photographer Billy (Adam Wingard) stages elaborate shoots around his fixations, photographing women in various stages of undress and death. When one of Billy's models winds up actually dead, depressed and romantically disillusioned investigator Michael (Simon Barrett), suffering through a crumbling relationship himself, knocks on his door and discovers a world he struggles to understand - in Billy's art, as well as his apparent ease at juggling professional and intimate relationships with a committed girlfriend and various models. Jealousy runs high, and meanwhile, a killer is still on the loose.
  • Run & Jump is released. After a stroke leaves her husband mentally disabled and fundamentally changed, spirited Irish housewife Vanetia (Maxine Peake) struggles to keep her family together in the wake of tragedy. A research grant from American doctor Ted Fielding (Will Forte), interested in documenting the family's recovery process, allows them to get by. Though Vanetia initially resents living under Ted's microscope, she soon finds comfort in his calming presence, while Ted responds to Vanetia's dynamic, unpredictable personality. As the two explore their bond within their unique situation, a new family begins to emerge. [IFC Films]
  • Stranger by the Lake is released. Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France. One day, he meets Michel (Christophe Paou), an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship. [Strand Releasing]
  • Visitors is released. Director Godfrey Reggio reveals humanity's trance-like relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • I, Frankenstein is released. 200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein's creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind.
  • Gimme Shelter is released. Forced to flee her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson), and turned away by her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser), Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) finds herself on a desperate and isolated journey of survival. In the depths of despair, she meets a compassionate stranger (James Earl Jones), who ultimately leads her to salvation and unprecedented support in a suburban shelter for homeless teenagers. With gained confidence, and the warmth of her new home, Apple breaks from her inhibiting past, embracing the future with clarity and hope.
  • Gloria is released. Gloria is a "woman of a certain age"but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair—until she uncovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever.
  • Enemies Closer is released. After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the US-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy SEAL Henry (Tom Everett Scott) is plunged into survival mode when the drug cartel forces him to help retrieve the downed package. Trapped in the wilderness with no communication to the outside world, Henry finds himself face to face with Clay (Orlando Jones), a man with a personal vendetta against Henry who has returned for retribution. Now, the two mortal enemies must make a choice: put aside their past and work together, or die alone at the hands of the drug runners, a ruthless gang who will stop at nothing to retrieve their lost cargo.
  • Mitt is released. Greg Whiteley's documentary covers Mitt Romney journey for the Republican nomination for president, including in 2006,2008 and the most recent 2012 elections.


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