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Today in the World Countries

  • Birthday of Imam Ali is being celebrated in Iran
  • Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day is being celebrated in Sri Lanka
  • Revolution Day January 25 is being celebrated in Egypt, Egypt
  • Thaipusam (Many Regions) is being celebrated in Malaysia
  • People born on this day are Aquarius as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • America and Germany announce decision to send powerful battle tanks (US 31, Germany 14) to Ukraine to fight Russia invasion.
  • Enrique Campos Buchelli, Music Producer, born in Mexico.
  • Iqra Kanwal, YouTube Star, born in Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Nguy?N Phu?C L?C, TikTok Star, born in Vietnam.
  • Enkyboy, TikTok Star.
  • B. V. [Balkrishna] Doshi, Indian architect (Pritzker Prize 2- 018), who died at 95.
  • Cindy Williams, American actress (Laverne & Shirley - "Shirley; American Graffiti), who died at 75.
  • Pathaan is released. An Indian spy takes on the leader of a group of mercenaries who have nefarious plans to target his homeland.
  • Extraordinary: Season 1 is released. Jen (Máiréad Tyers) is about to turn 25-years-old and has yet to manifest any powers like everyone else had by their 18th birthday. With help from her best friend Carrie (Sofia Oxenham) and Carrie's boyfriend Kash (Bilal Hasna), she seeks to find her superpower in this British comedy series created by Emma Moran.
  • The Excavation of Hob's Barrow for Switch is released. THE ANSWERS LIE IN THE SOIL...Antiquarian Thomasina Bateman is writing a book on the barrows of England, documenting the treasures she finds buried within. When an intriguing letter summons her to the small village of Bewlay, tucked away in the remote countryside, she sets off by train with her assistant a day behind.Upon her arrival, however, the mysterious man who summoned her is nowhere to be found. Her assistant never arrives. A stubborn landowner refuses access to the barrow, and the locals are wary of this woman who is traveling alone and (gasp!) wears trousers.The excavation of Hob's Barrow is off to a rocky start. And then Thomasina starts having strange dreamsFEATURES: * A dark, complex and evolving storyline featuring interwoven elements from real English folklore.* Traditional point and click adventure game puzzles and interactions, with an easy modern interface.* A cast of intriguing characters, from suspicious villagers to sickly vicars to lordly landowners, all with their own unique stories and motives.* A distinct folk horror tone and grounding. * Evocative pixel-art graphics, featuring cut-scenes and engaging animations.* A suitably atmospheric original soundtrack from The Machine. The Demon. - one half of the duo behind the award-winning "Football Game"soundtrack.* Fiends in the furrows, the smell of damp soil, and a cat or two.
  • Hi-Fi Rush for Xbox Series X is released. Feel the beat as wannabe rockstar Chai and his ragtag team fight against an evil megacorp with raucous rhythm combat! From Tango Gameworks comes Hi-Fi RUSH, an all-new action game where the world syncs to the music.
  • Chris Hipkins is sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand, following the resignation of Jacinda Ardern.

On this day in 2022

  • People smuggling boat reported to have capsized in the Florida Straits with the loss of 38 lives.
  • Swedish guitarist Fredrik Johansson died from cancer at the age of 47. He was a member of death metal band Dark Tranquillity for almost six years. His final album with the group would be the band's fourth release, Projector, in 1999..
  • Barry Cryer, British comic, writer (The Kenny Everett Show; Ross Abbot; The Two Ronnies), and actor (All You Need Is Cash), who died at 86.
  • Heinz Werner Zimmermann, Composer.
  • Not For Broadcast for PC is released. Take control of the National Nightly News as a radical government comes to power. In this immersive, high-pressure, propaganda sim, you control what the people see and determine what’s Not For Broadcast.
  • Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem for PC is released. Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem is a new stand-alone expansion to the world of the classic FPS series. Join the fight against Notorious Mental on a journey through the wild lands of Russia, and find your way through this lost chapter of Sam Stone's adventures.
  • Reverie Knights Tactics for PC is released. Reverie Knights Tactics is a turn-based tactical RPG with strategic battles in isometric grids where every decision can alter the story. Travel through a hand-drawn fantasy world and lead your heroes in a story-rich adventure, visual novel style.
  • Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle becomes NHL's new "Iron Man" with his 965th consecutive regular-season game, breaking Doug Jarvis's all-time record, in a 4-3 loss at the New York Islanders.
  • Wim Jansen, Dutch soccer utility (65 caps; Feyenoord 415 games) and manager (SC Lokeren, Feyenoord, Celtic), who died from dementia at 75.

On this day in 2021

  • Janet Yellen is confirmed as the first female treasury secretary by the US Senate.
  • Jung Hun Chul, Rapper.
  • Barry Heywood, British director of the British Antarctic Survey, who died at 83.
  • SOLAS 128 for Switch is released. SOLAS 128 takes place within a neon clockwork mechanism that is under attack. A strange external force has taken over, leaving disarray in its wake. Players must carefully repair the machine by learning how it works, and solving over 150 interlocking screens of puzzles.At its heart, SOLAS 128 is a beam deflection game with a difference. Instead of light beams, the game is built around distinct pulses which move in perfect sync with the unique, neon-soaked synthwave soundtrack. Players will need to reflect, collide, merge, split, and filter these pulses to explore the strange space, and reconnect the pathways that have been destroyed. Soon puzzles will start to spill across multiple screens, and they’ll need to think big to orchestrate a solution for the game’s damaged clockwork.
  • Maryan Synakowski, French soccer defender (16 caps; UA Sedan Torcy 241 games), who died at 84.

On this day in 2020

  • Severe rainstorms cause landslides and floods in Brazil's Minas Gerais state, killing at least 30.
  • Gene Corrigan, American lacrosse player, coach and college athletics administrator (President of the NCAA 1995-97), who died at 91.
  • 65th NHL All Star Games, Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MI: Pacific All Stars win four-team,3-on-3 tournament; MVP: David Pastrnak LW Boston Bruins.

On this day in 2019

  • Tailing dam for an iron ore mine in Brumadinho, south-eastern Brazil, collapses killing at least 110 with 238 missing.
  • Documentary "Leaving Neverland" detailing singer Michael Jackson's relationship with two boys premieres at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Donald N. Langenberg, American physicist, who died at 86.
  • Florence Knoll Bassett, American furniture designer (Knoll), who died at 101.
  • Meshulam Riklis, Entrepreneur.
  • The Image Book is released. Do you still remember how, long ago, we trained our thoughts? Most often we'd start from a dream. We wondered how, in total darkness, colours of such intensity could emerge within us. In a soft, low voice. Saying great things. Surprising, deep and accurate matters. Image and words. Like a bad dream written on a stormy night. Under western eyes. The lost paradises. War is here.
  • The Invisibles is released. In June 1943, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels infamously declared Berlin “free of Jews.” Little known is that there were still 7,000 German Jews in hiding. This is the true story of four young people among the 1,700 of Berlin’s Jews who ultimately survived until liberation.
  • The Kid Who Would Be King is released. Alex (Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.
  • Serenity is released. Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her – and their young son – from her new, violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead. Karen’s appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he’d tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.
  • Never Look Away is released. Young artist Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) has fled to West-Germany, but he continues to be tormented by the experiences he made in his childhood and youth in the Nazi years and during the GDR-regime. When he meets the student Ellie (Paula Beer), he is convinced that he has met the love of his life and begins to create paintings that mirror not only his own fate, but also the traumas of an entire generation.
  • King of Thieves is released. A crew of retired crooks pull off a major heist in London's jewelry district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed. Based on infamous true events.
  • Polar is released. The world’s top assassin, Duncan Vizla (Mads Mikkelsen), aka The Black Kaiser, is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head to head with an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced.
  • Power Chords was released by Mike Krol. The fourth full-length release for Los Angeles-based garage rock/power-pop artist was produced by Mike McCarthy.
  • Why You So Crazy was released by The Dandy Warhols. This is the 10th full-length studio release for the Portland, Oregon alternative rock band.
  • Happy in the Hollow was released by TOY. The fourth full-length release for the British indie rock band was self-produced and self-mixed.
  • Highway Hypnosis was released by Sneaks. The third release for Eva Moolchan as Sneaks was produced by Carlos Hernandez and Tony Seltzer (as well as Jacknife Lee on "Hong Kong to Amsterdam").
  • I Have to Feed Larry's Hawk was released by White Fence. Released under the expanded name, Tim Presley’s White Fence, the seventh full-length solo release for the California rock artist was recorded in San Francisco by Jeremy Harris.
  • Internationally Unknown was released by Rat Boy. The second full-length release British punk band features guest appearances from Aimee Interrupter and Rancid's Tim Armstrong (who also produced the album).
  • New Breed was released by Dawn. The fifth full-length solo release for Dawn Richard was influenced by her hometown of New Orleans and features contributions from Cole M.G.N, Hudson Mohawke and Kaveh Rastegar.
  • Mystery Hour was released by Pavo Pavo. The second full-length release for Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg was influenced by the breakup of their six-year relationship.
  • Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars was released by Sarah Louise. The fourth full-length release for the North Carolina folk singer-songwriter was self-produced.
  • No More Normal was released by Swindle. The latest release for the British dubstep/grime producer features guest appearances from Andrew Ashong, Etta Bond, Kiko Bun, D Double E, Daley, Nubya Garcia, Ghetts, Knucks Eva Lazarus, P Money, Kojey Radical, and Rider Shafique.
  • Feral Roots was released by Rival Sons. The sixth full-length release for the California rock was produced by Dave Cobb and is its first on the Atlantic label.
  • Future Ruins was released by Swervedriver. The sixth full-length release for the British alternative rock band is its first with the Dangerbird (and Rock Action in the UK) label.
  • Get Tragic was released by Blood Red Shoes. The fifth full-length release for the British alternative rock duo features guest appearances from Clarence Clarity, Ed Harcourt, and The Wytches.
  • Goes West was released by William Tyler. The fourth full-length solo release for the Nashville guitarist was produced by Bradley Cook and Tucker Martine.
  • Everything's For Sale was released by Boogie. The debut full-length studio release for the Compton rapper features guest appearances from 6LACK, Snoh Aalegra, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Eminem, and JID.
  • Amo was released by Bring Me the Horizon. The sixth full-length release for the British rock/metalcore band was produced by the band's own Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish.
  • Almost Free was released by FIDLAR. The third full-length release for the Los Angeles-based punk band features a guest appearance from K. Flay and was produced by Ricky Reed.
  • Resident Evil 2 for PC is released. In Resident Evil 2, the classic action, tense exploration, and puzzle solving gameplay that defined the Resident Evil series returns. Players join rookie police officer Leon Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield, who are thrust together by a disastrous outbreak in Raccoon City that transformed its population into deadly zombies. Both Leon and Claire have their own separate playable campaigns, allowing players to see the story from both characters’ perspectives. The fate of these two fan favorite characters is in players hands as they work together to survive and get to the bottom of what is behind the terrifying attack on the city. Will they make it out alive?
  • Roger Stone, political lobbyist for Donald Trump is arrested as part of Mueller investigation for obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements.
  • At least 20 people have died this week in Venezuelan anti-government protests according to the UN.
  • Longest-ever US government shutdown ends after 35 days when President Donald Trump agrees to three week of negotiations on border security by a House-Senate conference committee.

On this day in 2018

  • Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi asked "are there any bookshops in Nigeria?" in controversial French interview.
  • Doomsday clock moved by 30 seconds to 2 minutes to midnight by Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, closest since 1950s.
  • John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, who died of a respiratory infection at 91.
  • Tommy Banks, Pianist.
  • Celeste for PC is released. Help Madeline survive her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain in this super-tight, hand-crafted platformer from the creators of TowerFall.
  • Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy for Switch is released. Save the world in "Fantasy Hero -Unsigned Legacy-", by choosing from one of four heroes, and reclaiming what was lost to the Decoders. Set yourself on fire and charge head in, or pulverize them with powerful throws. Like keeping a safe distance from your opponents? Then, pick them off with projectiles, or send your robot in to do your bidding. The variety of combat styles and skills will let players build heroes to their liking. [Nintendo]
  • Super One More Jump for Switch is released.

On this day in 2017

  • Kisenosato becomes the 1st Japanese home-grown sumo champion since 1998 when he is made yokozuna,72nd Grand Champion.
  • Aiska Kabbani, Instagram Star, born in United Arab Emirates.
  • Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), who died at 72.
  • Jim Stapley, Race Car Driver.
  • John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), who died at 77.
  • Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show; The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Ordinary People), who died at 80.
  • Mary Kills People: Season 1 is released. Dr. Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas) helps terminally ill patients end their lives in this Canadian drama created by Tara Armstrong.
  • The Path: Season 2 is released. The second season of the drama introduces a woman (Leven Rambin) from Eddie's past, a member (James Remar) of the Movement who returns, and a deprogrammer (Eve Plumb) hired by the parents of Meyerist to help him leave.
  • Memoranda for PC is released. Memoranda is a 2D point and click adventure game inspired by author Haruki Murakami’s surreal short stories.The game tells the story of a young lady who gradually realizes that she is forgetting her own name. But is she really losing her memory?
  • TowerFall Ascension for Xbox One is released. TowerFall Ascension is the definitive version of the hit archery combat game. Inspired by classics from the golden age of couch multiplayer, it's a 4-player local party game centering around hilarious, intense versus matches. The core mechanics are simple and accessible, but hard to master and combat is fierce. Loot treasure chests for game-changing power-ups, master the art of catching arrows out of the air, or descend on your foes and stomp them into submission. TowerFall is best played competitively with friends, cross-legged on the floor within punching distance of each other.New in Ascension is the 1- or 2-player co-op Quest mode. Players work together, fighting off a variety of monsters and enemy archers across the land of TowerFall. It's a new adventure to explore when you don't have more friends handy to square off against.
  • Robert Garcia, American politician hit by Wedtech scandal (Rep-D-NY,1978-83), who died at 84.

On this day in 2016

  • British rowing team becomes first female crew and first crew of four to cross the Pacific, San Francisco to Cairns in 257 days.
  • Denise Duval, French soprano (music of Francis Poulenc), who died at 94.
  • Frank Collett [Taglieri], American jazz pianist and bandleader, who died of liver failure at 75.
  • Leif Solberg, Norwegian organist, choral conductor and composer, who died at 101.
  • Lucifer: Season 1 is released. A bored Lucifer (Tom Ellis) settles in Los Angeles and helps LAPD homicide detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) solve crimes.
  • Angie Tribeca: Season 1 is released. The cop comedy from from Steve Carell and his wife Nancy focuses on the Los Angeles Police Department's Really Heinous Crimes Unit that includes Angie Tribeca (Rashida Jones), her new partner J. Geils (Hayes MacArthur), and their Captain (Jere Burns).
  • The Magicians (2016): Season 1 is released. High school senior Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) secretly loves the fantasy novels about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. He soon is accepted into an exclusive, secret magicians school called the Brakebills University in upstate New York in this adaptation of Lev Grossman's trilogy of books.
  • Concepcion Picciotto, American peace activist (longest political protest in US history, outside The White House), who died at 80.

On this day in 2015

  • Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, died aged 68 in hospital in Athens. In the 1970s he was a member of Aphrodite's Child, a progressive rock group that also included Vangelis. He was best known for his solo hits in the 1970s and 80s, including 'Forever and Ever, Goodbye' and 'Quand je t'aime'..
  • Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014.
  • NFL Pro Bowl, University of Phoenix, Glendale, AZ: Team Irvin beats Team Carter,32-28; MVPs: J. J. Watt, Houston Texans, DE; Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions, QB.
  • Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), who died from an undisclosed illness at 68.
  • Bill Monbouquette, American MLB pitcher (3-time All Star, no-hitter 1962), who died of myeloid leukemia at 78.
  • Sons of Liberty: Season 1 is released. As young men, Sam Adams (Ben Barnes), John Adams (Henry Thomas), Paul Revere (Michael Raymond-Jame), John Hancock (Rafe Spall), and Dr. Joseph Warren (Ryan Eggold) join forces as the Sons of Liberty seeking to start a revolution in this three-part miniseries.

On this day in 2014

  • Susan Boyle applied for a minimum wage, £6-an-hour cashier's job after spotting a job advert in the window of her local bookmakers, Ladbrokes, in Blackburn, west Lothian. Upon reading the advert the singer who is said to worth over £20m entered the premises and spent around five minutes talking to the shop's deputy manager David Corr about the role..
  • Laura Johnston, YouTube Star, born in Kansas City, MO.
  • Black Sails: Season 1 is released. Created by creator Jonathan Steinberg as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island set in 1715, pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew prepare to fight the British Royal Navy over New Providence Island with the help of Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New), a daughter of a local smuggling kingpin.


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