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Today in the World Countries
- New Year's Day Holiday is being celebrated in Russia
- People born on this day are Capricorn as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
- Funeral for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI presided over by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome.
- Michael Snow, Multimedia Artist.
- MOVIES: NOT RATED
- Mars One is released. The Martins family are optimistic dreamers, quietly leading their lives in the margins of a major Brazilian city following the disappointing inauguration of a far-right extremist president. A lower-middle-class Black family, they feel the strain of their new reality as the political dust settles. Tércia, the mother, reinterprets her world after an unexpected encounter leaves her wondering if she’s cursed. Her husband, Wellington, puts all of his hopes into the soccer career of their son, Deivinho, who reluctantly follows his father’s ambitions despite secretly aspiring to study astrophysics and colonize Mars. Meanwhile, their older daughter, Eunice, falls in love with a free-spirited young woman and ponders whether it’s time to leave home.
- TV SERIES
- Copenhagen Cowboy: Season 1 is released. Miu (Angela Bundalovic), a young woman with supernatural gifts, travels to Copenhagen to find out about her past and seek justice in this six-part series from Nicolas Winding Refn.[Premiered at the Venice Film Festival on 9 Sep 2022; set to air in the US on Netflix 5 Jan 2023]
- Ernesto Castano, Italian soccer defender (7 caps; Juventus 265 games), who died at 83.
On this day in 2022
- State of emergency declared across Kazakhstan amid unrest and protests against fuel price rises,164 killed in three days.
- Chloe Family Fun Pack, YouTube Star, born in United States.
- Olga Szabó-Orbán, Romanian fencer (World C'ship gold women's foil individual 1962, team 1969; Olympic silver individual 1956, bronze team 1968,72), who died at 83.
- Lawrence Brooks, American US Army soldier,1940-45 (91st Engineer Battalion - New Guinea, The Philippines), and longest-living American World War II veteran, who died at 112.
- Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards pardons Homer Plessy for buying whites-only train ticket in 1892 (resulted in U.S. Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson 1896).
- Greg Robinson, American football coach (Syracuse University 2005-08; Super Bowl 1997,98 DC Denver Broncos), who died of Alzheimer's disease at 70.
- Ralph Neely, American football offensive tackle (Super Bowl 1971,77 Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1967,69; All Pro 1966-69), who died at 78.
On this day in 2021
- Six Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, sign an agreement to ease the blockage with Qatar, in place since 2017.
- In Georgia Senate run-off elections Raphael Warnock (D) defeats Kelly Kelly Loeffler (R) and Jon Ossoff (D) defeats David Perdue (R) to give Democrats control of the US Senate.
- Daily new cases of COVID-19 pandemic top 60,000 in the UK as data reveals one in fifty in England had COVID-19 pandemic within the last week.
- 86th Heisman Trophy Award: DeVonta Smith, Alabama (WR).
- Bob Brett, Australian tennis coach (Boris Becker, Goran Ivaniševic, Marin Cilic), who died from cancer at 67.
- Pat Patrick, American auto racing team owner (Patrick Racing; Indianapolis 500 1973,82,89; Emerson Fittipaldi IndyCar title 1989), who died at 91.
- Colin Bell MBE, English soccer midfielder (48 caps; Manchester City 394 games), who died at 74.
On this day in 2020
- Chinese professor Zhang Yongzhen publishes the first SARS-CoV-2 genome map online, allowing health professionals worldwide to identify COVID-19 pandemic.
- Golden Globes: "1917" Best Drama, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" Best Comedy/Musical, acting awards Renee Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Awkwafina, Taron Edgerton.
- Iran pulls out of the 2015 nuclear deal, will not limit its uranium enrichment.
- 77th Golden Globes: "1917" Best Drama, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" Best Comedy/Musical, acting awards Renée Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Awkwafina, Taron Edgerton.
- Asher Middleton, Family Member, born in England.
- Hans Tilkowski, German soccer goalkeeper (39 caps, West Germany; Westfalia Herne, Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt), who died at 84.
- Walter Learning, Director.
- TV SERIES
- History of Swear Words: Season 1 is released. Nicolas Cage hosts this series about the history of some English swear words.
- The Golden Globe Awards is released. Ricky Gervais returns to host the 77th Golden Globes Awards with Tom Hanks receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
On this day in 2019
- Orthodox Church of Ukraine granted independence from the Russian Orthodox Church by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
- British musician Eric Haydock died age 75. He is best known as the original bass guitarist of The Hollies from December 1962 until July 1966. He was one of the first British musicians to play a Fender Bass VI, a six-string bass..
- GAMING: PC
- The Eternal Castle Remastered for PC is released. The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED] is a remake of the original ETERNAL CASTLE from 1987, with additional game mechanics, sophisticated sound design, polished 2-bit CGA animated graphics, and modernized game design.
- Chinese government report predicts China's population will peak at 1.44 billion in 2029 before declining.
- Golden State and Sacramento combine for 41 3-pointers in Warriors'127-123 win; set new NBA record for 3s in a game; Stephen Curry hits 10 triples while Buddy Hield leads Kings with 8, Justin Jackson adds 5.
- Dragoslav Šekularac, Serbian footballer, who died at 81.
On this day in 2018
- North Korea accepts South Korean invitation for high-level talks.
- " Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff is published by Henry Holt and Company.
- Kitwe in Zambia bans shaking hands and the sale of fresh food in attempt to prevent a cholera outbreak.
- Everly Joy Lambert, YouTube Star, born in United States.
- Bruce Hood, Canadian National Hockey League referee (1965-84), and author (Calling The Shots), who died of prostate cancer at 81.
- Asghar Khan, War Hero.
- Jerry Van Dyke, American actor (My Mother the Car, Coach), who died at 86.
- John Young, American astronaut and 9th person to walk on the Moon (Gemini 3 & 10, Apollo 10 & 16, STS 1 & 9), who died of pneumonia complications at 87.
- José Molina [Quijada], Spanish-born American flamenco dancer, who died of lung cancer at 81.
- Mike Mcgreevy, Race Car Driver.
- MOVIES: NOT RATED
- Stratton is released. Stratton, a Special Boat Service operative for MI6, and his American counterpart Marty, scope a laboratory complex in Iran in order to intercept deadly biochemical weapons. This most complex of missions goes spectacularly wrong however and in the mayhem Marty is mortally wounded. Stratton knows his trusted friend isn't going to make it. Back at base Stratton is summoned by the big boss at MI6. She has received intel that a former Soviet operative - Barovski - has gone rogue. Thought to be dead for the last 20 years, it is believed Barovski has plans to take revenge on his former paymasters by using stolen chemical weapons. From hereon in, Stratton and his team must draw on all their training and experience to race against time and stop the unimaginable happening.
- In Between is released. Lalia (Mouna Hawa), Salma (Sana Jammelieh), and Nur (Shaden Kanboura) share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia, a criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, loves to burn off her workday stress in the underground club scene. Salma, slightly more subdued, is a DJ and bartender. Nur is a younger, religious Muslim girl who moves into the apartment in order to study at the university. Nur is both intrigued and intimidated by her two sophisticated roommates. When her conservative fiance visits, he is horrified by her secular friends, entreating her to hasten their marriage, leave Tel Aviv, and assume her rightful role as a wife. She refuses, and his violent rebuttal leaves all of the women shaken. Salma and Lalia also face turmoil: Lalia has found love with a modern Muslim man whose acceptance proves less than unconditional, and Salma discovers that her Christian family in a northern Galilean village is not as liberal as they claim. These three very different women find themselves doing the same balancing act between tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom. [Film Movement]
- Blame is released. It’s the start of a new year at a small suburban high school. Abigail (Quinn Shephard) is an outcast who seeks solace in the worlds of the characters she reads about, much to the amusement of her manipulative classmate, Melissa (Nadia Alexander). When an intriguing new drama teacher (Chris Messina) casts Abigail over Melissa in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Abigail’s confidence blooms, and soon her relationship with Jeremy begins to move beyond just fantasy. Melissa, fueled by vengeful jealousy, begins to spiral out of control and concocts a plot against Abigail. This triggers a chain of events that will come to affect everyone around them, as well as reveal some dark truths.
- Django is released. France in 1943 during the German occupation. Every night, guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt delights Parisian audiences with his witty, life-affirming ‘gypsy swing’ music. Whilst many other Romany people are finding themselves the target of racist persecution and being murdered in concentration camps, Django believes himself to be safe due to his popularity – until agents of the Nazi propaganda machine demand that he goes on tour to Germany in order to counteract the influence of ‘negro music’ from the USA. Django Reinhardt refuses. One of his Parisian admirers helps him, his pregnant wife and his mother to hide out in a village close to the Swiss border; here he meets members of his large extended family who are also on the run. But when he tries to cross Lake Geneva into Switzerland with his wife and his mother, the Nazis are hot on his heels. [Berlin]
- MOVIES: PG13
- Insidious: The Last Key is released. Dr. Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), the brilliant parapsychologist, faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.
- MOVIES: R
- The Strange Ones is released. Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.
- Ephorize was released by CupcakKe. The third full-length release for the Chicago rapper was produced by Def Starz and Turreekk.
- GAMING: PC
- Fallen Legion+ for PC is released. Fallen Legion is an intense action RPG where every battle is a heart-pounding fight and each gut-wrenching choice impacts the realm.
- Antonio Valentín Angelillo, Italian-Argentinian footballer who played for both Argentina and Italy, who died at 80.
On this day in 2017
- Bill West, Race Car Driver.
- Géori Boué, French soprano, who died at 98.
On this day in 2016
- Donald Fagen, lead singer and founder of Steely Dan, was arrested by New York police and charged with assaulting his wife at their home. Fagen, was accused of pushing Libby Titus into a marble window frame, knocking her to the ground, at their Manhattan apartment..
- Crystabelle Ingrid Zhuo, Instagram Star, born in Batam, Indonesia.
- Nicholas Caldwell, American R& B and soul singer (The Whispers - "And The Baet Goes On" ; "It's A Love Thing"), who died of congestive heart failure at 71.
- Pierre Boulez, Composer.
- TV SERIES
- The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 is released. The adaptation of the fantasy book series by Terry Brooks set thousands of year in the future follows Elvin Princess Amberle (Poppy Drayton); Human Rover Eretria (Ivana Baquero); and Wil (Austin Butler), a Half-Elf, Half-Human, seek to stop a Demon army from destroying the world.
- Killing Fields: Season 1 is released. Retired Louisiana detective Rodie Sanchez re-opens the 1987 case of the body of LSU graduate student Eugenie Boisfontaine with Aubrey St. Angelo, a young detective with Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division.
- GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
- Hardware: Rivals for PlayStation 4 is released. It’s tracks vs tires, armored tanks vs Fast Attack Vehicles (FAVs), in an all-terrain battle-fest of online multiplayer vehicular action. Plow through a range of unique combat arenas, claiming bounties, completing Challenges and wreaking terrible vengeance upon old adversaries. With multiple battle modes, regular community events and a range of perks to unlock as you progress, there’ll always be a chance to settle the score. [Playstation.com]
- Amplitude for PlayStation 4 is released. Amplitude features over twenty songs composed for an optimal beatmatching experience by Harmonix with contributions from Freezepop, Danny B, Jim Guthrie, and more. Many of the developers from the original game worked on this reboot.
- First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket - 15 year-old Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade is 1009 not out.
On this day in 2015
- Actress Cameron Diaz at the age of 42 weds Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden at the age of 35 in Beverly Hills, California.
On this day in 2014
- Carmen Zapata, American actress (Hagen, Viva Valdez, Man & the City), who died at 86.
- Eusebio, Soccer Player.
- Jerry Coleman, American MLB 2nd baseman, who died from complications from brain bleeding and surgery at 89.
On this day in 2013
- 25th Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Spain wins 4th title; Anabel Medina Garrigues & Fernando Verdasco beat high profile Serbian pair Ana Ivanovic & Novak Ðokovic 6-4,7-5 to clinch 2-1 victory.
- Sybil Michelow, South-African contralto and composer, who died at 87.
- Freddy E, Rapper.
- Bruce McCarty, American architect, who died at 92.