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  • Senior Citizen's Day is being celebrated in Kiribati
  • People born on this day are Cancer as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • A Michigan jury has ruled that a 2014 document found in Aretha Franklin's couch after her death was a valid will to her multi-million dollar estate. The verdict ends a nearly five-year legal squabble within the family. When Franklin died from pancreatic cancer in August 2018, it was widely believed she had not prepared a will to roughly $6m (£4.6m) in real estate, cash, gold records and furs, or to her music copyrights. At the heart of the dispute was what the soul superstar's four children would inherit..
  • Heavy rains on northern Indian result in 20 deaths with Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand states experiencing landslides and flash floods closing over 700 roads.
  • Emilia Jeni, Model, born in Finland.
  • Mannix Carancho, Entrepreneur, born in Philippines.
  • Sayed Arab Games Network, YouTube Star, born in Bahrain.
  • Milan Kundera, Czech-French poet and novelist (The Joke: The Unbearable Lightness of Being; Immortality), who died at 94.
  • 93rd MLB All Star Game, T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington: NL beats AL,3-2 to earn first win since 2012; MVP: Elías Díaz (Colorado Rockies catcher).

On this day in 2022

  • New study suggests dogs can 'see'with their noses "first documentation of a direct connection between the olfactory bulb and occipital lobe in any species".
  • UK Olympic gold medalist Sir Mo Farah reveals he was trafficked into the UK as a child, from Djibouti, to work as a domestic servant.
  • Better Call Saul: Season 6.5 is released. The second half of the sixth and final season of the Breaking Bad spin-off sees Jimmy complete his evolution to become the Saul Goodman viewers met in Breaking Bad.
  • NASA and US President Joe Biden reveal first image from James Webb Space Telescope, cluster of galaxies called SMACS 0723 four billion light-years away, as they appeared 13 billion years ago.
  • Gary Moeller, American football coach (University of Michigan 1990-94; Uni of Illinois 1977-79; Detroit Lions), who died at 81.

On this day in 2021

  • Billionaire Richard Branson flies to the edge of space on his Virgin Galactic rocket plane in space tourism test.
  • Copa América Final, Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro: Argentina beats Brazil,1-0; Lionel Messi named player of the tournament in his first major international title victory.
  • Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Ðokovic claims a record equalling 20th Grand Slam title; beats Matteo Berrettini of Italy 6-7,6-4,6-4,6-3.
  • Charlie Robinson, American actor (Night Court,1984-92 - "Mac" ; Hart of Dixie), who died of glandular cancer complications at 75.
  • Charlie Gallagher, Scottish soccer inside forward (2 caps Republic of Ireland; Celtic, Dumbarton), who died at 80.
  • Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi, Rapper.
  • Unforgotten: Season 4 is released. DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DS Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) try to identify a corpse found with no head or hands in the fourth season of the crime drama series created and written by Chris Lang.[Premiered originally in the UK on ITV on 22 Feb 2021 and in the US on PBS 11 Jul 2021]
  • Wellington Paranormal: Season 1 is released. Officers O'Leary (Karen O'Leary) and Minogue (Mike Minogue) are recruited by Sergeant Maaka (Maaka Pohatu) to investigate paranormal cases in this spin-off of the 2014 film What We Do in the Shadows. [Premiered originally in New Zealand on TVNZ 2 on 11 Jul 2018; in the US on The CW on 11 Jul 2021]
  • The White Lotus: Season 1 is released. The satirical anthology series created by Mike White gradually reveals the truth behind the seemingly perfect guests and staff at an exclusive Hawaiian resort over the course of a week.
  • Rare mass anti-government protests across Cuba due to economic hardships and effects of COVID-19 pandemic led to widespread arrests.
  • UEFA European Championship Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Italy wins first Euro title since 1968,3-2 on penalties over England after scores locked at 1-1 AET.

On this day in 2020

  • Shawn Balluzzo, Race Car Driver.
  • Nicole Thea, Dancer.
  • Frank Bolling, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1961–62²; Gold Glove Award 1958; Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves), who died from cancer at 88.

On this day in 2019

  • Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft lands on the Ryugu asteroid 300m km (185m miles) from earth for a second time to collect samples.
  • Last models of Volkswagen's Beetle car are produced in Pueblo, Mexico, ending production worldwide after 80 years.
  • Toymakers Mattel announced a new collectable David Bowie doll inspired by his signature Ziggy Stardust fashion. Dubbed Barbie as Bowie, the doll is dressed as the late singer's glam-rock alter ego, complete with a pair of red platform boots and topped with his fiery-red mullet..
  • US stock markets reach new records, the Dow tops 27,000 points for the first time and the S& P 500 hits 3,000 points.
  • Brendan Grace, Comedian.
  • Field of Glory: Empires for PC is released. Field of Glory: Empires is a grand strategy game in which you will have to move in an intricate and living tapestry of nations and tribes, each one with their distinctive culture.
  • Defector for PC is released. Overcome impossible odds and survive certain death scenarios in the undercover spy thriller that VR has been waiting for. You'll need every advanced weapon, cutting-edge technology, and deceptive tactic in your arsenal. Good luck agent. [Oculus]
  • Blazing Chrome for PlayStation 4 is released. In Blazing Chrome, bring your best pal and kick some metal butts to free the humankind while enjoying a classic run’n’gun, fully loaded with action and exciting fights.
  • Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble for Switch is released. Accompany a charming cast of characters through 39 campaign maps, packed with risky battles, a twisting story of mystery and tragedy, and increasingly difficult objectives.
  • Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet for Switch is released. Pirate heroine Nelly Cootalot takes on the villainous Baron Widebeard in this point and click adventure game. Meet a cast of outlandish characters and face perplexing challenges in your quest for the Treasure of the Seventh Sea.What is Baron Widebeard planning? Can he be stopped? In what way is a frozen volcano involved?To answer these questions comes Nelly Cootalot: pirate heroine and defender of endangered and adorable creatures. Nelly’s journey will take her from Port Rubicund in the South Seas to the lonely isle of Gloomholm in the icy north. She’ll meet outlandish characters and face perplexing challenges in her quest for the Treasure of the Seventh Sea.

On this day in 2018

  • Oldest stone tools outside Africa discovered in Lantian country, western China, estimated 2.12 million years old made by hominins.
  • Lindy Remigino, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1952), who died of prostate cancer at 87.
  • Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti is released. French artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was an innovator of modern art, known for experimenting with bold color and distorted proportions, along with his contemporaries Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. By 1891, Gauguin was already well-known in artistic circles, but had grown tired of the civilized world and its political and moral conventions. Leaving his wife and children behind, he ventures alone to Tahiti, consumed with a yearning for new inspiration. Pushing deep into the Tahitian jungle, Gauguin meets Tehura, his muse, who will consume his mind and inspire his most iconic works of art. [Cohen Media Group]
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 for Xbox One is released. The sequel to Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide. Fight together with your friends against the forces of Chaos and Skaven in this epic 4-player co-op game set in the Warhammer Fantasy Battles world. Vermintide 2 expands the intense first-person combat with a brand-new enemy faction,15 new career paths, talent trees, new weapons, an improved loot system, and more.

On this day in 2017

  • Jim Wong-Chu, Poet.
  • The Bold Type: Season 1 is released. Three friends: Jane (Katie Stevens), social media director Kat (Aisha Dee) and assistant Sutton (Meghann Fahy), juggle love and life while working at the fictional women's magazine Scarlet run by Editor in Chief Jacqueline (Melora Hardin) in this series inspired by Cosmopolitan's Editor in Chief, Joanna Coles.
  • Serial Cleaner for PlayStation 4 is released. Slip on your flares, grab your shades, and hop in your station wagon — it’s time to go to work… as a professional cleaner for the mob.
  • Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 1: Hero in Residence for PlayStation 4 is released. Now that Jesse and the gang have vanquished the Wither Storm, saved the world, and become totally super famous heroes, life has gotten a bit more… complicated. With more responsibilities and less time for adventure, old friendships have started to fade — at least until Jesse’s hand gets stuck in a creepy gauntlet that belongs to an ancient underwater temple.
  • MotoGP 17 for PlayStation 4 is released. Prepare yourself for the adrenaline of the 2017 MotoGP. Enjoy all the bikes, teams and tracks of the official Championship. Try the new Managerial Career mode and put yourself in the shoes of a team manager, trying to make the right choices both on the track and off it.
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age for PlayStation 4 is released. Enter an era of war within the world of Ivalice. The small kingdom of Dalmasca, conquered by the Archadian Empire, is left in ruin and uncertainty. Princess Ashe, the one and only heir to the throne, devotes herself to the resistance to liberate her country. Vaan, a young man who lost his family in the war, dreams of flying freely in the skies. In a fight for freedom and fallen royalty, join these unlikely allies and their companions as they embark on a heroic adventure to free their homeland.Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age improves upon the 2006 classic Final Fantasy XII, now more beautiful and easier to play than ever. The high-definition remaster introduces several modern advancements, including reconstructed battle design and a revamped job system. With newly implemented trophies and share functions, as well as stark visual and sound improvements in true HD for the first time, players both returning and new to the game will experience a grand adventure that spans the world of Ivalice in an entirely fresh and improved way.
  • Black The Fall for PlayStation 4 is released. After decades of toil, an old machinist plots his escape from the oppressive grasp of the Communist regime. Through hidden passages, shadow and grief, he struggles. Ingenuity, reflexes and deception are his tools.

On this day in 2015

  • James McElvar the singer in the Scottish boy band Rewind was said to be lucky to be alive after collapsing with heat exhaustion on board a flight travelling from Stansted to Glasgow. The singer became ill after wearing 12 layers of clothing to avoid paying the £45 ($66), extra baggage fee..
  • Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo"Guzmán escapes from Altiplano maximum-security prison west of Mexico City via a specially constructed 1.5 km tunnel from his cell to a nearby house.
  • Professional dancer Kevin Clifton at the age of 33 weds fellow dancer Karen Hauer at the age of 33 at One Great George Street in Westminster.
  • Singer Peter Andre at the age of 42 weds Emily MacDonagh at Mamhead House in Exeter.
  • Actress Jennie Garth at the age of 43 weds actor David Abrams in Los Olivos, California.
  • Capo, Rapper.
  • Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), who died of cancer at 56.
  • Kycie Jai Terry, Activist.
  • Satoru Iwata, Entrepreneur.
  • 7 Days in Hell is released. The mockumentary details the longest tennis match between American bad boy Aaron Williams (Andy Samberg) and British tennis prodigy Charles Poole (Kit Harington) that spanned over seven days at Wimbledon in 2004.

On this day in 2014

  • Producer and drummer Tommy Ramone (Thomas Erdelyi), from the influential punk rock band the Ramones died aged 65 following unsuccessful treatment for bile duct cancer. He was the last surviving original member of the Ramones before his death. Erdelyi was also an assistant engineer for the production of the Jimi Hendrix album Band of Gypsys..
  • The UN Security Council calls for a special meeting to discuss the current Israel–Palestinian conflict; Israel continue attacks on Gaza.
  • Khalani Simon, Model, born in United States.
  • Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), who died at 76.
  • Charlie Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra; Quartet West), who died at 76.
  • Tommy Ramone [Tamás Erdélyi], Hungarian-American rock drummer and bassist (Ramones), who died of bile duct cancer at 65.
  • The Empty Hours is released. On the desolated coast of Veracruz,17 year-old Sebastián takes over running his uncle’s small and cozy rent-by-the hour motel. There he meets Miranda, a regular customer who comes to the motel to meet a lover who always keeps her waiting. As Sebastián and Miranda get to know each other, an ambiguous game of seduction begins between them. [Strand Releasing]
  • The Battered Bastards of Baseball is released. The Battered Bastards of Baseball is one of baseball's last great, unheralded true stories. In 1973, Hollywood veteran Bing Russell (best known for playing Deputy Clem on "Bonanza") created the only independent baseball team in America at the time, the legendary Portland Mavericks. Bing operated without a Major League affiliation while playing in a city that was considered a wasteland for professional baseball. Tryouts for the Mavericks, which were open to the public, were filled with hopefuls who arrived in droves from every state in America, many of whom had been rejected by organized baseball. Skeptics agreed it would never work. But Bing's Mavericks generated unprecedented success: they shattered attendance records, signed Kurt Russell - Bing's son - as a player and team Vice President, produced the most successful batboy in baseball (filmmaker Todd Field), re-launched the controversial career of Jim Bouton, hired the first female general manager in Baseball, and inspired one of America's beloved bubblegums—Big League Chew. The Battered Bastards of Baseball is as much about the independent spirit as it is about baseball. The Mavericks' in your face attitude was contagious to fans, and during their short reign, they - and Bing Russell - basically held up their middle finger to the sports establishment and said we're playing this game on our terms, not yours. They were the real life Bad News Bears.
  • Rage is released. Paul Maguire (Nicolas Cage) is a respectable businessman and loving father living peaceful life until his violent past comes back to haunt him. When his teenage daughter is taken from their home, Paul rounds up his old crew to help him find her. His search for justice leads Paul down a dark and bloody path of revenge, betrayal and long buried secrets.
  • Affluenza is released. Suburbia,2008. Swept up in a heady pre-recession world of absentee parents, plentiful booze and casual sex, aspiring photographer Fisher Miller (Ben Rosenfield) escapes his middle-class life for the moneyed mansions of the young, beautiful elite. With a stash of high-quality weed and a vintage camera, he gains access to his gorgeous cousin Kate's (Nicola Peltz) circle of wealthy and indulged friends, just as their entitled reality is about to spin out of control. [FilmBuff]
  • Made in America is released. A celebration of both the unifying power of music and pursuit of the American dream, Made in America is an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival created by rap superstar Jay Z. Featuring remarkable performances and fascinating backstage interviews with many of today’s biggest music stars, Made in America shows how one giant celebration of music can change people's lives.
  • Honour is released. After a failed attempt at an honour killing at the hands of her family, Mona (Aiysha Hart) is forced to go on the run. The family, desperate to save face, enlist the services of a bounty hunter (Paddy Considine) to search the streets of London to track her down.
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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is released. A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
  • A Long Way Down is released. Four lost souls – a disgraced TV presenter, a foul-mouthed teen, an isolated single mother and a solipsistic muso – decide to end their lives on the same night, New Year’s Eve. When this disillusioned quartet of strangers meet unintentionally at the same suicide hotspot, a London high-rise with the well-earned nickname Topper’s Tower, they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family, becoming media sensations as the Topper House Four and searching together for the reasons to keep on living.
  • Boyhood is released. Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before and is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. [IFC Films]
  • Land Ho! is released. Back when they were brothers-in-law, married to two sisters, Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) and Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) were close friends, but they drifted apart as Mitch and his wife divorced and Colin's wife died. Now Mitch, a retired surgeon who can't quite admit to being retired, recruits a reluctant Colin on a holiday to Iceland-just the ticket to perk up a pair who have endured their share of disappointments but still have a spirit of adventure in them.
  • Road to Paloma is released. Wolf (Jason Momoa), a Native American on the run after avenging his mother's murder, flees across the desolate American West on his motorcycle, discovering that justice has a cost. Wolf's search for redemption will reveal secrets and take him on a journey where the roads have some very unexpected turns.


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