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Today in the World Countries

  • Carnival Tuesday is being celebrated in Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
  • Flag Day is being celebrated in Curacao
  • Unity Day is being celebrated in Zambia
  • People born on this day are Cancer as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2022

  • Earliest evidence for the use of opium from 14th century bce found in burials at Tel Yehud, ancient Canaan (now Israel).
  • Actors Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons marry.
  • Alain de Cadenet, English auto racer (3 x 24 Hours of Le Mans class 3rd place) and broadcaster (Speed Channel, ESPN, Velocity Channel, Petrolicious website), who died at 76.

On this day in 2021

  • India's known COVID-19 pandemic death toll passes 400,000 with 30.45 million cases, amid expert speculation that over one million have died.
  • Lehlo Ledwaba, South African boxer (IBF super bantamweight title 1999-2001), who died from COVID-19 pandemic at 49.
  • Naïm Kattan, Canadian novelist and essayist, who died at 92.
  • Fear Street Part One: 1994 is released. A circle of teenage friends accidentally encounter the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years. Welcome to Shadyside.
  • First Date is released. Conned into buying a shady ‘65 Chrysler, shy teen Mike’s (Tyson Brown) eagerly-anticipated first date with the girl-next-door, Kelsey (Shelby Duclos), implodes as he finds himself targeted by criminals, cops, and a crazy cat lady. A night fueled by desire, bullets and burning rubber makes any other first date seem like a walk in the park.
  • The Boss Baby: Family Business is released. Tim and his wife, Carol, the breadwinner of the family, live in the suburbs with their super-smart 7-year-old daughter Tabitha, and adorable new infant Tina. Tabitha, who’s at the top her class at the prestigious Acorn Center for Advanced Childhood, idolizes her Uncle Ted and wants to become like him, but Tim, still in touch with his overactive youthful imagination, worries that she’s working too hard and is missing out on a normal childhood. When baby Tina reveals that she’s—ta-da!—a top secret agent for BabyCorp on a mission to uncover the dark secrets behind Tabitha’s school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Edwin Armstrong, it will reunite the Templeton brothers in unexpected ways, lead them to re-evaluate the meaning of family and discover what truly matters.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Tomorrow War is released. In The Tomorrow War, the world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: Thirty years in the future mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Among those recruited is high school teacher and family man Dan Forester (Chis Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.
  • The Forever Purge is released. Adela (Ana de la Reguera) and her husband Juan (Tenoch Huerta) live in Texas, where Juan is working as a ranch hand for the wealthy Tucker family. Juan impresses the Tucker patriarch, Caleb (Will Patton), but that fuels the jealous anger of Caleb’s son, Dylan (Josh Lucas). On the morning after The Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks the Tucker family—including Dylan’s wife (Cassidy Freeman), and his sister (Leven Ram-bin), forcing both families to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them.
  • The Nightmare of Being was released by At the Gates. The latest full-length release for the Swedish death metal band was produced and mixed by Jens Bogren.
  • Utopian Ashes was released by BobGillespie. The debut full-length collaboration between Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and the Savages' Jehnny Beth includes contribution from Johnny Hostile and Primal Scream's Martin Duffy, Andrew Innes, and Darrin Mooney.
  • Pink Noise was released by Laura Mvula. The third full-length studio release for the British artist features a guest appearance from Simon Neil.
  • Get Up Sequences, Pt. 1 was released by The Go! Team. The sixth full-length release for the British indie rock band features vocals from the Kansas City Girl Choir.
  • Elliot Lawrence [Broza], American jazz pianist, film score composer (Network), arranger, and orchestra leader (Tony and Emmy Award broadcasts; As The World Turns,1981-93), who died at 96.

On this day in 2020

  • Funeral for slain Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa in Ambo amid nationwide unrest at his death that has killed over 80 people.
  • British Darts Organisation’s commercial arm – BDO Enterprises Ltd, goes into liquidation due to lack of sponsorship; oversaw original professional, semi-pro and amateur competitions in Britain.
  • More than 160 people die after a landslide at a jade mine in northern Hpakant area of Myanmar.
  • Nikolai Kapustin, Russian jazz pianist and composer, who died at 82.
  • Reckful, Twitch Star.
  • The Outpost is released. A small team of U.S. soldiers battle against hundreds of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
  • Warrior Nun: Season 1 is released. Ava (Alba Baptista), a 19-year-old woman wakes up in a morgue and learns the ring on her back means she was chosen to be a part of a secret group of demon-hunting nuns in this series inspired by Ben Dunn's comic book series, Warrior Nun Areala.
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott makes wearing face masks mandatory as cases of COVID-19 pandemic soar in the state.

On this day in 2019

  • Total solar eclipse over Chile and Argentina.
  • Virginie Viard presents her first haute couture collection as designer at Chanel after the death of Karl Lagerfeld at the Grand Palais.
  • Newly rediscovered Lewis chess piece sells at auction for £735,000 in London.
  • Germany's Ursula von der Leyen is the first woman nominated to lead the European Commission with France's Christine Lagarde 1st woman nominated to lead the European Central Bank.
  • Air strike kills at least 40 people at Libyan migrant center in Tripoli, with Libyan National Army blamed.
  • Michael Colgrass, American-Canadian composer (" Déjà vu" - Pulitzer Prize for Music,1978), who died at 81.
  • Lee Iacocca, American automotive executive (CEO of Chrysler Corp), who died at 94.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Spider-Man: Far from Home is released. Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter's plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers for PC is released. Take part in the next saga of FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online with the next legendary expansion pack—SHADOWBRINGERS.New jobs: Gunbreaker and DancerNew races: Viera and HrothgarLevel cap increased: 70 to 80New cities: The Crystarium and EulmoreJourney through expansive new areas, such as the Rak’tika Greatwood, Amh Araeng, Il Mheg and Lakeland.New trails, including harrowing encounters with Titania and Innocence.New beast tribes: pixies, Nu Mou, and dwarvesNew 8-player raid: EdenAn exciting new series of alliance raids YoRHa:Dark ApocalypseThe Restoration of the Holy See of Ishgard - In the aftermath of the Dragonsong War, Disciples of the Hand and Land work together to rebuild Ishgard
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered for Switch is released. Set 50 years after the climactic events of the original Red Faction, Red Faction: Guerrilla allows players to take the role of an insurgent fighter with the newly re-established Red Faction movement as they battle for liberation from the oppressive Earth Defense Force. Red Faction: Guerrilla still defines the limits of destruction-based game-play with a huge open-world, fast-paced guerrilla-style combat, and true physics-based destruction.Features:* Open World Guerrilla Warfare - You decide who, when, where and how to battle. Utilize guerrilla tactics, improvised weaponry, and modified vehicles to lead insurgent attacks on EDF targets. Launch attacks based on your own gameplay style, take on missions in any order you choose, or engage in destructive activities to weaken the EDF's grip on Mars.* Strategic Destruction - Use destruction to your tactical advantage, setting ambushes or chain reaction explosions to attack enemy strongholds and permanently modify the game environment. Leverage fully-dynamic physics-based destruction to improvise on the fly: blow holes in a wall or floor to set an ambush or escape, take out a staircase to stop your pursuers, or drive vehicles through blown out walls.* Evolving & Emergent Gameplay - Carve your path through an ever-changing landscape as you improvise your combat tactics - mixing gameplay styles, vehicles, weapons and explosives to defeat the EDF.* Epic Sci-Fi Setting - Explore the huge, unforgiving Martian landscape, from the desolate mining outpost of Parker to the gleaming EDF capital city of Eos; then tear through the fully destructible open-world environments swarming with EDF forces, Red Faction resistance fighters, and the downtrodden settlers caught in the cross-fire.* Multiplayer Combat - There is no place to hide when you put your guerrilla warfare skills to the test in a variety of highly destructive multiplayer combat modes.Re-Mars-tered Features:> Fully reworked graphics Heavily reworked textures and graphic features adding for example specular maps.> Improved shadow rendering> Improved Lighting> Shader & Postprocessing rework> Native 4k support for the finest up to date mars destruction experience ever

On this day in 2018

  • 270,000 people now displaced by fighting in south-western Syria says UN since assault on rebel-held area two weeks ago.
  • British divers discover 12 boys and their coach alive in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand after being trapped for 9 days by monsoon flooding.
  • Canon Curry, Family Member, born in California.
  • Alan Longmuir, Bassist.
  • Singers Cheryl and Liam Payne announce they are splitting up after two years.

On this day in 2017

  • World Health Organization declares Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo over (4 deaths).
  • Home town underdog Jeff Horn upsets Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines on points in a highly controversial WBO welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Mel Shaw, Race Car Driver.
  • Vladimir Malaniuk, Chess Player.
  • Vladislav Rastorotsky, Soviet gymnastics coach, who died at 84.
  • Tatiana Zatulovskaya, Israeli chess player (Women's Soviet Chess Championship 1960,62,63), who died at 81.
  • America in Color: Season 1 is released. The documentary series narrated by Liev Schreiber features colorized black and white pictures and film footage from the 1920s to the 1960s.
  • US President Donald Trump tweets edited wrestling video of himself attacking news network 'CNN'.
  • Women's PGA Championship, Olympia Fields CC: American Danielle Kang scores her first professional win,1 stroke ahead of defending champion Brooke Henderson of Canada.
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: Germany defeats Chile 1-0 to win for the 1st time at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

On this day in 2016

  • Large lorry bomb in Baghdad kills at least 125 people and wounds 150, Islamic State claims responsibility.
  • Michael Cimino, American director (The Deer Hunter), who died at 77.
  • Patrick Manning, Politician.
  • Elie Wiesel, Activist.
  • Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), who died of cancer at 52.
  • Michel Rocard, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1988-91), who died at 85.

On this day in 2015

  • 62 people are killed after the Kim Nirvana ferry capsizes off the coast of the Philippines.
  • Royce Hagerty, Race Car Driver.
  • Slavko Avsenik, Composer.
  • Mercenaries Saga 2: Order Of The Silver Eagle for 3DS is released. Mercenaries Saga 2 is a Tactical RPG based on a fantasy world's stage.Claude is the captain of the Kingdom's Order of the Silver Eagle. One day while he guarded Prince Laz's hunting session, an assassin appeared. Claude covers the prince's escape and stops the assassin, but it was just a trap and the prince has been poisoned by a blade.To aid the prince, Claude has to lead the Silver Eagle north so that they can find the only antidote an Erni Herb...-Mercenaries Saga 2 is a Tactical Strategy RPG based on a fantasy world's stage.-Battles engage in quarter view map and tactics vary from different terrain. Characters can take advantage from standing position to assist each other and attacking enemies' back.-Use acquired points to learn new skill and change class, level up by free battle, full repeatable gameplay is possible.
  • Legends of Eisenwald for PC is released. Do you miss old school RPG/strategy games? If so, we invite you to Eisenwald where we carry on the proud tradition of games like Kings Bounty or Disciples 2. In Legends of Eisenwald you will encounter a unique turn-based combat system and story driven campaign set in a low fantasy medieval world. Gather your troops and embark on a dangerous journey to carve your name into the legends of the grim lands of Eisenwald where all the supernatural superstitions of medieval times are found to be true.
  • Anna's Quest for PC is released. In a land far, far away lives a brave young girl called Anna. She lives a peaceful life in the forest with her grandfather, until a mysterious illness befalls him. And so Anna ventures forth to find a cure for him, but this world is a much more dangerous and bizarre place than she'd thought: putting her journey to a sudden end, the witch Winfriede kidnaps Anna to use her for an experiment.
  • Vector Thrust for PC is released. Vector Thrust is an action-arcade combat flight simulator, with a cel shaded art style for PC. With an extensive variety of game modes Vector Thrust aims to please both players wanting to get straight into the sky and those who love a flexible, diverse and customizable gaming experience.
  • Ar nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star for PlayStation Vita is released. In AR NOSURGE: ODE TO AN UNBORN STAR, the player follows two sets of characters: Delta and Casty, whose goal is to protect humanity and save the world, and Ion & Earthes, who are trying to find Ion a way home to Earth. The player can interchange between both pairs and soon discover a way to combine their storylines and strengths to eventually solve the mystery that shrouds their ongoing struggle.
  • Roving Rogue for Wii U is released. Jumping against the clock, you must fight tank knights, Goblin archers, obsessed ghosts, demented wizards and other evil forces to get out of the crumbling castle and find your way back to… err… to wherever you came from.
  • BP agrees to compensate US government & gulf states $18.7 billion for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
  • Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), who died at 68.

On this day in 2014

  • Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran whose story of capture by the Japanese inspired the movie "Unbroken", who died at 97.
  • Earth to Echo is released. After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and the authorities. When everyone around them refuses to take the messages seriously, the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. But taking matters into their own hands gets the trio in way over their heads when they discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help. The epic, suspenseful and exciting journey that follows will change all of their lives forever.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • America: Imagine a World Without Her is released. Someone once observed: "America is great because she is good; if she ever ceases to be good she will cease to be great."Today that notion of the essential goodness of America is under attack, replaced by another story in which theft and plunder are seen as the defining features of American history—from the theft of Native American and Mexican lands and the exploitation of African labor to a contemporary foreign policy said to be based on stealing oil and a capitalist system that robs people of their "fair share". Our founding fathers warned us that, although the freedoms they gave us were hard fought, they could very easily be lost. America stands at a crossroads, and the way we understand our past will determine our future. America the movie takes 21st-century Americans into the future by first visiting our past.
  • Deliver Us From Evil is released. When New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) begins to investigate a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes, he joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramírez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city.
  • Premature is released. Rob is facing the biggest day of his life. He needs to nail a college interview ensuring his admittance to his parents' beloved alma mater, keep his cool when life-long crush Angela finally seems to show interest, and deal with his best friends as they realize their high school days are ending. As pressure mounts, something weird happens. He finds himself reliving the day's events over and over again. Is Rob stuck in a dream? Experiencing déjà vu? Having a psychotic break? Whether it's finding a way to get into Georgetown, into Angela's pants, or having an even bigger epiphany, Rob must figure out how to break the cycle before losing his mind. [IFC Midnight]
  • Tammy is released. Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a bad day. She's totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It's time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she's broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), is her only option—with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with grandma riding shot gun, it may be just what Tammy needs.
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition for Xbox One is released. Guacamelee! is a Metroid-vania style action-platformer set in a magical Mexican inspired world. The game draws its inspiration from traditional Mexican culture and folklore, and features many interesting and unique characters. Guacamelee builds upon the classic open-world Metroid-vania style of games, by adding a strong melee combat component, a new dimension switching mechanic, and cooperative same-screen multiplayer for the entire story. The game also blurs the boundaries between combat and platforming by making many of the moves useful and necessary for both of these.
  • Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is criminally charged with corruption by French prosecutors.

On this day in 2013

  • Reds pitcher Homer Bailey no-hits SF Giants 3-0 in Cincinnati, his second no-hitter in 10 months.
  • Actor John Barrowman at the age of 46 weds longtime boyfriend Scott Gill in California.
  • Bengt Hallberg, Pianist.
  • Anthony Llewellyn, Welsh-American scientist and NASA astronaut, who died at 80.
  • Fawzia Fuad, Egyptian princess who became Queen of Iran as the first wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who died at 91.
  • Douglas Engelbart, American computer scientist (computer mouse, Engelbart's Law), who died at 88.
  • Luther: Season 3 is released. DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) is faced with two cases to solve, an ex-colleague who wants to destroy his career, and the possibility of love in the third season of the police drama.
  • L'Ami du Peuple was released by Owen. The seventh solo release for Mike Kinsella as Owen was produced by Neil Strauch.
  • Alone Aboard the Ark was released by The Leisure Society. The third release for the British folk-pop band was recorded at Ray Davies’ Konk studio.
  • Between the Walls was released by About Group. The third release for the experimental rock side-project that included Spiritualized's John Coxon, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, and Pat Thomas, is the last with This Heat's Charles Hayward.
  • Comfort was released by Maya Jane Coles. The debut full-length release for the British DJ and producer includes guest appearances from such artists as Hercules And Love Affair’s Kim Ann Foxman, Miss Kittin, Karin Park, Alpines’ Catherine Pockson, Nadine Shah, and Tricky.
  • With Love was released by Zomby. The British electronic artist explores dubstep, industrial, hip-hop, jungle, and techo genres on this double album.
  • World of Warplanes for PC is released. World of Warplanes is a stand alone Free to play game being developed by the team that created the award winning and highly acclaimed game, World of Tanks. World of Tanks ( is a team-based massively multiplayer online game dedicated to armored warfare in the mid-20th century. An advanced system of vehicle upgrade and development allows you to try out the vehicles and weapons featured in the game. Whether you prefer to exhaust your foes with fast and maneuverable light tanks, punch deep into enemy lines with all-purpose medium tanks, use the power of heavy tanks to eliminate opposing forces, or become a high-powered sniper using long-range artillery, each unit type is extremely lethal and effective when commanded by a true tank ace.
  • Horizon for PC is released. Horizon is a turn-based space strategy game of galactic exploration and conquest in which you are in control of humanity’s destiny. You will explore deep space, find new frontiers and discover alien artifacts hidden on long-abandoned planets.
  • Le Tour de France 2013 - 100th Edition for PlayStation 3 is released. An Exceptional 100th Edition!Take control of the greatest champions during a Tour de France 2013 full of new features! With a more dynamic gameplay and a new graphic engine, live 21 official stages more realistic than ever. Build your race strategies, reach your objectives and win the yellow jersey to become the new Legend of Le Tour!- Total control of the trajectory- Races more realistic than ever- Multiplayer Modes: Coop and Versus
  • The Walking Dead: 400 Days for PlayStation 3 is released. Join five new characters as they struggle to survive in The Walking Dead: 400 Days
  • Velocity Ultra for PlayStation Vita is released. Velocity Ultra is what Velocity should have been the first time around: a native PlayStation Vita title with deliciously sharp and stylish HD graphics, PSN trophies and online leader boards. [FuturLab]
  • GAMING: XBOX 360
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Vengeance for Xbox 360 is released. Vengeance includes four new Multiplayer maps (Cove, Detour, Rush, Uplink), the new Zombies adventure "Buried, "and a new bonus Zombies weapon, the Ray Gun Mark II.
  • Arlan Stangeland, American politician, who died at 83.


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