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Today in the World Countries
- Belgian National Day is being celebrated in Belgium
- Schoelcher Day is being celebrated in Martinique
Today in Astrology
- People born on this day are Cancer as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
On this day in 2022
- First polio case since 2013 reported in Rockford county, New York.
- US President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19 pandemic.
- Makaiah Conte, Family Member, born in Australia.
- Jim Lynch, American College Football HOF linebacker (Notre Dame; AFL–NFL World C'ship Game 1970; Kansas City Chiefs), who died at 76.
- TV SERIES
- Rap Sh!t: Season 1 is released.
Former high school friends Shawna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion) reunite in Miami to form a rap group in this comedy series from Issa Rae.
- The Last Movie Stars: Season 1 is released.
The six-part Ethan Hawke documentary about Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman features archival interviews of Woodward and Newman as well as new interviews with Sally Field, Melanie Griffith, and Martin Scorsese.
On this day in 2021
- President Xi Jinping arrives in Tibet in first official visit by a Chinese leader in 30 years.
- Life expectancy in the US falls by 1.5 years (3 years for Hispanic Americans. 2.9 for Black Americans) in largest decline since WWII.
- World's fastest train debuts, a Chinese state-owned maglev bullet train, with speeds of 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles) in Qingdao, China.
- TV SERIES
- Turner & Hooch: Season 1 is released.
U.S. Marshall Scott Turner (Jeff Peck) inherits a French Mastiff named Hooch in this comedy series inspired by the 1989 film of the same name.
- Sexy Beasts: Season 1 is released.
Narrated by Rob Delaney, singles go on blind dates disguised as animals or fantasy creatures with the help of prosthetics in this series based on the BBC Three series of the same name (there was also a version by A&E in 2015).
On this day in 2020
- Stage 1 of the controversial filling of Blue Nile River dam announced completed by Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed.
- Russian interference in British politics is 'the new normal'according to report by British Intelligence and Security Committee.
- Former Sudanese leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir goes on trial in Khartoum for the 1989 coup that toppled the government.
- European Union agrees huge €750 billion ($859 billion) post-COVID-19 pandemic stimulus bill.
- Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, who died from emphysema and heart disease, at 89.
- Kansai Yamamoto, Fashion Designer.
- Mike Sleman, English rugby union winger (31 caps, England; 1 cap British & Irish Lions 1980; Liverpool RUFC), who died at 69.
- Ralph Liguori, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National Series 30 x Top 10; 5 x Top 5 finishes), who died at 93.
- Ralph Liguori, Race Car Driver.
On this day in 2019
- Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rosselló says he won't seek re-election after widespread protests over misogynistic and homophobic comments in his leaked online chats.
- Marvel announces 10 new superhero films at Comic Con including Blade with Mahershala Ali, Natalie Portman as a female Thor and first Asian American super hero film Shang-Chi.
- British Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Playing in torrential rain, Irishman Shane Lowry wins his first major title by 6 strokes from Tommy Fleetwood of England.
- Ed Sheeran spent £4million on new properties in a bid to stop his neighbours moaning about the noise.He bought two houses next door to his £19.8million mansion in London. The singer had also acquired a flat above his Notting Hill bar. Sheeran’s impressive portfolio of 22 properties had cost him almost £47million..
- Ben Johnston [Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr], American microtonal composer (Gambit), who died at 93.
On this day in 2018
- India scraps tax on sanitary products after campaign by activists.
- Re-boot of TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" announced with creator Joss Whedon as executive producer.
- Jonathan Gold, American food critic who was the first in his field to win a Pulitzer Prize, who died of pancreatic cancer at 57.
On this day in 2017
- Justin Bieber was banned from performing in China, according to Beijing's Culture Bureau. In a statement, the ministry said it was not appropriate to allow in entertainers who have engaged in "bad behaviour."The pop star, who was allowed to tour China in 2013, joined a long list of musicians who have found themselves similarly blacklisted. Most though, like the British band Oasis and the US group Maroon 5, because of perceived political statements, rather than on the grounds of bad behaviour..
- Singer Justin Bieber barred from performing in China by Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture citing his "bad behavior".
- White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns after opposing appointment of Anthony Scaramucci.
- Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, who died from motor neurone disease at 56.
- John Heard, Movie Actor.
- God First was released by Mr. Jukes.
The debut full-length solo release for Bombay Bicycle Club's Jack Steadman features guest appearances from Alexandria, Horace Andy, BJ The Chicago Kid, Charles Bradley, De La Soul, Elli Ingram, and Lalah Hathaway
- Goodnight Rhonda Lee was released by Nicole Atkins.
The fourth full-length release for the singer-songwriter was produced by Nile City Sound and recorded live to tape in five days.
- Eucalyptus was released by Avey Tare.
The second full-length solo release for the Animal Collective co-founder was recorded by Josh Dibb (Deakin) with contributions from Angel Deradoorian, Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney,
- Flower Boy was released by Tyler, The Creator.
The fourth full-length studio release for the rapper features guest appearances from ASAP Rocky, Anna of the North, Estelle, Steve Lacy, Lil Wayne, Frank Ocean, Rex Orange County, Jaden Smith, and Kali Uchis.
- Crooked Calypso was released by Paul Heaton.
The third full-release for The Beautiful South's Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott was produced by John Owen Williams.
- A Short History of Decay was released by John Murry.
The second full-length release for the singer-songwriter was produced by Cowboy Junkies' Michael Timmins and recorded in five days.
- Fabriclive 93 was released by Daphni.
Dan Snaith brings 23 new tracks under his DJ alias for the latest Fabriclive mix release.
- Raskit was released by Dizzee Rascal.
The sixth full-length studio release for the grime artist features production from The Arcade, Cardo, Darkness, Deputy, Donae'O, Dan Farber, Heavy Trackerz, Valentino Khan, and Salva.
- Mellow Waves was released by Cornelius.
This is the first solo release in North America in over 10 years for the Japanese producer Keigo Oyamada.
- Lust for Life was released by Lana Del Rey.
The fourth full-length release for the pop singer-songwriter features guest appearances from ASAP Rocky, Sean Ono Lennon, Stevie Nicks, Playboi Carti, and The Weeknd.
- Sacred Hearts Club was released by Foster the People.
The third full-length studio release for the indie pop band is said to be influence by psychedelic and 1960s sounds.
- Universal High was released by Childhood.
The second full-length release for the British indie rock band was influenced by 1970s soul music and was recorded in Atlanta with producer Ben H. Allen III.
- What Do You Think About the Car? was released by Declan McKenna.
The debut full-length release for the British alternative pop singer-songwriter was produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco.
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - PG-13 is released.
In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
- The Untamed - Not Rated is released.
Young mother Alejandra is a working housewife, raising two boys with husband Angel in a small city. Her brother Fabian works as a nurse in a local hospital. Their provincial lives are upset with the arrival of mysterious Veronica. Sex and love can be fragile in certain regions where strong family values, hypocrisy, homophobia, and male chauvinism exist. Veronica convinces them that in the nearby woods, inside an isolated cabin, dwells something not of this world that could be the answer to all of their problems. Something whose force they cannot resist and with whom they must make peace or suffer its wrath. [Strand Releasing]
- The Midwife - Not Rated is released.
Claire (Catherine Frot-Marguerite) is a talented but tightly wound midwife and single mother on the cusp of losing her job as her small maternity clinic can’t compete with the nearby big hospital. Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), is the estranged, free-spirited but broken-down mistress of Claire’s deceased father looking for redemption. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two women come to rely on each other to cope with the unusual circumstances that brings them together. [Music Box Films]
- Girls Trip - R is released.
When four lifelong friends - Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish - travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
- The Fencer - Not Rated is released.
A young man, Endel Nelis, arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion – fencing, which causes a conflict with the school’s principal. Envious, the principal starts investigating Endel’s background. Endel learns to love the children and looks after them; most are orphans as a result of the Russian occupation. Fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children and Endel becomes a role model. The children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, and Endel must make a choice: risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them.
- The Girl Without Hands - Not Rated is released.
In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes from the Devil who, in revenge, deprives her of her hands. So begins her long journey towards the light... but in spite of her resilience and the new protection of a handsome prince's estate, the Devil devises a plan of his own.
- First Kill - R is released.
In order to reconnect with his son Danny (Ty Shelton), big shot Wall Street broker Will (Hayden Christensen) takes his family on a hunting trip to the cabin where he grew up. While out hunting with Danny, the trip takes a deadly turn when they stumble upon several robbers and witness the murder of one of the criminals. After becoming entangled in a bank heist gone bad that results in the kidnapping of Danny, Will is forced to help the kidnappers evade the police chief (Bruce Willis) and recover the stolen loot in exchange for his son's life. [Lionsgate Premiere]
- Amnesia - Not Rated is released.
Ibiza, the early nineties, Jo is a 25-year-old music composer. He has come over from Berlin and wants to be part of the nascent electronic music revolution, ideally by getting a job first as a DJ in the new nightclub on the island, Amnesia. Martha has been living alone in her house facing the sea for forty years. One night Jo knocks on her door. Her solitude intrigues him. They become friends even as the mysteries around her accumulate: that cello in the corner she refuses to play, the German language she refuses to speak. As Jo draws her into his world of techno music, Martha puts everything she had previously lived by into question. [Film Movement]
- Dunkirk - PG-13 is released.
Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. [Warner Bros.]
- Killing Ground - R is released.
In need of a break from the pressures of their life in the city, Sam (Harriet Dyer) and Ian (Ian Meadows) head to a remote beach for a weekend getaway. When they come across an abandoned campsite, with no trace of its occupants, they’re concerned. When they discover a lone, traumatized child nearby, they’re scared. And when they encounter two local sociopaths (Aaron Glenane, Aaron Pederson), they’re in for a hell of a bad time. [IFC Midnight]
- Kuso - Not Rated is released.
Broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, KUSO depicts the aftermath of Los Angeles’s worst earthquake nightmare. Viewers travel between screens and aftershocks into the twisted lives of the survived, experiencing a hallucination that is half-Cronenberg, half-Ren & Stimpy. [Shudder]
- Landline - Not Rated is released.
When two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn). The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother (Edie Falco) and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process.
- TV SERIES
- Ozark: Season 1 is released.
Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), his wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and their two kids move from Chicago to The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri to escape a drug lord (Esai Morales) after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong in this drama created by Bill Dubuque.
On this day in 2016
- American musician Lewie Steinberg died age 82. He was best known as the original bass guitar player for the soul music group Booker T & the M.G.'s. and featured on 'Green Onions' rleased in 1962. Steinberg received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007..
- Tsering Chungtak, Pageant Contestant.
- TV SERIES
- Fleabag: Season 1 is released.
Based on the play by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the BBC3 comedy series focuses on an angry, self-loathing 20-something nicknamed Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) deals with struggles with running her cafe and the memory of the death of her best friend with one-night stands, stealing and drinking.
On this day in 2015
- On This Day changes its domain name and brand from HistoryOrb.com to OnThisDay.com.
- Paul Freeman, American conductor and composer (Chicago Sinfonietta,1987 -2011; Czech National Symphony,1996-2007), who died at 79.
- Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American folk singer and actor (The Russians Are Coming), who died at 91.
- Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American stage and screen singer and actor (The Sound of Music; Fiddler On The Roof; The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming; 200 Motels), folk singer (co-founder Newport Folk Festival), and political activist, who died at 91.
- E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), who died at 84.
On this day in 2014
- Ed Sheeran was at No.1 on the UK album chart with X (pronounced multiply), his second studio album. The album peaked at No. 1 in fifteen countries, and the lead single, 'Sing', became Sheeran's first UK No.1 song. By the end of 2014 Spotify named X the most-streamed album in the world for 2014, racking up more than 430 million streams for the year..
- After 3 weeks, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has struck about 2,800 targets in Gaza, while Gaza has fired 1,497 rockets at Israel.
- " Guardians of the Galaxy", directed by James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, premieres in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
- From Scotland with Love was released by King Creosote.
The latest release for Kenny Anderson as King Creosote was created for a documentary film of the same name, to be released for the Commonwealth Games.
- Instrument was released by To Rococo Rot.
The eigth full-length release for the Berlin-based electronic trio of Robert Lippok, Ronald Lippok, and Stefan Schneider features Arto Lindsay on three tracks.
On this day in 2013
- British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Phil Mickelson wins his 5th major, by 3 strokes from Henrik Stenson of Sweden.
- 15 Egyptian Army soldiers are killed after their bus crashes into a truck on the Mediterranean Coast Highway.
- Philippe of Belgium becomes King of the Belgiums after his father King Albert II's earlier abdication.
- 12 people are killed in a clash between two Muslim families in Lanao del Sur, Philippines.
- 100th Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain.