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Today in the World Countries
- Carnival Tuesday is being celebrated in Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
- Independence Day is being celebrated in American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Us Virgin Islands
- King Tupou VI's Birthday is being celebrated in Tonga
- Liberation Day is being celebrated in Rwanda
- 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
- Lone shooter at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Chicago, kills seven and wounds 47, later captured.
- Hank Goldberg, American sports broadcaster (radio colour commentator Miami Dolphins 1978-92; ESPN2, ESPN Radio), who died from chronic kidney disease at 82.
- Remco Campert, Poet.
On this day in 2021
- Researchers reveal there are 14 living descendants of Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci.
- Pope Francis undergoes surgery to remove part of his colon in Rome.
- Military plane crashes near Jolo, Philippines, killing at lease 45 with dozens saved from the burning wreckage.
- Irish musician, photographer, teacher, and author Rick Laird died of lung cancer age 80. He is best known as the bassist and founding member of the jazz fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra, led by English guitarist John McLaughlin with which he performed from 1971 to 1973..
- American country-rockabilly singer and guitarist Sanford Clark died age 85. He is best known for his 1956 hit 'The Fool' written by Lee Hazlewood..
- Columbus Blue Jackets'24 year old Latvian goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks is killed when accidentally struck by fireworks at the home of team goaltending coach Manny Legace in Novi, Michigan.
- Daniel Mickelson, TV Actor.
- Matiss Kivlenieks, Hockey Player.
- Sanford Clark, American country-rockabilly singer and guitarist (" The Fool" ; "Son Of A Gun"), who died of COVID-19 pandemic while undegoing cancer treatment at 85.
- MOVIES: TVMA
- The One and Only Dick Gregory is released. Chronicles the incredible life and times of legendary comedian and activist Dick Gregory. As a renowned Black comedian, Gregory had a platform to take on the most incendiary battles of hunger, gender equity, and civil rights – stirring trouble and making headlines in the service of social justice.
- Terry Donahue, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (head coach UCLA 1976-96, record 151–74–8; Pac-10 Coach of the Year 1985,93), who died from cancer at 77.
- Dicky Moegle, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All-American 1954, Rice; Pro Bowl 1955, SF 49ers), who died at 86.
- Eddie Payne, American college basketball coach (USC Upstate, Oregon State Uni, Greensboro College), who died from a stroke at 69.
On this day in 2020
- Record rain in over island of Kyushu in Japan causes flooding killing a least 37 people with evacuation of more than 200,00.
On this day in 2019
- Record temperatures in Alaska as Anchorage reaches 90F (32C).
- Notorious Dutch crime boss Willem Holleeder sentenced to life for ordering five murders in Amsterdam.
- US publication Mad Magazine announces it will stop publishing new material after 67 years.
- Egypt claims 3,000-year-old Tutankhamun bust is stolen as it sells for $6 million at auction at Christies.
- Biggest seaweed bloom in the world, the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico after algae explosion due to deforestation and fertiliser.
- Largest earthquake in California in 20 years 6.4 magnitude near Ridgecrest.
- Chris Cline, Entrepreneur.
- Eva Mozes Kor, War Hero.
- GAMING: SWITCH
- What Remains of Edith Finch for Switch is released. What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of short stories about a cursed family in Washington State.
- Stranger Things 3: The Game for Switch is released. Developed and published by BonusXP in collaboration with Netflix, Stranger Things 3: The Game is the official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series. This adventure game blends a distinctively retro 16-bit art style with modern gameplay mechanics to deliver nostalgic fun with a fresh new twist. Fans will be able to experience their favorite show through a mix of exploration, puzzles, and combat.Just like in the show, teamwork is at the heart Stranger Things 3: The Game. Fans can team up in two player local co-op or in single player mode alongside an AI partner, in the role of one of twelve characters from the show, each with unique abilities and attributes. Together, they'll play through familiar events from the series while also uncovering never-before-seen Stranger Things secrets, ensuring a fun experience for those new to the world of Stranger Things and series super fans alike!Key Features:* Experience the show in a new way, exploring the eerie world of Hawkins to uncover new mysteries beyond what's seen in Season 3.* Jump right into the action of this pick-up-and-play adventure: simple gameplay mechanics allow fans of all skill levels to get in on the fun.* Take your game to the next level by trying out different character combinations and collecting all the secrets the expansive world of Hawkins has to offer.* Team up with a friend, leveraging drop-in/drop-out local co-op to take on the mysterious monsters of Hawkins together. While playing solo, use a collection of "buddy commands"to control both characters and still experience all the fun.* Choose from 12 playable characters, each with their own unique talents and stats.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
- UN accuses Venezuelan government of using death squads and policy of installing fear to remove opposition with 5,287 people killed in 2018 for supposedly resisting arrest.
- US President Donald Trump holds a “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C., controversial for its emphasis on the military and presence of tanks.
On this day in 2018
- Wildfire in Yolo county, California, grows to 82,700 acres with 2,800 fire fighters battling the blaze.
- Chinese technology company Baidu announces it has begun mass production of self-driving buses, the 14-seat Apolong.
- Hong Kong'stop court rules same-sex couples entitled to equal visa rights in landmark case.
- Harry M. Miller, Entrepreneur.
On this day in 2017
- Dave Simpson, Race Car Driver.
- GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
- That's You! for PlayStation 4 is released. Which of your family members would survive longest in the wild? Which one of your friends was most recently sick in the street? Who among you is the worst chef?Welcome to an irreverent party quiz where you and up to five of your friends and family get to find out what you really think about each other. With your TV, PS4 and a tablet or smartphone in hand, answer over 1,000 funny questions, take part in daring doodle challenges, snap selfies for photo challenges and more. The better you know your fellow players, the more points youll pick up.With topics spanning everything from school days to pastimes, prepare to make your mark on the game.
- North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan.
- Gene Conley, American baseball pitcher (4 x MLB All Star; Boston/Milwaukee Braves, Philadelphia Phillies) and basketball forward (NBA C'ship 1959–1961; Boston Celtics), who died at 86.
On this day in 2016
- NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully enters Jupiter's orbit.
- Kayden Gaulden, Family Member, born in United States.
- Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer, who died at 80.
- Abbas Kiarostami, Director.
- GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
- Lost Sea for PlayStation 4 is released. Lost Sea is a 3D strategy-action game that takes place inside a procedurally generated archipelago. It's up to the player to form a ragtag crew of survivors and explore the surrounding islands as they hunt for the necessary resources to upgrade their ship and escape the Bermuda Triangle.
On this day in 2015
- Blur's Damon Albarn was removed from stage at the Roskilde festival in Denmark after a mammoth five-hour set. The singer who was headlining the event with his Africa Express project encouraged the crowd to protest at the plug being pulled. The stage manager emerged, put the singer's jacket over his shoulders and lifted him off stage..
- Copa América Final, Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago: Chile defeats Argentina,4-1 penalties to win their first title; 0-0 after extra time.
- Matt "Megatoad" Stonie, in an upset, defeats 8x hot dog eating champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at Nathan's Famous, Coney Island with 62 hot dogs.
- Super Rugby Final, Westpac Stadium, Wellington: Otago Highlanders beat Wellington Hurricanes 21-14 for their first title.
- Unesco grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France along with Singapore's Botanical Gardens, Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey) and Maymand Caves (Iran).
- Music legend Billy Joel at the age of 66 weds equestrian Alexis Roderick at the age of 33 in Long Island.
- Actor Ashton Kutcher at the age of 37 weds actress Mila Kunis at the age of 31 in Los Angeles.
- Actress and singer Vanessa Williams at the age of 52 weds Jim Skrip in Buffalo, New York.
- American "That '70s Show" actor Ashton Kutcher at the age of 37 weds Ukranian-American "That '70s Show" actress Mila Kunis at the age of 31 in Los Angeles.
- American actress and singer Vanessa Williams at the age of 52 weds Jim Skrip in Buffalo, New York.
- American music legend Billy Joel (66) weds American equestrian Alexis Roderick (33) at NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's Long Island home.
On this day in 2014
- Rolf Harris is sentenced to 5 years and 9 months for indecently assaulting female minors.
- Reef band guitarist Jesse Wood at the age of 37 weds TV presenter Fearne Cotton at the age of 32 in London.
- MOVIES: NOT RATED
- Me and You is released. Lorenzo, a quirky 14-year-old loner who has difficult relationships with his parents and peers, decides to take a break from it all by hiding out in his building’s neglected basement where for an entire week he will finally avoid all conflict and pressure to be a “normal” teenager. But an unexpected visit from Lorenzo’s older half-sister Olivia changes everything. A worldly 25-year-old beauty, her problematic and fragile state upsets Lorenzo’s total escape from reality, and their forced cohabitation in the basement’s confined space brings forthvold resentments, but also a need for affection and intimacy. A few emotional days and nights will inspire Lorenzo to see the world through new eyes.
- Wrinkles is released. Wrinkles portrays the friendship between Emilio and Miguel, two elderly gentlemen shut away in a retirement home. Recent arrival Emilio, in the early stages of Alzheimer, is helped by Miguel to avoid ending up on the feared top floor of the care home, also known as the lost cause or "assisted"floor. Their wild plan infuses their otherwise tedious days with humor and tenderness.
- Marius is released. In Marseilles' Old Port, Cesar (Daniel Auteuil) and his son Marius (Raphaël Personnaz) own La Marine Bar. Marius' biggest dream is to embark on one of the boats passing by his dad's bar and to set off to a faraway land. Fanny (Victoire Bélézy), a young and pretty seafood peddler, has secretly been in love with Marius since her childhood; Marius, never admitting it, has always loved Fanny. One day, a sailor drops by La Marine and offers him a job on an exploratory ship. Trying to hold him off and to make him jealous, Fanny confesses his love to him and provokes a fight between Marius and one of Cesar's old friends, Panisse, a boat merchant, who despite his old age, has been courting Fanny for a while. Torn between the call of the sea and his love for her, Marius abandons his dream to be with Fanny who gives herself to him. As Cesar and Honorine, Fanny's mother, are getting ready for the wedding, Marius changes his mind, drawn back to the call of the sea. Sacrificing her love, Fanny convinces Marius to embark on his journey, leaving her behind. Devastated but holding back her tears, she hides Marius' decision from his father. [Kino Lorber]
- MOVIES: R
- Life Itself is released. In 2013, we lost Roger Ebert—arguably the nation’s best-known and most influential movie critic. Based on his memoir of the same name, Life Itself recounts Ebert’s fascinating and flawed journey—from politicized school newspaperman, to Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, to Pulitzer Prize winner, to television household name, to the miracle of finding love at 50, and finally his “third act” as a major voice on the Internet when he could no longer physically speak. [Magnolia Pictures]
- Gabrielle is released. The musically gifted but developmentally challenged Gabrielle lives in a group home with four other adults who have similar disabilities. Like all young women, Gabrielle wants her independence, but of course her situation is exceptional. When she falls in love with a similarly challenged young man in her choir, she discovers that both the families and the social workers are alarmed; can these two handle an adult relationship? Then Gabrielle’s beloved and supportive sister confesses that she is going to move to India, and Gabrielle’s world is truly in danger of falling apart. With stubborn courage and a real zest for life, Gabrielle prevails against all odds to win her freedom. [Entertainment One]
- GAMING: PC
- Black The Fall for PC is released. Black The Fall is an atmospheric side-scrolling shooter with puzzle solving elements. An odd and unexpected black and white dream inspired by a childhood passed behind the Iron Curtain.
- GAMING: XBOX 360
- Le Tour de France 2013 - 100th Edition for Xbox 360 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
- Star Trek actor Tom Hardy (36) weds actress Charlotte Riley (32) in a secret ceremony.
On this day in 2013
- 12 people are killed and 60 are injured in a wave of shootings across Chicago.
- Singer Tina Turner at the age of 73 weds music executive Erwin Bach at the age of 57 in Kusnacht, Switzerland.
- Magna Carta Holy Grail was released by Jay-Z. The rapper's 12th studio album (released five days early to Samsung mobile device owners via an app) features Rick Ross, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce Knowles, and Frank Ocean, with production from Timbaland, Jerome "J-Roc"Harmon, and others.
- GAMING: PC
- TrackMania 2 Valley for PC is released. TrackMania² Valley lets you experience the excitement and adrenaline of racing stunning cars on varied tracks in an enhanced sequel to Nadeo Studio’s online racing franchise TrackMania.