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Today in the World Countries

  • Democracy Day is being celebrated in Nigeria
  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Philippines
  • Russia Day is being celebrated in Russia
  • People born on this day are Gemini as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • At least 46 people, including 23 children, killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo at Lala displacement camp by militia group ‘Codeco, ’.
  • Abby Lakew, Pop Singer, born in Gondar, Ethiopia.
  • Manial Chettri, TikTok Star, born in Nepal.
  • Carol Higgins Clark, American suspense novelist (Regan Reilly series), who died of cancer at 66.

On this day in 2022

  • Buster Welch, American cutting horse trainer (4 x NCHA World Championship; 5 x NCHA World Championship Futurity), who died at 94.
  • Becoming Elizabeth: Season 1 is released. With the death of King Henry VIII, the people around Elizabeth Tudor (Alicia von Rittberg), her sister Mary (Romola Garai), and their newly crowned nine-year-old brother Edward (Oliver Zetterström), seek control over them in the drama series created by Anya Reiss.
  • Dark Winds: Season 1 is released. Set in 1971, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon) and his new deputy, Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon), investigate a double murder in this Graham Roland adaptation of Tony Hillerman's book series.
  • Evil: Season 3 is released. Kristin and David deal with what happened in the end of season two as well with the “Entity, ” the Catholic church's espionage element. While Ben seeks help from his sister.

On this day in 2021

  • French Open Women's Tennis: Czech doubles specialist Barbora Krejcíková wins her first major singles title 6-1,2-6,6-4 over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.
  • Anatoly Chukanov, Russian cyclist (Olympic gold Soviet Union team time trial 1976; UCI Road World C'ships gold 1977), who died at 67.
  • Igor Zhelezovski, Belarusian speed skater (record 6 x World Sprint Champion; Olympic silver 1994; bronze 1988), who died from COVID-19 pandemic at 57.
  • Jim "Mudcat" Grant, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1963,65; Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, and 5 other teams), singer, and writer (Black Aces), who died at 85.
  • Danish star soccer midfielder Christian Eriksen suffers an on-field cardiac arrest during Euro 2020 game with Finland in Copenhagen; revived with a defibrillator; game controversially restarts with 1-0 Finland win.

On this day in 2020

  • African American Rayshard Brooks shot dead in drive-through carpark in Atlanta leading to further protests at police violence and the resignation of city's police chief.
  • Welsh singer Ricky Valance died at his home in Spain at the age of 84. He became the first Welshman to have a solo UK No.1 hit with the song 'Tell Laura I Love Her' in 1960. The song tells the tragic story of a boy called Tommy and his love for a girl called Laura. It was was considered controversial at the time and was reportedly banned from airplay by the BBC..
  • William S. Sessions, American director of FBI (1987-93), who died at 90.
  • George Canseco, TikTok Star.
  • Exit Plan is released. Insurance detective Max is investigating Arthur's disappearance. The assignment takes him on a long, mysterious journey into the clandestine Aurora Hotel. While in the midst of an existential crisis, Max questions his perception of reality.
  • Aviva is released. The character of Aviva, played by both Zina Zinchenko (and at times by Or Schraiber), is a young Parisian who develops an online romance with Eden, played by Tyler Phillips (and at times Bobbie Jene Smith), a New Yorker. After a long courtship they meet in person and fall in love, settling into an intimate relationship that leads to marriage, but one, as many are, laced with conflicts. Incorporating exuberant dance sequences, and featuring a pair of principal characters played by four different actors daringly expressing both masculine and feminine sides, “Aviva” captures a restless and changing today where who we are as women and men, and how we navigate the world, is up for grabs.
  • Marona's Fantastic Tale is released. Marona is a mixed-breed Labrador whose life leaves deep traces among the humans she encounters. After an accident, she reflects on all the homes and different experiences she's had. As Marona's memory journeys into the past, her unfailing empathy and love brings lightness and innocence into each of her owners' lives, in this beautiful and deeply emotional story of an average dog and her extraordinary life. [GKIDS]
  • Hill of Freedom is released. Kwon (Seo Young-hwa) returns to Seoul from a restorative stay in the mountains. She is given a packet of letters left by Mori (Ryo Kase, Like Someone In Love), who has come back from Japan to propose to her. As she walks down a flight of stairs, Kwon drops and scatters the letters, all of which are undated. When she reads them, she has to make sense of the chronology… and so must we.
  • The Surrogate is released. Jess Harris (Jasmine Batchelor), a 29 year old web designer for a nonprofit in Brooklyn, is ecstatic to be the surrogate and egg-donor for her best friend Josh (Chris Perfetti) and his husband Aaron (Sullivan Jones). Twelve weeks into the pregnancy, a prenatal test comes back with unexpected results that pose a moral dilemma. As they all consider the best course of action, the relationship between the three friends is put to the test.
  • Artemis Fowl is released. Artemis Fowl, a young criminal prodigy, hunts down a secret society of fairies to find his missing father.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Sometimes Always Never is released. Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. But he's spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son, Michael, who stormed out over a game of Scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son and identify an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family.
  • The King of Staten Island is released. Scott (Pete Davidson) has been a case of arrested development ever since his firefighter father died when he was seven. He’s now reached his mid-20s having achieved little, chasing a dream of becoming a tattoo artist that seems far out of reach. As his ambitious younger sister (Maude Apatow) heads off to college, Scott is still living with his exhausted ER nurse mother (Marisa Tomei) and spends his days smoking weed, hanging with the guys—Oscar (Ricky Velez), Igor (Moises Arias) and Richie (Lou Wilson)—and secretly hooking up with his childhood friend Kelsey (Bel Powley). But when his mother starts dating a loudmouth firefighter named Ray (Bill Burr), it sets off a chain of events that will force Scott to grapple with his grief and take his first tentative steps toward moving forward in life.
  • Da 5 Bloods is released. Four African-American Vets — Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) — return to Vietnam. Searching for the remains of their fallen Squad Leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure, our heroes, joined by Paul's concerned son (Jonathan Majors), battle forces of Man and Nature — while confronted by the lasting ravages of The Immorality of The Vietnam War. [Netflix]
  • Arrow was released by Noveller. The ninth full-length release for Sarah Lipstate as Noveller was recorded in Los Angeles.
  • Love, Death & Dancing was released by Jack Garratt. The second full-length release for the British singer-songwriter was self-produced with additional production from Brett Cox, James Flannigan and Jacknife Lee.
  • MTV Unplugged [Live at Hull City Hall] was released by Liam Gallagher. The live recording of the Oasis singer's solo MTV Unplugged concert at Hull City Hall in August 2019 features the 24-piece Urban Soul Orchestra and Oasis guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs.
  • Pick Me Up Off the Floor was released by Norah Jones. The seventh full-length solo studio release for the singer-songwriter features songs that were not included on 2016's Daylight Again.
  • Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston was released by Built to Spill. After working as part of the backing band for Daniel Johnston's 2017 tour, the trio (Doug Martsch, Jason Albertini and Steve Gere) recorded an 11-song tribute album to the singer-songwriter.
  • Quickening was released by Orlando Weeks. The debut full-length solo release for The Maccabees frontman was produced by Markus Dravs.
  • Room for the Moon was released by Kate NV. The solo project for the Moscow artist features songs in Russian, English, French and Japanese.
  • Startisha was released by Naeem. The first full-length release for the rapper as Naeem (previous albums were under the name Spank Rock) features guest appearances Amanda Blank, Micah James, Swamp Dogg, Velvet Negroni, and Justin Vernon.
  • Self Made Man was released by Larkin Poe. The fifth full-length studio release for the sister duo of Rebecca and Megan Lovell features a guest appearance from Tyler Bryant.
  • To Love Is to Live was released by Jehnny Beth. The debut full-length solo release for the Savages singer features The xx's Romy Madley Croft, Cillian Murphy and IDLES' Joe Talbot.
  • Ungodly Hour was released by Chloe x Halle. The second full-length studio release for the R&B sister duo of Chloe and Halle Bailey features guest appearances from Swae Lee and Mike Will Made-It.
  • Warborn for Switch is released. RISE UP - Rise up and deploy for battle in the Variable Armour, a technologically advanced suit of war. As the political climate between factions is thrown out of balance and the solar system is engulfed in conflict, lead your strike force of deadly mecha towards victory in turn-based tactical combat.
  • House Flipper for Switch is released. House Flipper is a unique chance to become a one-man renovation crew. Buy, repair and remodel devastated houses. Give them a second life and sell them at a profit!What you’ve got at your disposal is a set of tools and parts. Use them to hammer, drill, nail and screw things together, and do whatever is necessary to fit, fix or clean up stuff.Experiment with interior designs and decorating styles you like. Decorate and furnish interiors with hundreds of unique items that you’re free to choose from. Express yourself!Do you love interior design and want to fill up empty rooms using your favorite style? You can buy an empty apartment and furnish it. Do you prefer things only engineers would understand? You can focus on repair and installations. Are you an expert on the "small move, big change"approach? You can buy a decent house and make it perfect by adding some style and fixing stuff.
  • Project Warlock for Xbox One is released. One man and his guns. Become a mysterious Warlock who embarks onto a dangerous mission to eradicate all evil. Put your finger on the trigger and travel through time and space to wreak havoc like in the golden days of fast paced, adrenaline-pumping first person shooters, hooking you for hours of super fun carnage. Let’s rock and roll! Explore 60 vast levels in five settings, from frozen Antarctic base to the sands of Egypt to the medieval castles’ courts and graveyards. Find keys to unlock passages, reveal secret caches with ammo and gold, use lifts and hidden buttons to access new areas. Finally descend to hell to face the ultimate challenge and emerge victorious. Combat tons of enemies from flying demons to five-storeys robots, splashing walls and floors with their blood and chunks. Dodge bullets and projectiles, figure out strategies and weapons that work best against each of the nasty villains. Learn their moves and stay one step ahead to survive through the levels. Face megabosses in vast final arenas to complete each world. Expand your arsenal with new weapons found along your way. From powerful blades to massive guns, collect and develop your favourite gear and master the craft of carnage. Reach into vast arsenal of 38 types of weapons and learn their secret tricks to deliver maximum damage, fast! Grab ammo and spit out series of bullets, walls of flames, and bursts of magic shots to bring down enemies foolish enough to stand in your way. Develop your hero the way you like, by assigning upgrade points and perks to the favourite skills between each level. Develop and upgrade spells and weapons to create your unique character through the game, and use their powers to master the game in higher difficulty modes.

On this day in 2019

  • Radiohead scuppered a blackmail attempt by releasing 18 hours of music recorded during the making of their classic album OK Computer. Tapes from the sessions had been stolen by hackers who demanded $150,000 for their return. Instead, the band released the tapes in full, with profits going to climate crisis activists Extinction Rebellion. "For £18 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom, "said guitarist Jonny Greenwood in a statement..
  • Earliest evidence of humans smoking cannabis discovered in 2,500-year-old grave in Pamir Mountains, China, published in "Science Advances".
  • Same-sex marriage approved by Ecuador's Constitutional Court in landmark ruling.
  • Sylvia Miles, American actress (Midnight Cowboy, Farewell My Lovely), who died at 94.
  • Javiera Suárez, Journalist.
  • The Reports on Sarah and Saleem is released. Sarah, an Israeli café owner living in West Jerusalem, has a clandestine relationship with Saleem, her Palestinian bread vendor, who lives in East Jerusalem. When their spouses discover the affair, two lives – already divided by politics, culture, class, and marital commitments – are made infinitely more complicated. A not uncommon betrayal takes on an entirely sinister new twist as Israeli and Palestinian authorities misread the writing on the wall. Based on true events. [Dada Films]
  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese is released. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year. Part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream, Rolling Thunder is a one of a kind experience, from master filmmaker Martin Scorsese.
  • Violent protests in Hong Kong as tens of thousands of protesters block and try to storm government buildings to stop extradition law.
  • World’s largest sovereign wealth fund, Norway’s Government Pension Fund, worth $1 trillion, gets authorization to drop fossil fuel investments from Norway's government.

On this day in 2018

  • French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, at center of Nobel Prize Committee scandal, charged with rape in Sweden.
  • AT& T's $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner can go ahead according to US district court judge.
  • Jon Hiseman, English drummer (Colosseum), who died at 73.
  • Lust for Darkness for PC is released. A psychological horror of seeking satisfaction on the border of two intertwining worlds. An intriguing plot with erotic and occult themes guides the player's character through the Yelvertons' Victorian mansion and a perverse land inspired with Lovecraft's works and paintings of Zdzislaw Beksinski.
  • Jurassic World Evolution for PlayStation 4 is released. Place yourself at the heart of the Jurassic franchise and build your own Jurassic World.Take charge of operations on the legendary islands of the Muertes archipelago and bring the wonder, majesty and danger of dinosaurs to life. Build for Science, Entertainment or Security interests in an uncertain world where life always finds a way.Bioengineer dinosaurs that think, feel and react intelligently to the world around them. Play with life itself to give your dinosaurs unique behaviours, traits and appearances, then contain and profit from them to fund your global search for lost dinosaur DNA.Control the big picture with deep management tools or go hands-on to confront challenges on the ground or in the air. Expand your islands and choose your own journey in an all-new narrative featuring iconic characters from across the franchise and decades of Jurassic lore at your fingertips.
  • Hollow Knight for Switch is released. Hollow Knight is a 2D action-adventure game with an emphasis on traditional 2D animation and skillful gameplay. Journey to Hallownest, a vast and ancient underground kingdom inhabited by a bizarre collection of insects and monsters. Players will forge their own path as they explore ruined cities, forests of fungus, temples of bone and other fantastic lands, all on their way to uncovering an ancient mystery.
  • Paladins: Champions of the Realm for Switch is released. Paladins is a free-to-play game that combines a rich fantasy setting with the fast action of a team-based first-person shooter.
  • Fortnite for Switch is released. Jump in to be the last one standing in the free 100-player Battle Royale. Build huge forts. Outwit your opponents. Earn your Victory. Squad up together online with friends in the same room or around the world. BUILD & DESTROY - Shape the battlefield by building your own cover. Opponent hiding behind a wall? Take out their cover to get the edge. GEAR UP - Board the battle bus and drop in on your favorite zone. Gather resources, collect gear, and battle your opponents. SQUAD UP WITH FRIENDS - Team up online with your friends around the world or in the same room. WEEKLY UPDATES & EVENTS - Updates constantly fuel the fun with new gameplay modes, outfits, weapons and items. [Nintendo]
  • Super Bomberman R for Xbox One is released. New characters from the popular game series Ratchet & Clank make an appearance. Hailing from the Solana Galaxy, Ratchet Bomber is here with his trusty pal Clank strapped to his back. It’s time to save a whole new galaxy as the duo team up to bring their own brand of destruction to Super Bomberman R.
  • Singapore Summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump - first time a North Korean leader and an incumbent US President have ever met.
  • Battle for key Yemen port of Hudaydah begins with assault by Saudi backed pro-government forces against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

On this day in 2017

  • Forbes release Top 100 highest-paid entertainers list - Sean "Puff Daddy"Combs at No.1 with earnings of $130 million.
  • MLB Draft: JSerra Catholic HS, CA shortstop Royce Lewis first pick by Minnesota Twins.
  • Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced to 30 days administrative arrest for organizing rallies.
  • Felice Taylor, American R& B singer (I Feel Love Comin'On), who died at 73.
  • The Putin Interviews: Season 1 is released. Airing over four consecutive nights, Oliver Stone's four-part interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin was recorded over a two years from over a dozen conversations.

On this day in 2016

  • Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Germany's Bernhard Langer wins his 3rd straight Players'title by 1 shot from Joe Durant and Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez.
  • Women's PGA Championship, Sahalee CC: 18-year old Canadian Brooke Henderson wins her first major title on the 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff with top-ranked Lydia Ko of New Zealand.
  • Gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53 - worst mass shooting in the US.
  • Mass Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida Kills 49 People. In what is now thought to be one of the deadliest incidents of violence against LGBTQ people in history, the shooting committed by 29-year old Omar Mateen is also the second deadliest terrorist attack on US soil since the September 11,2001 attacks..
  • Janet Waldo, American radio and actress (Judy Jetson, Shazzan, Penelope Pitstop), who died at 97.
  • Michelle Cliff, Novelist.
  • Donald Carr, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests,1 x 50,2 wickets; Derbyshire CCC) and official (secretary Test and County Cricket Board 1976-86), who died at 89.
  • George V. Voinovich, US politician (R), Senator and Governor of Ohio, who died at 79.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo becomes 1st footballer to top Forbes'Highest-Paid Athletes List, earning $88 million.

On this day in 2015

  • Al-Qaeda's 2nd-in-command Nasser al-Wuhayshi (Osama Bin Laden's former private secretary) is killed in a US air strike in Yemen.
  • Zimbabwe discards its own currency, offering an exchange of $1 for 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars.
  • Don Drake, Race Car Driver.
  • Ernest Tomlinson, Composer.
  • Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), who died at 93.
  • MOVIES: JUNE 12 2015
  • The 11th Hour is released. Successful businesswoman Maria (Kim Basinger) has achieved everything except what she wants the most - a baby of her own. She decides to deal with the matter by herself and embarks on a desperate and dangerous journey in order to make her dream come true.
  • The Wolfpack is released. Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood. [Magnolia Pictures]
  • The Yes Men Are Revolting is released. For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits and a lack of shame, these iconoclastic revolutionaries lie their way into business events and government functions to expose the dangers of letting greed run our world. In their third cinematic outing (after The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World), they are now well into their 40s, and their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced: climate change.
  • Set Fire to the Stars is released. Based on true events, John Malcolm Brinnin (Elijah Wood), an aspiring poet in 1950s New York, has his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell-raising hero, Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones).
  • Live From New York! is released. Saturday Night Live has been reflecting and influencing the American Story for 40 years. Live From New York! explores the show’s early years, an experiment from a young Lorne Michaels and his cast of unknowns, and follows its evolution into a comedy institution. The film looks at SNL as a living time capsule, encompassing decades of American politics, media, tragedy, and popular culture with an irreverent edge.
  • Chagall-Malevich is released. Inspired by the memoirs of Marc Chagall (Leonid Bichevin) and those of his contemporaries, the film blends fact and folklore to evoke the return of the iconic Jewish artist to his childhood home of Vitebsk. Having left behind immense success in Paris, Chagall returns to the Russian empire in 1917 in hope to marry the love of his life Bella Rosenfeld (Kristina Schneidermann). He produces copious paintings and establishes the Academy of Modern Art. A rivalry develops with abstract painter Kazimir Malevich (Anatoliy Belyy), invited to teach at the art school. As Bella rekindles a childhood friendship with military Red Commissar Naum (Semeon Shkalikov), Chagall competes for the affections of his muse and future wife. As the October Revolution sweeps across Russia, historical events intrude on personal struggles and upend the quiet provincial life in Vitebsk.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is released. Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoids deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be. [Fox Searchlight]
  • Madame Bovary is released. Emma Bovary (Mia Wasikowska), the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor, engages in a series of extramarital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status.
  • Déjà-Vu was released by Giorgio Moroder. The first solo full-length studio release in over 30 years for the EDM music pioneer features guest appearances from Charli XCX, Mikky Ekko, Foxes, Kelis, Matthew Koma, Kylie Minogue, Sia, and Britney Spears.
  • LEGO Jurassic World for Xbox One is released. Following the epic storylines of Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, as well as the highly anticipated Jurassic World, LEGO Jurassic World is the first videogame where players will be able to relive and experience all four Jurassic films.

On this day in 2014

  • Israeli leadership blames Hamas after 3 Israeli teenagers are kidnapped in the West Bank.
  • The Band Perry singer Kimberly Perry weds Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia at the age of 28 in Greeneville, Tennessee.
  • Enzo Pastor, Race Car Driver.
  • AiRace Xeno for 3DS is released. Race on 9 adrenaline-fueled tracks. Fly extreme speeds with 3 advanced jets. Take the ultimate 3D challenge.After the success of its predecessors, AiRace Xeno brings back the speed and adrenaline to your Nintendo 3DS!Take the challenge and pilot the most advanced and powerful jets as you compete to beat your best time. Race on stunning high-speed tracks featuring extremlely difficult tunnels, spectacular halls and hidden shortcuts.Take speed to a whole new level and enjoy a frantic new gaming experience:-Take the challenge - fly extreme speeds across 9 adrenaline-fueled tracks-Stunning environments packed with challenging obstacles, tunnels, shortcuts and more-Take control of one of 3 high-speed, futuristic jets powered with advanced technology-High-performance graphics and immersive 3D effects that put you in the middle of the action-Compete against fellow competitors around the world in online leaderboards-Fantastic replay value with special achievements to be unlocked
  • SpinTires for PC is released. Assume control of large all-terrain Soviet vehicles and venture across the rugged landscapes with just a map and compass to direct you. Explore the levels and unlock portions of the map whilst discovering new trucks, fueling stations, garages and lumber mills.
  • " The Band Perry" singer Kimberly Perry (30) weds MLB Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia (28) in Greeneville, Tennessee; divorce in 2018.


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