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Today in the World Countries

  • Arafat is being celebrated in Djibouti, Djibouti
  • Arafat Day is being celebrated in Afghanistan, Egypt, Egypt, Libya
  • Chaco Armistice is being celebrated in Paraguay
  • Corban Bairam Holiday is being celebrated in Sudan
  • Day of National Salvation is being celebrated in Azerbaijan
  • Eid al-Adha is being celebrated in Jordan, Saudi Arabia
  • Eid al-Adha Holiday is being celebrated in Qatar, Yemen
  • Hajj Day is being celebrated in Maldives
  • People born on this day are Gemini as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • A group of 17 music publishers in the US were suing Twitter, claiming the platform enabled copyright violations involving nearly 1,700 songs. The National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) was seeking more than $250m (£197.7m) in damages. In a lawsuit filed at the Federal District Court in Nashville, the NMPA claimed Twitter "permits and encourages infringement"for profit..
  • Cyclone Biparjoy makes landfall as a category 1 storm along India’s Gujarat coast with both India and Pakistan evacuating over 180,000 people out of its path.
  • Akira Nakai-San, Entrepreneur, born in Japan.
  • Antonio Jiménez Quiles, Spanish road cyclist (Vuelta a España 1955 runner-up), who died at 88.
  • Black Mirror: Season 6 is released. The sixth season of the British anthology-styled drama returns with new episodes featuring Ben Barnes, Michael Cera, Rory Culkin, Rob Delaney, Josh Hartnett, Salma Hayek Pinault, Kate Mara, Annie Murphy, Himesh Patel, and Aaron Paul.
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: Season 2 is released. The second season of Star Trek: Discovery spinoff will feature live-action and animation in a crossover episode with Star Trek: Lower Decks.
  • Fall of Porcupine for PC is released. FALL OF PORCUPINE is a unique story adventure. The collision of work and daily life - an exciting reflection of an unhealthy healthcare-system.You don't even have time to look at the clock because your patients are waiting! Investigate what's wrong with them through your conversations and treat them in different minigames that challenge you in logic, speed, and skill. And most importantly, withstand the stress when the strict head doctor questions your knowledge yet again.
  • F1 23 for PC is released. Be the last to brake in EA SPORTS F1 23, the official video game of the 2023 FIA Formula One World Championship.A new chapter in the thrilling "Braking Point"story mode delivers high-speed drama and heated rivalries. Race wheel-to-wheel at new Las Vegas and Qatar circuits, and earn rewards and upgrades in F1 World. New Red Flags add an authentic strategic element, and the 35% Race Distance feature delivers more action and excitement. Drive updated 2023 cars with the official F1 lineup of your favorite 20 drivers and 10 teams. Create your dream team and race to win in My Team Career Mode, compete in split-screen or in the expanded cross-platform multiplayer, and be more social with new Racenet Leagues.
  • Crime Boss: Rockay City for PlayStation 5 is released. Rockay City. A thriving metropolis with excitement buzzing from the sandy bay to the towering skyscrapers. But beyond the glamour, there is a fierce turf war raging on...After the demise of the previous crime boss, there's an open vacancy for a new King of Rockay City - but it isn't just you who is fighting for the throne. Choose your crew based on their skills and expertise, and execute daring missions with the hopes of walking away with the cash, the turf and, ultimately, the crown.Crime Boss: Rockay City is an organized crime game combining first-person shooter action and turf wars, playable solo or with friends. Take on the role of Travis Baker - a man with his sights set on becoming the new King of Rockay City, one crime at a time...
  • Layers of Fear for PlayStation 5 is released. Layers of Fears is a first-person psychedelic horror chronicle focused on tense exploration and immersive storytelling - a new game built upon the foundations of Layers of Fear, LOF: Inheritance, and Layers of Fear 2 with a surprising new story and gameplay direction.Created with the cutting-edge Unreal Engine 5 technology, the game will support Ray Tracing, HDR effect,4K resolution, and make use of the Lumen system to offer the most immersive and visceral horror experience.Layers of Fears will be the complete, definitive and at the same time unpredictable way to discover the stories of artists enslaved by their obsessions. Prepare for an exquisite horror experience thanks to the expanded plot lines that will cast a new light on the overarching narrative.
  • Pixel Ripped 1978 for PlayStation 5 is released. ARVORE has teamed-up with Atari to create an incomparably authentic retro experience using gaming's most innovative technology: a 3D exploration of the 2D genesis of the industry. An immersive, joyful frolic through the Golden Age of Video Games, Pixel Ripped 1978 places our heroine Dot in the heart of the blossoming industry. Pixel Ripped 1978 is the third installment in the popular VR series from ARVORE. The studio has introduced new, innovative mechanics that will delight VR enthusiasts, and the series 'game within a game' formula reaches new heights. Dot must join forces with "Bug, "the quirky visionary who developed the original Pixel Ripped series. Help Dot maneuver through multidimensional challenges to protect Bug's childhood memories from the evil Cyblin Lord, a villain able to break through the screen and invade the real world. In the game. The setting? The intense burst of creativity that vibrated through the San Jose suburbs in the late 70s and early 80s.
  • Jack Jeanne for Switch is released. The game's story centers around protagonist Kisa Tachibana, a girl who had given up on a career in theater, but receives an invitation to attend the Univeil Drama School, an elite drama school for male actors, where students play female roles (referred to as "Jeanne"roles) in addition to male roles ("Jack"roles). However, to maintain her enrollment, she must land a starring role in the school's play at the end of the year and also hide that she is a girl.
  • Damning report by UK government committee finds former PM Boris Johnson misled parliament over 'Partygate'COVID-19 pandemic breaches.

On this day in 2022

  • Black Death, the 14th century plague, originated in Kyrgyzstan, according to new DNA research taken from burials at Lake Issyk Kul.
  • Rare items from the late veteran BBC DJ John Peel's home collection sold for a total of £465,784 at an auction held by Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London, UK. A signed Lennon/Ono album went for £15,300, while the highest bid was for a Sex Pistols test pressings single 'Anarchy In The UK/I Wanna Be Me' from 1976 that went for £20,400..
  • Jan Klijnjan, Dutch soccer attacking midfielder (11 caps; FC Dordrecht, Sparta Rotterdam, FC Sochaux), who died at 77.
  • God's Favorite Idiot: Season 1 is released. Mid-level tech support employee Clark Thompson (Ben Falcone) suddenly begins to glow and learns he needs to get his co-workers to help him save mankind from Satan (Leslie Bibb) in this comedy created by Falcone and Melissa McCarthy.
  • OlliOlli World: VOID Riders for PC is released. With its DLC expansion, Void Riders, the side-scrolling skateboarding platformer is taking things a step further with a cosmic theme and the addition of a whole bunch of aliens.

On this day in 2021

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warns of possible food shortages and COVID-19 pandemic restrictions while addressing national conference.
  • US death toll from COVID-19 pandemic tops 600,000 (Johns Hopkins), with 65% of adults vaccinated with at least one dose.
  • Wildermyth for PC is released. We call Wildermyth a myth-making tactical RPG. It empowers you to craft iconic characters who grow through deep, rewarding battles and interactive storytelling.
  • Dark Deity for PC is released. Command legendary heroes to reshape a land fractured by broken oaths, reckless wars, and secret arcane powers. The technological and cultural achievements of a once-great civilization now lie locked inside the ruins of ancient temples throughout the world of Terrazael. Long after society's mighty history is snuffed out by a powerful and mysterious "Calamity", the people of Etlan teeter on the brink of total war.In a desperate attempt to bolster his recruit ranks, King Varic of the Kingdom of Delia expedites the graduation of all students at the Brookstead Military Academy, severing a pact that has stood for a thousand years. With the course of their future undemocratically derailed, these four "graduates"of the Brookstead Academy set out to leave their mark on this world.This is their story.
  • Mushihimesama for Switch is released. Mushihimesama (Bug Princess in English) is a vertical shooting game set in a beautiful fantasy world. Huge insect-like creatures called Koju roam the forest outside the village of Hoshifuri. When Reco's people fall to a mysterious sickness, the young princess decides to leave the village and meet the God of the Koju, who may provide a cure. Riding her faithful Golden Beetle friend Kiniro, Reco must traverse the wilds, braving the hostile landscape and the aggressive Koju beasts on her journey through the Shinju Forest.
  • NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a "return to life as we know it"lifting all COVID-19 pandemic restrictions after the state passes 70% vaccinated with one dose.
  • Jim Phelan, American college basketball coach (Mount Saint Mary's University 1954–2003), who died at 92.

On this day in 2020

  • New COVID-19 pandemic cluster of more than 100 cases in Beijing called a 'significant event'by WHO.
  • In landmark decision US Supreme Court rules 6-3 that gay and transgender workers cannot be discriminated against in the workplace.
  • Disintegration for PC is released. Dive into an action-drived first-person shooter, set in near-future sci-fi universe created by V1 Interactive, a newly-assembled studio of industry veterans. Journey into a vision of tomorrow where humankind is on the brink of extinction and has turned to technology in the hope of survival. Using a process known as Integration, human minds are surgically implanted into robotic armatures creating a new form of sentient life. As a domineering enemy superpower known as the Rayonne emerges, take on the role of Romer Shoal, an expert Gravcycle pilot. Astride your heavily-modified craft (fitted with an armoured chassis and a powerful array of weapons), lead a small resistance force in the fight to save what remains of humanity.
  • Philippines journalist and 'Time Person of the Year'Maria Ressa found guilty of cyber libel in Manila amid claims charges politically motivated.

On this day in 2019

  • Anthony Davis's opera "The Central Park Five" premieres at the Long Beach Opera Company, California (Pulitzer Prize for Music 2020).
  • Mandar Bhandari, cricketer, Narayangaon, born in India.
  • Franco Zeffirelli, Director.
  • Baseball jersey belonging to Babe Ruth becomes most expensive sports memorabilia when it sells for $5.64 million at an auction in New York.

On this day in 2018

  • Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh burns down, four years after a previous fire.
  • Physicist Stephen Hawking's ashes are interred in Westminster Abbey, London, between the remains of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
  • Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes charged with fraud over company's blood tests.
  • Matt (Guitar) Murphy, American Blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), who died at 88.
  • Matt "Guitar" Murphy, American blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), who died at 88.
  • Frank Harden, Radio Host.
  • Dieter Wellershoff, German author (Minotaur), who died at 92.
  • A Skin So Soft is released. Jean-François, Ronald, Alexis, Cédric, Benoit and Maxim are gladiators of modern times. From the strongman to the top-class bodybuilder, to the veteran who has become a trainer, they all share the same definition and obsession with overcoming their limitations. They are waiting for the next competition, working hard in the gym and following extreme diets.
  • Gabriel and the Mountain is released. Before entering a prestigious American university, Gabriel Buchmann decided to travel the world for one year, his backpack full of dreams. After ten months on the road, he arrived in Kenya determined to discover the African continent. Until he reached the top of Mount Mulanje, Malawi, his last destination.
  • The Year of Spectacular Men is released. Izzy Klein (Madelyn Deutch), a young woman fresh out of college, strikes up and ruins relationships with several men, and struggles to navigate the failures of post-college adulthood, leaning on her mother and older sister for support.
  • Eating Animals is released. How much do you know about the food that’s on your plate? Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman, Eating Animals is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the United States, the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate Frankenstein monster that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of our air, soil, and water. Spotlighting farmers who have pushed backed against industrial agriculture with more humane practices, Eating Animals offers attainable, commonsense solutions to a growing crisis while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but one that affects every aspect of our lives. [Sundance Selects]
  • Incredibles 2 is released. 14 years after the original, everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 – but this time Helen (Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
  • Gotti is released. Gotti follows infamous crime boss John Gotti’s (John Travolta) rise to become the “Teflon Don” of the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. Spanning three decades and recounted by his son John Jr. (Spencer Rocco Lofranco), Gotti examines Gotti’s tumultuous life as he and his wife (Kelly Preston) attempt to hold the family together amongst tragedy and multiple prison sentences.
  • The Yellow Birds is released. Against the explosive backdrop of the Iraq War, young soldiers Brandon Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich) and Daniel Murphy (Tye Sheridan) forge a deep bond of friendship. When tragedy strikes the platoon, one soldier must return home to face the hard truth behind the incident, and help a grieving mother (Jennifer Aniston) find peace.
  • Tag is released. For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming…and he’s ready. Based on a true story, Tag shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.
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  • Set It Up is released. New York assistants, Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell), are used to going above and beyond for their high-powered (and highly demanding) bosses, Kristen (Lucy Liu) and Rick (Taye Diggs). But now they’re teaming up for the biggest projects of their young careers – getting their bosses to fall in love! Only time will tell whether they strike out…or score a home run.
  • Queer Eye (2018): Season 2 is released. The second season of the revival of Queer Eye expands its makeover targets to include a straight woman and a trans man.
  • Redemption was released by Jay Rock. The third full-length studio release for the Southern California rapper features guest appearances from J. Cole, Future, Jeremih, Kendrick Lamar, and SZA.
  • Shelter was released by Olivia Chaney. The second full-length solo release for the British folk singer-songwriter was produced by Thomas Bartlett.
  • Sleepless was released by Immersion. The latest full-length release for the Wire's Colin Newman and his wife Malka Spiegel features contributions from Holy Fuck's Matt Schulz as well as Gil Luz and Asi Weitz of Hexenschuss.
  • Head Over Heels was released by Chromeo. The fifth full-length release for the Canadian electro-funk duo features guest appearances from D.R.A.M., French Montana, Amber Mark, Stefflon Don, and The-Dream.
  • Hope Downs was released by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. The debut full-length release for the Australian indie rock quintet was co-produced with Liam Judson and recorded live in a house in the Australian bush.
  • Bon Voyage was released by Melody's Echo Chamber. The second full-length release for the music project of Melody Prochet features contributions from Pond's Nicholas Allbrook, Dungen's Reine Fiske, Gustav Ejstes, Johan Holmegard, and The Amazing's Fredrik Swahn.
  • Call the Comet was released by Johnny Marr. The third full-length solo release for the ex-Smiths guitarist was recorded at Manchester's Crazy Face Studios and features a future society at the brink of destruction that ultimately find help from "a different intelligence from the cosmos.'
  • Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides was released by SOPHIE. The debut full-length solo release for the Los Angeles-based Scottish electronic pop artist features songs co-written with Calia Thompson-Hannant (aka Cecile Believe).
  • Please Don't Be Dead was released by Fantastic Negrito. The follow-up to the Oakland artist's Grammy Award-winning 2016 release was influenced in part by divisive political and social issues.
  • Nothing Is Still was released by Leon Vynehall. The debut full-length studio release for the British electronic producer features contributions from Sam Beste, Finn Peters and a ten-piece string section arranged by Amy Langley.
  • Nasir was released by Nas. The seven-track release for the New York rap artist was produced by Kanye West.
  • Liberation was released by Christina Aguilera. The first full-length for the pop singer since 2012's Lotus features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, GoldLink, Keida, Demi Lovato, Shenseea, Ty Dolla $ign, and XNDA.
  • LEGO The Incredibles for Switch is released. LEGO The Incredibles takes players on a fun-filled adventure where they'll control their favorite Incredibles characters and team up as a family to conquer crime and family life. Reimagined in LEGO form and featuring TT Games' signature LEGO humor, the game recreates scenes and action sequences from both Incredibles movies.
  • World Cup: Portugal 3. Spain 3 - Cristiano Renaldo scores hat-trick - 4th player to score in 4 different WC's - 1st to score in 8 consecutive major tournaments.

On this day in 2017

  • Rebel Wilson win defamation case against Bauer Media at The Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne.
  • New record set for price of a parking lot in Hong Kong - $664,000.
  • Kavish Mehra, Family Member, born in India.
  • John Robert Jones [John Dalmas], American sci-fi author (White Regiment, Lizard War), who died at 90.
  • Jacques Charpentier, French composer, who died at 83.
  • James W. McCord Jr., American CIA officer who led the Watergate break-in, who died of pancreatic cancer at 93.
  • Aleksey Batalov, Russian actor named a People's Artist of the USSR (1976) and a Hero of Socialist Labour (1989), who died at 88.
  • Pro Cycling Manager 2017 for PC is released. Become the manager of a professional cycling team and compete against today's best riders in over 200 races (500+ stages) across the world, including iconic races such as La Vuelta and the iconic Tour de France.
  • Mighty Gunvolt Burst for Switch is released. The game systems have been completely revamped and powered up with lots of new additions, including a deep character customization system that lets you mold and shape your character into the ultimate hero that works best for you. The new Burst Combo system rewards you for finishing off enemies and bosses up close and personal, and the Dowsing ability triggers the HD Rumble function when you get close to one of the many hidden items/areas in the game. [Nintendo]
  • Scotland Yard launches criminal inquiry and British Prime Minister Theresa May announces a public inquiry a day after the Grenfell Tower fire.

On this day in 2016

  • Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page denied stealing the riff to 'Stairway To Heaven' when he took the stand at a copyright trial in the US. The band were accused of lifting the opening guitar line from 'Taurus', a 1968 track by the band Spirit. Page testified that he had never heard the song until people started posting comparisons online a few years ago. Page admitted to owning several Spirit albums, but only remembered buying two of them, neither of which contained Taurus. Under questioning, he conceded that he did own a copy of the band's self-titled debut, on which the track appears, but could not recall how it came to be part of his collection..
  • Brice Gonzalez, Family Member, born in Texas.
  • Ladislav Kupkovic, Composer.
  • Ladislaw Kupkovic, Slovak composer, who died at 80.
  • Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), who died at 82.
  • Rhythm Heaven Megamix for 3DS is released. (Also known as "Rhythm Paradise Megamix") Test your rhythm by chopping wood, sticking speeding viruses with forks and playing badminton while flying an airplane, all in time to catchy tunes in this deceptively challenging rhythm game. The accessible controls and catchy music, combined with the new visual feedback system, make this a great entry in the Rhythm Heaven series. Can you match the beat and reach Rhythm Heaven?FEATURES:-Features updated rhythm games from the Game Boy Advance, Wii and Nintendo DS Rhythm Heaven games.-A combo of new rhythm games, fan-favorites, and U.S. debuts make this the ultimate Rhythm Heaven game Rhythm Heaven Megamix includes more than 70 rhythm games, the most in the series.-Some Rhythm Heaven rhythm games found only in Japan make their North American debut with new music.-Soundtrack created with help from legendary Japanese music producer, Tsunku♂.-Encounter others with the StreetPass feature for a chance to match their punching robot's skills in a 1-on-1 battle.-Play with up to four players simultaneously and take on special multiplayer rhythm games to earn Flow Balls (additional systems and games required for multiplayer mode; sold separately).-Purchase additional rhythm games by spending Flow Balls.
  • Brian May of Queen posted a note on his website objecting to Donald Trump's use of 'We Are The Champions' at campaign events. "Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump's platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool, "May wrote. The following month, Trump used the song as his entrance music when he made his first appearance at the Republican convention..

On this day in 2015

  • Remains of a 2,000 year old women dubbed "the sleeping beauty" are announced discovered in Northern Ethiopia from ancient kingdom of Aksum.
  • 800 year anniversary of "the birthplace of modern democracy", the signing of the Magna Carta by King John at Runymede, England.
  • Prince Nicolas of Sweden, Duke of Ångermanland, born in Danderyd.
  • Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, who died at 72.
  • Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), who died at 98.
  • Zhanna Friske, Movie Actress.
  • Roger Lavern [Jackson], English rock keyboardist (Tornados), who died at 75.
  • Red Kite was released by Sarah Cracknell. The second solo release for the Saint Etienne singer features guest appearances from The Rails and Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire.
  • Jean Doré, Canadian politician (39th Mayor of Montreal), who died at 70.
  • Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, announces he will run for the US Presidency in Miami.

On this day in 2014

  • Princess Amalia Of Nassau, Daughter of Prince Félix of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, born in Luxembourg.
  • Attia Sharara, Composer.
  • Casey Kasem, American radio personality (creator of American Top 40) and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, who died from Lewy body dementia at 82.
  • Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), who died from complications from pneumonia at 86.
  • Jacques Bergerac, French actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun) and business executive (Revlon), who died at 87.
  • Juan Manuel Santos is reelected President of Columbia.


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