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Today in the World Countries

  • Birth of Artigas is being celebrated in Uruguay
  • Corban Bairam Holiday is being celebrated in Sudan
  • Eid al-Adha Holiday is being celebrated in Jordan, Oman, Syria, Yemen
  • Eid-ul Al'haa Holday is being celebrated in Maldives
  • Labour Day is being celebrated in Trinidad And Tobago
  • Sacrifice Feast is being celebrated in Turkey
  • People born on this day are Gemini as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • Chinese Premier Xi Jinping meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the Great Hall of The People, Beijing.
  • Eleen Suliman, Instagram Star, born in Saudi Arabia.
  • Murielle Van Schaik, TikTok Star, born in Netherlands.
  • Karolis Chvedukas, Lithuanian soccer midfielder (20 caps; FK Suduva 163 games, Waterford FC), who died at 32.

On this day in 2022

  • Brett Tuggle, American session and touring rock keyboard player (David Lee Roth,1986-94; Fleetwood Mac,1997-2017), who died of cancer at 70.
  • Succession: Season 4 is released. The family continues to be divided as the sale of Waystar to Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård) moves closer to being final.

On this day in 2021

  • Champ, Biden family pet and First Dog, who died at The White House at 13.

On this day in 2020

  • Jason Mraz announces he will donate all profits from his album "Look for the Good"to Black Lives Matter and other organizations.
  • Ian Holm, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Alien, King Lear), who died at 88.
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Spanish writer (Shadow of the Wind), who died of cancer at 55.
  • Tray Savage, Rapper.
  • MOVIES: MA17
  • Babyteeth is released. When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it’s her parents’ worst nightmare. But as Milla’s first brush with love brings her a new lust for life, things get messy and traditional morals go out the window. Milla soon shows everyone in her orbit – her parents, Moses, a sensitive music teacher, a budding child violinist, and a disarmingly honest, pregnant neighbor – how to live like you have nothing to lose. What might have been a disaster for the Finlay family instead leads to letting go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life.
  • My Darling Vivian is released. The story of Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash's first wife and the mother of his four daughters.
  • Miss Juneteenth is released. A former beauty queen turned hard working single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the Miss Juneteenth pageant, hoping to keep her from repeating the same mistakes in life that she made.
  • Mr. Jones is released. Agnieszka Holland’s thriller, set on the eve of WWII, sees Hitler’s rise to power and Stalin’s Soviet propaganda machine pushing their “utopia” to the Western world. Meanwhile an ambitious young journalist, Gareth Jones (James Norton) travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind the propaganda, but then gets a tip that could expose an international conspiracy, one that could cost him and his informant their lives. Jones goes on a life-or-death journey to uncover the truth behind the façade that would later inspire George Orwell’s seminal book Animal Farm. [Samuel Goldwyn Films]
  • Disclosure is released. Disclosure is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, MJ Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton, and Chaz Bono, share their reactions and resistance to some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments. [Netlfix]
  • Wasp Network is released. René González (Edgar Rami´rez) is a Cuban pilot who leaves his wife (Penelope Cruz) and young daughter behind in the communist island nation to defect to the United States and begin a new life of freedom in the early 1990s. But René is not the upstart American striver he appears to be. Joining forces with a group of Cuban exiles in South Florida known as the Wasp Network — led by undercover operative Manuel Viramontez a.k.a. Gerardo Hernandez (Gaël García Bernal) — he becomes part of a pro-Castro spy ring tasked with observing and infiltrating Cuban-American terror groups intent upon attacking the socialist republic.
  • The Politician: Season 2 is released. Payton looks to take long-time New York State Senator Dede Standish's (Judith Light) seat in the second season of the Ryan Murphy series.
  • You Make Me Feel was released by Don Bryant. The third full-length release for the Memphis R&B/soul singer-songwriter was produced by Scott Bomar.
  • Tearless was released by Amnesia Scanner. The second full-length studio release for the Berlin-based Finnish electronic duo features guest appearances from Code Orange, Lalita and LYZZA.
  • Shadow Offering was released by Braids. The fourth full-length release for the Canadian art rock trio was was co-produced with Chris Walla.
  • Somewhere was released by Gum Country. The debut full-length release for the Canadian indie rock duo of Courtney Garvin and Connor Mayer was recorded and mixed by Joo-Joo Ashworth.
  • The Avalanche was released by Owen. The latest full-length release for the Mike Kinsella solo musical project features a guest appearance from KC Dalager and was produced by Sean Carey.
  • Planet's Mad was released by Baauer. The second full-length release for the electronic artist features a guest appearance from Bipolar Sunshine.
  • Rough and Rowdy Ways was released by Bob Dylan. The first new studio release of new music for the singer-songwriter in eight years.
  • Bigger Love was released by John Legend. The seventh full-length studio release for the R&B singer-songwriter features guest appearances from Jhené Aiko, Camper, Gary Clark Jr., Koffee, and Rapsody
  • Acoustic was released by Oumou Sangaré. The latest full-length release for the Mali artist features acoustic versions of songs from her 2017 album, Mogoya.
  • Lamb of God was released by Lamb of God. The 10th full-length studio release for the heavy metal band features guest appearances from Chuck Billy and Jamey Jasta.
  • Homegrown was released by Neil Young. The previously unreleased album for the singer-songwriter was originally set to be released in 1975 before it was cancelled. It features contributions from Tim Drummond, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Karl T Himmel, Ben Keith, and Robbie Robertson.
  • The Academy: The First Riddle for PC is released. The Academy: The First Riddle is a puzzle-packed adventure set in a school filled with mystery. Leave your mark on Arbor's Academy and find out why it only welcomes the best and the brightest.
  • The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4 is released. Five years after their dangerous journey across the post-pandemic United States, Ellie and Joel have settled down in Jackson, Wyoming. Living amongst a thriving community of survivors has allowed them peace and stability, despite the constant threat of the infected and other, more desperate survivors. When a violent event disrupts that peace, Ellie embarks on a relentless journey to carry out justice and find closure. As she hunts those responsible one by one, she is confronted with the devastating physical and emotional repercussions of her actions.
  • Railway Empire: Switch Edition for Switch is released. United States,1830: The New World is in its ascendancy. Industry is booming, and the race is on to establish the most dominant and powerful rail empire in all of North America. It's time to outthink and outmaneuver your competitors as you lead your company into the 20th century!In Railway Empire, you will create an elaborate and wide-ranging rail network, purchase over 40 different trains modelled in extraordinary detail, and buy or build railway stations, maintenance buildings, factories and tourist attractions to keep your travel network ahead of the competition. You'll also need to hire and manage your workforce if you want to ensure an efficient train service, whilst also develop over 300 technologies ranging from mechanical improvements to the trains themselves to workplace infrastructures and advanced amenities as you progress through five eras of technological innovations. However, you can't just build and research your way to the top -- the competition never sleeps, and to keep your business on track you'll have to survive against up to three rival tycoons. To get to the top you may have to resort to more cutthroat tactics as you attack and sabotage your opponents through raids and industrial espionage.
  • The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters for Switch is released. Mina Park, a student of Sehwa High, awakens at night in her school. It isn't long before she realizes that something is amiss. The once-familiar school where she spends her evenings studying looks twisted by something dark and sinister. She finds herself pursued by someone or something that looks eerily like her teacher. To survive, Mina must venture beyond the boundaries of her school and into the surrounding district. There, she will encounter strange creatures, mysterious strangers, and uneasy allies.The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters is an atmospheric, story-driven game. Immerse yourself in the warped Sehwa district as you encounter an engaging cast of characters, solve puzzles, discover revealing clues, and fight for survival against a relentless psycho.Heroines, forced to confront their worst fears, rarely emerge unscathed. Over the course of the story, Mina will encounter dangerous scenarios from which she could sustain permanent damage. Craft items to anticipate future dangers to avoid injury.Dark Song is now more fearsome and powerful than ever before. Falling into her grasp could spell instant death. Running and wielding your flashlight makes you an easy target. You must precariously balance the urgency of exploration with your absolute need to survive!
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered for Switch is released. Welcome back to Paradise City! Make action your middle name as you rule the streets in Burnout Paradise Remastered. Tear up the town from hectic downtown avenues to wild mountain roads. Relive the high-octane stunts and wanton destruction of one of the greatest arcade-driving games ever!Burnout Paradise Remastered provides the ultimate driving playground for you and your friends to play online. This remaster includes all DLC from the Year of Paradise, including the Big Surf Island update, meticulously recreated and ready to wreck in 4K on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.
  • Australian government and companies ares under a months-long state-based cyber attack says PM Scott Morrison.
  • Mario Corso, Italian soccer winger (23 caps; Inter Milan 413 games) and coach (Lecce, Inter), who died at 78.

On this day in 2019

  • Oklahoma writer Joy Harjo is named the first Native American US Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress.
  • First debate for a decade in Congress over reparations for slavery with Danny Glover one of the witnesses.
  • UN says over 70 million people in the world are displaced, asylum seekers or refugees around the world, their highest-ever number in 70 years.
  • US Nxivm sex cult leader Keith Raniere found guilty in New York court of racketeering, sex trafficking and child pornography.
  • US Senators receive a classified briefing on possible UFO sightings by the US Navy.
  • Philippe Zdar, DJ.
  • Anthony Hedges, British light music and orchestral composer (Humberside Cantata), who died at 88.
  • Etika, YouTube Star.
  • MOVIES: TV14
  • The Edge of Democracy is released. A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis - the personal and political fuse to explore one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. Combining unprecedented access to leaders past and present, including Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva, with accounts of her own family's complex political and industrial past, filmmaker Petra Costa witnesses their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains. [Netflix]
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry for PlayStation 4 is released. Larry’s new adventure takes him — whatever the route or twist of fate — from the end of the ’80s directly into the 21st century and wow, how the world has changed!

On this day in 2018

  • General Electric is dropped form the Dow Jones Index, the last original member from 1907.
  • Canada's Senate votes to legalize recreational marijuana use, first major economy to do so.
  • US ambassador Nikki Haley announces the US is leaving the UN Human Rights Council.
  • Hubert Green, American golfer (US Open 1977, PGA 1985), who died of throat cancer at 71.
  • Lenore Engdahl, American classical pianist, and educator (Boston University School of Music,1972–83), who died at 100.
  • The Lost Child for PlayStation 4 is released. Occult journalist Hayato Ibuki encounters a strange girl during his investigations into a series of mysterious suicides in Tokyo. She implores that Hayato must live, before bestowing upon him a mystical device that allows him to capture celestial and arcane creatures. He is now thrust into a world beyond our own, home to horrific monsters and celestial beings. In it, he must delve into dungeons called Layers and solve the mystery of the device. Where his journey leads him could decide the fate of our world...FEATURES:* Mythology Unbound -- Features 100+ astrals from myths and legends to capture, each with 3 unique forms to progress through.* Spread the Wealth of Knowledge -- There are more than 250+ skills to learn and distribute among your party of captured Astrals.* The Infinite Abyss Awaits -- Test yourself against massive dungeons with up to 99 floors of deadly dangers.
  • Musynx for Switch is released. With more than 50 songs to choose from, MUSYNX is the next destination of choice for rhythm game fans to rock out and stretch their rhythmic fingers! The simple, organic game mechanics will put players to the test with rhythms and beats like no other. With multiple difficulty levels and a huge range of genres to choose from (pop, classical, trance, vocaloid, R&B, and more), players will be glued to their Nintendo Switch for hours and hours, whether at home or on the go.
  • England smash the highest score (481/6) in one day international cricket history in a 242 run defeat of Australia (239) at Trent Bridge.

On this day in 2017

  • Bexit negotiations begin between United Kingdom and the European Union in Brussels.
  • First full genetic study of cats published in "Nature Ecology and Evolution", reveals domesticated 9,000 years ago, descended from one species (African wildcat).
  • Russia warns the US it will target US and allied aircraft over Syria after US fighter shoots down Syrian warplane.
  • Record 65.6 million people displaced around the world in 2016 reported by UN refugee agency.
  • Carla Fendi, Fashion Designer.
  • Brian Cant, British stage and screen actor and children's television presenter (Play School,1964-85), who died at 83.
  • Brian Kenny, British Army officer, deputy supreme allied commander (Europe), who died at 83.
  • Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court for PC is released. Darkest Dungeon®: The Crimson Court is the first expansion for the award-winning grim and gothic RPG by Red Hook Studios. Crimson Court is a parallel campaign experienced alongside the main Darkest Dungeon content that will provide you with new challenges and variation at every difficulty level. The narrative grounding sheds some light on the Ancestor’s early days, and will be presented in the same style of cut-scenes you’ve seen elsewhere in the game.

On this day in 2016

  • Artists including Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Pearl Jam, U2 and Sir Paul McCartney called for online copyright laws to be reformed. More than 180 artists signed an open letter criticising the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). They claimed the law benefits companies that "exploit music for their financial enrichment", but not artists..
  • Alex Puccio undergoes spinal fusion surgery due to a herniated disk.
  • NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers win first title beating defending champion Golden State Warriors,93-89 for a 4–3 series victory; 1st team to overcome 3–1 deficit; MVP LeBron James 27 points.
  • Paul Cox, Director.
  • Götz George, German actor (Tatort), who died at 77.
  • Anton Yelchin, Movie Actor.
  • Phil Goulet, Race Car Driver.

On this day in 2015

  • The right-wing Venstre block wins the 2015 Danish general election.
  • Actress Shannen Doherty reveals that she has breast cancer.
  • Blues musician Wendell Holmes died aged 71. He released 12 albums as part of The Holmes Brothers, a family band that included his siblings Sherman and Willie. During their career, the brothers played with many artists including Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm and Willie Nelson..
  • Pixar's animated film "Inside Out"is released with voices by Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling.
  • 3 1/2 Minutes,10 Bullets is released. Black Friday 2012, the day after Thanksgiving November 2012, four boys in a red SUV pull into a gas station after spending time at the mall buying sneakers and talking to girls. With music blaring, one boy exits the car and enters the store, a quick stop for a soda and a pack of gum. A man and a woman pull up next to the boys in the station, making a stop for a bottle of wine. The woman enters the store and an argument breaks out when the driver of the second car asks the boys to turn the music down. 3 1/2 minutes and ten bullets later, one of the boys is dead.
  • Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor is released. Benjamin (Vincent Lacoste) begins his internship at the hospital run by his father. Confident and determined that he will quickly become a successful doctor, Benjamin soon realizes that the reality of the medical world is a lot grimmer than what he had imagined. He is also overshadowed by his co-junior partner Abdel (Reda Kateb), a foreign doctor who’s obviously more competent than he is but who’s forced to work as an intern because of his immigrant status. When Vincent makes a medical error, his father quickly covers it up but Abdel is not fooled. [Distrib Films]
  • Gabriel is released. Gabriel (Rory Culkin) is a vulnerable teen at his psychological breaking point, struggling to keep it together in the wake of his father’s suicide. Convinced that reuniting with an ex-girlfriend holds the answers to his troubles, Gabriel risks everything in a desperate pursuit that will take him to uncharted and unexpected places and test the limits of those closest to him. [Oscilloscope Laboratories]
  • Rubble Kings is released. From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay a unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. Rubble Kings chronicles life during this era of gang rule, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted New York City and the world over.
  • The Face of an Angel is released. A journalist and a documentary filmmaker chase the story of a murder and its prime suspect.
  • Inside Out is released. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. [Pixar]
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Manglehorn is released. Reclusive small town locksmith Angelo Manglehorn (Al Pacino) has never quite recovered from losing the love of his life, Clara. Fixated on her memory, he feels closer to his beloved cat than the people around him and prefers to find comfort in his work and daily routine. Still, he forges on with his tenuous human connections, maintaining intermittent contact with his son, taking misplaced pride in a former protégé gone astray, and establishing a cautious friendship with a kindhearted woman from the local bank. As this solitary man approaches the possibility of new love, he finds himself at a crossroads between remaining consumed by the past and embracing the present.
  • Phantom Halo is released. Brothers Samuel and Beckett Emerson are barely scraping by. Their father, Warren, continues to gamble and drink away any money they bring home. With all the havoc that is constantly going on in their lives, the family members each find solace in his own way, through Shakespeare, comic books and impossible love affairs. Beckett seizes the opportunity to make some easy money by counterfeiting in hopes of repaying his father's debts. When Beckett's plan goes awry, the family must decide what's most important or pay the ultimate price.
  • Infinitely Polar Bear is released. A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.
  • Balls Out is released. With marriage, graduation, and the real world looming on the horizon, fifth year senior Caleb Fuller reassembles the ol' team of misfits for one last epic run in Intramural football.
  • Burying the Ex is released. Max's (Anton Yelchin) regrets over moving in with his girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) are compounded when she dies and comes back as a zombie.
  • Dope is released. Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled with gangsters and drugs dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into a gritty adventure filed with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he'll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.
  • Eden is released. Paul (Félix de Givry) is a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris. Rave parties dominate that culture, but he's drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago's garage house. He forms a DJ collective named Cheers (as, in a parallel storyline, two of his friends form one called Daft Punk, who float throughout the movie), and together he and his friends plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music. [Broadgreen Pictures]
  • The Overnight is released. Alex (Adam Scott), Emily (Taylor Schilling), and their son, RJ, have recently moved to Los Angeles’s Eastside from Seattle. Feeling lost in a new city, they are desperate to find their first new friends. After a chance meeting with Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) at the neighborhood park, they gladly agree to join family pizza night at his home. But as it gets later and the kids go to bed, the family “playdate” becomes increasingly more revealing as the couples begin to open up.
  • Catastrophe: Season 1 is released. American ad exec Rob Norris (Rob Delaney) and London-based school teacher Sharon Morris (Sharon Horgan) decide to give a try at a relationship after learning she is pregnant after their one-night stand.
  • Killjoys: Season 1 is released. A trio of bounty hunters (Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore and Luke MacFarlane) hunt warrants in the Quad galaxy in this sci-fi series from the producers of Orphan Black and Lost Girl.

On this day in 2014

  • Felipe VI ascends to the Spanish throne after the abdication of his father King Juan Carlos.
  • "Transformers: Age of Extinction"directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg premieres in Hong Kong. Highest grossing film of 2014 ($1.104 billion).
  • 4th Critics'Choice Television Awards: Orange Is the New Black wins Best Comedy Series, Breaking Bad wins Best Drama Series.
  • " Transformers: Age of Extinction" directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg premieres in Hong Kong. Highest grossing film of 2014 ($1.104 billion).
  • Ibrahim Touré, Soccer Player.
  • Gerry Goffin, American Hall of Fame lyricist, who died at 75.
  • Dominion: Season 1 is released. The series based on the 2010 movie Legion is set 25 years after the "Extinction War"between angels led by archangel Gabriel (Carl Beukes) and mankind--with Archangel Michael (Tom Wisdom) on humanity's side. In the city of Vega (previously known as Las Vegas), two families battle for control as the journey of a young soldier named Alex Lannen (Chris Egan) may change this new world.
  • Rectify: Season 2 is released. A week after Daniel's release from jail finds him in a coma and the community still divided.
  • Pro Cycling Manager Season 2014: Le Tour de France for PC is released. Assume the role of manager and lead one of the pro cycling circuit's 75 teams. Join an outstanding 2014 season with more than 200 competitions across 550 stages including the prestigious Tour de France.
  • Pushmo World for Wii U is released. Also known as "Pullblox World". When a kindly old inventor creates a wondrous park filled with puzzling playgrounds called Pushmo, a little trickster traps Mallo’s friends inside. Now it's up to our hero, Mallo, to push, pull, and climb his way through 250 mind-bending Pushmo playgrounds to save his friends. But the fun doesn’t stop there! World Pushmo Fair, a robust built-in community feature, makes it easier than ever to create, share, and play a near-limitless amount of custom puzzles created by players around the world.
  • Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition for Wii U is released. Also known as Out Of This World, Another World is a pioneer action/platformer that released across more than a dozen platforms since its debut in 1991. Along the years, Another World has attained cult status among critics and sophisticated gamers alike.Another World chronicles the story of Lester Knight Chaykin a young scientist hurtled through space and time by a nuclear experiment that goes wrong. In an alien and inhospitable world, you will have to dodge, outwit, and overcome the host of alien monsters, while surviving an environment as deadly as your enemies. Only a perfect blend of logic and skill will get you past the deadly obstacles that lie in wait.
  • How to Survive for Wii U is released. Featuring a robust crafting system, unique survival guide and a host of playable characters, How to Survive strands players on a remote archipelago off the coast of Colombia in the aftermath of an unexplained accident...but you're not alone. In order to survive, you must fulfill the most basic of needs - seeking out food, water and shelter, as well as crafting dozens of tools and weapons from fishing rods to Molotov cocktails. Players can also team up with other survivors in local and online multiplayer story and challenge modes to take on a growing array of the infected.


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