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Today in the World Countries

  • Aymara New Year is being celebrated in Bolivia
  • Martyrs' Day is being celebrated in Togo
  • Midsummer's Eve is being celebrated in Finland
  • Poson Full Moon Poya Day is being celebrated in Sri Lanka
  • Ullortuneq is being celebrated in Greenland
  • People born on this day are Cancer as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • US approves chicken made from animal cells - the country's first lab-grown meat, aimed at reducing harm to animals and the environment.
  • William Gamborg, TikTok Star, born in Norway.
  • Maramamiau, Twitch Star, born in Spain.
  • Peter Allan, Australian cricket fast bowler (1 Test,2 wickets; Queensland), who died at 87.
  • Guillermo Escalada, Uruguayan soccer forward (30 caps; Nacional, Gimnasia de La Plata, Montevideo Wanderers FC), who died at 87.
  • The Stroll is released. The history of New York's Meatpacking District told from the point of view of transgender sex workers who lived and worked there. They recount the violence, policing, and gentrification that lead to a movement for transgender rights.
  • Secret Invasion: Season 1 is released. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) teams up with Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), Everett Ross (Martin Freeman), and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) to stop the takeover of Earth by a group of shapeshifting Skrulls led by Gravik(Kingsley Ben-Adir).
  • Trepang2 for PC is released. Become the ultimate badass in Trepang2: A gory, action-packed FPS set in the distant future. Unleash all hell on your enemies, dodge bullets and leave a trail of destruction in this hardcore and frenetic shooter.You play as an escaped soldier, who has no memories of their past life, but is infused with supernatural abilities. Revenge is on your mind, and you'll stop at nothing to get what you want. Deliver devastating punches, sneak around in the shadows, wield explosive weapons, and give the bad guys a taste of their own medicine.
  • Pikmin 1 + 2 for Switch is released. Revisit the first two Pikmin games on the Nintendo Switch™ system!Reintroduce yourself to the plantlike Pikmin and strategic gameplay that this charming series is rooted in. From finding a way home to collecting treasure, Olimar (plus Louie in the Pikmin 2 game) must partner with a parade of Pikmin to survive the harshest of conditions. Both games support optional motion controls for more options when guiding your floral friends.Find your way home in the original Pikmin-plucking adventureMeet Captain Olimar and a capable cast of red, blue, and yellow Pikmin on a dire mission across a larger-than-life planet. Olimar must guide his loveably-leafy companions through obstacles, in battle, and when collecting his missing ship parts.Meet even more Pikmin (and Louie) on a treasure-hunting expeditionSwap between Olimar and Louie to divide and conquer in Pikmin 2. Tasked with helping pay off their employer’s debt, the pint-sized pair teams up with Pikmin (including purple and white Pikmin) to collect treasure guessed it...a strange planet. Time ticks away on the surface, but cave systems let you take your time to let your strategy blossom.

On this day in 2022

  • LA jury finds Bill Cosby liable for sexual assault of a 16 year-old in 1975 at the Playboy mansion, awards victim 500,000.
  • James Rado [Radomski], American stage actor, playwright, director, and composer (Hair!; Rainbow), who died at 90.

On this day in 2021

  • Colombia's COVID-19 pandemic recorded death toll passes 100,000, the tenth country in the world to do so.
  • Carl Nassib becomes the first openly gay player in the NFL in a post on Instagram.
  • Pat Lupo, American rock bassist (Beaver Brown Band,1972-94 - "On The Dark Side" ; "Tough All Over"), who died at 66.
  • Tom Kurvers, American ice hockey defenseman (Hobey Baker Award 1984; Stanley Cup 1986 Montreal Canadiens), who died from adenocarcinoma at 58.
  • Swedish government of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven toppled after a no confidence vote for the first time in Swedish history.

On this day in 2020

  • Saudi Arabia bans international visitors from making the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • WHO records a new record number of new daily cases of COVID-19 pandemic - 183,020, with 116,000 coming from North and South America.
  • Kurt Cobain's guitar during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show sells for a record $6 million.
  • New archaeological discovery announced near Stonehenge of a large circle of shafts surrounding a village 2500 BC, largest prehistoric structure in Britain.
  • Nastya Tropicelle, YouTube Star.
  • Rajinder Goel, Indian cricketer (record for most wickets in Ranji Trophy), who died at 77.
  • Perry Mason (2020): Season 1 is released. Set in the 1930s, Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys) is a private detective who beings looking into a child kidnapping case.
  • Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi soccer striker (121 caps; 62 goals; Al-Rasheed; Asian Footballer of the Year 1988), who died of COVID-19 pandemic at 56.
  • Dennis Young, New Zealand rugby union hooker (22 caps; Canterbury 139 games), who died from cancer at 90.

On this day in 2019

  • American music manager and record executive Elliot Roberts died aged 76. He is best known for helping to start and develop the careers of singer-songwriters from the late 1960s and 1970s, including those of Neil Young – whom he managed for over fifty years – and Joni Mitchell..
  • A report showed that The Spice Girls company funds had dwindled to just £86,000 before their recent concerts of this year. At their Nineties peak, the band’s firm was turning over more than £40million a year, latest accounts showed that Spice Girls Ltd had assets of just £135,450 with around £50,000 of debts yet to be paid. Geri’s Wonderful Productions made just £3,400, while Mel B’s Moneyspider Productions Limited gained only £13,300 in the year to August 2018. Melanie Chisholm – Mel C – also agreed to the reunion after her firm Red Girl Records went £850,000 into debt. But Emma Bunton’s Monsta Productions bucked the trend, with reserves doubling to just under £1m in the same year..
  • UK police called to house of leader contender Boris Johnson over alleged altercation with his girlfriend.
  • Gebran Bassil, Lebanese politician, Batroun, born in Lebanon.
  • Elliot Roberts [Rabinowitz] American music manager (Joni Mitchell; Neil Young), and label executive (Asylum Records), who died at 76.
  • Toy Story 4 is released. Woody has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky, declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep. After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.
  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is released. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own work. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed novels, including “The Bluest Eye, ” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon, ” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University. [Magnolia Pictures]
  • The Quiet One is released. Throughout his three-decade career as a founding member of and bassist for The Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman was known to the world as the “quiet one” in the band. Now, the famously private music legend speaks out about his extraordinary life and experiences as part of “the greatest rock and roll band in the world.” Opening up his vast personal archive—a lifetime’s worth of previously unseen home movies, photographs, and memorabilia—Wyman reflects on his early years with The Stones, the band’s meteoric rise to fame, and his search for a sense of “normalcy” amidst the whirlwind of sex, drugs, and rebellion. Endearingly humble and down-to-earth, Wyman pulls back the curtain to offer a one-of-a-kind perspective on life as a reluctant rock star. [IFC Films]
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Command is released. The K-1412 KURSK, a Russian flagship nuclear powered submarine, sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea in August 2000. As 23 sailors fought for survival aboard the disabled sub, their families desperately battled bureaucratic obstacles and impossible odds to find answer and save them.
  • The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is released. After his mother’s death, a young fakir from the streets of Mumbai, Ajatashatru leaves India for France to track down the father he never knew. From the moment he arrives in Paris, nothing goes as planned. Aja falls in love with a young American woman having an existential crisis, wakes up in a truck full of Somalian Refugees headed for England, is held hostage in a bureaucratic war, sorts out the love life of a movie star, gets shot at by a hitman in a Roman palace, travels by private jet, merchant ship and hot-air balloon, and becomes a rich man for the span of a few hours. As Aja finds himself helplessly shipped from Folkestone to Barcelona, and from Rome to Tripoli, what was initially supposed to be a simple visit to Paris to discover his father’s identity turns into a veritable odyssey.
  • Burn Your Maps is released. An American family must navigate the challenges that arise when their youngest,8-year old Wes, becomes convinced he is a Mongolian goat herder.
  • Child's Play is released. Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother, gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.
  • Anna is released. Beneath Anna Poliatova's striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world's most feared government assassins.
  • Nightmare Cinema is released. Five strangers are drawn to an abandoned theater and forced to watch their deepest and darkest fears play out before them. Lurking in the shadows is the Projectionist (Mickey Rourke), who preys upon their souls with his collection of disturbing films. As each reel spins its sinister tale, the characters find frightening parallels to their own lives.
  • Wild Rose is released. Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley), a rebellious country singer who dreams of trading the working-class streets of Glasgow for the Grand Ole Opry of Nashville, juggles her menial job, two children, and committed mother (Julie Walters), as she pursues her bold ambition of a one-way ticket to musical stardom. With the support of her boss (Sophie Okonedo), Rose-Lynn embarks on a life-changing journey that challenges her sense of self and helps her discover her true voice.
  • Schlagenheim was released by Black Midi. The debut full-length release for the rock band who met at BRIT School was recorded by producer Dan Carey.
  • Ride Me Back Home was released by Willie Nelson. The latest full-length solo release for the country artist features guest appearances from his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson.
  • Rise was released by Hollywood Vampires. The second full-length release for the rock supergroup comprised of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry features guest appearances from Jeff Beck and John Waters.
  • Pale Bloom was released by Sarah Davachi. The latest release for the Los Angeles-based composer features a three-part piano-based suite.
  • Patience was released by Mannequin Pussy. The third full-length release for the Philadelphia-based punk rock band led by Marisa Dabice was produced by Will Yip.
  • Late Night Feelings was released by Mark Ronson. The fifth full-length solo studio release for the British producer features guest appearances from Camila Cabello, Miley Cyrus, Diana Gordon, Ilsey, Alicia Keys, King Princess, The Last Artful, Dodgr, Lykke Li, Angel Olsen, and YEBBA.
  • An Obelisk was released by Titus Andronicus. The sixth full-length release for the Brooklyn-based rock band was recorded in six days with producer Bob Mould.
  • A Bath Full of Ecstasy was released by Hot Chip. The seventh full-length studio release for British indie electronic group features production from Rodaidh McDonald and Philippe Zdar.
  • Bird Songs of a Killjoy was released by Bedouine. The second full-length release for the Los Angeles-based folk singer-songwriter was produced by Gus Seyffert.
  • Black Pumas was released by Black Pumas. The debut full-length release for the Austin duo of Adrian Quesada and Eric Burton who were named Best New Band at the 2019 Austin Music Awards.
  • Gold Past Life was released by Fruit Bats. The seventh full-length release for Eric D. Johnson's indie folk-rock project was produced by Thom Monahan and is the first release on the Merge label.
  • False Alarm was released by Two Door Cinema Club. The fourth full-length release for the indie rock trio from Northern Ireland was recorded by Jacknife Lee and features guest appearances from Mokoomba and Open Mike Eagle.
  • Keepsake was released by Hatchie. The debut full-length release for the Australian dream pop artist Harriette Pilbeam was produced by John Castle.
  • Help Us Stranger was released by The Raconteurs. The first new studio release in 11 years for the Detroit rock band features a cover of Donovan's "Hey Gyp (Dig the Slow)"and was self-produced with Joshua V. Smith.
  • Judgment for PlayStation 4 is released. From the makers of the acclaimed Yakuza series, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, Judgment is the dramatic tale of a disgraced lawyer seeking redemption in a world rife with corruption and despair. Investigate the seedy Red Light District of Kamurocho by stepping into the mind of private detective Takayuki Yagami and utilize innovative investigation systems to uncover the secrets that lie deep within Kamurocho's corrupt underbelly. Experience visceral combat with two unique combat styles. Take down groups of thugs with sweeping blows in Crane Style, then switch to Tiger to overwhelm a single foe with a series of powerful strikes. Practice mixing-and-matching styles in combat in conjunction with a wide variety of skills, weapons, and powerful (and hilarious) EX Actions to unlock a whole new dimension in combat.
  • Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled for Switch is released. Crash is back in the driver’s seat. Get ready to go fur-throttle with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. It’s the authentic CTR experience plus a whole lot more, now fully-remastered and revved up to the max:• Start your engines with the original game modes, characters, tracks, power-ups, weapons and controls• Power slide to glory in additional karts and tracks from beyond the original game• Race online with friends and Crash the competition with online leaderboardsWith Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, the stakes are high and the competition is fierce. It's the CTR you love, now kicked into the highest gear.

On this day in 2018

  • EU imposes tariffs on US goods worth $3.2 billion in response to US tariffs.
  • NBA Draft: Arizona center Deandre Ayton first pick by Phoenix Suns.
  • Take Two: Season 1 is released. Former TV cop Sam Swift (Rachel Bilson) seeks a return to her career after a stint in rehab by shadowing private investigator Eddie Valetik (Eddie Cibrian) as research for a potential comeback role in this crime drama from Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe.
  • Minecraft for Switch is released. The game involves players creating and destroying various types of blocks in a three dimensional environment. The player takes an avatar that can destroy or create blocks, forming fantastic structures, creations and artwork across the various multiplayer servers in multiple game modes.
  • Lost in Harmony for Switch is released.
  • Pode for Switch is released. Pode is a co-op puzzle exploration game about a rock and a fallen star working together to solve ancient puzzles in a stunning environment inspired by Norwegian art and culture.
  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden becomes the second world leader to give birth in office, to a daughter.
  • Charles Krauthammer, American conservative political commentator and psychiatrist (The Washington Post), who died small intestine cancer of at 68.
  • Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is charged with fraud.

On this day in 2017

  • In landmark case Israeli woman wins sexism case against airline El Al after asked to change seat away from a man.
  • Michael Bay directs Transformers: The Last Knight, which grosses $605 million worldwide.
  • Ludger Rémy, German harpsichordist, conductor (Les Amis de Philippe), and musicologist, who died at 68.
  • Leroy Jenkins, Religious Leader.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Transformers: The Last Knight is released. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.
  • Master X Master for PC is released. Experience MXM's unique Tag System and quickly swap between two chosen Masters mid-combat, offering a new level of strategy, combos and tactics to master the battlefield.
  • Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu outed after losing no-confidence vote 241-7.

On this day in 2016

  • Trumpeter Wayne Jackson, who formed the Memphis Horns duo with saxophonist Andrew Love, died of congestive heart failure at the age of 74. Jackson and Love played together on 52 No.1 songs, supporting the likes of Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Otis Redding, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Peter Gabriel and the Doobie Brothers..
  • Wayne Lamar Jackson, American soul and R& B trumpeter ( Mar-Keys, The Memphis Horns), who died of congestive heart failure at 74.
  • Pierre Lalonde, TV Show Host.
  • Greenleaf: Season 1 is released. The drama created by Craig Wright focuses on the return of Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) to Memphis and the megachurch her parents (Keith David and Lynn Whitfield) run after the death of her sister, Faith.
  • Umbrella Corps for PC is released. Umbrella Corps brings a competitive experience featuring new types of strategy and technique blended with elements from the world of Resident Evil, to create a "unique"kind of shooter.
  • VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action for PC is released. VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is a booze em' up about waifus, technology, and post-dystopia life.
  • Asemblance for PlayStation 4 is released. Asemblance is a single-player, first-person, psychological thriller. You awake to find yourself trapped inside an experimental machine. A machine built to simulate memories. You have no idea how you got here… But to break the cycle, you must look into a past that you may not want to remember.
  • Pac-Man 256 for PlayStation 4 is released. Control Pac-Man as you devour pellets and ghosts in an endless maze, and you must continue moving forward as a wave of glitches follow and destroy you if they get too close. The game ends when you die, so getting as many points as possible is key.
  • Grand Kingdom for PlayStation Vita is released. After the fall of the once-prosperous Uldein Empire over one hundred years ago, the Four Great Nations now wage war to claim dominion over the Resonail continent. Battles are no longer fought by honorable knights loyal to a nation, but by mercenaries who sell their services to the highest bidder. As the leader of a mercenary squad, the player will lead their troops across a battle-scarred continent, overcoming obstacles and adversaries as they complete quests doled out by each nation. In doing so, they will unravel the mystery behind the downfall of a mighty empire.
  • Mighty No. 9 for Wii U is released. Mighty No. 9 is an all-new Japanese side-scrolling action game that takes the best aspects of the 8- and 16-bit era classics you know and love, and transforms them with modern tech, fresh mechanics, and fan input into something fresh. You play as Beck, the 9th in a line of powerful robots, and the only one not infected by a mysterious computer virus that has caused mechanized creatures the world over to go berserk. Run, jump, blast, and transform your way through six stages (or more, via stretch goals) you can tackle in any order you choose, using weapons and abilities stolen from your enemies to take down your fellow Mighty Number robots and confront the final evil that threatens the planet. Once, you worked together, side-by-side but now, your fellow Mighty No. robots have lashed out, taking over key strategic locations across the globe and infesting them with their minions. You have no choice: the other Mighty Numbers...Must. Be. Destroyed.
  • MXGP2: The Official Motocross Videogame for Xbox One is released. MXGP2 is the evolution of the Official Motocross Videogame experience, based on the FIM Motocross World Championship license with updated tracks and riders, including Glen Helen and the new Americas tracks. Players also have the chance to ride in two brand new indoor stadiums to test their riding abilities and take part, for the first time in a cross videogame, in the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations. Customise every part of your bike, rider, and team, and hone your stills in test track performances.
  • Deadlight: Director's Cut for Xbox One is released. Set in an apocalyptic 1986, you play Randall Wayne, a lone survivor searching for his loved ones in the ruins of Seattle. Through tense platforming and deadly encounters with the undead, known as ‘shadows’, you’ll either fight using scarce resources, or navigate the environment to run and hide from them.

On this day in 2015

  • Hackers ground 1400 passengers by attacking IT system at Warsaw Chopin airport in Poland.
  • Apple Music reversed its payment policy, a day after Taylor Swift said she was refusing to allow the company to stream her latest album 1989. In an open letter to Apple, Swift said she was withholding the record as she was unhappy with the three-month free trial offered to subscribers, saying "We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."Apple now said it would pay artists for music streamed during trial periods..
  • 94 people die & 45 are hospitalized after drinking moonshine in Mumbai, India.
  • Laksh Pamnani, TikTok Star, born in United Arab Emirates.
  • Remo Remotti, Movie Actor.
  • Gunther Schuller, American horn player and jazz composer (" Of Reminiscences and Reflections" - Pulitzer Prize,1994), who died at 89.
  • Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, who died at 86.
  • True Detective: Season 2 is released. A strange murder in Southern California discovered by California Highway Patrol officer Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) leads to a conspiracy that ensnares mobster Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn), mob-affiliated City of Vinci Detective Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), and Ventura County Sheriff detective Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams).
  • The Brink: Season 1 is released. Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Jack Black), and Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) are the key players to stop a potential military coup and World War III in this dark comedy.
  • Ballers (2015): Season 1 is released. The sports dramedy explores the lives and families of former and current football players, including retired football star Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne "The Rock"Johnson), who is struggling to adjust to life as a financial advisor.
  • Poldark: Season 1 is released. First adapted for the BBC/Masterpiece Theatre in 1975-77, the new adaptation of the novels by Winston Graham sees Captain Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) returning to Cornwall in 1783 after spending three years in the army fighting in the American War for Independence, only to find his father dead, the woman (Heida Reed) he loved engaged to another, and his estate in dire straits. He rescues a young woman (Eleanor Tomlinson) from a beating and hires her as his maid as he seeks to turn his fortunes around.

On this day in 2014

  • Qhapaq Ñan, the Andean Road System of the Inca Empire,30,000km long (18,600 miles) through six countries, granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.
  • TV journalist Katie Couric at the age of 57 weds financier John Molner in East Hampton, New York.
  • Anthony Jacobs, English businessman (Nig Securities Group; British School of Motoring) dies at 82.
  • Almost Royal: Season 1 is released. Sheltered brother-and-sister aristocrats Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart) travel across to America.


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