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Today in the World Countries

  • Battle of Carabobo is being celebrated in Venezuela
  • Midsummer Day is being celebrated in Estonia
  • Orthodox Whit Monday is being celebrated in Cyprus, Greece, Romania
  • St John's Day is being celebrated in Latvia, Lithuania
  • Whit Monday is being celebrated in Ukraine
  • People born on this day are Cancer as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2022

  • American Katie Ledecky wins the 800m gold medal in 8:08.04 at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest; completes 400/800/1500m treble for unprecedented 4th time at a single worlds.
  • Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, and Kendrick Lamar headline; other performers include Crowded House, Robert Plant and Alison Krause, Noel Gallagher, Dianna Ross, Herbie Hancock, Billy Bragg, Angélique Kidjo, Lorde, Ziggy Marley, Suzanne Vega, and Hothouse Flowers.
  • Apples is released. Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris (Aris Servetalis) finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities. Prescribed daily tasks on cassette tapes so he can create new memories and document them on camera, Aris slides back into ordinary life, meeting Anna (Sofia Georgovasili), a woman who is also in recovery.
  • Beba is released. Beba is a poetic, raw and ruthless coming of age tale, in which a young NYC born and bred Afro-Latina stares down historical, societal, and generational trauma with unflinching courage.
  • Olga is released. Olga (Anastasia Budiashkina) is a talented teenage Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland, dreaming of Olympic gold and trying to fit in with her new team in her new home. As she prepares for the European Championships, the Ukrainian people back home in Kyiv rise up in what has become known as the Maidan Revolution, suddenly involving everyone she cares about. Olga is left a powerless, distant bystander as her mother, an investigative journalist, faces danger as she challenges the brutal Yanukovich regime.
  • Flux Gourmet is released. Set at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance, a collective finds themselves embroiled in power struggles, artistic vendettas and gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is released. Marcel is an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan. Once part of a sprawling community of shells, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. But when a documentary filmmaker discovers them amongst the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and a new hope at finding his long-lost family.
  • The Sea Beast is released. In an era when terrifying beasts roamed the seas, monster hunters were celebrated heroes - and none were more beloved than the great Jacob Holland. But when young Maisie Brumble stows away on his fabled ship, he’s saddled with an unexpected ally. Together they embark on an epic journey into uncharted waters and make history.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Man from Toronto is released. A case of mistaken identity arises after a screw-up sales consultant and the world’s deadliest assassin - known only as The Man from Toronto - run into each other at a holiday rental. [Netflix]
  • Elvis is released. The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).
  • The Black Phone is released. Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.
  • Loot: Season 1 is released. Newly single and now billionaire Molly Novak (Maya Rudolph) looks to be more involved with her charity foundation run by Sofia Salinas (Mj Rodriguez) with the help of her assistant Nicholas (Joel Kim Booster), accountant Arthur (Nat Faxon) and her cousin Howard (Ron Funches) in this comedy from Matt Hubbard and Alan Yang.
  • Chloe: Season 1 is released. Becky Green (Erin Doherty) takes on a new identity to learn more about the mysterious death of the woman (Poppy Gilbert) she is obsessed with in this thriller from Alice Seabright.[Premiered originally in the UK on BBC One on 6 Feb 2022 and in the US on Prime Video on 24 Jun 2022]
  • Closure/Continuation was released by Porcupine Tree. This is the first full-length studio release for British rock band Porcupine Tree since 2009's The Incident.
  • Drill Music in Zion was released by Lupe Fiasco. The latest full-length studio release for rapper Lupe Fiasco features guest appearances from Ayesha Jaco and Nayirah.
  • Arkhon was released by Zola Jesus. The sixth full-length studio release for synth-pop artist Zola Jesus was produced by Randall Dunn.
  • Home, Before and After was released by Regina Spektor. The eighth full-length studio release for singer-songwriter Regina Spektor was recorded in upstate New York and was co-produced with John Congleton.
  • Sometimes, Forever was released by Soccer Mommy. The third full-length studio release for indie rock artist Soccer Mommy was produced by Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin.
  • Muna was released by MUNA. The third full-length release for Los Angeles indie pop trio MUNA features a guest appearance from Phoebe Bridgers.
  • The Spur was released by Joan Shelley. The latest full-length release for Kentucky singer-songwriter Joan Shelley was co-produced with James Elkington and features contributions from Meg Baird, Bill Callahan, Max Porter, and Nathan Salsburg.
  • Pocky & Rocky Reshrined for PlayStation 4 is released. Pocky the shrine maiden and Rocky the raccoon are back together in the latest game in the long-running classic shooter series! As the evil Black Mantle attacks, Pocky and Rocky need to team up once again, this time with some new friends to take on the upcoming challenges! With 8 stages of high-paced shooting action, you'll have your hands full with creepy enemies, big bosses, and lots of twists and turns!
  • Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes for Switch is released. Join Fire Emblem: Three Houses characters as you engage in massive battles across Fódlan Edelgard, Dimitri, Claude, and other Fire Emblem: Three Houses characters return to put their combat expertise on display as you revisit a war-torn Fódlan. Unleash devastating combos and striking special moves in action-packed, real-time combat. Cut through hordes of enemies as characters from the Fire Emblem: Three Houses game. Take down dozens of foes with Edelgard’s axe or Dimitri’s lance, or blast enemies from a distance with Claude’s bow. Slash, swing, and spear your way to a brighter future for Fódlan.
  • AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative for Switch is released. Six years ago, the right half of a corpse was discovered under mysterious circumstances. The left half was never found...until six years later, when it was discovered completely fresh with no signs of decay, as though the victim was alive until just recently.Now, newly-appointed Special Agent Mizuki and her AI partner Aiba are tasked to solve the bizarre Half Body serial killings...
  • Capcom Fighting Collection for Switch is released. Features 10 classic titles, including two Darkstalkers games never before released in North America! Take on all challengers in online play with rollback netcode for all ten games, and enjoy additional features including a gallery of official art, a music player with hundreds of tracks, and more: Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge (Japanese version, first official release in North America) Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire (Japanese version, first official release in North America) Red Earth (First release outside of arcades) Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo Hyper Street Fighter II

On this day in 2021

  • Residential tower Champlain Towers South collapses at 1.30am in Surfside, Miami Beach, with 156 people missing (98 bodies eventually recovered).
  • Second discovery of the remains of 761 people, mainly indigenous children announced at former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.
  • Benigno Aquino Iii, World Leader.
  • Eleazar Soria, Peruvian soccer defender (29 caps, Copa America 1975; Universitario, Independiente, Sporting Cristal), who died at 73.
  • Ludwig Müller, German soccer defender (6 caps; FC Nürnberg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hertha BSC), who died at 79.
  • Sisters on Track is released. An intimate portrait of girlhood following three determined sisters in Brooklyn as they race against all odds on a journey toward hope, belonging and a brighter future.
  • Legend of Mana Remastered for Switch is released. Create your World. In ancient times, the world was saved from destruction by sealing locations and events within magical artifacts.Now, you have the chance to recreate this world as you desire by discovering artifacts, placing them, and exploring the mysteries inside. > Construct a unique world map and story by carefully placing artifacts > Explore areas in any order, encountering nearly 70 different gameplay scenarios > Battle enemies in real-time with special attacks and customizable controls > Control every aspect of your new world: raise faithful pet monsters, create powerful golems, forge mighty weapons, and refine magical instruments> Adventure with a friend by having tyem importing their Legend of Mana character from a MEMORY CARD, or take control of an NPC

On this day in 2020

  • COVID-19 pandemic worsens dramatically in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, with 25% mortality according to the UN.
  • Russia celebrates its victory 75 years ago over Nazi Germany with huge military parade through Red Square in Moscow (delayed from May 9 due to pandemic).
  • World Monetary fund predicts a deeper global recession with contraction of 4.9% (down from 3%), noting 2/3 of all countries used 11 trillion to support their economies.
  • Siya Kakkar, TikTok Star.
  • Larry Hess, Race Car Driver.
  • Jack D. Mccoy, Race Car Driver.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Athlete A is released. In Athlete A, filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk delve into the unchecked abuse inside the world of elite competitive gymnastics. Equal parts devastating and inspiring, the film follows the IndyStar reporters as they reveal the extensive cover-up and culture of cruelty that was allowed to thrive within elite gymnastics, the attorney fighting the institutions, and most importantly, the brave whistle-blowers who refuse to be silenced. [Netflix]
  • Death Come True for Switch is released. A new wave interactive movie game where your actions, and the ending of the story, are determined by your choices.A completely new science fiction mystery, in full-length live-action movie format, from genius creator of the "Danganronpa"series, Kazutaka Kodaka.Player controls are simple and straightforward: just swipe to look around and tap to make a selection. Even if you are a beginner, you can enjoy the game as if you were watching a movie.The protagonist acts as you make choices in each scene, moving the story forward.What ending awaits you after you've made your choices?
  • Ninjala for Switch is released. An online action battle game featuring ninja and gum! Assume the role of a modern-day ninja and take part in the Ninjala tournament!¦ Ninja-GumUse Ninja-Gum to blow bubbles that can be tossed at your foes, craft all sorts of weapons, and dash across stages.The appearance and variety of your weapon will vary depending on the type of Ninja-Gum you use.¦ Competitive PlayerTake part in Battle Royale-style matches of up to 8 players and vie for supremacy with ninja around the world. The player who earns the most points over the course of the match will be declared the winner. Score points by defeating your opponents, obtaining items, destroying drones positioned across the stage, and more. Earn extra points by taking down your opponents with an IPPON—impressive finishing techniques.¦ Cooperative PlayJoin up with friends and take part in a 4-on-4 team battle. Cooperate with your teammates and earn more points than the opposing team to be declared the winner.¦ AvatarA colorful variety of costumes and accessories from an array of unique fashion brands are available. Choose from a wide variety of avatar items which can be combined as you see fit. You can stick to one brand for a consistent look, or mix and match to create a style all your own!
  • Night Call for Xbox One is released. A mysterious serial killer stalks the streets of modern-day Paris. The body count rises, and the police are no closer to catching the culprit. You are a taxi driver and survivor to the killer's most recent attacks, having barely escaped with your life. You have seven nights to help find the killer, or the police will pin it on you. These next few shifts will be far from ordinary or safe...Night Call is a non-linear, narrative-driven noire investigation game. You are no detective, but you do have a gift. Around you, people feel more at ease. They talk. They share their thoughts, their emotions, their stories... their secrets. To passengers, you are more than just a driver; you are also a friend, a confidant, a shrink. A voyeur catching a glimpse under the masked but very real lives throughout the City of Light. And you'll need to play these roles well if you want to catch the killer.Use the limited time you have available each night to gather clues while earning money to pay your bills. Drive passengers to their destinations, hear their stories and choose your responses carefully -- some are just regular people with a tale to tell, while others might reveal a clue that's key to your investigation. Follow the right leads to uncover new info about the suspects, and don't forget to make enough money to buy gas and pay your bills.Can you solve the mystery before it's too late? Better hurry -- both the clock and the meter are running...
  • NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces people arriving from nine states hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic will have to isolate for two weeks.
  • Eddie Kasko, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1961,1961²; Cincinnati Reds) and manager (Boston Red Sox), who died at 88.

On this day in 2019

  • El Salvador immigrant father and his 23-month-old daughter drown trying to cross the Rio Grande into the US with their photo causing widespread condemnation.
  • Greek Cypriot army officer Nicos Metaxas given seven life sentences for the murder of five women and two children in Nicosia.
  • Mysterious sickness affects 718 children with 152 deaths around Indian city of Muzaffarpur, previously thought due to lychee fruit but now unknown.
  • Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), who died from cancer at 52.
  • Billy Drago, American character actor, specializing in roles as a villain (Pale Rider; The Untouchables), who died from stroke complications at 73.
  • Heavy Rain for PC is released. Experience a gripping psychological crime thriller filled with innumerable twists and turns, where even the smallest actions and choices can cause dramatic consequences. The hunt is on for the Origami Killer, named after his calling card of leaving folded paper shapes on victims. Four characters, each with their own motives, take part in a desperate attempt to stop the killer from claiming a new victim.
  • Devil May Cry for Switch is released. Legends tell of a demon swordsman named Sparda, who awoke to justice and rebelled against the devil, waging a one-man support of the human world. Now,2,000 years later, a dark figure named Dante--private investigator of the supernatural--finds clues that the devil is rallying to rise up again against mankind. By Dante's demon blood, you enter this dark realm of demonic marionettes, unearthly phantoms, grim reapers, and other retched souls. Transform to a demon state to inflict devastating attacks on enemies in this gothic battle of good against evil.
  • US President Donald Trump imposes sanctions on Iran, targeted at Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in response to the shooting down of a US drone.

On this day in 2018

  • Women drive for the first time in Saudi Arabia after ban is lifted.
  • Britain's Prince William begins a five-day tour of the Middle East visiting Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories.
  • Jason Johnson, Race Car Driver.
  • Frank Evans Heart, American computer engineer (worked on first routing computer for ARPANET, the Internet's predecessor), who died at 89.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins second term with president's AK Party winning 42% parliamentary votes.

On this day in 2017

  • UN states Yemen cholera epidemic reached 200,000 cases, with 1,300 deaths. Worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world..
  • World record for highest altitude football match ever played at 18,799ft on Mount Kilimanjaro by women's international team.

On this day in 2016

  • Drake has achieved a notable feat by having the longest-running UK number one single since legal music downloads began counting towards chart positions. The rapper topped the singles chart for an 11th straight week with One Dance, his collaboration with Wizkid and Kyla..
  • A US jury concluded that Led Zeppelin did not copy the opening chords of 'Stairway To Heaven' from the US band Spirit, saying the riff Led Zeppelin was accused of taking from Spirit's 1967 song 'Taurus' "was not intrinsically similar" to Stairway's opening. During the trial, defence lawyers argued the chord progression in question was very common and had been in use for more than 300 years..
  • Bernie Worrell, American keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop), who died at 72.
  • Breaking a Monster is released. Breaking a Monster chronicles the break-out year of the band Unlocking The Truth, following 13-year-old members Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins as they first encounter stardom and the music industry, transcending childhood to become the rock stars they always dreamed of being. [Abramorama]
  • Les Cowboys is released. A vast prairie, a country and western gathering somewhere in the east of France. Alain is a central figure in this community. He’s dancing with his daughter Kelly,16, as his wife and their young son, Kid, watch from the sidelines. But on this day, Kelly disappears, and the family falls apart. Alain embarks on a relentless search for his daughter, even though it costs him everything and takes him to some far-off places. Dark unsettling places, where his sole support is Kid, who sacrifices his youth to accompany his father on this seemingly endless quest.
  • Three is released. When a police sting goes bad, a master criminal (Wallace Chung) makes a desperate choice: he forces the cops to shoot him, so he will be taken to the hospital. Once there, he refuses treatment, instead waiting for his cohorts to break him out. Caught between an obsessed cop (Louis Koo) and the troubled surgeon assigned to save his life (Zhao Wei), the hospital is now a taught-and-tense situation that could turn into a bloody battleground at any moment. [Well Go USA]
  • The Phenom is released. When major-league rookie pitcher Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) can't find the plate, he's sent down to the minor leagues and begins sessions with an unorthodox sports psychologist (Paul Giamatti). In the process, hidden conflicts with his overbearing father (Ethan Hawke) are brought to light.
  • Right Now, Wrong Then is released. Quite by accident, a film director arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, he stops by a restored, old palace and meets a fledgling artist. She’s never seen any of his films, but knows he’s famous. They talk. And together, they go to her workshop to look at her paintings, have Sushi and Soju. More conversation follows, and drinks, and then an awkward get-together with friends where all sorts of secrets are revealed. All the while, they may or may not be falling for each other. Then, quite unexpectedly, we begin again, but now things appear somewhat different. [Grasshopper Film]
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Shallows is released. Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing alone on a secluded beach when she is attacked by a great white shark and stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills.
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople is released. Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. [The Orchard]
  • Independence Day: Resurgence is released. We always knew they were coming back. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction. [20th Century Fox]
  • Free State of Jones is released. Set during the Civil War, Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
  • Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is released. Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is an intimate encounter with the iconoclastic composer and musician. Rare archival footage reveals a provocative 20th century musical genius whose worldview reverberates into the present day and beyond.
  • The Neon Demon is released. When aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
  • Wiener-Dog is released. Wiener-Dog is a dark, starkly funny story of a single dog and the many different people she touches over her short lifetime. Man’s best friend starts out teaching a young boy some contorted life lessons before being taken in by a compassionate vet tech named Dawn Wiener. Dawn reunites with someone from her past and sets off on a road trip. After leaving Dawn, Wiener-Dog encounters a floundering film professor, as well as an embittered elderly woman and her needy granddaughter—all longing for something more.
  • Swiss Army Man is released. Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore; the two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.
  • The Duel is released. A Texas Ranger (Liam Hemsworth) investigates a series of murders in a small town led by a charismatic preacher (Woody Harrelson). However, the routine undercover investigation soon turns personal for the ranger who must solve the case before he loses everything to the mysterious town.
  • The Fundamentals of Caring is released. Ben (Paul Rudd), a retired writer, becomes a caregiver after suffering a personal tragedy. After 6 weeks of training, Ben meets his first client, Trevor (Craig Roberts), a foul-mouthed 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor take an impromptu road trip to all the places Trevor has become obsessed with while watching the local news, including their holy grail: the World's Deepest Pit. Along the way, they pick up a sassy runaway and a mother-to-be who help test the pair’s survival skills outside of their calculated existence as they come to understand the importance of hope and true friendship. [Netflix]
  • The Magic was released by Deerhoof. The latest release for the experimental rock band was recorded in seven days in an abandoned office space in New Mexico.
  • The Mountain Will Fall was released by DJ Shadow. The fifth full-length studio release for the DJ/producer features guest appearances from Bleep Bloop, Nils Frahm, Ernie Fresh, Matthew Halsall, G Jones, and Run the Jewels.
  • The Mystery Lights was released by The Mystery Lights. The full-length debut release for the Brooklyn-based garage rock band led by Mike Brandon and LA Solano was produced by Wayne Gordon.
  • Tooth was released by Raime. The second full-length release for the British electronic duo of Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead was inspired by Raime side-project Moin's 2013 self-titled EP.
  • True Sadness was released by The Avett Brothers. The ninth full-length release for the North Carolina band was produced by Rick Rubin.
  • Earth was released by Neil Young. The latest release for the Canadian singer-songwriter was recorded during his 2015 tour with The Promise of the Real and features overdubbed sounds of animals and insects.
  • Delirium Tremens was released by Mick Harvey. The third set of English translated Serge Gainsbourg songs from the Bad Seeds member features contributions from Xanthe Waite and Katy Beale.
  • Autodrama was released by Puro Instinct. The second full-length release for the electro-pop sister duo of Piper and Skylar Kaplanwas produced with Sam Mehran.
  • It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry was released by Christian Fennesz. The collaboration between Christian Fennesz and Jim O'Rourke is a two-track full-length release.
  • Hot Hot Heat was released by Hot Hot Heat. The final release for the Vancouver band is its first in six years and features songs written between 2011 and 2014.
  • Life in the Dark was released by The Felice Brothers. The ninth full-length studio release for the folk rock band was self-produced and recorded at a farm in upstate New York.
  • N.E.R.O.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure for PlayStation 4 is released. NERO is a first person adventure game based on puzzle solving and exploration. NERO is a wonderful journey in an magic world where a kid is the key to all locks and the nights is not as frightening as you could think. Play the role of this kid, followed by a mysterious black cloathed companion, discovering the truth behind this epic journey. Use the Sphere of Light to interact with the environment, explore and experience emotions and feelings that are uncommon in videogames, with a brand new next-generation visual novel reshaping the genre.
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for Wii U is released. Compete On-the-go with Mario and Sonic. Many of your Mario and Sonic characters are ready to join the fun in Rio de Janeiro, host of the Olympic Games in 2016. Then take the rivalry on the road with this portable collection of supercharged events like Soccer, Table Tennis, or test your skills in a challenging game of Golf.Features:-Take on fun and exciting events set throughout host city Rio de Janeiro.-Join Mario, Sonic and your favorite characters to take on new challenging events like Soccer and Beach Volleyball.-Soccer is a popular sport in Brazil where the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are set.-Golf returns to the Olympic Games for the first time in 112 years; enjoy the event exclusively in the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for Wii U is released. An Atlus-developed RPG for Wii U set in a modern-day world of music and art featuring characters and gameplay elements from Intelligent System's Fire Emblem franchise mixed with elements from the Shin Megami Tensei franchise.
  • Monochroma for Xbox One is released. Monochroma is a cinematic puzzle platformer that takes place in an industrial-alchemic setting. It's about being a child, having a little brother, growing up, falling down and solving some other puzzles. Monochroma offers a deeply visual, intellectual, and emotional experience. The game tells it story without using any written or spoken words. It has black and white graphics only coloured with red. Monochroma features realistic locations and puzzles modelled with accurate physics. Puzzle designs are far from arbitrary trial-and-error gameplay. []
  • Heart&Slash for Xbox One is released.
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron resigns after the UK votes to leave the EU.

On this day in 2015

  • Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price wins the 2014-15 Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP.
  • What Happened, Miss Simone? is released. A classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse, and Black Power icon, Nina Simone is one of the most influential, beloved, provocative, and least understood artists of our time. On stage, she was known for utterly free, rapturous performances, earning her the epithet "High Priestess of Soul."But amid the violent, day-to-day fight for civil rights, she struggled to reconcile artistic ambition with her fierce devotion to a movement.
  • Her Story for PC is released. Her Story is the new game from Sam Barlow, creator of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle. A crime fiction game with non-linear storytelling, Her Story revolves around a police database full of live action video footage. It stars Viva Seifert, actress and one half of the band Joe Gideon and the Shark.
  • Mario Biaggi, American politician (Rep-D& R-NY,1969-88), who died at 97.

On this day in 2014

  • A working draft of Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone', set a record at auction after selling for $2m (£1.2m) at Sotheby's. The manuscript, said to be the only known draft of the final lyrics, was written in pencil in 1965 by the 24 year-old Dylan..
  • Rebels in Ukraine have agreed to a ceasefire.
  • Sidney Crosby wins the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award for the 2014 NHL season.
  • Eli Wallach, American actor, who died at 98.
  • Tyrant: Season 1 is released. Dr. Barry Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) and his family travel from California to his homeland in the Middle East for his nephew's wedding, where he must confront his dictator father and the issues he left behind 20 years ago.
  • Typical System was released by Total Control. This is the second full-length studio release for the Melbourne, Australia-based post-punk band formed by Dan Stewart and Mikey Young.
  • These Days... was released by Ab-Soul. The third full-length studio release for the Black Hippy rapper features guest appearances from such artists as Action Bronson, Asaad, Danny Brown, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Schoolboy Q, and SZA.
  • What Is This Heart? was released by How to Dress Well. The second full-length release for Tom Krell was produced by Rodaidh McDonald.
  • While(1<2) was released by Deadmau5. The latest release for Joel Thomas Zimmerman as the mouse head -wearing Deadmau5 is a 25-track double LP featuring a How To Destroy Angels and Nine Inch Nails remix.
  • Sea When Absent was released by A Sunny Day in Glasgow. The fourth full-length release for the dream pop group led by Ben Daniels was produced by band member, Jeff Ziegler.
  • Once More 'Round the Sun was released by Mastodon. The sixth full-length release for the Grammy-nominated hard rock quartet was produced by Nick Raskulinecz.
  • Par Avion was released by Xeno & Oaklander. The fourth full-length release for the duo of Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride was mixed by Chris Coady.
  • PHOX was released by PHOX. The debut full-length release for the Wisconsin indie pop group was produced by Brian Joseph.
  • Mosaics Within Mosaics was released by Circulatory System. The third full-length release for the band led by Will HartHart features guest appearances from Jeremy Barnes, Peter Erchick, John Fernandes, AJ Griffin, Heather McIntosh, and Jeff Mangum.
  • Mexico was released by GusGus. The ninth full-length release [and its third for Kompakt] for the Icelandic electronic quartet includes influences from synth pop, trance and UK garage music.
  • Neon Icon was released by RiFF RAFF. The second full-length release for the Texas rapper with guest appearances from Childish Gambino, Amber Coffman, Mac Miller, Mike Posner, Slim Thug, and Paul Wall as well as production from Diplo.
  • Electric Brick Wall was released by Black Bananas. This is the second release for the alternative rock band led by former Royal Trux member Jennifer Herrema.
  • Heal was released by Strand of Oaks. The fourth full-length release (and the first on Dead Oceans) from Indiana singer-songwriter Tim Showalter features contribution from J. Mascis and was produced by Ben Vehorn.
  • Liberation! was released by Peter Matthew Bauer. The debut solo release for the former member of The Walkmen was inspired by religious/mythological ideas and his childhood living in ashrams.
  • Beware the Fetish was released by Kasai Allstars. This is the latest release from the Congolese collective produced by Vincent Kenis.
  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare for PC is released. Plants vs. Zombies is digging into the trenches with an explosive new 3D experience. Blast zombies, plants, and new characters with inventive weapons across a mine-blowing PvZ world. Take on Co-Op and Multiplayer action with your friends and sow the seeds of victory.
  • Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland for PlayStation 3 is released. The alchemic RPG franchise from Gust carries on the tradition of the Atelier series, using alchemy as the main focal point. Atelier Rorona Plus focuses on the exploits of Rorolina Frixell, one the most beloved characters of the Arland trilogy (Ateliers Meruru/ Totori/ Rorona), a young girl who is assigned to complete alchemy tasks over 3 years in order to keep her alchemy workshop and not be banished from the kingdom of Arland. Players can craft new items and also battle enemies using the power of alchemy. As all games in the Atelier series, this title is set against an anime-like background with 3D graphics and is characterized by an elaborate crafting and synthesis system.
  • GRID Autosport for PlayStation 3 is released. It’s all about the teams, the rivals and the race as you become a driver for hire, specialising in your favourite disciplines or conquering them all in an intense world of professional motorsport. GRID Autosport features over 100 routes across 22 incredible locations, the return of in-car view, authentic handling and the world’s most exciting contemporary and classic high-performance racing cars.?
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall - Intercept for PlayStation 4 is released. In this online co-op expansion for Killzone Shadow Fall, you and three of your friends are tasked with establishing a secure uplink to VSA headquarters from behind enemy lines while fending off an army of Helghast soldiers. To complete your mission, the four of you will have to rely on solid teamwork and make the most of your unique combat roles.
  • Blue Estate for PlayStation 4 is released. Blue Estate is a darkly funny rail shooter based on comic books of the same name. Assume the role of Tony Luciano, the homicidal maniac son of LA’s crime boss Don Luciano, and Clarence, a broke ex-navy seal who has been hired to clean up Tony’s mess. While Tony wages war with the Sik gang in an attempt to get back his kidnapped “Helen of Troy, ” Clarence has to try to end that war against increasing odds.
  • Resogun: Heroes for PlayStation 4 is released. In Demolition, take the fight to Avernus at night, armed only with a proximity bomb that recharges after each use. No other weapons, boost or overdrive here. What you do have is the Wrecking Ball. When it’s caught in the explosion of your proximity bomb, it will fly off around Avernus destroying everything it hits… including you.
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War for PlayStation 4 is released. The story of crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart. All of them will try to survive the horror of the trenches following their faithful canine companion. In Valiant Hearts: The Great War, the lives of all these characters are inextricably drawn together over the course of the game. Friendship, love, sacrifice, and tragedy befall each one as they help each other to retain their humanity against the horrors of war.

On this day in 2013

  • Former Devo drummer Alan Myers died aged 58 in Los Angeles, California, following a long bout with cancer. Myers drummed for Devo between 1976 and 1986..
  • Actress Kerry Washington at the age of 36 weds NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha at the age of 32 in Blaine County, Idaho.
  • Alan Myers, American rock drummer (Devo), who died of cancer at 58.
  • Under the Dome: Season 1 is released. A small town in Maine is cut off from the rest of the world in the miniseries based on Stephen King's book of the same name.
  • The End of Silence was released by Matthew Herbert. The three-track suite was created using a 10-second audio sample of a bomb falling in Libya recorded by war photographer Sebastian Meyer in 2011.
  • Long Way Down was released by Tom Odell. This is the debut full-length release for the British singer-songwriter who won the 2013 BRITs Critic Choice Award.
  • Deadpool for PC is released. Deadpool's oratory: "There are a few important things I need to say before you crack into my insanely sweet game. (Oof. Here we go again.) I'm a mercenary with an accelerated healing factor. I've been described as unstable, which is just plain coo-coo. (Wait, do sane people say coo-coo?) I'm gonna battle for the safety of humans and mutants. (And even mumans.) Be prepared for just about anything. (Holla!) • I made sure to capture all my good sides, so I made my game a third-person action-shooter. (Yep, you get to look at my heinie.) • Keep a look out cuz some of my X-Men pals (Whoa, what pals?!) are making an appearance. (Hope you don't mind picking hair out of your tacos.) • I'm really good at killing, so I made it a blast stringing together combos, and totally eviscerating my enemies. (Ev-is-cer-a-ting!) • I brought my skills and a buttload of my favorite things. Katanas (check), guns (bang!) explosives (boom), duct tape (quack) and of course, yours truly - ME! (Checkmate!)"
  • Ride to Hell: Retribution for PC is released. The game is set in the last years of the roaring 1960s, a time of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The biker movement, rock music and the hippie counterculture all add to the fascinating atmosphere to be experienced in Ride to Hell. Action-loaded from the very start with free roaming environments, players can immerse themselves in the liberty and freedom of riding full throttle with their gang on a multitude of different vehicles through the dusty flats of Western America. Protecting their turf, their brothers and their machines from rival gangs is just a taste of what this epic game involves. Ride to Hell is not for the faint-hearted; it's aimed heavily at the player who wants to become fully involved in the original West Coast biker culture. With its hard drinking, bare-knuckle environment, this is as close to the action as you can get. [Deep Silver]
  • Emilio Colombo, Italian Prime Minister (1970-72, who died at 93.


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