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Today in the World Countries

  • National Day is being celebrated in Djibouti, Djibouti
  • National Unity Day is being celebrated in Tajikistan
  • People born on this day are Cancer as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life for Switch is released. Your new life begins in Forgotten Valley, a tranquil community where your father and his friend Takakura once dreamed of running a farm. As you befriend the valley's residents and fulfill your father's legacy, you'll live a carefree life on the farm growing crops and raising animals. As the seasons go by, you'll find your lifelong partner, raise a child together, and watch them grow up before your very eyes.This remake of a beloved classic features plenty of new events, enhanced festivals, more recipes to cook, and a cornucopia of never-before-seen crops. Looking for more to do around the farm? Take pictures of your family with the new camera feature, dress up in your favorite outfits, or help your fellow residents with their requests.Whether this is your first STORY OF SEASONS adventure or you're returning to Forgotten Valley, a wonderful life awaits you.

On this day in 2022

  • 51 migrants die after being found inside an abandoned truck in San Antonio, Texas in extreme heat, with 16 people hospitalized.
  • Eileen Barton, American singer (Broadway Open House; "If I Knew You Were Comin'I'd've Baked a Cake"), who died of ovarian cancer at 81.

On this day in 2021

  • Boat sinks off Tunisia, drowning 43 migrants with 84 rescued by Tunisian navy.
  • Heat dome envelops the Pacific Northwest with Portland posting highest temperature since records began of 112 F (broken the next day).
  • Hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada at 46.6 C (116 F) in Lytton, British Columbia (breaks record 2 days later with 49.6 C).
  • Women's PGA Championship, Atlanta AC: Nelly Korda beats fellow American Lizette Salas by 3 strokes to win her first major title.
  • Noel Furlong, Irish businessman and poker player (World Series of Poker main event 1999), who died at 83.
  • Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill, Cuban Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz composer, arranger, and conductor, who died of pneumonia at 79.

On this day in 2020

  • Locust invasion labelled 'Swarmageddon'by The Times of India as it reaches Delhi.
  • Ilija Petkovic, Serbian soccer midfielder (43 caps, Yugoslavia; Troyes, OFK Beograd) and manager (Serbia & Montenegro), who died from COVID-19 pandemic at 74.
  • (Jesse) "Pete" Carr, American session guitarist (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section), who died at 70.
  • Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), who died at 94.
  • Linda Cristal, Argentinian actress (High Chapparal), who died at 89.
  • (Lionel) Frederick "Freddy" Cole, American jazz singer and pianist, who died at 88.
  • Carl Reiner, American comedian, actor, writer and director (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show), who died at 98.
  • Ireland's coalition government appoints Micheál Martin as Prime Minister after four months of negotiations.
  • Mihai Romila, Romanian soccer midfielder (19 caps; Politehnica Ia?i 367 games), who died at 69.

On this day in 2019

  • Chief Apple designer Jony Ive, designer of the iMac and the iPhone, announces he is leaving Apple after 30 years.
  • Aria Kurzawa, Instagram Star, born in Marbella, Spain.
  • Hella Sketchy, Rapper.
  • ANIMA was released by Thom Yorke. The third full-length solo release for the Radiohead artist was produced by Nigel Godrich and a companion 15-minute film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson is to be released on Netflix on the same day.
  • F1 2019 for PC is released. The official videogame of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship, F1 2019 challenges you to Defeat your Rivals in the most ambitious F1 game in Codemasters' history. The game is released a full two months earlier during the Formula 1 myWorld Grosser Preis von Osterreich 2019 weekend and, unlike previous iterations, ahead of the British, German and Hungarian races.F1 2019 features all the official teams, drivers and all 21 circuits from the 2019 season. This year sees the inclusion of F2 with players being able to complete the 2018 season with the likes of George Russell, Lando Norris and Alexander Albon. The 2019 F2 season content will be made available as a free digital update during the season.Having established itself as one of the highest rated racing franchises of all time, F1 2019 builds on the success of previous iterations and delivers an experience that rivals the quality and production values of its real-life race counterpart. With greater emphasis on graphical fidelity, the environments have been significantly enhanced, and the tracks come to life like never before. Night races have been completely overhauled creating vastly improved levels of realism and the upgraded F1 broadcast sound and visuals add further realism to all aspects of the race weekend.
  • The Sinking City for PC is released. The Sinking City is an adventure and investigation game set in an open world inspired by the universe of H.P. Lovecraft, the master of Horror. The half-submerged city of Oakmont is gripped by supernatural forces. You’re a private investigator, and you have to uncover the truth of what has possessed the city… and the minds of its inhabitants.
  • Terraria for Switch is released. Terraria? What's that?Terraria is a land of adventure! A land of mystery! A land that's yours to shape, to defend and to enjoy. Your options in Terraria are limitless, are you an action gamer with an itchy trigger finger? A master builder? A collector? An explorer? There's something for everyone here.Dig, fight, explore, build! Nothing is impossible in this action-packed adventure game. The world is your canvas and the ground itself is your paint.Grab your tools and go! Make weapons to fight off a variety of enemies in numerous biomes. Dig deep underground to find accessories, money, and other useful things. Gather resources to create everything you need to make the world your own. Build a house, a fort, or even a castle. People will move in to live there and perhaps even sell you different wares to assist you on your journey.But beware, there are even more challenges awaiting you... Are you up to the task?Key features:- Sandbox Play- Randomly generated worlds- Free Content Updates
  • Dandy Dungeon: Legend of Brave Yamada for Switch is released. Yamada-kun (Age 36) is a programmer at a major game publisher. He hates his job. Alone in his apartment, deep into the night, he toils to create a game of his own: it's an RPG, and he is the hero, Brave Yamada! One day, he falls for his new neighbor Maria-chan. To nurture these feelings, adds Princess Maria into his game! Will they find love?
  • Bitlogic - A Cyberpunk Arcade Adventure for Switch is released. Bitlogic is an action and adventure game elegantly classic but enhanced with new adapted graphics. In the game you take control of Bit, your personal avatar in a virtual cyberpunk world full of dangerous enemies, hidden paths and digital mysteries.Immerse yourself in Bit's universe and dare to uncover the secrets behind the source code.Explore, defend yourself and find the correct way to the heart and soul of Bitlogic.
  • Graveyard Keeper for Switch is released. Face ethical dilemmas. Do you really want to spend money on that proper hotdog meat for the festival when you have so many resources lying around? Gather valuable resources & craft new items. Expand your Graveyard into a thriving business, go ahead and gather valuable resources scattered in the surrounding areas, and explore what this land has to offer. Make business alliances. These dead bodies don't need all that blood, do they? Why not sell it to someone who can put it to good use. Same for body parts. Hey, it's being efficient with recycling! Explore mysterious dungeons. No medieval game would be complete without these. Take a trip into the unknown and find useful new ingredients which may or may not poison a whole bunch of nearby villagers. Capitalism.
  • Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love for Switch is released. Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love is a satirical point-and-click inspired by the classic adventure games. It smuggles you out of your comfort zone and throws you into the middle of a Cold War spy intrigue — where there’s an even bigger game being played…
  • Sega Ages: Virtua Racing for Switch is released. From the arcade to the armchair! Sega's revolutionary SVP chip puts you in the driving seat of the most technically advanced game ever. Stunning polygon graphics, four selectable viewpoints, and high-speed action combine to make this the greatest race of your life!

On this day in 2018

  • Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 arrives at diamond-shaped asteroid Ryugu.
  • Democrat Representative Joseph Crowley is defeated in New York Primary election by liberal challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
  • Complex carbon-based molecules found by Cassini spacecraft on Saturn moon Enceladus, previously only ever found on earth and meteorites in research published in "Nature".
  • US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announces he will retire 31st July.
  • Joe Jackson, American talent manager (Jackson 5), and patriarch of the Jackson family, who died of pancreatic cancer at 89.
  • Youropa for PC is released. When Youropa is torn apart, You must use your unique wall walking ability to navigate a strange fragmented city, restore it to former glory and learn who you really are. A platform puzzle paint adventure about breaking rules, being upside down and thinking outside the box.
  • Malaysian police announce seizure of goods linked to former prime minister Najib Razak, worth $273 million, biggest in the country's history, including 567 handbags and 14 tiaras.
  • French government intoduces plan to bring back national service for 16 year-olds.

On this day in 2017

  • European Union fines Google record $2.7 billion for unfair competition practices.
  • Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook has reached 2 billion monthly users.
  • Petya malware cyber-attack affects organisations in more than 64 countries.
  • Tennis star Serena Williams poses pregnant and nude for the cover of "Vanity Fair".
  • Michael Nyqvist, Movie Actor.
  • Geri Allen, American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, and educator, who died of cancer at 60.
  • RPG Maker Fes for 3DS is released. Ready to become a game developer? RPG Maker Fes makes it easy to develop any RPG you can imagine without any programming knowledge. Simple but powerful tools let you bring to life the amazing stories in your head. Customize characters, stories, combat and more to become the next great developer. Then, share your creations and play other users' games with RPG Maker Player. RPG Maker Fes can create, upload/share, download, and play created games. You do not need Maker Player to share games or play other users' games. What story will you share? [Nintendo]
  • Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer for PC is released. Comprised of controlled, calculating individuals, the Priests of Rathma have long known the true stakes at the heart of the Eternal Conflict. Known to uneducated outsiders as Necromancers, these masters of blood, bone, and the dark arts are often misunderstood. Driven to protect the Balance at all costs, those dedicated to walking this path see neither good nor evil in their actions; simply obedience to the cycle of being.
  • Elite: Dangerous for PlayStation 4 is released. Starting with only a small starship and a few credits, do whatever it takes to earn the skill, knowledge, wealth and power to survive in a cutthroat galaxy and stand among the ranks of the iconic Elite. In an age of galactic superpowers and interstellar war, every player's story influences the connected galaxy and evolving narrative. Governments fall, battles are lost and won, and humanity's frontier is reshaped, all by players' actions. Explore, trade, fight and survive in Elite: Dangerous' massively multiplayer galaxy, and challenge the world in CQC: Close Quarter Combat. Become Elite in the interstellar PVP arenas of the ultimate 34th century gladiatorial contest. 400 Billion Star Systems. Infinite Freedom. Blaze Your Own Trail.
  • Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto for PlayStation 4 is released. It's time for Prompto to take centre stage in his very own episode. Become the cheerful gunslinger himself and experience a brand new storyline, wrapped in thrilling Third Person Shooter gameplay. Separated from the group in a harsh arctic environment, Prompto heads off to the place of his birth to uncover the truth of his mysterious origins. [Square Enix]
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls for PlayStation 4 is released. From the Danganronpa series, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls bridges the first two critically acclaimed mystery adventure games.Komaru Naegi, little sister to Makoto Naegi, has been imprisoned inside a mysterious apartment for over a year. One day, she is rescued by Byakuya Togami of Future Foundation, but the rescue is derailed by a sudden attack of hundreds of Monokumas. Komaru soon discovers that the city has been taken over by a group of children calling themselves the Warriors of Hope. Their leader, Monaca, declares that the city will be the site of a Children's Paradise, and to accomplish this, all the adults will be exterminated. Komaru teams up with Toko Fukawa to try to survive the rampaging Monokumas, escape the crafty Monokuma Kids, and uncover the secrets of the city.Third Person Shooter Action Sequences: Use Future Foundation's Hacking Gun to have a fighting chance against the hordes of Monokumas as you traverse Towa City.Tons of Different Types of Ammo: Tackle challenges with multiple kinds of Truth Bullets, such as Paralyze and Link. Upgrade your firepower with special Bling Bullet modifiers.Riddles and Puzzles: The Monokuma Kids will challenge more than just your trigger finger; you'll need your smarts to survive as well. There's a lot to discover in the city, with a number of familiar faces and mysteries to unravel!
  • Ancient Amuletor for PlayStation 4 is released. Ancient Amuletor is an action tower defense game that throws you into an ancient world to battle magical creatures, monsters, and other legendary foes.
  • Valkyria Revolution for PlayStation 4 is released. Jutlands elite soldiers, the Vanargand, must band together to defeat the Ruzi Empire and stop death itself - the Valkyria. This grizzled anti-Valkyria squad is equipped with advanced mana weaponry and has the powerful ability to wield ragnite spells to combat this terrifying threat. The unit is comprised of soldiers who have a high affinity for ragnite, and even Jutlands own Princess Ophelia has joined the ranks. The princess carries the utmost love for her country and has answered the call of duty to liberate those who are suffering from the Ruzis tyranny. However, Amleth Gronkjaer, the commanding officer of Vanargand hides a terrible secret. Is he friend or foe to the country he has sworn to protect?
  • The Golf Club 2 for Xbox One is released. Rise to fame and fortune in the largest, most dynamic golf game ever created. Assemble and join online societies with friends, compete in tournaments, and earn money to climb the ranks in golf's largest gaming community.The Golf Club 2 offers a dynamic, single-player career mode, infinite hours of interactive golfing with online opponents, a new and improved course creator, cutting-edge swing mechanics, and a host of brand new, lush environments - all blending together seamlessly to create your dream golfing experience.
  • African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina wins the World Food Prize.
  • Colombia's rebel group FARC officially end armed existence after 52 years in ceremony with President Juan Manuel Santos in Mesetas.

On this day in 2016

  • 27th and present titular Maharaja of Mysore Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar at the age of 34 weds Trishika Kumari Singh in Mysore, India.
  • Bud Spencer, Italian actor (Aladdin, Extralarge, Go For It), who died at 86.
  • Alvin Toffler, American author (Future Shock, Power Shift, The Third Wave), who died at 87.
  • Mack Rice, American musician and songwriter (" Mustang Sally" ; "Respect Yourself"), who died at 82.
  • Harry Halbreich, German-Belgian musicologist (Arthur Honegger, Bohuslav Martinu), who died at 85.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens for PC is released. In LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in way that only LEGO can offer, featuring brand new story content from the Star Wars Universe that explores the time between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

On this day in 2015

  • Chris Squire, British progressive rock bassist, founding and longest serving member of Yes,1969-2014 (" The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"), who died of acute erythroid leukemia at 67.
  • Denis Vigay, British cellist (BBC Symphony; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), who died at 89.

On this day in 2014

  • NHL Coyotes franchise changes geographic name from "Phoenix" to "Arizona" after change of ownership.
  • Bobby Womack, American Hall of Fame R& B singer, who died at 70.
  • Archipelago is released. Edward (Tom Hiddleston) is preparing to leave for a year of voluntary service in Africa. His mother Patricia (Kate Fahy) and his sister Cynthia (Lydia Leonard) decide to gather the family together, on a remote island, as a farewell trip to say goodbye to Edward. Hired cook Rose (Amy Lloyd) and painting teacher Christopher (Christopher Baker), though bought in to help, only serve to bring the family’s anxieties into sharper focus. When Edward’s father is delayed, the unspoken forces of absence and loss bring the family’s buried anger and repressed tension to the surface. [Kino Lorber]
  • Nothing Bad Can Happen is released. Tore, a young lost soul involved with an underground Christian punk movement falls in with a dysfunctional family curious to test his seemingly unwavering faith.
  • Postman Pat: The Movie is released. Postman Pat finds his beliefs challenged after he enters a TV talent show competition.
  • Siddharth is released. After sending away his 12 year-old son Siddharth for work, Mahendra (a chain-wallah who fixes broken zippers on the streets) is relieved – his financial burdens will be alleviated. But when Siddharth fails to return home, Mahendra learns he may have been taken by child-traffickers. With little resources and no connections, he travels across India in pursuit, with the hope that whatever force arbitrarily took his child away will return him unharmed. [Zeitgeist Films]
  • Jackpot is released. Terrified and bloody, Oscar Svendsen wakes up clinching a shotgun in a strip joint. Around him are 8 dead men and the police. To Oscar it's clear that he is innocent. It all started when four friends won 1.7 million.
  • Unrelated is released. A woman in an unhappy relationship takes refuge with a friend's family on holiday in Tuscany.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Under the Electric Sky is released. This 3D film chronicles the love, community and life of festivalgoers during Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, the largest music festival in the US. Behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews with Insomniac's Pasquale Rotella reveal the magic that makes this three-night,345,000-person event a global phenomenon.
  • Transformers: Age Of Extinction is released. The fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise based on the Hasbro toy line.
  • They Came Together is released. Joel (Paul Rudd), a candy company executive, threatens to close down Molly's (Amy Poehler) mom-and-pop candy store, but the unlikely pair begin to fall in love.
  • Snowpiercer is released. In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.
  • Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger is released. Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger follows the trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems. Throughout this violent and sordid story, the central question becomes the nature of Whitey's relationship with law enforcement. Was Bulger an informant, as everyone believes, or, as Bulger's lawyers claim, is there actual proof that this claim is yet more misinformation and obfuscation by the government in an attempt to protect itself and preserve its convictions?
  • Begin Again is released. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. [The Weinstein Company]
  • Girl Meets World: Season 1 is released. The sequel to ABC's Boy Meets World finds Riley Mathews (Rowan Blanchard), the daughter of Corey (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel), about to start 7th grade with her best friend Maya (Sabrina Carpenter).
  • Sniper Elite III for PC is released. Sniper Elite 3 continues the story of elite OSS sniper Karl Fairburne during World War II. The title takes players to the unforgiving yet exotic terrain of WWII’s North Africa conflict in a battle against a deadly new foe.

On this day in 2013

  • Alain Mimoun, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956; 3 x silver 1948,52), who died at 92.
  • Clarence Auckly, Race Car Driver.
  • Kokuga for 3DS is released. After months of bitter conflict with its neighbor, country A is preparing to unleash its latest machine of war, code-named Kokuga. With access to 9 destructive weapons and an array of power-ups, the compact mobile tank is an elite military machine.Highly-reputed boutique game studio G.rev is pleased to offer this old-school strategic shooter for the Nintendo 3DS.Players are tasked with piloting Kokuga, and must destroy tanks, drones, gun towers and other mecha in 12 different training missions. Each stage culminates with a boss fight, pitting the player against massive heavily-armed bosses. Upon receiving orders for active duty, the player is thrust into action against enemy forces.Structured so gamers have maximum freedom in their game experience, Kokuga is great for both casual game sessions or long challenges.Local and Download Play is supported, so assemble your squad of up to four players! Develop new strategies and help out your teammates by coordinating card use.
  • Urban Trial Freestyle for 3DS is released. Urban Trial Freestyle challenges players to push their risk-taking to the absolute limits to deliver maximum stunt rewards. The game's nonstop action is complemented by a host of features including trophies, multiple game modes, leader boards, rider and bike customisation, and much more. With slick urban detailed graphics and an innovative physics engine fine-tuned for fun pick-up and play, the game has been specifically engineered to get the most out of each platform.
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded for PC is released. Larry’s original creator, the infamous game designer Al Lowe, has teamed up with Sierra Veteran Josh Mandel, to bring this game back to life – updated and expanded in a myriad of ways. All they kept from the original game is the plot.
  • Rogue Legacy for PC is released. Rogue Legacy is a rogue-"lite"game for PC, Mac and Linux. You'll die, but your children will avenge you. They might be genetically deficient, but that's ok. You still love your colour-blind baby. Or do you?
  • Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj is re-elected President of Mongolia.
  • Henrik Otto Donner, Finnish trumpeter, and avant garde and film score composer, who died at 73.


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