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Today in the World Countries

  • Benito Juarez's Birthday is being celebrated in Mexico
  • Cheikh Al Maarouf Day is being celebrated in Comoros
  • Clean Monday is being celebrated in Greece
  • Green Monday is being celebrated in Cyprus
  • Saint Patrick's Day Holiday is being celebrated in Montserrat
  • People born on this day are Pisces as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

Happening Today

  • DEATHS
  • (Rodolfo) "Fito" Olivares, Mexican-American Tejano saxophonist and songwriter (" Juana La Cubana; "El Colesterol"), who died of cancer at 75.

On this day in 2022

  • DEATHS
  • Alfons Dirnberger, Austrian soccer midfielder (3 caps; FC Austria Wien), who died at 80.
  • MOVIES: NOT RATED
  • Alice is released. Alice (Keke Palmer) spends her days enslaved on a rural Georgia plantation restlessly yearning for freedom. After a violent clash with plantation owner Paul (Jonny Lee Miller), Alice flees through the neighboring woods and stumbles onto the unfamiliar sight of a highway, soon discovering that the year is actually 1973. Rescued on the roadside by a disillusioned Black activist named Frank (Common), Alice uncovers the lies that have kept her enslaved and the promise of Black liberation.
  • Ahed's Knee is released. A celebrated Israeli filmmaker named Y arrives in a remote desert village to present one of his films at a local library. Struggling to cope with the recent news of his mother’s terminal illness, he is pushed into a spiral of rage when the host of the screening, a government employee, asks him to sign a form placing restrictions on what he can say at the film’s Q&A. Told over the course of one day, the film depicts Y as he battles against the loss of freedom in his country and the fear of losing his mother.
  • Jane by Charlotte is released. Charlotte Gainsbourg looks at her mother Jane Birkin in a way she never did, overcoming a sense of reserve. Using a camera lens, they expose themselves to each other, begin to step back, leaving space for a mother-daughter relationship.
  • MOVIES: PG
  • Cheaper by the Dozen is released. The raucous exploits of a blended family of 12, the Bakers, as they navigate a hectic home life while simultaneously managing their family business
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie is released. Yuuta Okkotsu is haunted. Ever since his childhood friend Rika died in a traffic accident, her ghost has stuck with him. But her spirit does not appear as the sweet girl Yuuta once knew. Instead, she manifests as a monstrous and powerful entity who fiercely protects him. Unable to control Rika's violent behavior, Yuuta is helpless to stop the bloodshed that follows from her brutal vengeance. As a result, when apprehended by "Jujutsu"sorcerers--the secret guardians of the world, trained to combat forces like Rika--Yuuta wishes to be completely isolated so that no one else can get hurt. Yet his apprehender, the master sorcerer Satoru Gojou, has different plans for him: he will join Jujutsu High School and learn to control Rika in order to help people. Now a first-year at this school, Yuuta starts to learn Jujutsu arts and combat malignant beings. Alongside his new classmates Maki Zenin, a Jujutsu weapons expert; Toge Inumaki, a spellcaster who uses his words as weapons; and Panda, a seemingly walking and talking panda bear, Yuuta begins to find his place in the world and, for once, to feel comfortable with his abilities. However, as his training progresses, Yuuta comes to learn that the dangers of the Jujutsu world go far beyond that of wicked spirits.
  • Umma is released. Umma, which is the Korean word for “mother, ” follows Amanda (Sandra Oh) and her daughter (Fivel Stewart) living a quiet life on an American farm, but when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her own mother. [Sony Pictures]
  • MOVIES: R
  • The Outfit is released. An expert tailor (Mark Rylance) must outwit a dangerous group of mobsters in order to survive a fateful night.
  • Master is released. Professor Gail Bishop (Regina Hall) has recently been promoted to “Master” of a residence hall, the first time at storied Ancaster College that a Black woman has held the post. Determined to breathe new life into a centuries-old tradition, Gail soon finds herself wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of Jasmine Moore (Zoe Renee), an energetic and optimistic Black freshman. Jasmine’s time at Ancaster hits a snag early on when she’s assigned a dorm room that is rumored to be haunted. Things get worse when Jasmine clashes in the classroom with Liv Beckman (Amber Gray), a professor in the middle of her own racially charged tenure review. As Gail tries to maintain order and fulfill the duties of a Master, the cracks begin to show in Ancaster’s once-immaculate facade. After a career spent fighting to make it into Ancaster’s inner circle, Gail is confronted with the horrifying prospect of what lies beneath, her question ultimately becoming not whether the school is haunted, but by whom.
  • Deep Water is released. A well-to-do husband who allows his wife to have affairs in order to avoid a divorce becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers.
  • Windfall is released. A man (Jason Segel) breaks into a tech billionaire's empty vacation home, but things go sideways when the arrogant mogul (Jesse Plemons) and his wife (Lily Collins) arrive for a last-minute getaway. [Netlix]
  • X is released. In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives.
  • MOVIES: TVMA
  • Black Crab is released. During a long, harsh winter, six soldiers embark on a covert mission across a frozen archipelago, risking their lives to transport a mysterious package that could end the war. As they enter hostile enemy territory, they have no idea what dangers lie ahead or who—if anyone—they can trust. But for speed skater turned soldier Caroline Edh, the mission is about something else entirely.
  • TV SERIES
  • Life & Beth: Season 1 is released. An incident causes 30-something wine distributor Beth (Amy Schumer) to look back into her past and reassess who she is in this comedy series written, directed and produced by Schumer.
  • WeCrashed: Season 1 is released. The relationship between WeWork founder Adam Neumann (Jared Leto) and his wife, Rebekah (Anne Hathaway), is at the center of the story of the rise and fall of shared workspace company in this limited series from Lee Eisenberg and Drew Crevello.
  • ALBUMS
  • In/Out/In was released by Sonic Youth. The five-track release features rare and unreleased improvised songs from Sonic Youth between 2000 and 2010.
  • Georgia Gothic was released by Mattiel. The third full-length release for the Atlanta-based duo Mattiel was mostly recorded in Northern Georgia.
  • For the Sake of Bethel Woods was released by Midlake. The fifth full-length studio release for Texas folk rock band Midlake was produced by John Congleton.
  • Back in Black was released by Cypress Hill. The latest full-length release for the California hip-hop group Cypress Hill features guest appearances from Demrick and Dizzy Wright.
  • Crash was released by Charli XCX. The fifth full-length studio release for British pop artist Charli XCX features guest appearances from Christine and the Queens, Caroline Polachek, and Rina Sawayama.
  • Motomami was released by Rosalía. The third full-length release for Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalía features guest appearances from Tokischa and The Weeknd.
  • Present Tense was released by Yumi Zouma. The fourth full-length release for the New Zealand electro-pop band was recorded remotely with some in-studio sessions in Los Angeles, London, Florence, New York and New Zealand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • GAMING: PC
  • Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin for PC is released. Players of the STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN TRIAL VERSION can explore this dark fantasy world as they battle an array of iconic monsters from the FINAL FANTASY series, using powerful spells and abilities from a sample of jobs including warrior, dragoon and black mage.
  • Syberia: The World Before for PC is released. Embark on a journey across continents and through time, as you piece together the puzzle of a life.
  • GAMING: SWITCH
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass - Wave 1 for Switch is released. A total of 48 remastered courses from across the Mario Kart series have come to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as paid downloadable content. Eight courses will be released at a time over six waves by the end of 2023, which can all be played locally or online. Courses such as Wii Coconut Mall, N64 Choco Mountain and Tour Tokyo Blur are included in the first wave.

On this day in 2021

  • EVENTS
  • US House Judiciary Committee hearing begins on rise of violence and discrimination against Asian-Americans with report saying 3,800 hate incidents recorded over 12 months.
  • US Senate confirms William Joseph Burns as new CIA Director.
  • DEATHS
  • Jerzy Prokopiuk, Polish philosopher and anthroposophist, who died at 89.
  • MOVIES: NOT RATED
  • Zack Snyder's Justice League is released. Determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.
  • GAMING: PC
  • Endzone: A World Apart for PC is released. In 2021, a group of terrorists blew up nuclear power plants around the world and plunged the world into chaos. Only few were able to escape into underground facilities called "Endzones". 150 years later, mankind returns to the surface - under your command! In an extremely hostile environment full of radioactivity, contaminated rain and extreme climate change, you'll have to prove your worth as a leader.Endzone is a post-apocalyptic survival city builder, where you start a new civilization with a group of people after a global nuclear disaster. Build them a new home and ensure their survival in a shattered world, threatened by constant radiation, toxic rain, sandstorms and droughts.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 5
  • Marvel's Avengers for PlayStation 5 is released. Marvel’s Avengers is an epic, third-person, action-adventure game that combines an original, cinematic story with single-player and co-operative gameplay. Assemble into a team of up to four players online, master extraordinary abilities, customize a growing roster of Heroes, and defend the Earth from escalating threats.
  • GAMING: SWITCH
  • DARQ: Complete Edition for Switch is released. DARQ tells the story of Lloyd, a boy who becomes aware of the fact that he is dreaming. To Lloyd's misfortune, the dream quickly turns into a nightmare and all attempts to wake up end in failure. While exploring the darkest corners of his subconscious, Lloyd learns how to survive the nightmare by bending the laws of physics and manipulating the fluid fabric of the dream world.
  • Signs of the Sojourner for Switch is released. Signs of the Sojourner is a narrative card game about relationships and communication. Encounters are conversations rather than combat. Your ability to navigate social situations and understand different perspectives is based on an expressive card game experience.
  • GAMING: XBOX ONE
  • DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part Two for Xbox One is released. Unite the Sentinel armies and take the war to the stronghold of the Dark Lord himself in one last effort to seal away evil once and for all. With the all-new Sentinel Hammer in hand, the Slayer will rip, tear and now smash every demon in his path across ancient Sentinel settlements, devastated Earth cities and beyond, tackling stronger new enemy variants as he nears his final battle.Everything you've fought for has led to this moment. Your war against Hell ends here.

On this day in 2020

  • EVENTS
  • Turing Award given to Pixar employees Pat Hanraha and Ed Catmull for three-dimensional computer graphics.
  • DEATHS
  • Alfred M. Worden, American Colonel USAF, NASA astronaut (Apollo 15), who died of a stroke at 88.
  • TV SERIES
  • Little Fires Everywhere: Season 1 is released. The seemingly perfect life of The Richardsons (Reese Witherspoon and Joshua Jackson) is turned upside down by Mia Warren (Kerry Washington) and her daughter in the adaptation of Celeste Ng novel of the same name.
  • Motherland: Fort Salem: Season 1 is released. In an alternative America where witches avoided the witch trials by agreeing to cooperate with the government, three young witches: Raelle (Taylor Hickson), Tally (Jessica Sutton) and Abigail (Ashley Nicole Williams) undergo combat magic training and fight a dangerous foe in this drama series created by Eliot Laurence.
  • POLITICS
  • US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agree to close the US-Canada border, the world's longest, to non-essential travel to curb COVID-19 pandemic.

On this day in 2019

  • EVENTS
  • Suspected terrorist attack by shooter aboard a tram in Utrecht, Netherlands kills 3 and injures 5.
  • Italian charity ship Mare Jonio rescues 50 migrants off the coast of Libya.
  • Slipknot announced that percussionist Chris Fehn has left the band after he launched legal action against the group over a financial dispute. Fehn had been a member since 1998, and had the lineup number of 3. Fehn accused band leaders Corey Taylor and Shawn Crahan of "shady business dealings, "and had demanded "full forensic accounting"with a view to recovering profits and damages..
  • “Historic to catastrophic flooding" faced by Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota according to US National Weather Service.
  • Champion racing pigeon Armando "the Lewis Hamilton of pigeons" sells for a record $1.42 million in Belgium.
  • TV SERIES
  • The Fix: Season 1 is released. L.A. district attorney Maya Travis (Robin Tunney) left for Washington State after losing a high-profile double murder case against an A-list actor (Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje). Eight years later, the same actor is again accused of murder and returns for another chance in this legal drama from Marcia Clark, Liz Craft and Sarah Fain.
  • The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley is released. Alex Gibney's documentary about how Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos' claims of a compact blood testing machine went from a Silicon Valley start-up worth $9 billion in 2014 to being cited by the SEC for "massive fraud"in 2016.
  • GAMING: SWITCH
  • Turok for Switch is released. A world where time has no meaning and evil knows no bounds. Torn from a world long gone, the time traveling warrior Turok has found himself thrust into a savage land torn by conflict. Turok is back and no dinosaur is safe! When it was first released in 1997, Turok introduced gamers to a world teeming with cunning enemies, traps, puzzles and deadly weapons all within a vast 3D environment ready to explore. Now the classic game has been restored and enhanced with a new visual engine and exciting new features to sink your teeth into.
  • POLITICS
  • UK Speaker of the House John Bercow rules a third vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal is not possible without new changes.
  • Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi makes national radio address to the nation after Cyclone Idai, saying more than 1,000 people feared dead with 100,000 at risk.
  • SPORTS
  • 40-year old Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki overtakes Wilt Chamberlain to go 6th with 31,424 points on the NBA scorers'list; Mavs suffer 129-125 OT loss to New Orleans Pelicans.

On this day in 2018

  • EVENTS
  • Serial bomber suspected after fourth bomb goes off in Austin, Texas, injuring two, total bombing death toll,2 dead,5 injured.
  • Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo records his 50th career hat-trick in Real Madrid's 6-3 win over Girona.
  • Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seize Kurdish held northern Syrian town of Afrin.
  • US Senator Amy Klobuchar calls on Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the Senate Judiciary in wake in data mining scandal with Cambridge Analytica.
  • African American Stephon Clark shot 20 times by police in his Grandmother's backyard in Sacramento, California during vandalism investigation.
  • Bushfire in Tathra, New South Wales, Australia, destroys over 70 buildings.
  • First fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving car hitting a pedestrain in Tempe, Arizona.
  • DEATHS
  • Chada, Rapper.
  • Tom Dill, Race Car Driver.
  • TV SERIES
  • Instinct: Season 1 is released. Based on James Patterson's novel named Murder Games centers on Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming), an ex-CIA operative turned professor, who is asked to help find a serial killer by NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic).

On this day in 2017

  • DEATHS
  • Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n'roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), who died at 90.
  • Don Hunstein, American photographer of musicians, who died at 88.
  • Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, who died at 80.
  • ALBUMS
  • More Life [Mixtape] was released by Drake. The "playlist"project for the Canadian hip-hop artist features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Black Coffee, Giggs, PartyNextDoor, Quavo, Sampha, Travis Scott, Jorja Smith, Kanye West, and Young Thug.

On this day in 2016

  • DEATHS
  • Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), who died at 79.
  • Joe Santos, American actor (Rockford files), who died at 84.
  • MOVIES: NOT RATED
  • A Space Program is released. In A Space Program, internationally acclaimed artist Tom Sachs takes us on an intricately handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first person look into his studio and methods. The film is both a piece of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’ historic piece, Space Program 2.0: MARS, which opened at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012. For Space Program 2.0: MARS, Sachs and his team built an entire space program from scratch. They were guided by the philosophy of bricolage: creating and constructing from available yet limited resources. They ultimately sent two female astronauts to Mars in search of the answer to humankind’s ultimate question... are we alone? [Zeitgeist Films]
  • My Golden Days is released. Arnaud Desplechin returns to the world of My Sex Life, or … How I Got Into an Argument with My Golden Days, the continued story of Paul Dédalus (Mathieu Amalric), now an anthropologist preparing to leave Tajikistan. Reflecting on his life, he has a series of flashbacks starting from his childhood in Roubaix, his mother's attacks of madness, his father’s alienating depression. He remembers a student trip to the USSR, where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity for a young Russian, whom he considered a phantom twin for the remainder of his life. He remembers university life, and returning to his hometown to party with his sister and her best friend, his shifting circle of friends and their casual betrayals. And most of all he remembers Esther, the beautiful, rude, haughty soul and love of his life. [Magnolia Pictures]
  • Too Late is released. Private investigator Mel Sampson (John Hawkes) is tasked with tracking down the whereabouts of a missing woman from his past.
  • Sweet Bean is released. Sweet Bean is a delicious red bean paste, the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When seventy-six-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a ridiculously low wage, Sentaro is skeptical about the eccentric old lady's ability to endure the long hours. But when she shows up early one morning and reveals to him the secret to the perfect sweet bean paste, Sentaro agrees to take her on. With Tokue's new home cooked sweet bean paste recipe, Sentaro's business begins to flourish, but Tokue is afflicted with an illness that, once revealed, drives her into isolation once again. [Kino Lorber]
  • Take Me to the River is released. Ryder, an artsy, confident California teen heads to Nebraska for a family reunion. After planning to come out to his conservative relatives, he holds off at his mother's request but nevertheless makes a showy entrance at the cookout with his short shorts and his eye-catching shades. No one seems particularly impressed except his 9-year old cousin Molly, who likes to follow him around. When they go to the barn to look for birds in the rafters and she comes back screaming and inconsolable, Ryder comes under suspicion and, in the process of clearing his name, learns that some family secrets are sometimes better kept that way. [Film Movement]
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Confirmation is released. Walt (Clive Owen), a down-on-his luck carpenter, is tasked with entertaining his eight-year-old son Anthony (Jaeden Lieberher) while Anthony’s mom (Maria Bello) and her new husband are away. But when Walt’s prized toolbox is stolen, a quiet father-and-son weekend turns into an adventure of a lifetime. Aided by an oddball drywall repairman (Patton Oswalt), Walt and Anthony go on a wildly funny search for the thieves—and find something they never imagined: a true family connection.
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant is released. After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris (Shailene Woodley) must escape with Four (Theo James) and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.
  • Midnight Special is released. A father (Michael Shannon), goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever.
  • MOVIES: R
  • The Program is released. The world needs heroes and Lance Armstrong (Ben Foster) was the ultimate sporting hero. Following a gruelling battle with cancer, Lance returned to his cycling career in 1999 more determined than ever and with his sights set firmly on winning the Tour de France. With the help of the infamous Italian physician Michele Ferrari and team director Johan Bruyneel, he developed the most sophisticated doping program in the history of the sport. This program allowed Lance and his American teammates to dominate the world of cycling, winning the Tour an unprecedented seven times. However not everyone believed the fairytale. Sunday Times journalist, David Walsh (Chris O'Dowd), at first charmed by Lance’s charisma and talent, soon began to question whether the ‘world’s greatest athlete’ was ‘clean’. Walsh sought to unveil the truth, his ensuing battle with Armstrong risked his own career, ostracised him from the cycling community and cost his paper, The Sunday Times, hundreds of thousands in legal costs. But the indefatigable Walsh eventually uncovered the truth when a select few prepared to talk came forward, exposing one of the greatest deceptions of our time. [Momentum Pictures]
  • The Bronze is released. A decade ago, Hope Ann Greggory (Melissa Rauch) was America's sweetheart. Her inspired performance on a ruptured Achilles at the world's most prestigious gymnastics tournament clinched an unlikely bronze medal for the U.S. team and brought glory to her hometown of Amherst, Ohio. But in the years since that epic third place victory, Hope hasn't done a whole lot with her life. Still living in her dad Stan's (Gary Cole) basement, still sporting her daily uniform of a Team USA gym suit with teeny-bopper bangs, ponytail and scrunchie, she spends her days at the mall milking her minor celebrity for free food and favors. Hope's routine is upended when she learns that she must coach Amherst's newest gymnastics prodigy Maggie (Haley Lu Richardson) in order to receive a sizable financial inheritance. The hard-edged yet insecure Hope is faced with a serious dilemma: does she jeopardize her "hometown hero"status by devotedly training this rising star to achieve the dreams she never could? Or does she attempt to sabotage the impressionable Maggie to ensure that she remains the one and only star in Amherst? [Sony Pictures Classics]
  • The Clan is released. On the surface the Puccios live like most families. Arquímedes (Guillermo Francella) presides over a modest household where his wife, sons, and daughters gather most evenings over home cooked meals to discuss their days. Eldest son Alejandro (Peter Lanzani) is a star rugby player who is manipulated into helping his father carry out the meticulously planned abductions. But when kidnapping turns to murder, Alejandro must finally face the truth that his father, his hero, is a cold-blooded killer.
  • Krisha is released. When Krisha shows up at her sister's Texas home on Thanksgiving morning, her close and extended family greet her with a mixture of warmth and wariness. Almost immediately, a palpable unease permeates the air, one which only grows in force as Krisha gets to work cooking the turkey and trying to make up for lost time by catching up with her various relatives, chief among them her nephew, Trey. As Krisha's attempts at reconciliation become increasingly rebuffed, tension and suspicion reach their peak, with long-buried secrets and deep-seated resentments coming to the fore as everyone becomes immersed in an emotionally charged familial reckoning. [A24]
  • MOVIES: TVPG
  • Pee-wee's Big Holiday is released. A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.
  • TV SERIES
  • Marvel's Daredevil: Season 2 is released. The second season of the superhero drama sees a new vigilante named Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) in Hell's Kitchen as well as the return of Matt Murdock's (Charlie Cox) ex-girlfriend Electra Natchios (Élodie Yung).
  • ALBUMS
  • Hollowed was released by Ital Tek. This is the fifth full-length for British electronic producer Alan Myson.
  • ii was released by Liima. This is the debut release for the side project of Efetrklang with Finnish percussionist Tatu Ronkko.
  • Girl at the End of the World was released by James. The 14th full-length studio release for the British rock band was produced by Max Dingel.
  • Fleeting was released by Glenn Jones. The sixth solo release for the Cul de Sac guitarist was recorded by Laura Baird.
  • Feelin Kinda Free was released by The Drones. The seventh full-length release for the Australian rock band sees the return of original drummer Christian Strybosch.
  • Full Circle was released by Hælos. This is the debut full-length release for the London electronic pop trio of Lotti Benardout, Arthur Delaney, and Dom Goldsmith.
  • Gensho was released by Boris. The collaborative work from Boris and Merzbow features two discs, each disc containing music from one of the artist designed to be play simultaneously or separately.
  • Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future was released by Underworld. The ninth full-length studio release for the British techno duo was co-produced with High Contrast.
  • Brute was released by Fatima Al Qadiri. The second full-length release for the experimental electronic producer was influenced by the events at Ferguson as well as the Occupy and Black Lives Matter movements.
  • Aa was released by Baauer. The debut full-length release for the Philadelphia electronic producer features guest appearances from such artists as Future, Leikeli47, M.I.A., Novelist, Pusha T, Rustie, and Tirzah.
  • Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties was released by Bonnie "Prince"Billy. This is the debut full-length release for the collaboration between Bonnie "Prince"Billy and Bitchin Bajas.
  • Compassion was released by Lust for Youth. This is the fifth full-length release from the synth-pop trio led by Hannes Norrvide.
  • Chaosmosis was released by Primal Scream. The 11th full-length release for the Scottish rock band features guest appearances from Haim, Sky Ferreira, and Rachel Zeffira.
  • New Misery was released by Cullen Omori. This is the debut solo debut release for the former Smith Westerns band member.
  • No One Deserves Happiness was released by The Body. The fourth full-length release for the Portland, Oregon-based metal duo of Chip King and Lee Buford features contributions from Maralie Armstrong and Providence's Assembly of Light Choir.
  • Post Pop Depression was released by Iggy Pop. The 17th solo studio release for the rock artist was produced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and features contributions from Homme, QOTSA's Dean Fertita, and the Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders.
  • Star Wars Headspace was released by Various Artists. Executive produce by Rick Rubin, artists such as Baauer, Bonobo, Flying Lotus, Galantis, Kaskade, Royksopp and Rustie include sounds and/or dialogue from the Star Wars films on 15 tracks for this electronic compilation.
  • This Is What the Truth Feels Like was released by Gwen Stefani. The third full-length solo studio release for the pop singer features a guest appearance from Fetty Wap and production from Greg Kurstin, Mattman & Robin, JR Rotem and Stargate.
  • The Last Panthers was released by Clark. The score for the crime drama televsion series released on Canal+, Sky Atlantic and SundanceTV is the first for the British electronic producer.
  • The Narrows was released by Grant-Lee Philips. The eighth solo release for the Nashville-based California singer-songwriter was self-produced and was recorded at Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Studio.
  • Visions of Us on the Land was released by Damien Jurado. The 12th release for the Seattle indie singer-songwriter is the final album in his trilogy of albums that began with 2012's Maraqopa and was produced by Richard Swift.
  • 2013 was released by Meilyr Jones. The debut solo release for the Race Horses singer is described as a collection of songs about what happened to him in 2013, including a trip to Rome.
  • Up to Anything was released by The Goon Sax. This is the debut full-length release for the indie pop trio from Brisbane, Australia.
  • You Can't Go Back if There's Nothing To Go Back To was released by Richmond Fontaine. The final album from the Oregon alt-country band was produced by John Morgan Askew.
  • GAMING: 3DS
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for 3DS is released. Mario, Sonic and their pals go to the ultimate training grounds for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Train with Mario or Sonic in their own stories, then test your skills in fourteen events. Soar high in BMX, blaze over 110m Hurdles, perfect your swing in Golf and field a team in Brazil's favorite sport: soccer. Get in the Games by training your Mii character in Mario or Sonic gyms led by top-notch trainers, like Donkey Kong or Tails. Inspire the city with your victories while searching for missing medals, or find out why Mario & Sonic's gyms are at odds. In any event, give your Mii an edge with outfits, like a pirate or a knight, or even character costumes like Toad or Knuckles. Compete with friends and family in all 14 events. Or for a new twist, try Plus Events - supercharged with Mario & Sonic elements. Dodge Goomba stacks in BMX, vault over Thwomps in Equestrian, or shoot at moving Boo targets in Archery.
  • GAMING: WII U
  • Pokken Tournament for Wii U is released. (Also known as "Pokemon Tekken") Battle Pokémon in all-new, action-packed arena fights. Perform vivid Pokémon moves in all their glory with button combinations through an intuitive fighting system to unleash devastating attacks upon your opponent to become the Pokkén Tournament champion. Learn various fighting styles of Pokémon such as Pikachu, Charizard, Lucario, and more. Any fan will be able to learn and execute signature Pokémon moves with a press of a button. Turn the tide of battle by calling upon support Pokémon to assist, and unleash devastating attacks to KO your opponent. Battles await, and it’s up to you to claim the title of Pokkén Tournament champion. [Nintendo]

On this day in 2015

  • MOVIES: NOT RATED
  • Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter is released. A lonely Japanese woman (Rinko Kikuchi) becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried and lost in a fictional film, is in fact, real. With a crudely drawn treasure map and limited preparation, she escapes her structured life in Tokyo and embarks on a foolhardy quest across the frozen tundra of Minnesota in search of her mythical fortune.
  • Amour Fou is released. Berlin, the Romantic Era. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitability of death through love, yet is unable to convince his skeptical cousin Marie to join him in a suicide pact. It is whilst coming to terms with this refusal, ineffably distressed by his cousin's insensitivity to the depth of his feelings, that Heinrich meets Henriette, the wife of a business acquaintance. Heinrich's subsequent offer to the beguiling young woman at first holds scant appeal, that is until Henriette discovers she is suffering from a terminal illness.
  • GAMING: XBOX ONE
  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One is released. Your arms are weapons. Use your body to slice fruit as it flies across the screen. Dodge spotlights, throw shurikens and strike ninja poses.
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - Episode 4: Metamorphosis for Xbox One is released. Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Episode 1 required; sold separately. Xbox Live free membership required. Xbox Live Gold membership required for multiplayer features. Episode Four: Metamorphosis Claire and Moira make for the tower's top floor and a final confrontation with the Overseer. Will they survive and escape the island? Meanwhile, having learned of his daughter's fate, Barry prepares for the final confrontation, to keep Natalia from harm and have his revenge. Two timelines collide in this nail-biting final chapter.*Additional Raid Mode characters and stages included.*Episode One required to play.

On this day in 2014

  • EVENTS
  • Russia formally annexes Crimea, previously part of Ukraine. by signing Treaty on Accession.
  • US closes the Syrian embassy in Washington & expels all Syrian diplomats.
  • Transnistria formally requests to join the Russian Federation.
  • BIRTHS
  • Jax Izzo Roy, YouTube Star, born in Miami, FL.
  • DEATHS
  • Joseph "Joe" Lala, American musician, actor and singer notable for co-founding the rock band "Blues Image", who died from complications of lung cancer at 66.
  • Joe Lala, American drummer, percussionist, singer (" Blues Image"), and actor, who died from complications of lung cancer at 66.
  • ALBUMS
  • Kiss Me Once was released by Kylie Minogue. The Australian pop singer worked with Enrique Iglesias, Greg Kurstin, MNEK, Ariel Rechtshaid, Sia, and Pharrell Williams on her 12th studio release.
  • Lost In the Dream was released by The War on Drugs. This is the third full-length release for the Philadelphia rock band led by Adam Granduciel.
  • Happiness Is was released by Taking Back Sunday. The sixth studio release for the alternative rock band was produced by Marc Jacob Hudson and Mike Sapone.
  • Abandoned City was released by Hauschka. The song titles for the experimental German musician's second solo release was inspired by photos of vacant cities and was recorded in 10 days in his home studio.
  • Awake was released by Tycho. The addition of Zac Brown and Rory O’Connor turns Scott Hansen's solo project into an ambient trio for its third full-length release.
  • Chills on Glass was released by Dead Rider. The third release for the Chicago band led by Todd Rittman is its first on the Drag City label.
  • Darlings was released by Kevin Drew. The second full-length solo release for the Broken Social Scene frontman was co-produced with Dave Hamelin.
  • Underneath the Rainbow was released by Black Lips. The first release in three years for the Atlanta rock band was recorded in New York with Tommy Brenneck and in Tennessee with Patrick Carney.
  • Vermont was released by Vermont. The debut release of the collaboration between German electronic artists Marcus Wargull and Danilo Plessow features guest appearances from Jaki Liebezeit of Can and Dominik Von Senger.
  • Symphonica was released by George Michael. A collection of ten covers and seven original songs from the pop singer's 2011-12 orchestral tour.
  • Suck My Shirt was released by The Coathangers. The fourth full-length release for the all-female punk rock band is its first without keyboardist Candice Jones.
  • Supermodel was released by Foster the People. The second full-length release for the indie pop band led by Mark Foster was produced by Paul Epworth.
  • Say Yes to Love was released by Perfect Pussy. The noise punk band led by Meredith Graves releases a full-length follow-up to its 2013's four-track EP, I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling.
  • Sisyphus was released by Sisyphus. The debut full-length release for the collaboration between Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens (previously known as s/s/s) was commissioned by the Walker Art Center and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
  • Piñata was released by Freddie Gibbs. The debut release for the collaboration between Freddie Gibbs and Madlib features guest appearances from such artists as Ab-Soul, BJ the Chicago Kid, Danny Brown, Domo Genesis, Mac Miller, Raekwon, Scarface, and Earl Sweatshirt.
  • Recess was released by Skrillex. The debut full-length release for the Grammy-winning electronic artist includes guest appearances from Chance the Rapper, Diplo, Ragga Twins, and Alvin Risk.
  • Rooms of the House was released by La Dispute. The third full-length album from the Michigan post-hardcore led by Jordan Dreyer was co-produced with Will Yip.
  • My Krazy Life was released by YG. The debut full-length studio release for the Los Angeles rapper features guest appearances from Drake, Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, and Ty Dolla $ign.
  • Mirrors the Sky was released by Lyla Foy. This is the full-length debut release for the London-based singer-songwriter.
  • We Got a Love was released by Shit Robot. The second full-length release for the Irish electronic producer Marcus Lambkin features contributions from Holly Backle. the Rapture's Luke Jenner, Museum of Love, Lidell Townsell, Nancy Wang, and Reggie Watts
  • GAMING: PC
  • Luftrausers for PC is released. Luftrausers is an arcade-style aerial combat shooter where ace pilots will be able to customize their own "rauser"and battle wily enemy fighters amongst the clouds or charge colossal battleships scattered across the open seas.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 3
  • Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster for PlayStation 3 is released. Final Fantasy X HD is a remake of the PS2 classic for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation VITA.
  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z for PlayStation 3 is released. The ninja are the most elite of warriors, exercising unparalleled skill, precision, and lethality for centuries. Only the most deadly candidates are given the rare and coveted opportunity to join the clan. The final test of a ninja
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for PlayStation 4 is released. Ground Zeroes showcases Kojima Productions' FOX Engine, a true next-generation game engine which promises to revolutionize the Metal Gear Solid experience. The first Metal Gear Solid title to offer open world gameplay. Ground Zeroes offers total freedom of play: how missions are undertaken is entirely down to the user. Unrestricted stealth: Imagine classic Metal Gear gameplay but with no restrictions or boundaries. Players use intelligence and cerebral strategy to sneak their way through entire missions, or go in all guns blazing. Each will have different effects on game consequences and advancement. Multiple missions and tasks - Ground Zeroes boasts a central story mode and Side-Ops missions ranging from tactical action, aerial assaults and "covert"missions that will be sure to surprise. Ground Zeroes users will benefit from a clean in-game HUD that shows the minimal amount of on-screen data to give a more intense gaming experience. [Konami]
  • SteamWorld Dig for PlayStation 4 is released. The clock has stopped around the turn of the 19th century, and humankind has prematurely blown itself to bits. The remaining scraps are huddling in caves beneath the surface, and steam-powered robots have taken over the Wild West.
  • GAMING: XBOX ONE
  • Dead Rising 3: The Last Agent for Xbox One is released. The Last Agent, the last installment in The Untold Stories of Los Perdidos, centers around on Brad Park, an agent for the Federal Bureau of Zombie Defense and Control.
  • POLITICS
  • Phil Jackson signs a five-year contract to be president of the New York Knicks.

On this day in 2013

  • EVENTS
  • 98 people are killed and 248 are injured across Iraq from a series of bombings and shootings.
  • Explosions kill 25 people at a bus park in Kano, Nigeria.
  • David Bowie's first album in a decade become the fastest-selling of the year, hitting the No.1 spot in the UK in its first week of release. Bowie took great pains to keep the recording of the album secret, requiring people involved in the recording to sign NDAs. Bowie had to change recording studios after one day when someone at the studio leaked the rumour that he was recording there. The Next Day was the 66-year-old's first No.1 since 1993's Black Tie White Noise and sold 94,000 copies in the first week..
  • A car bombing kills 10 people and injures 20 in Mogadishu, Somalia.
  • DEATHS
  • Muhammad Mahmood Alam, Pakistani general and fighter ace, who died at 77.
  • TV SERIES
  • Bates Motel: Season 1 is released. The relationship between 17-year-old Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) is explored in this contemporary prequel to the movie "Psycho."
  • GAMING: WII U
  • LEGO City Undercover for Wii U is released. Take on the role of Chase McCain, an undercover detective armed with clever disguises. Your mission is to stifle the dastardly Rex Fury and end his crime wave in LEGO City. As players run, drive and fly through the city, they’ll use the Wii U GamePad controller as a new law enforcement gadget. [Nintendo]

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