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Today in the World Countries

  • Adwa Victory Day is being celebrated in Ethiopia
  • Peasants ' Day is being celebrated in Myanmar
  • People born on this day are Pisces as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • Head of UK security service MI5 apologizes for not acting on intelligence to stop the 2017 Manchester Arena attack at an Ariana Grande concert by a suicide bomber.
  • Nham Noys, YouTube Star, born in Thailand.
  • Mary Bauermeister, German artist, who died at 88.
  • Blueback is released. Follows Abby, a child who befriends a magnificent wild blue groper while diving. When Abby realizes that the fish is under threat, she takes inspiration from her activist Mum, Dora, and takes on poachers to save her friend.
  • Meg's Monster for Switch is released. Welcome to the Underworld - a land of monsters and mutants who eat humans for breakfast.One such monster - a hulking ogre by the name of Roy - has no interest in eating humans. But one day, he and his best friend Golan stumble upon a lost little girl named Meg, and discover something truly terrifying: the moment she starts wailing in fear, a blood-red hue washes over the sky, and the earth itself begins to tremble and quake.That's right: this small girl's tears hold the power to bring forth the apocalypse - and the only way to stop it is for them to help find her mother so she can make it safely back home.Meg's Monster is a short, story-driven JRPG with a big twist. Players control Roy, who begins the game with 99,999 HP and is virtually untouchable - but the real concern is keeping Meg safe, because if she starts crying, it's game over for everyone. Players will have to master the unique mechanics and mini-games baked into each battle, all while protecting Meg and using her favorite toys to keep her pacified.
  • Per Kristoffersen, Norwegian soccer forward (25 caps; Fredrikstad FC 194 games,147 goals), who died at 85.

On this day in 2022

  • UN states agree to create legally binding plastic pollution treaty (tbc 2024) after talks in Nairobi, Kenya - hailed most significant environmental deal since 2015 Paris climate accord.
  • Johnny Brown, American stage and screen comic actor (Good Times - "Bookman" ; Laugh-In), and singer, who died of heart failure at 84.
  • Against the Ice is released. In 1909, Denmark’s Arctic Expedition led by Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was attempting to disprove the United States’ claim to Northeast Greenland. This claim was based on the assumption that Greenland was broken up into two different pieces of land. Leaving his crew behind with the ship, Mikkelsen embarks on a journey across the ice with his inexperienced crew member, Iver Iversen (Joe Cole). The two men succeed in finding the proof that Greenland is one island, but returning to the ship takes longer and is much harder than expected. Battling extreme hunger, fatigue and a polar bear attack, they finally arrive to find their ship crushed in the ice and the camp abandoned. Hoping to be rescued, they now must fight to stay alive. As the days grow longer, their mental hold on reality starts to fade, breeding mistrust and paranoia, a dangerous cocktail in their fight for survival.
  • Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes for Switch is released. Slam giant, super powered pinballs into waves of adorkable zombies - it's a new hot-take on Classic Pinball fused with Tower Defense! Grab your copy today to see for yourself the hot new game that is making a name for itself on Apple Arcade!Choose your Hero, hop aboard a Pinball Ballista and explore a constantly changing world in this epic new game. You'll have to stay one step ahead of the Zombie Plague, fight through hordes of zombies, and face each unique Zombie Boss in order to carry the day. The game changes each run through, so you can play again and again to collect all of the heroes, defeat each zombie boss, and become a Pinball Hero!

On this day in 2021

  • Dolly Parton receives the Moderna COVID-19 pandemic vaccine she gave $1 million to help develop.
  • Six books by Dr. Seuss will cease publication because of racist and insensitive imagery according to Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
  • Michael Gudinski, Entrepreneur.
  • Peter Grosser, German soccer midfielder (2 caps; Bayern Munich,1860 Munich, Austria Salzburg), who died at 82.
  • Chris Barber, English jazz trombonist (" Petite Fleur"), who died at 90.
  • Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), who died of stroke complications at 73.
  • Alex Casademunt, Pop Singer.
  • Sophie Jones is released. Stunned by the untimely death of her mother and struggling with the myriad challenges of teendom, Sophie (Jessica Barr) tries everything she can to feel something again, while holding herself together.
  • Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 for PC is released. Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 features more fan-favorite trucks in brand new Monster Jam worlds. Brand new online multiplayer modes,38 trucks to choose from and five new outdoor worlds! Drivers train at Camp Crushmore and compete in authentic stadiums to become the ultimate champion. Truck roster features 38 of the greatest trucks in Monster Jam history, including Higher Education, Sparkle Smash and Grave Digger. Five all-new Monster Jam Worlds that expand the Monster Jam universe! Explore and uncover Monster Jam secrets. Compete just like the pros in 12 authentic stadiums and game modes inspired by the real-world shows.
  • Neptunia Virtual Stars for PlayStation 4 is released. The Goddesses and virtual stars team up to take down the Anti in the music-based hack 'n' slash game, Neptunia Virtual Stars! In a dimension called Virtualand, the virtual planets that exist within it contain an extraordinary ability to produce a commodity known as content. Of these celestial bodies is a tranquil planet known as EMO. This was the largest target of a nefarious group whose sole purpose is to destroy content created by virtual planets... Anti. Their decimation of EMO has left its citizens hopeless. Just then, VTubers, popular live-streamers from Earth, were suddenly transported to Virtualand. Because VTubers possess an affinity for creating good content, they were obvious targets for Anti, who quickly captured them and turned them into data pockets known as V Cubes. Fair, the Virtual Goddess and leader of Planet EMO, sent out a distress signal to multiple dimensions in the hopes of a miracle. Two groups received the signal - the rising VTuber stars, Mi and Yu, members of MEWTRAL, as well as the Goddesses of Gamindustri: Neptune, Noire, Blanc, and Vert. Both parties, now entering unfamiliar terrain, decide to team up to duke it out against Anti! Can they band together and save planet EMO from complete destruction?
  • Maquette for PlayStation 5 is released. Maquette is a first-person recursive puzzle game that takes you into a world where every building, plant, and object are simultaneously tiny and staggeringly huge.
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon for PlayStation 5 is released. RISE FROM ROCK BOTTOM - Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking grunt of a low-ranking yakuza family in Tokyo, faces an 18-year prison sentence after taking the fall for a crime he didn't commit. Never losing faith, he loyally serves his time and returns to society to discover that no one was waiting for him on the outside, and his clan has been destroyed by the man he respected most.Confused and alone, he embarks on a mission to discover the truth behind his family's betrayal and take his life back, becoming an unlikely hero for the city's outcasts on his journey.LEVEL UP FROM UNDERDOG TO DRAGON IN DYNAMIC RPG COMBATExperience dynamic RPG combat like none other. Switch between 19 unique Jobs ranging from Bodyguard to Musician, and use the battlefield as your weapon. Take up bats, umbrellas, bikes, street signs, and everything else at your disposal to crack some skulls!ENTER THE UNDERWORLD PLAYGROUNDWhen you're not busy bashing heads, relax by hitting up the local arcade for some classic SEGA games, compete with locals in a no holds barred go-kart race around Yokohama, complete 50 unique substories, or just take in the scenery of a modern-day Japanese city. There's always something new around the corner.
  • Harvest Moon: One World for Switch is released. Take a trip around the world in the latest entry in the long-running Harvest Moon series! You'll ride camels across the deserts of Pastilla, venture deep into the snowy mountains of Salmiakki, and even visit a volcano near the cozy mountain town of Lebkuchen! Can you imagine a world without cabbage, tomatoes, or even carrots? Believe it or not, that's the world you'll find yourself in at the beginning of Harvest Moon: One World, as the Harvest Goddess, the queen of crops herself, has vanished... However, before the Harvest Goddess disappeared from this world, she imbued the tiny Harvest Wisps with the knowledge of various seeds, thus ensuring the various fruits and vegetables of the world would not be lost. Using the power given to these Harvest Wisps, you'll unlock various seeds as you progress through the game! But the Harvest Wisps can be tricky to find, as they all appear at different times and places. You'll need to use your noggin to make sure you seek out as many of them as you can.
  • Governors of Texas and Mississippi both announce they are lifting mask mandates and COVID-19 pandemic health measures despite CDC warnings of complacency.

On this day in 2020

  • American rap group Public Enemy part ways with Flavor Flav after 35 years over playing for free at Bernie Sanders rally.
  • James Lipton, American actor, writer and host of Inside the Actors Studio, who died at 93.
  • Henry N. Cobb, American architect (Pei Cobb Freed & Partners), who died at 93.
  • Breeders: Season 1 is released. Paul (Martin Freeman) and Ally (Daisy Haggard) are raising their two children when Ally’s father (Michael McKean) shows up in this comedy co-created by Freeman, Chris Addison, and Simon Blackwell.
  • Amy Klobuchar drops out of the US Democratic presidential race and endorses Joe Biden.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey can not longer enforce 2016 deal with EU to stop migrants entering Europe, warns millions may try.

On this day in 2019

  • FESPACO, Africa's largest film festival in its 50th year awards the Golden Stallion of Yennenga to "The Mercy of the Jungle" by Joel Karekezi, in Burkina Faso.

On this day in 2018

  • Gunmen attack the French embassy and army HQ in suspected terrorist incident in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, killing 8 and injuring 80.
  • Baby Bell, YouTube Star, born in United States.
  • Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), who died of hypertension and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at 63.
  • Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), who died at 62 from West Nile virus.
  • Oh Lucy! is released. Setsuko is a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she's convinced by her niece, Mika to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named "Lucy."This new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett). When John suddenly disappears from class and Setsuko learns that he and her niece were secretly dating, Setsuko enlists the help of her sister, Ayako and the pair fly halfway across the world to the outskirts of Southern California in search of the runaway couple. In a brave new world of tattoo parlors and seedy motels, family ties and past lives are tested as Setsuko struggles to preserve the dream and promise of "Lucy."
  • Souvenir is released. Liliane (Isabelle Huppert) lives a modest and monotonous life. By day, she works in a pâté factory, and by night, she sits on the couch and watches TV. One day, a new worker named Jean (Kévin Azaïs) arrives. The two form a platonic relationship, but Jean grows increasingly convinced that he recognizes Liliane from a European singing contest he saw as a child. Eventually, Jean convinces Liliane to confront her past. Souvenir is a beautiful portrayal of a friendship between two people from different generations, who come together to make a life changing comeback. [Strand Releasing]
  • Submission is released. Ted (Stanley Tucci) is a once-acclaimed author who teaches writing at a small liberal arts college. Though his marriage to Sherrie (Kyra Sedgwick) is comfortable, he finds himself drowning in discontent -- stuffy departmental dinners at which he drinks too much, smug colleagues whom he dislikes yet fears he resembles, and an endless stream of untalented students. But when a new pupil, Angela (Addison Timlin), shows promise Ted focuses on nurturing her career, and she appears more than willing to devote the one-on-one time required. Basking in Angela's youth, talent, and admiration, just as she benefits from Ted's wisdom, experience, and professional connections, it's only a matter of time before lines are crossed and it becomes unclear whether Ted is predator or prey and Angela is victim or victimizer.
  • They Remain is released. Two scientists who share a romantic history are tasked with investigating unnatural animal behaviour on the site of a Manson Family-style cult's compound.
  • Mohawk is released. After one of her tribe sets an American camp ablaze, a young Mohawk warrior finds herself pursued by a contingent of military renegades set on revenge. Fleeing deep into the woods they call home, Oak and Calvin, along with their British companion Joshua, must now fight back against the bloodthirsty Colonel Holt and his soldiers -- using every resource both real and supernatural that the winding forest can offer.
  • Midnighters is released. On their way home from ringing in midnight on December 31, Lindsey (Alex Essoe) and Jeff (Dylan McTee) accidentally run down a man in the middle of the road. Things look bad when they panic and stash the body in the backseat. Things look worse when they discover that the stranger they hit had sinister intentions involving the couple and their family. And things go off the rails when a certain psychotic “Detective Smith” (Ward Horton) comes calling.
  • Red Sparrow is released. Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.
  • Death Wish is released. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of Chicago violence when it is rushed into his ER - until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family's assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media's attention, the city wonders if this deadly vigilante is a guardian angel or a grim reaper. [MGM]
  • Goldstone is released. On the trail of a missing person, troubled indigenous detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) finds himself in the small mining town of Goldstone, where he is arrested for drunk driving by local cop Josh (Alex Russell). When Jay’s motel room is blasted with gun fire, it becomes clear that something larger is at play. While struggling to overcome their mutual distrust, Jay and Josh uncover a web of crime and corruption, which leads directly to the town’s cold-blooded Mayor (Jacki Weaver) and its smarmy gold mine director (David Wenham).
  • The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall is released. Sidney Hall harbors a precocious talent for writing. His classroom essays exhibit a danger that some find off-putting, though one teacher recognizes his talent and urges Sidney to pursue a writing career. Early success with his first novel makes Sidney a celebrity, though his dystopian observations about suburbia provoke tragic outcomes among some young readers, cloaking his name in scandal. Heightened scrutiny and expectations haunt him, as do dark secrets from his past that complicate his creativity, and interfere with his chances of finding love with a childhood sweetheart. When the disillusioned writer has all but disappeared from public life, a mysterious detective seeks the answer to his mystery.
  • Whistle Down the Wind was released by Joan Baez. The first full-length studio release in a decade for the folk singer-songwriter features covers of songs by such artists as Anohni, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tim Eriksen, Joe Henry (who also produced the album), and Josh Ritter.
  • Who Are You was released by E Ruscha V. This is the debut full-length studio release for producer Eddie Ruscha, who previously released music under the name Secret Circuit.
  • You're Not Alone was released by Andrew W.K.. This is the first new full-length studio release for the hard rock artist in nine years.
  • Historian was released by Lucy Dacus. The second full-length release for the Virginia-based indie singer-songwriter was produced by Collin Pastore and mixed by John Congleton.
  • How to Socialise & Make Friends was released by Camp Cope. The second full-length release for the Australian trio of Georgia McDonald, Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich and Sarah Thompson was recorded in two-and-a-half days.
  • Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt was released by Moby. The 15th full-length release for the Los Angeles-based electronic artist is said to be inspired by trip-hop music.
  • Felt was released by Suuns. The fourth full-length release for the Canadian quartet was self-produced and mixed by John Congleton.
  • Black Times was released by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80. The fourth full-length release from the youngest son of Fela Kuti features a guest appearances from Carlos Santana and was produced by Robert Glasper.
  • A Productive Cough was released by Titus Andronicus. The fifth full-length release for the indie punk band led by Patrick Stickles features a cover of Bob Dylan's "(I'm) Like a Rolling Stone"and was produced by Kevin S. McMahon.
  • All Nerve was released by The Breeders. The first new studio release from alternative rock in 10 years features the same line-up (Kelley and Kim Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson) that was on 1993's Last Splash and includes contributions from Courtney Barnett and Steve Albini.
  • Clean was released by Soccer Mommy. The debut full-length release for the Nashville indie singer-songwriter was produced by Gabe Wax and mixed by Ali Chant.
  • Dead Magic was released by Anna von Hausswolff. The fourth full-length release for the Swedish singer-songwriter features a 20th century pipe organ and was produced by Randall Dunn.
  • Drift was released by The Men. The seventh full-length release for the Brooklyn post-punk band was recorded with Travis Harrison.
  • Quiet and Peace was released by Buffalo Tom. The ninth full-length studio release for the Boston alternative rock band was produced by Dave Minehan.
  • Rare Birds was released by Jonathan Wilson. The third full-length solo release for the Los Angeles singer-songwriter/producer features guest appearances from Father John Misty, Lana Del Ray, Laraaji, and Lucius.
  • Record was released by Tracey Thorn. The fifth full-length solo release for the Everything But The Girl singer features guest appearances from Bailey Rae and Shura.
  • Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It was released by Rolo Tomassi. The fifth full-length studio release for the British rock band was recorded and mixed by Lewis Johns.
  • Superorganism was released by Superorganism. This is the debut full-length release for the London-based eight-person indie pop collective.
  • Still Trippin' was released by DJ Taye. The debut full-length release for the Los Angeles-based footwork producer features guest appearances from DJ Lucky, DJ Manny, DJ Paypal, Chuck Inglish, Odile Myrtil, Fabi Reyna, and UNIIQU3.
  • Moaning was released by Moaning. The debut full-length release for the Los Angles post-punk trio of Sean Solomon, Pascal Stevenson, and Andrew MacKelvie was recorded by Alex Newport.
  • Le Kov was released by Gwenno. The singer-songwriter worked with Rhys Edwards on her second full-length release sung entirely in the Cornish-language.
  • Pit People for PC is released. In this fast-paced, turn-based, co-op adventure you'll quest and explore, find awesome loot, customize your fighters, and recruit strange species. Come master your destiny in this strategic game of positioning.
  • Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2 for PC is released. Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2 revives the good, old, action platform run & gun genre, but this time with a bunch of humor and buckets of blown off body parts. In this sequel to Guns, Gore & Cannoli, Vinnie Cannoli’s story continues and this time it’s personal.
  • Mulaka for Xbox One is released. Explore northern Mexico’s breathtaking landscapes with Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure game based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara.

On this day in 2017

  • US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia after revelations he met Russian ambassador.
  • Euphoria, Instagram Star, born in London, England.
  • Simon Hobday, South African golfer (US Senior Open 1994), who died of cancer at 76.

On this day in 2016

  • Oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus - 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, revealed by British scientists.
  • Longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland in 17 hours,15 minutes.
  • US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record.
  • Prince Oscar Of Sweden, Prince, born in Solna, Sweden.
  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me is released. On South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Johnny and his sister Jashuan's lives develop new challenges when their absentee cowboy father suddenly dies. The loss prompts Johnny to strike out for Los Angeles, but would mean leaving behind his beloved sister.
  • The Real O'Neals: Season 1 is released. The seemingly perfect Catholic O'Neal family that includes Chicago policeman Pat O'Neal (Jay R. Ferguson), his wife Eileen (Martha Plimpton),17-year-old Jimmy (Matthew Shively),14-year-old Shannon (Bebe Wood), and 16-year-old Kenny, is revealed to be not so flawless after an incident between Kenny and his girlfriend causes the others to confess their own secrets.
  • Hap and Leonard: Season 1 is released. Based on the mystery series by Joe R. Lansdale where best friends Hap Collins, a white ex-con (James Purefo) and Leonard Pine (Michael K. Williams), a black, openly gay Vietnam veteran, try to keep out of trouble in East Texas in the 1980s.
  • Bus Simulator 16 for PC is released. Win the daily battle with the clock—become a bus driver. In Bus Simulator, you'll assume the controls of one of 6 true-to-life city buses, licensed by companies such as MAN, and drive your passengers through 5 realistic districts of a city.
  • BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend for PC is released. The most definitive installment of the renouned 2D fighting game franchise, BlazBlue, can finally be taken into your living room. Uncover the secrets, of the Chrono Phantasma Extend.
  • Blood Alloy: Reborn for PC is released. Become a hyper-agile, cybernetic machine of robot death in an ultra-fast 2D acrobatic shooter/slasher. Boost, slice and shoot your way to the top of the score rankings in Blood Alloy: Reborn, rendered in glorious cyberpunk pixels upon a pulsing synthwave soundtrack.

On this day in 2015

  • Bettina Graziani [Simone Bodin] French model, one of the first supermodels, Givenchy muse, who died at 89.
  • Mal Peet, British children's author, who died at 67.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's 3 for PC is released. 30 years after Freddy Fazbear's Pizza closed, the events that took place there have become nothing more than a rumor and a childhood memory, but the owners of "Fazbear's Fright: The Horror Attraction"are committed to reviving the legend and to making the experience as authentic as possible for patrons, going to great lengths to find anything that might have survived decades of neglect and ruin.

On this day in 2014

  • Justin Kaplan, American editor and biographer (Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain - Pulitzer Price 1967), who died at 88.


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