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Today in the World Countries

  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Tunisia
  • Novruz is being celebrated in Iran
  • Novruz Holiday is being celebrated in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan
  • Spring Equinox is being celebrated in Japan
  • People born on this day are Pisces as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

Happening Today

  • EVENTS
  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping visits Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow, the first between the two since Russia invaded Ukraine a year ago.
  • DEATHS
  • John Sattler, Australian rugby league prop (4 Tests; NSWRL Premiership 1967,68,70,71 South Sydney), who died from dementia at 80.

On this day in 2022

  • EVENTS
  • Intense fighting in Ukrainian city of Mariupol continues as Russian forces encircle the city, trapping 300,000 people.

On this day in 2021

  • EVENTS
  • Miami Beach imposes a state of emergency and a curfew as large crowds descend on the area for spring break.
  • Severe one-in-a-hundred-year flooding in Sydney and the surrounding state of New South Wales prompts evacuation orders.
  • SPORTS
  • Overseas spectators will not be allowed to attend the Tokyo Summer Olympics due to the pandemic Japanese organizers confirm.
  • Peter Lorimer, Scottish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Leeds United 526 games), who died at 74.

On this day in 2020

  • EVENTS
  • India hangs four men for 2012 gang rape and murder of woman on a bus in New Delhi, country's first hanging since 2013.
  • After 20 years with the New England Patriots, six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady officially agrees to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a 2-year $50m guaranteed deal.
  • Smoke from Australian bushfires killed more people than the fires - 417 vs 33 according to new study published in "Medical Journal of Australia".
  • DEATHS
  • Pradip Kumar Banerjee, Soccer Player.
  • Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter (The Gambler, Through the Years) and entrepreneur (Kenny Rogers Roasters), who died of natural causes at 81.
  • MOVIES: NR
  • Human Capital is released. As perspectives shift between parents and children, an impulsive business deal brings together two families from across the social divide, with tragic consequences. A real estate agent puts his livelihood at stake with a desperate gamble, a wealthy housewife is confronted with the profound void in her life, and a teenage girl falls deeply in love for the first time.
  • MOVIES: R
  • Hooking Up is released. She (Brittany Snow) is an adventurous writer pumping out scandalous content for a lifestyle magazine. He (Sam Richardson) is a hopeless romantic who’s just been dumped by his high school sweetheart and given a medical diagnosis that’s left him shook. After a chance meeting, the mismatched duo hit the road on a cross country trip to provide them both some much needed healing.
  • Phoenix, Oregon is released. Defying midlife haze, two friends, a graphic novelist and a chef, seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley and serve the “world's greatest pizza."
  • Blow the Man Down is released. Welcome to Easter Cove, a salty fishing village on the far reaches of Maine’s rocky coast. Grieving the loss of their mother and facing an uncertain future, Mary Beth & Priscilla Connolly cover up a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man. To conceal their crime, the sisters must go deeper into Easter Cove’s underbelly and uncover the town matriarchs' darkest secrets.
  • MOVIES: TVMA
  • The Platform is released. In a future dystopia, prisoners housed in vertically stacked cells watch hungrily as food descends from above — feeding the upper tiers, but leaving those below ravenous and radicalized.
  • TV SERIES
  • Tiger King: Season 1 is released. Subtitled: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin's documentary series about Joe Exotic, self-proclaimed Tiger King, who ran a zoo in Oklahoma and plotted to kill animal activist Carole Baskin also reveals the dark underbelly of breeding and selling big exotic cats.
  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker: Season 1 is released. Octavia Spencer stars as Madam C.J. Walker, the first self-made African-American woman millionaire in this four-part limited series based on Walker's great-great-grandaughter's book On Her Own Ground.
  • ALBUMS
  • Rejoice was released by Tony Allen. The posthumous release of the collaboration between Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela was recorded by Nick Gold in 2010.
  • Uneasy Laughter was released by Moaning. The second full-length release for the Los Angeles post-punk trio was produced by Alex Newport.
  • Through Water was released by Låpsley. The second full-length release for the British electronic pop artist was self-produced.
  • The Night Chancers was released by Baxter Dury. The sixth full-length solo release for the British indie artist was co-produced with Craig Silvey.
  • Colores was released by J Balvin. The sixth full-length studio release for the reggaeton artist was produced by Sky Rompiendo.
  • After Hours was released by The Weeknd. The fourth full-length studio release for the Canadian artist features contributions from such artists as Belly, Max Martin, Metro Boomin, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Tame Impala.
  • Let It All In was released by Arbouretum. The latest full-length release for the Baltimore folk rock band led by Dave Heumann was recorded by Steve Wright and features guest appearances from Hans Chew and David Bergander.
  • Mixing Colours was released by Roger Eno. This is the debut full-length collaboration between brothers Brian and Roger Eno.
  • I Am Not a Dog on a Chain was released by Morrissey. The 13th full-length solo release for The Smiths frontman was produced by Joe Chicarelli.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
  • DOOM Eternal for PlayStation 4 is released. DOOM Eternal is the direct sequel to 2016's DOOM. Developed by id Software, DOOM Eternal delivers the ultimate combination of speed and power, along with the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat. As the DOOM Slayer, you’ll return to take your vengeance against the forces of Hell. Set to an all-new pulse-pounding soundtrack composed by Mick Gordon, you fight across dimensions as you slay new and classic demons with powerful new weapons and abilities. [Bethesda]
  • DOOM 64 for PlayStation 4 is released. You killed the Demons once, they were all dead. Or so you thought... A single Demon Entity escaped detection. Systematically it altered decaying, dead carnage back into grotesque living tissue. The Demons have returned - stronger and more vicious than ever before. You mission is clear, there are no options: kill or be killed!
  • GAMING: SWITCH
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Switch is released. If the hustle and bustle of modern life’s got you down, Tom Nook has a new business venture up his sleeve that he knows you’ll adore: the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package. Sure, you’ve crossed paths with colorful characters near and far. Had a grand time as one of the city folk. May’ve even turned over a new leaf and dedicated yourself to public service. But deep down, isn’t there a part of you that longs for…freedom? Then perhaps a long walk on the beach of a deserted island, where a rich wealth of untouched nature awaits, is just what the doctor ordered. Peaceful creativity and charm await as you roll up your sleeves and make your new life whatever you want it to be. Collect resources and craft everything from creature comforts to handy tools. Embrace your green thumb as you interact with flowers and trees in new ways. Set up a homestead where the rules of what goes indoors and out no longer apply. Make friends with new arrivals, enjoy the seasons, pole-vault across rivers as you explore, and more.
  • SPORTS
  • Borislav Stankovic, Serbian Basketball Hall of Fame administrator (International Basketball Federation secretary general 1976-2002), who died at 94.

On this day in 2019

  • EVENTS
  • Finland is the world's happiest country, South Sudan is world's least happy, according to annual World Happiness Report.
  • A woman who can smell Parkinson's disease has helped researchers identify molecules on the skin of people with the disease in Manchester, England.
  • Four men arrested in South Korea for secretly filming 1,600 hotel guests and selling the footage via a website.
  • The Walt Disney Company acquires Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox entertainment business for $71 billion.
  • BIRTHS
  • Rylie Garcia, Family Member, born in Mexico.
  • TV SERIES
  • The Act: Season 1 is released. The anthology series features stranger-than-fiction true crime stories and its first season is based on the article "Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered"by Michelle Dean.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
  • Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! for PlayStation 4 is released. A new installment of the ever-popular series is here. The classic FINAL FANTASY FABLES: Chocobo’s Dungeon is back with an enhanced gameplay system - to be enjoyed by both first-timers and fans of the series!. Explore the challenges of the never-ending dungeons ("Insatiable Hunger"), befriend monsters with the new buddy system. You adhere to one simple rule, … every time you enter, the world around you changes shape, but it only moves whenever Chocobo moves.
  • GAMING: SWITCH
  • Blaster Master Zero II for Switch is released. The side-scrolling/top-down hybrid action adventure gameplay returns with a brand new sequel to "Blaster Master Zero"!Experience the yet-untold story of Jason and Eve after defeating Earth's mutant scourge as they venture into the depths of space in their new battle tank, "GAIA-SOPHIA"!The story of Blaster Master Zero 2 begins a few months after the events of the first game (released on March 9,2017), where the main protagonist Jason saves planet Earth from the mutants. Eve has been infected by mutant cells that are slowly corrupting her body, so together with Jason and Fred, they board G-SOPHIA and begin an intergalactic journey to Eve's home planet, Sophia, in hopes of finding a cure for the mutant infection.
  • POLITICS
  • Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts calls the state's flooding "the most widespread destruction we have ever seen in our state's history".
  • SPORTS
  • Randy Jackson, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1954,55; Chicago Cubs), who died of pneumonia at 93.

On this day in 2018

  • DEATHS
  • Katie Boyle [Lady Sander Saunders], Italian born British actress and broadcaster (Eurovision), who died at 91.
  • Ariel Bybee, American mezzo-soprano (Morman Tabernacle Choir; Metropolitan Opera,1977-95), who died at 75.
  • Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), who died of a heart attack at 75.
  • Bob Greeley, Race Car Driver.
  • GAMING: PC
  • Sea of Thieves for PC is released. Be The Pirate You Want To Be - With musket loaded and grog in hand, the freedom of the pirate life awaits. What will your legend be? An epic multiplayer adventure. Crew up and set sail on memorable voyages. Make and break your pirates' code on the Sea of Thieves. A treacherous shared world. Plot your course and set sail for hidden riches. Navigate the perils of a fantastical world and the danger of rival crews.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
  • Titan Quest for PlayStation 4 is released. Discover the Courage that Turns Heroes Into Legends.From Age of Empires co-creator Brian Sullivan and Braveheart writer Randall Wallace comes an innovative, all-new action role playing game set in ancient Greece, Egypt and Asia.The Titans have escaped their eternal prison, wreaking havoc upon the earth. The gods seek a hero who can turn the tide in an epic struggle that will determine the fate of both men and gods. Are you ready for the quest?* Explore the Ancient World - Unlock arcane mysteries and battle the beasts of mythology as you journey to the Parthenon, Great Pyramids, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Great Wall and other legendary locations.* Amazing Graphical Detail - Take a hero's journey through authentic Ancient World settings crafted in stunning, realistic,3D detail.* Conquer Monsters of Legend - Battle horrific monsters and mythical beasts in a story-driven campaign that will determine the fate of all existence.* Highly Customizable Characters - Build and customize your characters with 28 classes and over 1000 pieces of unique and legendary items to create the ultimate champion.* Create Your Own Worlds - Create your own maps with the easy-to-use World Editor for endless adventuring.* Online Multiplayer Gameplay - Challenge others to experience your map creations in fast-action,2-6 player online cooperative gameplay.
  • Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered for PlayStation 4 is released. 18th century, North America. Amid the chaos and violence of the French and Indian War, Shay Patrick Cormac, a fearless young member of the Assassin Brotherhood, undergoes a dark transformation that will forever shape the future of the colonies. After a dangerous mission gone tragically wrong, Shay turns his back on the Assassins who, in response, attempt to end his life. Cast aside by those he once called brothers, Shay sets out on a mission to wipe out all who turned against him, to ultimately become the most feared Assassin hunter in history. In Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered, you will experience the slow transformation from Assassin to Assassin hunter. Follow your own creed and set off on an extraordinary journey through New York City, the wild river valley, and far away to the icy cold waters of the North Atlantic in pursuit of your ultimate goal to bring down the Assassins for good. [Ubisoft]
  • Octahedron for PlayStation 4 is released. OCTAHEDRON is a precision vertical action game about creating your own platforms. Ascend and escape strange subterranean world Veetragoul, and experience an otherworldly psychedelic adventure. To conquer and master each of the handcrafted levels, you must get into the flow of the pumping, atmospheric soundtrack, as enemies and traps move along with the rhythm. Discover new obstacles, adversaries and mechanics in every level, with clever gameplay that is easy to learn but difficult to master. Unlock powerful offensive abilities for your platform and fight back against Veetragoul’s peculiar foes. With its intuitive controls and tight and well-developed gameplay, OCTAHEDRON is a challenging and unique action game set in a mysterious neon world.
  • GAMING: SWITCH
  • Attack on Titan 2 for Switch is released. Attack on Titan 2 is the sequel to the action game based on the worldwide hit anime series "Attack on Titan."Experience the story of the anime alongside Eren and his companions, as they fight to save humanity from the threat of the deadly human devouring Titans. Try your hand in operating the omni-directional mobility gear, maneuvering and flying through the sky to counter the Titans, and feel the thrill and satisfaction of battling giant opponents.
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for Switch is released. Embark on a brand new adventure which teams Shantae with her arch nemesis, Risky Boots! When a curse falls upon Sequin Land, Risky Boots and Shantae must join forces to battle unimaginable evil. Shantae must give up her job as Scuttle Towns "Guardian Genie" and become a pirate if she hopes to get her magic back and save the day. As a pirate, Shantae gains new weapons and tools to advance her quest and power through monsters!* Flintlock Pistol (blast enemies and switches from afar)* Pirate Hat (glide on the wind using this enormous headwear)* Risky's Boots (run at super speeds! Chain your attacks as you dash through enemies & over lava)* Cannon (blast yourself into the air on a belch of black powder)Core Gameplay Components:* Whipping! Destroy monsters, topple bosses, and solve puzzles with your hair* Platforming! Run and jump through deviously designed levels* Exploring! Navigate a world of interconnected levels and Labyrinths* Belly Dancing! Dance with your Magic Lamp to suck up magic and items* Customizing! Earn new abilities, unlock stat-boosting artifacts, magic & costumes* Storytelling! Flirtatious characters and wonderfully off-beat humor
  • Swim Out for Switch is released. Dive into the relaxing and refreshing atmosphere of Swim Out, a strategic, turn-based puzzle game, that will transport you into a sunny day by the swimming pool, the river or the sea. Plan each of your strokes wisely and be sure to never cross any other swimmer's path if you want to peacefully enjoy the sea view on a cosy chaise-longue. Over 100 levels nestled in carefully crafted landscapes, soothed by the sound of seagulls, frogs or water splashes.7 chapters combining:* 12 different types of swimmers: each with their own way of moving around, ranging from the simple breaststroke swimmers to the more complex divers or cheeky water-bombing kids* 12 different objects to interact with: buoys, fins, water guns, you can even ride a kayak!* 6 disruptive environmental elements like waves, crabs or jellyfish that will give your brain a workout until you swim out!
  • POLITICS
  • Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with US President Donald Trump at the White House.
  • Actress Cynthia Nixon announces she will run for New York Governor.

On this day in 2017

  • EVENTS
  • Indian rivers Yamuna and the Ganges declared "living entities" by court in the state of Uttarakhand.
  • DEATHS
  • George Weinberg, American psychotherapist (coined "homophobia"), who died at 87.
  • Autumn Snyder, Family Member.
  • Brad Holman, Race Car Driver.
  • David Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, who died at 101.
  • Leticia Ramos-Shahani, Filipino Senator, lawmaker and womens rights activist who led the drafting of the international women’s bill of rights, who died of colon cancer at 87.
  • GAMING: PC
  • The Crow's Eye for PC is released. The Crow’s Eye is a story-driven first person horror adventure. Learn to survive while you investigate the disturbing fate of the missing students in Crowswood university. Craft items, defend yourself from unknown threats, and forget all you thought you knew about survival horrors. They say you can’t hide, but you better do… or be the next.

On this day in 2016

  • DEATHS
  • Peter Williams, British organist and musicologist, who died at 78.
  • TV SERIES
  • The Passion is released. Tyler Perry hosts and narrates the live musical in New Orleans about Jesus' last hours.
  • POLITICS
  • Barack Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 3 day tour.
  • Anker Jørgensen, Danish politician, Prime Minister of Denmark (1972-3,75-82), who died at 93.

On this day in 2015

  • BIRTHS
  • Olivia Manzano Reyes, Instagram Star, born in Manila, Philippines.
  • DEATHS
  • Perro Aguayo, Jr., Mexican wrestler (CMLL), who died of cardiac arrest in the ring at 35.
  • Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space,87th Precinct), who died at 87.
  • Jim Berry, American cartoonist (Berry's World), who died at 83.
  • A.J. Pero, American drummer (Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"), who died of a heart attack at 55.
  • Eva Burrows, Austrian Salvation Army officer,13th General of The Salvation Army, who died at 85.
  • MOVIES: MARCH 20 2015
  • Dreamcatcher is released. For twenty-five years Brenda Myers-Powell called herself Breezy and she dominated her world, or that's what she thought. It was a world that had turned her into a teenage, drug-addicted prostitute. After a violent encounter with a john, Brenda woke up in the hospital and decided to change her life. Today she is a beacon of hope and a pillar of strength for hundreds of women and girls as young as fourteen who want to change their own lives.
  • MOVIES: NOT RATED
  • Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police is released. Based on the memoir One Train Later by guitarist Andy Summers, Can’t Stand Losing You tells of the rise of The Police. From chance encounters with Copeland and Sting, through the band’s break up, Summers shares photos and memories as they prepare for their long-anticipated 2007 Reunion Tour.
  • Backcountry is released. A young couple's romantic camping trip becomes a tale of survival as they face the dark side of nature: a man-eating bear. [IFC Midnight]
  • Jauja is released. Captain Gunnar Dinesen (Viggo Mortensen) has come from abroad with his fifteen year-old daughter to take an engineering job with the Argentine army. Being the only female in the area, Ingeborg creates quite a stir among the men. She falls in love with a young soldier, and one night they run away together. When Dinesen realizes what has happened, he decides to venture into enemy territory, against his men’s wishes, to find the young couple. [Cinema Guild]
  • Growing Up and Other Lies is released. After struggling for years as an artist in New York City, Jake (Josh Lawson) is calling it quits and returning home to Ohio. On his last day in the city, he persuades his three oldest friends to help him retrace their greatest adventure together: a walk down the entire length of Manhattan. But their attempt to reclaim the glory of their early 20s doesn’t go quite as planned.
  • La Sapienza is released. At the height of his career, Alexandre decides to set off for Italy with the idea of completing his draft – interrupted years earlier – of a book on Borromini. He is accompanied by his wife Alienor who feels her relationship with her husband gradually slipping away along with the passion it used to inspire. Having reached Stresa they happen to meet Goffredo and Lavinia, a pair of siblings who live there: the former is about to embark in architectural studies, the second is suffering from a nervous disorder. Reviving a maternal instinct that has lain dormant within her for so many years, Alienor feels the need to stay by Lavinia’s side to help her overcome her anxiety and suggests that her husband continue on his travels with Goffredo. This separation will be the start of an inner journey for both Alexandre and Alienor. [Kino Lorber]
  • Spring is released. Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two — however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy. [Drafthouse Films]
  • She's Lost Control is released. Fiercely independent, Ronah works as a sexual surrogate in New York City, teaching her clients the very thing they fear most - to be intimate. Her life unravels when she starts working with a volatile new client, Johnny, blurring the thin line between professional and personal intimacy in the modern world. [Monument Releasing]
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Divergent Series: Insurgent is released. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
  • Tracers is released. After he crashes his bike into a stranger named Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos), Cam (Taylor Lautner) is introduced to her crew—a team that uses parkour to pull off heists. Hoping to alleviate his deepening debt to a violent crime gang, Cam quickly joins the group. As the stakes get higher with more dangerous side ventures, the payouts get bigger. Cam must use every ounce of his skill to stay alive as the crew’s heists grow more daring with each job, and gang enforcers breathe relentlessly down his neck.
  • Accidental Love is released. A small town waitress (Jessica Biel) gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, DC, where sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator (Jake Gyllenhaal) who takes up her cause - but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?
  • MOVIES: R
  • Danny Collins is released. Aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins (Al Pacino) can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act.
  • The Gunman is released. An international spy (Sean Penn) must clear his name in order to save himself from the organization that he used to work for.
  • TV SERIES
  • Bloodline: Season 1 is released. The return of eldest son Danny Rayburn (Ben Mendelsohn) to his Florida keys hometown for the anniversary of his parents' (Sissy Spacek and Sam Shephard) hotel causes tension and secrets to spill out amongst his family including his three siblings: John (Kyle Chandler), Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz), and Meg (Linda Cardellini).
  • GAMING: 3DS
  • Fossil Fighters: Frontier for 3DS is released. Unearth extreme adventure!The latest game in the Fossil Fighters series delivers a first: Players can now hop into their vehicles and drive around exotic locations to excavate fossils, which transform into real-life dinosaurs known as Vivosaurs. Players battle their Vivosaur with wild Vivosaurs they encounter on digging adventures.FEATURES:* While driving, set off radar blasts to help discover dinosaur fossils. Different buggies possess different features. A racing buggy, for example, goes fast and allows players to reach faraway places, while a carrier buggy is great for transporting more items.* Unearth ancient dinosaur fossils that come to life and transform into Vivosaurs. Clean fossils using tools like hammers and drills on the Nintendo 3DS touch screen, but dont be hasty: Carefully cleaning fossils makes the transformed Vivosaur more effective when it comes time to battle.* Using local online play, players can explore and excavate the dig sites as a three-player team.* Bring the Vivosaur you are training to join six-player local and online Vivosaur battles*, fighting three-on-three in a stadium.
  • GAMING: PC
  • Three Fourths Home for PC is released. A visual short story set in Nebraska, Three Fourths Home follows an extended exchange between Kelly and her family during a drive home through an intense thunderstorm.
  • GAMING: WII U
  • Mario Party 10 for Wii U is released. Bowser crashes the latest Mario Party, the first installment of the series on the Wii U console. In the new Bowser Party mini games, play as Bowser himself and face off against up to four others playing as Mario and friends. Control Bowser using the buttons, motion controls and touch screen of the Wii U GamePad controller in different ways, and wreak havoc as Bowser in each mini-game while the other players strive to survive.
  • POLITICS
  • Malcolm Fraser, Australian Prime Minister (Liberal,1975-83), who died at 84.
  • Robert Kastenmeier, American politician (Rep-D-WI,1959-91), who died at 91.

On this day in 2014

  • DEATHS
  • Hilderaldo Bellini, Brazilian soccer defender (51 caps; Vasco da Gama, São Paulo), who died from complications from a heart attack at 83.
  • GAMING: 3DS
  • Pokemon Battle Trozei for 3DS is released. (Also known as Pokemon Link: Battle!) Pokémon Battle Trozei is a game where players battle Pokémon to capture them through fast-paced puzzles. When you catch a wild Pokémon, it is called a Trozei. Your goal in this game is to Trozei every last Pokémon. You must make matches of the same Pokémon from among all the many Pokémon that fill your Trozei Box—the large field of Pokémon on the lower screen. The Pokémon that appears on the top screen is the wild Pokémon that you are facing in battle. Line up three Pokémon in a row to clear your Pokémon from the box, and to attack and reduce the HP of the wild Pokémon that you face. When its HP reaches zero, you will be able to Trozei that Pokémon! As time passes, the wild Pokémon will also lash out to attack you in return. When you’re attacked by a wild Pokémon, the Trozei Box will lose some of its energy. The wild Pokémon you face may even try to get in your way. If the Trozei Box’s energy reaches zero, it’s game over. [Pokemon.com]
  • Yumi's Odd Odyssey for 3DS is released. (Also known as "Sayonara Umihara Kawase") Using her fishing hook, Yumi must make her way through a variety of levels by running, jumping, and throwing her coveted fishing line. Yumi can use her fishing line to swing between platforms, lower herself down to other ledges, and even catapult herself great distances by stretching the line to its breaking point.
  • GAMING: PC
  • Men of War: Assault Squad 2 for PC is released. Men of War: Assault Squad 2 features new single player style skirmish modes that take players from extreme tank combat to deadly sniper stealth missions.
  • Cloudbuilt for PC is released. Cloudbuilt is a game of speed, precision and freedom. Quick wits and even quicker reflexes will become your closest friends as you carve your own path through the mysterious floating ruins high above the clouds. Use your rocket-powered exoskeleton and manipulate the laws of physics to avoid fatal hazards, dodge hostile robots
  • GAMING: WII U
  • Pure Chess for Wii U is released. Pure Chess puts other games in checkmate! Are you a Grandmaster in the making?Experience one of the oldest known boardgames on the advanced technology of today. With ultra-realistic and unparalleled beautiful visuals you can almost reach out and touch the pieces. Created under the watchful eye of a fully-fledged Grandmaster; Pure Chess allows players to experience the traditional game like never before, showcasing gorgeous environments and unbelievably stunning chess sets.You can now play Pure Chess cross-platform with your friends!Learn the basics through step-by-step tutorials or challenge yourself to tournaments, with full control of skill level depending on how challenged you wish to be. An art, a science, a social engagement, a means for a challenge – whether you’ re a beginner, an avid player or an ultimate Grandmaster, it’ s time to experience one of the oldest board games known to man, brought to life on the modern technology of today!Pure Chess is a game that can be played by everyone, at any age, but mastered by only a few. The question is... Are you a Grandmaster in the making? Your move!Pure Chess is currently best played on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 upwards.

On this day in 2013

  • EVENTS
  • First Breakthrough Prizes, world's most generous science prize worth $3 million, awarded in Mathematics, Life Sciences and Physics established by Julia and Yuri Milner.
  • Pierre Deligne wins the 2013 Abel Prize in mathematics.
  • DEATHS
  • James Herbert, British horror writer, who died at 69.
  • MOVIES: NOT RATED
  • Eden is released. Eden, a young Korean-American girl, is abducted and forced into prostitution by a human trafficking ring. Held for two years, Eden reluctantly ensures her own survival by carving out power and influence within the very organization that has imprisoned her.
  • GAMING: XBOX 360
  • Alien Spidy for Xbox 360 is released. Alien Spidy is a challenging platform adventure game set in a visually stunning 2D/3D environment.
  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams for Xbox 360 is released. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a challenging fast-paced platformer with a twist. Players can warp Giana's dream into a nightmarish world of wonder, changing her abilities and interactions. Players must use their skills, speed, brains, and powers to defeat the dangers that populate her twisted dreams!

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