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Today in the World Countries

  • Freedom Day is being celebrated in Malta
  • Micronesian Culture and Traditions Day is being celebrated in Micronesia
  • People born on this day are Aries as their zodiac sign.

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  • Large storm system crosses the mid US from Mississippi and Alabama to Illinois and Wisconsin, unleashing numerous tornadoes and leaving at least 32 dead.
  • MOVIES: MARCH 31 2023
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is released. A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves brings the rich world and playful spirit of the legendary roleplaying game to the big screen in a hilarious and action-packed adventure.
  • A Thousand and One is released. Unapologetic and free-spirited Inez (Teyana Taylor) kidnaps her six-year-old son Terry from the foster care system. Holding onto their secret and each other, mother and son set out to reclaim their sense of home, identity, and stability, in a rapidly changing New York City.
  • Enys Men is released. Set in 1973 on an uninhabited island off the Cornish coast, a wildlife volunteer's daily observations of a rare flower turn into a metaphysical journey that forces her as well as the viewer to question what is real and what is nightmare.
  • In Viaggio: The Travels of Pope Francis is released. In Viaggio: The Travels of Pope Francis is a decade-long chronicling of the head of the Catholic church, from filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi (Fire at Sea, Notturno). In the first nine years of his pontificate, Pope Francis made trips to 53 countries, focusing on his most important issues: poverty, migration, environment, solidarity, and war. Composed mostly of archival footage, the documentary grants rare access to the public life of the pontifical, not only from the elevated security of a pulpit but from the more democratic grounds of unpaved streets and vast public avenues, creating a dialogue between footage of Francis' travels, images taken by Rosi himself, recent history, and the state of the world today.
  • Kill Boksoon is released. A single mother who is a renowned hired killer finds it difficult to achieve a balance between her personal and work life.
  • Smoking Causes Coughing is released. After a devastating battle against a diabolical turtle, a team of five avengers – known as the Tobacco Force - is sent on a mandatory retreat to strengthen their decaying group cohesion. Their sojourn goes wonderfully well until Lézardin, Emperor of Evil, decides to annihilate planet Earth.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Murder Mystery 2 is released. Four years after solving their first murder mystery, Nick and Audrey Spitz (Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston) are now full-time detectives struggling to get their private eye agency off the ground when they’re invited to celebrate the wedding of their friend the Maharaja (Adeel Akhtar) on his private island. But trouble follows the Spitzes again when the groom is kidnapped for ransom soon after the festivities begin — making each glamorous guest, family member, and the bride herself a suspect.
  • Rye Lane is released. Two youngsters reeling from bad breakups who connect over an eventful day in South-London.
  • Spinning Gold is released. What do Donna Summer, Parliament, Gladys Knight, The Isley Brothers, The Village People, and Bill Withers all have in common with the rock band KISS? They all rose to their musical heights under the watchful ear of music producer, Neil Bogart, founder of Casablanca Records, the most successful independent record company of all time. Along with a rag tag team of young music lovers, Neil and Casablanca Records would rewrite history and change the music industry forever. Their mix of creative insanity, a total belief in each other and the music they were creating, shaped our culture and ultimately defined a generation.
  • The Power: Season 1 is released. Teenage girls suddenly develop the power to electrocute people including the daughter (Auli?i Cravalho) of the Mayor of Seatle (Leslie Mann) in the thriller series based on Naomi Alderman's novel of the same name.
  • The Price of Progress was released by The Hold Steady. The ninth full-length studio release for Brooklyn-based indie rock group The Hold Steady was produced by Josh Kaufman.
  • the record was released by boygenius. The debut full-length release for indie rock supergroup boygenius was co-produced with Catherine Marks and mixed by Mike Mogis.
  • Miracle-Level was released by Deerhoof. The first Japanese-language release from San Francisco-based experimental rock band Deerhoof was recorded in Winnipeg by Mike Bradavski.
  • Imagine This Is a High Dimensional Space of All Possibilities was released by James Holden. This is the latest full-length release from British electronic producer James Holden.
  • Continue as a Guest was released by The New Pornographers. The ninth full-length studio release for Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers is its first on the Merge label.
  • John Brockington, American football running back (First-team All-Pro 1971,73; Pro Bowl 1971,72,73; Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs), who died at 74.

On this day in 2022

  • First truly complete sequence of a human genome published by Telomere-to-Telomere (T2T) consortium, after breakthroughs in new technology (previously just over 90% coded).
  • Fred Johnson, American doo-wop bass vocalist (The Marcels - "Blue Moon"), who died at 80.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Moonshot is released. Moonshot follows Walt (Cole Sprouse) and Sophie (Lana Condor) as they join forces in order to be reunited with their significant others. The two embark upon a lively journey that winds up taking them both wildly and unexpectedly off course.
  • Julia (2022): Season 1 is released. The comedy series from Daniel Goldfarb is based on the life of Julia Child (Sarah Lancashire) and her TV show, The French Chef.
  • Coromon for PC is released. Coromon is a modern monster taming game with retro pixelart. Coromon brings an immersive storyline, strategic turn-based combat and challenging puzzles to a classic genre.Use powerful moves to take down your opponent's Squad. Use your skills to poison, stun or damage your opponent with an arsenal of available skills.In the region of Velua where Humans and Coromon live in harmony, a shady organization is on the verge of releasing a dark power upon the world. Will they succeed in their evil plans, or can they still be stopped?Step into the role of a young hero joining the technologically advanced organisation of Lux Solis. Gather your favorite Coromon to create a powerful squad. Together with your Coromon, you'll have to train, fight and puzzle your way through an adventure-filled world!
  • Moss: Book II for PlayStation 4 is released. As the next game in the franchise, Book II builds on the story you started with Quill in the original Moss. In this continuation of the journey, the stakes are higher than ever as Quill works to save the world of Moss and end the merciless rule of the Arcane. New allies, old friends, and the very world around you will offer help along the way, but in the end, it is you alone who can lift Quill up to save this world, and together, rise to legend. [Polyarc]
  • Weird West for PlayStation 4 is released. Survive and unveil the mysteries of the Weird West through the intertwined destinies of its unusual heroes in an immersive sim from the co-creators of Dishonored and Prey. Discover a dark fantasy reimagining of the Wild West where lawmen and gunslingers share the frontier with fantastical creatures. Journey through the origin stories of a group of atypical heroes, written into legend by the decisions you make in an unforgiving land. Each journey is unique and tailored to the actions taken - a series of high stakes stories where everything counts and the world reacts to the choices you make. Form a posse or venture forth alone into an otherworldly confines of the Weird West and make each legend your own.

On this day in 2021

  • Paul Simon sells his entire songwriting catalog of over 400 songs to Sony Music Publishing for an undisclosed sum.
  • Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman win computing's Turing Award for their work inventing computer program compilers.
  • Jane Manning, British concert and operatic soprano, educator, and promoter of contemporary classical music, who died at 82.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Godzilla vs. Kong is released. Legends collide as Godzilla and Kong, the two most powerful forces of nature, clash on the big screen in a spectacular battle for the ages. As a squadron embarks on a perilous mission into fantastic uncharted terrain, unearthing clues to the Titans' very origins and mankind's survival, a conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever.
  • French President Emanuel Macon announces a new lockdown, closing schools for three weeks with new national restrictions.
  • New York state legalizes recreational use of marijuana in legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo (sales not legal for 18 months).
  • Ron Greene, American college basketball coach (Uni of New Orleans, Mississippi State, Murray State, Indiana State), who died at 82.
  • Ken Reitz, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1980; Gold Glove Award 1975; St. Louis Cardinals), who died at 69.

On this day in 2020

  • British pensioner Robert Weighton becomes the world's oldest man at 112 years.
  • Cristina [Monet Zilkha], American dance-pop singer songwriter (Sleep It Off), who died at 64.
  • Jeff Grosso, American skateboarder (host Youtube’s 'Vans Loveletters to Skateboarding'), who died at 51.
  • Wallace Roney, American post-bop jazz trumpeter, who died of COVID-19 pandemic complications at 59.
  • Tony Adams, radio and television broadcaster (WCAX-TV Sports Director 1954-89; Vermont sports figure), who died at 95.
  • Richard Friedman, American psychoanalyst who proved sexual orientation biological, who died at 79.
  • Zoltán Peskó, Hungarian opera conductor and composer, who died at 83.
  • The Complex for PlayStation 4 is released. The Complex is an interactive sci-fi thriller movie from the publishers of Late Shift and The Bunker. After a major bio-weapon attack on London, two scientists find themselves in a locked-down laboratory with time, and air, running out. Your actions and your relationship with other characters will lead you to one of eight suspenseful endings.
  • Persona 5 Royal for PlayStation 4 is released. Prepare for an all-new RPG experience in Persona 5 Royal based in the universe of the award-winning series, Persona! Don the mask of Joker and join the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. Break free from the chains of modern society and stage grand heists to infiltrate the minds of the corrupt and make them change their ways! Persona 5 Royal is packed with new characters, confidants, story depth, new locations to explore, and a new grappling hook mechanic for stealthy access to new areas. With a new semester at Shujin Academy, get ready to strengthen your abilities in the metaverse and in your daily life. Persona 5 Royal presents a unique visual style and award nominated composer Shoji Meguro returns with an all-new soundtrack. Explore Tokyo, unlock new Personas, customize your own personal Thieves Den, discover a never-before-seen story arc, cutscenes, alternate endings, and more! Even for the most seasoned Phantom Thieves among us, Persona 5 Royal is a new challenge to defy conventions, discover the power within, and fight for justice. Wear the mask. Reveal your truth.
  • Operencia: The Stolen Sun for Switch is released. Operencia: The Stolen Sun embraces everything you love about classic first-person dungeon-crawlers, enhancing the old-school turn-based RPG experience with modern sensibilities. Gather your team of memorable characters and guide them through a world inspired by Central European mythology, where history meets legend. Unreal Engine 4 powers breathtaking environments, from traditional tombs and dungeons to enchanted castles and a forest made of copper.
  • Cooking Mama: Cookstar for Switch is released. If you can’t stand the heat, get into Mama’s kitchen! Cooking Mama is back with her most fantastic and fun video game adventure ever. Introducing Cooking Mama: Cookstar. A brand-new Cooking Mama experience created specifically for Nintendo Switch™. Cooking Mama: Cookstar features over 90 incredible new recipes for players to master. Cook everything from classic Japanese recipes to today’s most tasty comfort foods. Cooking Mama Switch truly has a taste of everything. Not a carnivore? Not a problem! For the first time ever Cooking Mama will feature both a traditional cooking mode and a vegetarian cooking mode. Burritos, Bibimbap, Bubble Tea, Baked Alaska, Pokebowls and so much more. Explore the diverse menu to find what suits your taste. Don’t think you have the skills to become a master chef? Don’t worry, Mama will fix that! Just follow Mama’s instructions and create delicious and decadent treats that you can share with your friends. Chop, mince, slice, dice and roll! Precision motion controls immerse players right into the action. With Mama’s help, you will become the world’s greatest culinary artist.
  • Zombie Army Trilogy for Switch is released. The cult horror shooter comes to Nintendo Switch with three exhilarating campaigns, a heart-pumping horde mode and intense horror action. Zombie Army Trilogy is a pulse-pounding third person shooter with three epic campaigns, a heart-pumping horde mode, and intense horror action. In the dying flames of World War II, a legion of undead super soldiers threaten to overwhelm the whole of Europe. Fight alone or team up to save humanity from the zombie menace Battle through three epic cammpaigns across 15 demon-infested missions. Play solo of fight back to back in online or local wireless co-op for 2-4 players. Dare you take on the challenge?
  • Pape Diouf, Senegalese journalist and football agent (president Olympique de Marseille 2005-09; first black president in Europe's top 6 leagues), who died from COVID-19 pandemic at 68.

On this day in 2019

  • Rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle fatally shot outside his clothing store in Los Angeles.
  • Elton John joins George Clooney's call to boycott hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei after Brunei plans new anti-gay laws to make homosexual sex punishable by death.
  • American rapper, songwriter Nipsey Hussle died age 33 after being shot multiple times in the parking lot of his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles. Hussle initially became known for his numerous mixtapes, including his Bullets Ain’t Got No Name series, The Marathon, The Marathon Continues and Crenshaw. His debut studio album Victory Lap was released in February 2018 to critical acclaim and commercial success and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019..
  • Nipsey Hussle [Ermias Asghedom], American rapper and activist, shot and killed at 33.
  • Mrs. Wilson is released. Alison Wilson (Ruth Wilson, playing her own real-life grandmother) is confronted by a woman ((Elizabeth Rider) claiming to be the real Mrs. Wilson after her husband's (Iain Glen) death in this miniseries inspired by Ruth Wilson's family history.
  • Barry: Season 2 is released. Barry finds it hard to leave the world of contract killing in the second season of the comedy from Bill Hader and Alec Berg.
  • Veep: Season 7 is released. Selina is back running for President again in the seventh and final season of the comedy.

On this day in 2018

  • Frank Aendenboom, Flemish actor (Lion of Flanders), who died at 76.

On this day in 2017

  • Mudslides caused by heavy rains sweep through Mocoa, Colombia killing more than 200.
  • Gilbert Baker, American gay activist, designed the rainbow flag, who died at 65.
  • James Rosenquist, American pop artist, who died at 83.
  • MOVIES: MARCH 31 2017
  • God Knows Where I Am is released. The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body, lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignance, beauty, humor, and spirituality. For nearly four months, Linda Bishop survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
  • Carrie Pilby is released. Carrie (Bel Powley), a gifted woman who graduated from Harvard at 19, struggles to make sense of the world as it relates to morality, relationships, sex and leaving her New York apartment. Without a job and friends because of her unreasonably high standards, Carrie is told by her therapist to create a five-point plan to get herself on track.
  • David Lynch: The Art Life is released. David Lynch: The Art Life looks at Lynch’s art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world and giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As he says, “I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas, and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them. Even if they’re new ideas, the past colors them.” We’re invited in and given private views from Lynch’s compound and painting studio in the hills high above Hollywood, as he tells personal stories that unfold like scenes from his films. Strange characters come into focus only to fade again into the past, all leaving an indelible mark.
  • All This Panic is released. All This Panic takes an intimate look into the lives of seven teenage girls as they come of age in NYC. The film mixes portraiture and verite as the teens navigate the ephemeral and fleeting transition between child and adult. Shot over a three-year period in a lush and cinematic style, All This Panic is a meditation on the mysterious, sometimes painful, and ultimately exhilarating time of life. In a world where “they want to see us, but they don’t want to hear us.” this is a project comprised of young women speaking to their own experiences. [Factory 25]
  • Live Cargo is released. Following a devastating loss, Nadine (Dree Hemingway) and Lewis (Lakeith Stanfield) retreat to a small Bahamian island where Nadine's family has kept a house for many years. As they try to heal and move forward with their relationship, the community on the island shows signs of unraveling -- with the island's mayor, Roy (Robert Wisdom), squaring off against Doughboy (Leonard Earl Howze), a human trafficker who manipulates the impressionable homeless teenager Myron (Sam Dillon) into assisting with his smuggling operation.
  • The Death of Louis XIV is released. Versailles, August 1715. Back from hunting, Louis XIV (Jean-Pierre Léaud) feels pain in his leg. A serious fever erupts, which marks the beginning of the decline of the greatest King of France. Surrounded by a horde of doctors and his closest counselors who come in turns at his bedside sensing the impending power vacuum, the Sun King struggles to run the country from his bed.
  • The Boss Baby is released. Meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. [Dreamworks Animation]
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • The Zookeeper's Wife is released. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.
  • Despite the Falling Snow is released. Moscow,1959: Katya (Rebecca Ferguson) is young, beautiful – and a spy for the Americans. When she begins spying on Alexander, an idealistic Communist politician, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Her choice between love and duty leads to a nail-biting conclusion that Alexander can only unravel decades later in 1990s New York. His journey back to the snowbound streets of Moscow uncovers a love triangle and betrayals from those he trusted most.
  • Ghost in the Shell is released. In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. [Paramount Pictures]
  • Cézanne et Moi is released. Cézanne Et Moi traces the parallel paths of the lives and careers of post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Émile Zola, from school pals in Aix-en-Provence to working artists in Paris, while exploring their fears and ambitions. Through a slew of flashbacks, we see the two grow up to share a mutual love of art and beautiful women. Zola, who was fatherless and poor, dreams of becoming a writer and eventually joins the very bourgeoisie he mocked in his youth. Meanwhile Cézanne, who came from a wealthy background, wound up rejecting society to focus entirely on his work, which was only recognized at the very end of his life. [Magnolia Pictures]
  • The Blackcoat's Daughter is released. Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton) are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story—that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. [A24]
  • The Discovery is released. One year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified, millions around the world have ended their own lives in order to “get there”. A man and woman fall in love while coming to terms with their own tragic pasts and the true nature of the afterlife.
  • 13 Reasons Why: Season 1 is released. Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) finds a shoe box of cassette tapes from Hannah (Katherine Langford), a classmate he had a crush on that had committed suicide two weeks ago. On tape, Hannah explains that each tape explains how 12 students played a role in her death in this drama series based on the book by Jay Asher.
  • Five Came Back: Season 1 is released. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the three-part documentary based on Mark Harris's 2014 book about Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens and William Wyler's experiences in and after World War II features interviews from Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass and Lawrence Kasdan.
  • In the Same Room was released by Julia Holter. The Los Angeles artist recorded songs over two days from her back catalog live in London's RAK Studios.
  • Close Ties was released by Rodney Crowell. The latest release for the country singer-songwriter features guest appearances from Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow and John Paul White.
  • Coco Hames was released by Coco Hames. The debut full-length solo release for the frontwoman of The Ettes was co-produced with Andrija Tokic.
  • Contact was released by Pharmakon. New York noise artist Margaret Chardiet explored trance states for her third full-length release as Pharmakon.
  • Crawl Space was released by Tei Shi. This is the full-length debut release for the New York City-based indie pop singer-songwriter Valerie Teicher.
  • Emperor of Sand was released by Mastodon. A man sent to die in the desert is the concept behind the seventh full-length release from the Atlanta progressive metal band that was produced by Brendan O'Brien.
  • Darling of the Afterglow was released by Lydia Ainsworth. The second full-length release for the Canadian electro-pop artist features a cover of Chris Isaak's Wicked Game.
  • A Common Truth was released by Saltland. Climate change is the theme behind the second full-length release for the solo project of Rebecca Foon that features contributions from Warren Ellis.
  • Automaton was released by Jamiroquai. The eighth full-length studio release for the Grammy-winning British electronic funk band led by Jay Kay is its first in seven years.
  • Bloodlust was released by Body Count. The sixth full-length release for the rap-metal band led by Ice-T features guest appearances from Dave Mustaine, Max Cavalera and Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe
  • Republique Amazone was released by Les Amazones d'Afrique. The debut full-length release for the all-female supergroup of African artists that includes Pamela Badjogo, Massan Coulibaly, Mariam Doumbia, Mamani Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Mariam Kone, Rokia Kone, Kandia Kouyaté, Nneka, and Mouneissa Tandina was produced by Liam Farrell.
  • Let the Dancers Inherit the Party was released by British Sea Power. The latest full-length studio release for the British indie rock band was produced by Cam Blackwood.
  • Mental Illness was released by Aimee Mann. The singer-songwriter takes on her reputation for acoustic, depressing and dark songs with her ninth full-length studio release produced by Paul Bryan.
  • Silver Eye was released by Goldfrapp. The seventh full-length release for the British electro-pop duo was produced by Haxan Cloak and John Congleton.
  • Star Stuff was released by Chaz Bundick. This is the debut full-length collaboration between Chaz Bundick and The Mattson 2.
  • The Ride was released by Nelly Furtado. The first new release in five years for the Canadian singer-songwriter was produced by John Congleton.
  • Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng was released by Orchestra Baobab. The first new studio release for the Afro-Cuban band from Senegal in 10 years is a tribute to singer Ndiouga Dieng, who passed away in November 2016.
  • Triplicate was released by Bob Dylan. The singer-songwriter three-disc set continues his exploration of the Great American Songbook and was produced by Jack Frost.
  • What If was released by Hauschka. The eighth full-length release for German pianist/composer Volker Bertelmann under the name Hauschka features player pianos (also known as pianolas).
  • You Only Live 2wice was released by Freddie Gibbs. The third full-length studio release for the rapper features production from BADBADNOTGOOD, Aaron Bow, Crooklin, Dupri, DNYC3, ESVYBE, Kaytranada, Lambo, Jay Nari, Blair Norf, Pops, SLWJMZ, Speakerbomb, and Teddy Walton.
  • The Inner World for Xbox One is released. The Inner World is a wonderfully twisted point-and-click adventure game that takes place in Asposia, a land that defies all laws of physics by existing in an enormous hollow space. Asposia is surrounded by rich soil and ventilated solely through three large wind fountains. When the fountains start running dry, it is up to cheerful yet naive resident, Robert, to solve the mystery behind the wind's disappearance.
  • Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), who died at 81.

On this day in 2016

  • Ronnie Corbett, British comedian (The Two Ronnies), who died at 85.
  • Zaha Hadid, Architect.
  • Bertil Roos, Race Car Driver.
  • Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes, Octopussy, El Cid), who died of pneumonia at 96.
  • Imre Kertesz, Non-Fiction Author.
  • Imre Kertész, Hungarian writer (Nobel Laureate 2002) and concentration camp survivor, who died at 86.
  • Rush Hour (2016): Season 1 is released. The police drama based on the 1998 movie of the same name finds by-the-book Hong Kong detective Lee (Jon Foo) reluctantly paired with LAPD detective Carter (Justin Hires).
  • Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear for PC is released. Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear adds a new chapter to the Bhaalspawn saga. The events occurring between Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II are at last revealed in this 25-hour expansion pack for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.
  • Hyper Light Drifter for PC is released. Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with unknown dangers and lost technologies. Inspired by nightmares and dreams alike. Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D Action RPG in the vein of the best 8-bit and 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.
  • Ashes of the Singularity for PC is released. Humanity long ago shed its mortal skin and developed into beings of pure consciousness. But the Singularity is a thing of the past and the very future of human existence is being threatened. Though the post-humans wield godlike power, they find themselves at war for domination of not just the Milky Way but all galaxies with Haalee, the sentient AI, who is bent on saving the universe from post-human predation.
  • Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (FDP), worked to re-unify Germany, who died at 89.

On this day in 2015

  • Joni Mitchell was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. The singer songwriter was admitted to intensive care where she underwent tests. Los Angeles fire officials said paramedics had answered a 911 call in Bel Air, where Mitchell lives, and had taken a patient whom they did not identify to hospital..
  • Carley Allison, YouTube Star.
  • Younger: Season 1 is released. 40-year-old Liza (Sutton Foster) returns to the working world as single mother with the help of a makeover from her best friend Maggie (Debbie Mazar), she passes herself off as a 26-year old and lands a job as an assistant to marketing executive Diana (Miriam Shor) and becomes friends with 20-something Kelsey (Hillary Duff) in the comedy based on the novel by Pamela Redmond Satran.
  • Weird Loners: Season 1 is released. Caryn Goldfarb (Becki Newton), Eric Lewandowski (Nate Torrence), his cousin Stosh Lewandowski (Zachary Knighton), and Zara Sandhu (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) live together in a townhouse in Queens, New York in this comedy from "King of Queens"co-creator Michael Weithorn.
  • The Dovekeepers: Season 1 is released. The adaptation of Alice Hoffman's historical novel focuses on the lives of four women (Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott) who took care of doves at the mountain fortress of Masada where 900 Jews who were forced out out of Jerusalem by the Romans took refuge in 70 C.E.
  • The Past, The Present, The Future was released by Jodeci.
  • The Day Is My Enemy was released by The Prodigy. The sixth full-length release for the British electronic band features guest appearances from Flux Pavilion and Sleaford Mods.
  • The Album About Nothing was released by Wale. The fourth studio release for the rapper inspired by Seinfeld feature guest appearances from J. Cole, Jeremih, SZA, and Usher.
  • This Is the Sonics was released by The Sonics. The garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington, return with three original members and producer Jim Diamond for its first studio release since 1967.
  • Postcards from Paradise was released by Ringo Starr. The 18th solo studio release for the Beatle features contribnutions from Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Wally Palmer and Gregg Bissonette.
  • Primrose Green was released by Ryley Walker. This is the second full-length release for the Chicago singer-songwriter.
  • New York Before the War was released by Jesse Malin. The latet solo release for the New York singer-songwriter features contributions from Peter Buck, Craig Finn, Wayne Kramer and J. Mascis.
  • Ludaversal was released by Ludacris. The first studio release for the rapper/actor since 2010 features guest appearances from Jason Aldean, Big K.R.I.T., CeeLo Green, John Legend, Miguel, Monica, Rick Ross, and Usher.
  • Carousel One was released by Ron Sexsmith. The 14th full-length release for the Canadian singer-songwriter was produced by Jim Scott.
  • Carrie & Lowell was released by Sufjan Stevens. The seventh full-length studio release for the singer-songwriter features contributions from Thomas Bartlett, Sean Carey, Casey Foubert, Ben Lester, Nedelle Torrisi, and Laura Veirs.
  • Blaster was released by Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts. The new solo project for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer features a new backing band called the Wildabouts.
  • Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress was released by Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The fifth full-length studio release for the Canadian post-rock band was recorded by Greg Norman.
  • A Fool to Care was released by Boz Scaggs. The follow-up to 2013's Memphis album was recorded over four days with producer Steve Gordan and features guest appearances Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams.
  • Deeper was released by The Soft Moon. The third full-length release for Luis Vasquez as Soft Moon was written and recorded while in Berlin and Venice, Italy.
  • Kintsugi was released by Death Cab for Cutie. Produced by Rich Costey, the eighth full-length release for the alternative rock band is its last with Chris Walla, who left the group in September of 2014.
  • Insides was released by Fort Romeau. This is the second full-length release for British electronic artist Michael Greene.
  • III was released by Fo¨llakzoid. The third full-length release from the Chilean trio was self-recorded with additional synth sounds from Atom TM.
  • Escape From Evil was released by Lower Dens. The third full-length release from the Baltimore indie rock band was co-produced by Chris Coady and lead singer Jana Hunter.
  • Story of Seasons for 3DS is released. Story of Seasons is the start of a new chapter in the ‘Bokujo Monogatari’ series, a long-standing farming/life simulation franchise. Though the series is reborn with a new name, it continues the traditions of customizable farms, animal care, marriage and child-rearing. After creating a customized character, players can live out a new life by cultivating their favorite fruits and vegetables while expanding and filling their farm with their choice of animals.
  • Son of Nor for PC is released. Enter the desert world of Noshrac. You are a Son of Nor, a human mage with the sole mission to protect and preserve what is left of your race. Son of Nor is an action adventure set in a dynamic desert world that can be shaped by the player's powers. Challenging puzzles, dynamic sand manipulations and an innovative magic system await you.
  • The Sims 4: Get to Work for PC is released. Live the thrilling life of an emergency room Doctor and spend your days saving lives, delivering babies, and performing emergency surgery. Grab your badge and start investigating crime scenes, interrogating suspects, and solving mysterious cases as a Detective. Use your analytical mastermind to craft diabolical creations as a Scientist and decide whether you’ll use your inventions for good or evil. Create a variety of retail businesses including bakeries, clothing boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, and many more. Capture the picture-perfect photo or bake and decorate a delicious treat with the new Photography and Baking skills. Create and customize aliens in Create A Sim, uncover which Sims are actually aliens in disguise, and discover the mysterious Alien dimension!
  • Toukiden: Kiwami for PlayStation 4 is released. In the world of Toukiden, Demons (Oni) have hidden in the shadows aiming to torment mankind. Throughout history, a secret caste of warriors, the Slayers, have been trained to dispose of the demonic threat before it could consume the world. However, an event called the ‘Awakening’ caused rifts to appear in space and time, causing places that had long disappeared from the world to resurface, unleashing hordes of demons that relentlessly hunted humans.
  • MLB 15: The Show for PlayStation 4 is released. With the addition of General Manager Contracts, you now must consider Ownership Expectations when operating your team, and your performance will determine the job offers that you'll be confronted with. Building a championship-caliber team is more dynamic than in previous iterations, with the new Performance-based Player Progression, as well as improved Trade and Contract logic. Partner up with Brand Sponsors, giving your broadcast elements an official sponsor and earn some extra cash to spend on your team.
  • Rack N Ruin for PlayStation 4 is released. Rack N Ruin is a top-down, action adventure game melded with a classic shmup.
  • Paperbound for PlayStation 4 is released. Paperbound is Smash Bros on crack. Be a gravity ninja as you battle your friends inside old storybooks. Run up walls and on ceilings, and then invert your gravity for a surprise attack. It's chaotic yet strategic. Sometimes, it's madness. Sometimes, it's a cat-and-mouse game. You'll laugh. You'll swear at your friends. You'll want to play another round. In Paperbound, you play as stick men and other characters who come to life via magic dust. Inside Journey to the Center of the Earth, you discover the ability to have your gravity adapt to any curved surface as you run along it. What better way to test this newfound ability than combat?
  • Axiom Verge for PlayStation 4 is released. A failed scientist dies in an accident, only to awaken in a mysterious, alien world. Where is he? How did he get here? And why do the fundamental laws of reality appear broken? Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It's a thin line. It's Axiom Verge. [Thomas Happ]
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Ascendance for Xbox One is released. Four brand new multiplayer maps. They are named: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. "Exo Zombies Map 2"is part 2 of a 4-part unique Zombies experience. After being overrun at the Atlas research facility outbreak, our heroes awaken to find that the infection has spread and mutated the surrounding town. Before they can get any answers, they’ll have to fight their way out. New Bonus Weapons: The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun on the fly. Also included is the OHM-Werewolf custom variant.
  • Neverwinter for Xbox One is released. Once a bustling location, Neverwinter has faced a great many disasters in the past hundred years. Rule of the city remains unclear following the unfortunate demise of the last Lord of Neverwinter and factions still battle for dominance after the all-consuming Spellplague took a high toll on the population. Even Neverwinter's dead are beginning to rise from their graves and march upon the city they once called home.

On this day in 2014

  • Kids Diana Show, YouTube Star, born in Ukraine.
  • Charles Keating, American district attorney (Los Angeles California), who died at 90.
  • Friends with Better Lives: Season 1 is released. Newly divorced Will (James Van Der Beek), engaged couple Jules (Brooklyn Decker) and Lowell (Rick Donald), single career woman Kate (Zoe Lister-Jones), and married couple Andi (Majandra Delfino) and Bobby (Kevin Connolly) are friends who think each other's situation is better than their own.
  • Age of Wonders III for PC is released. Age of Wonders 3 marks a modern reimagining of the series, where players join a clash of kings, queens and dark lords for the spoils of an ancient paradise. By introducing unique RPG-inspired classes and specializations, players are able to craft empires of their own design, developing unique strategies and play styles. The world-changing conflict plays out on sweeping landscapes, loaded with mythical locations waiting to be uncovered, conquered and exploited.
  • Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown for PC is released. Shadowrun Online is the second Kickstarter video game project set in the unique world of Shadowrun. The first project, Shadowrun Returns, focused primarily on providing a great single player adventure experience, while Shadowrun Online - like the pen & paper version - is all about experiencing the awesome world and gritty atmosphere of Shadowrun together with friends. Fluid co-op gameplay and intense player vs player faction wars set in a persistent and evolving world - this is what Shadowrun Online is about.
  • Steins; Gate for PC is released. Set in Akihabara, the Mecca of Japanese anime culture, Steins; Gate follows a group of friends who accidentally invent a method of sending messages to the past. Their discovery drags them into a world of conspiracy and shifting timelines where the push of a button can change the course of history.

On this day in 2013

  • 11 people are killed in flooding at Port Louis, Mauritius.
  • 2 people die from bird flu (type H7N9) in China.
  • 14 Boko Haram suspects are killed in a Nigerian Army raid.
  • Game of Thrones: Season 3 is released. The battle for the throne continues with Ayra and Bran still out in the countryside; Sansa is married off to another; Jon Snow meets Wildlings leader, Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds); Dany reunited with her dragons seeks an army; and Catelyn and Rob continue to fight the Lannisters' army.
  • TV hosts Ant and Dec scored their first British No.1 single, with their 1994 hit 'Let's Get Ready to Rhumble'. The song made it to No.1 after the duo performed the track on their ITV1 show Saturday Night Takeaway the previous weekend, prompting fans to download it. The duo were also giving all the money they made from sales to the ChildLine charity..


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