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Today in the World Countries

  • Custom Chief's Day is being celebrated in Vanuatu
  • Gospel Day is being celebrated in French Polynesia
  • Rebellion Anniversary (Kurdistan) is being celebrated in Iraq
  • People born on this day are Pisces as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • DEATHS
  • Bob Goodman, American International Boxing HOF promoter (VP & Matchmaker Madison Square Garden 1985-94; Don King Productions; Garden State Boxing), who died at 83.
  • Gary Rossington, Guitarist.

On this day in 2022

  • EVENTS
  • Explorer Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance that sank in 1915, rediscovered in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica in excellent condition.
  • DEATHS
  • Lil Bo Weep, Rapper.

On this day in 2021

  • DEATHS
  • Michael Stanley [Gee], American rocker (Michael Stanley Band- "My Town"), who died of lung cancer at 72.
  • David Bailie, Movie Actor.
  • Tsering Dolma Gyaltong, Activist.
  • Yhung Lyric Chanel, Instagram Star.
  • MOVIES: APPROVED
  • Quo Vadis, Aida? is released. Bosnia, July 11th 1995. Aida is a translator for the United Nations in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. As an insider to the negotiations Aida has access to crucial information that she needs to interpret. What is at the horizon for her family and people - rescue or death? Which move should she take? [Super LTD]
  • MOVIES: NOT RATED
  • Pixie is released. Pixie (Olivia Cooke) wants to avenge her mother’s death by masterminding a heist, but her plans go awry and she finds herself on the run with two young men (Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack) who are way out of their depth being chased across the Wild Irish countryside by... deadly gangster priests. She has to pit her wits against everyone, taking on the patriarchy to claim the right to shape her own life.
  • My Salinger Year is released. New York in the 90s: After leaving graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a writer, Joanna (Margaret Qualley) gets hired as an assistant to Margaret (Sigourney Weaver), the stoic and old-fashioned literary agent of J. D. Salinger. Fluctuating between poverty and glamour, she spends her days in a plush, wood-panelled office – where dictaphones and typewriters still reign and agents doze off after three-martini lunches – and her nights in a sink-less Brooklyn apartment with her socialist boyfriend. Joanna’s main task is processing Salinger’s voluminous fan mail, but as she reads the heart-wrenching letters from around the world, she becomes reluctant to send the agency’s impersonal standard letter and impulsively begins personalizing the responses. The results are both humorous and moving, as Joanna, while using the great writer’s voice, begins to discover her own. [IFC Films]
  • Stray is released. Stray explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three strays as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society. Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds companions in the security guards who care for her. The strays’ disparate lives intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians with whom they share the streets.
  • The Affair is released. Liesel Landauer and her friend Hana are linked by a lifelong relationship and an exceptional house built by the architect Von Abt for Liesel and her husband Bikto in Czechoslovakia in the early 1930s.
  • The Truffle Hunters is released. Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation. They're guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly-trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. They're untethered to cell phone screens or the Internet, opting instead to make their food and drink by hand and prioritizing in-person connections and community. The demand for white truffles increases year after year, even as the supply decreases. As a result of climate change, deforestation, and the lack of young people taking up the mantle, the truffle hunters' secrets are more coveted than ever. However, as it soon becomes clear, these ageing men may just hold something much more valuable than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.
  • Keep an Eye Out is released. Commissaire Buran (Benoît Poelvoorde) is a good, bad cop interrogating Fugain (Grégoire Ludig), an average Joe who discovered a dead body outside his apartment building. Fugain must, on an empty stomach, explain how and why he happened to leave home seven times in one night before coming across a corpse in a puddle of blood. Since he’s the investigation’s only suspect, Fugain’s anxiety is already sky-high when Buran leaves him alone with Philippe, a one-eyed rookie cop with bizarre speech patterns and a few minutes to live.
  • MOVIES: PG
  • Raya and the Last Dragon is released. Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now,500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Coming 2 America is released. Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi(Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.
  • Chaos Walking is released. In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers Viola (Daisy Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “the Noise” – a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened – and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.
  • MOVIES: R
  • Boogie is released. Alfred “Boogie” Chin is a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.
  • MOVIES: TVMA
  • Boss Level is released. A retired special forces officer is trapped in a never ending time loop on the day of his death.
  • ALBUMS
  • As Days Get Dark was released by Arab Strap. This is the first new full-length release in over 15 years from the Scottish indie rock duo of Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton.
  • Flock was released by Jane Weaver. The latest full-length solo release for the British singer-songwriter is said to be inspired by "Lebanese torch songs,1980s Russian Aerobics records, and Australian Punk."
  • I Won't Care How You Remember Me was released by Tigers Jaw. The sixth full-length release for the Pennsylvania indie rock band was produced by Will Yip.
  • Poster Girl was released by Zara Larsson. The third full-length release for the Swedish pop artist features a guest appearance from Young Thug.
  • The Pet Parade was released by Fruit Bats. The ninth full-length release for Eric D. Johnson's indie folk project was produced and engineered with Josh Kaufman.
  • These 13 was released by Jimbo Mathus. The debut full-length collaboration between Jimbo Mathus and Andrew Bird as a duo was recorded live to tape and was produced by Mike Viola.
  • Show Me How You Disappear was released by IAN SWEET. The third full-length release for Jilian Medford indie pop project features production from Andrew Sarlo and Andy Seltzer.
  • When You See Yourself was released by Kings of Leon. The first full-length release since 2016's Walls for the Southern rock band was produced by Markus Dravs.

On this day in 2020

  • DEATHS
  • Antonio Permunian, Swiss soccer goalkeeper (11 caps; AC Bellinzona, FC Luzern), who died at 89.
  • TV SERIES
  • Devs: Season 1 is released. Lily Chan (Sonoya Mizuno), a young computer engineer, thinks a development division of the San Francisco tech company she works for may be behind the disappearance of her boyfriend in this miniseries from Alex Garland.
  • GAMING: PC
  • The Longing for PC is released. An unusual mix of adventure and idle game. In utter loneliness deep below the surface, it's your task to wait for the awakening of your king... for 400 days.
  • GAMING: SWITCH
  • Wunderling for Switch is released. Take control of the Wunderling, a low-level video game goon who has just unlocked the power to jump. Unable to stop or change direction at will, you will need to plan ahead and master the Wunderlings’ abilities to navigate treacherous scrolling levels and chase down that pesky Hero.
  • Ibb & Obb for Switch is released. ibb & obb is a two player cooperative game set in a puzzle filled world where gravity goes both up and down. You can only succeed by working closely together.Find a friend for some true local cooperative couch fun or match up online.Fall up and jump down through 15 levels filled with double gravity puzzles and discover 8 hidden worlds that will test your new non-Newtonian skills to the maximum.
  • Murder by Numbers for Switch is released. Los Angeles,1996. Honor Mizrahi was just an actress on a hit TV detective show. But when her boss ends up dead just minutes after he fires her, she finds herself starring in her own murder mystery. Teaming up with SCOUT, a reconnaissance robot thrown away after a mysterious incident, she sets out to clear her name - and a new detective duo is born!Investigate a range of murders across TV studios, glitzy award shows, drag clubs, and more - all set to an energetic soundtrack from famed composer Masakazu Sugimori (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Ghost Trick and Viewtiful Joe).Uncover a dark conspiracy by interrogating a wild range of weird and wonderful characters, designed by the incomparable Hato Moa, creator of Hatoful Boyfriend.
  • POLITICS
  • US senator Elizabeth Warren drops out of the Democratic presidential race.

On this day in 2019

  • EVENTS
  • Second-ever person "cured" of HIV after stem cell transplant treatment in London, England results published in "Nature".
  • Japanese architect Arata Isozaki wins architecture's Pritzker Prize.
  • Major study into the MMR vaccine involving over 650,000 children in Denmark finds it does not increase the risk of autism.
  • Kylie Jenner is the world's youngest-ever billionaire at 21, according to Forbes.
  • Bugatti announces the most expensive new car ever made - the La Voiture Noire costing €16.7 million (almost $19 million), only one will be made.
  • DEATHS
  • Jacques Loussier, French pianist and composer who created jazz arrangements of Bach and other classical music, who died at 84.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
  • Left Alive for PlayStation 4 is released. Left Alive tells a human story of survival from the perspective of three different protagonists during the devastating invasion set in war-torn Novo Slava in 2127.
  • Eternity: The Last Unicorn for PlayStation 4 is released. Eternity: The Last Unicorn is a full-featured action RPG inspired by tales from Norse Mythology with classic game mechanics. Travel through mesmerizing locations, meet fantasy characters and fight to protect Elven immortality.
  • The Occupation for PlayStation 4 is released. It's 1987 in North West England; A time of 80's British pop, grand architecture and political unrest. An explosion has triggered a controversial act which threatens to erode civil liberties of the population to be rushed into place. You are tasked with investigating and questioning people on their actions from a tumultuous night which resulted in the loss of many lives. Each person has a different account of the night's event and you must use the tools at your disposal to get the results you need for your investigation.Will you take the most direct route at the risk of getting caught, or plan your approach carefully whilst precious time ticks by? Events happen in real-time and you must make decisions based on the evidence. You are the reporter. You decide the narrative.
  • GAMING: SWITCH
  • Beat Cop for Switch is released. New York, more like a beast than a city. Explore it’s darkest corners and uncover its secrets as Jack Kelly, a former detective who has been framed for a murder. Degraded and forgotten by old pals, it’s your last chance to find the truth behind this whole terrible mess. The thing is, your new boss treats you horribly, your wife is a money sucking spawn from hell and the local mafia wants your head on a plate. I guess you could say, that things are complicated down here, in the middle of Brooklyn. Oh, and don't forget about writing tickets, reprimanding pedestrains & such.
  • 12 is Better Than 6 for Switch is released. It is 1873. An escaped slave is slowly walking through the desert, making his way from Mexico to Texas. He keeps a revolver close and is wearing the sombrero stolen from a dead man.Deadly gunfights:You’ll need to cock the revolver with one trigger before being able to shoot by pressing another trigger. One false move and you’ll be overrun in an instant.Authentic weapons:Winchesters, double-barreled guns, revolvers and Gatling guns will gladly help you to destroy all of the gringos. By the way, we have a RAT with dynamite.

On this day in 2018

  • EVENTS
  • China announces a military budget of 1.11 trillion yuan ($175 billion).
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets South Korean officials for the first time since taking office, hosting a dinner in Pyongyang.
  • DEATHS
  • Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, who died of Crohn's disease at 80.
  • André S. Labarthe, French actor, film producer and director (Vivre sa vie, Cinéastes de notre temps), who died at 86.
  • Kjerstin Dellert, Swedish opera singer, who died at 92.
  • Hayden White, American "literary criticism" historian (Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe), who died at 89.
  • Helmut Maucher, German businessman, CEO of Nestlé (1990-97), who died at 90.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 4
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Farewell for PlayStation 4 is released. 'Farewell' Bonus Episode is available as part of the Deluxe Edition of Life is Strange: Before the Storm.

On this day in 2017

  • EVENTS
  • Ed Sheeran was at No.1 on the UK album chart with his third studio album ÷ (pronounced ‘divide’). All the tracks on the album reached the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart in the week of the album's release, due to heavy streaming. The dominance of its tracks on the UK chart led to calls for change on how the singles chart was compiled. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards..
  • DEATHS
  • Leonard Manasseh, British architect (Rutherford School), who died at 100.
  • Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, who died at 78.
  • TV SERIES
  • Making History: Season 1 is released. Computer science professor Dan Chambers (Adam Pally) travels back in time to the 1700s and falls in love with Deborah (Leighton Meester), Paul Revere's daughter. Dan's adventures in the 18th century changes history and he brings his history professor friend Chris (Yassir Lester) to try and fix history.
  • FEUD: Season 1 is released. The Ryan Murphy-produced anthology series Feud: Bette and Joan focuses on how Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) came together to make "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"despite their heated rivalry.
  • Time After Time: Season 1 is released. H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma) time travels to modern day Manhattan to catch Jack the Ripper (Josh Bowman) in this Kevin Williamson drama series based on the novel and movie of the same name.
  • The Arrangement (2017): Season 1 is released. Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista) auditions for a part in the action film with A-list Kyle West (Josh Henderson) and ends up on a date with him. Soon after, she is offered 10 million dollars to marry him and join the Institute of the Higher Mind.
  • POLITICS
  • US President Donald Trump in a tweet accuses former President Obama without offering any evidence of wiretapping Trump Towers during the presidential campaign.
  • Anthony Beilenson, American politician (Rep-D-California,1977-97), who died at 84.

On this day in 2016

  • EVENTS
  • US primary elections: Super Saturday - Republican Donald Trump and Ted Cruz win 2 states, Democratics Bernie Sanders wins 2, Hillary Clinton one.
  • US air strike kills 150 Al-Shabaab militants north of Mogadishu, Somalia.
  • DEATHS
  • Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), who died at 86.
  • Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), who died at 74.

On this day in 2015

  • EVENTS
  • US crime drama "American Crime" premieres created by John Ridley.
  • -8th Islamic State militants ransack and destroy ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra and Dur-Sharrukin in Iraq.
  • Harrison Ford crash-lands his 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR aeroplane in California.
  • TV SERIES
  • American Crime: Season 1 is released. Race, class, and gender are explored in this John Ridley drama that focuses on the lives of people involved in the trial for the home invasion that left a war hero dead and his wife on life support in a Central California town.
  • Dig: Season 1 is released. FBI agent Peter Connelly (Jason Isaacs) relocates to Israel where he works with his boss (and lover) Lynn Monahan (Anne Heche). During a murder investigation, he discovers a two thousand year-long conspiracy that could change history.
  • GAMING: WII U
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars for Wii U is released. The Mario vs. Donkey Kong series makes its way to Wii U with the newestgame in the charming puzzle series. This HD entry takes full advantage of the touch screen on the GamePad controller and features a near-limitless puzzle-creation mode.

On this day in 2014

  • EVENTS
  • A survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights reports that about 1/3 of women in the European Union have experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 15.
  • BIRTHS
  • Nazgol Rahmani, Instagram Star, born in Iran.
  • MOVIES: NOT RATED
  • Particle Fever is released. For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe,10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?
  • GAMING: PC
  • 10 Second Ninja for PC is released. Ninjas are cool, this is an established fact of the universe. Nazi Robots from space are not cool, they are the complete opposite of cool, and Robot Hitler is out to get you, the world's first ninja.You have 10 seconds to destroy all Nazi Robots in your vicinity. IT. IS. ON.Become the ultimate Ninja and take down Robot Hitler's automated autocracy in this blisteringly fast platformer.Ready, Steady, Ninja!
  • GAMING: XBOX 360
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 2 - A House Divided for Xbox 360 is released. Season Two continues the story that began in Season One. You are Clementine, a young survivor in a world gone to hell. The dead have risen to feast on the living, and the living cannot be trusted. The story you experience in The Walking Dead Season Two is driven by the choices that you make. Because of that, your story could be very different from someone else’s. If you played Season One and the DLC episode ‘400 Days’, the choices you made there will affect Season Two.
  • SPORTS
  • Geoff Edwards, American game show host, who died from pneumonia at 83.

On this day in 2013

  • EVENTS
  • Willcom announces the world’s smallest mobile phone, weighing 32 grams.
  • The Dow Jones surpasses its 2007 pre-financial crisis levels for the first time.
  • DEATHS
  • Paul Bearer, Wrestler.
  • Hugo Chávez, Politician.
  • ALBUMS
  • Hymnal was released by Benoît Pioulard. Thomas Meluch's latest release as Benoît Pioulard was inspired by religious iconography and cathedrals in Europe.
  • Images du Futur was released by Suuns. The second release from the Montreal rock band was produced by Jace Lasek of the Besnard Lakes.
  • Invisible Life was released by Helado Negro. This is the third full-length Latin electronic pop release from Roberto Carlos Lange as Helado Negro.
  • Hi Beams was released by Javelin. The second full-length release from the Brooklyn duo of Tom Van Buskirk and George Langford was recorded at a traditional recording studio.
  • Honky Tonk was released by Son Volt. Jay Farrar's latest release with his alternative country band Son Volt harkens back to the Bakersfield sound of the 1950-60s.
  • Lady was released by Lady. Terri Walker and Nicole Wray team up on this R&B/soul release produced by Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman.
  • Memphis was released by Boz Scaggs. Produced by Steve Jordan and recorded in Memphis, the first studio release in five years for the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is a collection of cover songs and two originals reflecting the sounds from the South.
  • Like a Rose was released by Ashley Monroe. The second solo album for the Pistol Annies member includes songs co-written with such artists as Sally Barris, Guy Clark, Vince Gill, Lori McKenna, and Jon Randall.
  • Love from London was released by Robyn Hitchcock. The latest solo release from the 60-year old British singer-songwriter was produced by Paul Noble.
  • Girl Talk was released by Kate Nash. Produced by Tom Biller, the third full-length release for the British singer moves toward an indie rock direction.
  • Exai was released by Autechre. The 11th full-length release from the British electronic duo of Sean Booth and Rob Brown is over two hours long.
  • Cerulean Salt was released by Waxahatchee. The second full-length release for former P.S. Eliot singer Katie Crutchfield includes backing from Swearin' members Keith Spencer, Kyle Gilbride, and her twin sister, Allison Crutchfield.
  • Between Places was released by Young Dreams. This is the debut full-length release for the Norwegian pop group that can include up to twelve band members.
  • Chelsea Light Moving was released by Chelsea Light Moving. This is the debut release for Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore newest project with Keith Wood, John Maloney, and Samara Lubelski.
  • New Moon was released by The Men. Producer Ben Greenberg officially joins the Brooklyn-based rock band on its fourth release recorded in upstate New York.
  • Nanobots was released by They Might Be Giants. The 25-track (with nine tracks under a minute long) release for the alternative rock band from Brooklyn was produced by Pat Dillett.
  • Naomi was released by The Cave Singers. The fourth release from the Seattle indie folk rock band was produced by Phil Ek.
  • @Reverend_Makers was released by Reverend and the Makers. The third release for the indie rock band led by Jon McClure was produced by James Dring and Youth.
  • The Beast in Its Tracks was released by Josh Ritter. The seventh full-length studio release from the singer-songwriter was written after his divorce from his wife, singer Dawn Landes.
  • The Big Other was released by Fiction. The full-length debut for the British indie rock band includes a song dedicated to World War II scientist Alan Turing.
  • The Blue Room was released by Madeleine Peyroux. Produced by Larry Klein, the jazz singer's second release on Decca features songs from Ray Charles' 1962 album, Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music.
  • Sudden Elevation was released by Ólöf Arnalds. The third full-length release for the Icelandic singer is her first entirely sung in English.
  • Woman was released by Rhye. The debut release by the pop duo of Robin Hannibal and Mike Milosh was recorded in Copenhagen and Los Angeles.
  • Wondrous Bughouse was released by Youth Lagoon. The second release from Trevor Powers was produced by Ben H. Allen.
  • Welcome Oblivion was released by How to Destroy Angels. After two EPs, the band led by Nine Inch Nails's Trent Reznor releases its full-length debut album.
  • The Stand-In was released by Caitlin Rose. The second release for the Nashville singer-songwriter was produced by Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson.
  • Untogether was released by Blue Hawaii. The debut full-length release from Canadian duo of Alexander Cowan and Raphaelle Standell-Preston was written separately and recorded over two years.
  • GAMING: 3DS
  • Naruto Powerful Shippuden for 3DS is released. NARUTO Powerful Shippuden includes a Story Mode as well as an Endless Battle Mode so players can choose to either follow a progressive storyline or just pull out the punches for a sprightly ninja showdown. The action-packed gameplay allows players to earn experience points to power up their vivacious characters and also use the touch screen to strengthen special attacks. Fans will recognize their favorite characters from the NARUTO franchise such as Kakashi, Sakura, Gaara, and many more; all can be called upon as support characters in the midst of battle. With familiar friends at their sides and ninja moves up their sleeves, players will embark on the journey of becoming a powerful Leaf ninja to knock out opponents or even become a knock-out with sexy jutsu.
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate for 3DS is released. Set twenty-five years after the events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate recounts the story of Gabriel's descendants, as they battle their own destiny in each era only to discover their true, shocking fate.
  • GAMING: PC
  • Arma 3 for PC is released. Tensions rise as NATO peacekeeping forces begin to leave The Republic of Altis: a strategic fault-line between crumbling European influence and a powerful, resurgent East. But when a key radar facility drops off the grid, a Mediterranean flashpoint risks escalating into global conflict.
  • SimCity for PC is released. Control a region that delivers true multi-city scale and play a single city or up to sixteen cities at once each with different specializations. Multiplayer adds a new facet to your game as your decisions will have an effect both your city and your region and creates new ways to play by collaborating or competing to earn achievements.
  • The Showdown Effect for PC is released. Created by Arrowhead Game Studios, the same brilliant and eccentric minds behind Magicka, The Showdown Effect is a 2.5D multiplayer action game in which players will be participating in death-matches to gain glory and fame. Formerly known as "Project JFK, "The Showdown Effect operates on the principle of "more is more" and offers an infinite amount of ways to customize your gameplay. Whether its character, stage, game mode, or weapons, customize as much as you want and control how creatively you want to kill your friends! Remember, the gorier it is, the better the showdown you will have!
  • The Sims 3: University Life for PC is released. The Sims 3 University Life opens a new chapter for young adult to elder Sims and anyone in between. Once a Sim is enrolled in university, they will pick from one of six majors and work towards earning a degree. From class activities to major-specific objects, The Sims 3 University Life will poise Sims for multiple benefits in their careers, including accelerated pay, higher career entry, new opportunities and more.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION 3
  • Bit.Trip Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien for PlayStation 3 is released. Runner 2 - Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is inspired by the Bit.Trip series originally released on Nintendo platforms.
  • Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk for PlayStation 3 is released. Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk follows the story of Ayesha Altugle, a girl who has been living alone in a secluded workshop ever since her grandfather died and her younger sister went missing a few years ago. She supports herself by making and selling medicine. As the story begins, she finds out that her younger sister IS alive somewhere in the world. Now, she must devote herself to finding her younger sister. Her journey to keep her promise begin...
  • Fuel Overdose for PlayStation 3 is released. Fuel Overdose is an action racing experience with customizable weapons and vehicles, grappling hooks, climatic catastrophes, and a whole fighting system that you can utilize to finish first.
  • GAMING: PLAYSTATION VITA
  • MLB 13: The Show for PlayStation Vita is released. Improvements to Diamond Dynasty, Franchise and Road To The Show modes promise to make MLB 13 The Show the most realistic baseball game ever, while the addition of all-new game modes expand gameplay options even further.
  • GAMING: WII U
  • The Amazing Spider-Man for Wii U is released. Harness Spider-Man's powers with Manhattan as your playground. Set shortly after the events of Columbia Pictures' summer 2012 blockbuster, The Amazing Spider-Man throws New York City's brand new hero back into free-roaming, web-slinging action, as he protects the Big Apple from a deluge of unimaginable threats.
  • GAMING: XBOX 360
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 for Xbox 360 is released. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 promises to feature the most extensive character roster of any game so far in the series, allowing fans to engage with a vast array of their favorite personalities from the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN universe, be they friend or foe. In story mode, players are thrown into a series of adventures set in the village of Konoha, while the game's fights are punctuated with large scale boss battles, including a confrontation with the gargantuan Nine-Tails.
  • Tomb Raider for Xbox 360 is released. Tomb Raider is a re-imagining of the infamous action-adventure franchise and explores the visceral origin story of this character. In the game, Lara Croft ascends from a frightened young lady on her first adventure and emerges as a hardened survivor. With only her sharp instincts and her innate ability to push the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight, explore, and use her intelligence to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island and escape its tight grip.
  • MLB 2K13 for Xbox 360 is released. Major League Baseball 2K13 promises hours of baseball action for sports fans or gamers where players can master the signature right analog pitching controls to achieve the perfect delivery from the mound, enjoy the authentic baseball environment of MLB Today, and develop winning players and teams in My Player, Franchise & Postseason modes.
  • DmC: Devil May Cry - Vergil's Downfall for Xbox 360 is released. Vergil's Downfall is downloadable content for DmC: Devil May Cry that shows players what happens to Vergil after the events of the main game.
  • POLITICS
  • Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro assumes the presidency after the death of Hugo Chávez.
  • SPORTS
  • Calvin Fowler, American basketball point guard (Olympic gold 1968 co-captain; Saint Francis University), who died at 73.

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