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Today in the World Countries

  • Commemoration Day (Radonitsa) is being celebrated in Belarus, Belarus
  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Paraguay
  • King Norodom Sihamoni's Birthday is being celebrated in Cambodia
  • National Unification Day is being celebrated in Liberia
  • President Kamuzu Banda's Birthday is being celebrated in Malawi
  • People born on this day are Taurus as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2022

  • 18 year-old gunman kills 10 people and wounds three at a Tops supermarket in east Buffalo, New York, in a racially motivating attack.
  • Andrew Symonds, Cricket Player.
  • David West, American MLB baseball pitcher,1988-98 (Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, and 3 other teams), who died of brain cancer at 57.

On this day in 2021

  • Ester Mägi, Estonian composer 'First Lady of Estonian music', who died at 99.
  • Torkild Brakstad, Norwegian soccer defender (3 caps; Molde) and coach (Molde, Tromsø, Rosenborg), who died at 75.
  • Olga Domuladzhanova, Russian boxer (World amateur heavyweight gold 2001), who died from COVID-19 pandemic at 52.
  • Profile is released. An undercover British journalist attempts to bait and expose a terrorist recruiter through social media, while trying not to be sucked in by her recruiter and lured into becoming a militant extremist herself.
  • Riders of Justice is released. Recently-deployed Markus (Mads Mikkelsen) is forced to return home to care for his teenage daughter after his wife is killed in a tragic train accident. But when a survivor of the wrecked train surfaces claiming foul play, Markus begins to suspect his wife was murdered and embarks on a revenge-fueled mission to find those responsible.
  • The Killing of Two Lovers is released. David (Clayne Crawford) desperately tries to keep his family of six together during a separation from his wife, Nikki (Sepideh Moafi). They both agree to see other people but David struggles to grapple with his wife's new relationship.
  • The Perfect Candidate is released. A determined young Saudi doctor's surprise run for office in the local city elections sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town's first female candidate.
  • There Is No Evil is released. Shot in secret and smuggled out of Iran, There is No Evil is an anthology film comprising four moral tales about men faced with a simple yet unthinkable choice – to follow orders to enforce the death penalty, or resist and risk everything. Whatever they decide, it will directly or indirectly affect their lives, their relationships, and their consciences.
  • Finding You is released. After an ill-fated audition at a prestigious New York music conservatory, violinist Finley Sinclair (Rose Reid) travels to an Irish coastal village to begin her semester studying abroad. At the B&B run by her host family, she encounters gregarious and persistent heartthrob movie star Beckett Rush (Jedidiah Goodacre), who is there to film another installment of his medieval fantasy-adventure franchise. As romance sparks between the unlikely pair, Beckett ignites a journey of discovery for Finley that transforms her heart, her music, and her outlook on life. In turn, Finley emboldens Beckett to reach beyond his teen-idol image and pursue his true passion. But when forces surrounding Beckett’s stardom threaten to crush their dreams, Finley must decide what she is willing to risk for love.
  • Georgetown is released. Ulrich Mott (Christoph Waltz), an eccentric and smooth-talking social climber seems to have everyone in Washington, D.C. wrapped around his finger. But when his wealthy, well-connected and much older wife (Vanessa Redgrave) turns up dead in their home, her daughter Amanda (Annette Bening) suspects Ulrich may not be all that he seems as the police investigation begins to uncover a larger deception that goes far deeper than anyone ever imagined.
  • Army of the Dead is released. When Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a former zombie war hero who’s now flipping burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), it’s with the ultimate proposition: break into the zombie-infested quarantine zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. With little left to lose, Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies closing in, only one thing’s for certain in the greatest heist ever attempted: survivors take all.
  • The Djinn is released. A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart’s greatest desire.
  • The Woman in the Window is released. An agoraphobic child psychologist befriends a neighbor across the street from her New York City brownstone, only to see her own life turned upside down when the woman disappears and she suspects foul play.
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead is released. Hannah (Angelina Jolie), a smoke jumper still reeling from the loss of three lives she failed to save from a fire, comes across a traumatized 12-year-old boy with nowhere else to turn.
  • Spiral: From the Book of Saw is released. A criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw. Working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.
  • PRIDE is released. The six-part documentary series looks at the history of LGBTQ+ rights movement beginning with the 1950s to the present day.
  • The Underground Railroad is released. Cora (Thuso Mbedu) and Caesar (Aaron Pierre) escape from a plantation and learn the Underground Railroad is an actual physical underground railway line. But a bounty hunter named Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton) is determined to bring Cora back in this Barry Jenkins adaptation of Colson Whitehead's novel of the same name.
  • Halston (2021): Season 1 is released. The Ryan Murphy limited series based on Steven Gaines's book Simply Halston tells how American fashion designer Halston (Ewan McGregor) built a fashion empire in the 1970s only to lose control of it in the 1980s.
  • Medieval Femme was released by Fatima Al Qadiri. The third full-length release for the Los Angeles-based Kuwaiti electronic composer was inspired by poetry written by Arab women.
  • Fat Pop, Vol.1 was released by Paul Weller. The 16th full-length solo release for the British rock artist features contributions from Andy Fairweather Low, Lia Metcalfe, Hannah Peel and his daughter Leah.
  • Black to the Future was released by Sons of Kemet. The fourth full-length release for the Shabaka Hutchings-led jazz quartet features guest appearances from Angel Bat Dawid, D Double E, Joshua Edelin, Lianne La Havas, Moor Mother, Kojey Radical, and Steve Williamson.
  • Delta Kream was released by The Black Keys. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded covers of Mississippi hill country blues songs in Nashville over two sessions with Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton.
  • Daddy's Home was released by St. Vincent. The sixth full-length release for Annie Clark was inspired by her father's 1970s record collection and co-produced with Jack Antonoff.
  • The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania was released by Damien Jurado. The latest full-length release for the singer-songwriter from Seattle was self-produced.
  • The Off-Season was released by J. Cole. The sixth full-length studio release for the rapper features guest appearances from 21 Savage,6lack, Bas, Lil Baby, and Morray.
  • Scatterbrain was released by The Chills. The seventh full-length studio release for the New Zealand band led by Martin Phillipps was produced by Tom Healy.
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition for PC is released. For many months now, our team at BioWare has been hard at work updating the textures, shaders, models, effects and technical features of three enormous games. Our goal was not to remake or reimagine the original games, but to modernize the experience so that fans and new players can experience the original work in its best possible form. It's been amazing to see the adventures of Commander Shepard take on new life in super-sharp resolution, faster framerates, and beautiful visual enhancements. Mass Effect Legendary Edition will include single-player base content and DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3, plus promo weapons, armors, and packs - all remastered and optimized for 4k Ultra HD. It will be available in Spring 2021 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with forward compatibility and targeted enhancements on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
  • Subnautica: Below Zero for Switch is released. Below Zero is an underwater adventure game set on an alien ocean world. It is a new chapter in the Subnautica universe and developed by Unknown Worlds. Return to planet 4546B. Dive into a freezing underwater adventure. Below Zero is set in an arctic region of planet 4546B. As a scientist posted to a research station on the planet's surface, you are tasked with studying alien artifacts...The Vesper space station orbits high above you, sending supplies, instructions, and receiving samples you launch from the surface.When disaster strikes the research station, you must improvise to survive: Construct habitats, scavenge for resources, hunt for food, and craft equipment.
  • Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind for Switch is released. Find the secret behind a grizzly rumor haunting a Japanese high school. Interrogate suspects and hunt for clues to piece together chilling conundrums plaguing a high school in Japan. Suspense (and a little bit of horror) ensues as you try to free students from their nightmare. Play at home, on the go, or in your favorite reading nook—only on the Nintendo Switch system. Can you figure out who the culprit is...before it’s too late?Play Famicom Detective Club in English for the first timeOriginally released in Japan only, the Famicom Detective Club™: The Girl Who Stands Behind game has been localized with English text and modernized for the Nintendo Switch™ system. While the graphics, music, and sound effects have been recreated, players can also choose the original 8-bit soundtrack. Discover a piece of Nintendo history with the Famicom Detective Club series of games.Buy one Famicom Detective Club game, get the other at a discountFamicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind is the second game in the series. The first game, Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir is also available on Nintendo eShop. If you purchase one of these games on Nintendo eShop, you can get $10 off the other when also purchased on Nintendo eShop*

On this day in 2020

  • Global death toll from COVID-19 pandemic passes 300,000 with 4.4 million confirmed infections.
  • Former pandemic agency head Rick Bright testifies to a US House Committee "without better planning,2020 could be the darkest winter in modern history".
  • Delilah Clifford, Family Member, born in United States.
  • (Guillermo) "Jorge" Santana, Mexican rock guitarist (Malo- "Suavecito"), who died at 68.
  • Phyllis George, American beauty queen (Miss America,1971), sportscaster (CBS,1974-85), and First Lady of Kentucky,1979-83, who died of a blood disorder at 70.
  • Signs of the Sojourner for PC is released. In this narrative card game about relationships and communication, navigate conversations in a colorful world reminiscent of our own. Learn and grow through the cards you choose to play. Who will you become? What will you leave behind?
  • Star Horizon for Switch is released. Experience fast action, thrilling levels, spectacular explosions and lots of pew-pew-pew. Star Horizon is a reboot for the on-rails space shooter genre.
  • Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD for Switch is released. Munch, the Gabbit with "odditude, "and his sidekick Abe lead an off-beat revolution to save the world. With their sacred land in jeopardy of being destroyed by the greedy Glukkons, Munch and Abe team up to teach those rascals a lesson by using their chanting prowess to control the enemy, arming themselves with wacky weapons, and acquiring power-ups for extra boosts. You can switch between Munch and Abe at anytime to utilize each character's unique abilities and access certain areas.
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades for Switch is released. A classic dungeon crawler reimagined.• Experience dungeon adventures.• Create and customize your city, restoring it to greatness.• Conquer your rivals in epic one-on-one Arena battles.• Create any character you want and discover unique weapons, armor, and abilities.• Master the never-ending Abyss with a cutting-edge combat system.The Elder Scrolls: Blades enables cross-play so you can battle your friends on other platforms. You can also use cross-save to maintain your progression across multiple devices.Start a new character, or continue your previous journey, today.
  • TT Isle of Man: Ride On The Edge 2 for Switch is released. Meticulously detailed Mountain Course replicated with each stretch and bend of the circuit. OFFICIAL RIDERS AND THEIR SUPER-POWERED BIKES - 24 riders,38 bikes, and sidecars rocketing along village and mountain roads at 200 mph.
  • Ion Fury for Xbox One is released. Ion Fury is a true successor to classic shooters such as Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, and Blood. It brings all the beloved features of the ‘90s shooters fused with modern touches such as headshots, locational damage, modern physics, widescreen, and controller support.
  • Bob Watson, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1973,75; Houston Astros) and sports executive (GM NY Yankees, World Series 1996), who died from kidney disease at 74.
  • Pepper Rodgers, American football coach (University of Kansas, UCLA, Georgia Tech; USFL: Memphis Showboats), who died at 88.

On this day in 2019

  • San Francisco is the first city to vote to ban use of facial recognition.
  • Wikipedia confirms China has banned all versions of its site.
  • American guitarist, singer and songwriter Mike Wilhelm died aged 77. He was best known as a founding member of the influential Bay Area band The Charlatans, who have been widely credited as starting the Haight-Ashbury psychedelic scene during the 1960s. He later played with the bands Loose Gravel and the Flamin' Groovies..
  • Huge protests closes schools in Kashmir after the rape of a three-year-old girl.
  • Grumpy Cat [Tardar Sauce], American cat internet celebrity, who died following complications from urinary tract infection at 7.
  • Isaac Kappy, Movie Actor.
  • Tim Conway, TV Actor.
  • (Thomas) "Tim" Conway, American Emmy Award winning comic actor and screenwriter (McHale's Navy; The Carol Burnett Show,1975-78; The Apple Dumpling Gang), who died from complications of normal pressure hydrocephalus at 85.
  • What's My Name: Muhammad Ali is released. The two-part documentary about the iconic boxer directed by Antoine Fuqua features some previously unseen archival footage.
  • Years and Years: Season 1 is released. Spanning 15 years, Vivienne Rook (Emma Thompson) rises from vocal celebrity to controversial MP. The effect of her policies to British society are reflected in an ordinary Manchester family that includes Daniel (Russell Tovey), Stephen (Rory Kinnear) and his wife Celeste (T’Nia Miller), sisters Rosie (Ruth Madeley) and Edith (Jessica Hynes), and Gran Muriel (Anne Reid) in this six-part mini-series created by Russell T. Davies.
  • Sniper Elite V2 Remastered for PC is released. You are elite sniper Karl Fairburne, parachuted into Berlin amidst the Germans' final stand. Your mission is to prevent Nazi V2 rocket technology falling into the hands of the Red Army. You must aid key scientists keen to defect to the US, and terminate those who stand in your way.Stealth is key as you find yourself trapped between two desperate armies in a race against time. Master authentic weaponry, stalk your target, fortify your position, set up the shot, and use your skill, patience and cunning to achieve the mission.All new graphics and rendering technology gives you improved ball busting X-ray kill camera detail. Witness the terrifying power of your bullet as it enters an enemy's body.With all DLC missions included, take the fate of the war into your own hands, and hunt the Fuhrer himself.
  • RAGE 2 for PlayStation 4 is released. Dive headfirst into a dystopian world devoid of society, law, and order. RAGE 2 brings together two studio powerhouses Avalanche Studios, masters of open world insanity, and id Software, the gods of the first-person shooter to deliver a carnival of carnage where you can go anywhere, shoot anything, and explode everything.THE LAST RANGERBring the pain using a collection of upgradable weapons, devastating Nanotrite powers, and Overdrive, the ability to push your guns beyond their mechanical limits.PEDAL TO THE METALFrom monster trucks to gyrocopters, use an assortment of rugged and wasteland-ready vehicles to speed across the badlands. If you see it, you can drive it.FACTIONS & FOESFight against ferocious factions for control of the wasteland, each featuring a rogue's gallery of madmen, mutants, and monsters hungry for blood.THE WASTELAND AWAITSSeamlessly traverse a vast and varied landscape, from lush jungles and treacherous swamps to sun-scorched deserts in your pursuit of The Authority. The wasteland is massive, and you've got the arsenal to fight for every inch.
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence for PlayStation 4 is released. A Plague Tale: Innocence offers an adventure supported by an original scenario, with gameplay that blends action, adventure and stealth phases. Follow our protagonists Amicia and her little brother Hugo, both orphans and on the run from the terrifying Inquisition. Our young heroes will also need to survive against an even greater danger: supernatural swarms of rats that appeared with the great plague infecting across cities and countryside. [Focus Home Interactive]
  • Darkwood for PlayStation 4 is released. Darkwood is a game about survival, exploration and fear, set in mysterious woods somewhere in the territory of the Soviet Bloc. It is a top-down, free-roam, surreal horror experience with a randomized world, taking cues from classic games, where oftentimes you had to figure things out for yourself. By blending RPG, roguelike and adventure elements together with a challenging difficulty, Darkwood aims to please players craving for a deep and rewarding experience.The fear of unknown is powerful and the unknown will try to remain unseen, forcing you to watch your back. Your senses will be deceived, your sight fooled, your smell tricked by Darkwood's surreal terrors. No answer will be given to you for free, yet somewhere in the woods lies the truth, an explanation to what has happened in this godforsaken place.Looking for your weakness, your inner demons, only to devour you. Welcome to Darkwood.
  • Blades of Time for Switch is released. In Blades of Time, players don the persona of the gorgeous gunsword-wielding treasure hunter, Ayumi. Blessed with beauty and a trigger happy finger, she's on a mission to find lost bounties in a mysterious and dangerous island. Quickly, she learns this island isn't just trees, berries and gold - but something more sinister lies beneath the surface. As the wonderment of the island becomes to reveal itself, she learns this land can gift her powers man can only dream of, but also she's not alone on this island! Thank goodness she brought her own weapons. Ayumi then proceeds to battle against menacing villains on the island by destroying them and everything in her path while looking to acquire magical powers that only the strongest warrior can possess.
  • Redout for Switch is released. NEXT GENERATION AG RACING IS HERE! Redout is a tribute to the old racing monsters such as F-Zero, WipeOut, Rollcage, and POD. It is designed to be an uncompromising, fast, tough and satisfying driving experience, soaked in that vertigo that stands at the core of the arcade racing genre. The floating system and driving models are based on physics: each turn, slope, hard braking, acceleration, each turn and twist of the track will apply a unique force to the ship. A sharp low-polygon style blends meshes and terrains with the latest state-of-the-art shading and lighting effects provided by the Unreal Engine 4, creating beautiful and instantly recognisable aesthetics. Breezy coastlines, eerie frozen landscapes, vast desert plains: the melancholic, dystopian atmosphere of a semi abandoned Earth is the background for the most high-speed, tense and beautiful futuristic racing clashes.
  • Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder for Switch is released. Bigger and Boulder cranks up the surrealism and gameplay to be, well... BIGGER AND BOULDER. With an emphasis on the chaotic new 2-vs-2 multiplayer, new time periods, and improved graphics, physics, and destructibility powered by Unreal Engine 4, players will need to be ready for some intense rocking and rolling.
  • Steve Bullock, US Governor of Montana announces his run for Presidential office.

On this day in 2018

  • Successful memory transfer in snails achieved by scientists from University of California published in journal "eNeuro".
  • Boulder City Council in Colorado votes to ban assault weapons.
  • Arsenal finish EPL season in 6th place on 63 points; fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1997.
  • Chinese mountain climber and double amputee Xia Boyu reaches the summit of Mt Everest.
  • Doug Ford, American golfer (PGA Championship 1955, US Masters 1957), who died at 95.
  • Tom Wolfe, American journalist and author (The Right Stuff), who died at 88.
  • Melania Trump, wife of US President Donald Trump, is treated in hospital for a benign kidney condition.
  • Indian politician Shashi Tharoor is charged by police with driving his wife to commit suicide.

On this day in 2017

  • PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 21 year old South Korean Kim Si-woo shoots final round 69 to win by 3 strokes ahead of Louis Oosthuizen and Ian Poulter.
  • Powers Boothe, American Actor (Sin City, Deadwood), who died at 68.
  • Jean Fritz, Children's Author.
  • Brad Grey, American film and TV producer (Sopranos), Chairman of Paramount Pictures, who died of cancer at 59.
  • Bruce Hill, Race Car Driver.
  • Elske ter Veld, Dutch politician (State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment), who died at 72.
  • Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951,52; Fort Wayne Pistons), who died at 94.
  • Retired soccer player Abby Wambach (37) weds best-selling author Glennon Doyle Melton.

On this day in 2016

  • 61st Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine's Jamala wins singing "1944".
  • The Beatles' former press officer, Tony Barrow, who coined the term 'The Fab Four' to describe the band, died aged 80. Barrow represented the band between 1962 and 1968 and also wrote sleeve notes for their early albums, as well as the strip cartoon for the Magical Mystery Tour booklet..
  • Gabriel Medina becomes the first surfer ever to land the move "Backflip" in competition.
  • Andre Wicky, Race Car Driver.

On this day in 2015

  • Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist B.B. King died in his sleep aged 89 from a series of small strokes caused by type 2 diabetes. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, Rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time..
  • B.B. King. American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer.
  • Bb King, Guitarist.
  • Franz Wright, Poet.
  • Red Untiedt, Race Car Driver.
  • [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), who died at 89.
  • Wayward Pines: Season 1 is released. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) search for two missing federal agents in a small Idaho town uncovers his ex-partner (Carla Gugino); nurse Pam (Melissa Leo), who turns out to be more dangerous than she first appeared; psychiatrist Dr. Jenkins (Toby Jones); Sheriff Pope (Terrence Howard); toymaker Harold Ballinger (Reed Diamond); and bartender Beverly (Juliette Lewis), who has her own suspicions of the town, in this series based on the Blake Crouch's book trilogy.
  • Stretchmo for 3DS is released. Also known as "FullBlox". Stretch and pull blocks to guide Mallo to the goal in seven free starter puzzles. Then expand this entry in the acclaimed Pushmo series by purchasing up to four puzzle-filled download packs on Nintendo eShop. You can even create and share your own puzzles!Purchase and download any of the four main attractions to unlock the Stretchmo Studio level creator, which also lets you share puzzles via QR Code patterns. Mallos Playtime Plaza has 100 great puzzles for players of all skill levels! Looking for a challenge? Then come on over to Pollys Sculpture Square, where 50 animal and object puzzles await. Keep the fun going in Corins Fortress of Fun, which packs in 50 action-packed puzzles filled with special objects, like manholes and even enemiesa series first! Or head on down to Papa Bloxs NES Expo to play 50 puzzles based on characters from Nintendo classics.
  • 3D Thunder Blade for 3DS is released. 3D Thunder Blade is a recreation of a one-of-a-kind combat helicopter arcade machine originally released in 1987, re-mastered for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system. In 3D Thunder Blade, players control a helicopter and use guns and missiles to destroy enemy vehicles while flying between buildings, through caves, and into enemy bases. The re-mastered version boasts stereoscopic 3D visuals, support for the Circle Pad Pro or C-Stick, and adds a host of new features including two options for gyroscopic controls, adjustable difficulty settings, and a mode that recreates the look and feel of the original arcade machine with additional sound effects. Replay saving and stage select are also available.
  • Axiom Verge for PC is released. Axiom Verge is an indie game focusing on action and exploration.
  • Not a Hero for PC is released. Professional assassin turned amateur campaign manager Steve has been tasked with cleaning up his city by an anthropomorphic rabbit and mayoral candidate from the future named BunnyLord.
  • Ultratron for Wii U is released. Experience the gameplay of old-school arcade standards, updated for the 21st century. Unique retro-futuristic sound and graphics, player responsive difficulty, and a subtle system of tactics combined with classic gameplay make Ultratron a hypnotic arcade game. The last human has been slain by evil killer robots. You are the one remaining humanoid battle droid. Your mission: avenge the human race. Boost your battledroid with powerups, buy cute but deadly pets in the shop. Blast your way through 40+ glowing neon levels, avoiding Chasers, Turrets, Spawners, Minelayers, bombs, and bullets, and take on the four giant boss 'bots of the Apocalypse - Ieiunitas, Bellum, Lues and Letum.
  • Nihilumbra for Wii U is released. Nihilumbra is a dark, atmospheric 2D puzzle platform game boasting hand painted dark environments, nightmarish monsters, and a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack. It tells a story that really panders to the existential dread lurking within us all.

On this day in 2014

  • Stephen Sutton, English cancer blogger (Stephen's Story), who died at 19.
  • Horses of God is released. Ten year-old Yachine and his 13-year-old brother Hamid live in Sidi Moumen, an impoverished slum on the outskirts of Casablanca. Hamid, though just a child, works hard to sustain his family by any means, but eventually he gets involved with the "wrong crowd"and becomes one of the local neighborhood bosses. He continues to protect his brother Yachine - until the day he is thrown into prison. After years in jail, Hamid returns home a changed man: he is now an Islamic fundamentalist. He persuades Yachine and his pals to join, and the Imam Abou Zoubeir, their spiritual leader, begins to direct their physical and mental preparation - and one day, he tells them they have been chosen to become martyrs. [Kino Lober]
  • GAMING: XBOX 360
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 3 - In Harm's Way for Xbox 360 is released. Consequences.
  • Super Time Force for Xbox One is released. Super Time Force is a frantic, hyper-action videogame filled with total mayhem, total madness and total non-stop shooty-shooty-bam-bam destruction. And yet, it also has super sweet, soothing, perhaps even sublime, moments of sloooow motion. Every level in Super Time Force contains 3 mysterious inter-dimensional objects called Shards, which can be used to control the flow of time, slowing it down like velvety smooth molasses, allowing players to unleash a truly heroic level of dodging, weaving, sniping and precision acrobatics.

On this day in 2013

  • It was reported that Kiss planned to open over 100 restaurants in North America. The band who had just opened the third branch of Rock & Brews in the greater Los Angeles area said that they wished to open 100 more in the next five years. The band planned to open new branches at LAX airport in Los Angeles, Maui in Hawaii and Kansas City in Missouri over the coming year..
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel "Americanah" is published.
  • Dan Brown's fourth novel starring Robert Langdon (The Da Vinci Code), titled "Inferno", is released and instantly becomes a bestseller.
  • Brazil becomes the 15th country to legalize same-sex marriage.
  • Bright Sunny South was released by Sam Amidon. The folk artist reworks Mariah Carey's "Shake It Off"and Tim McGraw's "My Old Friend"on his debut release with the Nonesuch label.
  • Black Pudding was released by Mark Lanegan. Mark Lanegan collaborates with British Blues artist Duke Garwood on the release recorded by Justin Smith in California.
  • A was released by Agnetha Fältskog. Produced by Jörgen Elofsson and Peter Nordahl, the ABBA singer returns with her fifth (English language) solo release.
  • Crawling Up the Stairs was released by Pure X. The second full-length release for the Austin trio was written while singer/guitarist Nate Grace was recovering from a serious leg injury.
  • Curiosity was released by Wampire. The debut full-length release for the Portland, Oregon, duo of Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps was produced by Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Jacob Portrait.
  • Dungeonesse was released by Dungeonesse. Dance and R&B influences the full-length debut from Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Art Department's Jon Ehrens.
  • Fandango was released by The Phoenix Foundation. The fifth release for the New Zealand psychedelic indie rock band is 80 minutes long.
  • Jessica Pratt was released by Jessica Pratt. The debut release for the San Francisco singer-songwriter is also the first album on Tim Presley's Birth Records.
  • Kids in L.A. was released by Kisses. The second full-length release for the Los Angeles duo of Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson was produced by Pete Wiggs and Tim Larcombe.
  • Land of CanAan was released by Marques Toliver. The debut full-length release for the violinist/singer discovered by TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone was inspired in part by the Frederick Douglass' autobiography.
  • Limits of Desire was released by Small Black. The second full-length release for the Brooklyn synth-pop band led by Josh Kolenik was self-produced.
  • Lip Lock was released by Eve. The hip hop artist's first studio release since 2002's Eve-Olution includes guest appearances from Missy Elliott, Juicy J, Chrisette Michele, Pusha T, Dawn Richard, and Gabe Saporta from Cobra Starship.
  • No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers was released by Vår. The debut full-length release for Ice Age's Elias Bender Rønnefelt's side project with Loke Rahbek of Sexdrome, Kristian Emdal of Lower, and Lukas Højland of Redflesh was recorded in New York.
  • Mind Control was released by Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. The third full-length release for the British metal band was inspired by 1970s exploitation films.
  • Modern Vampires of the City was released by Vampire Weekend. Co-produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and band member Rostam Batmanglij, the third full-length release from the indie rock quartet was inspired by New York City.
  • Nightmare Ending was released by Eluvium. The seventh studio release for Matthew Cooper is a double LP with a guest appearance by Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo.
  • Go Easy was released by Blank Realm. The third release for the Brisbane, Australian band is a mix of pop and psychedelic rock.
  • Gordian was released by Cosmin TRG. This is the second full-length release for the Berlin-based Romanian techno producer.
  • Inform – Educate – Entertain was released by Public Service Broadcasting. The debut release for the London-based duo includes sound samples from Public information film archives.
  • Innocence is Kinky was released by Jenny Hval. Produced by John Parish, the Norwegian artist's latest release was influenced by a sound and light installation commissioned in 2011.
  • Secondhand Rapture was released by MS MR. This is the debut full-length debut for the New York duo of Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow.
  • Silver Wilkinson was released by Bibio. The seventh release from Stephen Wilkinson as Bibio sees the British producer going back to more ambient and folk style of his earlier albums.
  • Sing to the Moon was released by Laura Mvula. The debut full-length release for the Birmingham Conservatoire graduate includes influences from gospel, jazz, R&B, and soul music.
  • One of Us Is the Killer was released by The Dillinger Escape Plan. The fifth full-length studio release for the New Jersey hardcore rock band was produced by Steve Evetts.
  • Pale Green Ghosts was released by John Grant. Produced with Biggi Veira, the synth-pop second release for the former Czars singer includes guest vocals from Sinead O’Connor.
  • The Way Things Fall was released by Adult.. Detroit's Adam Miller and Nicola Kuperus return with their first release since 2007's Why Bother?.
  • Walking Field was released by Peals. This is the debut release for the ambient band formed by William Cashion of Future Islands and Bruce Willen of Double Dagger.
  • Wilderness was released by The Handsome Family. The latest release from the husband-and-wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks is a concept album based on animals and real-life historical figures.
  • Dust 514 for PlayStation 3 is released. DUST 514 is a free-to-play console-based hybrid massively multiplayer online first-person shooter set within the EVE universe and interacts directly with EVE Online.
  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger for PlayStation 3 is released. From the dust of a gold mine to the dirt of a saloon, Call of Juarez Gunslinger is an homage to the Wild West tales. Live the epic and violent journey of a ruthless bounty hunter onto the trail of the West's most notorious outlaws. Blurring the lines between man and myth, this adventure made of memorable encounters unveils the untold truth behind some of the greatest legends of the Old West.
  • Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode One - A Bump in the Night for PlayStation Vita is released. Something strange is going on at Camp Eagle Feather. Campfire stories tell of strange creatures in the woods, and why are the camp counsellors fattening up all of the kids? Only Jacob Jones and his mythical companion can solve the mystery.Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery is a beautifully realised episodic 3D puzzle adventure game designed specifically for mobile and touchscreen devices.
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  • Metro: Last Light for Xbox 360 is released. The year is 2034. Under the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, what remains of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from without – and within. Mutants scale the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt the poisoned skies above. But instead of standing united, the station-cities of the Metro are locked in a struggle for the ultimate power, a doomsday device from the military vaults of D6. A civil war is burgeoning that could wipe humanity from the face of the earth forever. As Artyom, burdened by guilt but motivated by hope, you hold the keys to our survival – the last light in our darkest hour.


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