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Today in the World Countries

  • Battle of Pichincha Holiday is being celebrated in Ecuador
  • Culture and the Slavic Letters Day is being celebrated in Bulgaria
  • Day following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day is being celebrated in Sri Lanka
  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Eritrea
  • St Cyril and St Methodius Day is being celebrated in North Macedonia
  • People born on this day are Gemini as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • Former US Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman's poem, “The Hill We Climb” is placed on a restricted reading list at Bob Graham Education Center, Miami Lakes, amid increasing censorship across Florida.
  • Mercenary Wagner Group says it is handing over the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, after capturing it for Russia, in one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the war so far.
  • Tina Turner, whose soul classics and pop hits like 'River Deep, Mountain High', 'What's Love Got to Do With It' and 'The Best' made her a superstar, died at the age of 83. Turner had suffered a number of health issues in recent years including cancer, a stroke and kidney failure. Dubbed the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, she rose to fame alongside husband Ike in the 1960s with songs including 'Proud Mary' and was famed for her raunchy and energetic stage performances and husky, powerful vocals. She won eight Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2021 as a solo artist, having first been inducted alongside Ike in 1991..
  • Lil Haiti, Rapper, born in Haiti.
  • Platonic: Season 1 is released. Former best friends Sylvia (Rose Byrne) and Will (Seth Rogen) are reunited and seek to become friends again in this comedy series co-created by Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco.
  • The Clearing: Season 1 is released. A woman attempts to stop a cult from kidnapping more children in the eight-part Australian psychological thriller based on J.P. Pomare's book "In The Clearing".
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis'launch in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Twitter is marred by glitches and outages.
  • Bill Lee, American session double-bassist, and film score composer (Do The Right Thing; She's Gotta Have It), who died at 94.

On this day in 2022

  • 19 children and two teachers shot and killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, by an 18-year-old gunman.
  • The Responder: Season 1 is released. Working as a Liverpool police officer has taken a toll on Chris Carson's (Martin Freeman) marriage as he gets a rookie partner (Adelayo Adedayo), tries to help a young addict (Emily Fairn), and sees a therapist in the British drama series created by Tony Schumacher.[Premiered originally in the UK on BBC One on 24 Jan 2022 and in the US on BritBox on 24 May 2022]
  • Hardspace: Shipbreaker for PC is released. Equipped with cutting-edge salvaging tech, carve & slice spaceships to recover valuable materials. Upgrade your gear to take on more lucrative contracts and pay your billion credits debt to LYNX Corp!
  • Touken Ranbu Warriors for Switch is released. History Revisionists began attacking the past to change history.In order to stop them, the Government of the Time appointed the "Saniwa"with protecting history.Saniwa can awaken tsukumogami (tools with spirits), the Touken Danshi.They travel through time and seek to defeat the History Retrograde Army (HRA) who seek to alter history.The Saniwa and Touken Danshi were enjoying a peaceful lifewhen they were suddenly attacked by the HRA.After a fierce battle, the Touken Danshi managed to overcomethe HRA, but the Honmaru was greatly damaged, weakeningtheir military strength. In addition, in the midst of the battle, theSaniwa, who are vital to the Honmaru, disappeared.
  • John Thompson, American football executive (GM Seattle Seahawks 1976-82; NFL Executive of the Year 1978), who died at 95.

On this day in 2021

  • India's official COVID-19 pandemic death toll passes 300,000 (303,720), the third country to do so, with experts saying it is a vast undercount.
  • Constitutional crisis deepens in Samoa after Speaker of the House shuts out Fiame Naomi Mata’afa from being sworn in as the country's first woman leader in 56 years.
  • Dmitry Mindiashvili, Soviet and Russian wrestling coach (coach Olympic champions Ivan Yariguin 1972,76 and Buvaisar Satiev (1992,96,2004), who died from pneumonia at 87.
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster for PlayStation 4 is released. Reawaken your inner demon in a modernized version of the acclaimed ATLUS classic, Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster. What begins as a normal day in Tokyo turns out to be everything but, when the Conception – an ethereal apocalypse – is invoked. The remains of the world are swallowed by chaos, as a demonic revolution descends into a broken city. Caught between a battle of Gods and demons, the choices you make can bring life, rebirth, or death, and determine who triumphs. This genre-defining, infamously punishing RPG is back and now includes:Remastered 3D models and backgroundsAdditional difficulty settings for players of all skill levelsSuspend save -- save your progress whenever you need!Voiced audio -- choose between Japanese and English VO
  • Deposed Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi appears in court against charges laid by the military government.
  • Samuel E. Wright, American stage and screen actor and singer (Jesus Christ Superstar; Ball Four; The Little Mermaid; The Lion King), who died of prostate cancer at 74.

On this day in 2020

  • The New York Times prints front page with nearly 1,000 names of people who have died from coronvirus COVID-19 pandemic, as the UStoll nears 100,000.
  • Millions of cicadas in a once in 17-year event about to emerge from the earth in the US south posing crop danger and noise issues, according to scientists from Virginia Tech.
  • British PM Boris Johnson refuses to sack his senior aide Dominic Cummings, after it is revealed he broke the country's lockdown rules to drive across the country.
  • American bassist Al Rex died age 91. He started playing for Bill Haley & His Comets and its predecessor Bill Haley and the Saddlemen in 1949 and became noted for 'wild antics' on stage..
  • Al Rex [Piccirilli], American rock upright bass player (Bill Haley & His Comets - "Rock Around The Clock"), who died at 91.
  • [Wilbur James] Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis'First Great Sextet), who died of lung cancer at 91.

On this day in 2019

  • Brazil's Supreme Court votes to make homophobia and transphobia crimes.
  • Edmund Morris, Non-Fiction Author.
  • Murray Gell-Mann, American physicist who predicted quarks (1969 Nobel Prize for Physics for theory of elementary particles), who died at 89.
  • Johnny Brazil, Race Car Driver.
  • Halston is released. America’s first superstar designer, Halston rose to international fame in the 1970s, creating an empire and personifying the dramatic social and sexual revolution of the last century. Reaching beyond the glitz and glamour, acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng reveals Halston’s profound impact on fashion, culture, and business.
  • Echo In the Canyon is released. Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music.
  • Diamantino is released. Diamantino, the world’s premiere soccer sta, r loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius.
  • The Spy Behind Home Plate is released. In this first ever feature-length documentary about the enigmatic Morris "Moe"Berg, award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner again focuses her camera on a little-known Jewish hero. From the streets of Newark to five major league teams during baseball's Golden Age to his secret life spying for the OSS during WWII, Berg's improbable story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with family and an All-Star roster from the worlds of history, sports and spycraft.
  • The Proposal is released. Known as “the artist among architects, ” Luis Barragán is among the world’s most celebrated architects of the 20th century. Upon his death in 1988, much of his work was locked away in a Swiss bunker, hidden from the world’s view. In an attempt to resurrect Barragán’s life and art, boundary redefining artist Jill Magid creates a daring proposition that becomes a fascinating artwork in itself—a high-wire act of negotiation that explores how far an artist will go to democratize access to art.
  • Aladdin is released. Aladdin is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future.
  • Brightburn is released. What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
  • Booksmart is released. Told from a wildly original, fresh and modern perspective, Booksmart is an unfiltered comedy about high school friendships and the bonds we create that last a lifetime. Capturing the spirit of our times, the film is a coming of age story for a new generation.
  • The Perfection is released. When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.
  • Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation is released. In August 1969—against a backdrop of a nation in conflict over sexual politics, civil rights, and the Vietnam War—half a million people converged on a small dairy farm in upstate New York to hear the concert of a lifetime. What they experienced was a moment that would spark a cultural revolution, changing many of them and the country forever. With never-before-seen footage, Woodstock tells the story of the political and social upheaval leading up to those three historic days, as well as the extraordinary events of the concert itself, when near disaster put the ideals of the counterculture to the test. What took place in that teaming mass of humanity — the rain-soaked, starving, tripping, half-a-million strong throng of young people — was nothing less than a miracle of unity, a manifestation of the “peace and love” the festival had touted, and a validation of the counterculture’s promise to the world. Who were these kids? What experiences and stories did they carry with them to Bethel, New York that weekend, and how were they changed by their time in the muck and mire of Max Yasgur’s farm?
  • What/If: Season 1 is released. Venture capitalist Anne (Renée Zellweger) offers a struggling couple (Jane Levy and Blake Jenner) a large cash payment for an ethically dubious proposition in this neo-noir thriller anthology series from Mike Kelly.
  • Where the Action Is was released by The Waterboys. The 13th full-length release for the British band led by Mike Scott was co-produced by Paul Brown and Simon Dine.
  • We Get By was released by Mavis Staples. The latest full-length solo studio release for the soul singer was produced by Ben Harper.
  • Reward was released by Cate Le Bon. The fifth full-length studio release for the Welsh singer-songwriter features contributions from Huw Evans, Sweet Baboo's Stephen Black, Samur Khouja, Josh Klinghoffer, and Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa, and Josiah Steinbrick.
  • 4REAL 4REAL was released by YG. The fourth full-length studio release for the Southern California rapper features guest appearances from Boogie, DaBaby, Day Sulan, G-Eazy, Kamaiyah, Jon Z, Meek Mill, Mitch, Arin Ray, RJ, Rose Gold, SAFE, Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, and Valee.
  • Flamagra was released by Flying Lotus. The sixth full-length studio release for the experimental electronic producer/rapper features guest appearances from Anderson Paak, George Clinton, Denzel Curry, Little Dragon, David Lynch, Shabazz Palaces, Solange, Thundercat, Tierra Whack, and Toro y Moi.
  • Full Upon Her Burning Lips was released by Earth. The ninth full-length release for the Seattle drone duo of Dylan Carlson and Adrienne Davies was recorded and mixed by Mell Dettmer.
  • In Plain Sight was released by Honeyblood. The third full-length release for the indie rock project from Stina Tweeddale was produced by John Congleton.
  • Act Surprised was released by Sebadoh. Produced by Justin Pizzoferatto, the second full-length release comes six years after the indie rock trio led by Lou Barlow returned from a 14-year hiatus.
  • Amyl and the Sniffers was released by Amyl and the Sniffers. The debut full-length release for the Australian garage punk band was produced by Ross Orton.
  • Apollo XXI was released by Steve Lacy. The debut full-length solo studio release for The Internet guitarist features guest appearances from Daisy and Amandla Stenberg.
  • Atlanta Millionaires Club was released by Faye Webster. The third full-length release for the Atlanta-based indie singer-songwriter was co-produced with Drew Vandenberg.
  • Destroyer was released by Black Mountain. The fifth full-length release for the Canadian psychedelic rock band was inspired by frontman Stephen McBean receiving his driver's license in 2017 and is its first with and Adam Bulgasem and Rachel Fannan.
  • California Son was released by Morrissey. The covers album from the former Smiths frontman was produced by Joe Chiccarelli with guest appearances from Billie Joe Armstrong, Ed Droste, Ariel Engle, Sameer Gadhia, Petra Haden, and Lydia Night.
  • Diviner was released by Hayden Thorpe. The debut full-length solo release for former frontman of Wild Beast was produced by Leo Abrahams.
  • Dollhouse for PlayStation 4 is released. This haunting horror game draws you into the mysterious atmosphere of film noir. Delve deep into the mind of Marie, a detective trying to unravel the secrets of her past, memory by memory. Use the ‘Focus’ feature to see through the eyes of your pursuer as you try to survive a suspenseful game of cat and mouse.
  • American Fugitive for Xbox One is released. A modern take on classic sandbox action. Framed for your father’s murder, you’ll need to do whatever it takes to unveil the real culprit. Tackle thrilling missions for the criminal underworld — just don’t let the cops track you down! Set in the deep south of the 80s, American Fugitive is a love-letter to the classic movies and games of old.

On this day in 2018

  • At least 14 children reported mauled to death by wild dogs near Khairabad, India after closure of slaughterhouses.
  • Bangladeshi police reported to have shot 52 suspected drug traffickers in anti-narcotics crackdown in 10 days.
  • Actor Morgan Freeman accused of sexual harassment by several women in CNN report.
  • Record US fentanyl seizure of 120lbs (54kg) confirmed by police in Nebraska in April, enough to kill 26 million people, one of largest drug busts in US history.
  • World's largest cat-proof fence (44km) completed at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, central Australia to protest endangered species.
  • Jerry Maren [Gerard Marenghi], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Mayor McCheese), who died at 98.
  • John Bain, YouTube Star.
  • Gudrun Burwitz [Himmler], German daughter of SS leader Heinrich Himmler, who died at 88.
  • Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers for 3DS is released. As a team, defend a post-apocalyptic wild west from an invasion of transforming rock monsters alongside your Mii character, Dillon the armadillo, and his squirrel engineer, Russ. Recruit hired gunners to back you up in battle, and then roll into fights and high-speed chases and take down waves of enemies as Dillon—the "Red Flash"himself. Eighty years ago, a cataclysmic event devastated the world. Holed up in "The City"and outlying frontier towns, no survivor is safe now that a mysterious ship has unleashed an army of supercharged monsters. So, prepare for battle: gather resources by helping local businesses and winning races. Then stock up, man the towers, and strengthen barricades to protect each village's livestock! Discover new strategies to take out over 30 different types of enemies: some swim, some dig, some are electrified, poisonous, armored—even flying. Monsters transform into wheeled forms, racing into action-packed, high-speed chases. [Nintendo]
  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon for PC is released. Battle with swords and whips in this retro-style action game brought to you by game creator Koji Igarashi and Inti Creates!Play as Zangetsu, a demon slayer bearing a deep grudge, who must travel through perilous lands to defeat a powerful demon lurking in a dark castle. Zangetsu will meet fellow travelers along the way, who can join your journey as playable characters.Switching to these characters with their unique abilities will unlock new paths through the treacherous stages. Your choices in recruiting these adventurers will change the difficulty of the game, and may even affect the ending!*Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is the 8-bit style game promised as a stretch goal of the 2015 Kickstarter campaign for "Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night."
  • Unforeseen Incidents for PC is released. Unforeseen Incidents is a classical style interactive mystery set in a beautifully hand-painted world. Join Harper Pendrell and experience a challenging investigation, smart dialog and a rich cast of characters in this thrilling new adventure game.
  • N++ for Switch is released.
  • US President Donald Trump cancels summit with North and South Korea because of hostile statements from North Korea.

On this day in 2017

  • UEFA Europa League won by Manchester United 2-0 against Ajax in Stockholm.
  • Sonny West, one of the original members of Elvis Presley's Memphis Mafia, died of lung cancer at the age of 79. Joining Elvis in 1960, he was abruptly fired, along with his cousin Red and bodyguard Dave Hebler, in 1976 without explanation. The following year he co-authored the book Elvis, What Happened?..
  • Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan is released. Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. One of the modern era’s most acclaimed dancers, Whelan was a principal ballerina for NYCB and, over the course of her celebrated career, danced numerous ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as new works by more modern standout choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky many roles were made specifically for Whelan. As the film opens, Whelan is 46, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the ballet stage, and facing the prospect of her impending retirement from the company. What we see, as we journey with her, is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience and good humor. We watch Whelan brave the surgery that she hopes will enable her comeback to NYCB and we watch her begin to explore the world of contemporary dance, as she steps outside the traditionally patriarchal world of ballet to create Restless Creature, a collection of four contemporary vignettes forged in collaboration with four young choreographers.RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. One of the modern era’s most acclaimed dancers, Whelan was a principal ballerina for NYCB. As the film opens, Whelan is 46, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the ballet stage, and facing the prospect of her impending retirement from the company. What we see, as we journey with her, is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience and good humor. We watch Whelan brave the surgery that she hopes will enable her comeback to NYCB and we watch her begin to explore the world of contemporary dance, as she steps outside the traditionally patriarchal world of ballet to create Restless Creature, a collection of four contemporary vignettes forged in collaboration with four young choreographers.
  • Dirty Dancing (2017) is released. While on vacation in the Catskills with her family, Frances "Baby"Houseman (Abigail Breslin) falls in love with a dance instructor named Johnny Castle (Colt Prattes) in this TV movie version of the 1987 film of the same name.
  • Embers of Mirrim for Xbox One is released. An ancient power forges together two distinctly different creatures into one versatile hero charged with restoring peace and balance to the world. This newly minted savior has the grace and power of its respective races, as well as the ability to split itself into light and dark ember. Each ember is controlled independently using right and left analog sticks, creating an intuitive and satisfying way to platform through stunning fantastical landscapes.
  • Unit 4 for Xbox One is released. Perform impossible tricks, play with your friends and get ready to save the universe. Play as an elite squad of agents with amazing skills in this 4-player cooperative, fast-paced action game where you’ll face off with huge bosses and evils aliens.

On this day in 2016

  • Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case in Norristown.
  • Kaduna state in Nigeria declares a state of emergency due to 'Tomato Ebola', as moth destroys 80% of tomato crops.
  • Burt Kwouk, English actor (Pink Panther movies), who died at 85.
  • Total War: WARHAMMER for PC is released. In an era of ceaseless conquest, a myriad warriors clash in epic battles as entire races wage war on one another, each led by a notorious hero seeking dominion over the world. All at your command. The courageous Karl Franz marshals the men of the Empire, looking to unite the fractured elector counts under a banner of strength against their common foes. Hungry for the vicious brutality of combat, the Greenskins flock to the tribe of Grimgor Ironhide; Orcs and Goblins alike filled with an insatiable thirst for carnage. High King Thorgrim helms the stoic Dwarfs forth from their mountain strongholds, marching to right the serious injustices wrought upon them over the millennia. Yet the motives of the Vampire Counts under Mannfred von Carstein are shrouded in murderous secrecy, his armies raised from the decrepit ranks of the dead. And while the Old World is torn by betrayal, war and the unleashing of unfathomable power, a rising threat still whispers in the winds from the north. The fabric of reality itself begins to rend and buckle.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan for PlayStation 4 is released. Battle with your brothers through the sewers, subways, and streets of New York to defeat Shredder and Krang’s evil organization, Foot by Foot. Unleash custom combat skills and powerful team combos to save Manhattan from the overwhelming dark forces growing in the shadows.
  • Downwell for PlayStation 4 is released. In Downwell, you descend into a deep well filled with monsters and traps, equipped with the Gunboots — a set of boots that let you shoot bullets from your feet. You’ll be using it to clear your way of enemies, or as a way to slow your descent using its recoil. On your way down you’ll find different guns, shops with helpful items, and upgrades like explosive balloons or a set of silverware to eat your foes with. The well is randomly generated, so no two trips down will ever be the same. []
  • Dungeons 2 for PlayStation 4 is released. Assume control of the powerful Dungeon Lord and build an array of unique and terrifying dungeons, recruit an army of scary creatures and command 2 new factions. Prepare to defend your Kingdom against those pesky heroes, go above ground to wage war on their human cities and use the Hand of Terror' to take direct control over your minions, issue commands, and even dish out a swift slap to keep them in line.
  • Lumo for PlayStation 4 is released. As a contemporary take on the long-lost isometric platform genre, Lumo can be enjoyed by anyone looking for an absorbing, challenging and rewarding adventure. But for those who lived through the golden age of videogames – the 80s and early 90s – or know about the games and culture from that time, layer upon layer of nods, winks and touches to those times help build upon the experience. []
  • Not A Hero: Super Snazzy Edition for Xbox One is released. Professional assassin turned amateur campaign manager Steve is charged with cleaning up the city by an anthropomorphic rabbit and mayoral candidate from the future named BunnyLord. Now Steve and his expanding roster of dubious heroes must wield their unique skills to shoot, slide, dive, and take cover behind a political platform built on ethics, accountability, and an inordinate amount of gunfire. Eliminate the criminal underworld of the city’s three major districts and persuade undecided voters to your cause, tackling the issues that matter by putting a gun in the mouth of those issues.
  • OlliOlli2: XL Edition for Xbox One is released. OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood plucks the iconic skater from the street and dropping him squarely in the middle of the Big Screen’s most bodacious cinematic locations.
  • Tropico 5 Penultimate Edition for Xbox One is released. You, as El President, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times and then guide it through the centuries as the world changes and moves ever forward. You must tackle the changing needs of your people, as well as opposing governments and factions, and thus lay the foundations for your own dynasty.

On this day in 2015

  • Indianapolis 500: 2000 champion Juan Pablo Montoya of Columbia sets record for most years between two victories in the race - fifteen years.
  • Actress and model Michelle Keegan at the age of 28 weds TV presenter Mark Wright at the age of 28 at Hengrave Hall estate in Suffolk.
  • Tanith Lee, British Science-fiction author (The Flat-Earth Cycle), who died of cancer at 67.
  • IPL Cricket Final, Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs; Lendl Simmons top scores,68 (45).

On this day in 2014

  • Tydus Talbott, YouTube Star, born in Santa Cruz, CA.
  • Rapper and record producer Kanye West at the age of 36 weds model Kim Kardashian at the age of 33 at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy.
  • Stormé DeLarverie, American gay rights leader (Stonewall protests), who died at 93.
  • David Allen, English cricket all-rounder (39 Tests,5 x 50,122 wickets, BB 5/30; Gloucestershire CCC), who died at 78.
  • Yingluck Shinawatra, former prime minister of Thailand, is detained by the army after a military coup.
  • UEFA Champions League Final, Lisbon: Real Madrid beats cross town rivals Atlético Madrid,4-1 after extra time; scores locked at 1-1 in regulation; Los Blancos record 10th title.


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