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Today in the World Countries

  • Freedom and Democracy Day is being celebrated in Czech Republic, Slovakia
  • National Revival Day is being celebrated in Azerbaijan
  • President's Day is being celebrated in Marshall Islands
  • People born on this day are Scorpio as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • May December is released. Twenty years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, a married couple buckles under the pressure when an actress arrives to do research for a film about their past.

On this day in 2022

  • Nancy Pelosi, the first female speaker of the US House of Represetnatives and one of its most influential in recent times, announces she will step down.
  • B. Smyth, R& B Singer.
  • A Christmas Story Christmas is released. The sequel to the 1983 holiday classic A Christmas Story follows Ralphie, now an adult, who returns to the house on Cleveland street to give his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had as a child, reconnecting with childhood friends, and reconciling the passing of his father.
  • Fleishman Is in Trouble: Season 1 is released. 41-year-old Dr. Toby Fleishman (Jesse Eisenberg) is recently divorced and finding great success on the dating apps when his ex-wife, Rachel (Claire Danes), disappears, leaving him in charge of their two young children in this series based on Taffy Brodesser-Akner's book of the same name.
  • Dead to Me: Season 3 is released. The third and final season of the dark comedy created by Liz Feldman.
  • Gangs of London: Season 2 is released. The second season picks up a year later with The Investors seeking to control the chaos after the events of the first season by working with heroin drug lord Asif Afridi (Asif Raza Mir) who hires Koba (Waleed Zuaiter) to ensure all activity goes through them.[Premiered in the UK on Sky Atlantic 20 Oct 2022 and set to air in the US on AMC+ on 17 Nov 2022]
  • 1899: Season 1 is released. Dr. Maura Franklin (Emily Beecham) is one of the passengers on a ship bound for New York City in 1899 that comes across a ship reported missing months ago in this mystery series from Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar.
  • The Sex Lives of College Girls: Season 2 is released. After Fall break, Bela, Kimberly, Leighton and Whitney are back at Essex College in the second season of the comedy series from Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble.
  • Goat Simulator 3 for PlayStation 5 is released. That's right - we're doing this again. The baa has been raised, and Pilgor is joined by other goats too. You can invite up to three friends in local or online co-op, create carnage as a team, or compete in mini-games and then not be friends anymore. Get ready for another round of udder mayhem. Lick, headbutt, and ruin your way through a brand new open world in the biggest waste of your time since Goat Simulator! We won't tell you how to play (except in the tutorial), but merely provide the means to be the goats of your dreams.

On this day in 2021

  • Garbiñe Muguruza becomes first Spanish player to win WTA Finals defeating Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6–3,7–5 in Zapopan, Mexico.
  • Keith Allison, American singer and bassist from Paul Revere & the Raiders died age 79. They had the Top Ten US hits ‘Kicks’ and ‘Hungry’, establishing the band as national stars and later in 1971 the hugely successful cover of the song ‘Indian Reservation’..
  • Delhi authorities order schools shut till further notice and construction halted as Supreme Court calls for a "pollution lockdown" as city battles winter smog.
  • British Columbia declares a state of emergency after an "atmospheric river" storm causes widespread rain and flooding.
  • US capitol rioter QAnon Shaman [Jacob Chansley] sentenced to three years in prison by a federal court.
  • US National Book Award given to Jason Mott (fiction), Tiya Miles (nonfiction) and Martín Espada (poetry).
  • Record number of Americans, over 100,000, died of drug overdoses April 2020 - April 2021 according to the CDC.
  • Prayers For Emma, Instagram Star.
  • Young Dolph, Rapper.
  • Dave Frishberg, American jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and lyricist (" I'm Just A Bill"), who died at 88.
  • Keith Alison, American session and touring guitarist (Paul Revere and The Raiders,1968-75), and songwriter, who died at 79.
  • Bruised is released. Jackie Justice (Halle Berry) is a mixed martial arts fighter who leaves the sport in disgrace. Down on her luck and simmering with rage and regret years after the fight, she’s coaxed into a brutal underground fight by her manager and boyfriend Desi (Adan Canto) and grabs the attention of a fight league promoter (Shamier Anderson) who promises Jackie a life back in the octagon. But the road to redemption becomes unexpectedly personal when Manny (Danny Boyd, Jr.) — the son she gave up as an infant — shows up at her doorstep.
  • The Power of the Dog is released. Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother (Jesse Plemons) brings home a new wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.
  • Tiger King: Season 2 is released. Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin return with an update on the people in the first season, including Joe Exotic, who is currently sentenced for 22-years in prison for attempting a murder-for-hire on Baskin and animal abuse.

On this day in 2020

  • The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special is released. After the events of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, while Rey's friends prepare for the Wookiee festival of Life Day, she and BB-8 end up at a Jedi temple where meets others from the past including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda.
  • Five Dates for PlayStation 4 is released. Five Dates is a completely live-action, interactive romantic comedy. The plot follows Vinny, a millennial from London, joins a dating app for the first time while living in lockdown. From a choice of five interested women, the player can control who Vinny video dates and how he interacts with their very different personalities. The interactive story unfolds in a multitude of different directions, each exploring whether compatibility, chemistry and connection are still possible in a world where physical touch is no longer an option. Five Dates is a fast-turnaround rom-com project that has been conceptualized and developed during lockdown. Mandip Gill, who played Doctor Who’s companion in the last two series of the long-running UK show, is joined by Georgia Hirst (Vikings), Marisa Abela (who is a lead in Lena Dunham’s upcoming BBC project Industry), Taheen Modak (co-lead in Maisie Williams’ new Sky show Two Weeks To Live), and Sinead Harnett (UK singer/influencer) in the cast.
  • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate for PlayStation 5 is released. Experience 2 robust and critically acclaimed story campaigns from Mk11 & Mk11: aftermath. Play as the complete 37-character roster including newly added fighters mileena, RaiN & rambo. Thousands of Skins & weapons & Gear for an unprecedented level of Fighter customization. Includes all previous guest fighters such as Terminator Joker spawn & robocop. Every mode included.
  • Pac-Man: Mega Tunnel Battle for Stadia is released. Prove your mettle in the world’s biggest simultaneous multiplayer PAC-MAN experience! Jump into 64-player games and show everyone who's the leader of the PAC! Invade other players' mazes, eat their dots and power ups - even other players! - and dominate the mazes! But watch out: viewers can vote on power-ups that can cause you - or your opponents! - to stumble on the field and be eliminated from battle! Invade, defend, and rack up high scores across a field of 64 interconnected mazes. Take advantage of brand-new power-ups, spy on neighboring boards, and much more! Spectator interactivity means even viewers are part of all the thrilling action! And customize your PAC-MAN and your home maze with fun skins to show off unique looks!
  • Sniper Elite 4 for Switch is released. Welcome to Italy,1943.Set in the aftermath of its award-winning predecessor, Sniper Elite 4 continues the series World War Two heritage by transporting players across the beautiful Italian peninsula, from sun-drenched Mediterranean coastal towns, to colossal Nazi mega structures, daunting forests and giddying mountain monasteries inspired by Monte Cassino.Covert agent and elite marksman Karl Fairburne must fight alongside the brave men and women of the Italian Resistance to help free their country from the yoke of Fascism, and defeat a terrifying new threat with the potential to halt the Allied fightback in Europe before its even begun.If his mission fails, there will be no Operation Overlord, no D-Day landings, and no Victory in Europe.
  • Pure Pool for Switch is released. Cue sports have never looked so good on Nintendo Switch, whether you’re playing docked or on the go!ULTIMATE IMMERSIONImmerse yourself in the stunningly realistic and endlessly enjoyable world of Pure Pool and rack up your favourite games of pool and snooker anywhere, with absolutely no load times getting in your way.MORE WAYS TO PLAYPlay hundreds of pool and snooker events across a wide range of competitive modes including American 8-Ball,9-Ball, Blackball and Killer. Then challenge yourself in fast-paced modes like Speed Pot, Checkpoint and Royal Rumble to rise up the global leaderboards and unlock new rewards!PLAY TOGETHERHave fun with friends in multiplayer games locally, or join the online Pure Pool community and match up against players around the world in cross-network multiplayer matches. And even after your friends have left, you can play against a copy of their DNA offline!
  • Walt Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold high jump 1952) and basketball center (NBA C'ship 1956,58; Philadelphia Warriors, St. Louis Hawks), who died at 89.

On this day in 2019

  • 21 year old Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-7 (6-8),6-2,7-6 (7-4) in London to become the youngest winner of the ATP Finals in 18 years.
  • Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei labels protesters "thugs" after unrest over higher gasoline prices brought Tehran to a standstill day before.
  • Tuka Rocha, Race Car Driver.
  • The Crown: Season 3 is released. A new cast takes over for the third season as The Queen (Olivia Colman) and Prince Phillip (Tobias Menzies) deal with events between 1964 and 1977 including Princess Margaret's (Helena Bonham-Carter) marriage to Tony Armstrong-Jones (Ben Daniels), new Prime Minister Harold Wilson (Jason Watkins) and the introduction of Camilla (Emerald Fennell) to Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor).

On this day in 2018

  • Protests across France against rising fuel prices leave 400 injured.
  • Ireland beats Rugby World Cup champions New Zealand,16-9 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin; first victory over the All Blacks ever on home soil; flyhalf Johnny Sexton kicks 3 penalties and a conversion.
  • Missing Argentine naval submarine ARA San Juan with 44 on board found on sea floor a year after it disappeared off coast of Argentina.

On this day in 2017

  • Earle Hyman, American actor (The Cosby Show, ThunderCats, Coriolanus), who died from natural causes at 91.
  • Azzedine Alaïa, Tunisian-born fashion designer, who died at 82.
  • Salvatore Riina, Italian mobster and chief of the Sicilian Mafia, who died at.
  • Porto is released. Jake (Anton Yelchin) and Mati (Lucie Lucas) are two expats who experience a brief but intimate connection in the ancient Portuguese city of Porto. He's an American loner exiled from his family. She’s a student from France embroiled in an affair with one of her professors. After spotting each other from a distance at an archeological site and then again at a train station and a café, Jake works up the courage to approach Mati and they embark on a night of carefree intimacy. This romantic encounter is viewed from years later, both characters still haunted by the powerful connection they shared.
  • Big Sonia is released. In the last store in a defunct shopping mall,91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, Big Sonia also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.
  • A Fantastic Woman is released. A Fantastic Woman is the story of Marina, a waitress and singer, and Orlando, an older man, who are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight again to show them who she is: complex, strong, forthright, fantastic. [Sony Pictures Classics]
  • On the Beach at Night Alone is released. Art imitates life in this quietly devastating masterpiece from Hong Sangsoo. Kim Minhee (The Handmaiden, Right Now, Wrong Then)—in the role that won her the Silver Bear for best actress in Berlin—plays Younghee, an actress reeling in the aftermath of an affair with a married film director. Younghee visits Hamburg then returns to Korea, but as she meets with friends and has her fair share to drink, increasingly startling confessions emerge. No stranger to mining his own experience for his films, Hong, whose real-life affair with Kim stirred up a media frenzy in Korea, here confronts his personal life with a newfound emotional directness. [The Cinema Guild]
  • The Star is released. A small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas.
  • Wonder is released. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.
  • MOVIES: PG13
  • Roman J. Israel, Esq. is released. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (Denzel Washington) is a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career.
  • The Breadwinner is released. Parvana is an 11-year- old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom–and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family.
  • Justice League is released. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. [Warner Bros.]
  • Mudbound is released. Set in the post-WWII South, Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband's losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige)—sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations—struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.
  • Sweet Virginia is released. In the wake of a triple murder that leaves the residents of a remote Alaskan outpost on edge, tightly wound drifter Elwood (Christopher Abbott) checks into a motel run by Sam (Jon Bernthal), a former rodeo champion whose imposing physical presence conceals a troubled soul. Bound together by their outsider status, the two men strike up an uneasy friendship—a dangerous association that will set off a new wave of violence and unleash Sam’s darkest demons. [IFC Films]
  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton is released. Jim Carrey earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe for the performance, but many of the production’s most Kaufmanesque moments played out behind the scenes, thankfully captured on video by Andy’s former girlfriend, Lynne Margulies and former writing partner, Bob Zmuda. In Jim & Andy, Carrey looks back at the resulting footage 18 years later, reflecting on how he and Andy came up in oddly parallel universes, his experience channelling Andy and Tony and more broadly the spiritual journey of his career.
  • Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 is released. The Daredevil spin-off follows Frank Castle/The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) as he tracks down a hacker named Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) to locate those who killed his family while Homeland Security agent Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah) tries to locate Frank.
  • Out Her Space was released by Karl Blau. The latest release for the Washington-state indie artist was produced by Tucker Martine.
  • Low in High School was released by Morrissey. The 11th full-length solo release for the British indie rock singer-songwriter was produced by Joe Chiccarelli.
  • Memory of a Cut Off Head was released by OCS. The 20th full-length studio release for John Dwyer is the first since 2005 credited under the OCS name.
  • If All I Was Was Black was released by Mavis Staples. The 16th full-length studio release for the soul singer was written and produced by Jeff Tweedy.
  • Improvisations was released by Charles Hayward. The debut full-length collaboration between The Heat's Charles Hayward and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore was recorded in an afternoon in London.
  • A Pocket of Wind Resistance was released by Karine Polwart. The Scottish singer-songwriter adapted her and Pippa Murphy's Wind Resistance stage show into an album.
  • Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light was released by The Body. The second collaboration between The Body and Full Of Hell features contributions from Brian Chippendale, Ben Eberle, and Chrissy Wolport.
  • Bajas Fresh was released by Bitchin Bajas. The first full-length non-collaborative release for the Chicago experimental electronic trio in three years.
  • Soul of a Woman was released by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. The final album for Sharon Jones (who passed away in 2016 from cancer) & The Dap-Kings was recorded on eight-track tape in Brooklyn.
  • Romaplasm was released by Baths. The fourth full-length release for Will Wiesenfeld as Baths was mastered by Daddy Kev.
  • Rest was released by Charlotte Gainsbourg. The first new release for the London-based actress/singer in six years features contributions from Paul McCartney, Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Connan Mockasin, Owen Pallett, and SebastiAn.
  • Post Self was released by Godflesh. This is the second full-length release since the industrial/post-punk duo of Justin Broadrick and G.C. Green reunited after disbanding in 2002.
  • Wizard Bloody Wizard was released by Electric Wizard. The ninth full-length studio release for the British doom metal band was produced by lead singer Jus Oborn & guitarist Liz Buckingham.
  • Titan Quest: Ragnarok for PC is released. At long last, Titan Quest continues its epic journey through the world of antiquity. A mysterious threat calls the heroes of Hades to the uncharted lands of northern Europe, where new enemies await and new powers and treasures are waiting to be found. This new expansion to the acclaimed Anniversary Edition of Titan Quest adds a fifth act of unprecedented scope, along with many new and requested features including new weapon types and a 10th Mastery for your characters to learn.
  • The Sims 4 for PlayStation 4 is released. The Sims 4 is the highly anticipated life simulation game that lets you play with life like never before. Create new Sims with intelligence and emotion. Experience all new intuitive and fun creative tools to sculpt your Sims and build unique homes. Control the mind, body, and heart of your Sims, and bring your stories to life.
  • SG/ZH: School Girl Zombie Hunter for PlayStation 4 is released. Set in the Onechanbara universe and taking place at the prestigious Kirisaku High School (known for its balanced curriculum of sports and academics), this is a story of survival: five students cut off from the outside world and surrounded by a seemingly endless flood of zombie hordes.
  • RIVE: Ultimate Edition for Switch is released. RIVE is the metal wrecking, robot hacking shooter you've been waiting for! This 360-degree shooter/platformer hybrid lets you choreograph a dance of destruction in insanely spectacular battles and set-pieces. RIVE feels like the explosive games of yore, pumping megapixels in true 21st century style.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Switch is released. The open-world adventure from Bethesda Game Studios where you can virtually be anyone and do anything, now allows you to go anywhere—at home and on the go. New features include motion controls, gear based on the Legend of Zelda series, and amiibo compatibility. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned and the future of Skyrim hangs in the balance. As Dragonborn, the prophesized hero born with the power of The Voice, you are the only one who can stand against them. Live another life, in another world—from battling ancient dragons, exploring rugged mountains, building a home, or mastering hundreds of weapons, spells and abilities. For the first time ever, go into battle Legend of Zelda style: fight with the Master Sword, guard with the Hylian Shield, while wearing the Champion's Tunic. The game also includes official add-ons—Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn. [Nintendo]
  • VVVVVV for Switch is released. There's something terrible wrong in an alternate dimension! Help Captain Viridian flip to find five crew members,20 hard-to-reach Trinkets and save a dimension on the brink of destruction. It's a space opera in the most unique scale with a style that only VVVVVV can bring to you. Instead of jumping, control the direction of gravity by inverting your gravity and allowing Captain Viridian to flip between the floors and ceilings of the environment.For adventurers who save the dimension, there's still hours and hours of new gameplay with all-new Player Levels. Test your mettle and see if you have what it takes to beat a collection of levels created by other famous game developers.Inspired by classic 8-bit days gone-by and now with experience-heightening 3D, VVVVVV will challenge even the most battle-hardened old-school gamers.
  • Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron for Switch is released. Avoid a swarm of bullets and face fearsome war machines in air battles and boss fights. Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron is a vertically scrolling shoot ‘em up with a fully-voiced narrative. Upgrade each member of your squadron with their personal skill tree and take on the Aces with up to three friends in epic 4-player local co-op battles.

On this day in 2016

  • Smaller pyramid find within 2 known Kukulkan "nesting" pyramids announced at Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico, dating to 550-80 AD.
  • Ray Hill, Race Car Driver.
  • Planet Coaster for PC is released. Planet Coaster is the future of coaster park simulation games. From the developer: We’ve created a living world where every guest is an individual with their own personality and money in their pocket. We’re giving you limitless freedom to build rides and scenery piece by piece, and to seamlessly blend them with your own hand-sculpted terrain. We’re building a connected global village where everyone can share in your creativity. And that’s just the start. We hope you’ll join us to dream, build and share the ultimate coaster parks in Planet Coaster. [Frontier]
  • EVE: Valkyrie for PC is released. A multiplayer spaceship dogfighting shooter set in the EVE Universe. The game uses virtual reality to give players the sense of being a real pilot in an EVE Online spaceship and will be released in 2014.
  • ICEY for PC is released. ICEY is a 2D side-scrolling ACT and a META game in disguise. As you follow the narrator's omnipresent voice, you will see through ICEY's eyes and learn the truth about her world. The narrator will constantly urge you in one direction, but you must ask, "Why? Why am I following his directions?
  • Yesterday Origins for PlayStation 4 is released. In Yesterday Origins, the main protagonists John Yesterday and his partner Pauline, immortals who own an antiques store in Paris, travel across the globe through multiple periods. The story takes place across the current and medieval eras, through a series of flashbacks. At the beginning of the game, a young John is imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition for witchcraft, just prior to the sequence of events that will change his life/lives forever. Although not yet able to resurrect at that point of his life, he has already attracted the attention and fallen foul of Church authorities due to his unusual ability to understand and speak every language he encounters.
  • Peter Gabriel launched The Voice Project - the "Imprisoned For Art"campaign, an effort to free prisoners around the world that had been sent to jail for opposing their governments..

On this day in 2015

  • Ireland's 1st same-sex wedding takes place - Cormac Gollogly and Richard Dowling marry in Clonmel, County Tipperary.
  • Actor Charlie Sheen confirms that he is HIV-positive.
  • Suicide bomber kills more than 30 in a market in Yola, north-eastern Nigeria, with Boko Haram blamed.
  • Baby Lusin, Instagram Star, born in Estonia.
  • Fgteev Shawn, YouTube Star, born in United States.
  • Chicago Med: Season 1 is released. The Chicago Fire spin-off takes place at a Chicago hospital run by Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson), whom with head of psychiatry Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt); ER surgeon Dr. Lilly Manning (Torrey DeVitto); nurse April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta), emergency room intern Dr. Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo), help the injured and ill.
  • Moco Moco Friends for 3DS is released. Join apprentice witch Moco and her friends on a journey of friendship, excitement, and adventure!Moco Moco Friends is an exciting twist on the adventure RPG genre. Build your skills and amass loads of cuddly monsters to become the ultimate Plushkin Master! Battle against your rivals, scavenge items, venture through massive dungeons, evolve your Plushkin monsters, and travel with your companions across the magical realm of Dreamtopia!
  • Stella Glow for 3DS is released. The witch Hilda attempts to crystallize the world using her cursed song.
  • Star Wars Battlefront for PC is released. Star Wars Battlefront lets players live out a broad array of heroic moments and intense battle fantasies of their own – firing blasters, riding speeder bikes and snow speeders, commanding AT-ATs and piloting TIE fighters and the Millennium Falcon. These battles will take place on the iconic planets of the Star Wars universe, including Endor, Hoth, Tatooine and the previously unexplored planet, Sullust. Gamers can play as the memorable characters from the original trilogy such as Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Star Wars Battlefront features a wide range of modes tailored for different types of battles, from larger 40-person competitive multiplayer to crafted missions that are played solo, with a partner via split-screen offline or co-operatively online. [EA/Lucasfilm]
  • Life is Feudal: Your Own for PC is released. A medieval multiplayer sandbox with terraforming, free preset and modular building construction, rich crafting (smelting, forging, farming, animals breeding etc.), survival, no target physics based combat, original combat formation system and numerous other features.
  • Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series for PC is released. Telltale's series is founded in the world, characters and events seen in HBO’s television show, which in turn is based on George R. R. Martin’s books (A Song of Ice and Fire).
  • Deadpool for PlayStation 4 is released. Some of you may know me as the Merc with the Mouth. And it's time to get mouthy. Prepare to get Deadpooled. Couple things I'd like to get off my chest: I'm a mercenary for hire with an accelerated healing factor. I like to run my mouth. Some say I'm unstable but I'm very stable. (What about that time we beat the dude with his own arms?) (That doesn't count) And if you want to know what gets me going in the mornings, it's chimichangas! (Mmmmm Chimichangas) WHOA, I feel better now. All right. I'm gonna battle for the safety of humans (and bewbs!) and mutants. (and bewbs!) That's right, $#*! just got real!
  • Sword Art Online: Lost Song for PlayStation 4 is released. Sword Art Online: Lost Song features all-new Aerial Battles and an array of customization features. With an original story based on the ALfheim Online realm, fans will be able to play as Kirito or other key characters from Sword Art Online including Leafa and Asuna to explore Svart ALfheim, a brand new area of ALfheim Online. Players will also be able to create their own customizable avatar and experience co-op play with up to three other friends online.
  • The Crew: Wild Run for PlayStation 4 is released. The Crew Wild Run takes players to what's known as The Summit, a massive gathering of drivers and racing enthusiasts facing off in a series of extreme events in well-known American locations. Players put their skills to the test competing to find out who would become king of the road. Players are free to choose dragsters designed to reach ridiculous top speeds, drift cars that demonstrate inverted control angles, unstoppable monster trucks that can perform backflips and jumps, or a wide range of agile motorcycles from respected brands geared to take on the fastest cars on and off the road. [Ubisoft]

On this day in 2014

  • The Church of England adopts legislation enabling the appointment of female bishops.
  • Ray Sadecki, American MLB player, who died from blood cancer at 73.
  • Florian Kondi, Rapper.
  • Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer "(What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"), who died at 78.
  • State of Affairs: Season 1 is released. CIA analyst Charleston "Charlie"Tucker (Katherine Heigl) advises President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard) on national security matters.
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 was released by Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Curated by Lorde (who also sings on four songs), the soundtrack to the third film of the Hunger Games franchise includes songs from Bat For Lashes, Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, Charli XCX, The Chemical Brothers, Chvrches, Ariana Grande, Haim, Grace Jones, Duran Duran's Simon LeBon, Major Lazer, Miguel, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Raury, Stromae, Tinashe, Tove Lo, and xoV.
  • Pom Pom was released by Ariel Pink. The 17-track solo release from the Los Angeles artist features two songs co-written with Kim Fowley.
  • Power was released by Fryars. Producer-songwriter Benjamin Garrett's second release as Fryras was produced with Luke Smith.
  • Seeds was released by TV on the Radio. The fifth full-length studio release for the indie rock band is its first since the death of bassist Gerald Smith and was produced by guitarist David Sitek.
  • Words to the Blind was released by Bo Ningen. The collaboration between Savages and Bo Ningen was a 37-minute piece inspired by the Dadaist movement was originally performed in London at the Red Gallery in May 2013.
  • Four was released by One Direction. The fourth full-length studio release for the London-based pop band features songs co-written by Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, Jamie Scott, and Ed Sheeran.
  • Family was released by Thompson. British folk rock artist Teddy Thompson collaborates with his father Richard, his mother Linda, his sister Kami, his half-brother Jack Thompson, and nephew Zak Hobbs on this debut release produced by Teddy.
  • Avonmore was released by Bryan Ferry. Co-produced by Rhett Davies, the Roxy Music singer's latest solo release features original songs and two covers songs as well as contributions from Flea, Mark Knopfler, Johnny Marr, Maceo Parker, Nile Rodgers of Chic, Ronnie Spector, and Todd Terje.
  • Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault for PC is released. Assume control of US Allied forces as they face tactical challenges and harrowing terrain during a surprise offensive manoeuvre led by the relentless resurgent Oberkommando West. Watch the dramatic Battle of the Bulge unfold through the eyes of 3 different Officers.
  • Far Cry 4 for PC is released. Concealed in the monstrous Himalayas lies a country ingrained in tradition and brutality. You become Ajay Ghale, returning to the country of his birth, the this forests and formidable snow capped summits of Kyrat, to fulfill your mother’s dying wish of spreading her ashes. This bitter and unpredictable country offers visitors opportunity and danger. You quickly find yourself ensnared in a rebellion to overthrow the thorny regime of Pagan Min, a statesman known as much for his sense of style and charisma as for his cruelty and naked brutality. Navigating the treacherous landscape, you find your fate increasingly linked to the choices you make because in Kyrat, and every second is a story. In Far Cry 4, you’ll conquer fortress outposts from the back of a 6-ton elephant and hit the skies as you rain down explosives from your moving perch in the gyrocopter. The vertical landscape of the Himalayas isn’t just a gorgeous backdrop, but a playground that encourages the player to fight, hunt and explore, grappling cliffs or launching into the air, plummeting to the valley underneath your feet in a controlled free fall with your wing suit. You’ll carry with you a unique arsenal of weaponry that lets you play as you will, whether it’s sniping, sneaking or all-out assault. When all else fails, animals can be your biggest allies or your greatest peril.

On this day in 2013

  • Jimmie Johnson wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the sixth time.
  • German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel wins record 8th consecutive Formula 1 race with victory in United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
  • 50 people are killed after a Boeing 737 aircraft crashes in Kazan, Russia.
  • 102nd Davis Cup: Czech Republic beats Serbia in Belgrade (3-2).
  • Omprakash Valmiki, Indian Dalit writer and poet (Joothan), who died of stomach cancer at 63.
  • Doris Lessing, Iranian novelist and Nobel laureate (Adore, Memoirs of a Survivor, Golden Notebook), who died at 94.
  • Almost Human: Season 1 is released. The creative team behind Fringe (including producer J.J. Abrams and creator J.H. Wyman) returns with a new sci-fi crime drama set in the year 2048, when every Los Angeles police officer is paired with a robot partner. Karl Urban (Star Trek), Michael Ealy (Common Law), Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Mackenzie Crook (The Office), and Michael Irby (The Unit) star.
  • Abdulla Yameen becomes the President of the Maldives.
  • Giorgi Margvelashvili becomes the President of Georgia.


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