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  • Battle of Vertieres is being celebrated in Haiti
  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Latvia, Morocco
  • National Day is being celebrated in Oman
  • National Sovereignty Day is being celebrated in Argentina
  • President's Day Holiday is being celebrated in Marshall Islands
  • Remembrance Day is being celebrated in Croatia
  • Revolution Day Memorial is being celebrated in Mexico
  • People born on this day are Scorpio as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

    On this day in 2022

    • EVENTS
    • International Bureau of Weights and Measures votes to abandon the leap second (to take effect 2035). Originally inserted in 1972 to reconcile atomic and astronomical time scales.
    • DEATHS
    • Ned Rorem, American Pulitzer Prize-winning composer (Air Music: Ten Etudes for Orchestra; Evidence of Things Not Seen), and author (The Paris Diary), who died at 99.
    • Sr. is released. Follow the tender but appropriately irreverent account of the life and career of Robert Downey, Sr., the fearless and visionary American director who set the standard for countercultural comedy in the 1960s and 1960s.
    • Taurus is released. A rising but troubled musician (Colson Baker) searches for the inspiration to record his next song, pushing himself deep into the void.
    • The Inspection is released. In Elegance Bratton's deeply moving film inspired by his own story, a young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside. But even as he battles deep-seated prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength, and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and forever change his life.
    • There There is released. A lover's doubt in the cold light of morning leads a chain of uneasy intimacies—counselors, disruptors, peacemakers and fire-starters—every one looking to have a little faith rewarded.
    • Bad Axe is released. A real-time portrait of 2020 unfolds as an Asian-American family in Trump’s rural America fights to keep their restaurant and American dream alive in the face of a pandemic, Neo-Nazis, and generational scars from the Cambodian Killing Fields.
    • EO is released. The world is a mysterious place when seen through the eyes of an animal. EO, a grey donkey with melancholic eyes, meets good and bad people on his life’s path, experiences joy and pain, endures the wheel of fortune randomly turn his luck into disaster and his despair into unexpected bliss. But not even for a moment does he lose his innocence.
    • MOVIES: PG
    • Disenchanted is released. It has been 15 years since Giselle (Amy Adams) and Robert (Patrick Dempsey) wed, but Giselle has grown disillusioned with life in the city, so they move their growing family to the sleepy suburban community of Monroeville in search of a more fairy tale life. Unfortunately, it isn’t the quick fix she had hoped for. Suburbia has a whole new set of rules and a local queen bee, Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph), who makes Giselle feel more out of place than ever. Frustrated that her happily ever after hasn’t been so easy to find, she turns to the magic of Andalasia for help, accidentally transforming the entire town into a real-life fairy tale and placing her family’s future happiness in jeopardy. Now, Giselle is in a race against time to reverse the spell and determine what happily ever after truly means to her and her family.
    • Slumberland is released. A young girl (Marlow Barkley) discovers a secret map to the dreamworld of Slumberland, and with the help of an eccentric outlaw (Jason Momoa), the hope that she will be able to see her late father again.
    • MOVIES: R
    • She Said is released. New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor break one of the most important stories in a generation — a story that helped launch the #MeToo movement and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood.
    • The Menu is released. A couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.
    • The People We Hate at the Wedding is released. This feature adaptation of Grant Ginder's book follows struggling American siblings Alice (Kristen Bell) and Paul (Ben Platt), who reluctantly agree to attend the wedding of their estranged, wealthy half-sister (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) in the English countryside alongside their mother, Donna (Allison Janney). Over the course of the wedding week, the family’s many skeletons are wrenched from the closet, and the unlikely reunion gives everyone the motivation to move their own lives forward. A modern wedding comedy for anyone with a slightly dysfunctional family (everyone), or anyone who’s been forced to attend a wedding they tried to avoid (also everyone). [Amazon]
    • Bones and All is released. Maren (Taylor Russell), a young woman, learns how to survive on the margins of society.
    • Mickey: The Story of a Mouse is released. One of the world’s most beloved icons, Mickey Mouse is recognized as a symbol of joy and childhood innocence in virtually every corner of the globe. Dreamed up at a low point in Walt Disney’s burgeoning career, Mickey became an overnight sensation when he starred in the first synch-sound animated short, Steamboat Willie. Through the decades that followed, the character evolved into strikingly different versions of himself that reflect both his creator’s remarkable career and dramatic societal shifts in the nation he came to represent.
    • MOVIES: TVY7
    • Scrooge: A Christmas Carol is released. Charles Dickens' ageless legend is reborn in this supernatural, time-travelling, animated musical adaptation of the definitive Christmas story. With his very soul on the line, Scrooge has but one Christmas Eve left to face his past and build a better future. Featuring re-imagined songs from the legendary and two-time Academy Award winner Leslie Bricusse, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol is one for a new generation to sing. [Netflix]
    • ALBUMS
    • The Ruby Cord was released by Richard Dawson. The latest full-length solo release for British singer-songwriter Richard Dawson is the final part of his time-travelling trilogy of albums that began with 2017's Peasant.
    • The Family was released by BROCKHAMPTON. The seventh full-length studio release for hip hop collective BROCKHAMPTON was advertised as its final album before TM was announced as a surprise release the day before the release of The Family.
    • World Record was released by Neil Young & Crazy Horse. The latest full-length release for Neil Young with Crazy Horse was produced with Rick Rubin and features nine new songs written in 2021.
    • Black Girl Magic was released by Honey Dijon. The latest full-length release for Chicago-born electronic artist Honey Dijon features guest appearances from such artist as Channel Tres, Josh Caffe, Mike Dunn, Eve, and Pabllo Vittar.
    • And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow was released by Weyes Blood. The latest full-length release for Weyes Blood is the second album of a planned trilogy of albums that began with 2019's Titanic Rising.
    • Cazimi was released by Caitlin Rose. The latest full-length release for Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose features a guest appearance from Courtney Marie Andrews.
    • GAMING: PC
    • The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me for PC is released. From the creators of Until DawnSwitch between the perspective of 5 playable characters - All can live or die in your version of the storyMultiple ways to play including 2 player online coop modeHugely branching storyline that changes based on the decisions you makeEach game in The Dark Pictures Anthology is a complete and original story in its own right3 ways to play!Introducing multiplayer to The Dark Pictures Anthology! 1. Solo storyThe complete terrifying story as a single player experience2. Movie night modeYou and up to 4 friends will play the story together on the couch, each controlling a different characterAnd:3. Shared story2 player online co-operative mode. Play the whole story online with a friend, making choices that affect you both.
    • Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales for PC is released. The latest adventure in the Spider-Man universe will build on and expand 'Marvel's Spider-Man' through an all-new story. Players will experience the rise of Miles Morales as he masters new powers to become his own Spider-Man.
    • Oddworld: Soulstorm - Oddtimized Edition for Switch is released. Oddworld: Soulstorm, the award-winning sequel to the best-selling Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, is an explosive action-adventure epic platformer. Optimized for Nintendo Switch to take advantage of the platform's unique features, this version features the same amazing Soulstorm gameplay currently found on the other platforms (PlayStation, Xbox, Steam, and Epic Games Store), with a delightful Switch flavor! In Soulstorm, you must help Abe on his hero's journey to free more than 1,000 Mudokons from the oppressive chains that enslave them. Confronting an uncertain future and a forgotten past, use your instincts and skills to allude detection, survive insurmountable odds, and maybe provide a spark that sets a revolution ablaze.
    • Pokemon Scarlet for Switch is released. The Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games, the newest chapters in the Pokémon series, are coming to Nintendo Switch. With these new titles, the Pokémon series takes a new evolutionary step, allowing you to explore freely in a richly expressed open world. Various towns blend seamlessly into the wilderness with no borders. You'll be able to see the Pokémon of this region in the skies, in the seas, in the forests, on the streetsall over! You'll be able to experience the true joy of the Pokémon seriesbattling against wild Pokémon in order to catch themnow in an open-world game that players of any age can enjoy. Meet the First Partner PokémonThe three Pokémon from which you'll be able to choose your first partner are Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. How will you meet these three, and what sorts of Pokémon are they? Sprigatito Type: Grass Category: Grass Cat Pokémon Height: 1'4"Weight: 9 lbs. Ability: Overgrow The capricious, attention-seeking Grass Cat Pokémon. FuecocoType: FireCategory: Fire Croc Pokémon Height: 1'4"Weight: 21.6 lbs. Ability: Blaze The laid-back Fire Croc Pokémon that does things at its own pace. QuaxlyType: Water Category: Duckling Pokémon Height: 1'8"Weight: 13.4 lbs. Ability: Torrent The earnest and tidy Duckling Pokémon. Introducing the Main Characters As one of the main characters, you'll set off on your adventure. Your outfit will vary depending on whether you play Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet. Who knows what kind of story awaits you?
    • Pokemon Violet for Switch is released. The Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games, the newest chapters in the Pokémon series, are coming to Nintendo Switch. With these new titles, the Pokémon series takes a new evolutionary step, allowing you to explore freely in a richly expressed open world. Various towns blend seamlessly into the wilderness with no borders. You'll be able to see the Pokémon of this region in the skies, in the seas, in the forests, on the streetsall over! You'll be able to experience the true joy of the Pokémon seriesbattling against wild Pokémon in order to catch themnow in an open-world game that players of any age can enjoy. Meet the First Partner PokémonThe three Pokémon from which you'll be able to choose your first partner are Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. How will you meet these three, and what sorts of Pokémon are they? Sprigatito Type: Grass Category: Grass Cat Pokémon Height: 1'4"Weight: 9 lbs. Ability: Overgrow The capricious, attention-seeking Grass Cat Pokémon. FuecocoType: FireCategory: Fire Croc Pokémon Height: 1'4"Weight: 21.6 lbs. Ability: Blaze The laid-back Fire Croc Pokémon that does things at its own pace. QuaxlyType: Water Category: Duckling Pokémon Height: 1'8"Weight: 13.4 lbs. Ability: Torrent The earnest and tidy Duckling Pokémon. Introducing the Main Characters As one of the main characters, you'll set off on your adventure. Your outfit will vary depending on whether you play Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet. Who knows what kind of story awaits you?

    On this day in 2021

    • EVENTS
    • US judge exonerates two men for the killing of Malcolm X in 1965, saying they were "wrongly convicted".
    • Longest partial lunar eclipse since 1440, lasting 3 hours,28 minutes and 23 seconds.
    • DEATHS
    • Kim Suominen, Finnish soccer midfielder (39 caps; TPS, FF Jaro), who died at 52.
    • Slide Hampton [Locksley Wellington Hampton], American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, who died at 89.
    • Mick Rock, Photographer.
    • (Locksley Wellington) " Slide"  Hampton, American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, who died at 89.
    • The Sex Lives of College Girls: Season 1 is released. The comedy series from Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble follows four college roommates (Pauline Chalamet, Amrit Kaur, Renée Rapp and Alyah Chanelle Scott) as they experience on-campus life at a New England university.
    • Exo One for Xbox Series X is released. A strange signal… an alien craft… Exo One is an interplanetary, gravity-defying journey through space and time. Master a truly alien traversal system and move through enigmatic and desolate landscapes in ways you’ve never experienced. Use gravity and momentum to reach colossal speeds and exhilarating heights.
    • SPORTS
    • Dzyanis Kowba, Belarusian soccer defensive midfielder (36 caps; PFC Krylia Sovetov Samara 247 games), who died from complications of COVID-19 pandemic at 42.

    On this day in 2020

    • EVENTS
    • Floods and landslides effect more than 3 million people, killing at least 70 in wake of Typhoon Vamco in Cagayan Province, Philippines.
    • Thailand's parliament agrees to reforms, but not to the monarchy, after massive public protests were met by tear gas and water canons.
    • US COVID-19 pandemic death toll passes 250,000, recorded cases at 11.5 million, hospitalizations at 76,830 amid a country-wide surge.
    • DEATHS
    • Mark Fluery, Race Car Driver.
    • Kirby Morrow, Voice Actor.
    • Adam Musial, Polish soccer defender (34 caps; Wisla Kraków) and manager (Wisla Kraków, Lechia Gdansk, Stal Stalowa Wola), who died at 71.
    • Crazy, Not Insane is released. Crazy, Not Insane follows Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis, a psychiatrist who has dedicated her career to studying murderers and seeking answers as to why people kill. The film explores her lifelong attempts to look beyond the grisly details of homicides and into the hearts and minds of the killers themselves.
    • SPORTS
    • English singer-songwriter and musician Tony Hooper died aged 81. He was best known as a founder-member of Strawbs together with Dave Cousins. They scored the 1973 hit 'Part of the Union', which reached No.2 in the UK..
    • Pim Doesburg, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (8 caps; Eredivisie record 687 games; Sparta, PSV), who died at 77.

    On this day in 2019

    • EVENTS
    • " Joker" starring Joaquin Phoenix is the 1st R-rated film to earn $1 billion worldwide.
    • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reverses US policy regarding Israeli West Bank settlements as illegal after 24 years.
    • World wind speeds have risen,3x faster since 2010 than previous decades of decline, according to Princeton study published in "Nature Climate Change".
    • Deforestation of Brazil's Amazon rainforest worst since 2008, has lost 9,762 sq km (3,769 sq miles) of vegetation in 12 months according to country's Space Agency.
    • Book written by Charlotte Bronte aged 14 for her toy soldiers bought by the Bronte Society for €600,000 at auction in Paris.
    • DEATHS
    • Bill Mcmahan, Race Car Driver.
    • Norodom Buppha Devi, Princess.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Football Manager 2020 for PC is released. Run your football club, your way. Every decision counts in Football Manager 2020 with new features and polished game mechanics rewarding planning and progression like never before, empowering managers to develop and refine both your club’s and your own unique identity.
    • Kingdom Under Fire II for PC is released. The next entry in the Kingdom Under Fire series hopes to blaze new territory as a massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game.

    On this day in 2018

    • EVENTS
    • American missionary John Allen Chau killed on forbidden North Sentinel Island, Bay of Bengal by one of world's most isolated tribe.
    • APEC Summit in Papa New Guinea fails to produce a joint agreement for first time in two decades after US and China clash on definition of trade.
    • 21 year old German Alexander Zverev breaks through for a maiden season-ending ATP World Tour Finals tennis title with a 6-4,6-3 upset win in London over 5-time champion Novak Ðokovic.
    • Actress and singer Mandy Moore at the age of 34 weds singer-songwriter and Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith at the age of 33 in Los Angeles, California.
    • DEATHS
    • Jerry Frankel, American Broadway producer, who died at 88.
    • Woody Wodzewoda, Race Car Driver.
    • My Brilliant Friend: Season 1 is released. The Italian-language adaptation of Elena Ferrante's novels begins a coming-of-age story about childhood friends Elena (Elisa Del Genio) and Lila (Ludovica Nasti) in 1950s Naples.
    • Escape At Dannemora: Season 1 is released. The Ben Stiller-directed eight-part limited series dramatizes the 2015 Dannemora prison break in upstate New York, where convicted murderer Richard Matt (Benicio del Toro) plans an escape with fellow inmate David Sweat (Paul Daon) with the help of Tilly Mitchell (Patricia Arquette), the married prison shop supervisor who had become involved with both of them.

    On this day in 2017

    • EVENTS
    • Australian musician and songwriter Malcolm Young died age 64. Young was best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for AC/DC. Except for a brief absence in 1988, he was with the band from its November 1973 beginning until retiring permanently in 2014. Young was born in 1953 in Glasgow before his family emigrated to Australia when he was 10. His family confirmed he was suffering from dementia in 2014..
    • Shawn Mendes is the first singer under 18 to get three No. 1 singles on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
    • BIRTHS
    • Thiago Arias, Family Member, born in Spain.
    • DEATHS
    • Malcolm Young, Guitarist.
    • Mother Flawless Sabrina [Jack Doroshow], American LGBT activist and drag queen who was a pioneer for transgender people and drag queens, who died at 78.
    • Ben Riley, Drummer.
    • SPORTS
    • Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992,1996- gold), who died from endometrial cancer at 61.

    On this day in 2016

    • EVENTS
    • Motoring TV series "The Grand Tour" premieres on Amazon Prime Video, starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
    • DEATHS
    • Sharon Jones, American soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), who died of cancer at 60.
    • Denton Cooley, American heart surgeon (1st artifical heart transplant), who died at 96.
    • Divines is released. In a suburb where trafficking and religion run side by side, Dounia is eager for power and success. Supported by Maimouna, her best friend, she decides to follow in the footsteps of Rebecca, a respected dealer. But when Dounia meets Djigui, a young sensuous dancer, her daily life is disrupted.
    • Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened is released. One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, Merrily We Roll Along opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after sixteen performances. For the first time, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of the show's creation - and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it.
    • A Street Cat Named Bob is released. A Street Cat Named Bob tells the moving and life-affirming true story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life.
    • I Am Not Madame Bovary is released. Li Xuelian and her husband Qin Yuhe stage a fake divorce to secure a second apartment in the city reserved by the government for single people. Qin remarries six months later – as agreed – but to a different woman. Furious, Li files a lawsuit with the county court but loses the case. Refusing to accept the court's findings, Li appeals to the chief justice, the county chief, and even the mayor, but fails at every turn. After Qin publicly accuses Li of being a "promiscuous woman"because she was not a virgin on their wedding night, Li is driven back to the courts to redeem her reputation. Li makes her way from county to city, enduring one trial after another, until she decides to make her appeal in far-off Beijing. Ten years go by, and the cases of Li's divorce and her ruined reputation have not been resolved. Li has continued to travel to Beijing every year but must face those who wish to quash her efforts every step of the way. [Well Go USA]
    • Magnus is released. Magnus Carlsen is widely known as the "Mozart of Chess"because, unlike many chess grandmasters, he not only possesses an innate ability and a remarkable memory, but he blends those attributes with unrivaled creativity and intuition. Memorized moves and calculated probabilities can carry a chess player extremely far. But Magnus’ journey eventually proves that there can be other elements of the game, ones that are impossible to measure or calculate.
    • Uncle Howard is released. Uncle Howard is an intertwining tale of past and present––the story of filmmaker Howard Brookner, whose work captured the late 70s and early 80s cultural revolution, and his nephew’s personal journey 25 years later to discover his uncle’s films and the legacy of a life cut short by the plague of AIDS.
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is released. It's 1926 and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident… were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
    • MOVIES: R
    • Life on the Line is released. Life on the Line is an action thriller and family drama centered on Beau (John Travolta), his beloved niece Bailey (Kate Bosworth) and the hardworking men who risk their lives to work "on the line"and keep the electric grid running. These unsung heroes brave raging storms and dangerously dizzying heights in their dedication to keeping the populace safe. Toiling hundreds of feet in the air on wires carrying as much as 500,000 volts of electricity, tragedy is often inches away. Haunted by the electrocution death of his brother, Beau is devoted to Bailey and determined to see her go off to college and away from the life of linemen. Bailey has other plans, which include the strapping second-generation lineman Duncan (Devon Sawa), whom Beau despises. A deadly tempest is brewing and headed straight to their Texas town. Beau, Duncan and a legion of linemen are thrust into the eye of the storm and must face down impending disaster to keep their community connected. [Lionsgate Premiere]
    • Bleed for This is released. Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza (Miles Teller), a local Providence boxer, shot to stardom after winning two world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves Vinny with a broken neck, he is told he may never walk again. Against all odds and doctor’s orders, renowned trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) agrees to help Vinny return to the ring just a year after the accident for what could be the last fight of his life.
    • The Take is released. Michael Mason (Richard Madden) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba), the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy. Going against commands, Briar recruits Michael to use his expert pickpocketing skills to help quickly track down the source of the corruption.
    • The Edge of Seventeen is released. Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.
    • Manchester by the Sea is released. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 15-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.
    • Nocturnal Animals is released. An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.
    • ALBUMS
    • Redemption was released by Dawn Richard. The conclusion of the ex-Danity Kane member's Heart trilogy features a guest appearance from PJ Morton.
    • Snake Pit was released by Harvey Mandel. The latest solo studio release for the blues-rock guitarist who played with such artists as Canned Heat, John Mayall, and the Rolling Stones, was recorded in two days.
    • The Weight of These Wings was released by Miranda Lambert. The 24-track release from the country singer-songwriter features songs co-written with Anderson East, Natalie Hemby, Jack Ingram, Ashley Monroe, Josh Osborne, Liz Rose, and Foy Vance.
    • Woman was released by Justice. The third full-length studio release for the French electronic duo features guest appeances from Johnny Blake, Morgan Phalen of Diamond Nights, Romuald, and M. Yaman.
    • An Odd Entrances was released by Thee Oh Sees. The third release in 2016 for the rock band led by John Dwyer is a companion album to A Weird Exits featuring six tracks recorded from the same sessions.
    • Do Easy was released by Tasseomancy. The third full-length release for the Canadian band formed by twin sisters Sari and Romy Lightman features contributions from Blue Hawaii's Alex Cowan, Ryan Driver, Simone Schmidt and Brodie West.
    • 24K Magic was released by Bruno Mars. The third full-length release for the R&B singer-songwriter was produced by Shampoo Press & Curl.
    • Hardwired...To Self-Destruct was released by Metallica. The 10th full-length studio release for the California metal band was produced by Greg Fidelman.
    • Familiar Touch was released by DIANA. The second full-length release for the Canadian electronic-pop trio was mixed by Chris Coady.
    • GAMING: 3DS
    • Pokemon Moon for 3DS is released. Using Pokemon Bank, you'll be able to transfer Pokemon you've caught in the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console versions of Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, and Pokemon Yellow into your copy of Pokemon Sun or Pokemon Moon. Pokemon from Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X, and Pokemon Y can also be brought into Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon in the same way.
    • Pokemon Sun for 3DS is released. Using Pokemon Bank, you'll be able to transfer Pokemon you've caught in the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console versions of Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, and Pokemon Yellow into your copy of Pokemon Sun or Pokemon Moon. Pokemon from Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X, and Pokemon Y can also be brought into Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon in the same way.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Killing Floor 2 for PC is released. In KILLING FLOOR 2 players descend into continental Europe where the outbreak caused by Horzine Biotech’s failed experiment has quickly spread and gained unstoppable momentum, essentially paralyzing the European Union— Just one month after the events in the original KILLING FLOOR, the specimen clones are everywhere and civilization is in disarray; communications have failed, governments have collapsed, and military forces have been systematically eradicated. The people of Europe know survival and self-preservation too well and lucky survivors have gone into hiding.

    On this day in 2015

    • EVENTS
    • 2 female suicide bombers aged 18 and 11 blow themselves up in Kano, Nigeria, killing 15 and injuring over 100.
    • French police raid terrorist cell in Saint Denis, killing 2 including the leader of the Paris terror attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
    • Eagles of Death Metal, the band whose concert was stormed by gunmen which killed 89 people during a gig at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris made their first statement since returning to the US. The band issued a statement saying they were "bonded in grief with the victims, the fans... and all those affected by terrorism"..
    • American singer-songwriter Willie Nelson receives Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C..
    • " Kangaroo Dundee" wildlife TV series premieres featuring Brolga and Roger the ripped Kangaroo on BBC Two.
    • DEATHS
    • Mal Whitfield, American track athlete (Olympic 3 gold, silver & bronze 1948,52), who died at 91.
    • Erik Lotichius, Dutch composer (Anaitalrax), who died at 86.
    • Jim Slater, British financier and writer, who died at 86.
    • Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union winger (youngest ever All Black,63 internationals), who died of a heart attack linked to kidney disease at 40.
    • Democrats is released. In politically unstable Zimbabwe, a new constitution is being put together by the ruling party of strongman Robert Mugabe and the divided opposition. Various political, local and personal interests are bogging the process down.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Hard West for PC is released. When a tragic turn of events sets one man down a path of supernatural chaos and revenge, he must brutally hunt down all those whom wronged him. Fight and survive through 8 unique story-based scenarios, and try your hand at more than 40 individually designed turn-based combat missions with your squad of 1-4 posse squad members.

    On this day in 2014

    • DEATHS
    • Gary Bell, Race Car Driver.
    • Dave Appell, American musician, arranger, musical director (Ernie Kovacs), record producer (Charlie Gracie; The Orlons; Tony Orlando and Dawn), and songwriter, who died at 92.
    • ALBUMS
    • Art of McCartney was released by Various Artists. The two-disc tribute album to Paul McCartney songs features such artists as Harry Connick, Jr., Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Def Leppard, Dr. John, Bob Dylan, Barry Gibb, Heart, Billy Joel, Kiss, Jeff Lynne, Steve Miller, Willie Nelson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Smokey Robinson, and Brian Wilson.
    • Faith in Strangers was released by Andy Stott. The fourth full-length solo release from the Manchester-based electronic producer features Alison Skidmore on vocals.
    • Kykeon was released by Rhyton. The third release for the Brooklyn improvisational rock band that features Greek and Middle Eastern music was recorded with Jason Meagher.
    • Sea Island was released by Loscil. The latest full-length release for Canadian artist Scott Morgan as Loscil features contributions from Josh Lindstrom, Ashley Pitre, Elaine Reynolds, Kelly Wyse, and Jason Zumpano.
    • Vapor City Archives was released by Machinedrum. Travis Stewart concludes his Vapor City concept with this latest full-length release.
    • The Way was released by Buzzcocks. The ninth studio release for the British punk band was produced with Dave M. Allen.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Rollers of the Realm for PC is released. Rollers of the Realm is set in an era of medieval lands, corrupt kings, and castles of days gone by with a twist: bounce on and attack enemies as a pinball. Your characters are the balls.
    • Never Alone for PC is released. Developed in partnership with the Alaska Native community, Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is an atmospheric puzzle platformer that explores the harsh and dynamic world of Alaska Native stories. Delve deeply into the traditional lore of the Inupiat people of the Arctic.
    • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd for PlayStation 3 is released. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd features 20 classic songs from the previously Japan-only Playstation Portable games making their first debut in the West, and 20 new songs to the Project DIVA series. In addition to the new songs, the game features updated gameplay mechanics and controls, more than eighty brand new and remade modules, Cross-Save compatibility, Markerless AR Mode (Vita) and a revamped edit mode ranking system that showcases the most popular user generated content. [SEGA]
    • LittleBigPlanet 3 for PlayStation 4 is released. Sackboy, the knitted knight has been pre-loaded with an new climbing ability and brand-new power-ups including the Pumpinator. In LittleBigPlanet 3, explore a world riddled with creativity as you explore all areas of the Imagisphere, accost the inhabitants of the mysterious planet Bunkum and confront the nefarious Newton. Meet a variety of surprises that the LittleBigPlanet Community have created and shared for you to enjoy, with new levels and games to play every day. Then, if you’re feeling inspired, flex your creative muscles with the customization tools, to bring your own imagination to life in LittleBigPlanet 3. [Playstation]
    • Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4 is released. The sprawling sun-soaked metropolis of Los Santos is chock full of self-help coaches, starlets and C-List celebrities, once on top of the media world, now struggling to stay relevant in time of economic malaise and lowest-common-denominator reality TV. Amidst this madness, three unique criminals plan their own chances of survival and success: Franklin, a street-level hustler in search of opportunities for serious money; Michael, an ex-con whose "retirement"is a less rosy than he hoped it would be; and Trevor, a violent dude driven by the chance for a quick high and the next big score. Nearly out of options, the crew risks it all in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life - one way or the other.
    • MXGP: The Official Motocross Videogame for PlayStation 4 is released. Sixty riders, sixty bikes, fourteen tracks and rules from the official MX1 and MX2 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship.
    • Watch Dogs for Wii U is released. Watch Dogs is an open-world action adventure game in which you must use any means at your disposal to take down a corrupt system. Watch Dogs takes advantage of Wii U with a detailed and interactive map of Chicago to be displayed on the Wii U GamePad. The game also features off-TV play, letting gamers continue playing Watch Dogs solely on the GamePad.
    • GAMING: XBOX 360
    • Escape Dead Island for Xbox 360 is released. Assume the role of Cliff Calo, the offspring of a media mogul, who is in search of the truth behind the events of Banoi. Unlike other Dead Island characters you may have taken control of, Cliff is not immune to the virus. You must approach zombies more strategically if you want to navigate the island of Narapela and uncover the mysteries behind the virus. Or, as they say, get your ass handed to you. If fighting zombies without immunity wasn’t difficult enough, Cliff is also fighting to keep his sanity.
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition for Xbox One is released. Draft and lead a group of characters into rugged battles against a diversity of enemies – from earth-shattering High Dragons to demonic forces from the otherworld of the Fade. Go hand to hand in visceral, heroic combat as your followers fight by your side, or switch to tactical view to coordinate murderous offensives using the combined might of your party. See the tangible, visible results of your journey through a living world – raise structures, customize outposts, and change the landscape itself as environments are re-shaped in the wake of your Inquisition. Lead a party chosen from nine unique, fully-formed characters – each of whom react to your actions and choices differently, forming complex relationships both with you and with each other. Create your own character from multiple races, customize their appearance, and select their powers and abilities as the game progresses. Extensive customization options allow you to choose everything from the color of your follower’s boots to the features of your Inquisition stronghold. Become an agent of change in a time of uncertainty and upheaval. Shape the course of empires, bring war or peace to factions in conflict, and drive the ultimate fate of the Inquisition. Will you stop the cataclysmic anarchy gripping the Dragon Age? [Electronic Arts]
    • Far Cry 4 for Xbox One is released. Hidden in the towering Himalayas lies a country thick with tradition and violence. You assume the role of Ajay Ghale, returning to the country of your birth, the lush forests and harsh snow-capped summits of Kyrat, to fulfill your mother’s final wish of distributing her ashes. This vast and unpredictable country offers visitors opportunity and danger. You summarily find yourself caught up in a rebellion to subvert the oppressive regime of Pagan Min, a figure notorious 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 determined by 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 six-ton elephant and take to 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 gamer to scrap, hunt and explore, grappling cliffs or launching into the air, plummeting to the valley below in a controlled free fall with your wing suit. You’ll carry with you a truly unique arsenal of weaponry that lets you play your way, whether it’s sniping, sneaking or all-out assault. When all else fails, animals can be your most important allies or your greatest peril, as Kyrat’s wilderness delivers on the promise of a true open world anecdote factory.
    • WWE 2K15 for Xbox One is released. For the first time, guide your custom Superstar through an authentic WWE career in the MyCareer Mode. From NXT to RAW, make your way up to the WWE Championship and live the life of an actual WWE Superstar. By using new motion capture technology,2K15 includes many more new animations than any previous WWE title. The game also includes a new chain wrestling system.
    • Rabbids Invasion for Xbox One is released. Rabbids Invasion is an interactive television show airing on Nickelodeon that will utilize the Xbox One to have players interact with actions on the show.
    • SPORTS
    • Jamaica win the 2014 Caribbean Cup in football.

    On this day in 2013

    • EVENTS
    • 20 people are killed after a train collides with a minibus in Cairo, Egypt.
    • DEATHS
    • Peter Cartwright, Movie Actor.
    • Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley is released. With newly discovered archival footage, photographs, and interviews, the Whoopi Goldberg-directed documentary explores the history and impact of African American comedian Jackie "Moms"Mabley on current entertainers.
    • ALBUMS
    • Swings Both Ways was released by Robbie Williams. Produced by Guy Chambers, the swing covers and duets album from the British pop singer features guest appearances from Lily Allen, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson, Olly Murs, and Rufus Wainwright.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham for PC is released. Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham is the fifth expansion for the strategy/RPG, focusing on the Abrahamic religions; Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Get your bishops appointed cardinals and tap the might of the Papacy, borrow money from the Knights Templar and send troublesome relatives off to live out their days in a monastery. Sons of Abraham also introduces the Jewish religion and allows you to recreate the Kingdom of Israel and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. The expansion for Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by Paradox Development Studio, the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones.


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