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Today in the World Countries

  • Republic Day is being celebrated in Mongolia
  • People born on this day are Sagittarius as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2022

  • Large mudslide after intense rain tears across Italian island of Ischia, killing at least eight people, on an island where 50% of the houses were illegally built.
  • 2,500 people pose naked for photographer Spencer Tunick on Australia's Bondi Beach to raise awareness of skin cancer.
  • Brian Hogan, English rugby league forward (5 Tests; St. Helens, Wigan, Bradford Northern, Widnes), who died at 74.
  • Rare public protests held in various Chinese cities over the governments restrictive COVID-19 pandemic policies, after 10 people die in an apartment fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang.

On this day in 2021

  • WHO labels COVID-19 pandemic variant Omicron a "variant of concern", with its dozens of new mutations, after it emerges in Botswana and South Africa.
  • Stephen Sondheim, American Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning theater composer and lyricist (West Side Story; Sunday in the Park With George; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Gypsy), who died at 91.
  • Writing with Fire is released. Reporting from a social environment built to divide based on caste and gender, a fearless group of journalists maintain India’s only women-led news outlet. The women of Khabar Lahariya (‘Waves of News’) prepare to transition the newspaper from print to digital even though many of their reporters don’t have access to electricity at home. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her team of investigative journalists confront some of India’s biggest issues – exposing the relentless discrimination against women and amplifying the voices of those who suffer from the oppressive caste system. [Music Box Films]
  • Licorice Pizza is released. Licorice Pizza is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley,1973. Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love.
  • Henki was released by Richard Dawson. Historic plants are the theme of the full-length collaboration between Richard Dawson and Circle.
  • I Thought of You was released by Julie Doiron. The first new full-length solo release for Canadian singer-songwriter Julie Doiron in nine years was recorded in Montreal.
  • Date Night Bowling for Switch is released. You're out at your local bowling alley for a dating event, so strike up a conversation, hop over to the bowling lanes, and try your best to make a good first impression. Play things right and you might just find your soulmate! To win over your date, you'll rely not only on your bowling skills, but also on your ability to tell well-timed jokes, throw popcorn into their mouth, give the perfect shoulder rub, and more!
  • Doug Cowie, Scottish soccer defender (20 caps; Dundee FC 341 games), who died at 95.

On this day in 2020

  • Turkey gives life sentences to 337 military officers and others involved in 2016 coup.
  • Sadiq Al-Mahdi, Politician.
  • Superintelligence is released. Nothing extraordinary ever happens to Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy), so when she starts getting snarky backtalk from her TV, phone and microwave, she thinks she’s being punked. Or losing her mind. In fact, the world’s first superintelligence has selected her for observation, taking over her life…with a bigger, more ominous plan to take over everything. Now Carol is humanity’s last chance before this artificial intelligence-with-an-attitude decides to pull the plug.
  • The Flight Attendant: Season 1 is released. Flight attendant Cassie (Kaley Cuoco) wakes up with a dead man next to her and no idea how she ended up in a different city than she remembered in this eight-part thriller based on Chris Bohjalian's novel of the same name.
  • Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition for PlayStation 5 is released. Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition is a single-player 3rd-person adventure game inspired by the breathtaking and mysterious landscapes of Iceland. The story takes root from various pieces of Nordic folklore. Play as an ordinary fox whose story becomes entwined with The Guardian of the Northern Lights, a magical spirit fox. As you journey over the mountains and under red-stained skies, you’ll discover more about your companion and a land left in ruin.Uniquely designed to purposefully have no dialogue or narration. Players must breathe in their surroundings to solve various puzzles and speculate the meaning of a lost ancient civilization.
  • Warframe for PlayStation 5 is released. Set in the far reaches of outer space during a new Dark Age, WARFRAME introduces the Tenno, a race on the brink of extinction after being enslaved by the Grineer for centuries. Players enter WARFRAME on the cusp of the Grineer's victory over the Tenno until they begin to arm themselves with WARFRAMES - an ancient exo-skeletal technology only they can operate. Hidden within the Orokin Derelicts of a lost civilization, new WARFRAMES lie dormant and undiscovered. These artifacts are the Tenno's only hope for survival.
  • Root Double: Before Crime * After Days - Xtend Edition for Switch is released. The year is 2030. Business is as usual in the isolated research city of Rokumei–that is until several explosions suddenly go off in the nuclear research facility known as “LABO.” The city sends in “Sirius, ” an elite rescue squad, to deal with the situation. But the situation only gets worse when LABO’s nuclear reactor melts down, sending the facility into lockdown–with members of Sirius and survivors still trapped inside. With lethal radiation leaking everywhere and not enough anti-radiation medication to last until lockdown lifts, the survivors make more and more grim discoveries. In their struggle for survival, in a deathtrap full of fire and radiation, they learn that doubt is their greatest enemy, and trust their greatest asset.The story of Root Double features two different protagonists: Watase Kasasagi, a rescue squad captain who has lost his memories in the hours after the incident, and Natsuhiko Tenkawa, a student piecing together the clues in the six days before. The only key to survival lies in the player’s hands with the Senses Sympathy System (SSS). Unlike traditional visual novels, Root Double does not have clear cut “choices, ” but rather, the game uses SSS to allow the player to manipulate the story based purely upon emotion. Your emotions projected upon the characters, particularly your trust in them, shape the progression of the story. Only with effective use of this system and completion of both protagonists’ stories can the player piece together the truth and hope to discover a way out of the facility.
  • QV for Switch is released. Start a dimension-jumping adventure with Quby!In a universe, dimensions are connected to each other.In the center of the passages lies Dimensional Core, keeping the balance between dimensions. This balance began to collapse when the Core stopped working.Unless someone gives a helping hand, soon the universe will follow. The Gate doesn't let anyone into the Dimensional Core.But Quby, as the last descendant of Chosen Ones, can access the Gate. To restore the balance between dimensions, Quby opens a portal to the Gate.With Varon, the talking penguin, she must explore the long-forgotten ruins of her ancestors and find a way to reactivate the Core.Let the journey begin!
  • Picklock for Switch is released. You are a thief. Alias Picklock. Examine the robbery scene. Break in. Sneak and steal. Escape. Become a pro! Enjoy Picklock, a strategic adventure with isometric view and voxel graphics!FEATURES:• isometric mix of strategy, adventure and stealth; • 13 challenging missions; • real estate agency to buy your dream house; • car dealership to pimp your ride; • jazzy tunes to listen and chill out to; • travel agency so you can go on a well-deserved vacation; • voxel graphics.Are you bored with an average, honest life?Picklock gives you an opportunity to break in, steal and deceive your way to a luxury, yet an illegal lifestyle.In each level, you will face a new challenge. Your targets will range from a roll of toilet paper at your neighbours' house to exclusive art, electronics and cold, hard cash. And even though you know your stuff, you'll have to deal with security, alarms and sealed, secret compartments.If any of those things will stress you out, you can always go on a shopping spree, chill out at a pub or let off some steam at a gentlemen's club.Excited yet?Then grab your gloves and crowbar and get ready for a tricky, robbery adventure!
  • Dimitar Largov, Bulgarian soccer midfielder (20 caps; Slavia Sofia 220 games), who died at 84.

On this day in 2019

  • 6.4 magnitude earthquake centered on Durres strikes Albania, with at least 51 killed and hundreds injured.
  • Ken Kavanagh, Race Car Driver.
  • Gary Rhodes, British restaurateur and television chef, who died at 59.
  • GRIS for PlayStation 4 is released. Gris is a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life. Her journey through sorrow is manifested in her dress, which grants new abilities to navigate her faded reality. Gris is a serene and evocative experience, free of danger, frustration, or death. It can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of their spoken language.

On this day in 2018

  • NASA's InSight mission lands on Mars after a 7 month voyage.
  • General Motors announces it will close five factories in North America, cutting 14,000 jobs.
  • First multidrug randomized control trial to treat Ebola started in Democratic Republic of Congo announced by the WHO.
  • DC superhero film "Aquaman" directed by James Wan starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard premieres in London.
  • Chinese scientist He Jiankui claims to have made the first genetically edited baby.
  • Third of a species begin dying (23,000) over a two day period, the spectacled flying foxes, unable to survive heatwave of 42 degrees in northern Queensland, Australia.
  • Ukraine declares martial law in areas bordering Russia after Russia seizes three of its naval vessels.
  • Stephen Hillenburg, Director.
  • Bernardo Bertolucci, Director.

On this day in 2017

  • British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finishes 2nd in season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit to claim his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship; wins title by 46 points from Sebastian Vettel.
  • Factory explosion in Chinese port city Ningbo kills at least 2, injuries 30, flattens buildings.
  • Presidential elections held in Honduras with allegations of electoral fraud and resulting violent protests.

On this day in 2016

  • Punk memorabilia said to be worth £5m ($6m) was set on fire in the middle of the River Thames in London, England. Joe Corre, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, burnt the items on the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols debut single.The 48-year-old told the crowd that "punk was never meant to be nostalgic"..
  • Fritz Weaver, American actor (Holocaust, Day of the Dolphin), who died at 90.

On this day in 2015

  • UK nonprofit Raspberry Pi releases its $5 Zero computer, sells out in a day.
  • Ronnie Bright, American doo-wop bass vocalist (Johnny Cymbal - "Mr. Bass Man" ; The Coasters,1968-2009), who died at 77.

On this day in 2014

  • Sabah, Pop Singer.
  • Frankie Fraser, English gangster who spent 42 years in jail, who died of complications related to surgery at 90.
  • Penguins of Madagascar is released. Discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then … you know) to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over the world. [Dreamworks]
  • Horrible Bosses 2 is released. Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon for PC is released. Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon is set during the Second War for Armageddon. In this hex-based, turn-based game developed by Flashback Games and The Lordz Games Studio, players will lead the Imperial forces of the Armageddon Steel Legion and Space Marines from a variety of Chapters against the Ork invasion through over 30 scenarios, on the hostile terrain of the planet and its gigantic Hive Cities. The game features a complex plot, involving known characters from the Warhammer 40,000 universe and while advancing through the campaign, the player will have the ability to carryover his core force from scenario to scenario.
  • Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 1 - Zer0 Sum for Xbox One is released. Set following the events seen in Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands focuses on Rhys, a Hyperion company man who wants to become the next Handsome Jack, and it’s also about Fiona, a Pandoran con artist intending to score the biggest of all swindles. Baited into danger by a Vault key and all it promises, the unlikely pair are thrown together with a common purpose and a great amount of mistrust. Who is speaking the truth, and why is it important? That is for you to decide. It’s important to remember that there *are* two sides to every story, and you will tell this tale, or…tales, through the choices that you make. Your every decision as both Rhys and Fiona will affect the people and environment around you: this is a game where YOU are the final author in a brand new Borderlands story set on the unforgiving world of Pandora. [Telltale Games]
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions for Xbox One is released. Over fifty single player levels including Adventure and Classic Arcade modes. 3D grids and over ten battle modes including Pacifism, King and Claustrophobia. Four distinct companion drones such as Attack, Collector, Ram and Snipe. Co-op and Online Competitive Multiplayer modes.

On this day in 2013

  • Due to a street tirade captured on video, Alec Baldwin's show "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" is cancelled after only five episodes.
  • Araucaria [John Galbraith Graham], British crossword compiler (The Guardian) and priest, who died at 92.
  • Arik Einstein, Rock Singer.
  • Tony Musante, American actor (David Toma-Toma, Nowhere to Hide), who died from complications following surgery at 77.
  • Re-Engineering was released by Heatsick. Berlin-based British electronic artist Steven Warwick describes his latest release as a "cybernetic poem."
  • Skull Worship was released by The Warlocks. The first release in five years for the Los Angeles psychedelic rock band led by Bobby Hecksher includes a new lineup with J.C. Rees, Earl V. Miller, Chris Di Pino, and George Serrano.
  • Warble Womb was released by Dead Meadow. The sixth studio release for the D.C. psychedelic rock/stoner rock trio sees the return of drummer Mark Laughlin, who had left the band in 2002.
  • Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers for PlayStation 3 is released. Developed by Osaka based game developer Dimps, Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers will feature playable characters from the Sanctuary, Poseidon and Hades arcs within the Saint Seiya universe. Players will realize their dreams of battling the most vile and evil characters from Saint Seiya in one-on-one bouts that take place through the storylines from the anime series. The game will present enhanced graphics and effects; bringing the animated series to life like never before. Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers also gives players the ability to execute devastating combos and special moves as seen in the TV show. As players progress through the game, they will access the ability to enhance their chosen character's hit-point, strength levels, and Cosmos Power Gauge. Explosive online encounters await players via versus and ranking modes.
  • Painkiller: Hell & Damnation for PlayStation 3 is released. Powered by Epic's world-renowned and highly-respected Unreal Engine 3, Painkiller Hell & Damnation recreates the sensations and hardcore gameplay of the original Painkiller. Released in 2004, Painkiller won high praise and many accolades and fans for its fast and unique gameplay. Keeping true to the old-school FPS ideology, lightning-fast movement enables skillful players to get into the heart of the fast-paced gameplay, topped off with stunning enormo-boss fights requiring sneaky tactics.
  • Ys: Memories of Celceta for PlayStation Vita is released. Ys: Memories of Celceta has players revisit the land and characters of the Japanese cult favorite Ys IV. This re-envisioning of the fourth installment in the Ys series takes a new approach, changing and framing the story of Ys IV within an all-new tale of conspiracy, deception and mystery.


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