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  • Commemoration of Late King Father is being celebrated in Cambodia
  • Dwadashi is being celebrated in Nepal
  • Eid Evacuation is being celebrated in Tunisia
  • Mother's Day is being celebrated in Malawi
  • People born on this day are Libra as their zodiac sign.

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On this day in 2023

    On this day in 2022

    • DEATHS
    • Joyce Sims, American R& B singer-songwriter (" All and All" ; "Come into My Life"), who died at 63.
    • Mikaben, Songwriter.

    On this day in 2021

    • EVENTS
    • British MP Sir David Amess stabbed to death at a meeting of constituents in Essex in Leigh-on-Sea, England in probable terror attack.
    • Elton John achieved his first UK No.1 single in sixteen years when his collaboration with Dua Lipa, 'Cold Heart (Pnau remix)', rose to the top of the UK Singles Chart during its fifth week in the top-ten..
    • DEATHS
    • David Amess, Politician.
    • Miguel de Oliveira, Brazilian boxer (WBC light middleweight champion 1975), who died from pancreatic cancer at 74.
    • Luzzu is released. A hardworking Maltese fisherman, Jesmark is faced with an agonizing choice. He can repair his leaky luzzu – a traditional, multicolored wooden fishing boat – in the hopes of eking out a meager living at sea for his wife and newborn son, just as his father and grandfather did before him. Or he can decommission it in exchange for an EU payout and cast his lot with a sinister black-market operation that is decimating the Mediterranean fish population and the livelihoods of the local families who depend on it. [Kino LOrber]
    • Hard Luck Love Song is released. Jesse (Michael Dorman) is a charismatic but down on his luck troubadour who finds himself at an existential crossroads as bad choices catch up with him during an unexpected reunion with Carla (Sophia Bush), an old flame.
    • Introducing, Selma Blair is released. A deeply intimate and raw portrait of Selma Blair after she is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and tries to slow the progression of her disease.
    • Freeland is released. An aging pot farmer finds her world shattered as she races to bring in what could be her final harvest.
    • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy is released. An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction, and a chance encounter with the past. In Episode 1: Magic (or Something Less Assuring), a young woman is startled when she realizes that her best friend’s new flame might just be her ex; in Episode 2: Door Wide Open, a disgruntled student plots to trick his college professor, using his friend-with-benefits as bait; and in Episode 3: Once Again, a girl’s college reunion leads to an unanticipated run-in with an old friend, and awakens feelings long since forgotten. [Film Movement]
    • MOVIES: NR
    • The Blazing World is released. Decades after the accidental drowning of her twin sister, a self-destructive young woman (Carlson Young) returns to her family home, finding herself drawn to an alternate dimension where her sister may still be alive. Through an epic journey down the darkest corridors of her imagination, she tries to exorcise the demons pushing her closer and closer to the edge.
    • MOVIES: R
    • The Last Duel is released. Based on actual events, the film unravels long-held assumptions about France’s last sanctioned duel between Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) and Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), two friends turned bitter rivals. Carrouges is a respected knight known for his bravery and skill on the battlefield. Le Gris is a Norman squire whose intelligence and eloquence make him one of the most admired nobles in court. When Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite (Jodie Comer), is viciously assaulted by Le Gris, a charge he denies, she refuses to stay silent, stepping forward to accuse her attacker, an act of bravery and defiance that puts her life in jeopardy. The ensuing trial by combat, a grueling duel to the death, places the fate of all three in God’s hands.
    • The Velvet Underground is released. The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock ’n’ roll’s most revered bands. Directed by Todd Haynes, “The Velvet Underground” shows just how the group became a cultural touchstone representing a range of contradictions: the band is both of their time, yet timeless; literary yet realistic; rooted in high art and street culture. The film features in-depth interviews with the key players of that time combined with a treasure trove of never-before-seen performances and a rich collection of recordings, Warhol films, and other experimental art that creates an immersive experience into what founding member John Cale describes as the band's creative ethos: “how to be elegant and how to be brutal.” [Apple TV+]
    • Son of Monarchs is released. A Mexican biologist living in New York returns to his hometown, nestled in the majestic butterfly forests of Michoacán. The journey forces him to confront past traumas and reflect on his hybrid identity, sparking a personal metamorphosis.
    • Bergman Island is released. A couple of American filmmakers, Chris (Vicky Krieps) and Tony (Tim Roth), retreat to the mythical Fårö island for the summer. In this wild, breathtaking landscape where Bergman lived and shot his most celebrated pieces, they hope to find inspiration for their upcoming films. As days spent separately pass by, the fascination for the island operates on Chris and souvenirs of her first love resurface. Lines between reality and fiction will then progressively blur and tear our couple even more apart.
    • Halloween Kills is released. Minutes after Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor. But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. Evil dies tonight.
    • Needle in a Timestack is released. If love is in the form of a circle, what lines would you cross to be with your soulmate? Nick and Janine (Leslie Odom, Jr. and Cynthia Erivo) live in marital bliss, until Janine’s ex-husband (Orlando Bloom) warps time to try to tear them apart using Nick’s college girlfriend (Frieda Pinto). As Nick’s memories and reality disappear, he must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in order to hold onto — or let go of — everything he loves. Can love endure in a future where time is fluid, and all of life may be just an illusion?
    • I Know What You Did Last Summer (2021): Season 1 is released. A group of teenagers are targeted by a killer who seems to know what happened a year ago after a car accident on their graduation night in this series based on Lois Duncan's 1973 novel which also inspired the 1997 movie of the same name.
    • YOU: Season 3 is released. Joe and Love move to a Northern California suburb but he faces a number of challenges to this new chapter in his life in the third season of the thriller.
    • ALBUMS
    • Una Rosa was released by Xenia Rubinos. The second full-length release for the Brooklyn artist was produced with Marco Buccelli.
    • Optimist was released by FINNEAS. This is the debut full-length release for the songwriter and producer who is best known for his work with his sister, Billie Eilish.
    • Lately was released by Lilly Hiatt. The fifth full-length solo release for the Nashville-based singer-songwriter was produced by Kate Haldrup.
    • Music of the Spheres was released by Coldplay. The latest full-length release for the British alternative rock band was produced by Max Martin and features guest appearances from BTS, Jacob Collier, Selena Gomez, and We Are KING.
    • Juno was released by Remi Wolf. The debut full-length for the Los Angeles-based pop artist was co-produced by Jared Soloman.
    • Moondust for My Diamond was released by Hayden Thorpe. The second full-length solo release for the Wild Beasts frontman was produced by Richard Formby and Nathan Jenkins.
    • Georgia Blue was released by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. Inspired by the 2020 elections, the latest release from the guitarist and his band features songs by Georgia artists and includes guest appearances from Julien Baker, Brandi Carlile, Bela Fleck, Steve Gorman, Peter Levin, Brittney Spencer, Amanda Shires, Chris Thile, Sadler Vaden, Adia Victoria, and John Paul White.
    • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles for PlayStation 4 is released. Players can relive the story of Tanjiro Kamado as depicted in the TV anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Its episodes start from the “Kamado Tanjirou Risshi Arc” of the TV anime, in which Tanjiro joins the Demon Slayer Corps and faces off against various demons, and end at the “Mugen Train Arc” of the feature film, in which Tanjiro joins the Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku on a mission. Enjoy the battles against the demons from the anime with beautiful graphics and expression.Versus ModeForm a tag team of two characters from the characters who fought in intense battles in the TV anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, including Tanjiro Kamado and Nezuko Kamado, as well as from six characters who appeared in the official anime spin-off Chuukou Ikkan!! Kimetsu Gakuen Monogatari, for a total of 18 characters. Enjoy battles with your ideal tag team, be it a combination of characters who fought alongside each other in the anime, or a dream team that did not.Two-player online play is also supported.
    • Crysis Remastered Trilogy for PlayStation 4 is released. The classic first person shooter from Crytek is back with the action packed gameplay, sandbox world, and thrilling epic battles you loved the first time around. Crysis Remastered Trilogy includes each of the single player campaigns from the legendary first person shooters Crysis, Crysis 2, and Crysis 3, optimized for today's hardware. Relive the adventure in this great value all in one bundle.Features:* Crysis Remastered: What begins as a simple rescue mission becomes the battleground of a new war as alien invaders swarm over a chain of Lingshan islands. Playing as super soldier Nomad, you are armed with a powerful Nanosuit equipped with Speed, Strength, Armor, and Cloaking abilities. Use avast arsenal of modular weaponry and adapt your tactics and gear to dominate enemies in an enormous sandbox world.* Crysis 2 Remastered: Aliens have returned to a world ravaged by climate disasters. As the invaders lay waste to New York and begin an assault that threatens the total annihilation of humankind, only you have the technology to lead the fightback. Equipped with the upgraded Nanosuit 2.0, customize your suit and weapons in real time and unlock powerful new abilities in the battle for humanity's survival.* Crysis 3 Remastered: Returning to the fight as super soldier Prophet, the search for the alien Alpha Ceph continues, but now you must also expose the truth behind the C.E.L.L. corporation, which has turned New York City into a sprawling urban rainforest sheltered by a giant nanodome. Fight through seven distinct districts and decimate your opponents in a blaze of brute force using the Nanosuit's superior technology, or use stealth to achieve your goals and become humanity's silent savior. Equipped with your powerful and deadly new Predator Bow, there's no wrong way to save the world.
    • The Good Life for Switch is released. Play as Naomi, a journalist from New York who moves to a backwoods British town called Rainy Woods in order to pay off her massive debt.The only way for her to escape from debt hell is to take pictures of happenings in the town and report on them. Of course, 'the happiest town in the world' is not your average town... The inhabitants of the happiest town in the world are some of the most bizarre people you'll ever come across. You'll live alongside them as you solve mysteries and experience a hearty helping of craziness. We're sure that you'll eventually come to love all the mystery, horror, and good old charm that this town has to offer.
    • SPORTS
    • IPL Cricket Final, Dubai International Stadium: Chennai Super Kings win their 4th IPL title beating Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs; Faf du Plessis scores 86 off 59 balls for Player of the Match.

    On this day in 2020

    • EVENTS
    • English musician and songwriter Gordon Haskell died from cancer age 74. Haskell first gained recognition as bass player for the British cult band The Fleur de Lys, and subsequently spent a short period in King Crimson. Haskell also shared a London flat in the 60's with Jimi Hendrix Experience when the guitarist first arrived in the UK. In 2001 he gained international recognition with his hit song 'How Wonderful You Are', followed by his platinum-selling album Harry's Bar..
    • DEATHS
    • Gordon Haskell, British pop, rock and blues musician (Fleur De Lys; King Crimson,1970; Harry's Bar), who died of cancer at 74.
    • Sonja Edström-Ruthström, Swedish cross-country skier (Olympic gold 3 × 5k relay 1960), who died at 89.
    • The Mortuary Collection is released. On the cusp of retirement, an eccentric mortician recounts several of the strangest stories he’s encountered in his long career, but things take a turn for the phantasmagorical when he learns that the final story… is his own.
    • Star Trek: Discovery: Season 3 is released. Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of U.S.S. Discovery find themselves years into the future.
    • Social Distance: Season 1 is released. The eight-part anthology series from Tara Herrmann, Jenji Kohan, Blake McCormick, and Hilary Weisman Graham is set during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine and was filmed remotely.
    • A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote is released. The original cast (with Sterling K. Brown playing Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, originally played by the late John Spencer) will theatrical stage season three's third episode "Hartsfield's Landing"where Bartlet (Martin Sheen) deals with a standoff between China and Taiwan and plays chess with Sam (Rob Lowe) and Toby (Richard Schiff). While Josh (Bradley Whitford) waits anxiously for the results of a New Hampshire vote and C.J. (Allison Janney) hides the President's schedule from Charlie (Dulé Hill). Michelle Obama, President Bill Clinton and Lin-Manuel Miranda are expected to appear during act breaks to encourage voting.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials for PC is released. Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials is a snarky action-adventure puzzle game with a good dose of humor. Explore hundreds of secret-filled rooms, fight big bosses, gather companions for your party and use the powers of Pip -your bat buddy- to solve puzzles and escape the eldritch abyss.
    • Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition for PC is released. Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition completes the celebration of one of the most beloved real-time strategy franchises with remastered graphics and music, all previously released expansions and brand-new content to enjoy for the very first time.
    • Airplane Mode for PC is released. Airplane Mode delivers all the thrills of a real-time, six-hour commercial airline flight—in Coach. At least you've got a window seat. Buckle up.
    • Noita for PC is released. Noita is a magical action roguelite set in a world where every pixel is physically simulated. Fight, explore, melt, burn, freeze and evaporate your way through the procedurally generated world using spells you've created yourself.
    • Raji: An Ancient Epic for PC is released. Raji: An Ancient Epic is an action-adventure game set in ancient India. A young girl named Raji has been chosen by the gods to stand against the demonic invasion of the human realm. Her destiny? To rescue her younger brother and face the demon lord Mahabalasura.
    • Ring of Pain for PC is released. Ring of Pain is a roguelike / card game / dungeon crawler mashup. Levels are generated randomly from decks of cards, and arranged in a format (like a ring) which lets you observe the level and strategise. As you interact with cards the dungeon dynamically adjusts based on what you're doing. Ring of Pain blends elements of modern roguelike/roguelite dungeon crawlers (Binding of Isaac, Enter the Gungeon etc) with a turn-based card game, set in a world distorted by your mind. A cryptic world of fear and delusion.
    • Space Crew for PC is released. Space Crew is the brand new sequel to strategic survival simulation game Bomber Crew. Captain's Log, Star Date 2152. This is Space Crew. Its continuing mission: To defend Earth and humankind, to eliminate the extraterrestrial threat and to boldly go where no Crew has gone before.
    • The Signifier for PC is released. This psychological thriller journeys from the real world into the surreal realms of objective memories and subjective experiences. Experimental parapsychology, artificial intelligence, and technology intersect as players solve puzzles, unravel dialog, and seek the truth.
    • Nioh 2: Darkness in the Capital for PlayStation 4 is released. Darkness in the Capital features new storylines, overwhelmingly powerful new bosses, tricky new Yokai, new Guardian Spirits, skills, Ninjutsu, Onmyo Magic and Soul Cores. And to top it all off, this new chapter will present electrifying new armor sets and a weapon that fans of hand-to-hand combat will surely relish. [Team Ninja]
    • Cake Bash for PlayStation 4 is released. Fight to be the tastiest cake! A party game for up to four players, complete with very unique hazards - bash your friends, dash away from danger and have a delicious time!
    • Cloudpunk for Switch is released. Your name is Rania. This is your first night working for Cloudpunk, the semi-legal delivery company based in the sprawling city of Nivalis. You go everywhere, from the Marrow below to the spires that pierce the grey clouds high above before scraping the edge of the troposphere. No delivery job is too dangerous, and no one is faster than a Cloudpunk driver.In this story-based exploration game, you will meet a diverse range of characters including androids, AI and unscrupulous humans at every level of society. Everyone has a story, and in the course of one night in Nivalis, everything will change.
    • TERROR SQUID for Switch is released. Create your own bullet hell in this relentlessly escalating symphony of destruction. How long can you survive?See how long you can survive in TERROR SQUID, the first game from Norwegian developer Apt Games, winner of the 2019 Norwegian Gameplay Awards and the first ever Norwegian Arcade title, refurbished and improved for Steam!An escalating symphony of destructionYour objective is to survive for as long as possible without getting hit by your own projectiles. Survive for long enough and you can release a primordial blast of dark energy, detonating your projectiles in gloriously satisfying chain reactions.Create Your Own Bullet HellDozens of bullet patterns unlike anything you have ever seen. Perfect your strategy to squeeze every precious second out of each pattern.
    • The Jackbox Party Pack 7 for Xbox One is released. Five new games: the hit threequel Quiplash 3, the collaborative chaos of The Devils and the Details, the fierce drawing game Champ’d Up, the speech game Talking Points and the guessing game Blather 'Round. Use phones or tablets as controllers and play with up to 8 players, and an audience of 10,000.
    • Dustoff Z for Xbox One is released. Get those blades spinning and load up on guns and ammo, the time has come to rebuild humanity! Dustoff Z is a game about maneuvering combat-helicopters in one of the harshest weather conditions possible – A Zombie Apocalypse.
    • Thai government issues emergency decree banning public gatherings amid increasing pro-democracy protests and criticism of the king.

    On this day in 2019

    • EVENTS
    • Gunfight between Mexican security forces and armed civilians leaves 15 dead, in Guerrero state, a day after 13 police killed in a drug cartel ambush in Michoacán state.
    • DEATHS
    • Hossein Dehlavi, Persian composer, conductor and teacher (Sarbaz; Plectrum Orchestra), who died of Alzheimer complications at 92.
    • Robbie Meserve, Race Car Driver.
    • MOVIES: R
    • Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is released. When Jay and Silent Bob discover that Hollywood is rebooting an old movie based on them, the clueless duo embark on another cross-country mission to stop it all over again!
    • Treadstone: Season 1 is released. The beginnings of the CIA black-ops program Operation Treadstone that helped create agents like Jason Bourne is explored as sleeper agents around the world are "awakened"to complete their missions in this spinoff series written by Tim Kring.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Disco Elysium for PC is released. Disco Elysium is an open world role playing game. You’re a detective with a unique skill system at your disposal and a whole city block to carve your path across. Interrogate unforgettable characters, crack murders or take bribes. Become a hero or an absolute disaster of a human being.
    • Children of Morta for PlayStation 4 is released. Children of Morta is a narrative-based roguelike hack’n slash game for PC, Mac and Linux which will involve you in the adventures of a family.
    • Outer Wilds for PlayStation 4 is released. Outer Wilds is an open world mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time loop. You’re the newest recruit of Outer Wilds Ventures, a fledgling space program searching for answers in a strange, constantly evolving solar system. The planets are packed with hidden locations that change with the passage of time.
    • The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors for PlayStation 4 is released. The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors is a reboot of the 90s Super Nintendo hit "The Ninja Warriors Again"by TAITO. The classic 2D sidescrolling Beat 'Em Up has been enhanced with higher level graphics,2 new playable characters, re-recorded soundtrack, two player local co-op and more.
    • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition for Switch is released. AKA "Switcher 3".... A whole world to explore, at home and on the go. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, open world adventure set in a dark fantasy universe. You are Geralt of Rivia, mercenary monster slayer. At your disposal is every tool of the trade: razor-sharp swords, lethal mixtures, stealthy crossbows, and powerful combat magic. Before you stands a war-torn, monster-infested continent you can explore at will. Your current contract? Tracking down the Child of Prophecy, a living weapon that can alter the shape of the world.The Complete Edition contains every piece of downloadable content released for the game, including two massive story expansions: Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine. It's the perfect opportunity to enter this world for the first time or relive the adventure on the go!Features:* A gigantic open world to explore. Visit the luxurious and corrupt city of Novigrad, face the frigid cold of the wind-swept Skellige islands, and challenge the dark forces roaming the forlorn, ravaged No Man's Land. Sail through open seas, dive in search of long lost artifacts or gallop your mount into combat the world of the Witcher beckons to be explored.* Unparalleled novel-like story spanning over 150 hours of gameplay. With over 100 hours of core and side-quest gameplay and over 50 hours of additional content, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt combines the intense, plot-driven pull of traditional RPGs with the freedom of choice only open world games can offer. Make choices and face their consequences to unlock endings tailored to how you play.* Now on Switch play at home and on the go. Developed to take advantage of everything Nintendo Switch has to offer, the game delivers a truly powerful on-the-go experience.
    • Override: Mech City Brawl for Switch is released. No gears, no glory! Control gigantic fighting robots and duke it out across fantastic cityscapes in this 3D mech-based brawler! Epic and explosive battles await with anime-inspired mechs in local and online versus game modes, party co-op with two to four players, and a single-player campaign.
    • Overwatch for Switch is released. Welcome to Overwatch. Soldiers. Scientists. Adventurers. Oddities. In a time of global crisis, an international task force of heroes banded together to restore peace to a war-torn world: Overwatch. It ended the crisis and helped to maintain peace in the decades that followed, inspiring an era of exploration, innovation, and discovery. But after many years, Overwatch's influence waned, and it was eventually disbanded.Overwatch is gone but the world still needs heroes.Choose A Hero.Overwatch features a wide array of unique heroes, ranging from a time-jumping adventurer, to an armored, rocket-hammer-wielding warrior, to a transcendent robot monk. Every hero plays differently, and mastering their abilities is the key to unlocking their potential. No two heroes are the same.Play Your Role.OffenseDefenseTankSupportWhether you're engaging in combat on the front line, providing defensive cover with your energy shield, or supporting your allies by amplifying their damage, every hero's abilities are designed to be effective as part of a team. Learning to utilize your abilities in concert with your teammates' is the key to victory.Team-Based Objectives.Teams of heroes do battle across the planet. From protecting the secrets of the mysterious Temple of Anubis, to safely escorting an EMP device through King's Row, the world is your battlefield.
    • Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition / Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition for Switch is released. Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition"What can change the nature of a man?"You are the Nameless One, a hulking figure covered in scars and tattoos collected over the course of countless livesnone of which you can remember, but are now coming back to haunt you. You are prodded awake by Morte, a floating skull and keeper of secrets, to embark on an adventure from the dirty streets of Sigil through the mysterious Outer Planes and even into the depths of Hell itself. Soon, you will discover that some destinies cannot be escaped and some memories are greater burdens than an even an immortal can bear. Contains: * Original Planescape: Torment campaign * Restored quest content, cut from the original game The Planes Await Explore the furthest and most bizarre reaches of the Dungeons & Dragons multiverse, filled with strange magics, talking weapons, philosophic undead, and more.Strange Bedfellows A chaste succubus who can kill with a kiss. A confused crossbow-wielding cube. A suit of armor animated by a spirit demanding justice. Join these companions and more on your journey through the planes.Optimized for ConsoleExperience Planescape: Torment in HD with a reworked interface designed for ConsoleIcewind Dale Enhanced Edition Evil stirs beneath the Spine of the World. Journey deep into Icewind Dale, a harsh and unforgiving territory settled only by the hardiest folk. Battle the cunning, ferocious beasts that survive among the snow-shrouded peaks, and confront an evil that schemes to wreak destruction upon the world. Originally released in 2000, Icewind Dale is a Dungeons & Dragons tactical isometric roleplaying game set in the legendary Forgotten Realms. Contains: * Original Icewind Dale campaign * Heart of Winter expansion * Trials of the Luremaster expansion * Adventurers of Neverwinter voice and portrait pack* Restored quest content, cut from the original game New Character Options Select from over 30 new kits and classes to create the perfect adventuring party; customize your heroes with expanded options for hair, skin, and clothing colors, as well as new portraits and voice sets.Gather Your Party Tackle the dangers of Icewind Dale alone or with friends in co-op multiplayer.Optimized for ConsoleExperience Icewind Dale in HD with a reworked interface design!
    • Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Editions for Switch is released. Includes the original Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and its sequel, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, with all DLC and restored quest content, as well as the Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear expansion, featuring new original content developed by Beamdog to bridge the two games.
    • Record 12 Democratic presidential candidates participate in a live TV debate in Westerville, Ohio.

    On this day in 2018

    • EVENTS
    • A study by guitar-maker Fender showed that women accounted for 50 percent of all beginner and aspirational players. They said guitar sales were rising with artists such as Taylor Swift encouraging more young women to pick up an "axe". Fender’s study also found that 72 percent of guitar players pick up a guitar for the first time to gain a life skill or improve themselves..
    • At least 180,000 migrants driven out of Anglo and back into the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    • Caravan of up to 4,000 Central American migrants that started in Honduras reaches Guatemala, heading for Mexico and the US.
    • DEATHS
    • Paul Allen, American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), who died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 65.
    • Shelley Hamlin, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1973), who died of breast cancer at 69.
    • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories for PlayStation 4 is released. The blunt disappearance of a close friend encourages J.J. to go look for her on the strange Island of Memories. You can’t die on this nightmare island, even if you’re seriously injured. No matter how many times J.J.’s brought back from the grips of death, she drags her mangled body deeper into the woods to find her friend.
    • Indian minister and editor MJ Akbar files a defamation case after being accused of sexual harassment by multiple women in #MeToo case.

    On this day in 2017

    • EVENTS
    • 60 Minutes and The Washington Post publish story detailing how Congress passed a bill sponsored by Tom Marino that hindered the fight against the opioid crisis.
    • Actress Alyssa Milano's tweet “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’" prompts flood of replies across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
    • Austrian legislative elections: Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) win most seats (62), led by Sebastian Kurz (31).
    • 500 wildfires occur in Portugal and Northern Spain fanned by winds from Hurricane Ophelia, killing at least 35.
    • DEATHS
    • Peter Lumsden, Race Car Driver.
    • White Famous: Season 1 is released. Up and coming comedian Floyd Mooney (Jay Pharoah) tries to keep his integrity as he gains mainstream success in this comedy from Jamie Foxx and Tom Kapinos.

    On this day in 2016

    • " The Flash" actor Robbie Amell at the age of 28 weds actress Italia Ricci at the age of 29 in downtown Los Angeles.
    • Former "Glee" actress Dianna Agron at the age of 30 weds Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall at the age of 27 in Morocco.
    • DEATHS
    • Barbara Romack, American golfer (US Curtis Cup team 1954,56,58), who died at 83.

    On this day in 2015

    • GAMING: PC
    • Downwell for PC is released. Downwell is a curious game about a young person venturing down a well in search of untold treasures with only his Gunboots to protect him.
    • Human Resource Machine for PC is released. Program little office workers to solve puzzles. Be a good employee! The machines are coming... for your job. From the creators of World of Goo and Little Inferno.
    • Mushroom 11 for PC is released. Guide an amorphous organism across brain-twisting obstacles by destroying it. Overcome swarms of bizarre mutated creatures, and understand the true nature of the devastation from which you emerged.
    • The Age of Decadence for PC is released. The Age of Decadence is an isometric, turn-based, single-player role-playing game set in a low magic, post-apocalyptic fantasy world, inspired by the fall of the Roman Empire. The game features a detailed skill-based character system, multiple skill-based ways to handle quests, choices & consequences, and extensive dialogue trees.

    On this day in 2014

    • EVENTS
    • U2 frontman Bono said he was sorry after their latest album was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world, saying the move was a "drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity". iTunes users complained that the 11-track Songs of Innocence had been added to their music library without permission and that it was not clear how to delete it..
    • BIRTHS
    • Princess Niliya, Instagram Star, born in Iran.
    • Diplomacy is released. As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then ‘only as a field of rubble’. The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup), who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing should be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier) steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition for PC is released. Gabriel Knight fans have been waiting for this day for a long, long time: Jane Jensen, the original creator of the acclaimed Gabriel Knight adventure series, has licensed the IP from Activision and is working on a Gabriel Knight game for the first time since leaving Sierra Online in 1999! The 20th anniversary remake of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers will release on computers and tablets in mid-2014.
    • Legend of Grimrock II for PC is released. Legend of Grimrock 2 is a dungeon crawling RPG with a modern execution but an old-school heart. A gaggle of 4 prisoners have shipwrecked on the secluded Isle of Nex. The island is chock full of ancient crumbled ruins, mysterious shrines and a vast underground network of dungeons.
    • SPORTS
    • Nobby Wirkowski, American-Canadian football player and coach (Toronto Argonauts), who died at 88.

    On this day in 2013

    • EVENTS
    • Walmart announces that Doug McMillon, head of their International Division, will become its next CEO.
    • Madonna was banned from a US cinema chain after being accused of texting during a film. Attending the New York Film Festival screening of 12 Years a Slave, the 55-year-old was reportedly asked to stop texting by an audience member. Tim League, CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse chain, tweeted: "Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies at Alamo.".
    • Dove Cameron releases a single, "Better In Stereo".
    • DEATHS
    • Gloria Lynne [Wilson], American jazz vocalist (Dell Tones), who died of a heart attack at 83.
    • Hans Riegel, Entrepreneur.
    • Peter Miles, British Army officer, businessman and courtier in the Household of Elizabeth II, who died at 89.
    • Sean Edwards, Race Car Driver.
    • ALBUMS
    • Somewhere Beautiful [Live] was released by The Chills. This is the live recording of a 2011 New Year's Eve private party performance from the New Zealand indie pop group led by Martin Phillips.
    • Retrash was released by Oozing Wound. The is the debut full-length release for the Chicago trash metal trio.
    • Static was released by Cults. Produced with Shane Stoneback and Ben Allen, the emotions around a breakup is the central theme of the second full-length release from the Brooklyn pop duo of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion.
    • Splinter: Songs From a Broken Mind was released by Gary Numan. The 20th studio release for the British electronic artist features guitarist Robin Finck and was produced with Ade Fenton.
    • Whales and Leeches was released by Red Fang. The third release for the Portland, Oregon metal band was produced by the Decemberists' Chris Funk.
    • Wildewoman was released by Lucius. This is the debut full-length release for the Brooklyn-based indie pop band led by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig.
    • Threace was released by Cave. The five-track third full-length release for the Chicago-based psychedelic rock band includes a nearly 12-minute song.
    • To All the Girls... was released by Willie Nelson. The 18-track double release from the country singer features duets with such artists as Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Wynnona Judd, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Shelby Lynne, Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, and Carrie Underwood.
    • Uncanney Valley was released by The Dismemberment Plan. The first release in 12 years for the Washington DC rock quartet led by Travis Morrison was produced by the band's guitarist, Jason Caddell.
    • Vengeance Falls was released by Trivium. The sixth studio release for the melodic thrash band was produced by Disturbed's David Draiman.
    • Virgins was released by Tim Hecker. The seventh full-length release for the Canadian experimental electronic producer was recorded live in Montreal, Reykjavik, and Seattle.
    • ilp. was released by Kwes.. The debut full-length release for the British producer/singer includes elements of R&B, pop and electronic music.
    • Let's Be Still was released by The Head and the Heart. The second full-length release for the Seattle folk rock group was produced with Shawn Simmons and mixed by Peter Katis.
    • Lightning Bolt was released by Pearl Jam. The tenth studio release for the Eddie Vedder-led rock band was produced by Brendan O'Brien.
    • Magpie and the Dandelion was released by The Avett Brothers. Recorded and produced by Rick Rubin at the same sessions as 2012's The Carpenter, the eighth release for the folk rock band is said to be more of a "youthful wonder"feel.
    • Last Patrol was released by Monster Magnet. The ninth studio full-length release for the New Jersey stoner rock band was produced by band members ave Wyndorf & Phil Caivano.
    • Nothing Is Real was released by Crystal Antlers. The third full-length release for the California psychedelic rock trio was recorded at singer Jonny Bell's home studio.
    • NYC, Hell 3:00 AM was released by James Ferraro. The latest release for the experimental artist/producer was inspired by the city of New York.
    • Oh My Sexy Lord was released by Marijuana Deathsquads. Justin Vernon guests on the debut full-length studio release for the Minneapolis experimental project that includes Ryan Olson of Gayngs, Stef Alexander of Doomtree, Isaac Gale, Ben Ivascu of Poliça, Mark McGee of To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie, and Jeremy Nutzman.
    • New was released by Paul McCartney. The first release of new solo material in six years from the former Beatle includes production from Paul Epworth, Ethan Johns, Giles Martin (son of Beatles producer George Martin), and Marc Ronson.
    • Good Mood Fool was released by Luke Temple. The fourth full-length solo release for Here We Go Magic's frontman was recorded in an upstate New York cabin with backing from Dirty Projectors' Mike Johnson and We Go Magic bandmate, Eliot Krimsky.
    • Fanfare was released by Jonathan Wilson. The second full-length release for the singer-songwriter features guest appearances from such artists as Jackson Browne, Mike Campbell, David Crosby, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Graham Nash, Patrick Sansone of Wilco, Benmont Tench, and Josh Tillman.
    • Forever Becoming was released by Pelican. The fifth full-length studio release for the mostly instrumental Chicago post-rock band is the first without founding guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec.
    • Emancipated Hearts was released by Dean Wareham. The debut solo release for the Galaxie 500 and Luna frontman was produced by Jason Quever of Papercuts.
    • Beautiful Rewind was released by Four Tet. The second release for British producer Kieran Hebden in 2013 as Four Tet is his first full-length since 2010's There Is Love in You.
    • Big Wheel and Others was released by Cass McCombs. The seventh full-length release for the indie singer-songwriter is a 22-track double-album featuring blues, country, folk, and jazz styles.
    • Bubblegum was released by Kevin Devine. One of two Kickstarter-funded releases [Bulldozer was also released on the same day] for the Brooklyn indie rock singer includes his backing band, The Goddamn Band and was produced by Brand New's Jesse Lacey.
    • Bulldozer was released by Kevin Devine. One of two Kickstarter-funded releases [Bubblegum was also released on the same day] for the Brooklyn indie rock singer is a solo album produced by Rob Schnapf.
    • The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 - Faith for PlayStation 3 is released. The Wolf Among Us is a 5-episode series from the creators of The Walking Dead. Based on Fables (DC Comics/Vertigo), an award-winning comic book series, it is an often violent, mature and hard-boiled thriller where the characters and creatures of myth, lore and legend are real and exist in our world. As Bigby Wolf - THE big bad wolf in human form - you discover that the brutal, bloody murder of a Fable is just a taste of things to come, in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences. Your choices matter: it’s not only WHAT you choose to do that will affect how your story plays out, but WHEN you choose to do it. A mature and gritty take on characters from fairy tales, legends and folklore who have escaped into our world. These are not the characters you’d see on a little child’s lunchbox. Play as Bigby Wolf: formerly the most feared monster among the Fables, now Sheriff of Fabletown and protector of those he used to hunt. He must restrain the beast within if he is to earn the trust of those around him. Choose Bigby’s actions carefully. Will you approach a situation calmly or unleash your inner rage? The way you act will determine how others respond to you. Set before the events seen in the first issue of the comics – you don’t have to know the characters or the world to play. [Telltale Games]
    • Valhalla Knights 3 for PlayStation Vita is released. Valhalla Knights 3 is an action RPG with intense real-time battle and seven-on-seven party based combat. Players can create a main character and field-worthy party members from one of seven races as well as assign them a job class from the twenty choices available.
    • Rudolf Friedrich, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1982-84), who died at 90.


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