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  • Martyrdom of Imam Hassan Asgari is being celebrated in Iran
  • People born on this day are Virgo as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

    On this day in 2022

    • EVENTS
    • Queen Elizabeth II's coffin makes a ceremonial procession down the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles'Cathedral where 20,000 people queue to pay their respects.
    • DEATHS
    • Pnb Rock, Rapper.
    • Harry Landis, British stage director and character actor (EastEnders,1995-97 - "Felix" ; Friday Night Dinner,2012-14 - "Mr. Morris"), who died at 90.
    • The Primetime Emmy Awards is released. Kenan Thompson hosted the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC and Peacock.

    On this day in 2021

    • EVENTS
    • Taliban says women must study in gender-segregated classrooms in Afghanistan.
    • World's largest container ship, the Ever Ace,400m-long (1,300ft) carrying 23,992 containers arrives in Felixstowe on its maiden voyage.
    • Paris's Arc de Triomphe covered in fabric in tribute to the late artist Christo, his unfulfilled project.
    • DEATHS
    • Brandon Ashur, YouTube Star.
    • American Rust: Season 1 is released. Del Harris (Jeff Daniels), the chief of police in a small Pennsylvania Rust Belt town is tested on how far would he go to protect the son (Alex Neustaedter) of a woman (Maura Tierney) he loves from murder charges in this drama series based on Philipp Meyer's novel of the same name.
    • Scenes From A Marriage: Season 1 is released. The marriage between tech executive Mira (Jessica Chastain) and her philosophy professor husband Jonathan (Oscar Isaac) has been slowly falling apart in this five-episode limited series based on Ingmar Bergman’s Swedish series of the same name.
    • Michel Maïque, French rugby league second rower (8 Tests; FC Lézignan) and politician (Mayor of Lézignan-Corbières 2014-20), who died from acute pancreatitis at 73.

    On this day in 2020

    • EVENTS
    • Chloé Zhao's "Nomadland" starring Frances McDormand wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
    • DEATHS
    • Barbara Jefford, British stage actress (James Joyce's Ulysses), who died at 90.
    • Terence Conran, English designer and restaurateur (Habitat), who died at 88.
    • Coastal Elites is released. Miriam Nessler (Bette Midler), a New York teacher; Sharynn Tarrows (Kaitlyn Dever), a nurse from Wyoming; actor Mark Hesterman (Dan Levy); Youtuber Clarissa Montgomery (Sarah Paulson) and philanthropist Callie Josephson (Issa Rae) all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways in this satire from Paul Rudnick.

    On this day in 2019

    • Golazo! for Switch is released. Football is all about fun and teamwork. It doesn't matter if you're on the field or play it on console sitting with your friends on the couch. Golazo boldly recalls the glory days of the arcade soccer games, bringing back memories of cult classics we all know. With its vintage, not-too-serious, artistic and creative modern approach to classic gameplay, Golazo is certainly a perfect game for people who are weary of football managers or complicated hard-core simulators. You just grab your pad, sit on the couch and play!
    • Amnesia Collection for Switch is released. Amnesia: The Dark Descent puts you in the shoes of Daniel as he wakes up in a desolate castle, barely remembering anything about his past. Exploring its eerie pathways, you must piece together Daniel's troubled memories and uncover the horror that lies deep below.In Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus wakes in his bed wracked with fever and haunted by dreams of a dark and hellish engine. All he knows is that his children are in grave peril, and it's up to him to save them.Amnesia: Justine puts you through a series of trials constructed by a demented mind. Will you risk your own life to save others?
    • The Sinking City for Switch is released. The Sinking City is an action/investigation game set in an open world inspired by the universe of H.P. Lovecraft. In this new type of adventure, you take on the role of Charles W. Reed, an investigator in the 1920s United States. No sooner have you arrived in Oakmont, Massachusetts, than you are led to investigate a mysterious flood inundating the city, in the hopes of shedding light on the darkness that has seized the place and corrupted the minds of the inhabitants - and yours...* An oppressive atmosphere and story inspired by the universe of H.P. Lovecraft.* A vast open world that can be explored on foot, by boat, in a diving suit* High replay value thanks to an open investigation system: each case can be solved in a number of ways, with different possible endings depending on your actions.* An arsenal of weapons from the 1920s with which to take on nightmarish creatures.* Manage your mental health to untangle the truth behind the madness.

    On this day in 2018

    • EVENTS
    • Oldest known human drawing discovered, a hashtag-like abstract drawing with red ochre,73,000 years old, in Blombos Cave, South Africa published in "Nature".
    • European parliament votes to pursue disciplinary action against Hungary for anti-democratic actions, first ever such vote.
    • More than 3,600 children reported abused by Catholic priests in Germany (1946-2014) in leaked report.
    • DEATHS
    • Rachid Taha, Rock Singer.
    • Shadow of the Tomb Raider for PlayStation 4 is released. Experience Lara Croft's defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.FEATURES:* Survive and Thrive In the Deadliest Place on Earth: Master an unforgiving jungle setting in order to survive. Explore underwater environments filled with crevasses and deep tunnel systems.* Become One With the Jungle: Outgunned and outnumbered, Lara must use the jungle to her advantage. Strike suddenly and disappear like a jaguar, use mud as camouflage, and instill fear in enemies to sow chaos.* Discover Dark and Brutal Tombs: Tombs are more terrifying than ever before, requiring advanced traversal techniques to reach them, and once inside they are filled with deadly puzzles.* Uncover Living History: Discover a hidden city and explore the biggest hub space ever found in a Tomb Raider game.

    On this day in 2017

    • EVENTS
    • Monster fatburg 250m long,130 tons, size of 11 buses found in sewers under east London.
    • Mark Ronson was being sued for alleged copyright infringement over his hit 2014 song 'Uptown Funk'.Lastrada Entertainment, which owned the rights to the Roger and Zapp 1980 funk classic 'More Bounce To The Ounce', filed the lawsuit against the English producer claiming 'Uptown Funk' copied the first 48 seconds of 'More Bounce To The Ounce'..
    • Hope Hicks appointed permanent White House Communications Director after working in an interim role.
    • Lady Gaga confirms her battlle with chronic illness fibromyalgia.
    • DEATHS
    • Mike Duvall, Race Car Driver.
    • Edith Windsor [née Schlain], American LGBT rights activist (lead plaintiff in United States v. Windsor), who died at 88.
    • Riem de Wolff, Indonesian-Dutch singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), who died at 74.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 for PC is released. PES League Integration – Compete with PES League in new modes including myClub
    • Tooth and Tail for PC is released. Lead the revolution with an army of flamethrowing Boars, mustard gas-lobbing Skunks, and paratrooper-puking Owls. Tooth and Tail is a Real-Time-Strategy game featuring Single Player, Online Competitive Play, Split Screen, Replays, and more. Build a base, lead your army, eat your enemies!
    • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA for PlayStation 4 is released. Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and mysterious ruins on the isolated island.
    • Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash for PlayStation 4 is released. The ninja girls of Senran Kagura are back for more in a whole new way, armed with water guns and all-new visual enhancements packed into a third-person splasher. Choose a team of five from the more than 30 girls available, outfit them with customizable weapons and abilities, lead them into lighthearted water gun battles against rival teams in a variety of 5-on-5 team-based combat arenas, or join your friends online and take on opposing teams. Come on in; the water's great! The “No Shirt, No Shoes, All Service” edition comes with a Blu-ray disc containing a compilation of opening animations from previous SENRAN KAGURA games, an art book, a music CD, and a DLC key containing in-game contents Soaking Wet High School Uniform costume, a set of colorful bikini costumes, the Futomaki Roll Bazooka special weapon, a Bebeby pet card, and a special set of skill cards. [Amazon]
    • Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth for PlayStation 4 is released. Based on Ken Follett’s world-bestseller, The Pillars of the Earth retells the story of the village of Kingsbridge in a whole new way. Play as Jack, Aliena, and Philip and change the events of the book through exploration, decision-making and dialogues.
    • NASCAR Heat 2 for PlayStation 4 is released. Joining the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are available to race in all game modes.
    • Maize for PlayStation 4 is released. Maize is what happens when two scientists misinterpret a memo from the U.S. Government and end up creating, uh, sentient corn. And did we mention the angry condescending Russian robotic teddy bear or the unhinged albino corn stalk with an underbite? It’s a lot to take in.
    • Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition for Switch is released. Rayman, winner of multiple artistic and musical achievements, is coming to Nintendo Switch with Rayman Legends Definitive Edition.Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies are off wandering through an enchanted forest when they discover a mysterious tent filled with a series of captivating paintings. As they look more closely, they notice each painting seems to tell the story of a mythical world. While focusing on a painting that shows a medieval land, they are suddenly sucked into the painting, entering the world, and the adventure begins. The gang must run, jump, and fight their way through each world to save the day and discover the secrets of every legendary painting.* Join the team with up to 4 players in local co-op!* Compete with your friends in tournaments with the Kung Foot experience (local wireless multiplayer)* Run, jump & smack your way through 100+ maps* Jump to the rhythm and rock the party to beat the crazy musical levels
    • Planet of the Eyes for Xbox One is released. An atmospheric narrative-platformer about a service robot stranded on a mysterious planet, Planet of the Eyes features a stunning visual mix of puzzle and platforming challenges, an original musical score, and fully voiced audio logs left by another survivor.

    On this day in 2016

    • DEATHS
    • Hidayat Inayat Khan, British-French classical composer, conductor and Sufi teacher, who died at 99.

    On this day in 2015

    • EVENTS
    • Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader of the UK Labour party.
    • 12 tourists mistaken for militants, are killed by Egyptian forces in Egypts Western Desert.
    • DEATHS
    • Max Beauvoir, Haiti Chief Voodoo Priest, who died at 79.
    • Frank D. Gilroy, American writer (Subject Was Roses), who died at 89.
    • Bryn Merrick, British musician (The Damned), who died at 56.
    • Ferrell Takes the Field: Season 1 is released. To raise funds for scholarship charity Cancer for College, comedian Will Ferrell played 10 positions in five spring training games in Arizona for 10 different teams on one day in this comedy special.

    On this day in 2014

    • DEATHS
    • Donald Sinden, English actor, who died from prostate cancer at 90.
    • Joe Sample, American jazz and session keyboardist and composer (The Jazz Crusaders), who died of mesothelioma at 75.
    • Salah El Mahdi, Tunisian composer, conductor, musicologist, and artistic director, who died at 89.
    • Stray Dogs is released. A father and his two children wander the margins of modern day Taipei, from the woods and rivers of the outskirts to the rain streaked streets of the city. By day the father scrapes out a meager income as a human billboard for luxury apartments, while his young son and daughter roam the supermarkets and malls surviving off free food samples. Each night the family takes shelter in an abandoned building. The father is strangely affected by a hypnotic mural adorning the wall of this makeshift home.
    • The Green Prince is released. As a defiant teenager growing up in Palestine, Mosab Hassan Yousef’s fervor against Israel was unquestionable, ultimately landing him in prison. Shaken by Hamas’s brutality within the prison’s walls and a growing disgust for their methods, particularly suicide bombing, he had an unexpected change of heart and began to see Hamas as more of a problem than a solution. Recruited by the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security agency) and given the code name "Green Prince, "he spied on the Hamas elite for over a decade, constantly risking exposure and certain death while grappling with the perception that he had betrayed his own family and people. Along the way, what started as a cautious alliance between Mosab and his Shin Bet handler Gonen Ben Yitzhak grew into an enduring loyalty that no one could have predicted. [Music Box Films]
    • I Am Eleven is released. I Am Eleven explores the lives and thoughts of children from all around the world. It weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to stand on the cusp between childhood and adolescence, that fleeting moment when childish naiveté has faded, yet teenaged self-consciousness has not yet taken hold. These young minds, still unguarded and remarkably honest, offer a powerful insight into the future of our world. [International Film Circuit]
    • Bird People is released. In a Paris airport zone, two strangers try to make sense out of their lives: an American engineer under great professional and emotional pressure who decides to radically change the course of his existence, and a young hotel chambermaid who goes through a life-altering supernatural experience.
    • At the Devil's Door is released. When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh (Catalina Sandino Moreno) is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh's artist sister Vera (Naya Rivera) into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them. [IFC Films]
    • MOVIES: PG
    • Dolphin Tale 2 is released. It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett, rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter's surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins' social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium. [Warner Bros.]
    • Take Me to the River is released. Take Me to the River celebrates the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together and follows them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday.
    • MOVIES: PG13
    • No Good Deed is released. Terri (Taraji P. Henson) is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.
    • Atlas Shrugged III: Who Is John Galt? is released. Approaching collapse, the nation's economy is quickly eroding. As crime and fear take over the countryside, the government continues to exert its brutal force against the nation's most productive who are mysteriously vanishing - leaving behind a wake of despair. One man has the answer. One woman stands in his way. Some will stop at nothing to control him. Others will stop at nothing to save him. He swore by his life. They swore to find him. Who is John Galt?
    • MOVIES: R
    • Honeymoon is released. Newlyweds Paul and Bea want to spend their honeymoon at a cabin in the woods. But the lovely romantic moments quickly disappears when strange events, such as the appearance of a mysterious light, the unexpected disappearance of Bea and her strange return, completely hurt and acting differently, are destined to torn them apart. [Magnet Releasing]
    • The Skeleton Twins is released. After ten years of estrangement, twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize that the key to fixing their lives just may lie in fixing their relationship with each other.
    • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them is released. Once happily married, Conor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) suddenly find themselves to be strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of a tragedy.
    • The Drop is released. In the underworld of Brooklyn bars, "money drops"are used to funnel cash to local gangsters. When a robbery at the bar of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) goes awry, bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) finds himself entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living—no matter the cost. [Fox Searchlight]
    • Z Nation: Season 1 is released. Set three years after a zombie virus nearly kills everyone, a team that includes leader Hammond (Harold Perrineau), second-in-command Garnett (Tom Everett Scott), and a computer hacker who goes by the name Citizen Z (DJ Qualls), seek to move a survivor of the virus from New York to the only functioning lab in California to produce an antidote.
    • GAMING: PC
    • J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars for PC is released. The story focuses on Rachel Manners, a 35 year old astrobiologist. She is a member of an select group of scientists, chosen to embark on one of the most critical missions ever conceived on Earth. Now Rachel is alone, orbiting an unknown planet. Her only companions are J.U.L.I.A., the space probe’s artificial intelligence and Mobot, a huge reconnaissance robot. Together, this unlikely trio will explore the mysteries of this solar system. But are they prepared for what they will find?
    • Ian Paisley, First Minister of Northern Ireland (Democratic Unionist Party: 2007-08), loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader, who died at 88.

    On this day in 2013

    • BIRTHS
    • Nisan Aktas, Instagram Star, born in Turkey.
    • DEATHS
    • Ray Dolby, sound expert/inventor (Dolby noise limiting system), who died of leukemia at 80.
    • Ray Milton Dolby, American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR, who died of leukemia at 80.
    • The Muslims Are Coming! is released. Acclaimed comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah lead a group of Muslim-American standup comedians as they visit big cities, rural villages, and everything in between to counter Islamophobia using the only weapon they have: jokes.
    • GAMING: PC
    • Aarklash: Legacy for PC is released. Aarklash: Legacy is a tactical role playing game centered around the principles of planification and strategy. Master tactical combat through the use of active pause to coordinate the various heroes and their skills. Play cleverly to defeat all the merciless creatures living in Aarklash. Learn their weaknesses and send them to their graves. Sharpen your skills/techniques and attempt to defeat the game in Ragnarok mode, if you dare.
    • Card Hunter (2013) for PC is released. Card Hunter is is an innovative new take on strategy gaming that lets its developers flex their turn-based gaming muscles in a way that they never could have as part of a bigger outfit.


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