From today's featured article
Panzer Dragoon Saga is a 1998 role-playing video game (RPG) developed by Team Andromeda and published by Sega for the Sega Saturn. The third in the Panzer Dragoon series, it replaced the games' rail shooter gameplay with RPG elements such as random encounters, semi-turn-based battles and free-roaming exploration. The player controls Edge, a young mercenary who encounters a mysterious girl from a vanished civilization. The development was arduous and repeatedly delayed; incorporating the Panzer Dragoon shooting elements with full 3D computer graphics and voice acting, both unusual features in RPGs at the time, pushed the Saturn to its technical limits and strained team relations. Saga is the most acclaimed Saturn game and is often listed among the greatest games of all time, earning praise for its story, graphics and combat. It had a limited release in the West and worldwide sales were poor. It has never been re-released and English copies sell for hundreds of US dollars. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that the release of the MacCharlie (pictured)—an IBM PC that clipped onto the side of the original Macintosh—nearly bankrupted Dayna Communications in 1985?
- ... that Indian Carnatic music vocalist R. K. Padmanabha teaches group singing predominantly to women?
- ... that a targeting penalty that caused the disqualification of an Arkansas player during overtime of the 2022 Liberty Bowl was overturned by the NCAA the next day?
- ... that Fernando Cajías, who belongs to the first generation of professional historians in Bolivia, composed part of history academia's "Mirista wing"?
- ... that a mercury spill occurred at Agua Fria High School when students discovered and started playing with an unsecured supply of the element?
- ... that industrial designer Cesar Vergara started designing trains because he "thought most were awful looking"?
- ... that the Three Tuns, a 17th-century pub in Alcester, has been left roofless since a 2021 fire?
- ... that Solihin G. P. was anecdotally asleep when he was announced as the commander of the Hasanuddin Military Region?
In the news
- Petr Pavel (pictured) is elected as president of the Czech Republic.
- Cyclone Cheneso leaves at least 24 people dead in Madagascar.
- An armed attack on the Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran leaves one person dead and two others injured.
- Chris Hipkins succeeds Jacinda Ardern as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party after her resignation.
- Brahim Ghali is re-elected as secretary general of the Polisario Front and president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
On this day
- 904 – Sergius III (pictured), whose pontificate was marked by feudal violence and disorder in central Italy, returned from exile to take over the papacy from the deposed antipope Christopher.
- 1863 – American Indian Wars: The U.S. Army led by Patrick Edward Connor massacred Chief Bear Hunter and Shoshone forces at the Bear River Massacre in present-day Franklin County, Idaho.
- 1911 – Mexican Revolution: The Magonista rebellion began when Mexican Liberal Party troops captured the town of Mexicali.
- 1959 – The first Melodifestivalen, an annual Swedish music competition that determines the country's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest, was held in Stockholm.
- 2017 – A lone gunman carried out a mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, killing six people and injuring up to nineteen others.
Today's featured picture
Lawrence Hogan (1928–2017) was an American politician who served as a Republican US Congressman, representing the 5th congressional district of Maryland from 1969 to 1975. In 1974, he was the only Republican Representative to vote to recommend all three House articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon. He was also the father of Larry Hogan, the 62nd governor of Maryland.
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