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The ATR 72–200 operated as Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 3704 pictured in 2006
The ATR 72–200 operated as Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 3704

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February 19: Family Day in various regions of Canada (2018); Washington's Birthday (Presidents' Day) in the United States (2018)

Old Trafford stadium
Old Trafford stadium

Dorothe Engelbretsdatter (d. 1716) · Émilie Gamelin (b. 1800) · Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama (b. 1938)

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National Coalition Party poster, 1964
National Coalition Party poster, 1964

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Dungeon Siege is an action role-playing game developed by Gas Powered Games and published by Microsoft for Windows (2002) and by Destineer for MacOS (2003). Set in the pseudo-medieval kingdom of Ehb, the high fantasy game follows a young farmer and his companions as they journey to defeat an invading force. Instead of manually controlling characters, the player sets their overall tactics, weapons and magic usage. Chris Taylor and Jacob McMahon aimed for a role-playing game stripped of the typical genre elements they found slow or frustrating, including all loading screens, to keep the player focused on the action. Development took over four years, often with 12- to 14-hour workdays. The game is listed by review aggregator Metacritic as the third-highest rated computer role-playing game of 2002. Critics praised the graphics and seamless world, as well as the fun and accessible gameplay, but were dismissive of the plot. The game sold over 1.7 million copies. An expansion pack, Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna, was released in 2003, followed by Dungeon Siege II (2005), Dungeon Siege III (2011), and other titles. (Full article...)

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William III of the Netherlands

William III of the Netherlands (1817–1890) was the King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg between 1849 and 1890. The son of King William II and Anna Pavlovna of Russia, William came to the throne after his father's death. During his reign, he instituted a new constitution in Luxembourg and considered selling that country to France.

Painting: Nicolaas Pieneman