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Labor Day in the United States

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

The US and China join Paris climate deal

The Paris Agreement is an agreement with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance, starting in the year 2020. In 2016, the US and China issued a joint statement confirming that both countries would sign the Paris Climate Agreement.

Library of Birmingham opens

The Library of Birmingham is a public library in Birmingham, England. It is situated on the west side of the city center at Centenary Square, beside the Birmingham Rep and Baskerville House. It has been described as the largest public library in the UK, the largest public cultural space in Europe, and the largest regional library in Europe.

Ylvis release "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)"

"The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" is an electronic dance novelty song and viral video by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis. The top trending video of 2013 on YouTube, "The Fox" has received over 770 million views. "The Fox" peaked at the top of the Norwegian Singles Chart and was also hugely successful in the United States.

Diablo III is released for PS3 and X360

Diablo III is a dungeon crawler action role-playing video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the third installment in the Diablo franchise. In the game, players choose one of seven character classes and are tasked with defeating the Lord of Terror, Diablo.

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan dies

Michael Clarke Duncan was an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile. Duncan was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. He died from heart attack complications in Los Angeles at the age of 54.


Usain Bolt wins 200m in Athletics World Championships

The men’s 200 meters at the 2011 World Championship in Athletics took place at the Daegu Stadium in South Korea. Following his false start in the 100 meters, cautious Usain Bolt had the slowest reaction time to the gun, but he easily took the lead and finished before Walter Dix and Christophe Lemaitre with the time of 19,40 seconds.

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 is released

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 is an arcade-style combat flight simulator developed by Ubisoft Bucharest and published by Ubisoft. The gameplay experience has significantly changed from that of the previous game. Unlike the previous game, the player is no longer given an option of a plane or weapon load-out for the story missions.

Michael Jackson's funeral

A public memorial service for Michael Jackson was held on 7 July 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, twelve days after his death. The event was preceded by a private family service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park's Hall of Liberty in Hollywood Hills, and followed by a gathering in Beverly Hills for Jackson's family and close friends.


Andre Agassi retires

After suffering from sciatica caused by two bulging discs in his back, a spondylolisthesis and a bone spur that interfered with the nerve, Agassi retired from professional tennis after losing in the third round of the 2006 US Open to Benjamin Becker.

Russian school siege ends in violence

The Beslan school siege lasted three days, involved the illegal imprisonment of over 1,100 people as hostages, and ended with the deaths of at least 334 people. The crisis began when a group of armed Islamic militants, mostly Ingush and Chechen, occupied School Number One in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia.

The 40th-anniversary "Licks tour" is kicked off

The Licks Tour was a worldwide concert tour undertaken by The Rolling Stones during 2002 and 2003, in support of their 40th-anniversary compilation album Forty Licks. The tour grossed over $300 million, becoming the second highest grossing tour at that time, behind their own Voodoo Lounge Tour of 1994–1995.

HP and Compaq agree to merge

Compaq rose to become the largest supplier of PC systems during the 1990s before being overtaken by HP in 2001. Struggling to keep up in the price wars against Dell, as well as with a risky acquisition of DEC, Compaq was acquired for US$25 billion by HP in 2002. The Compaq brand remained in use by HP for lower-end systems until 2013 when it was discontinued.

Vietnam Airlines Flight 815 crash

Vietnam Airlines Flight 815 was a scheduled Vietnam Airlines flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh's Pochentong Airport. The Tupolev Tu-134B-3 aircraft crashed on final approach approximately 800 meters short of the runway, killing 65 of the 66 persons on board. The aircraft was completely destroyed.

Corporation eBay is founded

eBay Inc. is an American multinational e-commerce corporation based in San Jose, California that facilitates consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales through its website. eBay was founded by Pierre Omidyar in 1995 and became a notable success story of the dot-com bubble. eBay is a multibillion-dollar business with operations in about 30 countries, as of 2011.


Snowboarder and skateboarder Shaun White is born

Shaun Roger White is an American professional snowboarder, skateboarder and musician. He is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He holds the record for the most X-Games gold medals and most Olympic gold medals by a snowboarder and has won 10 ESPY Awards.

Space Shuttle Discovery is launched

The mission's goals were deployment of three communications satellites into orbit and repair of one broken satellite in space. The astronauts conducted two spacewalks. The launch was originally scheduled for August 24 but it has to be postponed twice. First time it was because of the weather, second time because of computer failure.

UB40 have their first UK #1 single

"Red Red Wine" is a song originally written, performed, and recorded by American singer Neil Diamond in 1967. In 1983, UB40 recorded the best-known version of the song, in a lighter reggae style. The UB40 version topped the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. Diamond later performed a UB40-inspired version of the song while on tour.

Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars

The craft was launched in September 1975. The following launch using a Titan/Centaur launch vehicle and a 333-day cruise to Mars, the Viking 2 Orbiter began returning global images of Mars prior to orbit insertion. The Viking Orbiters caused a revolution in our ideas about water on Mars. Huge river valleys were found in many areas.

American Dj Redfoo is born

Stefan Kendal Gordy, better known by his stage name Redfoo, is an American rapper, dancer, record producer, DJ, singer and songwriter best known for being part of the musical duo LMFAO, and for their hit song, "Party Rock Anthem." Redfoo formed the duo with his nephew, Sky Blu.

American singer Jennifer Paige is born

Jennifer Paige is an American singer and songwriter. She is best known for the 1998 pop hit "Crush". Her debut album, Jennifer Paige, was released in August 1998, and consisted of guitar-driven mid-tempo songs such as "Questions", "Between You and Me", "Get to Me", and "Just to Have You".

Qatar becomes an independent state

The General Treaty reserved foreign affairs and defence to the United Kingdom but allowed internal autonomy. In 1971, those "special treaty arrangements" that were "inconsistent with full international responsibility as a sovereign and independent state" were terminated.

Sweden switches to driving on the right Hand Side

A non-binding referendum with a turnout of 53.2% on the introduction of right-hand traffic failed in 1955, with most of the voters being against it. After the pressure from the Council of Europe, Riksdag approved the change 8 years later and the traffic changed to driving on the right-hand side of the road in the following years.

Final episode of "What's My Line?" runs on CBS

The 876th and final CBS telecast of What's My Line? was highlighted by clips from past telecasts, a visit by the show's first contestants, a challenger from the New York unemployment office, and the final mystery guest, who was John Daly himself.

Donovan goes to #1 on the US singles chart

"Sunshine Superman" is a song written and recorded by Donovan. The single was released in the US through Epic Records. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and subsequently became the title track of Donovan's 3rd album, Sunshine Superman. Chart positions were No. 1 in the US and No. 2 in the UK.

Actor Charlie Sheen is born

Charlie Sheen is an American actor. Sheen has appeared in films including Platoon, Major League, Hot Shots!, and The Three Musketeers. Sheen replaced Michael J. Fox in Spin City, his performance earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He then starred in Two and a Half Men which earned him several Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations.

"Search for Tomorrow" airs its first episode

Search for Tomorrow is the first long-running American television soap opera. It was created by Roy Winsor and was first written by Agnes Nixon for the series' first thirteen weeks and later by Irving Vendig. The program was one of several packaged from the 1950s through the 1980s by Procter & Gamble Productions.


"Nino" Farina becomes the first F1 champion

The championship consisted of six Grand Prix races, each held in Europe and open to Formula One cars, plus the Indianapolis 500, which was run to AAA National Championship regulations. Giuseppe Farina won the championship from Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli.

British motorist Malcolm Campbell sets his final land speed record

In a specially constructed vehicle named Bluebird, powered by aircraft engine, Campbell achieved speed of 484.955 kilometres per hour. This equals 301.337 miles per hour in old imperial units. Thus, Campbell became first man to break 300 miles per hour limit. Campbell later shifted from land to water speed records.

The first Labour Day in the U.S.

Labor Day in the US is a public holiday celebrated on the 1st Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the US.

Automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company Ferdinand Porsche is born

He founded the Porsche car company. His famous designs include the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle (Lohner-Porsche), the Volkswagen Beetle, the Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK, several other important developments. In addition, Porsche designed the 1923 Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first racing car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

British engineer Matthew Boulton is born

Boulton is best known as the business partner of Scottish engineer James Watt. They built hundreds of steam engines together. Boulton & Watt engines made mechanisation of factories and mills possible. Matthew Boulton also applied modern techniques to the minting of coins, striking millions of pieces for Britain and other countries.

San Marino is founded

The Republic of San Marino is an enclaved microstate, situated on the Italian Peninsula. Saint Marinus founded a chapel and monastery on the Monte Titano. This community later grew into what is now the state of San Marino. According to tradition, Marinus was a stonemason who came there from the Croatian island of Rab.

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