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"Green Book" premieres at the TIFF

Green Book is a comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly, starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and Linda Cardellini. The movie is about a real-life tour of the Deep South in the 1960s by Jamaican-American classical pianist Don Shirley and New York bouncer Tony Lip.

Boundless is released for PS4

Boundless is a massively multiplayer online sandbox game by Wonderstruck Games. Players control a cat-like avatar around procedurally generated planets, made up of various types and shapes of blocks.

Android Pay is released

Originally launched as Android Pay, the service was released at Google I/O 2015. Android Pay was a successor to and built on the base established by Google Wallet which was released in 2011. At launch, the service was compatible with 70% of Android devices and was accepted at over 700,000 merchants.

The Broadway premiere of drama "This Is Our Youth"

This Is Our Youth is a play by American dramatist and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan. The play premiered on Broadway at the Cort Theatre in 2014. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro and produced by Steppenwolf, the cast starred Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Tavi Gevinson.


Oscar Pistorius is found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered a verdict that Pistorius was not guilty of murder, but guilty of the culpable homicide of Steenkamp and reckless endangerment with a firearm at a restaurant. Pistorius received a prison sentence of a maximum of five years for culpable homicide.

Attacks on The US Diplomatic Compounds in Benghazi, Libya

The 2012 Benghazi attack was a coordinated attack against 2 US government facilities in Benghazi, Libya by members of the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia. Members of Ansar al-Sharia attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi resulting in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith.

A major Channel Tunnel fire broke out on a freight train

The incident involved a France-bound Eurotunnel Shuttle train carrying heavy goods vehicles and their drivers. The fire lasted for sixteen hours and reached temperatures of up to 1000 °C. Of the thirty-two people on board the train, fourteen people suffered minor injuries, including smoke inhalation and were taken to the hospital.

Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever

Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power is a Russian-designed, bomber-delivered thermobaric weapon. The bomb is reportedly similar to the US military's GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast which is often unofficially called "Mother of All Bombs". The new weapon is to replace several smaller types of nuclear bombs in the Russian arsenal.

Colin McRae: Dirt is released for PS3

Colin McRae: Dirt is a racing video game developed and published by Codemasters for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It is the sixth game in the Colin McRae Rally series and the last of the series to be published before Colin McRae's death. It features new graphics, audio, physics engine, new vehicles and a new game engine.

Israeli troops leave Gaza

In September, the Israeli cabinet revised an earlier decision to destroy the synagogues of the settlements. Later on, a ceremony was held when the last Israeli flag was lowered in the IDF's Gaza Strip divisional headquarters. All remaining IDF forces left the Gaza Strip in the following hours.

“Super Tuesday” of album releases

On this day, Bob Dylan released his 31st studio album Love and Theft on Columbia Records and along with him, Jay-Z released his sixth album The Blueprint as well as Mick Jagger released Goddess In The Doorway, his fourth solo album.

The US declares war on terror

The War on Terror is an international military campaign that was launched by the US government after the September 11 terrorist attacks against the US. The naming of the campaign uses a metaphor of war to refer to a variety of actions that do not constitute a specific war as traditionally defined.

The 9/11 terrorist attacks

The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.

NASA's Mars Global Surveyor reaches Mars

The Surveyor spacecraft was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida in November 1996 aboard a Delta II rocket. The spacecraft traveled nearly 750 million kilometers over the course of a 300-day cruise to reach Mars. Upon reaching Mars, Surveyor fired its main rocket engine for the 22-minute Mars orbit insertion burn.

Scots say "Yes" to home rule

The Scottish devolution referendum of 1997 was a pre-legislative referendum held in Scotland in September 1997 over whether there was support for the creation of a Scottish Parliament with devolved powers, and whether the Parliament should have tax-varying powers. The result was "Yes–Yes". Turnout for the referendum was 60.4%.

The first item is sold on eBay

One of the first items sold on AuctionWeb was a broken laser pointer for $14.83. Astonished, Omidyar contacted the winning bidder to ask if he understood that the laser pointer was broken. In his responding email, the buyer explained: "I'm a collector of broken laser pointers."

A Continental Express commuter plane crashes in Texas

Continental Express Flight 2574 was a scheduled domestic passenger airline flight operated by Britt Airways. In September 1991, the Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, crashed while the turboprop aircraft was en route to Houston, killing all 14 people on board. The aircraft wreckage hit an area near Eagle Lake, Texas.

"Fatal Attraction" premieres

Fatal Attraction is a 1987 American psychological erotic thriller film directed by Adrian Lyne and written by James Dearden. It is based on Dearden's 1980 short film Diversion. The film centers on a married man who has a weekend affair with a woman who refuses to allow it to end and becomes obsessed with him.


Pete Rose hits into the record books

In September 1985, Rose broke Ty Cobb's all-time hits record with his 4,192nd hit, a single to left-center field off San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Show. According to the MLB.com website, Major League Baseball continues to recognize Cobb's final hit total as 4,191, though independent research has revealed two of Cobb's hits were counted twice.

Chicago start a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Hard to Say I'm Sorry" is a song written by bassist Peter Cetera, who also sang lead on the track, and producer David Foster, and released in 1982, as the lead single from the album Chicago 16. The song reached No. 1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September of that year.

American rapper and actor Ludacris is born

Christopher Brian Bridges, known professionally as Ludacris, is an American rapper and actor. He is the founder of Disturbing tha Peace. Ludacris has won Screen Actors Guild, Critic's Choice, MTV, and Grammy Awards. He was one of the first and most influential "Dirty South" rappers to achieve mainstream success during the early 2000s.

Atari releases its iconic video game console 2600

Released in September 1977, it is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and games contained on ROM cartridges, a format first used with the Fairchild Channel F in 1976. The 2600 was bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a game cartridge: initially Combat and later Pac-Man.

Allende dies in coup

In September 1973, Salvador Allende, President of Chile, died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds during a coup d'état led by the Chilean Army Commander-in-Chief Augusto Pinochet. After decades of suspicions that Allende might have been assassinated by the Chilean Armed Forces, a Chilean court in 2011 authorized the exhumation and autopsy of Allende's remains.

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system begins service

Passenger service began in September 1972, initially just between MacArthur and Fremont. The rest of the system opened in stages, with the entire system opening in 1974 when the transbay service through the Transbay Tube began. The new BART system was hailed as a major step forward in subway technology, although questions were asked concerning the safety of the system.

Singer Richard Ashcroft is born

Richard Paul Ashcroft is an English singer and songwriter. He was the lead singer and occasional rhythm guitarist of the alternative rock band The Verve from their formation in 1990 until their original split in 1999. He became a successful solo artist in his own right, releasing three UK top three solo albums.

Nikita Khrushchev dies

Khrushchev died of a heart attack in a hospital near his home in Moscow in September 1971, at the age of 77. He was denied a state funeral with interment in the Kremlin Wall and was instead buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow. Fearing demonstrations, the authorities did not announce Khrushchev's death until the hour of his wake and surrounded the cemetery with troops.

Donny Osmond has the #1 hit on the US pop chart

"Go Away Little Girl" is a popular song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It was first recorded by Bobby Vee for Liberty Records in 1962. The lyrics consist of a young man asking a young attractive woman to stay away from him, so that he will not be tempted to betray his steady girlfriend by kissing her.

Musician Moby is born

Richard Melville Hall, professionally known as Moby, is an American musician, DJ, record producer, singer, songwriter, and photographer known for his electronic music, veganism, and support of animal rights. He has sold over 20 million records worldwide, and is considered to be one of the most important dance music figures of the early 1990s.

Bashar al-Assad is born

Bashar Hafez al-Assad is a Syrian politician who has been the 19th and current President of Syria since July 2000. He is also commander-in-chief of the Syrian Armed Forces, Regional Secretary of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party's branch in Syria. He is a son of Hafez al-Assad, who was President of Syria from 1971 to 2000.

The Beatles start a nine-week run at #1 on the US album chart

Help! is the fifth studio album by English rock band the Beatles and the soundtrack from their film Help!. It was released in 1965. Produced by George Martin, it was the fifth UK album release by the band, and contains fourteen songs in its original British form. Seven of these appeared in the film and took up the first side of the vinyl album.

Silent-film star is arrested for murder

Between 1921 and 1922, Arbuckle was the defendant in three widely publicized trials for the rape and manslaughter of actress Virginia Rappe. Rappe had fallen ill at a party hosted by Arbuckle at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco and she died four days later. Arbuckle was accused by Rappe's acquaintance of raping and accidentally killing Rappe.


English FA Cup throphy is stolen in Birmingham

The Trophy was stolen from a display in the shop window of W. Shillcock in Newton Row, Birmingham, after the Final and never recovered despite a £10 reward. The cup was replaced by a copy of the original, made by Vaughton, the former Aston Villa player and England international, who had opened a silversmith's business after his retirement.

America victorious on Lake Champlain

The Battle of Plattsburgh, also known as the Battle of Lake Champlain, ended the final invasion of the northern states of the United States during the War of 1812. Downie's squadron attacked shortly after dawn on September 1814 but was defeated after a hard fight in which Downie was killed.

The Battle of Brandywine takes place

The Battle of Brandywine was fought between the American Continental Army of General George Washington and the British Army of General Sir William Howe in September 1777. The "Redcoats" of the British Army defeated the American rebels in the Patriots' forces and forced them to withdraw northeast toward the American capital.

The Battle of Stirling Bridge

The Battle of Stirling Bridge was a battle of the First War of Scottish Independence. On 11 September 1297, the forces of Andrew Moray and William Wallace defeated the combined English forces of John de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey, and Hugh de Cressingham near Stirling, on the River Forth.

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