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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.

'The Martian' premieres at the TIFF

The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. It was adapted from a novel of the same name by Andy Weir. The film depicts an astronaut's lone struggle to survive on Mars after being left behind, and efforts to rescue him and bring him home to Earth.

Android Pay is launched

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.

Mecca crane collapse

In 2015, a crawler crane toppled over onto the Masjid al-Haram, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, killing 111 people and injuring 394. The city was preparing for the Hajj pilgrimage. The victims were of twelve different nationalities, with the greatest contingents of fatalities being 25 Bangladeshis and 23 Egyptians.

'This Is Our Youth' premieres on Broadway

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 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 his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and reckless endangerment with a firearm at a restaurant. Pistorius received a prison sentence of a maximum of five years for culpable homicide.

US Diplomatic Compounds attacked in Benghazi

The 2012 Benghazi attack was a coordinated attack against two 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, causing the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith.

'Easy A' premieres at the TIF'

'Easy A' is a 2010 American teen comedy film directed by Will Gluck, written by Bert V. Royal and starring Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, and others. The screenplay was partially inspired by the novel "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Fire breaks out in Channel Tunnel

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 suffered minor injuries including smoke inhalation and were taken to the hospital; all survived.

Russia tests largest ever conventional weapon

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

Israeli troops withdraw from Gaza

The last Israel Defense Forces pulled out of the Gaza Strip on 1 September, 2005, as part of Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, ending 38 years of Israeli occupation. In addition, all Israeli citizens were evicted from the area. Thousands of Palestinians rushed into the areas vacated by Israel, waving flags and cheering.

Three artists release their albums on same day

On this day, three top-chart artists released their new albums. Bob Dylan dropped his 31st studio album, “Love and Theft”, which came out on Columbia Records, Jay-Z launched his sixth album, “The Blueprint” and Mick Jagger delivered his fourth solo album, “Goddess In The Doorway”.

9/11 - A day of infamy

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

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. 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.

Mars Global Surveyor reaches the red planet

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.

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%.

First item 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."

Flight 2574 breaks up over 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.

The last known person dies of smallpox

Patients name was Janet Parker. She was a medical photographer at the university of Birmingham. Her dark room was above the laboratory where research on smallpox viruses was being conducted. Although vaccinated twelve years ago, Parker got infected by Variola major virus, the most serious type of smallpox, and died.

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.

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.

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.

Stravinsky's opera 'Rake's Progress' premieres in Venice

The Rake's Progress is an English-language opera in three acts and an epilogue by Igor Stravinsky. The libretto, written by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, is based loosely on the eight paintings and engravings A Rake's Progress of William Hogarth, which Stravinsky had seen in a Chicago exhibition.

Blyton's 'Five on a Treasure Island' is published

Five on a Treasure Island is a popular children's book by Enid Blyton. It is the first book in The Famous Five series. The first edition of the book was illustrated by Eileen Soper. It has been suggested that the book was influenced by L. T. Meade's 1892 book Four on an Island.

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.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1971

Johnny Vegas

born 1989

Andy Ruiz

died 2003

John Ritter