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Apple event is held

Apple hosts a media event with the tagline "Gather round" at the Steve Jobs Theater in the Apple Park campus. Apple reveals news about the new iPhone models, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, Apple TV and AirPods 2.

"American Horror Story" returns for eighth season

American Horror Story is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The series was renewed for an eighth season, set to premiere in September 2018. Murphy has announced the season will be set 18-months in the future, in October 2019, and will have "an Asylum and Coven tone".

"Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng is published

Little Fires Everywhere is a 2017 novel by American author Celeste Ng. It is her 2nd novel and takes place in Shaker Heights, Ohio where Ng grew up. The novel explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

"Mamma Mia!" plays its final performance on Broadway

The Broadway run ended in September 2015, with its 5,758th performance, and was passed two years later by Wicked to move one spot down in the list of longest-running Broadway shows. The musical is largely based on the songs of ABBA composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band.

The 9/11 Memorial Museum in NYC opens to the public

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a memorial and museum in New York City commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed 6. The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers that were destroyed during the September 11 attacks.

Musical "Follies" opens at Broadway's Marquis Theatre

The production transferred to Broadway at the Marquis Theatre with the official opening in September and closing in January 2012 after 151 performances and 38 previews. The 4 principal performers reprised their roles, as well as Paige as Carlotta. Jayne Houdyshell as Hattie, Mary Beth Peil as Solange LaFitte, and Don Correia as Theodore joined the Broadway cast.

Chatsworth train collision

Chatsworth train accident can refer to two different train accidents in the United States:2008 Chatsworth train collision in southern California 1887 Great Chatsworth train wreck in eastern Illinois

Last talks to save Lehman Brothers fail

In September 2008, Timothy F. Geithner, then president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, called a meeting on the future of Lehman, which included the possibility of an emergency liquidation of its assets. The meeting goal was to find a private solution in rescuing Lehman and extinguish the flame of the global financial crisis.

Hong Kong Disneyland opens

Disney attempted to avoid problems of cultural backlash by incorporating Chinese culture, customs, and traditions when designing and building the resort, including adherence to the rules of feng shui. For instance, a bend was put in a walkway near the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort entrance so good qi energy wouldn't flow into the South China Sea.


Mark Messier announces that he will retire

Mark Douglas Messier is a Canadian former professional ice hockey center of the National Hockey League. At the age of 43, most media outlets believed Messier had decided to quit. The NHL lockout eliminated the next season. All speculation ended in September 2005, when he announced his retirement on ESPN radio.

Valve releases the first stable version of Steam

Between 80,000–300,000 players participated in the beta client before its official release, for which it was mandatory to use with Counter-Strike version 1.6. The client and website choked under the strain of thousands of users simultaneously attempting to play the game.

Country singer Johnny Cash dies

John R. Cash was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. While hospitalized at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Cash died of complications from diabetes, aged 71, less than four months after his wife. It was suggested that his health worsened due to a broken heart over June's death.

Off-Broadway musical "A Man of No Importance" opens

The musical ran from September 2002 to December 2002 in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City, as part of the Lincoln Center Theater 2002-03 season. The production was directed by Joe Mantello and choreographed by Jonathan Butterell. It won the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.

The Vengaboys go to #1 on the UK singles chart

"We're Going to Ibiza!" is a song by Dutch Eurodance group the Vengaboys. It was released as the 6th and final single from The Party Album. Based on Typically Tropical's 1975 number-one hit "Barbados", the song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in 1999, becoming the group's second and most recent number-one single there.

The 50th shuttle mission launches

Space Shuttle Endeavour is a retired orbiter from NASA's Space Shuttle program and the fifth and final operational shuttle built. On its first mission, it captured and redeployed the stranded INTELSAT VI communications satellite. The first African-American woman astronaut, Mae Jemison, was launched into space on the mission STS-47 in 1992.


The longest match in US Open history

The semifinal between Edberg and Michael Chang was a battle wherein Edberg won in five sets after 5 hours and 26 minutes, then the longest match in the Open Era. This is also where John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors played their last Grand Slams.

The first African American woman goes into space

Mae Carol Jemison is an American engineer, physician, and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, a cooperative mission between the United States and Japan, as well as the 50th shuttle mission.

Hurricane Gilbert slams Jamaica

Hurricane Gilbert produced a 19 ft storm surge and brought up to 823 millimeters of rain in the mountainous areas of Jamaica, causing inland flash flooding. 49 people died. Prime Minister Edward Seaga stated that the hardest hit areas near where Gilbert made landfall looked "like Hiroshima after the atom bomb." The storm left $700 million in damage.

Michael Jackson kicks of his Bad World Tour

Bad was the first solo concert tour by American recording artist Michael Jackson, launched in support of his seventh studio album Bad. Sponsored by Pepsi and spanning 16 months, the tour included 123 concerts to 4.4 million fans across 15 countries. It grossed a total of $125 million, making it the second highest-grossing tour of the 80s.

Actress Jennifer Hudson is born

Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress, and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, placing seventh. Hudson made her film debut as Effie White in Dreamgirls in 2006, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award.


Chinese NBA star Yao Ming is born

Yao Ming is a Chinese retired professional basketball player who played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association and the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. He was selected to start for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game eight times and was named to the All-NBA Team five times.


Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers

Meyers made NBA history when she signed a $50,000 no-cut contract with NBA's Indiana Pacers. She participated in three-day tryouts for the team, the first by any woman for the NBA, but eventually was not chosen for the final squad.

A Coup in Ethiopia ousts Emperor Haile Selassie

A council of combined security forces known as the Derg staged a coup d’état in September 1974 against Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I, arresting and imprisoning the monarch who had ruled for decades. The committee renamed itself the Provisional Military Administrative Council and took control of the government.

American actor and producer Paul Walker is born

Paul William Walker IV was an American actor best known for his role as Brian O'Conner in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Walker first gained prominence in 1999 with roles in the teen films She's All That and Varsity Blues. In 2001, he gained international fame for his performance in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious.

JFK moon speech

"We choose to go to the Moon" is the famous tagline of a speech about the effort to reach the Moon delivered by President John F. Kennedy to a large crowd gathered at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas in September 1962. The speech was intended to persuade the American people to support the Apollo program, the national effort to land a man on the Moon.

Soviets launch a rocket to the Moon

Luna 2 or Lunik 2 was the second of the Soviet Union's Luna programme spacecraft launched to the Moon. It was the first spacecraft to reach the surface of the Moon, and the first man-made object to land on another celestial body. In September 1959, it hit the Moon's surface east of Mare Imbrium near the craters Aristides, Archimedes, and Autolycus.

NBC launches the first regularly scheduled program in color

Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from 1959 to 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 431 episodes, Bonanza is NBC's longest-running western, and ranks overall as the second-longest-running western series on U.S. network television.

German film score composer Hans Zimmer is born

Hans Florian Zimmer is a German film score composer and record producer. Since the 1980s, he has composed music for over 150 films. His works include The Lion King, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1995, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Interstellar, Gladiator, Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Frank Sinatra is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Three Coins in the Fountain" is a popular song which received the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1955. The song was recorded by The Four Aces, who had a number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard pop chart in 1954, while the Frank Sinatra recording topped the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in September and October that year.

John F. Kennedy marries Jacqueline Bouvier

Kennedy met his future wife, Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier, when he was a congressman. Charles L. Bartlett, a journalist, introduced the pair at a dinner party. They were married a year after he was elected senator, in September 1953. Their 2nd child Caroline was born in 1957 and is the only surviving member of JFK's immediate family.


Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Randy Turpin to win back the belt

In September 1951, former middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Randy Turpin to win back the belt in front of 61,370 spectators at the Polo Grounds in New York City. Robinson, a New York City native, had lost the belt to Turpin two months prior in Turpin’s native London.

Barry White is born

Barry White was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and composer. A three-time Grammy Award–winner is known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image, White's greatest success came in the 1970s as a solo singer and with The Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring soul, funk, and disco songs.

Benito Mussolini escapes from house arrest in Italy

In September 1943, Skorzeny and 16 SS troopers joined the Fallschirmjäger to rescue Mussolini in a high-risk glider mission. Ten DFS 230 gliders, each carrying nine soldiers and a pilot, towed by Henschel Hs 126 planes started from the Pratica di Mare Air Base near Rome. 10 minutes after the beginning of the raid, Mussolini left the hotel, accompanied by the German soldiers.

The Laconia is sinks

The second RMS Laconia was a Cunard ocean liner, built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson as a successor of the 1911-1917 Laconia. Like her predecessor, sunk during the First World War, this Laconia was also destroyed by a German submarine. Some estimates of the death toll have suggested that over 1,649 people were killed when the Laconia sank.

Lascaux cave paintings are discovered

Over 600 parietal wall paintings cover the interior walls and ceilings of the cave. The paintings represent primarily large animals, typical local and contemporary fauna that correspond with the fossil record of the Upper Paleolithic time. The drawings are the combined effort of many generations, and the age is estimated at around 17,000 years.

A tampon is patented in the US

Haas, the inventor of a tampon, developed a plug of cotton inserted by means of two cardboard tubes, he did not want the woman to have to touch the cotton. He applied for a patent for the "Catamenal device" in November 1931, and was granted U.S. Patent No. 1,926,900 in September 1933.

Country music star George Jones is born

George Glenn Jones was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He achieved international fame for his long list of hit records, including his best-known song "He Stopped Loving Her Today", as well as his distinctive voice and phrasing. For the last 20 years of his life, Jones was frequently referred to as the greatest living country singer.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 2003

Johnny Cash

born 1989

Andrew Luck

born 1973

Paul Walker

born 1995

Ryan Potter