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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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