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Merrimack Valley gas explosions

In 2018, excessive pressure in natural gas lines owned by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts caused a series of explosions and fires to occur in as many as 40 homes, with over 80 individual fires, in the Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts, towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. One person was killed and 30,000 were forced to evacuate their homes.

Rebel Wilson wins defamation lawsuit

Rebel Wilson is an Australian actress, writer, and producer. She was awarded AU$4,500,000 in damages after Australian magazine Woman's Day and other print and online media published a story claiming that she had been misleading about her birth name, age, and upbringing. Wilson complained the articles made her out to be a serial liar and said her reputation and credit had suffered and that she had been humiliated and embarrassed.


Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the final, 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4 to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 2015 US Open. By reaching the final, Djokovic became the third man to reach all four Grand Slam finals in the same year in the Open Era after Rod Laver and Federer.


Lydia Ko becomes youngest major championship winner

Lydia Ko is a Korean-born New Zealand professional golfer who became the youngest player of either gender ever to be ranked No. 1 in professional golf. Upon winning The Evian Championship in France in September 2015 at age 18, she also became the youngest woman ever to win a major championship.

Disappearance of Hannah Graham

Hannah Graham was an 18-year-old second-year British American student at the University of Virginia who went missing in September 2014. She was last seen early in the morning, at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia. Five weeks later, her remains were discovered on an abandoned property in nearby Albemarle County. Jesse Matthew pled guilty to murdering Graham and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Hozier releases 'Take Me To Church'

"Take Me to Church" is a song by Irish musician Hozier from his debut EP Take Me to Church, originally released as a free download in 2013, featuring original recordings & mixes of songs "Take Me To Church," "Like Real People Do," "Angel Of Small Death And The Codeine Scene," and "Cherry Wine", as well as his later self-titled debut album.

Taliban attacks the US consulate in Herat

The U.S. consulate in Herat, Afghanistan was attacked by a group of Taliban militants. A large truck drove up to the Consulate's primary vehicle entry point and detonated a massive improvised explosive charge, causing extensive damage. A gun battle ensued, and all seven attackers were killed. No Americans were killed or seriously injured.


Rafael Nadal wins his first US Open title

Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic to win his first US Open title and was the first Spanish man to win the US Open since Manuel Santana in 1965. It was his ninth career major and he completed the Career Golden Slam with the win. Nadal became the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open in the same calendar year.

'Avenue Q' closes on Broadway

With more than 2,500 performances, Avenue Q ranks 24th on the list of longest running shows in Broadway history. The show ended its Broadway run in September 2009 and then reopened Off-Broadway at New World Stages in October 2009.

Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the US

The eye of Hurricane Ike approached the upper Texas coast, making landfall over the east end of Galveston Island, with a high storm surge, and travelled north up Galveston Bay, along the east side of Houston. 37 people are known to have lost their lives in Texas due to Ike while hundreds are still missing.

'Supernatural' first airs on the WB

“Supernatural” is an American dark fantasy television series first broadcast in September 2005 on The WB. The series was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia and surrounding areas and was in development for nearly ten years. The pilot was viewed by an estimated 5.69 million viewers, and the ratings of the first four episodes prompted The WB to pick up the series for a full season.

'Bones' first airs on Fox

“Bones” is an American crime comedy-drama television series very loosely based on the life and novels of Kathy Reichs, a forensic anthropologist. It premiered in September 2005 on the Fox network to an audience of about 10.8 million viewers.

Oprah gives away nearly 300 new cars

On the season premiere of 2004, every person in Winfrey's show audience was given a new car that was donated by General Motors, worth about $8 million in total. For the premiere of the show's farewell season, the studio audience of 300 "ultimate fans" were rewarded by being given a trip to Australia with Winfrey donated by Australian tourism bodies.

Chase Manhattan agrees to buy J.P. Morgan

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is an American multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York City. JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the US, and the 6th largest bank in the world by total assets, with the amount of $2.534 trillion. The company was formed in 2000 when Chase Manhattan Corporation merged with J.P. Morgan & Co.

Rapper Tupac Shakur dies of gunshot wounds

Tupac Shakur was an American rapper and actor. In September 1996, he was shot four times by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. At the hospital, he was heavily sedated, placed on life-support machines, and ultimately put under a barbiturate-induced coma to keep him in the bed. Shakur died six days later from internal bleeding. The gunman was never captured.

Ulysses probe passes the Sun's south pole

Ulysses is a decommissioned robotic space probe whose primary mission was to orbit the Sun and study it at all latitudes. To do so, it had to complete a swing-by maneuver with the help of Jupiter’s large gravitational field. This bent the spacecraft's flight path southward, putting into a final orbit around the Sun that would take it past the Sun's north and south poles.

Israel-Palestine peace accord is signed

The Oslo I Accord or Oslo I, officially called the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements or short Declaration of Principles, was an attempt in 1993 to set up a framework that would lead to the resolution of the ongoing Israeli–Palestinian conflict. It was the first face-to-face agreement between the 2 governments.

'Law & Order' debuts on NBC

"Law & Order" is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in syndication, on various cable networks. At the time of its cancellation, Law & Order was the longest-running crime drama on American primetime television.

Devastating storm heads toward Caribbean

Hurricane Hugo was a powerful Cape Verde hurricane that caused widespread damage and loss of life in Guadeloupe, Saint Croix, Puerto Rico, and the Southeast United States. Severe damage was reported throughout the islands of the Caribbean. The storm caused an estimated $3 billion in damages in the Caribbean.

Jackson starts a five-week run at #1 on the UK album chart

Bad is the seventh studio album by American singer and songwriter Michael Jackson, released in 1987 in the United States by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records. It was released nearly five years after Jackson's previous solo studio album, Thriller. Bad was written and recorded over the span of three and a half years.

The band Berlin hit #1 on the US singles chart

"Take My Breath Away" is a song written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock for the film Top Gun, performed by the band Berlin. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.

Space shuttle Discovery completes sixth mission

STS-51-I was the 20th mission of NASA's Space Shuttle program and the sixth flight of Space Shuttle Discovery. During the mission, Discovery deployed three communications satellites into orbit. The mission launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, in August 1985, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, the following month.

Yul Brynner performs 'The King and I' for the 4000th time

Yul Bynner was a Soviet-American film and stage actor who first became widely known for his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I. September of 1983 in Los Angeles saw Brynner celebrating his 4,000th performance as the King. He went on to perform that role a total of 4,625 times.

The Attica prison riot ends

The Attica Prison uprising occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York, United States, in 1971 in response to poor living conditions and a lack of political rights. The standoff and negotiations lasted for four days before state troopers and police stormed the prison, dropping tear gas into the yard and opening fire into the smoke for two minutes. By the time the facility was retaken, nine hostages and 29 inmates had been killed.

The Beatles release 'Yesterday' in the US

"Yesterday" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was first released on the album Help! in August 1965, except for in the United States, where it was issued as a single in September.

British label refuses to release American hit

"Tell Laura I Love Her" was an American Top Ten popular music hit for singer Ray Peterson in 1960, however, it was deemed "too tasteless and vulgar" by British record label Decca Records who refused to release it and destroyed about twenty thousand copies that had already been pressed. Later that year, a cover version by Ricky Valance, released by EMI on the Columbia label, made it all the way to the #1 spot in the UK Singles Chart.

Luna 2 becomes the first man-made object to reach 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 1st spacecraft to reach the surface of the Moon, and the 1st 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.

Italy invades Egypt

The Italian invasion of Egypt was an Italian offensive against British, Commonwealth and Free French forces during the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. The goal of the offensive was to seize the Suez Canal; the Italian forces in Libya would have to advance along the coast, across northern Egypt to the canal.


Regina Rugby Club is founded

The Saskatchewan Roughriders were founded in 1910 as the Regina Rugby Club. Although they were not the first team to play football in Western Canada, the club has maintained an unbroken organizational continuity since their founding.

Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David

David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created in marble between 1501 and 1504 by Italian artist Michelangelo. At 26, despite his youthful years, Michelangelo was able to convince the authorities to give him the commission and began work on the massive statue early on the morning of September 13th. It would be more than two year before he would complete it.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1966

Tyler Perry

died 1996

Tupac Shakur

born 1951

Jean Smart