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'The First' is released on Hulu

The First is an American-British drama series created by Beau Willimon and starring Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone. It follows "the first human mission to Mars while exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization.

'The Predator' is released in the US

The Predator is a science fiction action movie directed by Shane Black and is the fourth installment in the Predator film series. Filming took place in British Columbia from February to June 2017, with the entire third act being reshot in July 2018 following poor test screenings.

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in the United States

Hurricane Florence was a powerful and long-lived Cape Verde hurricane that caused extensive damage in the Carolinas in 2018, primarily as a result of freshwater flooding. Florence dropped a maximum total of 35.93 inches of rain in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, becoming the wettest tropical cyclone recorded in the Carolinas.

Selena Gomez reveals she had a kidney transplant

Selena announced via Instagram that she had withdrawn from public events during the previous few months because she had received a kidney transplant from actress and friend Francia Raisa. During the transplant, Gomez broke an artery. An emergency surgery was conducted to build a new artery using a vein from her leg.

Bayer and Monsanto agree to merge

In September 2016, German pesticide company announced it decided to purchase American seed/pesticide company Monsanto for 66 billion dollars. Bayer and Monsanto have increased their lobbying spending over the years, breaking new records with the 2016 election spending $1.2 million to date.

Israel signs largest ever weapon deal with the US

The US signed a record $38bn deal to provide Israel with military assistance over a 10-year period - the largest such agreement ever by the US with any country. Following 10 months of frequently tense negotiations, the 2 allies finalised the memorandum of understanding with a signing ceremony in Washington DC.

Rufus Wainwright swings at Michael Kors' show

The designer surprised his audience with a swinging live performance by Rufus Wainwright. Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls, and Julia Nobis were among the all-star model cast, and there was a star-studded front row, too. As for the clothes, all of Kors’s usual signatures were here: the glitzy dresses, the crisp jackets, plus a few unexpected flourishes.

Japan's largest active volcano erupts

A small-scale eruption was observed on Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture for the first time since May, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Smoke rose as high as 600 meters into the sky, but police said nobody was injured by the eruption.

Nicole Kidman returns to the London stage

Photograph 51 opened in the West End of London in September 2015. Kidman plays Rosalind Franklin, the socially awkward X-ray crystallographer whose research helped Francis Crick, James Watson and the lesser-known Maurice Wilkins win a Nobel prize.

A life-size bronze statue of singer Amy Winehouse is unveiled

The event, three years after her death, fell on what would have been her 31st birthday. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, said she was "in love with Camden" and it was the place fans associated with her. Created by sculptor Scott Eaton, the statue features the Back to Black star with her hand on hip and her trademark beehive hairdo.

David Attenborough and Prince William officially open the Darwin Centre

The Darwin Centre was designed as a new home for the museum's collection of tens of millions of preserved specimens, as well as new work spaces for the museum's scientific staff, and new educational visitor experiences. Built in two distinct phases, it is the most significant new development project in the museum's history.


Juan Martín del Potro wins his first Grand Slam title

Juan Martín del Potro defeated five-time defending champion Roger Federer in the final, 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–2 to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 2009 US Open. Del Potro became the first Argentine man to win the title since Guillermo Vilas in 1977.

'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins is published

The Hunger Games is a 2008 dystopian novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. It is written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the future, a post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation.


Real Madrid reach 5,000 goal landmark

Asked about the landmark, the midfielder insisted: "The important thing was the victory. Anyway, the fact is it doesn't matter who scored this goal. The important thing is that we have deserved to win, that was what we wanted."

Sweden rejects adopting the Euro in a referendum

A non-binding referendum on the introduction of the euro was held in Sweden on 14 September 2003. The majority voted not to adopt the euro, and thus Sweden decided in 2003 not to adopt the euro for the time being. Had they voted in favor, the plan was that Sweden would have adopted the euro on 1 January 2006.

Microsoft releases Windows ME

Windows ME was the successor to Windows 98 and was targeted specifically at home PC users. It included Internet Explorer 5.5, Windows Media Player 7, and the new Windows Movie Maker software, which provided basic video editing and was designed to be easy to use for home users.

Body Worlds opens in Tokyo, Japan

Body Worlds is a traveling exposition of dissected human bodies, animals, and other anatomical structures of the body that have been preserved through the process of plastination. Body Worlds was first presented in Tokyo in 1995. Body Worlds exhibitions have since been hosted by more than 50 museums and venues in North America, Europe, and Asia.


Blue Jays set a record for the most home runs in a single game

In total, the Blue Jays hit a grand total of 10 home runs that day, collected 21 hits and scored 18 runs and won the game handily 18-3. They had three hitters with multiple homers. In that game, the Blue Jays set a record for most home runs by one team in a single game, a Major League record which still stands to this day.

'The Golden Girls' premieres on NBC

The first season of the American television comedy series The Golden Girls originally aired on NBC in the United States between 1985 and 1986. Created by television writer Susan Harris, the series was produced by Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions and Touchstone Television. It stars Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty.

Madonna steals the very first MTV VMA show

Madonna performed "Like a Virgin" as she emerged from a 17-foot wedding cake gowned in a wedding dress. Not long into the performance, Madonna accidentally kicked off one of her white high heel shoes and she rolled around on the ground in order to cover up the mistake.

Grace Kelly dies in a car crash

Princess Grace died at Monaco Hospital, succumbing to injuries sustained in a traffic collision the day before. After her death the French physicians treating her reported that a CAT scan had revealed she had suffered two brain hemorrhages.

The first American saint is canonized by Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI canonized Elizabeth Ann Seton in September 1975, in a ceremony in St. Peter's Square. Her feast day is January 4, the eleventh day of Christmastide and the anniversary of her death. Elizabeth Seton is the patron saint of seafarers and widows.

Eric Clapton scores a US #1 with 'I Shot The Sheriff'

"I Shot the Sheriff" is a song written by Bob Marley and released in 1973 by The Wailers. Eric Clapton recorded a cover version that was included on his 1974 album 461 Ocean Boulevard. It is the most successful version of the song, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Imperial Hotel bombing

The Imperial Hotel bombing was a no-warning car bombing carried out by the Ulster Loyalist paramilitary group the Ulster Volunteer Force on the Imperial Hotel situated along the Cliftonville Road close to the Antrim Road in Belfast.

Hollywood royalty Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis divorce

Janet Leigh was an American actress, singer, dancer, and author. Raised in Stockton, California, by working-class parents, Leigh was discovered at age eighteen by actress Norma Shearer, who helped her secure a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Oil exporters find OPEC

The OPEC is an intergovernmental organization of 15 nations, founded in 1960 in Baghdad and headquartered since 1965 in Vienna, Austria. The stated mission of the organization is to "coordinate and unify the petroleum policies of its member countries and ensure the stabilization of oil markets, in order to secure an efficient, economic and regular supply of petroleum to consumers,

The IBM 305 RAMAC is introduced

The IBM 305 RAMAC was the first commercial computer that used a moving-head hard disk drive for secondary storage. RAMAC stood for "Random Access Method of Accounting and Control", as its design was motivated by the need for real-time accounting in business.

Little Richard records 'Tutti Frutti'

"Tutti Frutti" is a song written by Little Richard along with Dorothy LaBostrie that was recorded in 1955 and became his first major hit record. With its opening cry and its hard-driving sound and wild lyrics, it became not only a model for many future Little Richard songs but also a model for rock and roll itself.

Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw' premieres in Venice

The opera was commissioned by the Venice Biennale and given its world premiere in September 1954, at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice. The original recording was made during that year, with the composer conducting. Described as one of the most dramatically appealing English operas, the opera in 2 acts has a prologue and 16 scenes.

Hurricane hits New England

The 1944 Great Atlantic hurricane was a destructive and powerful tropical cyclone that swept across a large portion of the United States East Coast. Impacts were most significant in New England, though significant effects were also felt along the Outer Banks, Mid-Atlantic states, and the Canadian Maritimes.

Vought-Sikorsky 300 helicopter flies for the first time

The machine was tethered to the ground. It completed its first free flight eight months later. It was the first successful helicopter to use a single vertical-plane tail rotor configuration for antitorque. It beat the endurance record of another early helicopter, Focke-Wulf Fw 61, by sating aloft for 1 hour 32 minutes and 26.1 seconds.

Last true Zeppelin is launched

Graf Zeppelin II was the last of the German rigid airships built by the Zeppelin Luftschiffbau company between the World Wars. She was also the second and final ship of the Hindenburg class. She had to be filled with hydrogen, because of U. S. refusal to export helium to Germany. She therefore never carried commercial passengers.

McKinley dies of infection from gunshot wounds

William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, was shot on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, New York. He was shaking hands with the public when Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, shot him twice in the abdomen. McKinley died eight days later on September 14 of gangrene caused by the gunshot wounds.

Mexico City is captured by U.S. forces

The Battle for Mexico City refers to the series of engagements in 1847 in the general vicinity of Mexico City during the Mexican–American War. Included are major actions at the battles of Molino del Rey and Chapultepec, culminating with the fall of Mexico City. The U.S. Army under Winfield Scott scored a major success that ended the war.

Napoleon enters Moscow

The 1812 Fire of Moscow could have broken out in September 1812, when Russian troops and most of the remaining residents might have abandoned the city of Moscow just ahead of Napoleon's vanguard troops entering the city after the Battle of Borodino. In theory, the fire all but destroyed the city, which could have been mostly abandoned by its residents the previous month.

George Frideric Handel completes his oratorio 'Messiah'

Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later.

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