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"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.

"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.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is released

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an action-adventure video game developed by Eidos Montréal in conjunction with Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. It is the sequel to the 2013 game Tomb Raider and its sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider, and the twelfth entry in the Tomb Raider series.

RLCS grand finals

The Rocket League Championship Series is a biannual Rocket League tournament produced by Psyonix, the game's developer, which consists of qualification rounds in North America and Europe and culminates in a ten-team playoff bracket. The qualification rounds are played as an online round-robin tournament and the finals are played in different cities.

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.

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.

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.

American actor Patrick Swayze dies of cancer

Swayze died, with family at his side, in September 2009, at the age of 57. Swayze's passing occurred 20 months after his cancer diagnosis. Swayze's publicist confirmed to CNN that he had died of pancreatic cancer. His body was cremated, and his ashes were scattered over his New Mexico ranch.

"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.

Robert Wise dies

Robert Earl Wise was an American film director, producer, and editor. He won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for both West Side Story and The Sound of Music. In 2005, Wise suffered a heart attack and was rushed to UCLA Medical Center, where he died of heart failure, four days after his 91st birthday.

Call of Duty: United Offensive is released

Call of Duty: United Offensive is an expansion pack for the first-person shooter video game Call of Duty. It was developed by Gray Matter Interactive, with contributions from Pi Studios, and published by Activision. It was released for Microsoft Windows in 2004.

The Sims 2 is released

The Sims 2 is a 2004 strategic life simulation video game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. The game has the same concept as its predecessor: players control their Sims in various activities and form relationships in a manner similar to real life. The game does not have a defined final goal; gameplay is open-ended.

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.

English singer Amy Winehouse is born

Amy Jade Winehouse was an English recording artist and singer-songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. Winehouse's debut album, Frank, was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize.

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.

Rapper Nas is born

Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper and entrepreneur. The son of Olu Dara, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and has sold over 30 million records worldwide. He is also an entrepreneur through his own record label, Mass Appeal Records.

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,

Musician Morten Harket is born

Morten Harket is a Norwegian vocalist and musician, best known as the lead singer of the synthpop/rock band A-ha, which released ten studio albums and topped the charts internationally after their breakthrough hit "Take On Me" in 1985. A-ha disbanded in 2010 after they played their last gig in Oslo.

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.

New Zealand actor Sam Neill is born

Nigel John Dermot Neill, known professionally as Sam Neill, is a New Zealand actor who first achieved leading roles in films such as Possession and Dead Calm. He won a broad international audience in 1993 for his roles as Alisdair Stewart in The Piano and Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park, a role he reprised in 2001's Jurassic Park III.

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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