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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1978

Ron DeSantis

born 1969

Bong Joon-ho

born 1973