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UK government approves controversial project

Hinkley Point C nuclear power station is a project to construct a 3,200 MWe nuclear power station with two EPR reactors in Somerset, England. In September 2016 the UK government approved the project with some safeguards for the investment. The plant, which has a projected lifetime of 60 years, has an estimated construction cost of between £19.6 billion and £20.3 billion.

Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by financial services firm Lehman Brothers remains the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, with Lehman holding over $600,000,000,000 in assets. The bank had become so deeply involved in mortgage origination that it had effectively become a real estate hedge fund disguised as an investment bank.

The first issue of USA Today is released

USA Today began publishing in September 1982, initially in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas for a newsstand price of 25¢. After selling out the first issue, Gannett gradually expanded the national distribution of the paper, reaching an estimated circulation of 362,879 copies by the end of 1982.

Albums go mobile with 8-track players in cars

In 1965, Ford and Motorola jointly introduced the 8-track tape in-car tape player. In subsequent years cassettes supplanted the 8-track, and improved with longer play times, better tape quality, auto-reverse, and Dolby noise reduction. They were popular throughout the 1970s and '80s.

Khrushchev becomes the first soviet leader to visit USA

Khrushchev arrived in Washington, DC on his 1st visit to the United States in September 1959. The first visit by a Soviet premier to the United States resulted in an extended media circus. Khrushchev brought his wife, Nina Petrovna, and adult children with him, though it was not usual for Soviet officials to travel with their families

RAF claims victory in Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain Day is the name given to the day of the large-scale aerial battle that took place in September 1940, during the Battle of Britain. On this day the Luftwaffe embarked on an all-out attack against London. Around 1,500 aircraft took part in the air battles which lasted until dusk. The action was the climax of the Battle of Britain.

Nazi Germany adopts a new national flag with swastika

Western use of the motif was subverted in the early 20th century after it was adopted as the emblem of the Nazi Party. The swastika was used as a conveniently geometrical and eye-catching symbol to emphasize the so-called Aryan-German correspondence and instill racial pride. Since World War II, most Westerners have known the swastika as a Nazi symbol.

The first flight to the world's bussiest airport in Atlanta

The first flight into Candler Field was in September 1926, a Florida Airways mail plane flying from Jacksonville, Florida. In May 1928, Pitcairn Aviation began service to Atlanta, followed in June 1930 by Delta Air Service. Later those two airlines, now known as Eastern Air Lines and Delta Air Lines, respectively, would both use Atlanta as their chief hubs.

Tanks are introduced into warfare at the Somme

During the Battle of the Somme, the British launch a major offensive against the Germans, employing tanks for the first time in history. At Flers Courcelette, some of the 40 or so primitive tanks advanced over a mile into enemy lines but were too slow to hold their positions during the German counterattack and subject to mechanical breakdown.

British 'Vogue' magazine debuts

The British edition of the fashion magazine Vogue is currently owned and distributed by US media company Conde Nast. British Vogue has been published since autumn 1916. The magazine is considered to be one that links fashion to high society and class, teaching its readers how to "assume a distinctively chic and modern appearance".

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