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Toronto International Film Festival ends

The 43rd annual TIFF is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world. Films such as The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, Widows, Halloween, and Her Smell have premiered.

Dubai launches world’s largest solar power plant

On the commission of Dubai authorities, the Dubai Electricity, and Water Authority - DEWA, implemented Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. It is located roughly 50 km south of Dubai, in Seih Al-Dahal. The site area covers 77 square km. It is one of the largest renewable projects based on an independent power production.


All Black rugby team scores record 57-0 against Springboks

The 2017 Rugby Championship was the sixth edition of the expanded annual southern hemisphere Rugby Championship, featuring Argentina, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. The competition is operated by SANZAAR, a joint venture of the four countries' national unions. Fly-half Beauden Barrett inspired the All Blacks to a record 57-0 win over the Springboks in a Rugby Championship.

Playwright Edward Albee dies

Edward Franklin Albee III was an American playwright known for works such as The Zoo Story, The Sandbox, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and A Delicate Balance. Albee died at his Montauk, New York, home, aged 88.

Ariana Grande is at #1 on the US album chart

My Everything is the second studio album by American singer and actress Ariana Grande. Grande wanted My Everything to sound as "an evolution" from her debut album, Yours Truly; it explores more mature themes and genres. Upon its release, the album debuted atop the Billboard 200, selling 169,000 copies in its first week.

Washington Navy Yard shooting

The Washington Navy Yard shooting occurred when a lone gunman, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, fatally shot 12 people and injured three others in a mass shooting at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command inside the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast Washington, D.C. It was the second-deadliest mass murder on a U.S. military base.


NHL locks out its players

The 2012–13 NHL lockout was a labor dispute between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association that in September 2012. A tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement was reached in January 2013, with its ratification and signing of a memorandum.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens

The Friday night celebration, entitled “An Evening of Theatrical Delights”, inaugurated Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Tenor Plácido Domingo gave a special concert, marking his Kansas City debut. He was accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony and Chorus, which was directed by Michael Stern.

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is released

The significant changes featured in the enhanced version are over 200 new animations, additional NPC models and recoloring of generic NPC models as well as monsters, vastly expanded and corrected dialogues in translated versions, improved stability, redesigned inventory system and load times reduced by roughly 80%.

Bob Dylan reaches #1 on Billboard's albums chart

Modern Times is the 32nd studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released by Columbia Records. At age 65, Dylan became the oldest living person at the time to have an album enter the Billboard charts at  No.  1. Modern Times became the singer-songwriter's first  No.  1 album in the U.S. since 1976's Desire.

Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is released

Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is an action adventure beat-em-up fighting video game based on the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games. The game centers on two members of the Shaolin Order, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao, as they travel through the realms in an attempt to thwart Shang Tsung's plans to dominate Earthrealm.


Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players

Gary Bettman, attempted to convince players to accept a salary structure linking player salaries to league revenues, guaranteeing the clubs what the league called cost certainty. As a result of failed negotiations, it was the first time the Stanley Cup was not awarded since 1919, the first time a major professional sports league in North America canceled.

Hugh Jackman makes his Broadway debut

The Boy from Oz is a jukebox musical based on the life of singer-songwriter Peter Allen while featuring songs written by him. The musical opened in a revised version on Broadway in 2003 with Hugh Jackman in the title role. The musical played 32 previews and 365 performances.

DJ Otzi goes to #1 on the UK singles chart with "Hey Baby"

"Hey! Baby" is a song written by Margaret Cobb and Bruce Channel, and recorded by Channel in 1961, first released on LeCam Records, a local Fort Worth, Texas label. After it hit, it was released on Smash Records for national distribution. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks.

ETA announces an indefinite cease-fire

Eta, which is classed as a terrorist group by the US and the European Union, declared an indefinite ceasefire in 1998 but peace talks broke down and the bombing campaign resumed a year later. The group has never previously called a permanent stop to the violence.

"Frasier" debuts on NBC

Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for 11 seasons. The series was created as a spin-off of Cheers, continuing the story of psychiatrist Frasier Crane as he returned to his hometown of Seattle and started building a new life as a radio advice show host while reconnecting with his father and brother.

Black Wednesday

The UK joined European Exchange Rate Mechanism, therefore agreeing to keep the pound value at an agreed limit. George Soros recognized the unfavorable position of the UK at the time it joined ERM. Soros made a profit by short selling sterling to Bank of England, forcing the government to announce the rise in the base interest rate.

American singer Nick Jonas is born

Nick Jonas is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Jonas began acting in theater at the age of seven and released his debut single in 2002. After he released his eponymous debut album in 2004 to little success, Jonas opted to form a band with his older brothers, Joe and Kevin, known as the Jonas Brothers.

The Montreal Protocol is signed

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion. As a result of the international agreement, the ozone hole in Antarctica is slowly recovering.

Singer Katie Melua is born

Ketevan "Katie" Melua is a Georgian-British singer and songwriter. She moved to the United Kingdom at the age of eight – first to Northern Ireland and then to London in 1999. Melua is signed to the small Dramatico record label, under the management of composer Mike Batt.


Leonard knocks out Hearns to unify middleweight title

Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns fought in September 1981 at Caesars Palace in Paradise, Nevada to unify the world welterweight championship in a scheduled fifteen-rounder. They fought before a live crowd of 23,618 and a worldwide TV audience of some 300 million. After hurting Hearns with a right, Leonard exploded with a combination of punches and sent Hearns through the ropes.

American actress Alexis Bledel is born

Kimberly Alexis Bledel is an American actress and model. She is best known for her role as Rory Gilmore on the television series Gilmore Girls, for which she received nominations for Satellite, Teen Choice and Young Artist Awards. In 2016, Bledel reprised her role on the Netflix reunion miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Escape from East Germany to the west in a homemade balloon

The East German balloon escape was an incident in which 2 families, with 8 members in total, escaped the communist country of East Germany by crossing the border to West Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. The plot to accomplish this was carried out over a period of one and a half years, including an unsuccessful attempt, three different balloons, and various modifications until the successful escape occurred.

T. Rex singer Marc Bolan dies

Bolan was riding in a Mini 1275GT driven by Gloria Jones as they headed home from Mortons drinking club and restaurant in Berkeley Square. After failing to negotiate a small humpback bridge near Gipsy Lane on Queens Ride, the car struck a fence post and then a tree. Bolan was killed instantly, while Jones suffered a broken arm and broken jaw.

Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor makes its maiden flight

Development of the MiG-25's replacement began with the Ye-155MP prototype which first flew in 1975. Although it bore a superficial resemblance to the MiG-25, it had a longer fuselage to accommodate the radar operator's cockpit and was in many respects a new design.

Jimi Hendrix's debut LP enters the Billboard Hot 200 album chart

Are You Experienced is the debut studio album by English-American rock band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The LP was an immediate critical and commercial success, and it is widely regarded as one of the greatest debuts in the history of rock music. It reached number five on the US Billboard Top LPs, remaining on the chart for 106 weeks.

Singer Richard Marx is born

Richard Noel Marx is an American adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter, musician and record producer who has sold over 30 million records. He had a stream of hit singles in the late 1980s and 1990s, including "Endless Summer Nights", "Right Here Waiting", "Now and Forever", "Hazard" and "At the Beginning" with Donna Lewis.

The first photocopier is introduced

The Xerox 914 was the first successful commercial plain paper copier which in 1959 revolutionized the document-copying industry. The culmination of inventor Chester Carlson's work on the xerographic process, the 914 was fast and economical.

American magician David Copperfield is born

David Copperfield is an American magician, described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history. Copperfield has so far sold 33 million tickets and grossed over $4 billion, more than any other solo entertainer in history.

Singer David Bellamy is born

Starting in the late 1970s, the Bellamy Brothers found success in country music as well, charting twenty Number One singles and more than fifty hits overall on the country charts. To date, they have released more than fifty albums, primarily on Curb Records. They have also enjoyed success in Continental Europe.

American musician B.B. King is born

B.B. King was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later electric blues guitarists. King was known for appearing on average at more than 200 concerts per year.

A bomb explodes on Wall Street

The Wall Street bombing occurred in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City. The blast killed 30 people immediately, and another eight died later of wounds sustained in the blast. There were 143 seriously injured, and the total number of injured was in the hundreds.

The General Motors Corporation is founded

General Motors is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Detroit that designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts, and sells financial services. The company was founded by William C. Durant as a holding company. The company was the largest automobile manufacturer from 1931 through 2007.

Louis XVIII of France dies

Louis XVIII's health began to fail in the spring of 1824. He was suffering from obesity, gout, and gangrene, both dry and wet, in his legs and spine. Louis died in September 1824 surrounded by the extended Royal Family and some government officials. He was succeeded by his youngest brother, the Count of Artois, as Charles X.

James II of England dies

James II died aged 67 of a brain hemorrhage in September 1701 at Saint-Germain-en-Laye. James's heart was placed in a silver-gilt locket and given to the convent at Chaillot, and his brain was placed in a lead casket and given to the Scots College in Paris. His entrails were placed in two gilt urns and sent to the parish church of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the English Jesuit college at Saint-Omer.

Mayflower departs for America

In early September, western gales began to make the North Atlantic a dangerous place for sailing. The Mayflower's provisions were already quite low when departing Southampton, and they became lower still by delays of more than a month. The passengers had been on board the ship for this entire time, and they were quite worn out and in no condition for a lengthy Atlantic journey cooped up in cramped spaces in a small ship.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1974

Julian Castro

born 1981

Alexis Bledel

born 1971

Amy Poehler