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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.

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.

Earthquake hits Illapel

The 2015 Illapel earthquake occurred 46 km offshore from Illapel, with a moment magnitude of 8.3. The initial quake lasted between three and five minutes; it was followed by several aftershocks greater than magnitude six and two that exceeded 7.0 moment magnitude.

NASA outsources its role in space travel

American space agency awards $4.2 billion contract to Boeing and a $2.6 billion contract to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to shuttle astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station. Both companies will own and operate the crew transportation systems and be able to sell human space transportation services to other customers, thereby reducing the costs.

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.

Reno Air Races crash

The Galloping Ghost, a highly modified North American P-51D Mustang racing aircraft, crashed into spectators while competing at the Reno Air Races, killing the pilot, James K. "Jimmy" Leeward, and 10 people on the ground. Sixty-nine more people on the ground were injured.

One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 crashes

One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashed into an embankment beside runway 27 at Phuket International Airport bursting into flames upon impact, during an attempted go-around after an aborted landing, killing 89 of the 130 persons on board. One survivor died of burn injuries several days after the crash.

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.


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.

Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched

The mission goal was docking with Russian space-station Mir. It was the first shuttle mission to a fully completed Mir space station, following the arrival of its Priroda module. Atlantis took down to Earth American astronaut Shannon Lucid after 188 days in space. He flight was an American record for space flight duration and a worldwide record for a woman astronaut.


Patrick Vieira makes his Arsenal debut

Wenger was officially in command of managerial affairs at Arsenal by the start of October, but Vieira had already made his mark, coming on as a substitute against Sheffield Wednesday in September; The Times described him as a "thinking man's Carlton Palmer … who, at last, gives the Arsenal midfield some variety."

'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.

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.

Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes a US citizen

Schwarzenegger became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1983. Shortly before he gained his citizenship, he asked the Austrian authorities for the right to keep his Austrian citizenship, as Austria does not usually allow dual citizenship. His request was granted, and he retained his Austrian citizenship.


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.

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.

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.

Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New York

The Metropolitan Opera House is an opera house located on Broadway at Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. Part of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the theater was designed by Wallace K. Harrison. It opened in 1966, replacing the original 1883 Metropolitan Opera House at Broadway and 39th Street.

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.

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.

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

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