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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

born 1891

Karl Dönitz

born 1970

Tamron Hall

born 1923

Lee Kuan Yew