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'The Handmaid's Tale' wins eight Emmys

Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale became the first web series to win Outstanding Drama Series. Additionally, web television also won their first awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Television Movie, and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special.

Bombs go off in New York and New Jersey

Two bombs exploded in the New York metropolitan area leaving 31 people wounded, but no fatalities or life-threatening injuries. Several other explosive devices were also found in the vicinity. Earlier that day, a pipe bomb went off just before the start of a 5k run event that was expected to draw as many as 3,000 people. No one was hurt in the explosion, however, and the race was cancelled.

Man goes on stabbing rampage at St. Cloud Mall

In 2016, a terrorist mass stabbing occurred at the Crossroads Center shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Ten people were injured, and the attacker was shot dead inside the mall by an off-duty law enforcement officer. The FBI began investigating the stabbing as a possible act of terrorism.

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' first airs on Fox

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American television police sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. The series revolves around Jake Peralta, an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, who often comes into conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Raymond Holt.

Soyuz spaceflight returns safely to Earth

Soyuz TMA-04M was a spaceflight to Low Earth orbit that transported three members of the Expedition 31 crew to the International Space Station. The spacecraft remained docked to the space station to serve as an emergency escape vehicle during the mission before safely transporting the astronauts back to Earth, where it landed in Kazakhstan.

Typhoon Sanba makes landfall in South Korea

Typhoon Sanba, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Karen, was the strongest tropical cyclone worldwide in 2012. It made landfall on South Korea as a typhoon before transitioning into an extratropical cyclone the following day. Sanba's remnants tracked into the Primorsky Krai region of eastern Russia.

Occupy Wall Street movement begins in Zuccotti Park, NYC

The Canadian anti-consumerist and pro-environment group/magazine Adbusters initiated the call for a protest. The main issues raised by Occupy Wall Street were social and economic inequality, greed, corruption and the undue influence of corporations on government-particularly from the financial services sector.

Adele's 'Someone Like You' goes to #1 on the US singles chart

"Someone Like You" is a song by English singer Adele. It was written by Adele and Dan Wilson for her second studio album, 21. It is the second single and final track on the album. The song received wide acclaim from music critics, who chose the song as a highlight of 21 and praised the lyrics, its simple sound, and Adele's vocal performance.

Timbaland feat. OneRepublic release 'Apologize'

"Apologize" is the debut single written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder for OneRepublic's debut album Dreaming Out Loud. It was released as the lead single of that album. A remix version was included on the Timbaland album, Shock Value, and on the deluxe version of Dreaming Out Loud.


Barry Bonds hits his 700th career MLB home run

Barry Bonds is an American former professional baseball left fielder and is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Bonds was regarded as an exceptional hitter, holding many MLB hitting records, including most career home runs, most home runs in a single season and most career walks. He hit his 700th homer off of Jake Peavy in September 2004.

Palahniuk's 'Lullaby' is published

Lullaby is a horror-satire novel by American author Chuck Palahniuk, published in 2002. It won the 2003 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, and was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel in 2002. American punk rock band Lagwagon's song "Lullaby" was inspired by this novel.


Sportscaster Jack Buck recites moving patriotic-themed poem

Jack Buck was an American sportscaster best known for his work announcing the Major League Baseball games of the St. Louis Cardinals. In the final years of his life, he became recognized for writing poetry, culminating in national attention for his poem "For America", written after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and recited on the first night Major League Baseball resumed after September 11 at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis in one of his final public appearances.

Oprah launches influential book club

Oprah's Book Club was a book discussion club segment of the American talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, highlighting books chosen by host Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey started the book club in 1996, selecting a new book, usually a novel, for viewers to read and discuss each month.

'Home Improvement' first airs on ABC

Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen that aired on ABC, with a total of 204 half-hour episodes spanning over eight seasons. The series was created by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra, and David McFadzean. In the 1990s, it was one of the most watched sitcoms in the American market, winning many awards.

Guns N' Roses simultaneously release two albums

Use Your Illusion I is the third studio album by American rock band Guns N' Roses. Released the same day as its counterpart, Use Your Illusion II debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. charts. Use Your Illusion I debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts, selling 685,000 copies in its first week, behind Use Your Illusion II's first-week sales of 770,000.

Initial release of Linux

During his time at the University of Helsinki, Linus Torvalds, frustrated by the licensing of MINIX, began to work on his own OS kernel. This led to the creation of what we now know as the Linux kernel. The original name, Freax was changed by Ari Lemmke, Torvalds' coworker, who did not think it was good, renaming it to Linux.


The XXIV Summer Olympic Games open in Seoul

The 1988 Summer Olympics were an international multi-sport event celebrated in Seoul, South Korea. In the Seoul Games, 159 nations were represented by a total of 8,391 athletes: 6,197 men and 2,194 women. These were the last Olympic Games for the Soviet Union and East Germany, as both ceased to exist before the next Olympic Games.

Vanessa Williams becomes first black Miss America

Vanessa Williams is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first African American winner of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984. Several weeks before the end of her reign, however, a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published nude photographs of Williams.

'The Wall' opens in theaters

Pink Floyd – The Wall is a British live-action/animated musical drama film directed by Alan Parker with animated segments by political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, and is based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album of the same name. Like its musical companion, the film is highly metaphorical, and symbolic imagery and sound are present most commonly.

Polish Solidarity is formed

Solidarity is a Polish labor union that was founded in September 1980 at the Lenin Shipyard under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa. It was the first trade union in a Warsaw Pact country that was not controlled by a communist party. Its membership reached 9.5 million members before its September 1981 Congress, which constituted one-third of the total working-age population of Poland.

Camp David Accords are signed

The Camp David Accords were signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in September 1978, following 12 days of secret negotiations at Camp David. The 2 framework agreements were signed at the White House and were witnessed by US President Jimmy Carter.

The first Space Shuttle is unveiled by NASA

Space Shuttle Enterprise was the first orbiter of the Space Shuttle system. It was built for NASA as part of the Space Shuttle program to perform atmospheric test flights after being launched from a modified Boeing 747. It was constructed without engines or a functional heat shield, and was therefore not capable of spaceflight.

'M*A*S*H' is first released

M*A*S*H is an American war comedy-drama television series that aired on CBS from 1972 to 1983. It was developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film M*A*S*H, which, in turn, was based on Richard Hooker's 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors.

Media runs stories about supposed death of Paul McCartney

American college students published articles claiming that clues to McCartney's supposed death could be found among the lyrics and artwork of the Beatles' recordings. Clue-hunting proved infectious and had become an international phenomenon. Rumors declined after a contemporary interview with McCartney was published in Life magazine.

Amphibious cars arrive in Frankfurt

The Amphicar Model 770 is an amphibious automobile, launched at the 1961 New York Auto Show, manufactured in West Germany and marketed from 1961-1968. Two Amphicars crossed the English Channel in Sept. 1965 enduring 20-foot waves and gale-force winds.

BBC radio announces the removal of 'Rockin' Through The Rye'

The BBC announced they would remove Bill Haley and His Comets‘ ‘Rockin’ Through The Rye’ from its playlist because they felt the song went against traditional British standards. The record, based on an 18th century Scottish Folk tune, was at No.5 on the UK charts.

William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies' is first published

Lord of the Flies is a novel by William Golding which focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves. The novel has been generally well received and is named in the Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching number 41 on the editor's list and 25 on the reader's list.

Shirley MacLaine marries Steven Parker in New York City

MacLaine was married to businessman Steve Parker from 1954 until their divorce in 1982; they have a daughter, Sachi. In April 2011, while promoting her new book, I'm Over All That, she revealed to Oprah Winfrey that she had had an open relationship with her husband.

Soviet Union invades Poland

In September 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east, 16 days after Germany invaded Poland from the west. Subsequent military operations lasted for the following 20 days and ended in October 1939 with the two-way division and annexation of the entire territory of the Second Polish Republic by Germany and the Soviet Union.

Manfred von Richthofen shoots down his first plane

Richthofen scored his first confirmed aerial victory in the skies over Cambrai, France, in September 1916. He celebrated each of his victories in the same manner until he had 60 cups, by which time the dwindling supply of silver in blockaded Germany meant that silver cups could no longer be supplied.

The battle of Antietam

The Battle of Antietam was a battle of the American Civil War, fought between Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Union General George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac, near Sharpsburg, Maryland and Antietam Creek. It was the bloodiest day in United States history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing.

The US constitution is signed

The Constitution of the United States of America is signed by 38 of 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Supporters of the document waged a hard-won battle to win ratification by the necessary nine out of 13 U.S. states.

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek discovers microbial life

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch businessman and scientist best known for his pioneering work in microscopy and for his contributions toward the establishment of microbiology as a scientific discipline. In a letter to the Royal Society, he describes the microorganisms he discovered on the plaque between his own teeth: “I then most always saw, with great wonder, that in the said matter there were many very little living animalcules, very prettily a-moving.”

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1969

Keith Flint

born 1950

Narendra Modi

died 2008

Robert Jarry