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The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards honor the best in U.S. prime time television programming from the last year, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and will be broadcast in the U.S. by NBC. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story has nine nominations.

Country music star George Hamilton IV dies

George Hege Hamilton IV was an American country musician. He began performing in the late 1950s as a teen idol, later switching to country music in the early 1960s. Hamilton had a heart attack in September 2014 and died in the following days at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville.

Grand Theft Auto V is released

Grand Theft Auto V is an action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. Players control the three lead protagonists throughout single-player and switch between them both during and outside of missions. The story is centered on the heist sequences, and many missions involve shooting and driving gameplay.

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 goes to #1 on the US singles chart with "Someone Like You"

"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

In 2004, Bonds had perhaps his best season. He hit .362 en route to his second National League batting title and broke his own record by walking 232 times. He hit his 700th off of Jake Peavy in September. Bonds hit 45 home runs in 373 at-bats, and struck out just 41 times, putting himself in elite company, as few major leaguers have ever had more home runs than strikeouts in a season.


Sportscaster Jack Buck reads moving patriotic-themed speech

One of Buck's final public appearances was in September 2001 at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. It was the first night that Major League Baseball resumed after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Sick with lung cancer and showing the signs of Parkinson's disease as well, Buck looked frail and struggled to maintain his composure.

Singer Frankie Vaughan dies

Frankie Vaughan was an English singer of easy listening and traditional pop music, who recorded more than 80 singles in his lifetime. Vaughan died from heart failure in Oxford, aged 71. His wife Stella donated archival materials, including scores and sheet music he had collected throughout his career to Liverpool John Moores University.

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.

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.

"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 debuting 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.


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.


Russian ice hockey player Alexander Ovechkin is born

Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin often referred to as "the Great Eight" or "Ovi", is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. He is regarded as one of the greatest ice hockey players of the modern NHL. Prior to entering the league, Ovechkin played for HC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague for 4 seasons.


Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych is born

Tomáš Berdych is a Czech professional tennis player who is ranked No. 70 in men's singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals as of 2018. His most notable achievement was reaching the final of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, causing consecutive upsets by defeating top seed and six-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, and No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

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 are running stories that said Paul McCartney is dead

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.

American singer Anastacia is born

Anastacia Newkirk is an American singer-songwriter, producer and former dancer. Her first two albums Not That Kind and Freak of Nature were released in quick succession to major success. Her commercial success continued with international hits such as "Paid My Dues", "One Day In Your Life" and the official song of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, "Boom".

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.


English race car driver and guitarist Damon Hill is born

Damon Graham Devereux Hill is a British former racing driver. He is the son of Graham Hill, and, along with Nico Rosberg, one of only two sons of a Formula One world champion to also win the title. He started racing on motorbikes in 1981, and after minor success moved on to single-seater racing cars. Despite progressing steadily up the ranks to the International Formula 3000 championship by 1989.

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

The BBC announced the removal of 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 the 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. The book 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. It was named in the Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching number 41 on the editor's list, and 25 on the reader's list.

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.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1950

Narendra Modi

born 1948

John Ritter

died 1996

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