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"Sorry for Your Loss" is released on Facebook Watch

Sorry for Your Loss is an American dark comedy web television series created by Kit Steinkellner, starring Elizabeth Olsen, Kelly Marie Tran, Jovan Adepo, Janet McTeer and Mamoudou Athie. The series follows the story of Leigh Shaw, a young widow who is forced to reassess her life and relationships following the death of her husband.

Volkswagen "dieselgate" breaks on in the US

The US Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen. They had found the Volkswagen programmed their TDI diesel engines to activate their emissions controls only during laboratory testing. The engines emit up to 40 times more NOx in real-world than during the tests.

Taylor Swift is at #1 on the US singles chart with "Shake It Off"

"Shake It Off" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift from her fifth album, 1989. "Shake It Off" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Swift's second number-one single in the United States.

Scotland votes "No" to independence

A referendum on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom took place in September 2014. The referendum question, which voters answered with "Yes" or "No", was "Should Scotland be an independent country?" The "No" side won, with 2,001,926 (55.3%) voting against independence and 1,617,989 (44.7%) voting in favour.

Aga Khan Museum is established

The Aga Khan Museum is a museum of Islamic art, Iranian art and Muslim culture in the North York district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The museum is an initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. It houses collections of Islamic art and heritage.

Broadway revival of "Love Letters" opens

The play returned to Broadway to the Brooks Atkinson Theater in limited engagements with rotating casts. The first cast starred Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow, followed by Carol Burnett with Dennehy, and Alan Alda and Candice Bergen; scheduled next were Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, and Martin Sheen.

Angry Birds Star Wars II is released

Angry Birds Star Wars II is a puzzle video game, a crossover between Star Wars and the Angry Birds series. The game is the seventh Angry Birds game developed by Rovio Entertainment. The game is a sequel to Angry Birds Star Wars and is based on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, as well as the television show Star Wars Rebels.

Borderlands 2 is released

Borderlands 2 is an open-world action role-playing first-person shooter video game developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games. It is the second game in the Borderlands series. The game received critical acclaim and was a commercial success. Downloadable content for the game was released, including new characters and storylines.

Earthquake hits Sikkim

The 2011 Sikkim earthquake occurred with a moment magnitude of 6.9 and was centered within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. At least 111 people were killed in the earthquake. Most of the deaths occurred in Sikkim, with reports of fatalities in and near Singtam in the East Sikkim district.

Sir Cliff Richard unveils a plaque to mark a tiny basement

Sir Cliff Richard has unveiled a plaque to mark a tiny basement said to be the birthplace of British rock and roll. Fifty years after the "2 i's" coffee bar opened its doors in London's Old Compton Street, some performers and fans returned to see it honored.

The first mailing of anthrax letters

The 2001 anthrax attacks, also known as Amerithrax from its Federal Bureau of Investigation case name, occurred within the United States over the course of several weeks beginning in September 2001, one week after the September 11 attacks. Letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to several news media offices and two Democratic U.S. Senators.

Garth Brooks goes to #1 on the US album chart with "In Pieces"

In Pieces is the fifth studio album by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. It was also a huge hit outside the United States. In the United Kingdom, it was Brooks' highest placed the album on the charts.


Jerzy Kukuczka climbs all 14 Eight-thousanders

Jerzy Kukuczka became the second man to climb all 14 eight-thousanders in the world, it took him less than 8 years. He is the only person in the world who has climbed 2 eight-thousanders in one winter. Altogether, he ascended four eight-thousanders in winter, including three as first ascents.

Kiss appeare without their "make-up" for the first time

Sensing it was time for a change, Kiss made the decision to abandon their trademark make-up and costumes. The band officially appeared in public without make-up for the first time in an appearance on MTV, which coincided with the release of Lick It Up. The tour to promote the new album and the unmasked band members began in Lisbon, Portugal.

The first photograph of the Earth and the Moon together

Voyager 1 is a space probe launched by NASA. Part of the Voyager program to study the outer Solar System. Voyager 1 also snapped the picture of the Earth and the Moon from a distance of 7.25 million miles. It was the first to include both the Earth and the Moon in a single frame taken by a spacecraft.


Brazilian footballer Ronaldo is born

Ronaldo is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. Popularly dubbed O Fenômeno, he is widely considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time. In his prime, he was known for his dribbling at speed, feints, and clinical finishing. At his best in the 1990s, Ronaldo starred at club level for Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, and Inter Milan.

Patty Hearst is arrested after a year on the FBI Most Wanted List

In September 1975, Hearst was arrested in a San Francisco apartment with Wendy Yoshimura, another SLA member, by San Francisco Police Inspector Timothy F. Casey and FBI Special Agent Thomas J. Padden. While being booked into jail, she listed her occupation as "Urban Guerilla".

American rapper and actor Xzibit is born

Xzibit is an American rapper, actor, television host, record producer, and radio personality. Xzibit began his musical career after the release of his debut studio album At the Speed of Life in 1996. The album generated both critical and commercial success, peaking at number 74 on the Billboard 200.


American road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong is born

Lance Edward Armstrong is a former American professional road racing cyclist. He was a member of the US Postal/Discovery team between 1998 and 2005 when he won his Tour de France titles, as well as a bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics. Armstrong had been the subject of doping allegations ever since winning the 1999 Tour de France.

American actress Jada Pinkett Smith is born

Jada Koren Pinkett Smith is an American actress, dancer, singer-songwriter, and businesswoman. She began her career with a guest appearance on the short-lived sitcom True Colors. From 1991 to 1993, she starred as Lena James in the television series A Different World, produced by Bill Cosby. She made her feature film debut in Menace II Society.

Guitar player Jimi Hendrix dies

Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27. One of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s, he was described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music." The post-mortem examination concluded that Hendrix aspirated his own vomit and died of asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates.

Bobby Vinton earns a #1 hit with “Take Good Care Of My Baby”

"Take Good Care of My Baby" is a song written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. The song was made famous by Bobby Vee when it was released in 1961. Vee's recording quickly became popular, spending 15 weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 1, and spending three weeks in that position.

Castro arrives in New York

In September 1960, Castro flew to New York City for the General Assembly of the United Nations. Staying at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem, he met with journalists and anti-establishment figures like Malcolm X. He also met Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, with the two publicly condemning the poverty and racism faced by Americans in areas like Harlem.

"Lolita" is first published in the US

Lolita is a novel written by Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov. The novel is notable for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator, a middle-aged literature professor under the pseudonym Humbert Humbert, is obsessed with a 12-year-old girl, with whom he becomes sexually involved after he becomes her stepfather.

CIA is formed

The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 when Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act into law. A major impetus for the creation of the CIA was the unforeseen attack on Pearl Harbor. In addition, towards the end of World War II, the U.S. government felt the need for a group to coordinate intelligence efforts.


Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello

In September 1946, Mauriello received his third world championship shot, and his first try at the World Heavyweight title, when he met Joe Louis at the Bronx's Yankee Stadium. Mauriello figured that because of his right-hand power, he had a chance against the champion, who was 55-1 coming into their bout.

Actor and singer Frankie Avalon is born

Frankie Avalon is an Italian American actor, singer, and former teen idol. Avalon's first film was a short appearance in Jamboree, playing the trumpet and singing "Teacher's Pet". Avalon had 31 charted U.S. Billboard singles from 1958 to late 1962, including "Just Ask Your Heart", "Bobby Sox to Stockings", and "A Boy Without a Girl".


Coach Scotty Bowman is born

William Scott Bowman is a Canadian retired National Hockey League head coach. He holds the record for most wins in league history, with 1,244 wins in the regular season and 223 in the Stanley Cup playoffs and ranks 2nd all-time for most Stanley Cup victories by a player, coach or executive with fourteen.

Blues singer Jimmie Rodgers is born

James Frederick Rodgers is an American singer. Rodgers had a brief run of mainstream popularity in the late 1950s with a string of crossover singles that ranked highly on the Billboard Pop Singles, Hot Country and Western Sides and Hot Rhythm and Blues Sides charts. In the 1960s, Rodgers had more modest successes with adult contemporary music.


The first African American plays pro football for a major team

Frederick Douglass "Fritz" Pollard was the first African American head coach in the National Football League. Pollard along with Bobby Marshall were the first two African American players in the NFL in 1920. Football pioneer Walter Camp ranked Pollard as "one of the greatest runners these eyes have ever seen."

Actress Greta Garbo is born

Greta Garbo was a Swedish-American film actress during the 1920s and 1930s. Garbo was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress and received an Academy Honorary Award in 1954 for her "luminous and unforgettable screen performances."

The first edition of The New York Times is published

Journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond and former banker George Jones founded the NYC based newspaper with its original name being New-York Daily Times. The first edition tried to address various speculations on its purpose and situation that preceded its release. It won 125 Pulitzer Prizes since its initial release.

Jewelerly brand Tiffany is founded

Tiffany & CO was founded by a duo of Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young in Brooklyn as a “stationery and fancy goods emporium”. Their store operated in Lower Manhattan and sold a wide variety of stationery items. With their expertise, they eventually became leaders of 19th-century American jewelry trade.

Surrender of Quebec to the British

De Ramezay, Townshend and Saunders signed the Articles of Capitulation of Quebec and the city was turned over to British control. The remaining French forces positioned themselves on the Jacques-Cartier River west of the city.

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