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Tanzanian ferry capsizes killing 228

The MV Nyerere is a Tanzanian ferry that capsized while travelling between the islands of Ukerewe and Ukara on Lake Victoria. The Tanzanian government declared that 228 people died as a result of the capsizing anf that 41 were rescued. The capsized ferry was successfully righted, retrieved and unloaded more than one week after the disaster.

Hurricane Maria strucks Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria is regarded as being the worst natural disaster on record to affect Dominica and Puerto Rico and the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Jeanne in 2004. 3,057 people were estimated to have been killed by the hurricane.

Tata and Thyssenkrupp agree steel mega-merger

ThyssenKrupp, a German multinational conglomerate announced their plans to combine their European business with an India-based company Tata Steel. With a focus on steel-making, their joint venture makes them the second largest steel producer in Europe. The ThyssenKrupp Tata Steel agreed to place their headquarters in Amsterdam.

Keith Lamont Scott is shot dead by a police officer

Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot in September 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina by Brentley Vinson, an African-American city police officer. The shooting prompted investigations by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

'This Is Us' first airs on NBC

This Is Us is an American drama television series created by Dan Fogelman that premiered on NBC. The program details the lives and families of two parents, and their three children born on the same day as their father's birthday. This Is Us is filmed in Los Angeles.

Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro in Havana

Pope Francis and Fidel Castro had a half-hour meeting in Havana in September 2015 at the former Cuban leader's home. The Vatican described the meeting at Castro's residence as informal and familial, with an exchange of books and discussion about big issues facing humanity, including Francis' recent encyclical on the environment and the global economic system.

Wangjing SOHO is opened

Wangjing SOHO is a complex of three curvilinear asymmetric skyscrapers in Wangjing, a suburb of Beijing, China, between central Beijing and Beijing Capital International Airport. According to Zaha Hadid, the project's architect, it is a "welcome and farewell to Beijing". The towers contain both office and retail space.

NASA ends the Deep Impact mission

The Deep Impact probe was designed to study the interior composition of the comet Tempel 1 by releasing an impactor. After successful completion of its primary mission, the probe was rerouted to study extrasolar planets and the Hartley 2 comet. It worked for seven years until the radio contact was finally lost.


Alex Rodriquez sets new MLB record

Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez is an American former professional baseball shortstop and third baseman who played primarily for the New York Yankees. He hit his 24th career grand slam, an opposite field 654th career home run, off George Kontos of the San Francisco Giants, breaking the all-time grand slam record, formerly held by Lou Gehrig.

'New Girl' debuts on Fox

New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves around a kooky teacher, Jess, after she moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men, Nick, Schmidt, and Winston.

Carly Rae Jepsen releases 'Call Me Maybe'

"Call Me Maybe" is a song recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen for her EP Curiosity which also appears on her second studio album, Kiss. The song was written by Jepsen and Tavish Crowe as a folk song, but its genre was modified to pop following the production by Josh Ramsay.

"Don't ask, don't tell" policy is scrapped in US army

The policy prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants while barring openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service. This relaxation of legal restrictions on service by gays and lesbians in the armed forces was mandated by United States federal law Pub.L. 103–160.

The 61st Emmy Awards are held

The 2009 Emmy Awards were held at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, with CBS broadcasting the Primetime event and E! broadcasting the Creative Arts event. After the previous year's lackluster performance in ratings, the Primetime Emmy Awards were hoping to achieve success by selecting Harris as sole host, as opposed to a group of hosts as in the previous year. The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards earned a 4.2 rating in the 18–49 demo and drew 13.3 million viewers.

Islamabad Marriott Hotel bombing

The Islamabad Marriott Hotel bombing occurred when a dump truck filled with explosives was detonated in front of the Marriott Hotel in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, killing at least 54 people, injuring at least 266 and leaving a 60 ft wide, 20 ft deep crater outside the hotel.


Jose Mourinho leaves Chelsea

José Mourinho is a Portuguese professional football coach and former manager Chelsea. He unexpectedly left the British football club in 2007 "by mutual consent", although there had been a series of disagreements with owner Abramovich. The Chelsea board held an emergency meeting and decided it was time to part with their manager. Mourinho left as the most successful manager in Chelsea's history, having won six trophies for the club in 3 years.

'My Name Is Earl' first airs on NBC

My Name Is Earl is an American sitcom series created by Greg Garcia that aired on the NBC television network. It was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and starred Jason Lee as Earl Hickey, the title character. The series also starred Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez, and Eddie Steeples.

George W. Bush declares a "war on terror"

The War on Terror, also known as the Global War on Terrorism, is an international military campaign that was launched by the US government after 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States. The naming of the campaign uses a metaphor of war to refer to a variety of actions that do not constitute a specific war as traditionally defined.

'Urinetown' opens on Broadway

Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical comedy musical that premiered in 2001, with music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis. It satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics.

Elton John starts a six week run at #1 on the UK singles

"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" is a song by Elton John, released in 1997 as the first single from his 26th studio album The Big Picture. Later, the single was also released as a double A-side single with "Candle in the Wind 1997". That single and its video were dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died that year.

'Step by Step' first airs on ABC

Step by Step is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons. Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers starred as single parents, each with three children, who spontaneously marry after meeting on vacation, resulting in their becoming the heads of a large blended family.

'The Fisher King' is released

The Fisher King is a 1991 American comedy-drama film written by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Terry Gilliam. Starring Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges, with Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer, and Michael Jeter, the film tells the story of a radio shock jock who tries to find redemption by helping a man whose life he inadvertently shattered.

'Miss Saigon' premieres in London

Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover.

Ricky Van Shelton releases 'Loving Proof'

Loving Proof is the second album by country music artist Ricky Van Shelton. The Singles, "I'll Leave This World Loving You", "From a Jack to a King", and "Living Proof" all reached number one on the charts."Hole In My Pocket" reached number 4. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Thatcher rejects "United States of Europe'" idea in a speech

During a 1988 speech in Bruges, she outlined her opposition to proposals from the EEC, the forerunner of the European Union, for a federal structure and increased centralization of decision making. She said: "We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level, with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels."

The 39th Emmy Awards are held

The 1987 Emmy Awards ceremony was held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California and was broadcast on Fox for the first time as the network had only premiered the previous year. NBC continued its dominance in the field, however, becoming the first network to gain over eighty major nominations.

'Cosby Show' premieres on NBC

The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York. The Cosby Show spent five consecutive seasons as the number-one rated show on television.

Suicide car bomb attacks US Embassy annex in Beirut

The Shi'a Islamic militant group Hezbollah, with support and direction from the Islamic Republic of Iran, carried out a suicide car bombing targeting the U.S. embassy annex in East Beirut, Lebanon. The attack killed 24 people.

Assassination of French left-wing militant Pierre Goldman

In September 1979, Goldman was assassinated at point-blank range in Paris. Eyewitnesses described seeing three Spanish-looking persons. The police first suspected the Mafia, however, the murder was vindicated by an unknown far-right group: Honneur de la police. Pierre Goldman's funeral was attended by 15,000 people.

David Bowie starts two week run at #1 in the US singles chart

"Fame" is a song recorded by David Bowie. Written by Bowie, Carlos Alomar, and John Lennon, it was a hit in North America, becoming Bowie's first number 1 single in the Canadian Singles Chart as well as the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song was one of the more successful singles of the year, ranking at number 7 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100.


Battle of the Sexes

In tennis, Battle of the Sexes, a match took place between 55-year-old Bobby Riggs and 29-year-old Billie Jean King, which King won in 3 sets. The match attracted massive attention and was viewed by an estimated 90 million people around the world. King's win is considered a milestone in public acceptance of women's tennis.

Jim Morrison found guilty of indecent exposure

Doors frontman, Morrison, was convicted of indecent exposure and profanity by a six-person jury in Miami after a trial that had 16 days of testimony. Morrison, who attended the sentencing "in a wool jacket adorned with Indian designs", silently listened as he was sentenced to six months in prison and had to pay a $500 fine.

John Lennon quits The Beatles

In September 1969, co-lead vocalist of The Beatles, John Lennon, privately informed his bandmates that he was leaving the band, but there was no public acknowledgment of the break-up until April 1970, when Paul McCartney announced he was leaving the group. There were numerous causes for the band's break-up, it was not a single event but rather a long transition.

The Archies hit #1 in the US singles chart

"Sugar, Sugar" is a song written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim. It was originally recorded by the virtual band The Archies. This version reached number one in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969 and remained there for four weeks.

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched

The Queen Elizabeth 2 is a floating hotel and retired ocean liner built for the Cunard Line which was operated by Cunard as both a transatlantic liner and a cruise ship. She was launched and named by Queen Elizabeth II, using the same pair of gold scissors her mother and grandmother used to launch Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary, respectively.

Hurricane Beulah hits Texas-Mexican border

Beulah was the strongest hurricane of the 1967 Atlantic hurricane season, making landfall just north of the mouth of the Rio Grande River as a Category 3. It spawned 115 tornadoes across Texas, which established a new record for the highest amount of tornadoes produced by a tropical cyclone.

DNA is confirmed as the bearer of heredity

DNA is a molecule that carries genetic instructions for the development, functioning, growth and reproduction of all known organisms and many viruses. Its role was confirmed in a series of experiments conducted by Alfred Hershey and Martha Chase. DNA had been known to biologists since 1869, but many of them had assumed that proteins carried the hereditary information. Hershey and Chase showed that when viruses infect bacteria, their DNA enters the host bacterial cell, but most of their protein does not.

Cannes Film Festival held for the first time

Twenty-one countries presented their films at the "First Cannes International Film Festival", which took place at the former Casino of Cannes. Only one year after the end of World War II, most of the films were about the war. With more emphasis on creativity than in competitiveness, eighteen nations presented their films.

America's first gasoline powered car is tested

The Duryea Brothers road-tested the first-ever, working American gasoline-powered automobile in a portion of Springfield, Massachusetts that is now Chicopee, Massachusetts. The Duryea's "motor wagon" was a used horse-drawn buggy that the brothers had purchased for $70 and into which they had installed a 4 HP, single cylinder gasoline engine.

Rome is unified with Italy after victory over the Pope

The capture of Rome in September 1870 was the final event of the long process of Italian unification known as the Risorgimento, marking both the final defeat of the Papal States under Pope Pius IX and the unification of the Italian peninsula under King Victor Emmanuel II of the House of Savoy.

The First Battle of Lexington

The First Battle of Lexington, also known as the Battle of the Hemp Bales or the Siege of Lexington, was an engagement of the American Civil War. It took place in September 1861 between the Union Army and the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard in Lexington, the county seat of Lafayette County, Missouri.

The Battle of Paoli

The Battle of Paoli was a battle in the Philadelphia campaign of the American Revolutionary War fought in September 1777, in the area surrounding present-day Malvern, Pennsylvania. Following the American retreats at the Battle of Brandywine and the Battle of the Clouds, George Washington left a force under Brigadier General Anthony Wayne behind to monitor and harass the British.

The First Battle of Newbury

The First Battle of Newbury was a battle of the First English Civil War that was fought on 20 September 1643 between a Royalist army, under the personal command of King Charles, and a Parliamentarian force led by the Earl of Essex. Following a year of Royalist successes in which they took Banbury, Oxford and Reading without conflict before storming Bristol, the Parliamentarians were left without an effective army in the field. When Charles laid siege to Gloucester, Parliament was forced to muster a force under Essex with which to beat Charles' forces off. After a long march, Essex surprised the Royalists and forced them away from Gloucester before beginning a retreat to London. Charles rallied his forces and pursued Essex, overtaking the Parliamentarian army at Newbury and forcing them to march past the Royalist force to continue their retreat.

Magellan sets on the first successful circumnavigation of the globe

The crew of about 270 included men from several nations, including Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Greece, England, and France. Spanish authorities were wary of Magellan, so that they almost prevented him from sailing, switching his mostly Portuguese crew to most men of Spain.

Salisbury Cathedral is inaugurated

Salisbury Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in Salisbury, England, and one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. It contains a clock which is among the oldest working clocks in the world, and has the best surviving of the four original copies of Magna Carta.

Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem

The Siege of Jerusalem was a siege on the city of Jerusalem that lasted from September to October 1187, when Balian of Ibelin surrendered the city to Saladin. Citizens who were able to pay the ransom were set free, however, several thousand were enslaved. Though Jerusalem fell, it was not the end of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, as the capital shifted first to Tyre and later to Acre.

The Battle of Fulford

The Battle of Fulford was fought on the outskirts of the village of Fulford near York in England, in September 1066, when King Harald III of Norway, also known as Harald Hardrada, and Tostig Godwinson, his English ally, fought and defeated the Northern Earls Edwin and Morcar.

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