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Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin

Joshua and Povetkin will fight for the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles at Wembley Stadium in London. Povetkin was the WBA champion from 2011 to 2013 and is now the WBA's mandatory challenger, meaning Joshua has to fight him or face being stripped of his title. Both are former Olympic champions.


Curry says he doesn't want to attend White House visit

Stephen Curry said his beliefs were "cemented even further about how things in our country are going" after President Donald Trump that the Golden State Warriors are not welcome at the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA championship.

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opens

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is a contemporary art museum located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world. The museum opened in 2017. It is located in the V&A Waterfront, on the banks of Table Bay overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Yahoo confirms the first data breach

Yahoo! reported the first data breach to the public, believing that the hackers obtained data from over 500 million accounts. The breach had taken place sometime by the end of 2014. The stolen data included account names, email addresses, phone numbers, births, passwords and security questions with answers.

Avatar becomes the top-grossing film

Avatar, marketed as James Cameron's Avatar, is a 2009 American epic science fiction film. During its theatrical run, the film broke several box office records and became the highest-grossing film of all time, as well as in the United States and Canada, surpassing Cameron's Titanic, which had held those records for twelve years.


Catcher Yogi Berra dies

Berra died at age 90 of natural causes in his sleep in West Caldwell, New Jersey, in September 2015, 69 years to the day after his MLB debut. The Yankees added a number "8" patch to their uniforms in honor of Berra, and the Empire State Building was lit with vertical blue and white Yankee "pinstripes". New York City lowered all flags in the city to half-staff for a day in tribute.

Brazilian real falls to its all-time low

The broad strengthening of the US currency led to the Brazilian real falling to its all-time low, going above 4 real to the dollar. During the year, real has lost about 34% of its value against the dollar, resulting in its place among the worst-performing currencies. The economy suffered from a crisis caused by a corruption scandal.

Chinese Alibaba raises $25 billion in the biggest ever IPO

Alibaba Group is a Chinese multinational conglomerate, with operations in over 200 countries, boosted their deal size by 15% and claimed the title for the largest global IPO ever. Alibaba’s IPO surpassed that of the Agricultural Bank of China from 2010, which raised $22.1 billion in its debut on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

"Gotham" first airs on FOX

Gotham is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on characters published by DC Comics and appearing in the Batman franchise, primarily those of James Gordon and Bruce Wayne. The series stars Ben McKenzie as the young Gordon, while Heller executive produces, along with Danny Cannon, who also directed the pilot.

Rihanna and Calvin Harris release "We Found Love"

"We Found Love" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk. It was written and produced by, and features Scottish DJ Calvin Harris; the song was also featured on his third album 18 Months.

Dark Souls is released

Dark Souls is an action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco Bandai Games. A spiritual successor to Demon's Souls, the game is the second installment in the Souls series. It takes place in the fictional kingdom of Lordran, where players assume the role of a cursed undead who begins a pilgrimage to discover his fate.

Gabaldon's "An Echo in the Bone" is published

An Echo in the Bone is the seventh book in the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Centered on time-traveling 20th-century doctor Claire Randall and her 18th century Scottish Highlander warrior husband Jamie Fraser, the books contain elements of historical fiction, romance, adventure and science fiction/fantasy.

"Lost" first airs on NBC

Lost is an American drama television series that originally aired on the ABC from 2004 to 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 episodes. The show follows the survivors of a commercial jet airliner crash, flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean.

British voters take to streets over fox hunts

Fox hunting with hounds, as a formalized activity, originated in England in the 16th century, in a form very similar to that practiced until February 2005, when a law banning the activity in England and Wales came into force. A ban on hunting in Scotland had been passed in 2002, but it continues to be within the law in Northern Ireland and several other countries.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is released

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is a survival horror game developed by Capcom and released for the PlayStation in 1999. It is the third installment in the Resident Evil series and takes place around the events of Resident Evil 2. The story follows Jill Valentine and her efforts to escape from a city infected with a biological weapon.

Diana Ross is arrested on Concorde

The 55-year-old singer was detained for nearly five hours before she was allowed to go without being charged. The arrest followed a complaint from a member of the airport's staff that she was assaulted as she attempted a body search on Miss Ross in the security area at Terminal Four.

"Friends" first airs on NBC

The Pilot, also known as "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate" and “The First One”, was the pilot episode of the American situation comedy series Friends premiered on NBC in 1994. It was written by series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, and directed by James Burrows.

Bryan Adams makes chart history

"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" was an enormous chart success internationally, particularly in the UK, where it spent sixteen consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart. It went on to sell more than 15 million copies worldwide, making it Adams' most successful song and one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Composer Irving Berlin dies

Irving Berlin was an American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. Berlin died in his sleep in 1989, of heart attack and natural causes, in New York City, at the age of 101. He was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York City.

British actor Tom Felton is born

Thomas Andrew Felton is an English actor and musician. Felton began appearing in commercials when he was eight years old for companies such as Commercial Union and Barclaycard. He rose to prominence for his role as Draco Malfoy in the film adaptions of the best-selling Harry Potter fantasy novels by J.K. Rowling.


NFL players go on strike for 24 days

A 24-day players' strike was called after Week 2. The games that were scheduled for the third week of the season were canceled, reducing the 16-game season to 15, but the games for Weeks 4, 5 and 6 were played with replacement players, after which the union voted to end the strike.

"ALF" first airs on NBC

ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from 1986 to 1990. The title character is Gordon Shumway, a sarcastic, friendly extraterrestrial nicknamed ALF, an acronym for Alien Life Form, who crash lands in the garage of the suburban middle-class Tanner family. ALF was performed by puppeteer Paul Fusco, who co-created the show with Tom Patchett.

Actress and singer Billie Piper is born

Billie Paul Piper is an English actress, dancer, and former singer, from Swindon, Wiltshire. She made her debut at the age of 15, she signed a recording contract and released her debut single "Because We Want To", which entered at the top of the UK Singles Chart and made her the youngest artist ever to enter at number one on the chart.

American composer Harry Warren dies

Harry Warren was an American composer and lyricist. Warren was the first major American songwriter to write primarily for film. Warren died in 1981 in Los Angeles. He is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. The plaque bearing Warren's epitaph displays the first few notes of "You'll Never Know".

The Iran-Iraq war begins

The Iran–Iraq War was an armed conflict between Iran and Iraq, beginning in September 1980, when Iraq invaded Iran and ending in August 1988, when Iran accepted the UN-brokered ceasefire. Iraq wanted to replace Iran as the dominant Persian Gulf state and was worried that the 1979 Iranian Revolution would lead Iraq's Shi'ite majority to rebel against the Ba'athist government.

French DJ and producer Martin Solveig is born

Martin Picandet better known by his stage name Martin Solveig, is a French DJ, singer-songwriter and record producer. He hosts a weekly radio show called C'est La Vie on radio stations worldwide, including Radio FG in his homeland. Born in Paris, he has been active since 1994. Solveig manages his own label called Mixture Stereophonic.

President Ford survives second assassination attempt

Moore's assassination attempt of US president Gerald Ford took place in San Francisco in September just 17 days after Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme's attempted assassination of Ford. She was standing in the crowd across the street from the St. Francis Hotel and was about 40 feet away from Ford when she fired a single shot at him with a .38 caliber revolver.

Swearing in ceremony of Kissinger

In 1973, Henry Kissinger became the U.S. Secretary of State. For his actions negotiating a ceasefire in Vietnam, Kissinger also received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize under controversial circumstances, with two members of the committee resigning in protest. Kissinger later sought, unsuccessfully, to return the prize after the ceasefire failed.

Herman's Hermits are at #1

"I'm into Something Good" is a song composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and made famous by Herman's Hermits. The song was originally recorded by Cookies member Earl-Jean on Colpix Records in 1964. It entered the Cash Box Top 100 charts in the US and spent 8 weeks there, reaching a high of number 42.

"Fiddler on the Roof" opens on Broadway

Fiddler on the Roof is a musical based on a book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family's lives.

Elvis Presley gives one last press conference

In 1958, Presley was drafted into the U.S. Army as a private at Fort Chaffee, near Fort Smith, Arkansas. His arrival was a major media event. Hundreds of people descended on Presley as he stepped from the bus; photographers then accompanied him into the fort. Presley announced that he was looking forward to his military stint.

American rock guitarist Joan Jett is born

Joan Jett, born Joan Marie Larkin, is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer, and occasional actress. Jett is best known for her work as the frontwoman of her band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and for earlier founding and performing with the Runaways, which recorded and released the hit song "Cherry Bomb".

Italian singer Andrea Bocelli is born

Andrea Bocelli is an Italian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Celine Dion has said that "if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli." He was born with poor eyesight and became completely blind at age 12, following a football accident.

Musician Nick Cave is born

Nicholas Edward Cave is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer, and occasional film actor, best known as the frontman of the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. His music is generally characterized by emotional intensity, a wide variety of influences, and lyrical obsessions with death, God, love, and violence.

ITV goes live for the first time

ITV is the biggest and most popular commercial TV channel in the UK. Since its launch, the ITV have contended with BBC One for the status of the UK’s most watched TV channel. At the time of its launch, it was known nationally as Independent Television. Local names were decided by the regional branding of the local ITV operator.

English rock singer David Coverdale is born

David Coverdale is an English-American rock singer best known for his work with Whitesnake, a hard rock band he founded in 1978. Before Whitesnake, Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple from 1973 to 1976, after which he established his solo career. A collaboration with Jimmy Page resulted in a 1993 album that was a commercial success.


Grand jury is convened to investigate 8 White Sox players

The rumors dogged the White Sox throughout the 1920 season as they battled the Cleveland Indians for the American League pennant, and stories of corruption touched players on other clubs as well. At last, in September 1920, a grand jury was convened to investigate; Eddie Cicotte confessed to his participation in the scheme to the grand jury later that month.

National Geographic Magazine is published

The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published in September 1888, 9 months after the Society was founded. It was initially a scholarly journal sent to 165 charter members and nowadays it reaches the hands of 40 million people each month.

Field marshal Wilhelm Keitel is born

Wilhelm Keitel was a German field marshal who served as Chief of the Armed Forces High Command in Nazi Germany during World War II. Following the war, Keitel was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. He was found guilty, sentenced to death and executed in 1946.

Wagner's "The Rhinegold" is heard for the first time

The Rhinegold, WWV 86A, is the first of the four music dramas that constitute Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung. It was performed, as a single opera, at the National Theatre Munich in 1869, and received its first performance as part of the Ring cycle at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, in 1876.

Lincoln sets a deadline to free all slaves

The Emancipation Proclamation, issued in September 1862 declared free the slaves in 10 states not under Union control, with exemptions specified for areas already under Union control in 2 states. Lincoln spent the next 100 days preparing the army and the nation for emancipation, while Democrats rallied their voters in the 1862 off-year elections by warning of the threat freed slaves posed to northern whites.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1987

Tom Felton

born 1958

Joan Jett