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'Star Trek: Discovery' first airs on CBS

Star Trek: Discovery is an American television series created for CBS All Access by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman. It is the first series developed specifically for that service, and the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Discovery explores the Federation–Klingon war while following the crew of the USS Discovery.

NFL players kneel

In September 2017, the NFL protests became more widespread when over 200 players sat or knelt in response to President Donald Trump's calling for owners to "fire" the protesting players. Trump advised NFL owners to say "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired!" Trump called the players' protest "a total disrespect of our heritage".

Burnette Chapel shooting

Burnette Chapel shooting was a mass shooting that occurred in 2017 when gunman opened fire at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, part of the Greater Nashville Area, killing one person and injuring seven others.

Over 2000 muslim pilgrims die in Mecca

In September 2015 an event described as a "crush and stampede" caused deaths estimated at well over 2,000 pilgrims, suffocated or crushed during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The high number of deaths caused by the disaster make it the deadliest Hajj disaster in history.

'Black-ish' first airs on ABC

The series revolves around Dre, portrayed by Anthony Anderson, a family man who struggles with finding his cultural identity while raising his kids in a white neighborhood. The pilot episode premiered to a total of 11.04 million viewers, ranking number 1 in its time slot.

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' premieres on ABC

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D., a peacekeeping and spy agency in a world of superheroes.

Balochistan earthquakes

The mainshock had a moment magnitude of 7.7 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII. At least 825 people were killed and hundreds more were injured. Four days later, a M6.8 aftershock occurred to the north at a depth of 14.8 kilometres, killing at least 22 people.

'Sweet Bird of Youth' opens at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago

Sweet Bird of Youth is a 1959 play by Tennessee Williams which tells the story of a gigolo and drifter, Chance Wayne, who returns to his hometown as the companion of a faded movie star, Alexandra Del Lago, travelling incognito as Princess Kosmonopolis, whom he hopes to use to help him break into the movies.

Atlantis The Palm is opened

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is a luxury hotel resort located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah in the United Arab Emirates. It was the first resort to be built on the island and is themed on the myth of Atlantis but includes distinct Arabian elements. The resort opened as a joint venture between Kerzner International Holdings Limited and Istithmar.

'The Big Bang Theory' first airs on CBS

The first episode of The Big Bang Theory originally aired on CBS in the United States. It was written by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, and directed by James Burrows. It marks the first appearance of all five main characters in the series, and also guest stars Brian Patrick Wade as Kurt.

GM workers launch the first nation-wide strike in 30 years

The 2007 General Motors strike was a two-day strike in 2007, by the United Auto Workers against General Motors. The roughly 73,000 General Motors workers represented by the United Auto Workers union went on strike against the company. Talks broke down after more than 20 straight days of bargaining failed to produce a new contract.

Actor Ashton Kutcher marries fifteen years older actress Demi More

Christopher Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, producer, and entrepreneur. He began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That '70s Show. He made his film debut in the romantic comedy Coming Soon, followed by the comedy film Dude, Where's My Car?

Wolfe's musical celebrates its 1000th performance

Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk is a musical, conceived and directed by George C. Wolfe, that debuted Off-Broadway at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater in 1995 and moved to Broadway in 1996. It is a musical revue telling the story, through tap, of black history from slavery to the present.

Nirvana releases 'Nevermind' album

Nevermind is the second studio album by American rock band Nirvana. Produced by Butch Vig, Nevermind was Nirvana's first release on DGC Records and the first album to feature drummer Dave Grohl. Despite low commercial expectations, Nevermind became a surprise success, largely due to the popularity of its first single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit".

Red Hot Chilli Peppers release 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik'

Blood Sugar Sex Magik is the fifth studio album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. The musical styles of Blood Sugar Sex Magik differed notably from the techniques employed on the Chili Peppers' preceding album, Mother's Milk, and featured little use of heavy metal guitar riffs.

The Hollies are at #1 on the UK singles chart

The Hollies' recording, which featured Elton John on piano, was released in the UK in September and in December in the US. It reached No. 3 in the UK and No. 7 in the US. The song, paired with rarity "Carrie", was re-released in late 1988 in the UK following its use in a television advertisement for Miller Lite beer.


Ben Johnson wins gold, temporarily

In September 1988, Johnson became the 1st sprinter from Canada since Percy Williams in 1928 to win the 100m final at the Summer Olympics in Seoul. However, Park Jong-sei of the Olympic Doping Control Center found that Johnson's urine sample contained stanozolol, and he was disqualified 3 days later.

Billy Joel goes to #1 on the US singles chart

"Tell Her About It" is a hit song performed by Billy Joel, from the album An Innocent Man. An apparent homage to the Motown Sound, the song was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for one week, replacing the Phil Ramone-produced song, "Maniac" by Michael Sembello. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA for US sales of over 500,000 copies.

CompuServe launches the first consumer internet service

CompuServe began offering a dial-up online information service to consumers. The company was known as Compu-Serve, and later CompuServe, opened its doors in 1969, providing dial-up computer timesharing to businesses. Over the next decade, it grew into a solid business providing corporations with online data.

Rod Stewart is at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sailing'

"Sailing" was recorded by Rod Stewart for his first album Atlantic Crossing, which album was recorded April – June 1975 at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio with Tom Dowd producing. The first single from the album, "Sailing" afforded Stewart an international hit notably in the UK where "Sailing" was #1 for four weeks in September 1975.

Revival of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' opens at the ANTA Theatre

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. One of Williams's more famous works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. Set in the "plantation home in the Mississippi Delta" of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon, the play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy's family.

USS Enterprise is launched

In 1958, Enterprise's keel was laid at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. In September 1960, the ship was launched, sponsored by Mrs. W. B. Franke, wife of the former Secretary of the Navy.


Camp Nou is opened in Barcelona

Camp Nou is the home stadium of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957. With a seating capacity of 99,354, it is the largest stadium in Spain and Europe, and the third largest football stadium in the world in capacity.

Elvis Presley releases 'Jailhouse Rock'

"Jailhouse Rock" is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller that first became a hit for Elvis Presley. Rolling Stone magazine included it at number 67 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and it was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.


Barcelona play their first match at the Camp Nou

Camp Nou, meaning new field, often referred to in English as the Nou Camp, is the home stadium of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957. Apart from hosting Barcelona, Camp Nou is home to the Catalan team. The stadium is frequently used for other football events.

Federal troops are sent to Little Rock over racial riots

Woodrow Wilson Mann, the mayor of Little Rock, asked President Eisenhower to send federal troops to enforce integration and protect the nine students. In September, the President ordered the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army, without its black soldiers who rejoined the division a month later, to Little Rock and federalized the entire 10,000, member Arkansas National Guard.

The first red double-decker bus hits London streets

The London Bus is one of London's principal icons, the archetypal red rear-entrance AEC Routemaster being recognized worldwide. Although it has been phased out of regular service, with only one route still using the vehicles, the majority of buses are still red and therefore the red double-decker bus remains a widely recognized symbol of the city.

The Honda Motor Company is founded

Honda Motor Company, Ltd. is a Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment. Honda has been the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, as well as the world's largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines measured by volume.


The first outdoor rodeo under electric lights

In 1935, Earl W. Bascom, along with his brother Weldon, Mel and Jake Lybbert and Waldo "Salty" Ross produced the first rodeos in southern Mississippi, working from Columbia, in the process holding one of the world's first night rodeos held outdoors under electric lights and bringing in brahma bulls for the bull riding event.

Jimmy Doolittle performs first all instrument flight in history

Doolitle took off in the Consolidated NY-2, flew a set course, and landed while under a fabric hood and unable to see outside the airplane. He relied entirely on a directional gyro, artificial horizon, sensitive altimeter, and radio navigation. Doolittle also led a famous air-raid on Tokyo, four months after attack on Pearl Harbour.


NHL's Toronto St Patricks become Maple Leafs

In September 1927, it was announced that the Leafs had changed their color scheme to blue and white. Although Smythe later stated he chose blue because it represents the Canadian skies and white to represent snow, these colors were also used on his gravel and sand business' trucks.

The first recorded use of the term “Black Friday”

The Black Friday was caused by the efforts of 2 speculators, Jay Gould and his partner James Fisk, to corner the gold market on the NY Gold Exchange. The scandal took place during the Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, whose policy was to sell Treasury gold at weekly intervals to pay off the national debt, stabilize the dollar, and boost the economy.

Henri Giffard flies his dirigible

It was a first powered and steerable airship in history. The name is from French word “dirigeable” ("directable"). Main body of the airship was forty-five meter long, spindle-shaped, semi-rigid balloon. It was powered by a small steam engine of Gifford’s own design. Giffard flew the airship from the hippodrome at Place de l'Etoile to Élancourt, covering the 27 kilometers in three hours.

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