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"South Park" returns for 22nd season

South Park is an adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone and developed by Brian Graden for the Comedy Central television network. South Park was renewed through 2019; extending the show through season 23 with 304 episodes overall.

"Survivor"returns for 37th season

The season will feature 20 new contestants divided into two tribes embodied by two biblical figures: "David", composed of ten underdogs who constantly have to overcome obstacles, and "Goliath", composed of ten top dogs who have used their advantages in life to rise to the top.

"Modern Family" returns for 10th season

Modern Family is a mockumentary family sitcom which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. It has so far won a total of 22 Emmy awards from 75 nominations. Being on-air for 9 years, it is currently ABC's longest-running comedy series.

Thom Yorke releases his album for $6 on BitTorrent

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes is the second solo album by Thom Yorke of the English alternative rock band Radiohead. It was produced by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, with artwork by Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood. The album blends Yorke's vocals and piano playing with electronic beats and textures.

Revival of "The Glass Menagerie" opens at the Booth Theatre

The Glass Menagerie is a memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on its author, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Laura.

American actor Paul Newman dies

In 2008, it was widely reported in the press that Newman had been diagnosed with lung cancer and was receiving treatment for the condition at the Sloan-Kettering hospital in New York City. He died on the morning of September 26 in the presence of his family.

Jet Man flies across English Channel on wing

In 2008, leaping from a helicopter at an altitude of 8,200 feet over Calais, France, Yves Rossy crossed the English Channel with a single jet-powered wing strapped on his back, wearing only a helmet and a flight suit for protection. Reaching speeds of over 125 miles per hour, he made the 22-mile flight to England in 13 minutes.

Caesar IV is released

Caesar IV is a city-building game set in ancient Rome, developed by Tilted Mill Entertainment. The game features a three-dimensional game engine and individual modeling of game character behaviors. The game continues a new trend in the city building game genre to use more interactive and detailed game video game design and play.

The Fast and the Furious is released

The Fast and the Furious is a 2006 racing game for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. The game is based on the film series of the same name, particularly, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. It was later ported to the Wii as Cruis'n. The game is also considered a spiritual successor to 2004's Street Racing Syndicate.

Earthquake hits Hokkaidō

The 2003 Hokkaidō earthquake, scientifically named the 2003 Tokachi-Oki earthquake occurred off the coast of Hokkaidō, Japan in September of that year. At a focal depth of 27 km, this great undersea earthquake measured 8.3 on the moment magnitude scale, making it the most powerful earthquake of 2003.

English singer Robert Palmer dies

Robert Allen Palmer was an English singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. Palmer died in a Paris hotel room from a heart attack at the age of 54. Among those who paid tribute were Duran Duran, stating: "He was a very dear friend and a great artist. This is a tragic loss to the British music industry."

Bourne's "Swan Lake" begins its run on Broadway

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake was first staged at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London in 1995. The longest running ballet in London's West End and on Broadway, it has been performed in the UK, Los Angeles, Europe, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Israel and Singapore.

Biosphere 2 experiment starts

Biosphere 2 was built as an artificial, materially closed ecological system, or vivarium. Its crew were four men and four women. During their stay, the crew experienced many problems. Limited agricultural productivity restricted their diet. Micro-organisms in the soil reduced oxygen levels in the atmosphere and added nitrous oxide.


Ben Johnson leaves the Seoul Olympics in disgrace

Benjamin Johnson is a Jamaican-born Canadian former sprinter, who won two Olympic bronze medals and an Olympic gold medal, which was later rescinded. He set consecutive 100 meters world records at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics and the 1988 Summer Olympics, but he was disqualified for doping, losing the Olympic title and both records.

Jackson starts a six-week run at #1 on the US album chart

Bad is the seventh studio album by American singer and songwriter Michael Jackson, released in the US by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records. The lyrical themes include media bias, paranoia, racial profiling, self-improvement, and world peace. The album cemented Jackson's status as one of the most successful artists of the 1980s.

UK and China agree Hong Kong handover

The Handover of Hong Kong was the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China in a ceremony in 1997. The territory of Hong Kong comprised Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, which were ceded to Britain in 1842 and 1860, respectively, and the New Territories, which was leased for 99 years in 1898.


American tennis player Serena Williams is born

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player. The Women's Tennis Association ranked her world No. 1 in singles on 8 separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time in 2002. Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players.

Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic

To fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean, Concorde required the greatest supersonic range of any aircraft. This was achieved by a combination of engines which were highly efficient at supersonic speeds, a slender fuselage with high fineness ratio, and a complex wing shape for a high lift-to-drag ratio.

The Beatles release "Abbey Road"

Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by English rock band the Beatles, released in 1969 by Apple Records. The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. A two-sided hit single from the album, "Something" backed with "Come Together", topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US.

Roy Orbison starts a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Oh, Pretty Woman" or "Pretty Woman" is a song recorded by Roy Orbison, written by Orbison and Bill Dees. It was released as a single on Monument Records and spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the second single by Orbison to top the US charts.

Kennedy and Nixon clash in the first TV debate

The first general election presidential debate was held in 1960, between U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy, the Democratic nominee, and Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican nominee, in Chicago at the studios of CBS's WBBM-TV. It was moderated by Howard K. Smith.

"West Side Story" opens at the Winter Garden Theatre

West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood.

Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John is born

Olivia Newton-John is an English-Australian singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and activist. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five number-one and ten other top ten Billboard Hot 100 singles, and two number-one Billboard 200 solo albums.

Country singer Lynn Anderson is born

Lynn Rene Anderson was an American country music singer known for a string of hits throughout the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, most notably her 1970 worldwide megahit "Rose Garden." Anderson's crossover appeal and regular exposure on national television helped her become one of the most popular and successful country stars of the 1970s.

Singer Bryan Ferry is born

Bryan Ferry is an English singer and songwriter. His voice has been described as an "elegant, seductive croon". He also established a distinctive image and sartorial style; according to The Independent, Ferry and his contemporary David Bowie influenced a generation with both their music and their appearances.

Singer Georgie Fame is born

Georgie Fame is an English rhythm and blues and jazz singer and keyboard player. Fame, who had a string of 1960s hits, is still a popular performer, often working with contemporaries such as Van Morrison and Bill Wyman. Fame is the only British pop star to have achieved three number one hits with his only Top 10 chart entries.

American blues singer Bessie Smith dies

Smith was critically injured in a car crash while traveling along U.S. Route 61 between Memphis, Tennessee, and Clarksdale, Mississippi. Bessie Smith was taken to the G. T. Thomas Afro-American Hospital in Clarksdale, where her right arm was amputated. She died that morning without regaining consciousness.

Steamship RMS Queen Mary is launched

The new liner was launched by Queen Mary as RMS Queen Mary. On her way down the slipway, Queen Mary was slowed by eighteen drag chains, which checked the liner's progress into the River Clyde, a portion of which had been widened to accommodate the launch.

Country singer Marty Robbins is born

Marty Robbins was an American singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, and racing driver. One of the most popular and successful country and western singers of all time for most of his nearly four-decade career, Robbins often topped the country music charts, and several of his songs also had crossover success as pop hits.

Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the theory of relativity

Albert Einstein published the theory of special relativity in 1905, building on many theoretical results and empirical findings obtained by Albert A. Michelson, Hendrik Lorentz, Henri Poincaré and others. Einstein developed general relativity between 1907 and 1915. The final form of general relativity was published in 1916.

Businessman Levi Strauss dies

Levi Strauss was a German-American businessman who founded the first company to manufacture blue jeans. Levi Strauss died in September 1902. He left his company to his four nephews. His estate was worth about $6 million. The Levi Strauss museum is located in the 1867 house where Strauss was born Buttenheim, Germany.

Donizetti's opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" premieres

Lucia di Lammermoor is a tragic opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian-language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott's historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor. Lucia di Lammermoor premiered in 1835 at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.

Francis Drake returns after second circumnavigation in history

Drake’s galleon, the Golden Hind, anchored in Plymouth with Drake and his 59 remaining crewmen aboard. The ship was full of spices and captured Spanish treasures. Golden Hind was second vessel to complete the circumnavigation. First was Spanish carrack Victoria, captained first by Ferdinand Magellan and later by Juan Sebastián Elcano.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1972

Beto O'Rourke

died 2012

Johnny Lewis