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- A magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes central Mexico (damage pictured), killing more than three hundred people.
- Hurricane Maria crosses the Antilles as a Category 5 hurricane, causing widespread destruction and at least 37 deaths.
- In U.S. television, The Handmaid's Tale wins Best Drama and Veep wins Best Comedy at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
- In Gaelic football, Dublin beat Mayo in the final to win their third consecutive All-Ireland title.
- The Cassini–Huygens mission to the Saturn system ends with a controlled fall into the atmosphere of the planet.
Today in History
- 1237 – Henry III of England and Alexander II of Scotland signed the Treaty of York, establishing the Anglo-Scottish border, which mostly remains the same today.
- 1790 – Peking opera (modern performer pictured) was born when the Four Great Anhui Troupes introduced Anhui opera to Beijing in honor of the Qianlong Emperor's eightieth birthday.
- 1911 – An explosion of badly degraded propellant charges on board the French battleship Liberté detonated the forward ammunition magazines and destroyed the ship.
- 1944 – Second World War: British troops began their withdrawal from the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands, ending the Allies' Operation Market Garden in defeat.
- 1974 – The first surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament, commonly known as the Tommy John surgery after the first patient, was performed by Dr. Frank Jobe.
Did You Know?
- ... that the lambda (pictured) designed by Tom Doerr as a symbol for the Gay Activists Alliance was chrome yellow, a reference to Aldous Huxley's novel Crome Yellow?
- ... that the St. Collins Lane luxury shopping centre replaced a building considered one of Melbourne's worst?
- ... that the bluffs near where Hiram Scott died in 1828 bear his name?
- ... that a canoeist bore the São Tomé and Príncipe flag at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics, but at the closing ceremony it was carried by an unnamed volunteer?
- ... that Maryam Mirzakhani won the Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize for women in mathematics a year before she won the Fields Medal for the same work?
- ... that the acorn worm Saccoglossus bromophenolosus is named after a chemical found in its tissues?
- ... that as part of her journalism degree, sportscaster Kelly Crull worked at KOMU-TV?
- ... that while many people think "Trapped" is a Bruce Springsteen song from the 1980s, it was written and recorded by Jimmy Cliff in 1972?
Today's Featured Article
Catherine Zeta-Jones (born 25 September 1969) is a film and stage actress. Raised in Swansea, Wales, she studied musical theatre at the Arts Educational Schools, London, and made her adult stage breakthrough with a leading role in 1987 in 42nd Street. She found great success as a regular in the British television series The Darling Buds of May (1991–93). Dismayed at being typecast as the token pretty girl in British films, Zeta-Jones relocated to Los Angeles. Critics praised her portrayal of a vengeful pregnant woman in Traffic (2000) and a murderous singer in the musical film Chicago (2002), winning her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She continued to star in high-profile films for much of the 2000s, including the black comedy Intolerable Cruelty (2003), the heist film Ocean's Twelve (2004), the comedy The Terminal (2004), and the romantic comedy No Reservations (2007). During a decrease in workload, she returned to the stage and portrayed an ageing actress in A Little Night Music (2009), winning the Tony Award for Best Actress. (Full article...)
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William Faulkner (1897–1962) was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Although he wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays, he is primarily known for his works set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County. Faulkner's work was published widely during the 1920s and 1930s, but he remained relatively unknown until receiving the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature. Two of his works, A Fable (1954) and The Reivers (1962), won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Today, Faulkner is one of the most celebrated writers in American literature.
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