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- The CDU/CSU, led by Angela Merkel, wins the most seats in the German federal election.
- The National Party, led by Bill English, wins the most seats in the New Zealand general election.
- 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.
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 Titian's The Tribute Money (1516) (pictured) was painted to be a cupboard door?
- ... that the Glover's pika was at different times treated as a subspecies of the Turkestan red pika and the Chinese red pika, but is now accepted as an independent species?
- ... that carbon-carrying minerals are known as organic minerals, except for some that were considered inorganic before 1828?
- ... that Dua Lipa said that her song "New Rules" talks about setting rules to keep "your distance from someone who's bad for you"?
- ... that while working on the representations of the Lorentz group, an encounter with Dirac convinced Harish-Chandra that he did not have "the mysterious sixth sense which one needs in order to succeed in physics"?
- ... that residents of Uttan aided Gilbert Mendonca's candidacy in the 2009 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election by refusing to allow other candidates to campaign in their town?
- ... that in Women's One Day International cricket, India has the fourth highest number of victories?
- ... that the 1896 novel The Courage of Her Convictions by Caroline Augusta Huling is the story of a woman who is artificially inseminated?
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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