On This Day

Historical Events in 2017 (Part 3)

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  • Jul 31 England cricket spin bowler Moeen Ali takes a hat-trick in 239 run 3rd Test win over South Africa; 100th Test match played at The Oval, London
  • Aug 1 Christopher A. Wray confirmed at F.B.I. Director by US Senate
  • Aug 1 Bomb blast at Jawadia Shia mosque in Herat, Afghanistan kills about 30
  • Aug 1 Two Venezuelan opposition leaders, Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma re-arrested, revoking their house arrest
  • Aug 2 First successful gene editing in human embryos to repair disease-causing mutation reported by scientists in "Nature"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 US President Donald Trump signs legislation imposing sanctions on Russia, limiting his ability to ever lift them

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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Aug 2 Great Britain's Prince Philip aged 96 makes his final solo public appearance before retiring from public engagements

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip
  • Aug 2 New crypto-currency Bitcoin Cash is created via a hard-fork of Bitcoin's blockchain technology and brand
  • Aug 2 First footage of white giraffes posted by Hirola Conservation Program in north eastern Kenya
  • Aug 2 More than a billion people around the world need glasses and 36 million are blind, according to new study published in "The Lancet"

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Aug 3 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is elected for his second term as President

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 3 Brazilian soccer forward Neymar transfers from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of €222 on a 5-year deal

Footballer Neymar
Footballer
Neymar
  • Aug 3 Massachusetts woman Michelle Carter sentenced to 2 1/2 years for urging her boyfriend to commit suicide
  • Aug 3 Rapper Kidd Creole arrested and charged for stabbing to death a homeless man in New York City

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 3 Camila Cabello releases her single "Havana" (biggest song worldwide 2018, 19 million copies sold)

  • Aug 4 Rwandan President Paul Kagame wins a third term with 98.63% of the vote

  • Aug 4 Aldi supermarket withdraws all eggs from sale after chemical fipronil found in eggs from The Netherlands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 5 Jamaican sprint super-star Usain Bolt finishes 3rd behind Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman in his final individual race, the 100m at IAAF World Championships in London

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 5 UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions on North Korea for its continued missile program
  • Aug 5 Super Rugby Final, Ellis Park: Canterbury Crusaders (NZ) travel to Johannesburg and beat Lions, 25-17 for their 8th SR title
  • Aug 6 UEFA Women's Euro Final: Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema scores 2 as the Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 in Enschede, the Netherlands
  • Aug 6 British Open Women's Golf, Kingbarns GC: South Korean In-Kyung Kim wins by 2 strokes from Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England
  • Aug 7 England breaks 19-year drought in home Test cricket series against South Africa; beat Proteas by 177 in 4th Test at Old Trafford; Moeen Ali 75no and 5/69

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 South African President Jacob Zuma survives a no-confidence vote in parliament 198-177

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma
President of South Africa
Jacob Zuma

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Aug 8 Kenyan general election: President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee Party of Kenya re-elected, opposition leader Raila Odinga refuses verdict

Prime Minister of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta
Prime Minister of Kenya
Uhuru Kenyatta
  • Aug 8 The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix

USAInflatable Trump-like Chicken

Aug 9 Giant inflatable chicken resembling US President Donald Trump placed outside US White House as a political protest

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A giant inflatable chicken resembling President Trump constructed as a political protest
A giant inflatable chicken resembling President Trump constructed as a political protest
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  • Aug 9 North Korea says it plans to fire rockets on US territory Guam in continuing escalation of tension between it and the US
  • Aug 9 Nepal's parliament bans menstruation huts (comes into effect August 2018)
  • Aug 10 Scientists study identifying nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) deficiency major cause of miscarriages and multiple birth defects published in "New England Journal of Medicine"
  • Aug 10 US President Donald Trump declares opioid addiction a national emergency

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Aug 10 Taylor Swift testifies that DJ David Mueller groped her in court in Denver, Colorado

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • Aug 10 100 year-old fruit cake by Huntley & Palmers deemed "almost eatable" after being discovered in hut used by Captain Scott's expedition in Antarctica
  • Aug 11 Fipronil contaminated eggs now affecting fifteen EU countries, Hong Kong and Switzerland according to European Commission
  • Aug 11 Chinese crime writer Liu Yongbiao after announcing novel called "Beautiful Writer who Killed", arrested for murders of four people nearly 22 years ago
  • Aug 12 Usain Bolt injures himself in his very last race, the men's 4x100m relay, Jamaica misses gold at world championships

  • Aug 12 "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville, Virginia turns violent when car rams protesters killing 1, injuring 19
  • Aug 12 US President Donald Trump at a press conference at Trump Tower says “there is blame on both sides” in reference to violence in Charlottesville, provoking widespread condemnation
  • Aug 13 More than 60 children reported to have died at Gorakhpur Hospital, India, prompting an investigation
  • Aug 13 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Quail Hollow GC: Justin Thomas wins his first major by 2 shots from Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed & Louis Oosthuizen
  • Aug 13 Gunmen kill at least 18 at a cafe in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Islamic extremists blamed
  • Aug 13 Grace Mugable, wife of the President of Zimbabwe, accused of assault in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 14 US President Donald Trump condemns racist violence at the White House after criticism of his earlier response to Charlottesville violence
  • Aug 14 Cholera has now infected more than 500,000 people in Yemen and killed over 2,000 according to the World Health Organisation
  • Aug 14 Parliamentary citizenship scandal deepens in Australia after Barnaby Joyce, Deputy PM revealed to be a New Zealand citizen
  • Aug 14 Mudslide and flooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone kills over 500 with 600 missing
  • Aug 15 Falling tree kills 13, injures 49 at a religious festival in Funchal, on Portuguese island of Madeira
  • Aug 15 Scientists genetic study of the apple reveal its origin was in Kazakhstan, published in "Nature Communications"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Barack Obama's tweet "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." in response to Charlottesville violence becomes most-liked tweet ever

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Daniel Craig confirms he will play James Bond one more time

  • Aug 16 Over 100 Maasai houses destroyed in Tanzania by game park authorities as part of a border dispute near Serengeti National Park
  • Aug 16 Lebanon parliament abolishes article 522, which exempted rapists from prosecution if they married their victim
  • Aug 16 Baltimore city council removes confederate statues under cover of darkness in response to Charlottesville violence

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Aug 16 Philippine police kill 32 in raids near Manilia, most deadly night in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte
  • Aug 16 Three suicide bombers kill 27 people outside a refugee camp near Maiduguri in Borno state, Nigeria, Boko Haram suspected
  • Aug 16 Last batch of Farc rebel weapons removed by the UN in Colombia

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Aug 16 Emma Stone is the year's highest-paid actress with $26 million, according to Forbes

Actress Emma Stone
Actress
Emma Stone
  • Aug 17 Terror attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain as van rams into crowds killing 16, injuring 120
  • Aug 17 Three Hong Kong activists, Jason Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow jailed for unlawful assembly
  • Aug 17 Anti-immigrant One Nation party leader Pauline Hansen is widely criticized for wearing a burqa into the Australian parliament
  • Aug 17 Collision of two neutron stars witnessed for the first time first picked up by US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo)
  • Aug 17 On This Day helps launch Borneo Dictionary, an online not for profit dictionary of indigenous Borneo languages with translations in English and Bahasa Malaysia

Sinking ShipSinking of the USS Indianapolis

Aug 18 Civilian researchers led by Paul Allen re-discover the USS Indianapolis 18,000 feet below the Pacific surface, 72 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes

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A scene from the 2016 movie
A scene from the 2016 movie "USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage"
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  • Aug 18 White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is fired by US President Donald Trump
  • Aug 20 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Des Moines G & CC: US retains Cup 16½- 11½; down by 5, Europe can only halve the singles 6-6
  • Aug 21 Total solar eclipse visible from North America
  • Aug 21 London's parliament clock Big Ben chimes for the last time before a four-year restoration process for its tower starts
  • Aug 21 Destroyer USS John S McCain collides with an oil tanker near Singapore leaving 10 missing and 5 injured
  • Aug 21 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417m to woman who developed ovarian cancer after using their talc-based products
  • Aug 21 Chile's constitutional court approves bill to ease country's total abortion ban
  • Aug 22 India's highest court outlaws instant divorce for Muslim men (talaq, talaq, talaq)
  • Aug 22 Missouri Governor Eric Greitens grants stay of execution for Marcellus Williams in light of possible new DNA eividence
  • Aug 23 World's driest place, the Atacama desert in Chile blooms after unexpected rainfall
  • Aug 23 Air strike on hotel in Yemen capital Sanaa by Saudi-led coalition leaves at least 30 dead
  • Aug 23 US Navy fires Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin as commander of the Seventh Fleet following series of collisions in Asian waters
  • Aug 23 India toll from swine flu rises above 1000 for the year, 22,186 cases reported
  • Aug 23 Nearly 60 million people in the Indus Valley, Pakistan at risk from arsenic in research published in "Science Advances"
  • Aug 24 Largest-ever lottery jackpot win in the US - $758.7m won by Mavis Wanczyk of Massachusetts in US Powerball Jackpot
  • Aug 25 President Donald Trump grants presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of contempt of court for racial profiling
  • Aug 25 Category 4 Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas northeast of Corpus Christi with 130 m.p.h. winds
  • Aug 25 Indian spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is convicted of raping two of his followers in Panchkula
  • Aug 25 Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong jailed for 5 years for corruption in South Korea
  • Aug 26 Hurricane Harvey downgraded to a tropical storm, National Hurricane Center warns of “multiday rainfall disaster”
  • Aug 26 Violent clashes after conviction of spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh kill 31 in Panchkula, 120 admitted to hospital
  • Aug 26 Women's Rugby World Cup: New Zealand Black Ferns defeat England 41-32 in the final in Belfast
  • Aug 26 Half a million people take part in a peace march in Barcelona, following terrorist attacks
  • Aug 26 Manchester City scores a 2-1 win at Bournemouth to start EPL record 18 game winning streak; Raheem Sterling scores for City but is sent off with 2 yellow cards in injury time

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Aug 27 Former five-weight world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats MMA fighter Conor McGregor in his debut match in the 10th round in Las Vegas

  • Aug 27 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Ottawa Hunt GC: Park Sung-hyun of South Korea wins by 2 from Mirim Lee
  • Aug 28 Kenya brings in world's toughest ban on plastic bags with possible US$38,000 fine and four years in jail
  • Aug 28 North Korea launches missile that flies over Japan, the country's J-Alert warning system warns people to take cover

  • Aug 28 English actor Ed Skrein pulls out of role in movie “Hellboy” after whitewashing criticism
  • Aug 28 Investigation into German nurse Niels Högel, a serving life sentence for killing two patients, concludes he probably killed 86 more
  • Aug 28 Matt Vogel makes his debut as the voice of Kermit the Frog in "Muppet Thought of the Week" video
  • Aug 29 Hurricane Harvey sets rainfall record (51.88 inches in Cedar Bayou) from a tropical cyclone in continental US, according to US National Weather Service
  • Aug 29 US President Donald Trump visits flood affected Texas
  • Aug 29 Monsoon rains in Mumbai cause chaos closing schools and airports

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Aug 30 Late author Terry Pratchett' unfinished works destroyed by steamroller as per his instructions

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett
  • Aug 30 Brazilian court blocks President Michel Temer from abolishing Renca, which would open parts of the Amazon to mining
  • Aug 30 Authorities say floods across Bangladesh, Nepal and India have killed more 1200 people and damaged 697,000 houses

Historic DiscoveryHurricane Irma

Aug 30 Hurricane Irma forms near Cape Verde Islands, will go on to become category 5 hurricane and kill at least 102

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Satellite photo of Hurricane Irma shortly before landfall in Florida, with Hurricane Jose to the right
Satellite photo of Hurricane Irma shortly before landfall in Florida, with Hurricane Jose to the right
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  • Aug 31 International Organization for Migration states 18,500 Rohingya Muslims have fled from violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state after 110 deaths, making for Bangladesh
  • Aug 31 Indicationss Neanderthals were the first to make glue out of tar strengthened by research published in "Scientific Reports"
  • Sep 1 Kenyan Chief Justice David Maraga invalidates Kenyan re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Governor of California Jerry Brown issues state of emergency due to La Tuna brush fire near Los Angeles

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • Sep 3 1.4 ton WWII bomb defused in Frankfurt, Germany with 60,000 people evacuated, the largest postwar
  • Sep 3 North Korea conducts its sixth and largest ever nuclear test, saying it had successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Sep 4 Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai criticizes Suu Kyi's lack of response to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai
  • Sep 4 US President Donald Trump announces Dreamers program, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) will be stopped
  • Sep 5 Hurricane Irma becomes the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin region with winds of 185mph (280km/h)
  • Sep 5 Barry Callebaut announce a 4th type of chocolate, "Ruby", made from the Ruby cocoa bean
  • Sep 5 Togo's government shuts down the internet for a week to quell government opposition
  • Sep 5 Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, becomes the first woman President of the UK Supreme Court
  • Sep 6 Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Caribbean islands of Barbuda, Sint Maartens and British Virgin Islands. Prime Minister Gaston Browne reports 95% of buildings in Barbuda damaged.

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

Sep 6 Catalonia's parliament passes law to allow referendum on independence from Spain

President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont
President of Catalonia
Carles Puigdemont
  • Sep 7 Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax reports earlier cyberattack could affects 143 million Americans
  • Sep 7 8.2 earthquake hits south-west of Pijijiapan, Mexico killing at least 90, strongest Mexican quake in a century
  • Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis: In the first all-American final since 2002 unseeded Sloane Stephens defeats Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0
  • Sep 9 74th Venice Film Festival: "The Shape of Water" directed by Guillermo del Toro wins the Golden Lion
  • Sep 9 Egyptian archaeologists announce the discovery of a 3,500-year-old tomb of a goldsmith and his family in Draa Abul-Naga, Egypt
  • Sep 10 Hurricane Irma makes landfall in the Florida Keys in the US as a category 3 hurricane

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis: Spain's Rafael Nadal wins his 3rd US title; beats Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-3, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • Sep 11 One million march on this state's national day in Barcelona in support of independence for Catalonia
  • Sep 11 UN imposes new export sanctions on North Korea
  • Sep 11 Hurricane Irma leaves 7 million US homes without power in Florida and Georgia
  • Sep 11 Norwegian Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg, heading a right-wing coalition, claims victory in Norway's general election
  • Sep 12 Hope Hicks appointed permanent White House Communications Director after working in an interim role
  • Sep 12 Monster fatburg 250m long, 130 tons, size of 11 buses found in sewers under east London

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Sep 12 Lady Gaga confirms her battlle with chronic illness fibromyalgia

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
  • Sep 12 Apple unveils premium iPhone X costing $999, along with iPhone 8
  • Sep 13 Nursing home inhabitants rescued after losing their air-conditioning in aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Hollywood, Florida, 11 die
  • Sep 13 International Olympic Committee announces Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028) will host the Olympic games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 UN Secretary-General António Guterres says Rohingya refugee crisis now "catastrophic" as 370,000 confirmed to have fled Myanmar

PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres
  • Sep 13 Actress Rebel Wilson awarded $4.56 million in damages in libel case against Bauer Media in Melbourne, largest defamation payout in Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 Martin Shkreli's bail revoked after he judged risk to community for posting $5,000 bounty for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair

US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Sep 14 Fire at a religious school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, kills 23
  • Sep 14 Bodleian Library reveals earliest evidence of the zero symbol in 3rd or 4th Century Bakhshali (Pakistan) manuscript, through carbon dating
  • Sep 14 Two Islamic State terrorist attacks in Dhiqar province, Southern Iraq, kill at least 60

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 14 Selena Gomez reveals she had a kidney transplant, because of lupus, donated by her friend Francia Rais

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez
  • Sep 14 19 people die when a boat capsizes on Yamun River in Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Sep 15 Terrorist bomb only partially explodes in attack at Parsons Green tube station, London, injuring 29
  • Sep 16 New Zealand All Blacks rugby union team hands South Africa their biggest test match defeat in history; beat Springboks, 57-0 in Rugby Championship round in Albany, NZ
  • Sep 17 Wanda Metropolitano stadium, new home of football team Atlético Madrid hosts its 1st match (against Malaga) in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 17 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Anna Nordqvist of Sweden beats Brittany Altomare at 1st sudden-death playoff hole; event reduced to 54 holes after day 1 abandoned (bad weather)

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Sep 18 69th Emmy Awards: hosted by Stephen Colbert, "The Handmaid's Tale", Elisabeth Moss, Sterling K Brown, Julia Dreyfus, Donald Glover win

Comedian and TV Host Stephen Colbert
Comedian and TV Host
Stephen Colbert
Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover
Actor Joseph Fiennes
Actor
Joseph Fiennes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 18 England footballer Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drunk driving and is banned for driving for 2 years

English Footballer Wayne Rooney
English Footballer
Wayne Rooney
  • Sep 18 Hurricane Maria passes over the Caribbean island of Dominica as a category 5 hurricane, destroying 90% of structures and killing 27
  • Sep 19 US President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations vowing to “totally destroy North Korea” if threatens the US
  • Sep 19 7.1 earthquake south east of Mexico City kills over 300
  • Sep 19 President Hassan Rouhani of Iran in his UN speech criticizes US President Donald Trump for his comments about Iran in his own UN speech
  • Sep 19 New MLB record for most home runs in a season, no. 5,694 hit by Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals

  • Sep 20 US Federal Reserve says it will start to unwind its bond portfolio employed in wake of the financial crisis
  • Sep 20 Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane, knocking out all power and killing 25

Historic DiscoveryBrainless Jellyfish that Sleeps

Sep 21 Discovery of the first brainless animal that sleeps, the jellyfish Cassiopea, research published in "Current Biology" by Caltech scientists

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The Cassiopea jellyfish spends most of its life resting upside down while underwater
The Cassiopea jellyfish spends most of its life resting upside down while underwater
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  • Sep 21 Andre Ward, unified light heavyweight champion and world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, announces his retirement
  • Sep 23 US President Donald Trump withdraws invitation to the White House for NBA champions Golden State Warriors after Stephen Curry says he doesn't want to attend
  • Sep 23 Women are allowed in King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time during Saudi Arabia's 87th anniversary celebrations
  • Sep 24 NFL players kneal, lock arms or stay in their dressing room during the anthem in protests against comments made by President Donald Trump
  • Sep 24 Plastic polystyrene rubbish discovered for first time only 1,000 miles from the north pole by international team of scientists

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 LeBron James calls President Donald Trump "U Bum" in a tweet in response to Trump's comments about Stephen Curry

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 Roger Federer is unbeaten as Team Europe dominates Team World 15-9 in the inaugural Laver Cup Tennis event in Prague, Czech Republic

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Sep 24 Tour Championship Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Xander Schauffele wins rich season-ending event by 1 stroke from Justin Thomas
  • Sep 25 First ever woman graduates from the US Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course
  • Sep 25 Uber's licence to operate is not renewed by Transport for London in the UK, citing problems with background checks
  • Sep 25 Ex-New York congressman Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in jail for sexting underage girl

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

Sep 25 92% of Iraqi kurds vote in favour of independence in controversial referendum

6th President of Iraq Jalal Talabani
6th President of Iraq
Jalal Talabani
  • Sep 26 Saudi Arabia announces it is overturning its ban on women driving - last country in the world to do so
  • Sep 26 Fights break out in Uganda's parliament during debate to raise presidential age limit
  • Sep 26 World's second-largest gem-quality diamond, the "Lesedi La Rona", sells for $53m
  • Sep 26 The video game Fortnite: Battle Royale is released, eventually becoming one of the most popular games worldwide
  • Sep 27 Thai Ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra found guilty of criminal negligence in rice subsidy scheme, sentenced to 5 years in absentia
  • Sep 27 Researchers confirm existence of giant tree rat "Vika" in the Solomon Islands that can crack open coconuts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals she has breast cancer

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Sep 29 Mysterious sonic attacks on US diplomats prompt US to warn citizens not to travel to Cuba and pull some embassy staff
  • Sep 30 Indonesian man survives a fight with giant python 7.8m long in Batang Gansal
  • Oct 1 Amid a deepening constitutional crisis, Catalonia holds an independence referendum on seceding from Spain
  • Oct 1 Stephen Paddock shoots dead 58 people, injuring 489, at a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in American history

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson is released from Nevada's Lovelock Prison after less than 9 years of detention of his 33 year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Oct 1 Presidents Cup Golf, Liberty National GC: Dustin Johnson stars with 4.5 points as US routs International team, 19-11; 7th straight American victory
  • Oct 2 US scientists Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young awarded Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for work on the body clock
  • Oct 3 King Felipe of Spain speaks out against the Catalan referendum saying organizers have "broken the rule of law"

  • Oct 3 US President Donald Trump visits Puerto Rico after it was devastated by hurricane Maria
  • Oct 3 Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves"

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Oct 4 UK Prime Minister Theresa May suffers a nightmare speech at Conservative National Conference as her voice fails, a prankster interrupts and the set collapses

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Oct 4 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for their work on cryo-electron microscopy
  • Oct 4 Chinese pianist Lang Lang plays Carneige Hall one-handed due to injury with 14 year-old Maxim Lando playing his left hand for Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"
  • Oct 5 Spanish constitutional court suspends Catalan parliament to prevent declaration of independence
  • Oct 5 Iraqi forces claim victory and control over Islamic State's last urban stronghold Hawija, Northern Iraq

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Oct 5 "The New York Times" publishes investigation into sexual harassment behaviour by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein

Film Producer Harvey Weinstein
Film Producer
Harvey Weinstein
  • Oct 6 British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Oct 6 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
  • Oct 6 Storm Nate kills at least 22 people passing through Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras
  • Oct 6 Vegas Golden Knights make their NHL debut in Dallas, winning 2-1 over the Stars
  • Oct 7 Rapper Nelly arrested for rape in Auburn, Washington
  • Oct 7 New Zealand clinch their 5th Rugby Championship with 25-24 win over South Africa at Cape Town; All Blacks undefeated in 6 games
  • Oct 8 Wildfires ignite in Northern Californian wine country, killing at least 41 over the next week, with 20,000 evacutated
  • Oct 9 Producer Harvey Weinstein is fired from The Weinstein Company after allegations of sexual abuse
  • Oct 9 American economist Richard Thaler is awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics
  • Oct 9 Vincent La Selva, American conductor (New York Grand Opera Company, 1973-2012)dies at 88 [1]

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 10 "Thor: Ragnarok" directed by Taika Waititi, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Cate Blanchett premieres in Los Angeles, California