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September, 2016

  • 24 September

    Spider-Man is first movie to top $100 million in opening weekend

    Spider-Man is first movie to top $100 million in opening weekend

    Directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire in the title role, the eagerly awaited comic book adaptation Spider-Man was released on Friday, May 3, 2002, and quickly became the fastest movie ever to earn more than $100 million at the box office, raking in a staggering $114.8 million by …

  • 24 September

    Walt Whitman is born

    Walt Whitman is born

    Today is the birthday of poet Walt Whitman, born in West Hills, Long Island, and raised in Brooklyn. Although Whitman loved music and books, he left school at the age of 14 to become a journeyman printer. Later, he worked as a teacher, journalist, editor, carpenter, and held various other …

  • 24 September

    Gretzky and Messier lead Oilers to championship

    Gretzky and Messier lead Oilers to championship

    On May 19, 1984, one dynasty ends and another begins when the Edmonton Oilers defeat the New York Islanders 5-2 to win the Stanley Cup. The Oilers had been swept by New York in the finals the year before, but the team’s talent had matured, and their offensive onslaught overwhelmed …

  • 23 September

    Citizen Kane released

    Citizen Kane released

    Months before its release, Orson Welles’ landmark film Citizen Kane began generating such controversy that Radio City Music Hall eventually refused to show it. Instead, Citizen Kane, now revered as one of the greatest movies in history, made its debut at the smaller RKO Palace Theater on this day in …

  • 23 September

    Poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti is born

    Poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti is born

    Writer and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti is born this day in London. Rossetti’s father was an Italian patriot exiled to England. The family’s household became a center of liberal politics and lively conversation and produced several talented children, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, his sister, poet Christina Rossetti, and his brother, …

  • 23 September

    Eichmann captured

    Eichmann captured

    On May 23, 1960, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion announces to the world that Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann has been captured and will stand trial in Israel. Eichmann, the Nazi SS officer who organized Adolf Hitler’s “final solution of the Jewish question,” was seized by Israeli agents in Argentina …

  • 23 September

    Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia

    Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia

    Two decades after being expelled from the USSR, Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia in an emotional homecoming. In 1945, Solzhenitsyn was sentenced to eight years of hard labor for criticizing Stalin in a letter to a friend. His prison experiences formed the basis for One Day in the …

  • 23 September

    Hollywood power couple welcomes child

    Hollywood power couple welcomes child

    On this day in 2006, in Swakopmund, Namibia, the actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt welcome the arrival of their first biological child, a daughter named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. Talented and famous, Jolie and Pitt were both fixtures on Hollywood’s A-list by the time they starred together as married assassins …

  • 23 September

    Churchill announces: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”

    Churchill announces: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”

    On this day in 1940, as Winston Churchill takes the helm as Great Britain’s new prime minister, he assures Parliament that his new policy will consist of nothing less than “to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can …

  • 21 September

    French defeated at Dien Bien Phu

    French defeated at Dien Bien Phu

    In northwest Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh’s Viet Minh forces decisively defeat the French at Dien Bien Phu, a French stronghold besieged by the Vietnamese communists for 57 days. The Viet Minh victory at Dien Bien Phu signaled the end of French colonial influence in Indochina and cleared the way for …