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September 30
2019

Deaths

Renowned U.S. opera singer Jessye Norman died at age 74. She established her career at Europe’s top opera houses in the 1970s and made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1983

September 30
2018

Sport Recreation

Europe’s golfers won a convincing victory in the biennial Ryder Cup, defeating the United States by 17.5 points to 10.5 at Le Golf National in Paris

September 30
2016

Medical Science Technology

The ESA’s Rosetta mission ended when the spacecraft conducted a controlled descent and crash-landing on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. In 2015 its probe Philae became the first spacecraft to land on a comet

September 30
2015

Society Law Politics

The Palestinian flag was raised for the first time at the United Nations headquarters in New York, a symbolic step for the Palestinian people in their quest for statehood

September 30
2015

Military

Russia launched a wave of airstrikes in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad. Moscow said it was targeting so-called Islamic State militants

September 30
2013

Society Law Politics

Venezuela expelled three U.S. diplomats accused of trying to sabotage the country’s economy

September 30
2011

Deaths

Anwar al-Awlaki, 40, radical U.S.-born Yemeni cleric and figurehead of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in Yemen in an airstrike by an American drone

September 30
2010

Society Law Politics

A state of emergency was declared in Ecuador after elements of the army and police occupied parliament in protest at cuts in bonus pay. President Correa was held hostage for 10 hours

September 30
2010

Military

China and the U.S. officially resumed military ties after a 10-month break following American arms sales to Taiwan, with both countries emphasizing the importance of a close military dialogue

September 30
2010

Society Law Politics

Allahabad High Court in India announced its verdict on the Ayodhya title suits, splitting the site into three portions between Hindus and Muslims despite fears that the ruling could spark unrest

September 30
2009

Disasters Accidents Riots

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake followed by two powerful aftershocks struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing over 1,100 people. Sumatra sits on one of the world’s most active fault lines along the "Ring of Fire"" where the Australia plate grinds against the Sunda plate to create regular earth tremors"

September 30
2009

People

Alberto Fujimori, Peru’s former President, was jailed for six years for corruption. Fujimori was already serving 25 years for crimes including ordering killings by security forces

September 30
2008

Economics Industry

The U.S. federal budget deficit for the year ending September 30 soared to a record $454.8 billion in 2008, surpassing the previous record of $413 billion set by the Bush administration in 2004. Economists predicted a far worse deficit in 2009 as the $700 billion bank rescue package hit the government’s balance sheet

September 30
2008

Disasters Accidents Riots

A stampede caused when a wall collapsed at a Hindu temple in Jodhpur, India, killed 249 people marking the start of the Navaratra festival. Another 400 were injured. The disaster occurred just weeks after 140 pilgrims were killed in another stampede at a mountain temple in Himachal Pradesh

September 30
2004

Medical Science Technology

Japanese scientists captured the first ever photographs of a live giant squid in the wild. The team tracked the 8m-long (25ft) Architeuthis as it attacked prey at a depth of 900m (2,950ft) off Japan’s Bonin islands