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Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)

National Book Foundation speech, 2014

This Week in History:

September 14th - 20th

Test yourself:

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1
What happened in 1985?
Mexico City was devastated by an earthquake.
2
What stopped being used and why in 1981?
France stopped using the guillotine after abolishing the death penalty.
3
Who became what in 1975?
Elizabeth Seton became America's first saint.
4
Who died at what age in 1952?
Princess Grace of Monaco died aged 52.
5
Who went where after what in 1999?
UN troops went to East Timor after a vote for independence from Indonesia.

What the BBC ignored:

September 14 - 1960: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is founded.

September 14 - 2007: During the 2007-2008 financial crisis Northern Rock bank collapses after the first bank run in England for 150 years.

September 15 - 1947: Typhoon Kathleen hits the Kanto Region in Japan killing 1,077.

September 15 - 2008: Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

September 16 - 1976: The Tabas earthquake strikes in Iran with a Mercalli intensity of IX (violent) killing at least 15000.

September 16 - 1976: World Champion Armenian swimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan rescues 20 people from a crashed trolleybus at the bottom of Yerevan lake but ends his career.

September 17 - 1991: The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.

September 17 - 2011: The Occupy Wall Street movement begins in Zuccotti Park, New York City.

September 18 - 1997: The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention is adopted.

September 18 - 2014: Scotland votes against independence from the United Kingdom, by 55% to 44%.

September 19 - 2007: The first Glastonbury Festival is held, at a farm belonging to Michael Eavis.

September 20 - 1973: Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome.

September 20 - 2017: Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, resulting in 2,975 deaths, US$90 billion in damage, and a major humanitarian crisis.

Would you have swapped any of the events above for any of the events chosen by the BBC?

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