What Happened on September 16

Significant Events

  • 1795 British capture Capetown, South Africa, from the Dutch
  • 1810 Mexico issues Grito de Dolores, calling for the end of Spanish rule (Mexican Independence Day)
  • 1848 Slavery abolished in all French territories
  • 1906 Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen discovers the Magnetic South Pole
  • 1963 Federation of Malaysia formed by Malaya, Singapore, British North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak
  • 1978 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar, Iran
  • 1997 Apple Computer Inc names co-founder Steve Jobs interim CEO
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Did You Know?

Carriage-maker, William C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan

On September 16, 1908

Famous Weddings

  • 1862 Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii (1891-93) marries John Owen Dominis
  • 1936 Actor Henry Fonda (31) weds socialite Frances Ford Seymour (28) at Christ Church, New York City
  • 1967 Comedic actor Bob Denver (32) weds second wife Jean Webber
  • 1968 Actress Sally Field weds Steven Craig
  • 1989 Singer Natalie Cole marries record producer Andre Fisher
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Would You Believe?

700 million malaria cases prevented in Africa since 2000 in report by University of Oxford in "Nature" journal

On September 16, 2015