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

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

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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