Events in History on September 16

  • 1400 Owain Glyndŵr is declared Prince of Wales by his followers
  • 1575 King Johan Casimir of Palts promises military aid to the Huguenots
  • 1597 French troops chase away Albrecht of Austria

The Mayflower

1620 The Mayflower departs Plymouth, England, with 102 Pilgrims and about 30 crew for the New World (O.S. 6 Sept)

  • 1630 Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes its name to Boston
  • 1652 Spanish troops occupy Dunkirk
  • 1654 Russian troops occupy Smolensk on Poland
  • 1666 "Messiah" Sjabtai Tswi becomes Islamiet
  • 1668 King John II Casimir of Poland resigns, flees to France

Historic Event

1701 James Francis Edward Stuart "The Old Pretender", becomes the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland on the death of his father James II

  • 1702 Emperor Leopold I declares war on France, Cologne & Bavaria
  • 1729 Willem KH Friso installed as viceroy of Groningen
  • 1747 French troops occupy Bergen on Zoom
  • 1782 Great Seal of the United States of America used for the first time
  • 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)
  • 1830 Oliver Wendell Holmes writes poem "Old Ironsides" as tribute to the 18th-century USS Constitution

Historic Event

1847 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust buys bard's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

  • 1848 Slavery abolished in all French territories
  • 1857 Mexican constitution of force (fiercely attacked by Pope Pius IX)
  • 1858 1st overland mail for California

Historic Event

1859 Lake Nyasa, which forms Malawi's boundary with Tanzania & Mozambique discovered by British explorer David Livingstone

  • 1861 Battle of Princeton, West Virginia
  • 1861 British Post Office Savings Banks opens
  • 1862 Gen Bragg's army surrounds 4,000 federals at Munfordville, KY
  • 1863 Robert College of Istanbul, Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.
  • 1864 Battle of Coggin's Point, Virginia (Hampton-Rosser Cattle Raid)
  • 1867 Ottawa Rough Riders & Senators play Canadian Football game
  • 1873 German troops leave France
  • 1893 Cherokee Strip, Oklahoma, opens white settlement homesteaders
  • 1901 Alturas, California, is incorporated as the only city in Modoc County.

Historic Event

1901 French painter Paul Gauguin settles in Atuona in the Marquesas Islands

Historic Discovery

1906 Douglas Mawson, Edgeworth David and Alistair Mackay claim to have discovered the Magnetic South Pole in Antarctica

  • 1908 Carriage-maker, William C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan
  • 1913 Thousands of women demonstrate for Dutch female suffrage

Historic Event

1915 Tsar Nicholas II of Russia adjourns 4th Duma

  • 1915 US takes control of customs & finances of Haiti for 10 years
  • 1919 American Legion incorporated by an act of US Congress
  • 1919 Dutch Ruether beats Giants 4-3 to clinch Cincinnati 1st NL pennant

Wall Street Bombing

1920 The "Wall Street bombing" occurs at 12:01 when a horse-drawn wagon explodes on Wall Street, New York, killing 38 and injuring 143

  • 1922 Turkish troops chase Greeks out of Asia
  • 1926 -22] Hurricane in Florida & Alabama, kills 372
  • 1926 Italian-Romanian peace treaty signed
  • 1926 Philip Dunning & George Abbott's "Broadway" premieres in NYC
  • 1928 San Felipe Segundo/Okeechobee hurricane crosses through the Bahamas as a category 4 storm, killing 18, as it travels from Puerto Rico to Florida
  • 1929 Police shoot at strikers in Maastricht, 2 killed
  • 1931 Blimp is moored to Empire State Building (NYC)
  • 1932 30.8 cm rainfall at Westerly, Rhode Island (state record)
  • 1938 George E T Eyston sets world auto speed record at 357.5 MPH

Historic Event

1940 FDR signs Selective Training & Service Act (1st peacetime draft)

  • 1940 Luftwaffe attacks central London
  • 1940 Samuel T Rayburn of Texas elected speaker of US House of Representatives
  • 1940 St Louis Browns Johnny Lucadello is 2nd to HR from each side of plate

Historic Event

1941 Adolf Hitler orders that for every dead German, 100 Yugoslavs should be killed

  • 1941 German armoured troops surround Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1941 Jews of Vilna Poland confined to Ghetto
  • 1942 Japanese attack on Port Moresby repelled
  • 1943 Montgomery's 8th army contacts invasion - arm forces at Salerno
  • 1943 Soviet army under general Vatutin reconquer Romny
  • 1945 Barometric pressure at 856 mb (25.55") off Okinawa (record low)
  • 1947 John Cobb sets world auto speed record at 394.2 MPH
  • 1947 Typhoon Kathleen hits Saitama, Tokyo and Tone River area, killing at least 1,930
  • 1950 Viet Minh offensive against French bases in Vietnam
  • 1955 US Auto Club forms to oversee four major auto racing categories
  • 1957 Coup in Thailand (Premier Songgram deposed)

Historic Event

1959 French President Charles de Gaulle recognizes Algerian right of self determination

  • 1960 Amos Alonzo Stagg retires as a football coach at 98
  • 1961 CDU loses West German election
  • 1961 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1962 Gerda Kroon runs European record 800 m in 2:02.8
  • 1962 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Historic Event

1963 Federation of Malaysia formed by Malaya, Singapore, British North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak

  • 1965 Sobibor trial opens in Hagen, West Germany
  • 1967 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Historic Event

1968 Richard Nixon appears on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in"

  • 1970 King Hussein of Jordan forms military government
  • 1971 6 Ku Klux Klansmen arrested in connection with bombing of 10 school buses
  • 1971 A number of Unionists resign over the proposed tripartite talks involving Northern Ireland, the UK, and the Republic of Ireland
  • 1974 Bay Area Rapid transit (BART) begins regular rail service crossing the San Francisco Bay, through in the Transbay Tube

Historic Event

1974 US General Alexander Haig Jr. becomes NATO supreme commander in Europe

Historic Event

1974 US President Gerald Ford announces conditional amnesty for US Vietnam War deserters

  • 1975 Papua New Guinea gains independence from Australia (National Day)
  • 1975 The first prototype of the MiG-31 interceptor makes its maiden flight.
  • 1976 American Episcopal Church approves ordination of women as priests & bishop
  • 1976 Egyptian president Sadat re-elected
  • 1976 Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from the trolleybus that had fallen into Erevan reservoir.
  • 1977 90 minute pilot of "Logan's Run" premieres on TV
  • 1977 Seattle beats Royals, 4-1, to end KC's winning streak at 16 games
  • 1978 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar, Iran
  • 1979 Coup in Afghanistan under Hafizullah Amin
  • 1979 KC's Willie Wilson hits 5th inside-the-park HR (most since 1925)
  • 1979 The families of Peter Strelzyk and Gunter Wetzel arrive in West Germany from Communist East Germany in a hot air balloon
  • 1979 USSR performs nuclear test
  • 1982 Massacre of 1000+ Palestinian refugees at Chatila & Sabra begins
  • 1986 Fire in Kinross gold mine, Transvaal South Africa, 177 killed

Historic Event

1987 Pope John Paul II's ends his Los Angeles tour with an interfaith meeting at Dodger Stadium with leaders of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism

  • 1987 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Historic Event

1990 Iraq televises an 8 minute uncensored speech from George H. W. Bush

  • 1990 Pirate Radio NY International begins transmissions on WWCR
  • 1991 Atlanta's Otis Nixon suspended for rest of 1991 due to cocaine
  • 1991 Norm Charlton suspended for 7 days for intentionally hitting Steve Scioscia with a pitch

Historic Event

1991 US trial of former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega begins

  • 1992 "Black Wednesday" UK government is forced to withdraw the pound sterling from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism after unable keep it above agreed lowest limit
  • 1992 900 die in flood in Pakistan
  • 1992 FCC votes to allow competition for local phone service
  • 1994 Fire Department puts out smokey electrical fire in the White House
  • 1996 1st one-day international in Canada, India v Pakistan at Toronto
  • 1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Panama City, Florida on WTBB 97.7 FM
  • 1996 NASA launches Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17)

Appointment of Interest

1997 Apple Computer Inc names co-founder Steve Jobs interim CEO

  • 1999 14.8 inches (37.6 cm) rainfall from Hurricane Floyd at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (state record)
  • 1999 1st ever season of "Big Brother" reality show begins on the Veronica channel in The Netherlands
  • 2005 Camorra boss Paolo Di Lauro is arrested in Naples.
  • 2007 One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.
  • 2008 Rentrer en soi announces that they would be breaking up.
  • 2012 14 people are killed and 7 wounded by a roadside bomb Jandol, Turkey
  • 2012 8 female civilians are killed by a NATO airstrike in Laghman, Afghanistan
  • 2012 8 police officers are killed by a roadside bombing by Kurdistan Workers' Party militants in Turkey
  • 2012 Anti-Japanese protesters set fire to Panasonic plant in Qingdao, China
  • 2012 Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, seeks a court order to resolve a week long teachers strike
  • 2013 12 people are killed after a gunman opens fire at a naval yard in Washington, D.C.
  • 2013 21 people are killed by Hurricane Ingrid in Mexico

Election of Interest

2013 Paul Kagame wins re-election to the Rwandan presidency in a landslide

  • 2015 700 million malaria cases prevented in Africa since 2000 in report by University of Oxford in "Nature" journal
  • 2015 8.3 magnitude quake hits off coast of Illapel, Chile killing 11 and prompting evacuation of 1 million
  • 2015 Military coup in Burkina Faso, President Michel Kafando and other officials seized by presidential guards
  • 2015 Oil tanker explosion kills 170 in Maridi, South Sudan
  • 2015 Report 3 million people die each year of air pollution, more than malaria and HIV/Aids combined published in "Nature" journal
  • 2018 Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and wife Lynne Benioff announce purchase of Time magazine for $190 million
  • 2018 Scott Dixon of New Zealand finishes second in the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma to wrap up his 5th IndyCar Drivers' title for Chip Ganassi Racing; Honda wins Manufacturers' Cup; Canadian Robert Wickens is Rookie of the Year
  • 2018 Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall near Jiangmen City, China, winds 120 miles an hour cause tower blocks in nearby Hong Kong to sway

Historic Event

2018 US Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault in the 1980s in "The Washington Post"

  • 2019 50,000 workers at General Motors go on strike in the US over pay and factory closings
  • 2019 Guantánamo Bay is the world's most expensive prison at US$13 million per prisoner according to investigation by "The New York Times"
  • 2019 Personal data on every Ecuadorean citizen discovered online on unsecured cloud server
  • 2019 Study puts prices on value of "thoughts and prayers", average Christian willing to pay US$4 for a prayer, average atheists would pay US$3 not to receive one, published in "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences"

Historic Event

2020 Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley announces the country's intention to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become a republic

  • 2020 Hurricane Sally makes landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a category 2 storm bringing serious flooding

Appointment of Interest

2020 Yoshihide Suga confirmed as Prime Minister by the Japanese government after Shinzo Abe stood down due to ill health

  • 2021 Britain's Kew Gardens sets world record for the largest living plant collection (16,900) on a single site according to Guinness World Records
  • 2021 Earliest evidence announced for humans making clothes discovered from bone tools 100,000 years old found at Contrebandiers Cave, Morocco [1]

Historic Event

2021 French President Emmanuel Macron says France has killed leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi

  • 2021 Idaho Department of Health and Wellness says whole state now in a hospital resource crisis, will ration healthcare, due to COVID-19 surge [1]