TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON: SEPT 16
1400 Owain Glyndwr was proclaimed Prince of Wales after rebelling against English rule. He was the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales.
1620 The Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England. The ship arrived at Provincetown, MA, on November 21st and then at Plymouth, MA, on December 26th. There were 102 passengers onboard.
1662 Flamsteed sees solar eclipse, 1st known astronomical observation
1782 The Great Seal of the United States was impressed on document to negotiate a prisoner of war agreement with the British. It was the first official use of the impression.
1789 Jean-Paul Marat sets up a new newspaper in France, L’Ami du Peuple.
1795 British capture Capetown, South Africa, from the Dutch
1810 Mexico began its revolt against Spanish rule.
1848 Slavery abolished in all French territories
1893 Some 50,000 “Sooners” claim land in the Cherokee Strip during the first day of the Oklahoma land rush.
1906 Douglas Mawson, Edgeworth David and Alistair Mackay claim to have discovered the Magnetic South Pole in Antarctica
1908 General Motors Corporation is founded in Flint, Michigan by William C. Durant and Charles Stewart Mott
1915 US takes control of customs & finances of Haiti for 10 years
1920 A bomb explodes on Wall Street, New York killing 38 people
The Wall Street Bombing, as the incident is known, was the deadliest such act on American soil to that date. It is still not known who was responsible for the bombing.
1934 Anti-Nazi Lutherans stage protest in Munich.
1942 The Japanese base at Kiska in the Aleutian Islands is raided by American bombers.
1963 Malaysia formed from Malaya, Singapore, Br. N. Borneo & Sarawak
1968 Richard Nixon appears on “Laugh-in”
1974 Limited amnesty is offered to Vietnam-era draft resisters who would now swear allegiance to the United States and perform two years of public service.
1982 Members of a right-wing Lebanese militia massacre 1500-3000 people in two Beirut-area refugee camps
1987 The Montreal Protocol was signed by 25 nations, limiting production of substances that harm the ozone layer. To date, 197 nations have ratified the protocol.
1990 An eight-minute videotape of an address by U.S. President George H.W. Bush was shown on Iraqi television. The message warned that action of Saddam Hussein could plunge them into a war “against the world.”
1991 The trial of Manuel Noriega, deposed dictator of Panama, begins in the United States.
1994 Britain’s government lifts the 1988 broadcasting ban against member of Ireland’s Sinn Fein and Irish paramilitary groups.
2007 Military contractors in the employ of Blackwater Worldwide allegedly kill 17 Iraqis in Baghdad’s Nisour Square, further straining relations between the US and the people of Iraq.
REFERENCE: HISTORY.NET, ONTHISDAY.COM, TIMEANDDATE.COM, INFOPLEASE.COM, FACTMONSTER.COM, SCOPESYS.COM, ON-THIS-DAY.COM, THEPEOPLEHISTORY.COM