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This Day In History: Sept. 16

This Day in History

1620: The Pilgrims set sail from Plymouth, England, on the Mayflower.
1810: Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small village of Dolores, Mexico, raises the standard of revolt against the colonial government, demanding the abolition of Indian serfdom and caste distinctions.
1915: Haiti becomes a virtual U.S. protectorate under a treaty signed after U.S. troops enter the country.
1920: A bomb explosion on New York City's Wall St. kills 30 people, injures 100, and does $2 million in damage; the bomber or bombers are unknown.
1955: In Argentina, a rebellion by parts of the armed forces leads to three days of civil war and the resignation and flight of President Juan Perón.
1963: The Federation of Malaysia comes into existence, consisting of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak, and North Borneo (later called Sabah ). Economic and political disputes lead to Singapore's exit in 1965.
1974: Pres. Gerald Ford offers amnesty to Vietnam War draft evaders and deserters, in exchange for public service.
1982: Christian militiamen enter 2 Palestinian refugee camps, Sabra and Shatila, in West Beirut Lebanon—apparently allowed entry by Israelis—and kill hundreds of people.
1999: Congress completes action on a measure that raises the president's salary from $200,000 to $400,000.
2001: U.S. Transportation Sec. Norman Mineta creates two task forces to study airline and airport security after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
2004: Hurricane Ivan hits the U.S. Gulf coast after causing destruction in the Caribbean, ultimately killing 115.

Today's Birthdays

1678: Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, philosopher (Wiltshire, England; died 1751)
1745: Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov, military leader, (St. Petersburg, Russia; died 1813)
1823: Francis Parkman, historian/author (Boston, MA; died 1893)
1875: James C. Penney, department store founder (Hamilton, MO; died 1971)
1887: Jean Arp, sculptor, painter, and poet (Strasbourg, France; died 1966)
1893: Alexander Korda, film director (Pusztaturpaszto, Hungary; died 1956)
1914: Allen Funt, TV producer/personality (New York, NY; died 1999)
1924: Lauren Bacall, actress (New York, NY)
B. B. King, blues singer/musician (Itta Bena, MS):
1926: John Knowles, novelist (Fairmont, WV; died 2001). Robert Schuller, TV evangelist (Alton, IA)
1927: Peter Falk, actor (New York, NY)
1934: Elgin Baylor, basketball player (Washington, D.C.)
1941: Richard Perle, political advisor (New York, NY)
1949: Ed Begley Jr., actor (Los Angeles, CA)
1950: Henry Louis Gates Jr., scholar/author (Keyser, WV). Susan Ruttan, actress (Oregon City, OR)
1954: Mark McEwen, TV meteorologist (San Antonio, TX)
1955: Robin Yount, baseball player (Danville, IL)
1956: David Copperfield, magician (Metuchen, NJ). Mickey Rourke, actor (Schenectady, NY)
1958: Orel Hershiser, baseball pitcher (Buffalo, NY)
1963: Richard Marx, singer (Chicago, IL)
1964: Molly Shannon, actress/comedian (Shaker Heights, OH)
1969: Marc Anthony, singer (New York, NY)

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