September 16th

2008
The federal government announced an emergency $85 billion loan to rescue AIG, the world's largest insurance company.
American International Group
2007
A deadly shooting in Baghdad involving the U.S. security firm Blackwater USA left 17 Iraqi civilians dead.
Nisour Square massacre
2004
Hurricane Ivan plowed into the Gulf Coast with 130 mph wind and a major storm surge. Ivan was blamed for at least 115 deaths, 43 in the United States.
List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft (1940–44 ...
2002
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced that Iraq had unconditionally accepted the return of U.N. weapons inspectors.
Iraq disarmament timeline 1990–2003
1997
Apple Computer Inc names co-founder Steve Jobs temporary CEO.
History of Apple Inc.
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.
Montreal Protocol
1982
Members of a right-wing Lebanese militia massacre 1500-3000 people in two Beirut-area refugee camps. The killings took over three days in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila and were led by the Lebanese Christian Phalangist militia.
List of massacres in Lebanon
1978
An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter Scale rocks the city of Tabas in Iran. More than 11,000 people were killed during the natural disaster.
1975
Papua New Guinea became independent.
History of Papua New Guinea
1974
President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam War deserters and draft-evaders.
Presidency of Gerald Ford
1966
The Metropolitan Opera opened its new home at New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Metropolitan Opera House (Lincoln Center)
1963
Malaysia is created. The Federation of Malaya united with Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore to create Malaysia. Singapore left the arrangement two years later.
History of Malaysia
1940
The United States first adopted peacetime conscription when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act into law.
Selective Training and Service Act of 1940
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.
Wall Street bombing
1919
The American Legion was incorporated by an act of Congress.
American Legion
1908
General Motors Corporation is founded in Flint, Michigan by William C. Durant and Charles Stewart Mott. The company, also known as GM, was one of the world's largest manufacturers of cars and trucks. Most notably, the company manufactured Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Hummer brand cars.
William C. Durant
1906
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen discovers the Magnetic South Pole.
Roald Amundsen
1893
Hundreds of thousands of settlers took part in a land run in Oklahoma's "Cherokee Strip.".
History of Oklahoma
1857
The song "Jingle Bells" by James Pierpont was copyrighted under its original title, "One Horse Open Sleigh.".
Jingle Bells
1848
Slavery abolished in all French territories.
Timeline of abolition of slavery and serfdom
1810
Mexico issues Grito de Dolores, calling for the end of Spanish rule (Mexican Independence Day).
Cry of Dolores
1795
British capture Capetown, South Africa, from the Dutch.
Invasion of the Cape Colony (1795)
1638
France's King Louis XIV was born.
King Louis XIV
1630
The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.
Shawmut