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This Day in History for September 16

1782 – Great Seal of the United States of America used for the first time.

1858 – 1st overland mail for California.

1908 – Carriage maker, William C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan.

1919 – American Legion incorporated by an act of US Congress.

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.

1928 – Hurricane hits West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee Florida; 3,000 die.

1937 – Redskins NFL franchise play first game in Washington at Griffin Stadium; defeat the New York Giants in season opener, 13-3.

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

1951 – US Open Women’s Golf, Druid Hills GC: Betsy Rawls wins first of her 8 titles, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Louise Suggs.

1953 – 1st movie in Cinemascope “The Robe” based on the book by Lloyd C. Douglas, directed by Henry Koster and starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons premieres.

1960 – Amos Alonzo Stagg retires as a football coach at 98.

1966 – Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New York with Leontyne Price as Cleopatra in “Antony and Cleopatra” by Samuel Barber.

1973 – Buffalo’s O.J. Simpson rushes for a then NFL record 250 yards in Buffalo’s 31-13 win at New England.

1979 – Catfish Hunter Day at Yankee Stadium.

1988 – Jury awards Valerie Harper $1.6 M in dispute over TV series.

1991 – Atlanta’s Otis Nixon suspended for rest of 1991 due to cocaine.

1992 – FCC votes to allow competition for local phone service.

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

2013 – 12 people are killed after a gunman opens fire at a naval yard in Washington, D.C.

2018 – Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and wife Lynne Benioff announce purchase of Time magazine for $100 million.

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