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This Day in History for September 16

1858 – 1st overland mail for California.

1901 – Alturas, California, is incorporated as the only city in Modoc County.

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.

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.

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

1940 – Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas elected speaker of US House of Representatives.

1955 – US Auto Club forms to oversee four major auto racing categories.

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

1968 – Richard Nixon appears on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”

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

1979 – Catfish Hunter Day at Yankee Stadium.

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

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 – US Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault in the 1980s in “The Washington Post”

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