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This Day in History for September 16

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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.

1929 – Hurricane hits West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee, Florida: 3,000 die.

1937 – Redskins NFL franchise play first game in Washington at Griffith 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 major titles, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Louise Suggs.

1953 – 1st movie in Cinamascope {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 years of age.

1964 – “Shindig” premieres on ABC-TV.

1972 – Penny Marshall appears on “The Bob Newhart Show” in “Fly Unfriendly Skies”

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

1979 – Catfish Hunter Day at Yankee Stadium.

1989 – 14th Toronto International Film Festival: “Roger & Me” directed by Michael Moore wins the People’s Choice Award.

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.

2002 – Talk show “Dr. Phil” with Phil McGraw and co-created by Oprah Winfrey debuts on syndicated US TV.

2015 – 700 million malaria cases prevented in Africa since 2000 in report by University of Oxford in “Natural” journal.

2018 – US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault in the 1980s in “The Washington Post”

2019 – Guantanamo Bay is the world’s most expensive prison at US$13 million per prisoner according to investigation by “The New York Times”