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  • What happened on September 16
  • September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 106 days remaining until the end of the year.

 

  • Events on September 16
  • 307 – Emperor Severus II is captured and imprisoned at Tres Tabernae. He is later executed (or forced to commit suicide) afterGalerius unsuccessfully invades Italy.
  • 1400 – Owain Glyndŵr is declared Prince of Wales by his followers.
  • 1620 – Pilgrims set sail from England on the Mayflower.
  • 1701 – James Francis Edward Stuart, sometimes called the “Old Pretender”, becomes the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland.
  • 1732– In Campo Maior, Portugal, a storm hits the Armory and a violent explosion ensues, killing two thirds of its inhabitants.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Harlem Heights is fought.
  • 1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Franco-American Siege of Savannah begins.
  • 1810 – With the Grito de Dolores, Father Miguel Hidalgo begins Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain.
  • 1814 – Francis Scott Key completes his poem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”, which would become the official national anthem of the United States on March 3, 1931.[1]
  • 1863 – Robert College, in Istanbul, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.
  • 1880 – The Cornell Daily Sun prints its first issue in Ithaca, New York. The Sun is the nation’s oldest, continuously-independent college daily.
  • 1893 – Settlers make a land run for prime land in the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma.
  • 1908 – The General Motors Corporation is founded.
  • 1919 – The American Legion is incorporated.
  • 1920 – The Wall Street bombing: A bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City killing 38 and injuring 400.
  • 1940 – World War II: Italian troops conquer Sidi Barrani.
  • 1943 – World War II: The German Tenth Army reports that it can no longer contain the Allied bridgehead around Salerno.
  • 1945 – World War II: The surrender of the Japanese troops in Hong Kong is accepted by Royal Navy Admiral Sir Cecil Harcourt.
  • 1947 – Typhoon Kathleen hits Saitama, Tokyo and Tone River area, at least 1,930 killed.
  • 1955 – The military coup to unseat President Juan Perón of Argentina is launched at midnight.
  • 1955 – A Soviet Navy Zulu-class submarine becomes the first to launch a ballistic missile.
  • 1956 – TCN-9 Sydney is the first Australian television station to commence regular broadcasts.
  • 1959 – The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, is introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City.
  • 1961 – The United States National Hurricane Research Project drops eight cylinders of silver iodide into the eyewall of Hurricane Esther. Wind speed reduces by 10%, giving rise to Project Stormfury.
  • 1961 – Typhoon Nancy, with possibly the strongest winds ever measured in a tropical cyclone, makes landfall in Osaka, Japan, killing 173 people.
  • 1961 – Pakistan establishes its Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission with Abdus Salam as its head.
  • 1963 – Malaysia is formed from the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak. However, Singapore soon leaves this new country.
  • 1966 – The Metropolitan Opera House opens at Lincoln Center in New York City with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s opera Antony and Cleopatra.
  • 1970 – King Hussein of Jordan declares military rule following the hijacking of four civilian airliners by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). This results in the formation of the Black September Palestinian paramilitary unit.
  • 1975 – Papua New Guinea gains independence from Australia.
  • 1975 – Cape Verde, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe join the United Nations.
  • 1975 – The first prototype of the Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor makes its maiden flight.
  • 1976 – Armenian champion swimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from a trolleybus that had fallen into a Yerevan reservoir.
  • 1978 – The 7.4 Mw Tabas earthquake affects the city of Tabas, Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). At least 15,000 people were killed.
  • 1980 – Saint Vincent and the Grenadines join the United Nations.
  • 1982 – Lebanon War: The Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon takes place.
  • 1987 – The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion.
  • 1990 – The railroad between the People’s Republic of China and Kazakhstan is completed at Dostyk, adding a sizable link to the concept of the Eurasian Land Bridge.
  • 1992 – The trial of the deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega ends in the United States with a 40-year sentence for drug trafficking and money laundering.
  • 1992 – Black Wednesday: The pound is forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism by currency speculators and is forced to devalue against theGerman mark.
  • 1994 – The British government lifts the broadcasting ban imposed against members of Sinn Féin and Irish paramilitary groups in 1988.
  • 2004 – Hurricane Ivan makes landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 3 hurricane.
  • 2005 – The Camorra organized crime boss Paolo Di Lauro is arrested in Naples, Italy.
  • 2007 – One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.
  • 2007 – Mercenaries working for Blackwater Worldwide shoot and kill 17 Iraqis in Nisour Square, Baghdad
  • 2011 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 2008 and 2009 are adopted.
  • 2013 – A gunman kills twelve people at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
  • 2014 – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant launches its Kobani offensive against Syrian–Kurdish forces.

 

 

 

  • Births on September 16
  • AD 16 – Julia Drusilla, Roman daughter of Germanicus (d. 38)
  • 508 – Yuan Di, emperor of the Liang dynasty (d. 555)
  • 1295 – Elizabeth de Clare, English noblewoman (d. 1360)
  • 1507 – Jiajing Emperor of China (d. 1567)
  • 1557 – Jacques Mauduit, French composer (d. 1627)
  • 1615 – Heinrich Bach, German organist and composer (d. 1692)
  • 1651 – Engelbert Kaempfer, German physician and botanist (d. 1716)
  • 1666 – Antoine Parent, French mathematician and theorist (d. 1716)
  • 1678 – Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English philosopher and politician, Secretary of State for the Southern Department (d. 1751)
  • 1716 – Angelo Maria Amorevoli, Italian tenor and actor (d. 1798)
  • 1722 – Gabriel Christie, Scottish-Canadian general (d. 1799)
  • 1725 – Nicolas Desmarest, French geologist, zoologist, and author (d. 1815)
  • 1745 – Mikhail Kutuzov, Russian field marshal (d. 1813)
  • 1777 – Nathan Mayer Rothschild, German-English banker and financier (d. 1836)
  • 1782 – Daoguang Emperor of China (d. 1850)
  • 1823 – Francis Parkman, American historian and author (d. 1893)
  • 1827 – Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist and paleontologist (d. 1908)
  • 1828 – Per Pålsson, Swedish murderer (d. 1914)
  • 1830 – Patrick Francis Moran, Irish-Australian cardinal (d. 1911)
  • 1837 – Pedro V of Portugal (d. 1861)
  • 1838 – James J. Hill, Canadian-American railroad executive (d. 1916)
  • 1844 – Paul Taffanel, French flute player and conductor (d. 1908)
  • 1846 – Anna Kingsford, English author, poet, and activist (d. 1888)
  • 1853 – Albrecht Kossel, German physician and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1927)
  • 1858 – Edward Marshall Hall, English lawyer and politician (d. 1927)
  • 1858 – Bonar Law, Canadian-Scottish banker and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1923)
  • 1859 – Yuan Shikai, Chinese general and politician, President of the Republic of China (d. 1916)
  • 1866 – Georg Voigt, German lawyer and politician, Mayor of Marburg (d. 1927)
  • 1870 – John Pius Boland, Irish tennis player and politician (d. 1958)
  • 1875 – James Cash Penney, American businessman and philanthropist, founded J. C. Penney (d. 1971)
  • 1876 – Marvin Hart, American boxer (d. 1931)
  • 1877 – Jacob Schick, American-Canadian inventor and businessman, founded Schick Razors (d. 1937)
  • 1878 – Karl Albiker, German sculptor, lithographer, and educator (d. 1961)
  • 1880 – Alfred Noyes, English author, poet, and playwright (d. 1958)
  • 1881 – Clive Bell, English philosopher and critic (d. 1964)
  • 1883 – T. E. Hulme, English poet and critic (d. 1917)
  • 1886 – Jean Arp, Alsatian sculptor and painter (d. 1966)
  • 1887 – Nadia Boulanger, French composer and educator (d. 1979)
  • 1888 – W. O. Bentley, English race car driver and engineer, founded Bentley Motors Limited (d. 1971)
  • 1888 – Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Finnish author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1964)
  • 1891 – Karl Dönitz, German admiral and politician, President of Germany (d. 1980)
  • 1891 – Stephanie von Hohenlohe, Austrian-German spy (d. 1972)
  • 1893 – Alexander Korda, Hungarian-English director, producer, and screenwiter (d. 1956)
  • 1893 – Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian-American physiologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)
  • 1895 – Zainal Abidin Ahmad, Malaysian author and scholar (d. 1973)
  • 1897 – Milt Franklyn, American composer (d. 1962)
  • 1898 – H. A. Rey, American author and illustrator, co-created Curious George (d. 1977)
  • 1899 – Hans Swarowsky, Hungarian-Austrian conductor and educator (d. 1975)
  • 1901 – Josef Schächter, Austrian rabbi and philosopher from the Vienna Circle (d. 1994)
  • 1905 – Vladimír Holan, Czech poet and author (d. 1980)
  • 1906 – Jack Churchill, Sri Lankan-English colonel (d. 1996)
  • 1910 – Erich Kempka, German colonel and chauffeur (d. 1975)
  • 1910 – Karl Kling, German race car driver and manager (d. 2003)
  • 1911 – Wilfred Burchett, Australian journalist and author (d. 1983)
  • 1911 – Paul Henning, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2005)
  • 1914 – Allen Funt, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1915 – Cy Walter, American pianist (d. 1968)
  • 1916 – Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, Caribbean politician, 1st Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis (d. 1978)
  • 1916 – Frank Farrell, Australian rugby league player and policeman (d. 1985)
  • 1916 – M. S. Subbulakshmi, an Indian Carnatic Vocalist (d. 2004)
  • 1916 – Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian cricketer, umpire, and politician (d. 1999)
  • 1918 – Władysław Kędra, Polish pianist (d. 1968)
  • 1919 – Bill Daley, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2015)
  • 1919 – Laurence J. Peter, Canadian-American hierarchiologist and educator (d. 1990)
  • 1919 – Andy Russell, American singer and actor (d. 1992)
  • 1920 – Sheila Quinn, English nurse and educator
  • 1920 – Art Sansom, American cartoonist (d. 1991)
  • 1921 – Jon Hendricks, American singer-songwriter
  • 1921 – Korla Pandit, American pianist and composer (d. 1998)
  • 1922 – Guy Hamilton, French-English director and screenwriter (d. 2016)
  • 1922 – Janis Paige, American actress and singer
  • 1923 – Lee Kuan Yew, Singaporean lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Singapore (d. 2015)
  • 1924 – Lauren Bacall, American actress (d. 2014)
  • 1925 – Charlie Byrd, American singer and guitarist (d. 1999)
  • 1925 – Charles Haughey, Irish accountant, lawyer, and politician, 7th Taoiseach of Ireland (d. 2006)
  • 1925 – B.B. King, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2015)
  • 1926 – Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian pianist and composer (d. 2011)
  • 1926 – John Knowles, American novelist (d. 2001)
  • 1926 – Rogers McKee, American baseball player (d. 2014)
  • 1926 – Robert H. Schuller, American pastor and author (d. 2015)
  • 1927 – Peter Falk, American actor (d. 2011)
  • 1927 – Jack Kelly, American actor and politician (d. 1992)
  • 1927 – Sadako Ogata, Japanese academic and diplomat, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • 1928 – Rex Trailer, American television host, actor, and singer (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Lady Gwen Thompson, English author and educator (d. 1986)
  • 1930 – Anne Francis, American actress (d. 2011)
  • 1931 – K. D. Arulpragasam, Sri Lankan zoologist and academic (d. 2003)
  • 1931 – Little Willie Littlefield, American-Dutch singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2013)
  • 1932 – Micky Stewart, English cricketer and coach
  • 1933 – Steve Shirley, German-English businesswoman and philanthropist, founded Xansa
  • 1934 – Elgin Baylor, American basketball player and coach
  • 1934 – George Chakiris, American actor, singer, and dancer
  • 1934 – Ronnie Drew, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)
  • 1934 – Dick Heckstall-Smith, English saxophonist (d. 2004)
  • 1935 – Carl Andre, American sculptor
  • 1935 – Billy Boy Arnold, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1935 – Jules Bass, American director, producer, composer, and author
  • 1935 – Bob Kiley, American-English businessman
  • 1935 – Esther Vilar, Argentinian-German author and playwright
  • 1937 – Aleksandr Medved, Russian wrestler
  • 1937 – Vince Naimoli, American businessman and philanthropist
  • 1939 – Breyten Breytenbach, South African-French poet and painter
  • 1939 – Bill McGill, American basketball player (d. 2014)
  • 1940 – Hamiet Bluiett, American saxophonist and composer
  • 1940 – Butch Buchholz, American tennis player
  • 1941 – Joe Butler, American singer, autoharp player, and drummer
  • 1941 – Richard Perle, American political scientist and politician
  • 1942 – Bernie Calvert, English bass player and keyboard player
  • 1942 – Susan L. Graham, American computer scientist and academic
  • 1943 – Wang Houjun, Chinese footballer and manager (d. 2012)
  • 1943 – James Alan McPherson, American short story writer and essayist (d. 2016)
  • 1946 – Mike Reynolds, Australian lawyer and politician
  • 1946 – Camilo Sesto, Spanish singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1947 – Dusty Hughes, English director and playwright
  • 1947 – Enrique Krauze, Mexican historian, critic, and publisher
  • 1948 – Ron Blair, American bass player
  • 1948 – Rosemary Casals, American tennis player and sportscaster
  • 1948 – Julia Donaldson, English author and playwright
  • 1948 – Susan Ruttan, American actress
  • 1949 – Ed Begley Jr., American actor and environmental activist
  • 1950 – David Bellamy, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1950 – Henry Louis Gates Jr., American historian, scholar, and journalist
  • 1950 – Loyd Grossman, American-English singer, guitarist, and television host
  • 1951 – Vince Bell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1951 – Andy Irvine, Scottish rugby player and coach
  • 1952 – Tony Cunningham, English educator and politician
  • 1952 – Česlovas Laurinavičius, Lithuanian historian
  • 1952 – Karen Muir, South African swimmer and physician (d. 2013)
  • 1952 – Mickey Rourke, American boxer and actor
  • 1953 – Alan Barton, English singer and guitarist (d. 1995)
  • 1953 – Nancy Huston, Canadian-American author and translator
  • 1953 – Mark Malloch Brown, Baron Malloch-Brown, English journalist and politician, 2nd Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • 1953 – Jerry Pate, American golfer and sportscaster
  • 1953 – Eric Vail, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
  • 1954 – Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Indian sitar player and composer
  • 1954 – Earl Klugh, American guitarist and composer
  • 1954 – William McKeen, American author and academic
  • 1954 – Colin Newman, English singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer
  • 1954 – Frank Reed, American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)
  • 1954 – Roger Woolley, Australian cricketer
  • 1955 – Ron Brewer, American basketball player
  • 1955 – Robin Yount, American baseball player and coach
  • 1956 – Maggie Atkinson, English educator and civil servant
  • 1956 – David Copperfield, American magician and actor
  • 1956 – Dave Schulthise, American bass player (d. 2004)
  • 1957 – Clara Furse, English businesswoman
  • 1957 – Norman Lamb, English lawyer and politician
  • 1957 – David McCreery, Northern Irish footballer and manager
  • 1957 – Anca Parghel, Romanian singer and pianist (d. 2008)
  • 1958 – Orel Hershiser, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1958 – Neville Southall, Welsh footballer and manager
  • 1958 – Jennifer Tilly, American actress and poker player
  • 1959 – Peter Keleghan, Canadian actor and screenwriter
  • 1959 – Tim Raines, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1959 – Dave Richardson, South African cricketer, manager, and lawyer
  • 1959 – Victory Tischler-Blue, American bass player, director, and producer
  • 1960 – Graham Haynes, American trumpet player and composer
  • 1960 – Mike Mignola, American author and illustrator
  • 1961 – Bilinda Butcher, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1961 – Annamária Szalai, Hungarian journalist, economist, and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1962 – Seth, Canadian author and illustrator
  • 1963 – Richard Marx, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1964 – Mary Coustas, Australian actress and screenwriter
  • 1964 – Rossy de Palma, Spanish-French model and actress
  • 1964 – Dave Sabo, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1964 – Molly Shannon, American actress, comedian and producer
  • 1965 – Katy Kurtzman, American actress and producer
  • 1965 – Karl-Heinz Riedle, German footballer and manager
  • 1966 – Asanka Gurusinha, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1966 – Wil McCarthy, American author and playwright
  • 1966 – Scott Workman, American stuntman and actor (d. 2013)
  • 1966 – Kevin Young, American hurdler
  • 1967 – Hiroya Oku, Japanese author and illustrator
  • 1968 – Marc Anthony, American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer
  • 1968 – Walt Becker, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1968 – Tommy Keane, Irish footballer (d. 2012)
  • 1969 – Justine Frischmann, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1969 – Janno Gibbs, Filipino singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1970 – Mark Schultz, American singer-songwriter
  • 1971 – Joel Heyman, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1971 – Amy Poehler, American actress, comedian, and producer
  • 1972 – Mark Bruener, American football player
  • 1972 – Mike Doyle, American actor and producer
  • 1972 – Alessandro Nunziati, Italian singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1973 – George Corrie, English footballer
  • 1973 – Justin Haythe, American author and screenwriter
  • 1973 – Alexander Vinokourov, Kazakh cyclist and manager
  • 1974 – Loona, Dutch singer-songwriter and dancer
  • 1974 – Monique Brumby, Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1974 – Joaquín Castro, American lawyer and politician
  • 1974 – Julian Castro, American lawyer and politician, 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • 1975 – Jason Leffler, American race car driver (d. 2013)
  • 1975 – Shannon Noll, Australian singer-songwriter
  • 1976 – Elīna Garanča, Latvian soprano
  • 1976 – Tina Barrett, English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
  • 1976 – Greg Buckner, American basketball player and coach
  • 1977 – Gregory Ball, American captain and politician
  • 1977 – Musiq Soulchild, American singer-songwriter
  • 1978 – Dan Dickau, American basketball player and coach
  • 1978 – Claudia Marx, German runner
  • 1979 – Fanny, French singer
  • 1979 – Bobby Korecky, American baseball player
  • 1979 – Flo Rida, American rapper
  • 1980 – Patrik Štefan, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1980 – Kenny van Weeghel, Dutch wheelchair racer
  • 1981 – Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress, singer, and producer
  • 1981 – Alexis Bledel, American actress
  • 1981 – LaVerne Jones-Ferrette, Virgin Islander sprinter
  • 1982 – Leon Knight, English footballer
  • 1982 – Michele Rizzo, Italian rugby player
  • 1982 – Fiete Sykora, German footballer
  • 1982 – Ryan Thomson, Scottish footballer
  • 1983 – John Afoa, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1983 – Katerine Avgoustakis, Belgian singer and pianist
  • 1983 – Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwean swimmer
  • 1983 – Brandon Moss, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Legedu Naanee, American football player
  • 1984 – Sabrina Bryan, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
  • 1984 – Serginho Catarinense, Brazilian footballer
  • 1984 – Katie Melua, Georgian-English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1985 – Max Minghella, English actor
  • 1986 – Gordon Beckham, American baseball player
  • 1986 – Kyla Pratt, American actress and singer
  • 1987 – Merve Boluğur, Turkish actress
  • 1987 – Kyle Lafferty, Irish footballer
  • 1987 – Louis Ngwat-Mahop, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1987 – Burry Stander, South African cyclist (d. 2013)
  • 1987 – Travis Wall, American dancer and choreographer
  • 1988 – Teddy Geiger, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1989 – Braden Holtby, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1989 – José Salomón Rondón, Venezuelan footballer
  • 1989 – Dustin Tokarski, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1991 – Diāna Bukājeva, Latvian tennis player
  • 1991 – Alexandra Paul, Canadian figure skater
  • 1991 – Kyle Smith, English motorcycle racer
  • 1992 – Vytenis Čižauskas, Lithuanian basketball player
  • 1992 – Nick Jonas, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1992 – Jake Roche, English singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1993 – Sam Byram, English footballer
  • 1994 – Mitchell Moses, Australian rugby league player

 

 

 

  • Deaths on September 16
  • 307 – Flavius Valerius Severus, Roman emperor
  • 655 – Pope Martin I
  • 1087 – Pope Victor III (b. 1026)
  • 1100 – Bernold of Constance, German priest and historian (b. 1054)
  • 1226 – Pandulf Verraccio, Roman ecclesiastical politician
  • 1343 – Philip III of Navarre (b. 1306)
  • 1345 – John IV, Duke of Brittany (b. 1295)
  • 1360 – William de Bohun, 1st Earl of Northampton (b. 1319)
  • 1380 – Charles V of France (b. 1338)
  • 1394 – Antipope Clement VII (b. 1342)
  • 1406 – Cyprian, Metropolitan of Moscow (b. 1336)
  • 1498 – Tomás de Torquemada, Spanish friar (b. 1420)
  • 1589 – Michael Baius, Belgian theologian and academic (b. 1513)
  • 1672 – Anne Bradstreet, English poet (b. 1612)
  • 1701 – James II of England (b. 1633)
  • 1736 – Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Polish-Dutch physicist and engineer, invented the thermometer (b. 1686)
  • 1792 – Nguyễn Huệ, Vietnamese emperor (b. 1753)
  • 1803 – Nicolas Baudin, French explorer, hydrographer, and cartographer (b. 1754)
  • 1819 – John Jeffries, American physician and surgeon (b. 1744)
  • 1824 – Louis XVIII of France (b. 1755)
  • 1843 – Ezekiel Hart, Canadian businessman and politician (b. 1770)
  • 1845 – Thomas Davis, Irish poet and publisher (b. 1814)
  • 1865 – Christian de Meza, Danish general (b. 1792)
  • 1887 – Sakaigawa Namiemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 14th Yokozuna (b. 1841)
  • 1896 – Antônio Carlos Gomes, Brazilian composer (b. 1836)
  • 1896 – Pavlos Kalligas, Greek jurist and politician, Foreign Minister of Greece (b. 1814)
  • 1898 – Ramón Emeterio Betances, Puerto Rican surgeon and politician (b. 1827)
  • 1911 – Edward Whymper, English-French mountaineer, explorer, and author (b. 1840)
  • 1914 – C. X. Larrabee, American businessman (b. 1843)
  • 1925 – Leo Fall, Czech-Austrian composer (b. 1873)
  • 1925 – Alexander Friedmann, Russian physicist and mathematician (b. 1888)
  • 1931 – Omar Mukhtar, Libyan theorist and educator (b. 1862)
  • 1932 – Ronald Ross, Indian-English physician and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1857)
  • 1933 – George Gore, American baseball player and manager (b. 1857)
  • 1936 – Jean-Baptiste Charcot, French physician and explorer (b. 1867)
  • 1940 – Charles Cochrane-Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington, English-Scottish politician, 8th Governor of Queensland (b. 1860)
  • 1944 – Gustav Bauer, German journalist and politician, 11th Chancellor of Germany (b. 1870)
  • 1945 – John McCormack, Irish tenor and actor (b. 1884)
  • 1946 – James Hopwood Jeans, English physicist, astronomer, and mathematician (b. 1877)
  • 1950 – Pedro de Cordoba, American actor (b. 1881)
  • 1955 – Leo Amery, Indian-English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (b. 1873)
  • 1961 – Hasan Polatkan, Turkish politician, 15th Turkish Minister of Finance (b. 1915)
  • 1961 – Fatin Rüştü Zorlu, Turkish diplomat and politician, 21st Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1910)
  • 1965 – Ahn Eak-tai, North Korean composer and conductor (b. 1906)
  • 1965 – Fred Quimby, American animator and producer (b. 1886)
  • 1973 – Víctor Jara, Chilean singer-songwriter, teacher and theatre director (b. 1932)
  • 1977 – Marc Bolan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1947)
  • 1977 – Maria Callas, Greek operatic soprano (b. 1923)
  • 1980 – Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist and philosopher (b. 1896)
  • 1984 – Louis Réard, French engineer and fashion designer, created the bikini (b. 1897)
  • 1984 – Richard Brautigan, American novelist, poet, and short story writer (b. 1935)
  • 1987 – Christopher Soames, English soldier and politician, Governor of Southern Rhodesia (b. 1920)
  • 1991 – Olga Spessivtseva, Russian-American ballerina (b. 1895)
  • 1992 – Millicent Fenwick, American journalist and politician (b. 1910)
  • 1993 – František Jílek, Czech conductor (b. 1913)
  • 1993 – Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Australian poet and activist (b. 1920)
  • 1996 – McGeorge Bundy, American intelligence officer and diplomat, 6th United States National Security Advisor (b. 1919)
  • 1996 – Gene Nelson, American actor, dancer, and director (b. 1920)
  • 2000 – Georgiy Gongadze, Georgian-Ukrainian journalist and director (b. 1969)
  • 2001 – Samuel Z. Arkoff, American producer (b. 1918)
  • 2002 – James Gregory, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 2003 – Sheb Wooley, American singer-songwriter (b. 1921)
  • 2004 – Michael Donaghy American-English poet and author (b. 1954)
  • 2005 – Harry Freedman, Canadian horn player, composer, and educator (b. 1922)
  • 2005 – Gordon Gould, American physicist and academic, invented the laser (b. 1920)
  • 2006 – Floyd Curry, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1925)
  • 2007 – Robert Jordan, American engineer and author (b. 1948)
  • 2008 – Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer (b. 1940)
  • 2009 – Myles Brand, American philosopher and academic (b. 1942)
  • 2009 – Ernst Märzendorfer, Austrian conductor (b. 1921)
  • 2009 – Mary Travers, American singer-songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2010 – George N. Parks, American educator and bandleader (b. 1953)
  • 2010 – Jim Towers, English footballer (b. 1933)
  • 2011 – Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, American singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and drummer (b. 1936)
  • 2012 – Roman Kroitor, Canadian director and producer, co-founded IMAX (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Julien J. LeBourgeois, American admiral (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Friedrich Zimmermann, German lawyer and politician, German Federal Minister of the Interior (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Scott Adams, American football player (b. 1966)
  • 2013 – Ratiba El-Hefny, Egyptian soprano and director (b. 1931)
  • 2014 – H. M. Fowler American sergeant and politician (b. 1918)
  • 2015 – Guy Béart, Egyptian-French singer-songwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2015 – Julio Brady, Virgin Islander lawyer, judge, and politician, 5th Lieutenant Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (b. 1942)
  • 2015 – Kurt Oppelt, Austrian figure skater and coach (b. 1932)
  • 2015 – Allan Wright, English captain and pilot (b. 1920)
  • 2016 – Edward Albee, American director and playwright (b. 1928)
  • 2016 – Gabriele Amorth, Italian priest and exorcist (b. 1925)
  • 2016 – Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Italian economist and politician, 10th President of Italy and 49th Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1920)
  • 2016 – W. P. Kinsella, American novelist (b. 1935)
  • 2016 – António Mascarenhas Monteiro, Cabo Verdean politician, 2nd President of Cape Verde (b. 1944)

 

 

 

  • Holidays and observances on September 16
  • Christian feast day:
    • Andrew Kim Taegon (one of The Korean Martyrs)
    • Curcodomus
    • Cyprian (Catholic Church)
    • Edith of Wilton
    • Euphemia
    • Ludmila
    • Ninian
    • Pope Cornelius
    • September 16 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics).
  • Owain Glyndŵr Day, celebrates the life of Owain Glyndŵr who became Prince of Wales on this day in 1400.
  • Cry of Dolores, celebrates the declaration of independence of Mexico from Spain in 1810. See Fiestas Patrias
  • Independence Day (Papua New Guinea), celebrates the independence of Papua New Guinea from Australia in 1975.
  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
  • Malaysian Armed Forces Day (Malaysia)
  • Malaysia Day (Malaysia, Singapore)
  • Martyrs’ Day (Libya)
  • National Heroes Day (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
  • National Guacamole Day (United States)
  • Stay Away from Seattle Day (Chase’s Calendar of Events)

 

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