16th September, on this day

1400 Owain Glyndwr declared Prince of Wales by his followers.
1620 The 101 Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America from Plymouth, England in their ship'The Mayflower', captained by Myles Standish
1630 Mass village of Shawmut changes name to Boston
1662 John Flamsteed sees solar eclipse, 1st known astronomical observation
1701 James Francis Edward Stuart, sometimes called the "Old Pretender", becomes the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland.
1776 American Revolutionary War: the Battle of Harlem Heights is fought.
1782 Great Seal of US used for 1st time
1795 British capture Capetown
1810 Hidalgo begins Mexican revolt against Spain
1812 Russians set fire to Moscow shortly after midnight - the city is burned completely down days later.
1838 In England, the opening of the London to Birmingham railway line
1847 The United Shakespeare Company buys the house in which playwright William Shakespeare was born at Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire for £3,000. It becomes the first building in Britain to be officially preserved
1850 In America, the Slave Trade is forbidden in the District of Columbia
1857 Typesetting machine patent
1858 1st overland mail for California
1859 British explorer Dr David Livingstone discovers Lake Nyasa in central Africa
1862 Gen Bragg's army surrounds 4000 federals at Munfordville, KY
1863 Robert College of Istanbul-Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.
1887 The first game of softball was played in Chicago, Illinois
1893 Cherokee Strip, Oklahoma opened to white settlement homesteaders
1908 General Motors founded by William C Durant
1915 US takes control of customs and finances of Haiti for 10 years
1919 The American Legion is incorporated.
1920 At least 30 people are killed and a further 200 injured when a bomb explodes on Wall Street, New York
1938 George E.T. Eyston sets world auto speed record at 357.5 MPH
1941 Concerned that Reza Pahlavi the Shah of Persia was about to align his petroleum-rich country with Germany during World War II, the United Kingdom and the USSR occupy Iran and forced him to resign in favor of his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
1947 John Cobb sets world auto speed record at 394.2 MPH
1955 Juan Perón is deposed in Argentina.
1962 Public TV channel 13 begins in NYC
1963 "Outer Limits" premiers on TV
1963 Malaysia formed from Malaya, Singapore, Br. N. Borneo and Sarawak
1963 Malaysia gains its independence. In Singapore, crowds celebrate by burning down the British Embassy
1966 The Metropolitan Opera House opens at Lincoln Center in New York City to the world premiere of Samuel Barber's opera, Antony and Cleopatra.
1968 Britain introduces a 'two tier' postal system - First and Second Class. Letters and parcels bearing the more expensive 1st class stamps are given priority of delivery
1968 Richard Nixon appears on "Laugh-in"
1970 King Hussein of Jordan declares military rule due to 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.
1971 6 Klansmen arrested in connection with bombing of 10 school buses
1972 1st TV series about mixed marriage-Bridgit Loves Bernie
1974 President Ford announces conditional amnesty for US, Vietnam War deserters
1975 Papua New Guinea gains independence from Australia
1976 Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from the trolleybus that had fallen into Erevan reservoir
1976 Episcopal Church approves ordination of women as priests and bishop
1977 90 minute pilot of "Logan's Run" premiers on TV
1978 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Iran
1981 Two British political parties - the SDP and the Liberals - vote for a parliamentary and election alliance
1982 Massacre of 1000+ Palestinian refugees at Chatila and Sabra begins
1983 Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes a US citizen
1984 "Miami Vice" premiers
1987 The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion.
1989 Singer Natalie Cole marries record producer Andre Fisher
1989 One of Britain's oldest and most prestigious classic horse races, the St Leger at Doncaster, is cancelled because the course is considered unsafe
1990 101 year old Sam Ackerman weds 95 year old Eva in New Rochelle, NY
1990 Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan wed
1990 Iraq televises an 8 minute uncensored speech from George Bush
1991 US trial of Panamanian leader Noriega begins
1992 Black Wednesday: the Pound Sterling is forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism by currency speculators and is forced to devalue against the Deutschmark.
1995 The Pope is met by Nelson Mandela when he arrives in Johannesburg at the start of South Africa's first papal visit
1998 The famous Union Jack dress, worn by Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, is sold at auction for £41,000
2004 Hurricane Ivan touches land near Pensacola, Florida, becoming the third (now fourth) costliest hurricane to strike the United States.
2005 Camorra boss Paolo Di Lauro is arrested in Naples.
2007 One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.

16th September 2005

Third day of escalating violence

Day of prayer for Katrina victims

Heathrow bullion robbers jailed

16th September 2006

Pope 'sorry' for offence to Islam

US opens fresh Afghan offensive

Darfur 'regional security threat'

16th September 2007

Scores killed in Thai plane crash

At least 22 dead in Iraq violence

Worldwide rallies held for Darfur

16th September 2008

Global market turmoil continues

Eleven dead in fresh Gaza clashes

UN pulls out of north Sri Lanka

16th September 2009

Gunmen kill 10 at Mexico clinic

France to close migrant 'jungle'

Kenya begins huge slum clearance

16th September 2010

Birthdates which occurred on 16th September:

1387 Henry V king of England (1413-22)
1638 Louis XIV [Sun King] king of France (1643-1715)
1685 John Gay poet (Beggar's Opera)
1797 Sir Anthony Panizzi Librarian at the British Museum
1822 Charles S Crocker Pres of Central & South Pacific Railroad
1823 Francis Parkman American historian/author (Oregon Trail)
1838 James J Hill Canada, RR entrepreneur (Great Northern Railroad)
1858 A Bonar Law (C) British PM (1922-23)
1875 James Cash Penney department store founder (J.C. Penney)
1877 James J Jeans cosmologist/astrophysicist (Mysterious Universe)
1880 Alfred Noyes England, poet (The Highwayman)
1887 Nadia Boulanger Paris, music teacher (Lasir‚ne Ideology)
1888 Frans Sillanp„„ Finland, writer (Meek Heritage-Nobel 1939)
1893 Albert Szent-Gy”rgyi Hungary, biochemist (Nobel 1937)
1895 Charles W Bidwill Sr Chicago, NFL hall of famer (Chicago Cardinals)
1899 Hans Swarowsky Budapest Hungary, conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50)
19-- Andy Russell LA Calif, singer (Andy & Della Russell Show)
19-- Camilo Sesto Spain, spanish singer (Amore Libre, Agenda de Baile)
19-- Christopher Rich actor (Another World)
19-- Sallie Shockley Neenah Wisc, actress (Valerie-Sarge)
19-- Steven Shareaux rocker (Kik Tracee-Hot Wire)
19-- Yolandita Monge PR, spanish singer (Te Digo Adios)
1901 Andr‚e Joly Bunet France, figure skater pair (Olympic-gold-1928, 32)
1911 Wilfred Burchett Australia, communist/writer (Catapult to Freedom)
1912 Jerry Wald NYC, producer (Mildred Pierce, Johnny Belinda)
1914 Allen Funt Bkln NY, TV host & creator (Candid Camera)
1915 Cy Walter Minneapolis Mn, pianist (3's Company)
1920 Franco Pandolfini Italy, water polo (Olympic-gold-1948)
1922 Janis Paige Tacoma Wash, actress (Lanigan's Rabbi, Trapper John MD)
1924 Bess Myerson NY, Miss America 1945/shoplifter (or 0716)
1924 Lauren Bacall Staten Island, actress (Dark Passage, Key Largo)
1924 Paddy Stone Winnipeg Manitoba, choreographer (Piccadilly Palace)
1925 B(lues) B(oy) King Itta Bena Miss, blues singer (The Thrill is Gone)
1925 Charlie Byrd guitarist (Desafinado)
1926 Robert Schuller televangelist (Glass Cathedral)
1927 Jack Kelly Astoria Queens, actor (Bart-Maverick, Get Christie Love)
1927 Peter Falk Ossining NY, actor (Colombo, Scared Straight)
1932 Anne Francis Ossining NY, actress (Honey West, Pancho Villa)
1933 George Chakiris Norwood Ohio, actor (West Side Story)
1934 Elgin Baylor NBA star (1958-59 Rookie of the Year-Lakers)
1937 Aleksandr Medved USSR, super heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1964 68, 72)
1941 Jim McBride NYC, director/actor (Hot Times, Breathless, Big Easy)
1942 Linda G Miller NYC, actress (Night of the Juggler, Mississippi)
1944 Ard Schenk Holland 1500m, 5K, 10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
1947 Lucius Allen NBA star (Milwaukee Bucks)
1947 Russ Abbott British TV comedian
1948 Rosemary Casals tennis player (US Open doubles 1967,71,74)
1949 Ed Begley Jr LA Cal, actor (Eating Raoul, St Elsewhere, Parenthood)
1949 Susan Ruttan Oregon City Ore, actress (Roxanne-LA Law)
1953 Jerry Pate Macon Ga, PGA golfer (US Open 1976, Canadian Open 1976)
1956 Anatoly Beloglazov USSR, 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic-gold-1980)
1956 Kevin R Kregel NYC NY, Pilot/astronaut
1956 Sergei Beloglazov USSR, 57 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic-gold-1980)
1958 Jennifer Tilly LA Calif, actress (Let it Ride, Off Beat, Psycho II)
1962 Kimberly McArthur Fort Worth Texas, playmate (January, 1982)
1963 Richard Marx Chicago Ill, rocker (Hold on to the Night)
1964 David Michael Sabo Perth Amboy NJ, rocker (Skid Row-Psycho Love)
1965 Katy Kurtzman Wash DC, actress (Lindsay-Dynasty)
1969 Kathi Wolfgram Minneapolis, rocker (Jets-You Got it All)
1971 Charlie Fields Bkln NY, actor (Shannon)
1972 Shalane McCall actor (Charlie Wade-Dallas)
1976 Andres Javier Blazquez PR, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)


Deaths which occurred on September 16th:
1498 Tomas de Torquemada inquisitor who burned 10,000 people, dies
1672 Anne Bradstreet American poet, dies (birth date unknown)
1946 Sir James Jeans dies
1973 Frederic Meyer actor (Faraway Hill), dies at 63
1977 Maria Callas American-born prima donna, dies in Paris at 53
1982 Rolfe Sedan actor, dies at 86