Events, Births and Deaths Happening on this Date

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Today is the 259th day of 2021.  There are 106 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1630
The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.
1810
Mexicans began their revolt against Spanish rule.
1893
Hundreds of thousands of settlers swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the ''Cherokee Strip.''
1919
The American Legion was incorporated by an act of Congress.
1940
President Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.
1966
The Metropolitan Opera opened its new opera house at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
1972
''The Bob Newhart Show'' premiered on CBS.
1974
President Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam War deserters and draft-evaders.
1974
President Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam War deserters and draft evaders.
1982
The massacre of hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children by Lebanese Christian militiamen began in west Beirut's Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps.
1987
Two dozen countries signed the Montreal Protocol, a treaty designed to save the Earth's ozone layer by calling on nations to reduce emissions of harmful chemicals by the year 2000.

Notable Births

1638
France's King Louis XIV was born.
1893
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi was a Hungarian physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937. He is credited with discovering vitamin C and the components and reactions of the citric acid cycle.

Notable Deaths

1977
Maria Callas, the American-born prima donna famed for her lyric soprano and fiery temperament, died in Paris at age 53.
1996
Former national security adviser McGeorge Bundy died in Boston at age 77.