This Day in History- September 16

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This Day in History- September 16

September 16 is a day of remembrance! It marks the beginning of the National Federation in Malaysia and a new dawn in the small country of Papua New Guinea as it gained independence from Australia in 1975. Let’s know more about diverse world events that make this day in history special for millions of people!

What Happened in India on September 16?

  • 1932: Mahatma Gandhi began his hunger strike in Yerwada Jail in Pune
    Mahatma Gandhi began his hunger strike in jail in opposition to Britain’s new Caste Separation Laws while he was imprisoned in Yerwada Jail in Pune.
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  • 1965: Lieutenant Colonel Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore passed away
    Ardeshir Tarapore, PVC, was an officer in the Indian Army and a recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest award for bravery. He passed away on September 16 in line of duty.

What Happened Around the World on September 16?

  • 1420: Tomás de Torquemada passed away
    Spanish inquisitor, Tomás de Torquemada passed away on this day in history- September 16. 
  • 1620: Mayflower sailed from Plymouth 
    Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England to the Americas on September 16 for the first time with 102 passengers.
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  • 1920: Wall Street Bombing
    On September 16, the infamous Wall Street Bombing shook New York City. Over 30 people were killed and 143 injured. The bombings were never solved yet investigators believed that a group called Galleanists (Italian anarchists) were behind them.
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  • 1940: Selective Training and Service Act of 1940
    Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 was the first peace treaty signed in the USA by President Roosevelt, which required all men between the ages of 21 and 45 to register for the draft.
  • 1975: Papua New Guinea Independence Day 
    On 16 September 1975, Papua New Guinea gained independence from Australia and was recognized as an independent nation by United Nations.

  • 1983: Arnold Schwarzenegger became an American citizen
    On September 16, 1983, Arnold Schwarzenegger became an American citizen on this day in history along with 2,000 other people at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

  • 2000: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
    United Nations marked 16 September International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer in 2000 to celebrate the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer by countries.

  • 2010: Malaysia Day
    On 16 September, the Malaysian Prime Minister declared this day as Hari Malaysia to celebrate the Malaysian Federation.

  • 2011: Denmark elected its first female Prime Minister
    Helle Thorning-Schmidt became the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. She headed the coalition of Social Democrats, Social Liberal Party, and the Socialist People’s Party in a center-left minority government. 
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  • 2016: Edward Albee died at age 88
    The American dramatist,  Edward Albee, passed away on this day in history in 2016. The famous playwright is known for his play called Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Famous Birthdays

  • 1931: E. C. George Sudarshan
    E. C. George Sudarshan, the Indian- American physicist was born on this day in history- September 16. He is famous for contributions to the world of theoretical physicist and was a renowned professor at the University of Texas.
  • 1945:  P. Chidambaram
    P. Chidambaram is a popular Indian politician and former attorney who was born on 16th September 1945.  P. Chidambaram has been a prominent member of the Rajya Sabha and the Indian National Congress.
  • 1971: Amy Poehler
    Amy Poehler is a famous American comedian and actor. She is known for producing movies and shows like Parks and Recreation, Sisters, and Mean Girls. She began her career with Saturday Night Live. 
  • 1992: Nick Jones
    Nick Jones, the American singer, and songwriter, and member of the popular band, Jones Brothers was born on 16th September 1992. 

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