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  1. #1 Today in History september 16 2012 
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    September 16
    1620 The Pilgrims sail from England on the Mayflower.
    1668 King John Casimer V of Poland abdicates the throne.
    1747 The French capture Bergen-op-Zoom, consolidating their occupation of Austrian Flanders in the Netherlands.
    1789 Jean-Paul Marat sets up a new newspaper in France, L'Ami du Peuple.
    1810 A revolution for independence breaks out in Mexico.
    1864 Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest leads 4,500 men out of Verona, Miss. to harass Union outposts in northern Alabama and Tennessee.
    1889 Robert Younger, in Minnesota's Stillwater Penitentiary for life, dies of tuberculosis. Brothers Cole and Bob remain in the prison.
    1893 Some 50,000 "Sooners" claim land in the Cherokee Strip during the first day of the Oklahoma land rush.
    1908 General Motors files papers of incorporation.
    1920 Thirty people are killed in a terrorist bombing in New York's Wall Street financial district.
    1934 Anti-Nazi Lutherans stage protest in Munich.
    1940 Congress passes the Selective Service Act, which calls for the first peacetime draft in U.S. history.
    1942 The Japanese base at Kiska in the Aleutian Islands is raided by American bombers.
    1945 Japan surrenders Hong Kong to Britain.
    1950 The U.S. 8th Army breaks out of the Pusan Perimeter in South Korea and begins heading north to meet MacArthur's troops heading south from Inchon.
    1972 South Vietnamese troops recapture Quang Tri province in South Vietnam from the North Vietnamese Army.
    1974 Limited amnesty is offered to Vietnam-era draft resisters who would now swear allegiance to the United States and perform two years of public service.
    1975 Administrators for Rhodes Scholarships announce the decision to begin offering fellowships to women.

    Born on September 16
    1838 James J. Hill, railroad builder.
    1875 James Cash Penney, founder and owner of the J.C. Penny Company department stores.
    1885 Karen Horney, psychoanalyst who exposed the male bias in the Freudian analysis of women.
    1891 Karl Doenitz, German Admiral who succeeded Hitler in governing Germany.
    1893 Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, biochemist who isolated vitamin C.
    1925 Charlie Byrd, jazz guitarist.
    1925 B.B. King, blues guitarist.
    1926 John Knowles, writer (A Separate Peace).
    1950 Henry Louis Gates Jr., critic and scholar.

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    1810 - Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costillo and several hundred of his parishioners seized the prison at Dolores, Mexico. This was the beginning of Mexico's struggle for independence from Spain.

    1825 - The Republic of Mexico officially declared September 16 its national Independence Day.

    1844 - At Perote Prison, Mexican officials released the remaining captives, 105 Texans, taken in the Dawson Massacre, the Mier expedition and the Texas Santa Fe expedition.

    1888 - El Paso del Norte was renamed Ciudad Juárez in honor of President Benito Juarez. The name El Paso was left to the city just north of the border on the western tip of Texas.

    1911 - Texas City was incorporated.

    1940 - Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served for 17 years.

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