Today in History, English
Today in History, English

105838September 16Event2007 – Mercenaries working for Blackwater Worldwide shoot and kill 17 Iraqis in Nisour Square, Baghdad all criminal charges against them are later dismissed, however they are later tried and convicted of the crime.
105839September 16Event2013 – A gunman kills twelve people at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
105840September 16Event2014 – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant launches its Kobani offensive against Syrian–Kurdish forces.
105811September 16Event1940 – World War II: Italian troops conquer Sidi Barrani.
105812September 16Event1941 – World War II: Concerned that Reza Shah Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, was about to ally his petroleum-rich empire with Nazi Germany, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union invade Iran in late August and force the Shah to abdicate in favor of his son,
105813September 16Event1943 – World War II: The Allied invasion of Italy concludes when Heinrich von Vietinghoff, commander of the German Tenth Army, orders his troops to withdraw from Salerno.
105814September 16Event1945 – World War II: The surrender of the Japanese troops in Hong Kong is accepted by Royal Navy Admiral Sir Cecil Harcourt.
105815September 16Event1947 – Typhoon Kathleen hits Saitama, Tokyo and Tone River area, at least 1,930 killed.
105816September 16Event1955 – The military coup to unseat President Juan Perón of Argentina is launched at midnight.
105817September 16Event1955 – A Soviet Navy Zulu-class submarine becomes the first to launch a ballistic missile.
105818September 16Event1959 – The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, is introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City.
105819September 16Event1961 – 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.
105820September 16Event1961 – Typhoon Nancy, with possibly the strongest winds ever measured in a tropical cyclone, makes landfall in Osaka, Japan, killing 173 people.
105821September 16Event1963 – Malaysia is formed from the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak. However, Singapore soon leaves this new country.
105822September 16Event1966 – The Metropolitan Opera House opens at Lincoln Center in New York City with the world premiere of Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra.
105823September 16Event1970 – 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.
105824September 16Event1975 – Papua New Guinea gains independence from Australia.
105825September 16Event1975 – Cape Verde, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe join the United Nations.
105826September 16Event1975 – The first prototype of the Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor makes its maiden flight.
105827September 16Event1976 – Armenian champion swimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from a trolleybus that had fallen into a Yerevan reservoir.
105828September 16Event1978 – An earthquake measuring 7.5 to 7.9 on the Richter scale hits the city of Tabas, Iran killing about 25,000 people.
105829September 16Event1980 – Saint Vincent and the Grenadines join the United Nations.
105830September 16Event1982 – Lebanon War: The Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon takes place.
105831September 16Event1987 – The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion.
105832September 16Event1990 – 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.
105833September 16Event1992 – 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.
105834September 16Event1992 – Black Wednesday: The pound is forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism by currency speculators and is forced to devalue against the German mark.
105835September 16Event1994 – The British government lifts the broadcasting ban imposed against members of Sinn Féin and Irish paramilitary groups in 1988.
105836September 16Event2005 – The Camorra organized crime boss Paolo Di Lauro is arrested in Naples, Italy.
105837September 16Event2007 – One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.

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