About September 16

September 16, 2021 is the 259th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 106 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Virgo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Sapphire is the modern birthstone for this month. Agate is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 138 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On September 16

  • 1400
    Owain Glyndŵr is declared Prince of Wales by his followers.
  • 1701
    James Francis Edward Stuart, sometimes called the “Old Pretender”, becomes the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland.
  • 1779
    American Revolutionary War: The Franco-American Siege of Savannah begins.
  • 1810
    With the Grito de Dolores, Father Miguel Hidalgo begins Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain.
  • 1812
    The Fire of Moscow (1812) begins shortly after midnight and destroys three quarters of the city days later.
  • 1863
    Robert College of Istanbul-Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.
  • 1880
    The Cornell Daily Sun prints its first issue in Ithaca, New York. The Sun is the nation’s oldest, continuously-independent college daily in the United States.
  • 1919
    The American Legion is incorporated.
  • 1920
    The Wall Street bombing: a bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City – 38 are killed and 400 injured.
  • 1947
    Typhoon Kathleen hits Saitama, Tokyo and Tone River area, at least 1,930 killed.
  • 1961
    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.
  • 1966
    The Metropolitan Opera House opens at Lincoln Center in New York City with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s opera, Antony and Cleopatra.
  • 1971
    Typhoon Nancy, with possibly the strongest winds ever measured in a tropical cyclone, makes landfall in Osaka, Japan, killing 173 people.
  • 1975
    Papua New Guinea gains its independence from Australia.
  • 1976
    Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from the trolleybus that had fallen into Erevan reservoir.
  • 1978
    An earthquake measuring 7.5 to 7.9 on the Richter scale hits the city of Tabas, Iran killing about 25,000 people.
  • 1982
    Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon.
  • 1987
    The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion.
  • 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 German mark.
  • 2005
    The Camorra organized crime boss Paolo Di Lauro gets arrested in Naples, Italy.

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