What Happened On This Day – September 16
1982 Members of a right-wing Lebanese militia massacre 1500-3000 people in two Beirut-area refugee camps
The killings took over three days in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila and were led by the Lebanese Christian Phalangist militia.
1978 An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter Scale rocks the city of Tabas in Iran
More than 11,000 people were killed during the natural disaster.
1963 Malaysia is created
The Federation of Malaya united with Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore to create Malaysia. Singapore left the arrangement two years later.
1920 A bomb explodes on Wall Street, New York killing 38 people
The Wall Street Bombing, as the incident is known, was the deadliest such act on American soil to that date. It is still not known who was responsible for the bombing.
1908 General Motors Corporation is founded in Flint, Michigan by William C. Durant and Charles Stewart Mott
The company, also known as GM, was one of the world's largest manufacturers of cars and trucks. Most notably, the company manufactured Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Hummer brand cars.
Births On This Day – September 16
1963 Richard Marx
American singer-songwriter, producer
1956 David Copperfield
1952 Mickey Rourke
American boxer, actor, screenwriter
1925 B.B. King
American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
1858 Bonar Law
Canadian/Scottish politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Deaths On This Day – September 16
1980 Jean Piaget
1977 Maria Callas
1898 Ramón Emeterio Betances
Puerto Rican doctor, politician
1824 Louis XVIII of France
1701 James II of England