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Infoplease - This Day in History 

Sep 16, 1908: General Motors was founded by William C. Durant.

Sep 16, 1919: The American Legion was incorporated by an act of Congress.

Sep 16, 1982: Lebanese Christians massacred hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Beirut.

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Sep 16, 1789: The U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs changed its name to the Department of State.

Sep 16, 1821: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador gained independence.

Sep 16, 1935: The Nuremberg Laws deprived Jews of their citizenship and made the Swastika the official emblem of Nazi Germany.

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Sep 14, 1814: Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner.

Sep 14, 1959: The Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first man-made object to reach the Moon when it crashed onto the lunar surface.

Sep 14, 1982: Princess Grace of Monaco died from injuries sustained in a car crash the previous day.

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Sep 13, 1943: Chiang Kai-Shek became president of China.

Sep 13, 1971: The four-day revolt at the maximum security prison in Attica, New York, ended when state police and National Guardsmen stormed the facility. Forty-two people died.

Sep 13, 1993: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat shook hands after signing an historic peace agreement.

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Sep 12, 1953: Future President John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier.

Sep 12, 1977: South African black civil rights leader Steven Biko died while in police custody.

Sep 12, 1992: Dr. Mae Carol Jemison became the first black woman in space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

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Sep 11, 1789: Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first Secretary of the Treasury.

Sep 11, 1936: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) in Nevada.

Sep 11, 1962: The Beatles recorded their first single, Love Me Do.

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Sep 10, 1846: Elias Howe of Massachusetts received a patent for his sewing machine.

Sep 10, 1963: Twenty black students entered public schools in Birmingham, Mobile, and Tuskegee, Alabama, after President John F. Kennedy sent National Guardsman to end the standoff with Alabama Governor George Wallace.

Sep 10, 1939 : Canada declared war on Germany, entering WWII.

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Sep 9, 1776: The Second Continental Congress changed the name of the nation to the United States of America, from the United Colonies.

Sep 9, 1850: California became the 31st state.


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