On September 16th

September 16 is the 259th day of the year in a standard year and is an important day in the history of Mexico, as it marks the day that the nation received its independence from Spain. It’s also a day that’s seen some famous people enter the world, including Amy Poehler and David Copperfield.

Famous Events

1880 – Cornell Daily Sun Published

The newspaper of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., is the oldest continuously published collegiate newspaper. To this day, it proudly proclaims itself to have been “independent since 1880”, as it operates without interference from the university.

1908 – General Motors is Founded

GM started in Flint, Mich., as a holding company for Buick, which remains one of GM’s flagship brands to this day. Other GM automobiles that are still produced today include Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC.

1961 – Typhoon Nancy

Devastating storms hitting Japan are nothing new, but few have been close to as devastating as Typhoon Nancy, which struck Osaka in 1961 and killed 172 people after the strongest winds on record.

1963 – The Formation of Malaysia

As the British Empire entered its decline, its former colonies banded together and formed the nation of Malaysia, consisting of five colonies, including the titular colony of Malaysia.

1975 – Papua New Guinea Wins Independence

Much like Malaysia, Papua New Guinea was ready to govern itself by 1975, when it obtained its independence from Australia. Today, it’s a member of the British Commonwealth, as it has its own government but recognizes Elizabeth II as its queen.

1991 – The Trial of Manuel Noriega

For years, Manuel Noriega was a thorn in the side of the United States, a drug lord kept in power because of his ties to U.S. intelligence efforts. That changed in 1989 when the U.S. forcibly removed him from power, and in 1991, his trial began in Miami, leading to his eventual sentencing.

2004 – Hurricane Ivan’s Landfall

Few people in the Southeast will ever forget the terror of Hurricane Ivan, which was at the time the second-costliest storm in United States history behind 1992’s Hurricane Andrew. Ivan did $26.1 billion worth of damage when all was said and done, and it could have been worse: the storm returned to the Southeast, but was too weak by then.

What Holidays Are Celebrated?

In Mexico, Sept. 16 marks the Grito de Dolores, when Mexican priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bells of his church in Dolores to symbolize the start of the Mexican War for Independence against Spain. In the United States, Sept. 16 is National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day.

Famous Births

1925 – B.B. King

The man known as the King of the Blues started his career in Memphis in 1947, eventually releasing more than 50 albums.

1934 – Elgin Baylor

Legendary as a player, but less than stellar as a general manager. Elgin Baylor became one of the greatest players in NBA history with the Los Angeles Lakers, but became known as one of basketball’s worst executives with the Los Angeles Clippers.

1956 – David Copperfield

The magician famously made the Statue of Liberty disappear on national television, earning wide acclaim for his illusions.

1971 – Amy Poehler

From Saturday Night Live to Inside Out, the comedienne has earned a national following as one of the funniest women in the world, with her Hillary Clinton impersonation winning her fans across the United States.

Famous Deaths

2009 – Myles Brand

Known as the man who fired Bob Knight, Brand served as the president of Indiana University before becoming the president of the NCAA.

2016 – Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

Ciampi was an economist turned politician, as he initially governed the central bank from 1979 to 1993 before taking a turn as Italy’s prime minister from 1993 to 1994.