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Today in History

Today is Friday, September 16, the 259th day of 2022. There are 106 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On September 16, 2001, President George W. Bush, speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, said there was “no doubt” that Osama bin Laden and his supporters were prime suspects in the September 11 attacks; Bush promised that the government would “find them, scare them off and hunt them down.”

To this date :

In 1630, the Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.

In 1810, Mexico began its revolt against Spanish rule.

In 1908, General Motors was founded in Flint, Michigan, by William C. Durant.

In 1940, Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

In 1966, the Metropolitan Opera officially opened its new opera house at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s “Antony and Cleopatra.”

In 1972, “The Bob Newhart Show” premiered on CBS.

In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for deserters and draft dodgers from the Vietnam War.

In 1982, the massacre of 1,200 to 1,400 Palestinian men, women and children at the hands of Israel-allied Phalange Christian militiamen began in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in West Beirut.

In 1987, two dozen countries signed the Montreal Protocol, a treaty designed to save the Earth’s ozone layer by calling on nations to reduce emissions of harmful chemicals by the year 2000.

In 2007, contractors from the US security firm Blackwater USA guarding a US State Department convoy in Baghdad opened fire on civilian vehicles, mistakenly believing they were under attack; 14 Iraqis died. OJ Simpson has been arrested in connection with the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in Las Vegas. (Simpson was later convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery and sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison; he was released in 2017.)

In 2013, Aaron Alexis, a former US Navy reservist, went on a shooting spree inside the Washington Navy Yard, killing 12 people before being shot dead by police.

In 2016, after five years of promoting a false conspiracy theory about Barack Obama’s birthplace, Republican Donald Trump abruptly reversed course, acknowledging that the president was born in America but then claiming that the “movement of births” had been launched by his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. . (While the question of Obama’s birthplace had been raised by some supporters in Clinton’s primary campaign against Obama eight years earlier, Clinton had long denounced it as a “racist lie.”)

Ten years ago: In appearances on Sunday newscasts, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said there was no evidence that the attack on the diplomatic outpost American in Benghazi, Libya, was premeditated. But Libya’s interim President Mohammed el-Megarif told CBS there was no doubt the attackers had spent months planning the assault and deliberately chose the date of 9/11.

Five years ago: Tropical Storm Maria, which would hit the Caribbean like a powerful hurricane, formed in the Atlantic. California lawmakers voted to move the state’s presidential primary about three months to March, a move that would force candidates to stage costly campaigns sooner.

A year ago: Health officials said the state of Florida has passed 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began. A new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked the COVID-19 pandemic to an “alarming” rise in obesity among American children and adolescents. A report published in JAMA Ophthalmology suggested that vision problems have increased among Chinese schoolchildren during pandemic restrictions and online learning. Jane Powell, a star of Hollywood’s Golden Age musicals, has died at her home in Connecticut at age 92.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Janis Paige turns 100. Actor George Chakiris is 90 years old. Bluesman Billy Boy Arnold is 87 years old. Director Jim McBride is 81 years old. Actor Linda Miller is 80 years old. R&B singer Betty Kelley (Martha & the Vandellas) is 78. Musician Kenney Jones (Small Faces; Faces; The Who) is 74 years old. Actress Susan Ruttan is 74 years old. Rock musician Ron Blair (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; Mudcrutch) is 74. Actor Ed Begley Jr. is 73 years old. Country singer David Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 72 years old. Actor Mickey Rourke is 70 years old. Actor-comedian Lenny Clarke is 69 years old. Actor Kurt Fuller is 69 years old. Jazz musician Earl Klugh is 69. Actor Christopher Rich is 69 years old. TV personality Mark McEwen is 68. Young is 67 years old. Magician David Copperfield is 66 years old. Country singer-songwriter Terry McBride is 64 years old. Actress Jennifer Tilly is 64 years old. Singer Richard Marx is 59 years old. Comedian Molly Shannon is 58 years old. Singer Marc Anthony is 5 years old. 4. News anchor/talk show host Tamron Hall is 52 years old. Comedian-actress Amy Poehler is 51 years old. Actor Toks Olagundoye (tohks oh-lah-GOON’-doh-yay) is 47 years old. Country singer Matt Stillwell is 47. The singer Musiq ( MYOO’-sihk) is 45 years old. Actor Michael Mosley is 44 years old. Rapper Flo Rida is 43 years old. Actor Alexis Bledel is 41 years old. Actor Sabrina Bryan is 38 years old. Actor Madeline Zima is 37 years old. Actor Ian Harding is 36 years old. Actor Kyla Pratt is 36 years old. Actor Daren Kagasoff is 35 years old. Rock singer Teddy Geiger is 34 years old. Actor-dancer Bailey De Young is 33 years old. Rock singer-musician Nick Jonas (The Jonas Brothers) is 30 years old. Actress Elena Kampouris is 25 years old.