September 16: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History


(September 16, 1810)
Mexico Independence Day.

(September 16, 1908)
William C. Durant founded the American automotive giant, General Motors Company (GM), which is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. photo source:


(September 16, 1959) The Xerox 914, the first successful photocopier, is demonstrated on live television from New York City. photo source:

(September 16, 1961)
A total of eight silver iodide cylinders were released by the United States National Hurricane Research Project into the eyewall of Hurricane Esther. The speed of the wind decreases by 10 percent, hence leading to the project known as Project Stormfury. photo source:

(September 16, 1963)
Malaysia, which is composed of the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo (Sabah), and Sarawak, was created. Singapore, on the other hand, is quickly ousted from this new nation. photo source:

(September 16, 1975)
The people of Papua New Guinea obtained independence from Australia. photo source:


(September 16, 1979)
The crew of eight managed to escape from East Germany on a homemade hot air balloon.

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