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16th September

1620 The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth with the Pilgrim Fathers.

1857 The song 'Jingle Bells' was copyrighted by Jane Pierpont of Boston, USA.

1924 * Lauren Bacall, US actress who starred with Humphrey Bogart in Key Largo (1948).

1925 * B.B. King, US blues guitarist.

1927 * Peter Falk, US actor who starred as Columbo in the TV series of the same name.

1940 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the law and The United States adopted peacetime conscription.

1953 Cinemascope was demonstrated by 20th Century-Fox in New York.

1956 * David Copperfield, US magician and entertainer.

1968 The first day of the new two-tier postal system had a mixed reaction from the British public.

1976 The Episcopal Church in the US approved the ordination of women to the priesthood.

1977 Pop star Marc Bolan T-Rex singer was killed in a car crash in south-west London.

1978 Thousands dead when an earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale hit south-east Iran.

1986 At least 177 people died during a lethal fire in a the Kinross gold mine in South Africa.

1992 The government suspended Britain's membership of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism as the value of the pound crashed.

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