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Today in History
Today in History: Tuesday, September  16, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Sept. 16, 1982, a massacre of between 1,200 and 1,400 Palestinian men, women and children at the hands of Israeli-allied Christian Phalange militiamen began in west Beirut's Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.
 
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On this date in:
1630The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.
1638France's King Louis XIV was born.
1810Mexico began a successful revolt against Spanish rule.
1857The song "Jingle Bells" by James Pierpont was copyrighted under its original title, "One Horse Open Sleigh."
1893Hundreds of thousands of settlers took part in a land run in Oklahoma's "Cherokee Strip."
1908General Motors was formed in Flint, Mich., by William Durant.
1919The American Legion was incorporated by an act of Congress.
1940Rep. Samuel T. Rayburn, D-Texas, the longest-serving House speaker in history, was first elected to the post.
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1940President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.
1966The Metropolitan Opera opened its new home at New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
1972"The Bob Newhart Show" premiered on CBS.
1974President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam War deserters and draft-evaders.
2002U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced that Iraq had unconditionally accepted the return of U.N. weapons inspectors.
2004Hurricane Ivan plowed into the Gulf Coast with 130 mph wind and a major storm surge; Ivan was blamed for at least 115 deaths, 43 in the United States.
2007A deadly shooting in Baghdad involving the U.S. security firm Blackwater USA left 17 Iraqi civilians dead.
2008The federal government announced an emergency $85 billion loan to rescue AIG, the world's largest insurance company.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Comedian Amy Poehler ("Saturday Night Live") turns 43 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
B.B. KingBlues musician89
George ChakirisActor ("West Side Story")82
Elgin BaylorBasketball Hall of Famer80
Kenney JonesRock musician (Small Faces, The Who)66
Susan RuttanActress ("L.A. Law")66
Ed Begley Jr.Actor65
Mark McEwenTV personality60
Robin YountBaseball Hall of Famer59
David CopperfieldMagician58
Jennifer TillyActress56
Richard MarxSinger51
Molly ShannonActress, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")50
Marc AnthonySinger46
Flo RidaRapper35
Alexis BledelActress ("Gilmore Girls")33
Madeline ZimaActress ("Californication," "Heroes")29
Nick JonasRock singer, musician (The Jonas Brothers)22
Actor Mickey Rourke turns 58 years old today.
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