Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/September 16
This is a list of selected September 16 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
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September 16: Bicentennial of Dieciséis de septiembre in Mexico; Hari Malaysia in Malaysia; Independence Day in Papua New Guinea
- 1701 – Prince James Francis Edward Stuart (pictured), more commonly referred to as the "Old Pretender", became the Jacobite claimant of the thrones of England and Scotland.
- 1776 – American Revolutionary War: On hearing the British troops sounding their bugles as if it were a fox hunt, the Americans held their ground and achieved a victory at the Battle of Harlem Heights in present-day New York City.
- 1982 – A Lebanese militia under the direct command of Elie Hobeika carried out a massacre in the Palestinian refugee camp of Sabra and Shatila, killing at least 700 civilians.
- 1987 – The Montreal Protocol, an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of a number of substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion, opened for signature.