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On This Day in History - 16th September

Birthdays

1387King Henry V of England
1924Lauren Bacall, American film actress
1925Charles Haughey, Irish politician
1926B.B King, American Blues singer
1927Peter Falk, US television & film actor (TV's 'Columbo')
1947Russ Abbot, Comedian
1951Andy Irvine, British rugby player

Events

1847Shakespeares home in Stratford Upon Avon was purchased for preservation
1861The Post Office Savings Bank was instituted
1906Two car manufacturers, in the USA, merged to form General Motors
1963Malaysia became an independent country, and suffered anti British riots
1968Second class post was introduced in the UK
1975Papua New Guinea became an independent country
1978An earthquake struck northern Iran, killing over 10,000 people
1992'Black Wednesday' when interest rates jumped 3% and Britain withdrew from the E.R.M
1993After being in existance for 75 years, the Wrens were disbanded