Today is Wednesday, September 16th. It’s National Guacamole Day, Stepfamily Day, National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day, American Legion Day, Mayflower Day, Working Parents Day, Play Doh Day, National Sit With a Stranger Day, Collect Rocks Day, National Tattoo Story Day, National Day of Prayer & Remembrance for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina, and Mexican Independence Day

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Today is the day that…

— in 1620, The Mayflower left Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers bound for America

— in 1782, The Great Seal of the United States of America is used for the first time

— in 1908, carriage-maker William C. Durant founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan

— in 1920, a horse-drawn wagon explodes on Wall Street in New York City, killing 38 and injuring 143

— in 1925, Bluesman B.B. King is born Riley B. King near Berclair, Mississippi

— in 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Selective Training & Service Act (first peacetime draft)

— in 1953, the American League approves the St. Louis Browns’ move to Baltimore to become the Orioles

— in 1955, Play-Doh hit the market

— in 1963, Richard Marx is born in Chicago, Illinois

— in 1968, Richard Nixon appears on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in”

— in 1970, Jimi Hendrix jams with Eric Burdon and War at the London club Ronnie Scott’s two days before his death. It’s the last time he would perform live.

— in 1972, The Bob Newhart Show premiered on CBS

— also in 1972, Former Herd and Humble Pie guitarist Peter Frampton plays his first solo gig, opening for The J. Geils Band in New York

— in 1974, President Gerald Ford announces conditional amnesty for U.S. Vietnam War deserters

— in 1977, Marc Bolan of T. Rex dies in a car accident outside London at the age of 29

— also in 1977, Talking Heads release their debut album, Talking Heads: 77

— in 1978, Boston’s second album, Don’t Look Back, hits #1 in America

— in 1979, “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang is released, eventually becoming the first rap song to chart on the Hot 100

— in 1983, Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes a U.S. citizen

— in 1984, the stylish undercover police drama Miami Vice premieres on NBC, starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas

— in 1988, Phil Collins lands his first leading role in a film, playing real-life criminal Buster Edwards in the box-office bomb Buster

— in 1993, the Cheers-spinoff Frasier debuted on NBC, starring Kelsey Grammer

— also in 1993, Janet Jackson controversially appears topless on the cover of Rolling Stone, supported by a pair of hands that belong to her husband Rene Elizondo

— in 1997, Apple Computer Inc names co-founder Steve Jobs interim CEO

— also in 1997, newly acquired Mark McGwire signs a 3-year, $26M contract with the Cardinals

— in 2000, Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa becomes the second player to hit fifty or more home-runs in three consecutive years, joining Mark McGwire

— in 2006, SIU football rallied from a 14-point deficit to upset Indiana, 35-28, becoming the first Missouri Valley Football Conference school to beat a Big Ten team

— in 2007, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary with a firearm for trying to steal sports memorabilia that once belonged to him from a dealer

— and in 2018, U.S. Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is accused of sexual assault in the 1980s in a Washington Post story

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