spotlight Today in history: Sept. 16 Sep 16, 2019 Sep 16, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1893: Cherokee Strip In 1893, more than 100,000 settlers swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the "Cherokee Strip." AP 1940: Samuel T. Rayburn In 1940, Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1940: Selective Training and Service Act In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1974: Gerald R. Ford In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and draft-evaders. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1976: Episcopal Women Priests In 1976, the Episcopal Church, at its General Convention in Minneapolis, formally approved the ordination of women as priests and bishops. STR 1982: Beirut refugee camp massacre In 1982, the 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. Bill Foley 1994: Exxon punitive damages In 1994, a federal jury in Anchorage, Alaska, ordered Exxon Corp. to pay $5 billion in punitive damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez (val-DEEZ') oil spill (the U.S Supreme Court later reduced that amount to $507.5 million). Stapleton 2001: George W. Bush On Sept. 16, 2001, President George W. Bush, speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, said there was "no question" Osama bin Laden and his followers were the prime suspects in the Sept. 11 attacks; Bush pledged the government would "find them, get them running and hunt them down." DOUG MILLS 2005: George W. Bush In 2005, President George W. Bush ruled out raising taxes to pay the massive costs of Gulf Coast reconstruction in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, saying other government spending had to be cut to pay for the recovery effort. SUSAN WALSH 2007: Blackwater convoy In 2007, contractors for the U.S. security firm Blackwater USA guarding a U.S. State Department convoy in Baghdad opened fire on civilian vehicles, mistakenly believing they were under attack; 14 Iraqis died. KHALID MOHAMMED 2007: O.J. Simpson In 2007, O.J. Simpson was arrested in the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in Las Vegas. (Simpson was later convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery and sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison; he was released in 2017.) Isaac Brekken 2009: Max Baucus Ten years ago: Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mt., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, unveiled sweeping legislation to remake the nation's costly health care system. Susan Walsh 2013: Navy Yard Shooting In 2013, Aaron Alexis, a former U.S. Navy reservist, went on a shooting rampage inside the Washington Navy Yard, killing 12 victims before being shot dead by police. Jacquelyn Martin 2014: Adrian Peterson Five years ago: After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list while he addressed a felony charge of child abuse in Texas. (The Vikings had initially decided that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out; Peterson later pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for physically disciplining his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.) Ann Heisenfelt 2014: Barack Obama Five years ago: President Barack Obama declared that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world and ordered 3,000 U.S. troops to the region in emergency aid muscle. Pablo Martinez Monsivais 2018: Brett Kavanaugh One year ago: Some Republican senators considering the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh expressed concern over a woman's allegation that a drunken Kavanaugh had groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers. Alex Brandon 2018: Hurricane Florence One year ago: At least 17 people were confirmed dead from Hurricane Florence, and the North Carolina city of Wilmington was cut off by still-rising waters as catastrophic flooding spread across the Carolinas. 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