TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT Sept. 16, 1940

Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt signed the Selec­tive Train­ing and Ser­vice Act. Sa­muel T. Ray­burn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. ALSO ON THIS DATE

1857

The song “Jin­gle Bells” by James Pier­pont was copy­righted un­der its orig­i­nal ti­tle, “One Horse Open Sleigh.” (The song, while con­sid­ered a Christ­mas­time clas­sic, was ac­tu­ally writ­ten for Thanks­giv­ing.)

1908

Gen­eral Mo­tors was founded in Flint, Michi­gan, by Wil­liam C. Du­rant.

1919

The Amer­i­can Le­gion re­ceived a na­tional char­ter from Congress.

1987

Two-dozen coun­tries signed the Mon­treal Pro­to­col, a treaty de­signed to save the Earth’s ozone layer by call­ing on na­tions to re­duce emis­sions of harm­ful chem­i­cals by the year 2000.

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