TODAY IN HISTORY
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
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.)
General Motors was founded in Flint, Michigan, by William C. Durant.
The American Legion received a national charter from Congress.
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.