Texarkana Gazette - - RECORDS -

To­day is Sun­day, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2018. There are 106 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­lights in His­tory:

On Sept. 16, 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.

On this date:

■ In 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.)

■ In 1908, Gen­eral Mo­tors was founded in Flint, Mich., by Wil­liam C. Du­rant.

■ In 1940, Sa­muel T. Ray­burn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

■ In 1974, Pres­i­dent Ger­ald R. Ford an­nounced a con­di­tional amnesty pro­gram for Viet­nam war de­sert­ers and draft-evaders.

■ 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.

■ In 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.”

■ 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. 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.)

Ten years ago: Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush got a first­hand look at the fury that Hur­ri­cane Ike had un­leashed on the Gulf Coast with stops in Hous­ton and Galve­ston, Texas, and a he­li­copter tour.

Thought for To­day: “You can love a per­son deeply and sin­cerely whom you do not like. You can like a per­son pas­sion­ately whom you do not love.”— Robert Hugh Ben­son, English au­thor and cler­gy­man (18711914).

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