September 16

This Day in History


Massacres at Sabra and Shatila

Hours after the Israeli forces enter West Beirut, Phalangist militiamen begin a massacre of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. Within two days, 1,000 men, women, and children were … (more...)


"Father of Modern Iran" Deposed

On this day in 1941, Reza Shah, who had been on the Persian throne since 1925, was forced to relinquish his power. With British and Soviet allied forces marching on Tehran, the Shah's position became … (more...)


Inventor of Motion Picture Mysteriously Vanishes

In one of the greatest motion picture mysteries of the 19th century, Louis Aime Augustin Le Prince, a Frenchman considered to be the true father of motion pictures, inexplicably vanished during a … (more...)