80 Years Ago—Sept. 16, 1940: President Roosevelt signs the Selective Service Training and Service Act: men aged 20-36 are required to register for the draft, the first peacetime draft in US history.
First flight of Lockheed YP-38 Lightning fighter plane, in Burbank, CA.
Alice Duer Miller’s bestselling narrative poem The White Cliffs is published.
75 Years Ago—Sept. 16, 1945: Japanese forces in Hong Kong officially surrender to the British.