It happened today – this day in history – September 16

1387: The future Henry V was born in Monmouth Castle in Wales.

1620: The Pilgrim Fathers set sail from Plymouth in the Mayflower, captained by Myles Standish, heading for the new world.

1847: The United Shakespeare Company bought the house in which Shakespeare was born at Stratford-upon-Avon for £3,000. It was the first building in Britain to be officially preserved.

1861: The Post Office Savings Bank was instituted.

1908: The American car firms Buick and Oldsmobile merged to form General Motors.

1940: The first peacetime draft in the history of the United States is imposed.

1946: Have A Go began on the Light Programme, with Wilfred Pickles and his wife as Mabel at the table. Pickles started each programme by saying, “How do, ‘Ow are yer?” The show ran for more than 20 years.

1963: Malaysia became independent and a mob celebrated by burning down the British embassy.

1968: First and Second class post was introduced in Britain.

1977: Opera singer Maria Callas was found dead in her Paris flat, aged 53.

1977: Pop star Marc Bolan is killed when the car being driven by his wife, Gloria Jones, hits a tree.

1989: Classic horse race, the St Leger at Doncaster, was abandoned when officials declared the course unsafe.

2013: Computer contractor Aaron Alexis, 34, goes on a shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington DC, killing 12 people and injuring several others before being shot dead by police..

BIRTHDAYS: Micky Stewart, former cricketer, 87; George Chakiris, actor, 85; Russ Abbot, comedian, 72; Ed Begley Jr, actor, 70; Mickey Rourke, actor, 67; David Copperfield, magician, 63; Neville Southall, former goalkeeper, 61; Richard Marx, singer/songwriter, 56; Tina Barrett, pop singer (S Club 7), 43.

Mick Ferris

Editor Email: mickferris@yellowad.co.uk