On this day
The British captured Cape Town.
In 1795, the British captured Cape Town in South Africa from the Dutch. In so doing, they ended the Dutch East India Company's work in the region.The organization would dissolve and nationalize just four years later, in 1799.
The Federation of Malaysia took shape.
In 1963, the Federation of Malaysia was born! The federation was formed by Singapore, Malaya, Sarawak, and British North Borneo (Sabah). Today marks the date that Malaysia faced physical proclaimation – after Sarawak and North Borneo further claimed self-governance.
Iran was struck by an earthquake.
In 1978, Tabas, in Iran, was struck by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake. The natural disaster killed around 25,000 people, and it’s thought around 85 different villages and communities were affected. Thankfully, there was only a single aftershock at magnitude 5.
A military coup occurred in Burkina Faso.
In 2015, a military coup took place in Burkina Faso. President Michel Kafando and other officials were seized by presidential guards. Sadly, the country remains one of the least-developed nations in Africa.
Barbados changed leaders.
In 2020, Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, announced that the country intended to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its then-head of state and instead become a republic. And, as of November 2021, Barbados has been a parliamentary republic instead of a parliamentary constitutional monarchy!
Special Days Falling on September 16thSeptember 16th has a lot to celebrate for many of us around the world! From international holidays to proud national celebrations, here are some of the most important events taking place today!
International Coastal Cleanup Day
Many of us love spending time at the beach. However, there is no denying that our misuse of shorelines and oceans around the world has led to mass pollution with abhorrent effects on ecosystems around the globe. Therefore, International Coastal Cleanup Day is a day dedicated to motivating people to do their best to help clean up the coasts and the oceans! That means taking care of our trash, monitoring our water pollution, and taking care of the wildlife and worlds that live under the sea!
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
The Ozone Layer is pretty much everyone’s best friend. We may not be able to see it, but it’s helping us stay safe from the Sun’s radiation. Given that the Ozone has come under immense pressure from human-made emissions over the decades, today is a great day to consider what we can all do to cut back and protect our natural defenses.
September 16th is also Malaysia Day, honoring the formation of the Malaysian Federation. Around the country, national ceremonies take place to celebrate the day, its history, and the strength of the Malaysians over the centuries. It’s an exciting day to visit too!