On this day: September 16

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:44:47 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 16 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower, "Jingle Bells" is copyrighted, General Motors is founded, Nixon drops in on "Laugh-In," Hurricane Ivan hits the Gulf Coast, and the federal government bails out AIG, all on this day.

OTD September 16 - David Copperfield
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1956: Illusionist David Copperfield, who has been described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history, is born David Seth Kotkin in Metuchen, New Jersey.

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