On this day: September 16

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:44:47 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 16 2015 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 - Blackwater
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2007: Military contractors working for Blackwater Worldwide allegedly shoot and kill 17 Iraqis in Baghdad's Nisour Square while clearing the way for a convoy of U.S. State Department vehicles. The Blackwater guards claimed the convoy was ambushed and they fired in self defense, but Iraqi authorities said the killings were unprovoked. The killings outraged Iraqis and strained relations between Iraq and Washington. One of the guards was eventually found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, and the other three guards were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and using a machine gun to commit a violent crime and sentenced to 30 years each. Another guard struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one count each of manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, and aiding and abetting. Pictured here is a sign marking the entrance of Blackwater's training facility in Mount Carroll, Illinois, on Oct. 2, 2007.

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