On this day: September 16

Published: Dec 24 2013 05:44:47 AM EST   Updated On: Sep 16 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Navy Yard shooting
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U.S. Navy/FBI

2013: Military contractor Aaron Alexis shoots and kills 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The gunman would ultimately be shot and killed by police about 30 minutes after the shooting began. Eight other people were also injured in the attack. Alexis is seen here during the incident in closed-circuit TV footage.

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