Video: 'Fly the Unfriendly Skies' (Sept. 16, 1972)
(Saturday, September 16, 1972, 9:30 p.m. EDT) — The Bob Newhart Show, a situation comedy television series about a psychologist having to deal with his patients and fellow office workers, debuted tonight on CBS-TV. It starred Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace, Peter Bonerz and Bill Daily.
(Saturday, September 16, 1972) — Black and White by Three Dog Night peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week. It was the third and final number one hit on the chart (1970-1972) for the group from Los Angeles.
(Wednesday, September 16, 1942, during the Battle of Stalingrad, part of the Eastern Front of World War II) — Wilhelm Hoffman, a soldier in the 267th Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division of the German 6th Army who chronicled the Battle of Stalingrad in his journal, wrote today:
Our battalion, plus tanks, is attacking the [grain] elevator, from which smoke is pouring – the grain in it is burning, the Russians seem to have set it light themselves. Barbarism . . . The elevator is occupied not by men, but by devils that no flames or bullets can destroy . . .
Video: 'The Sabra and Shatila massacres - 16 Sep 07'
(Thursday, September 16, 1982, 6:00 p.m. local time, during the Lebanese civil war) — The massacre of between 1,200 and 1,400 Palestinian men, women and children at the hands of Israeli-allied Christian Phalange militiamen began tonight in west Beirut’s Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon.