Today is Saturday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2017. There are 106 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On September 16, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act. Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

On this date:

In 1857, the song "Jingle Bells" by James Pierpont was copyrighted under its original title, "One Horse Open Sleigh." (The song, while considered a Christmastime classic, was actually written for Thanksgiving.)

In 1893, more than 100,000 settlers swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the "Cherokee Strip."

In 1908, General Motors was founded in Flint, Michigan, by William C. Durant.

In 1919, the American Legion received a national charter from Congress.

In 1925, the Irving Berlin song "Always" (written for his future wife, Ellin Mackay) was published.

In 1967, the TV series "Mannix," starring Mike Connors as a private investigator, premiered on CBS.

In 1987, two dozen countries signed the Montreal Protocol, a treaty designed to save the Earth's ozone layer by calling on nations to reduce emissions of harmful chemicals by the year 2000.

In 1994, two astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery went on the first untethered spacewalk in ten years.

In 2007: Contractors for the U.S. security firm Blackwater USA guarding a U.S. State Department convoy in Baghdad opened fire on civilian vehicles, mistakenly believing they were under attack; 14 Iraqis died. O.J. Simpson was arrested in the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in Las Vegas. (Simpson was later convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery and sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison; he's due to be released on parole in October 2017.) "The Sopranos" claimed its final Emmy award as best dramatic series; "30 Rock" won best comedy series.

Today's Birthdays:

Actress Janis Paige is 95. Actor George Chakiris is 85. Bluesman Billy Boy Arnold is 82. Actress Linda Miller is 75. Rhythm-and-blues singer Betty Kelley (Martha & the Vandellas) is 73. Musician Kenney Jones (Small Faces; Faces; The Who) is 69. Actress Susan Ruttan is 69. Rock musician Ron Blair (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; Mudcrutch) is 69. Actor Ed Begley Jr. is 68. Country singer David Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 67. Country singer-songwriter Phil Lee is 66. Actor-comedian Lenny Clarke is 64. Actor Kurt Fuller is 64. Jazz musician Earl Klugh is 64. Actor Christopher Rich is 64. Singer Frank Reed (The Chi-Lites) is 63. TV personality Mark McEwen is 63. Baseball Hall of Famer Robin Yount is 62. Actor Mickey Rourke is 61. Magician David Copperfield is 61. Country singer-songwriter Terry McBride is 59. Actress Jennifer Tilly is 59. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Orel Hershiser is 59. Baseball Hall of Famer Tim Raines is 58. Actress Jayne Brook is 57. Singer Richard Marx is 54. Comedian Molly Shannon is 53. Singer Marc Anthony is 49. Comedian-actress Amy Poehler is 46. Actress Toks Olagundoye (tohks oh-lah-GOON'-doh-yay) is 42. Country singer Matt Stillwell is 42. Singer Musiq (MYOO'-sihk) is 40. Actor Michael Mosley is 39. Rapper Flo Rida is 38. Actress Alexis Bledel is 36. Actress Sabrina Bryan is 33. Actress Madeline Zima is 32. Actor Ian Harding is 31. Actress Kyla Pratt is 31. Actor Daren Kagasoff is 30. Rock singer Teddy Geiger is 29. Actress-dancer Bailey Buntain is 28. Rock singer-musician Nick Jonas (The Jonas Brothers) is 25. Actress Elena Kampouris is 20.