Events occurring on Monday, September 16, 1940  
  Military Conflict in North Africa  
  The Italian invasion of Egypt came to a halt when approximately five Italian divisions set up defensively in a series of armed camps after advancing about 60 miles to Sidi Barrani.  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  A straggler from Convoy SC-3, the Norwegian steam merchant Lotos was torpedoed and sunk by the U-99, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Otto Kretschmer, 15 miles northwest of Rockall in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, all 17 survived and reached land by lifeboat. The 1,327 ton Lotos was carrying timber and was headed for River Tyne, England.  
  The light cruiser USS St. Louis (CL 49), arrived at St. John's, Newfoundland with the Greenslade Board aboard. The Greenslade Board was a committee formed "to make a comprehensive study of the shore establishment (naval and commercial) necessary to support the Fleet in peace and war." With the strategic requirements of the fleet in mind, the board was instructed to make recommendations for additional facilities in new locations and as to the expansion, limitation, contraction, abandonment, or conversion of existing shore facilities. The board was known by its senior member, Rear Admiral John W. Greenslade./the board, headed by Rear Admiral John F. Greenslade, which would evaluate base sites acquired from the British on September 5 in the destroyers-for-bases agreement.  
  Events in the United States  
  The Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, also known as the Burk-Wadsworth Act, became law when it was signed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The act required men between the ages of 21 and 35 register with local draft boards and introduced the first peacetime conscription in United States history.  
  September 1940 Calendar  
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