1920 Prohibition began in the United States as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect, one year to the day after its ratification. (It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.)
1944 Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in London.
1991 Operation Desert Storm begins - US & 27 allies attack Iraq for occupying Kuwait (air war begins January 17 at 2:38AM (local time) or January 16 at 6:38PM EST due to an 8 hour time difference, with an Apache helicopter attack)
1981 Protestant gunmen shoot & wound Bernadette Devlin McAliskey & husband
1986 Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam
2007 Two car bombs exploded outside Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, killing at least 70 people.
1219 Floods in Northern Netherlands after storm, 1,000s killed
1865 Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Fort Fisher NC, 40 die
1974 L A Landslide kills 9, Canyonville OR
1942 Actress Carole Lombard, 33, her mother and about 20 other people were killed when their plane crashed near Las Vegas while returning from a war-bond promotion tour.
1969 Jan Palach protesting Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, self immolates at 20
1547 Ivan IV of Russia (popularly known as "Ivan the Terrible") was crowned Czar.
1883 the U.S. Civil Service Commission was established.
1967 Lucius Amerson, becomes 1st southern (Alabama) black sheriff in 20th century
1948 35 Haganah members are ambushed & killed in Gush Etzyon
1950 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel
1956 Egyptian President Nassar pledges to reconquer Palestine
2003 The space shuttle Columbia blasted off under extremely tight security; on board was Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. (The mission ended in tragedy on Feb. 1, when the shuttle broke up during its return descent, killing all seven crew members.)
1961 Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain
1964 the musical "Hello, Dolly!" opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.
1965 "Outer Limits" last airs on ABC-TV
1973 NBC presents 440th & final showing of "Bonanza"
1988 Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder was fired as a CBS Sports commentator, one day after telling a Washington, D.C., TV station that, during the era of slavery, blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring.
1925 Leon Trotsky dismissed as CEO of Russian Revolution Military Council
1967 Alan S. Boyd was sworn in as the first U.S. secretary of transportation.
1978 NASA named 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K. Ride, who became America's first woman in space, and Guion S. Bluford Jr., who became America's first black astronaut in space.
1980 Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession
1998 NASA officially announced that John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, would fly aboard the space shuttle later in the year.
1998 The tobacco industry reached a $15.3 billion settlement with the state of Texas.
1981 Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even take his gold teeth
1939 Comic strip "Superman" debuts
1988 NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix
2007 Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) launched his bid for the White House.
2007 Jury selection began in the CIA leak trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
Author William Kennedy is 80. Author-editor Norman Podhoretz is 78. Opera singer Marilyn Horne is 74. Auto racer A.J. Foyt is 73. Singer Barbara Lynn is 66. Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 65. Country singer Jim Stafford is 64. Talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is 61. Movie director John Carpenter is 60. Actress-dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen is 58. Singer Sade (shah-DAY') is 49. Rock musician Paul Webb (Talk Talk) is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maxine Jones (En Vogue) is 42. Actor David Chokachi is 40. Actor Richard T. Jones is 36. Actress Josie Davis is 35. Model Kate Moss is 34. Rock musician Nick Valensi (The Strokes) is 27. Actress Yvonne Zima is 19.
Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2008. There are 350 days left in the year.
compiled by Mondoreb
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