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On January 16th, 1920, Prohibition began in the
United States as the 18th Amendment to the US
Constitution took effect. (It was later repealed
by the 21st Amendment.)
On this date:
In 1547, Ivan the Terrible was crowned Czar of
In 1883, the US
Civil Service Commission was established.
In 1919, Nebraska,
Wyoming and Missouri became the 36th, 37th and
38th states to ratify Prohibition, which went
into effect a year later.
In 1942, actress
Carole Lombard, her mother and about twenty other
people were killed when their plane crashed near
Las Vegas, Nevada, while returning from a
war-bond promotion tour.
In 1944, General
Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied
Invasion Force in London.
In 1964, the
musical "Hello, Dolly!"
opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844
In 1967, Alan S.
Boyd was sworn in as the first secretary of
In 1989, three
days of rioting erupted in Miami when a police
officer fatally shot a black motorcyclist,
causing a crash that also claimed the life of a
In 1991, the White
House announced the start of Operation Desert
Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
In 1992, officials
of the government of El Salvador and rebel
leaders signed a pact in Mexico City ending 12
years of civil war.
Ten years ago: The
Soviet Union sent more than eleven-thousand
reinforcements to the Caucasus to halt a civil
war between Armenians and Azerbaijanis.
Five years ago: In
Union, South Carolina, a prosecutor announced he
would seek the death penalty for Susan Smith, the
woman accused of drowning her two young sons,
three-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex.
(Smith was later convicted of murder, but was
sentenced to life in prison.)
One year ago:
Closing three days of opening arguments, House
prosecutors demanded President Clinton's removal
from office, telling a hushed Senate that
otherwise the presidency itself may be
"deeply and perhaps permanently
damaged." Forty-five ethnic Albanians were
found slain near the southern Kosovo village of
"I am a believer in
punctuality, though it makes me very
E.V. Lucas, English writer and publisher