Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Today in History: January 16, 2012



Today in History
Today in History: Monday, January  16, 2012
AP Highlight in History:
On Jan. 16, 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.

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On this date in:
1547 Ivan the Terrible was crowned Czar of Russia.
1920 Prohibition began as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect.
1942 Actress Carole Lombard, 33, died in a plane crash near Las Vegas.
1944 Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied invasion force in London.
1964 The musical "Hello, Dolly!" starring Carol Channing opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.
1969 Two manned Soviet Soyuz spaceships became the first vehicles to dock in space and transfer personnel.
1973 The final first-run episode of the long-running western "Bonanza" aired on NBC.
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 passenger.
1992 The government of El Salvador and rebel leaders signed a pact in Mexico City ending 12 years of civil war that had killed at least 75,000 people.
2003 The space shuttle Columbia and its crew of seven blasted off from Cape Canaveral. (The shuttle broke up during its return descent on Feb. 1, killing everyone on board.)
2004 Pop star Michael Jackson pleaded innocent to child molestation charges in Santa Maria, Calif. (Charges were later re-filed and Jackson was acquitted.)
2006 Africa's first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was sworn in as Liberia's president.
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
2007 Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., launched his successful bid for the White House.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols turns 32 years old today.
AP Photo/Alex Gallardo
Name Profession Age
William Kennedy Author 84
Norman Podhoretz Writer, editor 82
Marilyn Horne Opera singer 78
A.J. Foyt Auto racer 77
Ronnie Milsap Country singer 69
Jim Stafford Country singer 68
Laura Schlessinger Talk show host 65
John Carpenter Movie director 64
Debbie Allen Dancer, choreographer ("Fame") 62
Sade R&B singer 53
Kate Moss Model 38
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco turns 27 years old today.
AP Photo/Tony Dejak
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