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1547

Ivan the Terrible was crowned the first czar of Russia.

1883

The U.S. Civil Service Commission established.

1920

A year after it was ratified, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages, went into effect.

1942

Actress Carole Lombard, the wife of actor Clark Gable, died in a plane crash.

1991

Operation Desert Storm was announced by the White House.

1992

The El Salvador government signed a peace treaty with guerrilla forces, formally ending 12 years of civil war.

2001

Laurent Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was assassinated.

2003

Space shuttle Columbia blasted off on what would be its final mission. The craft broke up on its descent on Feb. 1, killing all on board.

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