This was 16th day of the year and 349 days remained in the year.

January 16 Birthdays

Fulgencio Batista
1901–1973, Cuban President.

Robert W. Service
writer (1874)

Ethel Merman
entertainer (1909)

Dizzy Dean
baseball player (1911)

William Kennedy
novelist (1928)

Susan Sontag
writer and critic (1933)

Marilyn Horne
mezzo-soprano (1934)

A.J. Foyt
auto racer (1935)

singer, actor (1979)

January 16 in History


Ivan the Terrible was crowned the first czar of Russia.


The U.S. Civil Service Commission established.


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


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


Operation Desert Storm was announced by the White House.


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


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


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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