This Day In History - January 16

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

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Today is the 16th day of 2011. There are 349 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight

1997: In West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinians dance and sing outside Israeli army headquarters as troops begin departing after 30 years of military rule.

Other Events

1778: France recognises US independence.

1816: Portugal's South American colony, Brazil, becomes a kingdom.

1917: Germans propose in a telegram that Mexico become Germany's ally with a view to recovering Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The telegram is intercepted, hastening US entry into World War I.

1920: Prohibition, the legal prevention of the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcoholic drinks, begins as the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution takes effect. It is later repealed.

1966: Major General Aguiyi Ironsi takes over power in Nigeria after announcing that an attempted coup has been smashed.

1969: Soviet cosmonauts achieve first linkup of two manned spaceships while in orbit around earth.

1973: US and South Vietnam declare cease-fire in Vietnam War in hopes of full peace pact.

1990: Bulgarian government grants opposition right to publish newspapers, but continues to deny its access to radio and television.

1991: US and allied fighters and heavy bombers start pounding targets in Iraq and Kuwait after Iraq fails to meet a deadline on withdrawal from Kuwait.

1992: Officials of the government of El Salvador and rebel leaders sign a pact in Mexico City ending 12 years of civil war that left at least 75,000 people dead.

1996: Sierra Leone's military ruler, Capt Valentine Strasser, is ousted in a coup.

1998: Turkey's high court outlaws the Islamic-oriented Welfare Party.

2000: Ricardo Lagos is elected Chile's first socialist president since Salvador Allende, whose government was toppled in a bloody 1973 military coup led by Gen Augusto Pinochet.

2001: Laurent Kabila, president of Congo, is killed in a shooting at his home.

2008: Sri Lanka's cease-fire deal ends in a spasm of violence, as suspected Tamil Tiger rebels bomb a bus, shoot the fleeing passengers and attack farmers as they retreat into the bush, killing 27 people.

Today's Birthdays

John Carpenter, US film director (1948-); Debbie Allen, US actress/dancer/choreographer (1950-); Sade, US singer (1959-); Maxine Jones, US R & B singer (1966-); Kate Moss, English model (1974-).


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