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Today in History: Tuesday, January  16, 2018
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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1547Ivan IV (popularly known as "Ivan the Terrible") was crowned czar of Russia.
1920Prohibition began as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect.
1942Actress Carole Lombard, 33, died in a plane crash near Las Vegas.
1944Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied invasion force in London.
1964The musical "Hello, Dolly!" starring Carol Channing opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.
1969Two manned Soviet Soyuz spaceships became the first vehicles to dock in space and transfer personnel.
1973The final first-run episode of the long-running western "Bonanza" aired on NBC.
1989Three 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.
1992The 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.
2003The 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.)
2004Pop star Michael Jackson pleaded innocent to child molestation charges in Santa Maria, Calif. (Charges were later re-filed and Jackson was acquitted.)
2006Africa's first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was sworn in as Liberia's president.
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2007Sen. 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 38 years old today.
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William KennedyAuthor90
Norman PodhoretzWriter, editor88
Marilyn HorneOpera singer84
A.J. FoytAuto racer83
Ronnie MilsapCountry singer75
Jim StaffordCountry singer74
Laura SchlessingerTalk show host71
John CarpenterMovie director70
Debbie AllenDancer, choreographer ("Fame")68
SadeR&B singer59
Kate MossModel44
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco turns 33 years old today.
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