On This Day in History, January 16

There are events that made headlines on this day in history. Get to learn the historic occurrences of January 16 sure to expand your knowledge base.

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  • 1913 – British House of Commons accepted Home Rule for Ireland.
  • 1919 – The U.S. Constitution prohibited the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.
  • 1920 – The Budapest food shortage caused deaths totaling 968 of every 1,000 babies born in Vienna.
  • 1920 – 1st assembly of the League of Nations is held in Paris
  • 1938 – The 1st jazz concert was held at Carnegie Hall, performed by Benny Goodman and his band.
  • 1942 – The United States took two steps towards the defense of the Panama Canal and Central America.
  • 1958 – A grasshopper plague caused serious damages across Colorado and Neighboring States.
  • 1963 – The opening of the Los Angeles night club and music venue The Whiskey A-Go-Go.
  • 1969 – An agreement was made to start Vietnam peace talks.
  • 1973 – Chauncey Browning, Jr. returned as Attorney General, and was sworn in by Judge Thornton Berry.
  • 1979 – The Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, was forced to flee the country.
  • 1992 – The end of the civil war in El Salvador.
  • 1995 – Avalanches following heavy rain sweep two buses off the highway in India.
  • 2001 – The fuel supply tanker ‘Jessica’ ran aground on the Island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands, leading to fears of an ecological disaster to the Archipelago.
  • 2005 – Romanian university lecturer, Adriana Iliescu, broke the record for the world’s oldest birth mother after giving birth at age 66.
  • 2006 – Ellen Sirleaf Johnson was sworn in as Liberia’s new president, becoming Africa’s first female elected head of state.
  • 2006 – The number of victims dying from the H5N1 strain of Bird Flu increased, with deaths reported in Indonesia and Turkey.
  • 2009 – The Bank Of America was set to receive $20bn in fresh US government aid and $118bn worth of guarantees against bad assets.
  • 2013A suicide attack in northern Iraq killed at least ten people and injured another ninety people outside a political office.
  • 2014 – The first session of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon opened, nearly nine years after the assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri.

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