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1/16/2017
Famous Birthdays
Reference:
 Encyclopaedia Britannica

*1934Marilyn Horne, an American mezzo-soprano noted for the seamless quality and the exceptional range and flexibility of her voice, was born. 
*1932American zoologist Dian Fossey, born this day in 1932, became the world's leading authority on the mountain gorilla, and her autobiography, Gorillas in the Mist (1983), was subsequently adapted into a feature film. 
2002In Grundy, VA, student killed three and wounding three others at the Appalachian School of Law.  
2002The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted sanctions against Osama bin Laden, his terror network and the remnants of the Taliban. The sanctions required that all nations impose arms embargoes and freeze their finances.  
2002U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that John Walker Lindh would be brought to the United States to face trial. He was charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA, with conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens, providing support to terrorist organizations, and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban of Afghanistan.  
2000A truck loaded with evaporated milk was rammed into California's state capitol building in Sacramento, CA. The driver was killed in the incident.  
2000Ricardo Lagos was elected Chile's first socialist president since Salvador Allende.  
1999At least 37 bodies were found mutilated of executed in southern Kosovo. They were all in civilian clothing. This occurred one day after a fierce attack by Serb forces.  
1998It was announced that Texas would receive $15.3 billion in a tobacco industry settlement. The payouts were planned to take place over 25 years.  
1998NASA officially announced that John Glenn would fly aboard the space shuttle Discovery in October.  
1998Researchers announce that an altered gene helped to defend against HIV.  
1998The first woman to enroll at Virginia Military Institute withdrew from the school.  
1998Three federal judges secretly granted Kenneth Starr authority to probe whether U.S. President Clinton or Vernon Jordan urged Monica Lewinsky to lie about her relationship with Clinton.  
1997Bill Cosby's only son, Ennis, 27, was shot to death while changing a flat tire on a dark road in Los Angeles, CA.  
1992Officials of the government of El Salvador and rebel leaders signed a pact in Mexico City ending 12 years of civil war. At least 75,000 people were killed during the fighting.  
1991The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm. The operation was designed to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.  
1991Beginning of First Persian Gulf War. The First Persian Gulf War, triggered by Iraq's occupation of Kuwait in August 1990, began on this day in 1991 with a U.S.-led air offensive against Iraq that continued until a cease-fire was declared on February 28. 
1988Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder was fired as a CBS sports commentator one day after telling a TV station in Washington, DC, that, during the era of slavery, blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring.  
1985"Playboy" magazine announced its 30-year tradition of stapling centerfold models in the bellybutton and elsewhere would come to an immediate end.  
1982Britain and the Vatican resumed full diplomatic relations after a break of over 400 years.  
1979The Shah of Iran and his family fled Iran for Egypt.  
1970Buckminster Fuller, the designer of the geodesic dome, was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects.  
1970Colonel Muammar el-Quaddafi became virtual president of Libya.  
1964"Hello Dolly!" opened at the St. James Theatre in New York City.  
1961Mickey Mantle signed a contract that made him the highest paid baseball player in the American League at $75,000 for the 1961 season.  
1944General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied invasion force in London.  
1939The "I Love a Mystery" debuted on NBC’s West-Coast outlets.  
1925Leon Trotsky was dismissed as Chairman of the Revolutionary Council of the USSR.  
1920Prohibition went into effect in the U.S.  
1920The motion picture "The Kid" opened.  
1919The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited the sale or transportation of alcoholic beverages, was ratified. It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.  
1900The U.S. Senate consented to the Anglo-German treaty of 1899, by which the U.K. renounced rights to the Samoan islands.  
1896The first five-player college basketball game was played at Iowa City, IA.  
1883The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect.  
1866Mr. Everett Barney patented the metal screw, clamp skate.  
1809The British defeated the French at the Battle of Corunna, in the Peninsular War.  
1759The British Museum opened.  
1572The Duke of Norfolk was tried for treason for complicity in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England. He was executed on June 2.  
1556Charles V, Holy Roman emperor and king of Spain, renounced his claim to Spain. 
1547Ivan the Terrible was crowned Czar of Russia.  
Asterisks (*) denotes birthday

Famous Birthdays
1986 - Mason Gamble
1979 - Aaliyah
1974 - Kate Moss
1959 - Sade
1950 - Debbie Allen
1948 - John Carpenter
1947 - Dr. Laura Schlessinger
1944 - Ronnie Milsap
1935 - A.J. Foyt
1911 - Dizzy Dean
1908 - Ethel Merman
1853 - Andre Michelin

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