Today in History - January 16th

  • 1547 - On this day in history, Ivan the Terrible was crowned Czar of Russia. 
  • 1759 - The British Museum opened. 
  • 1919 - Today in history, the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified (prohibited the sale of alcohol).
  • 1920 - Prohibition began in the United States.
  • 1925 - On this day in history, Leon Trotsky was dismissed as Chairman of the Revolutionary Council of the USSR, eventually to leave the country and reside in Mexico. 
  • 1944 - General Eisenhower took command of the Allied force in London. 
  • 1970 - Today in history Buckminster Fuller, designer of the geodesic dome, was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects. 
  • 1979 - The Shah of Iran and his family fled the country to reside in Egypt. 
  • 1982 - On this day in history, Britain and the Vatican resumed full diplomatic relations.
  • 1991 - The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. 
  • 1998 - Today in history, NASA announced that John Glenn would fly aboard the space shuttle "Discovery."
  • 1998 - It was announced that Texas would receive $15.3 billion in a tobacco industry settlement. 
  • 1998 - On this day in history, federal judges granted Kenneth Starr approval to investigate whether President Clinton or Vernon Jordan urged Monica Lewinsky to lie about her relationship with Clinton. 
  • 2002 - The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted sanctions against Osama bin Laden, his terror network and the remnants of the Taliban.

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 16th

  • 1866 - Today in history, Mr. Everett Barney patented the metal screw clamp skate. 

SPORTS - Today in History, January 16th

  • 1896 - The first five-player college basketball game was played at IA. 
  • 1961 - On this day in history, Mickey Mantle signed a contract that made him the highest paid baseball player in the American League. 

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 16th

  • 1932 - Duke Ellington and his Orchestra recorded "It Don't Mean a Thing." 
  • 1938 - Today in history, Benny Goodman and his band played Carnegie Hall in New York City.
  • 1957 - The Cavern Club, where the Beatles were known to have played, opened for business in Liverpool, England.
  • 1964 - On this day in history, "Hello Dolly!" opened in New York City. 
  • 1970 - John Lennon's gallery exhibit of erotic lithographs was closed by Scotland Yard and eight prints were confiscated on the grounds of pornography. 
  • 1980 - Today in history, Paul McCartney was jailed in Tokyo for possession of one half pound of marijuana. He was subsequently kicked out of the country.
  • 1987 - On this day in history, The Beastie Boys became the first act censored on "American Bandstand."
  • 1998 - The Sundance Film Festival in Utah cancelled the premiere of the documentary "Kurt and Courtney" due to unresolved legal issues. 
  • 2009 - Today in history, the iTunes Music Store reached 500 million downloads.
  • 2009 - Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in jail for falsely imprisoning a male escort. 


  • Ethel Merman 1909
  • Susan Sontag 1933 
  • Marilyn Horne 1934
  • John Carpenter 1948 
  • Debbie Allen 1950
  • Kate Moss 1974