This Day in History for January 16 – Prohibition Becomes Law and More
Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:
1919 – The Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, authorizing Prohibition in the United States (More info)
1942 – Actress Carole Lombard, Clark Gable’s wife, is killed in a plane crash at the age of 33 (More info)
1945 – Adolf Hitler moves into his underground bunker, the so-called Führerbunker, where he remains for 105 days until he commits suicide (More info)
1979 – The Shah of Iran flees Iran with his family and relocates to Egypt (More info)
1991 – The United States goes to war with Iraq, beginning the Gulf War (More info)
It's also "Martin Luther King Day", "Religious Freedom Day", and "National Fig Newton Day".