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".