January 16 (UPI) – On this date in history:
In 1581 the English Parliament banned Roman Catholicism.
In 1919, the United States went legally “dry” when the 36th state ratified the 18th amendment. The ban came into effect a year later and the change was lifted in 1933.
In 1942, screen star Carole Lombard, her mother, and 20 others were killed in a plane crash near Las Vegas. Lombard was the wife of actor Clark Gable.
In 1984, US President Ronald Reagan called for “peaceful competition” with Moscow. He authorized research and development for space weapons capable of destroying incoming nuclear missiles – the program known as “Star Wars”.
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In 1990, Soviet troops marched into Azerbaijan in the struggle between Christian Armenians and Islamic Azerbaijanis in Azerbaijan when the power of the central government declined.
In 1997, 28-year-old son of TV star Bill Cosby, Ennis Cosby, was shot dead in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles when he changed a flat tire on his car.
In 2001, President Laurent Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was shot dead by one of his bodyguards, who was killed by other guards.
In 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was sworn in as President of Liberia. She was the first female elected head of state in Africa.
In 2014, Major League Baseball announced a “historic” extension of the instant retry to review close calls – starting in the 2014 season.
British Prime Minister Theresa May survived another vote of no confidence in 2019, a day after Parliament overwhelmingly rejected her Brexit plan.
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