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January 16th - Today In History

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1547 - Ivan IV, at the age of 16, is the first person to have himself crowned the tsar of Russia. History would remember him as Ivan the Terrible.

1786 - The Ordinance of Religious Freedom, a precursor to the 1st Amendment, is adopted by Virginia lawmakers. The ordinance stated that a person was not required to support a church.

1919 – 1920 - In 1919, the majority of the states ratified Prohibition, making the sale of alcoholic beverages unlawful. It officially became the 18th Amendment in 1920. (The amendment will later be repealed in the 1930s.)

1953 - The first Corvette is introduced during Motorama in New York City.

1991 - The White House announces that Operation Desert Storm has commenced.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Debbie Allen, the actress who played Lydia in “Fame”, was born in 1950.

John Carpenter, the man behind such films as “Halloween” (1978), “The Fog” and “Vampires” (1998), was born this day in 1948.

Aaliyah Haughton a.k.a. Aaliyah was born this day in 1979. Although her life was tragically cut short, Aaliyah was a popular singer and actress, starring in such movies as “Queen of the Damned” (2002).

Ethel Merman was born in 1909. The infamous actress and songstress is probably best known for her version of “There’s No Business Like Show Business”.

Ronnie Milsap, the legendary singer of such hits as “Pure Love” and “Smoky Mountain Rain” was born in 1944.

Kate Moss, the renowned supermodel was born in 1974.

Sade, the Grammy winning singer of such hits as “Smooth Operator”, was born in 1959.

Jimmy Young, the famed boxer, was born this day in 1949.

Frank Zamboni, creator of the Zamboni machine used to smooth ice, was born in 1901.

We Said Goodbye To…

Ted Cassidy, best known to TV fans as Lurch from the hit show “The Addams Family” died in 1979. Cassidy was 46.

Ennis Cosby was murdered when his car stopped along the highway in Los Angeles. Ennis, the only son of comedian Bill Cosby, was 27.

Carole Lombard, the Oscar nominated actress and wife of Clark Gable, died in an airplane crash in 1942. Lombard, who was returning home after a war bonds drive, was killed along with her mother, Elizabeth Peters, and 19 others. She was 32.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1988 - “Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison

Musical Moments In…

1976 - Peter Frampton’s top selling album “Frampton Comes Alive” was released.

1984 - Michael Jackson had a record breaking night at the 11th annual American Music Awards. He walked away with eight trophies.

TV Moments In…

1973 - The last episode of the hit western “Bonanza” aired on NBC. Two of the original four cast members remained: Lorne Greene (“Ben Cartwright”) and Michael Landon (“Little Joe”). Pernell Roberts (“Adam”) had left several years earlier. Dan Blocker’s character “Hoss” died in a drowning accident after Blocker’s untimely death in 1972.

1995 - The Universal Paramount Network (UPN) hits the airwaves for the first time.

Movie Moments In…

1962 - Filming commences on the first James Bond movie “Dr. No” starring Sean Connery.

In Print In…

1939 - It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman! The man of steel’s first official comic book was released!

1974 - “Jaws” might have made you scared when it hit the silver screen but the book by Peter Benchley, on which the movie is based, was released today.

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