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On This Day in History - 16th January


1853Andre Michelin, French tyremaker
1906Diana Wynyard, British actress
1909Ethel Merman, American singer and actress
1948Cliff Thorburn, Snooker player
1956Mel Gibson, Australian film actor
1959Sade, Soul singer


1809There were attempted risings against Napoleon in Germany
1920The United States began its prohibiton era, banning the sale of alcohol
1929'The Listener' magazine was published for the first time
1969The Soviets carried out the first manual docking of a spacecraft in orbit
1979The ruler of Iran, the Shah, left his country
1991Operation 'Desert Storm' began against Iraq, for its invasion of Kuwait
1994Syria declared its commitment to peace with Israel