THIS DAY IN #HISTORY 16/01


This day in #history 16/01
JANUARY 16TH
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550 – Gothic War (535 – 552 ): The Ostrogoths,
under King Totila , conquer Rome after a long
siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison .

1759 – British Museum opens in London

1777 – Vermont declares independence from NY

1897 – John Dewey ‘s essay “My Pedagogic
Creed” appears in School Journal

1920 – 18 th Amendment, prohibition, goes into
effect; repealed in 1933

1920 – 1 st assembly of League of Nations (Paris)

1920 – Georgia declares independence

1970 – Col Gadhaffi becomes premier of Libya

2001 – Congolese President Laurent- Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.

2001 – US President Bill Clinton awards former
President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous
Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-
American War.

2002 – The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al- Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban.
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2003 – The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for
mission STS- 107 which would be its final one .
Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry .

2006 – Ellen Johnson -Sirleaf is sworn in as
Liberia’s new president . She becomes Africa’s
first female elected head of state .

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1901 – Fulgencio Batista, president / dictator of Cuba (1933 -44, 1952- 59
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1948 – John Carpenter, Carthage NY, director (Halloween, The Thing )
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1959 – Sade Adu, Nigerian- born singer

1979 – Aaliyah , American singer (d . 2001 )

1980 – Seydou Keita, Malian footballer

986 – Mason Gamble, actor (Dennis the Menace )

1987 – Lauren McAvoy , British fashion model

1988 – Nicklas Bendtner, Danish footballer

FAMOUS DEATHS

2001 – Laurent- Désiré Kabila, President of the
Democratic Republic of the Congo (b . 1939

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