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This Day in History for January 16

1865 – Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Ft. Fisher, NC, 40 die.

1868 – Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit.

1883 – Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil Service system.

1919 – The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution, authorizing the prohibition of alcohol, is ratified by a majority of US states.

1936 – 1st photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah, Florida.

1938 – 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman)

1939 – Daily newspaper comic strip “Superman” debuts.

1941 – US Vice Admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor.

1951 – World’s largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville, Texas, to 134th Street, New York City)

1952 – US Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary.

1957 – 3 B-52s leave California for 1st non-stop round world flights.

1963 – Tennessee Williams “Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore” premieres.

1964 – “Hello Dolly!” opens at St. James Theater NYC for 2,844 performances.

1973 – NBC presents 440th & final showing of “Bonanza”

1976 – “Donny & Marie” {Osmond} musical variety show premieres on ABC TV.

1978 – 5th American Music Awards: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & Conway Twitty.

1985 – “Playboy” announces end of stapling centerfolds.

1991 – 7th Soap Opera Digest Awards – Days of our Lives wins.

2003 – The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrates 16 days later on re-entry.

2016 – First ever flower grown in space – a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system.

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