16th January
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1919 USA: Prohibition of Alcohol Passes Into Law

The 18th Amendment (the Prohibition Amendment) to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes," becomes law.

Nine months later, Congress passes the Volstead Act, or National Prohibition Act, in spite of President Woodrow Wilson's veto. The Volstead Act gave law enforcement authorities powers to stop the distribution and manufacture of alcohol. However, crime flourished with the authorities unable to enforce the law. Prohibition continued until 1933 when the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed, repealing prohibition

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1936 The 'Moon Maniac' Executed

Albert Fish is executed at Sing Sing prison in New York. Fish could have killed 10 children, he was executed for the murder of 12 year old Grace Budd.

He was a sadomasochist who, among other things, liked to insert needles into his body. Those controlling the electric chair were concerned at the amount of metal in his body at the time of execution, fearing he might short circuit the chair. 30 needles were found in his groin after his death.

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1986 Mason Gamble
1974 Kate Moss
1959 Sade
1950 Debbie Allen
1948 John Carpenter
1944 Ronnie Milsap
1909 Ethel Merman
1853 Andre Michelin

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1961 Mickey Mantle signs a $75,000 a year contract, at the time the highest in the American League.
1970 Gaddafi takes over as Libya's leader
1945 Adolf Hitler descends into his bunker. He commits suicide 105 days later.

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