On this day: January 16

POSTED: 02:39 PM PST Jan 15, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 15, 2016 

"Don Quixote" is first published, Prohibition is ratified and goes into effect, Hitler moves underground, and the space shuttle Columbia takes off for the last time, all on this day.

OTD January 16 - Ma Barker
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1935: Kate "Ma" Barker, the mother of several criminals who ran the Barker-Karpis Gang from the "public enemy era," and her son, Fred, are shot and killed during an intense, hours-long gun-battle with FBI agents in Ocklawaha, Florida. The popular image of "Ma" Barker as the gang's leader and its criminal mastermind, often played up in movies and on TV, has been found to be fictitious.


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