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 - Soyuz 4-5
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1969: The first docking of two manned spacecraft takes place between the Soviet Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5. The spacecraft, launched a day apart on Jan. 14 and 15, form what was termed "the world's first space station" with a crew of four aboard. They remained docked for three orbits of the Earth over more than four hours, during which time two cosmonauts spacewalked from Soyuz 5 to Soyuz 4, becoming, upon their return to Earth on Jan. 17, the first people to return to Earth in a different spacecraft from the one in which they went into space. The Soyuz 5 spacecraft returned to Earth on Jan. 18 with only one cosmonaut on board.


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