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On this day: January 16

POSTED: 02:39 PM PST Jan 15, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 15, 2014 

"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 - space shuttle Columbia
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2003: The space shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107, which would be its final one. Columbia's seven-member crew was killed when the shuttle disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry. It is later determined that the accident was caused by a piece of foam that broke off during launch, damaging the thermal protection system components on the shuttle's left wing.

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