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 - Prohibition
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1919: Having been approved by 36 states, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, authorizing Prohibition in the United States one year after ratification. It would go into effect on Jan. 16, 1920, banning the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol, and last until it was repealed by the ratification of the 21st Amendment in 1933.

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