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 - Batista
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Library of Congress

1901: Fulgencio Batista, the elected president of Cuba from 1940 to 1944 and dictator from 1952 to 1959, before being overthrown as a result of the Cuban Revolution, is born in Banes, Cuba. He died of a heart attack at age 72 on Aug. 6, 1973.

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