What Happened On This Day – January 16
2005 Adriana Iliescu gives birth at the age of 66
The Romanian university lecturer broke the record for the world's oldest birth mother.
1992 The civil war in El Salvador ends
The war had lasted over 12 years and left more than 75,000 people dead.
1979 The Shah of Iran flees the country
As a consequence, Ayatollah Khomeini later took power and proclaimed the Islamic Republic.
1919 Prohibition begins in the United States
The 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibited the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.
27 The Roman Empire is established
One of the events marking the beginning of the Imperium Romanum was the Roman Senate's granting of the honorific Augustus to Octavian on this day.
Births On This Day – January 16
1974 Kate Moss
1959 Sade Adu
Nigerian/English singer-songwriter, producer
1948 John Carpenter
1933 Susan Sontag
1932 Dian Fossey
Deaths On This Day – January 16
2009 John Mortimer
English lawyer, author
1986 Herbert W. Armstrong
American evangelist, author, publisher
1979 Ted Cassidy
1957 Arturo Toscanini
1917 George Dewey