Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Today in History: January 16

  • 1581 The English Parliament outlaws Roman Catholicism.
  • 1777 Vermont declares its independence from New York. Go Green Mountain!
  • 1868 William Davis patents the refrigerated boxcar, improving food transport.
  • 1919 Congress ratifies the 18th Amendment, Prohibition starts one year later.
  • 1953 New artificial element, Fermium, isolated from debris at "Mike" H-bomb test, Eniwetok.
  • 1956 President Nasser of Egypt publically vows to reconquer Palestine.

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