Today in history – January 16, 2020

1847 – John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.

1920 – Prohibition began as the 18th Amendment to the Constitution took effect.

1991 – The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.

2003 – The space shuttle Columbia and its crew of seven blasted off from Cape Canaveral. The shuttle broke up during its return descent on Feb. 1, killing everyone on board.

2007 – Sen. Barack Obama launched his successful bid for the White House.