January 16, 1853 - Andre Michelin, French tyremaker

January 16, 1948 - Cliff Thorburn, Snooker player

January 16, 1909 - Ethel Merman, American singer and actress

January 16, 1906 - Diana Wynyard, British actress

January 16, 1956 - Mel Gibson, Australian film actor

January 16, 1959 - Sade, Soul singer

January 16, 1994 - Syria declared its commitment to peace with Israel

January 16, 1991 - Operation 'Desert Storm' began against Iraq, for its invasion of Kuwait

January 16, 1979 - The ruler of Iran, the Shah, left his country

January 16, 1969 - The Soviets carried out the first manual docking of a spacecraft in orbit

January 16, 1929 - 'The Listener' magazine was published for the first time

January 16, 1920 - The United States began its prohibiton era, banning the sale of alcohol

January 16, 1809 - There were attempted risings against Napoleon in Germany