Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Jan. 16

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Jan. 16

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27 B.C.: Caesar Augustus was declared the first emperor of the Roman Empire by the Senate.

1865: Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman decreed that 400,000 acres in the South would be divided into 40-acre lots and given to former slaves. The order, later revoked by President Andrew Johnson, is believed to have inspired the expression, "Forty acres and a mule."

1920: Prohibition began in the United States as the 18th Amendment took effect, one year to the day after its ratification. It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.

1976: The Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys, 21-17, retaining the title as NFL champions. Three days later, the city celebrated in bitter cold with a Downtown parade.

1978: NASA named 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K. Ride, who became America's first woman astronaut in space, and Guion S. …

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