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Today in History
Monday, January 16

2006Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.
2003The Space Shuttle ''Columbia'' takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.
2002The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban.
2001The First surviving wikipedia edit is made: UuU
2001Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.
2001US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.
1992El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City ending the 12-year Salvadoran civil war that claimed at least 75,000.
1991The United States goes to war with Iraq, beginning the Gulf War (U.S. Time).
1986First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.
1979The Shah of Iran flees Iran with his family and relocates to Egypt.
 
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Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

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