January 16th in history:
Prohibition became the law in the U.S. when 36 states ratified the 18th Amendment. That threshold was reached on January 16th, 1919, when five states approved the amendment in one day. The actual ban on alcohol took effect one year later.
The beer-brewing Busch family has its name on the home stadium of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. Two famous players for the Cardinals were born on January 16th…Jay “Dizzy” Dean (1910) and Albert Pujols (1980).
“I get no kick from champagne” is the opening line of the song “I Get a Kick Out of You,” introduced by Ethel Merman in the Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes.” Merman was born January 16th, 1908. She originated the roles of Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun” and Mama Rose in “Gypsy,” and played Mrs. Marcus in the movie “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”
Ethel Merman turned down the chance to star as Dolly Levi in the original Broadway production of “Hello, Dolly!” The musical version of the play “The Matchmaker,” starring Carol Channing as Dolly, opened in New York on January 16th, 1964. When that production closed in 1970, Merman was playing Dolly.
A more recent Broadway star was born on this date in 1980. Lin-Manuel Miranda is famous for creating the hit musical “Hamilton,” and for originating the title role. Miranda is also featured in the 2018 movie musical “Mary Poppins Returns.”