Today is the 16th day of 2021 and the 27th day of winter.
— In 1920, the first meeting of the League of Nations was held in Paris.
— In 1945, Adolf Hitler moved into his underground bunker in Berlin.
— In 1969, the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 completed the first docking of manned spacecraft.
— In 1979, the Shah of Iran fled his homeland in the wake of a revolution.
— In 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first female elected head of state of an African nation when she was sworn in as president of Liberia.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Ethel Merman (1908-1984), actress/singer; Dizzy Dean (1910-1974), baseball player; Dian Fossey (1932-1985), zoologist; Susan Sontag (1933-2004), author/critic; Laura Schlessinger (1947-), radio host/author; John Carpenter (1948-), director; Ruth Reichl (1948-), food writer/editor; Sade (1959-), singer-songwriter; Roy Jones Jr. (1969-), boxer; Kate Moss (1974-), model; Lin-Manuel Miranda (1980-), actor/composer/playwright; Albert Pujols (1980-), baseball player.
TODAY’S FACT: The Soyuz 5 mission in 1969 featured the first and only transfer of crew from one spacecraft to another via spacewalk.
TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1961, Mickey Mantle signed a contract for an annual salary of $75,000, making him the highest-paid player in the American League.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “Since the success of ‘Hamilton,’ my life has been about finding the balance between the things I always wanted to make and the opportunities that are so incredible I’d be angry if they opened and I wasn’t in them.” — Lin-Manuel Miranda
TODAY’S NUMBER: 23 — countries that were members of the League of Nations for its entire duration. Forty other nations were members intermittently.
TODAY’S MOON: Between new moon (Jan. 12) and first quarter moon (Jan 20).