2009: Referring to incoming president Barack Obama, conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh says, “I hope he fails.”
1996: Jamaican authorities fire upon the seaplane of music star Jimmy Buffet after mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s aircraft. Buffet, well-known for promoting a partying lifestyle, is unhurt in the incident.
1988: Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder is fired as a CBS Sports commentator after making disparaging comments about African-Americans.
1920: Prohibition, which prohibits the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcoholic beverages, goes into effect.