On this day: January 16

Published On: Jan 15 2013 04:39:04 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 16 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

"Don Quixote" is first published, Prohibition is ratified and goes into effect, Hitler moves underground, and the space shuttle Columbia takes off for the last time, all on this day.

OTD January 16 - Susan Sontag
26 / 38
Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

1933: Writer Susan Sontag, a human rights activist and the author of 17 books, is born Susan Rosenblatt in New York City. Her best known works include "On Photography," "Against Interpretation," "Illness as Metaphor," "Regarding the Pain of Others," "The Volcano Lover" and "In America." Sontag died in New York City on Dec. 28, 2004, aged 71, from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, which had evolved into acute myelogenous leukemia.

Upload Photos / Videos