Jan. 16 (UPI) -- On this date in history:
In 1581, the English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism.
In 1919, the United States went legally "dry" when the 36th state ratified the 18th Amendment. Prohibition went into effect one year later and the amendment was repealed in 1933.
In 1984, U.S. President Ronald Reagan called for "peaceful competition" with Moscow. He authorized research and development on space-age weapons capable of destroying incoming nuclear missiles -- the program known as "Star Wars."
In 1990, Soviet troops entered Azerbaijan amid fighting between Christian Armenians and Islamic Azerbaijani in Azerbaijan in the waning days of the central government's power.
In 2014, Major League Baseball announced a "historic" expansion of instant replay to review close calls -- starting in the 2014 season.
In 2019, British Prime Minister Theresa May survived another no-confidence vote one day after Parliament overwhelmingly struck down her Brexit plan.