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5 Fun Facts About January 16 In Colorado History

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1. On January 16, 1919, Colorado became the first state in the nation to ratify the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol. Prohibition lasted until 1933, when the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment.

2. On January 16, 1961, the newly created Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado, held its first classes. Today, the school serves over 11,000 students and offers degrees in over 100 different fields.

3. January 16, 1979, was a dark day in Colorado history, as a severe blizzard hit the state, claiming the lives of at least 21 people and causing millions of dollars in damage. The storm caused widespread power outages and closed roads, stranding thousands of people.

4. On January 16, 2010, the Supreme Court of Colorado ruled that employers could legally fire employees for using medical marijuana, even if the employee had a valid medical marijuana card. This decision sparked controversy and debate across the state.

5. On January 16, 2017, an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.6 rattled parts of Colorado, including the Denver metropolitan area. While no significant damage was reported, the quake served as a reminder that earthquakes can and do occur in Colorado, albeit infrequently.
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