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Today in history: January 16

In 1991, the beginning of Operation Desert Storm

Jan. 16, 1833: President Andrew Jackson waded into a battle over states' rights, ordering force be used to collect tariffs in South Carolina. South Carolina said the tariffs were too high; some historians say the little-known spat eventually helped spark the Civil War.

Jan. 16, 1991: President Bush announced the start of Operation Desert Storm, a U.S.-led military coalition formed to push Iraq out of Kuwait. Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had invaded Kuwait the previous August; Bush quickly said, "This will not stand." After a bombing campaign and a 100-hour ground war, Bush ordered an end to hostilities. The U.S. did not occupy Iraq itself in 1991; Defense Secretary Cheney said it wasn't worth the casualties or "getting bogged down."

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"One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights." — James K. Polk

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