January 16

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27 BC – Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus is granted the title Augustus by the Roman Senate, marking the beginning of the Roman Empire. 1412 – The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy. 1547 – Ivan the Terrible becomes Czar of Russia. 1556 – Philip II becomes King of Spain. 1786 – Virginia […]

January 12

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1866 – The Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London. 1908 – A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time. 1932 – Hattie Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate. Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway was an American political figure who became the first woman elected […]

January 11

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532 – Nika riots in Constantinople: A quarrel between supporters of different chariot teams-the Blues and the Greens-in the Hippodrome escalates into violence. 630 – Conquest of Mecca: The prophet Muhammad and his followers conquer the city, Quraysh surrender. 1693 – A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta. 1759 – In Philadelphia,
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January 10

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49 BC – Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, signaling the start of civil war. AD 9 – The Western Han dynasty ends when Wang Mang claims that the divine Mandate of Heaven called for the end of the dynasty and the beginning of his own, the Xin dynasty. 1645 – Archbishop William Laud is beheaded […]

January 9

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475 – Byzantine Emperor Zeno is forced to flee his capital at Constantinople, and his general, Basiliscus gains control of the empire. 1150 – Wanyan Liang and other court officials murder Emperor Xizong of Jin. Wanyan Liang succeeds him as emperor. 1349 – The Jewish population of Basel, believed by the residents to be the […]

January 8

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307 – Jin Huidi, Chinese Emperor of the Jin dynasty, is poisoned and succeeded by Jin Huaidi. 1297 – François Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, leads his men to capture the fortress protecting the Rock of Monaco, establishing his family as the rulers of Monaco. 1454 – The papal bull Romanus Pontifex awards the Kingdom […]

The Washington Squares to Reunite at City Winery

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If we had a hammer… The Washington Squares, a New York 1980’s band, part beatnik, with a edge of punksterism, will reunite for their first concert date in nearly a quarter century at City Winery located at 155 Varick Street on January 10. Downtowner Tom Goodkind, who sings, and plays the banjo and the bass […]

January 5

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1066 – Edward the Confessor dies childless, sparking a succession crisis that will eventually lead to the Norman conquest of England. 1757 – Louis XV of France survives an assassination attempt by Robert-François Damiens, the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, the traditional and gruesome form of capital punishment used […]

January 4

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46 BC – Julius Caesar fights Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina. 1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government. 1853 – After having been kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South, Solomon Northup regains his freedom; his memoir Twelve Years a Slave later becomes a […]

New in Town?

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If you have a new business in Lower Manhattan and would like to meet other Tribeca business owners, here’s a great opportunity to mingle and network. Organized by BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Tribeca Meet & Greet has monthly meetings in a different Tribeca restaurant or business. We share a drink, exchange ideas, and do […]