Today in History January 22

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613 – Eight-month-old Constantine is crowned as co-emperor (Caesar) by his father Heraclius at Constantinople. 1506 – The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrives at the Vatican. 1901 – Edward VII is proclaimed King after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria. 1905 – Bloody Sunday in Saint Petersburg, beginning of the 1905 revolution. […]

January 18

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474 – Seven-year-old Leo II succeeds his maternal grandfather Leo I as Byzantine emperor. He dies ten months later. 1591 – King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Mingyi Swa of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed as Royal Thai Armed Forces day. 1778 – James Cook is the first […]

Today in History January 17

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38 BC – Octavian divorces his wife Scribonia and marries Livia Drusilla, ending the fragile peace between the Second Triumvirate and Sextus Pompey. 395 – Upon the death of Emperor Theodosius I, the Roman Empire is permanently divided into the Eastern Roman Empire under Arcadius, and the Western Roman Empire under Honorius. 1524 – Giovanni […]

Today in History January 16

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1219 – Floods in Northern Netherlands after storm, thousands perish. 1412 – The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy. 1493 – Columbus leaves the new world and sets sail for Spain returning from his first trip 1777 – Vermont declares independence from NY 1879 – Record 13″ of snow falls in NYC (broken […]

Today in History January 15

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1346 – Emperor Louis IV of Bavaria gives his wife Margaretha, Holland/Zeeland.   Happy Birthday! 1535 – Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church in England 1762 – Fraunces Tavern opens in NYC 1777 – People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England 1831 – First US-built locomotive to pull a passenger train […]

Today in History January 14

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1501 – Martin Luther, age 17, enters the University of Erfurt. 1514 – Pope Leo X issues a papal bull against slavery. 1639 Connecticut’s first constitution, the Fundamental Orders, was adopted. 1699 – Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting “witches” 1784 The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending
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Today in History 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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Today in History January 10

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49 BC – Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, signaling the start of civil war. *1645 – Archbishop William Laud is beheaded at the Tower of London. *1776 – Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet Common Sense. *1812 – The first steamboat on the Ohio River or the Mississippi River arrives in New Orleans, 82 days after […]

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 […]