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January 1 Historical Events

The following events took place on January 1. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 155 events. Showing 1 - 20.

  • 153 BC
    Roman consuls begin their year in office.
  • 45 BC
    The Julian calendar takes effect as the civil calendar of the Roman Empire, establishing January 1 as the new date of the new year.
  • 42 BC
    The Roman Senate posthumously deifies Julius Caesar
  • 69
    The Roman legions in Germania Superior refuse to swear loyalty to Galba. They rebel and proclaim Vitellius as emperor.
  • 193
    The Senate chooses Pertinax against his will to succeed Commodus as Roman emperor.
  • 404
    An infuriated Roman mob tears Telemachus, a Christian monk, to pieces for trying to stop a gladiators’ fight in the public arena held in Rome.
  • 414
    Galla Placidia, half-sister of Emperor Honorius, is married to the Visigothic king Ataulf at Narbonne. The wedding is celebrated with Roman festivities and magnificent gifts from the Gothic booty.
  • 417
    Emperor Honorius forces Galla Placidia into marriage to Constantius, his famous general (magister militum).
  • 1001
    Grand Prince Stephen I of Hungary is named the first King of Hungary by Pope Sylvester II.
  • 1068
    Romanos IV Diogenes marries Eudokia Makrembolitissa and is crowned Byzantine Emperor.
  • 1259
    Michael VIII Palaiologos is proclaimed co-emperor of the Empire of Nicaea with his ward John IV Laskaris.
  • 1438
    Albert II of Habsburg is crowned King of Hungary.
  • 1502
    The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is first explored by the Portuguese.
  • 1515
    King Francis I of France succeeds to the French throne.
  • 1527
    Croatian nobles elect Ferdinand I of Austria as King of Croatia in the Parliament on Cetin.
  • 1600
    Scotland begins its numbered year on January 1 instead of March 25.
  • 1651
    Charles II is crowned King of Scotland.
  • 1700
    Russia begins using the Anno Domini era and no longer uses the Anno Mundi era of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1707
    John V is crowned King of Portugal.
  • 1739
    Bouvet Island is discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier.

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