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January 16 Historical Events

The following events took place on January 16. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 50 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 27 BC
    Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus is granted the title Augustus by the Roman Senate, marking the beginning of the Roman Empire.
  • 378
    General Siyaj K‘ak’conquers Tikal, enlarging the domain of King Spearthrower Owl of Teotihuacán.
  • 550
    Gothic War: The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.
  • 750
    The army of Abdallah ibn Ali and Abu Awn Abd al-Malik ibn Yazid defeats that of Marwan II in the Battle of the Zab, bringing the Abbasid Revolution to completion.
  • 929
    Emir Abd-ar-Rahman III established the Caliphate of Córdoba.
  • 1120
    The Council of Nablus is held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.
  • 1362
    A storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German city of Rungholt on the island of Strand.
  • 1412
    The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.
  • 1492
    The first grammar of the Spanish language is presented to Queen Isabella I.
  • 1547
    Ivan IV of Russia a.k.a. Ivan the Terrible becomes Czar of Russia.
  • 1556
    Philip II becomes King of Spain.
  • 1572
    Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk is tried for treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.
  • 1581
    The English Parliament outlaws Roman Catholicism.
  • 1605
    The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, Spain.
  • 1707
    The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.
  • 1761
    The British capture Pondichéry, India from the French.
  • 1780
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
  • 1786
    Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson.
  • 1809
    Peninsular War: The British defeat the French at the Battle of La Coruña.
  • 1847
    John C. Frémont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory.
  • 1862
    Hartley Colliery Disaster: Two hundred four men and boys killed in a mining disaster, prompted a change in UK law which henceforth required all collieries to have at least two independent means of escape.
  • 1878
    Russo-Turkish War (1877–78): Battle of Philippopolis: Captain Aleksandr Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.
  • 1883
    The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States Civil Service, is passed.
  • 1896
    Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.
  • 1900
    The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands.
  • 1909
    Ernest Shackleton’s expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.
  • 1919
    Temperance movement: The United States ratifies the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, authorizing Prohibition in the United States one year after ratification.
  • 1920
    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University.
  • 1920
    The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, France.
  • 1921
    The Marxist Left in Slovakia and the Transcarpathian Ukraine holds its founding congress in Ľubochňa.

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