On This Day for 16th January

Historical Events

  • 27 BC The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate.
  • 1412 The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.
  • 1547 Ivan IV the Terrible (17) crowns himself 1st tsar of Moscow
  • 1793 French King Louis XVI sentenced to death by the National Convention during the French Revolution
  • 1913 British House of Commons accepts Home Rule for Ireland (but the Great War gets in the way of it happening)
  • 1920 1st assembly of the League of Nations (Paris)

Did You Know?

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.

On January 16th, 2006

Famous Weddings

  • 1325 Laure de Noves, beloved of Petrarch, marries Hugues de Sade
  • 1864 White chapel murder victims Mary Ann Nichols (18) weds printer's machinist William Nichols
  • 1865 Confederate soldier during US Civil War Brigadier General John Pegram marries Hetty Cary
  • 1921 Politician Elpidio Quirino (30) weds girlfriend Alicia Syquia
  • 1954 Painter Marcel Duchamp (66) weds Alexina Duchamp (48) in New York City