On This Day

What Happened in January 1693

Historical Events

  • Jan 11 Most powerful earthquake in Italian recorded history strikes Sicily and Southern Italy with an estimated magnitude of 7.4. Tsunamis followed and devastated coastal villages on the Ionian Sea and the Straits of Messina.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 28 Anna "Ivanovna", tsarina of Russia (1730-40) (2/7 NS)
  • Jan 28 Gregor Joseph Werner, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 6 Mehmed IV, sultan (Turkey), dies at 51