What Happened on January 16

Important 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 first tsar of Moscow
  • 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
  • 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 is held in Paris
More Historical Events

January 16 in Film & TV

  • 1936 Screen Actors Guild incorporates with King Vidor as president

January 16 in Music

  • 1938 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman)
  • 1963 Los Angeles night club and music venue The Whiskey A-Go-Go opens (inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006)

January 16 in Sport

  • 1933 Cricket's Bodyline Tour: Australian batsman Bert Oldfield's skull fractured by delivery bowled by Englishman Harold Larwood during the third test in Adelaide

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 16, 2006


Would You Believe?

Hoax article advertising fictitious theatrical performer "The Bottle Conjuror" drew huge crowds to the Haymarket Theatre, London, whose inevitable non-appearance caused a riot. It's alleged the Duke of Montagu perpetrated the fiasco to win a bet

On January 16, 1749

Famous Weddings

  • 1325 Laure de Noves, beloved of Petrarch, marries Hugues de Sade
  • 1864 White chapel murder victim and possible Jack the Ripper victim Mary Ann Nichols (18) weds printer's machinist William Nichols
  • 1865 Confederate Brigadier-General John Pegram marries Hetty Cary (US Civil War)
More Weddings & Divorces