On This Day in History for January 11

Events in History

  • 1055 Theodora is crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1158 Vladislav II of Bohemia becomes king
  • 1378 Earliest record in Durham, England of 'Plough Monday', the first Monday after the Feast of Epiphany (Jan 6) when agricultural work could restart
  • 1558 Westmunster Church in Middelburg destroyed by heavy storm
  • 1569 First recorded lottery in England is drawn in St Paul's Cathedral in London. First prize was £5,000, other prizes included silver plate, tapestries and high quality linen cloth.
  • 1571 Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II grants Austrian nobility freedom of religion
  • 1599 Jacob van Neck's fleet leaves Bantam, Java in modern day Indonesia with 1 million pounds of pepper and cloves and a further half a ship full of nutmeg, mace and cinnamon
  • 1693 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.
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Weddings in History

Divorces in History

  • 1971 1st "Quickie" Divorce granted in UK

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