On This Day in History for January 18

Events in History

  • 336 St Mark elected Catholic Pope
  • 350 Roman Emperor Constans is assassinated and the general Magnentius proclaims himself the new Emperor
  • 474 Leo II, age 6 or 7, briefly becomes Byzantine Emperor, being joined by his father as co-ruler by his father on January 29th
  • 532 Nika uprising against Emperor Justinian I in Constantinople fails, 30,000 killed by troops loyal to the Emperor in the Hippodrome
  • 1126 Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Qinzong
  • 1258 Mongol army of 150,000, led by Hulagu, grandson of Genghis Khan, arrives at the walls of Baghdad (city falls Feb 13)
  • 1307 German king Albrecht I makes his son Rudolf King of Bohemia
  • 1478 Grand Duke Ivan II of Moscow occupies Novgorod
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Weddings in History

  • 1486 King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV
  • 1827 American religious leader Joseph Smith Jr (21) weds future church group movement leader Emma Hale (22) in South Bainbridge, New York, until his death in 1844
  • 1893 British Poet and writer Rudyard Kipling (26) marries Carrie Balestier (29) in London

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