On This Day in History for January 19

Events in History

  • 379 Theodosius installed as co-emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire by Emperor Gratian
  • 973 Pope Benedictus VI elected
  • 1363 English King Edward III introduces his Sumptuary Laws, restricting what people ate and wore to preserve social status (largely ignored)
  • 1419 French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years' War
  • 1492 Supplies to build Portuguese trading post Castelo de São Jorge da Mina (Elmina Castle) arrive on the Gold Coast (now Ghana), first European building south of the Sahara
  • 1493 France cedes Roussillon & Cerdagne to Spain by treaty of Barcelona
  • 1511 Italian city Mirandola surrenders to the French
  • 1520 Battle of Bogesund: Christian II of Denmark defeats the Regent of Sweden, Sten Sture the Younger who is mortally wounded
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Weddings in History

  • 1872 Physicist Wilhelm Röntgen (26) weds Anna Bertha Ludwig in Apeldoorn, Netherlands
  • 1884 Painter Thomas Eakins (39) weds painter and photographer Susan Macdowell (32) in a Quaker ceremony
  • 2013 "Big Brother" Daniele Donato (26) weds Dominic Briones at the Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach, California

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Deaths in History

  • 639 Dagobert I, king of Austrasia, Soissons, Burgundy and Neustrië, dies at about 36
  • 1479 Johan II, king of Aragon/Navarra, dies at 81
  • 1526 Isabella of Burgundy, wife of Christian II of Denmark, dies at 24
  • 1547 Henry Howard, earl of Surrey, army commander/poet, beheaded at 29
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