On This Day

On This Day in History for January 2

Events in History

  • 69 Roman Lower Rhine army proclaims its commander, Vitellius, Emperor
  • 366 The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire
  • 533 John II begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1235 Emperor Joseph II orders Jews of Galicia Austria to adopt family names
  • 1492 Muhammad XII, the last Emir of Granada, surrenders his city to Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabel I of Castile, ending both the Reconquista and centuries of Muslim rule in the Iberian peninsula
  • 1570 Tsar Ivan the Terrible's march to Novgorod begins
  • 1585 Spain & Catholic France sign Saint League of Joinville
  • 1602 Spanish force in Ireland surrender to the English army at Kinsdale
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Weddings in History

  • 1815 Leading Romantic poet Lord Byron (27) marries Anne Isabella Milbanke (22) by special licence, at Seaham Hall in County Durham
  • 1845 Explorer and medical missionary David Livingstone (31) weds Mary Moffat
  • 1890 Physicist J. J. Thomson (33) weds Rose Elisabeth Paget

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