On This Day in History for January 23

Events in History

  • 393 Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaims his nine year old son Honorius co-emperor
  • 909 Bulgarian Saint John of Rila [Saint Ivan] performs the miracle of the two pies - uses two pies to feed the poor
  • 971 War elephant corps of the Southern Han defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops; Southern Han state forced to submit to the Song Dynasty. 1st regular war elephant corps in Chinese army
  • 1265 1st English Parliament not summoned by the monarch formally convened (some authorities)
  • 1368 In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.
  • 1484 Parliament of English King Richard III opens, passes Titulus Regis, (Richard's right to the throne)
  • 1490 1st printing of Ramban's Sha'ar ha-Gemul
  • 1546 Having published nothing for eleven years, Francois Rabelais publishes the Tiers Livre, his sequel to Gargantua and Pantagruel
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Weddings in History

  • 1045 Edward the Confessor, King of England (40), marries Edith, daughter of the Earl of Godwin
  • 1999 Princess of Monaco Caroline (42) weds dynastic head of the House of Hanover and Britain's King George I descendant Prince Ernst August (45) in Monaco

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