#TodayInHistory – January 162 min read
January 16 – Some important events on this day
27 BC 👉🏼 The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate
1412 👉🏼 The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy
1492 👉🏼 The first grammar of a modern language, Spanish, is presented to Queen Isabella.
1547 👉🏼 Ivan IV the Terrible (17) crowns himself first tsar of Moscow
1605 👉🏼 The first edition of “El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha” (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid.
1749 👉🏼 Hoax article advertising fictitious theatrical performer “The Bottle Conjuror” drew huge crowds to the Haymarket Theatre, London, whose inevitable non-appearance caused a riot. It’s alleged the Duke of Montagu perpetrated the fiasco to win a bet
1793 👉🏼 French King Louis XVI sentenced to death by the National Convention during the French Revolution
1913 👉🏼 British House of Commons accepts Home Rule for Ireland (but the Great War gets in the way of it happening)
1920 👉🏼 1st assembly of the League of Nations is held in Paris
2006 👉🏼 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s new president. She becomes Africa’s first female elected head of state.