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27The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate.

1493Columbus leaves the new world and sets sail for Spain on his 1st trip

1832Charles Darwin lands at San Tiago, Cape Verde

1897John Dewey's essay "My Pedagogic Creed" appears in School Journal

1925Leon Trotsky dismissed as CEO of Russian Revolution Military Council

1931Bradman scores 223 Australia v WI, 297 mins, 26 fours

1952US Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary

195341st Australian Mens Tennis: Ken Rosewall beats Mervyn Rose (6-0 6-3 6-4)

1963Khrushchev claims to have a 100-megaton nuclear bomb

1963Tennessee Williams' "Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore," premieres

1974"Jaws" by Peter Benchley is published

19785th American Music Award: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & C Twitty

1979Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution

1980Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession

1981Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even took his gold teeth

1981Ivan Lendl intentionally loses a match in Volvo Masters in order to avoid having to play Bjorn Borg

198411th American Music Award: Pat Benatar & Michael Jackson win

2002The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban.

On This Day In History
Date Event
Jan 16, 27 BC
The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate. 
Jan 16, 550
Gothic War (535-552): The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison. 
Jan 16, 1120
The Council of Nablus is held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. 
Jan 16, 1219
Floods in Northern Netherlands after storm, 1,000s killed 
Jan 16, 1362
A great storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German island of Strand and the city of Rungholt. 
Jan 16, 1412
The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy. 
Jan 16, 1492
The first grammar of a modern language, in the Spanish language, is presented to Queen Isabella. 
Jan 16, 1493
Columbus leaves the new world and sets sail for Spain on his 1st trip 
Jan 16, 1531
English Reformation parliament's 2nd sitting 
Jan 16, 1547
Ivan IV the Terrible (17) crowns himself 1st tsar of Moscow 
Jan 16, 1556
Emperor Karel appoints his son Philip II, king of Spain 
Jan 16, 1572
Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk is tried for treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England. 
Jan 16, 1581
English parliament passes laws against Catholicism 
Jan 16, 1756
England & Prussia sign Treaty of Westminster 
Jan 16, 1761
The British capture Pondicherry, India from the French. 
Jan 16, 1765
Charles Messier catalogs M41 (galactic cluster in Canis Major) 
Jan 16, 1776
Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks 
Jan 16, 1777
Vermont declares independence from NY 
Jan 16, 1780
Battle at Cape St Vincent: admiral Rodney beats Spanish fleet 
Jan 16, 1793
French King Louis XVI sentenced to death by the National Convention during the French Revolution 
Jan 16, 1795
French army under Pichegru occupies Utrecht Neth 
Jan 16, 1809
Peninsular War: The British defeat the French at the Battle of Corunna 
Jan 16, 1819
Godert baron van der de Capellen becomes governor of Dutch-Indies 
Jan 16, 1832
Charles Darwin lands at San Tiago, Cape Verde 
Jan 16, 1847
John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory. 
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