This Day in History: January

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
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Overview

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
January 11, 49 BC: Julius Caesar Crosses the Rubicon

01: January 11, 49 BC: Julius Caesar Crosses the Rubicon

Julius Caesar was known as a decisive general. When he chose to step forward, cross the Rubicon, and march on Rome with nothing but a single legion, this was one of the riskiest decisions in military history. Ultimately it resulted in the end of the Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

7 min
January 15, 1929: Martin Luther King Jr. Is Born

02: January 15, 1929: Martin Luther King Jr. Is Born

January 15, 1929: Martin Luther King Jr. is born. From this tiny beginning came huge change. Follow his footsteps through his involvement with the NAACP and the tremendous impact Ida B. Wells had on his leadership within the civil rights movement.

8 min
January 15, 1559: Elizabeth I Is Crowned Queen of England

03: January 15, 1559: Elizabeth I Is Crowned Queen of England

Get to know Queen Elizabeth I, who turned a country ripe with religious and political turmoil into a golden age of English history.

8 min
January 19, 1809: Edgar Allan Poe Is Born

04: January 19, 1809: Edgar Allan Poe Is Born

Get to know Edgar Allen Poe and discover how his writing influenced a wide range of writers and literary genres.

9 min
January 6, 1066: Harold Godwinson Seizes England’s Throne

05: January 6, 1066: Harold Godwinson Seizes England’s Throne

Professor Jennifer Paxton uncovers the drama and controversy behind the crowning of Lord Harold Godwinson in 1066. She’ll provide insights and context for this pivotal moment—just one of many that made that year so momentous.

7 min
January 13, 532: The Nika Riots Erupt in Constantinople

06: January 13, 532: The Nika Riots Erupt in Constantinople

Join esteemed history professor Joyce E. Salisbury to recount the dramatic details of the Nika Riots in Constantinople.

5 min
January 20, 1945: FDR Begins a Fourth Term

07: January 20, 1945: FDR Begins a Fourth Term

Join renowned historian David R. Stone to look at the short but meaningful impact that Franklin Delano Roosevelt had in his last days as president of the United States.

5 min