This Day in History: January
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.