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.
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.
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.
1929 Abraham Odekunle Aiki returns to his home town in Ilero, Nigeria, where for more than forty years he will preach, visit, pray, and study. His church will grow from thirty-nine members to over one thousand, and he will plant several new churches and establish a school where none had previously existed.
Historical Events Today
Today in Film & TV
1936 Screen Actors Guild incorporates with King Vidor as president.
Today in Music
1938 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall, performed by Benny Goodman and his band
1963 Los Angeles night club and music venue The Whiskey A-Go-Go opens (inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006).
Today in Sport
1933 Cricket’s Bodyline Tour: Australian batsman Bert Oldfield’s skull fractured by delivery bowled by Englishman Harold Larwood during the third test in Adelaide.
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2006 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s new president. She becomes Africa’s first female elected head of state.