Saturday, November 22, 2014

17 January - History and Importance of the Day




395 – Emperor Theodosius I dies in Milan, the Roman Empire is re-divided into an eastern and a western half. The Eastern Roman Empire is centered in Constantinople under Arcadius, son of Theodosius, and the Western Roman Empire in Mediolanum under Honorius, his brother (aged 10).

1377 – Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
1608 – Emperor Susenyos surprises an Oromo army at Ebenat; his army reportedly kills 12,000 Oromo at the cost of 400 of his men.
1773 – Captain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
1941 – Franco-Thai War: French forces inflict a decisive defeat over the Royal Thai Navy.

2002 – Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.



Birthdays

1706 – Benjamin Franklin, American publisher and politician, 6th President of Pennsylvania (d. 1790)
1911 – George Joseph Stigler, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

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