This Day in History: January

January 11, 49 BC: Julius Caesar Crosses the Rubicon
1: 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
2: 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
3: 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.

10 min
January 19, 1809: Edgar Allan Poe Is Born
4: 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.

11 min