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Old 01-23-2009, 10:46 AM   #111
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January 23.

393 Roman Emperor Theodosius proclaims his 9 year old son, Honorious co-Emperor. Dying soon thereafter, he leaves Honorious as sole Western Emperor at the age of 10. Over the 28 years of his reign, beset by many troubles, Honorious singularly fails to meet any of them, dooming the Western Roman Empire to utter extinction soon after his death. The most notable event of Honorious' rule was the first sack of Rome, in 410, by Alaric the Visigoth. This was the first sacking of Rome in over 800 years, since the Gauls sacked the city in 387 BC.

1368. A coronation ceremony is held for Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang. His investiture formally commences the Ming Dynasty, beginning a 300 year period of almost unrivaled tranquil and properous rule for over 100 million Chinese citizens. During the early Ming dynasty, agricultural reforms led to increased wealth, which indirectly resulted in great achievements in building and the arts. It is also during this period taht most of the Great Wall of China as we currently know it was built. (the Ming used stone/mortar/brick, whereas earth had often been used for large sections of the wall).

1941. Charles Lindbergh, famous American aviator, goes before Congress to argue in favor of a neutrality pact with Hitler's Germany.

1973. President Nixon announces that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam.
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