January 16 1547 – Ivan the Terrible Takes the Crown of Russia

January 16 1547 – Ivan the Terrible Takes the Crown of RussiaRate this post Stepping up to the altar of the Cathedral of the Dormition, the 16-year-old Ivan Vasilyevic, Grand Prince of Moscow, assumed the throne on January 16, 1547. Known to history as Ivan the Terrible, he was the first to receive the title “Tsar of All the Russias” and would go on to turn Russia into a vast empire through nearly 40 years at the helm. Named Ivan IV at birth, he and his younger brother Yuri were orphaned at a young age — father Vasili III died of an infection in 1536 and mother Elena followed him […]

January 16 1979 – Shah Of Iran Flees To Egypt, Opening The Door For The Islamic Revolution

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January 16 1979 – Shah Of Iran Flees To Egypt, Opening The Door For The Islamic RevolutionRate this post On January 16, 1979, the last Shah of Iran, Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi fled the country, after being faced with country-wide protests and demonstrations. The Shah’s departure to Egypt threw the doors open to the Iranian Revolution, more popularly known as the Islamic Revolution, and for much political unrest. In 1941, when Iran was taken over by British and Soviet authorities and the troops swarmed through the Shi’a nation, the first Pahlavi shah was forced to abdicate and his son Mohammad Reza took over the reins of administration. To start with, […]