1528 – Gustav I of Sweden crowned King of Sweden, rules for 37 years and becomes known as the “father of the nation”.
1554 – Bayinnaung crowned King of Burma, goes on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia.
1872 – Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first imperial coronation in that city in over 200 years.
1948 – Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast.
1964 – American entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, who played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder of Amazon.com, was born.
1984 – An international panel overseeing the restoration of the Great Pyramids in Egypt overcomes years of frustration when it abandons modern construction techniques in favor of the method employed by the ancient Egyptians.
1995 – Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, is arrested for conspiring to kill Louis Farrakhan. Shabazz believed that Farrakhan was responsible for the assassination of her father in 1965.
2010 – Earthquake Devastates Haiti, killing approximately 160,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince.
Film: 1966 – “Batman”, starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC.
Music: 1969 – Debut album of Led Zeppelin released first in the US.
Sport: 2009 – Cristiano Ronaldo is awarded 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year for the first time at a ceremony in Zurich.
Via Britannica / On This Day