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What happened on January 13? There are more than 306 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About January 13

January 13 In HistoryJanuary 13 is the 13th day of the year 2018. There are 352 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday. This day falls under the 2nd week of the year 2018.

On this day in Hawks, Michigan 49743 sunrise occured at 02:11 PM and sunset occured at 11:17 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Capricorn. The modern birthstone for this month is Garnet while the mystical birthstone is Emerald.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 37 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 19, 2018).

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January 13: A Day In History

It is still celebrated as New Year’s Eve (at least in the 20th & 21st centuries) by countries still using the thirteen-day-slower Julian calendar (Old New Year).

Historical Events For January 13

  • 532
    Nika riots in Constantinople.
  • 888
    Odo, Count of Paris becomes King of the Franks.
  • 1328
    Edward III of England marries Philippa of Hainault, daughter of the Count of Hainault.
  • 1435
    Sicut Dudum is promulgated by Pope Eugene IV about the enslaving of black natives in Canary Islands by Spanish natives.
  • 1547
    Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey is sentenced to death.
  • 1605
    The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison.
  • 1607
    The Bank of Genoa fails after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain.
  • 1733
    James Oglethorpe and 130 colonists arrive in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1785
    John Walter publishes the first issue of the Daily Universal Register (later renamed The Times).
  • 1797
    French Revolutionary Wars: A naval battle between a French ship of the line and two British frigates off the coast of Brittany ends with the French vessel running ashore, resulting in the death of over 900.
  • 1815
    War of 1812: British troops capture Fort Peter in St. Marys, Georgia, the only battle of the war to take place in the state.
  • 1822
    The design of the Greek flag is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.
  • 1830
    The Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana begins.
  • 1832
    President Andrew Jackson writes to Vice President Martin Van Buren expressing his opposition to South Carolina’s defiance of federal authority in the Nullification Crisis.
  • 1840
    The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.
  • 1842
    Dr. William Brydon, an assistant surgeon in the British East India Company Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 4,500 men and 12,000 camp followers when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.
  • 1847
    The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War in California.
  • 1869
    National convention of black leaders meets in Washington D.C.
  • 1893
    The Independent Labour Party of the United Kingdom holds its first meeting.
  • 1893
    U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the USS Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
  • 1898
    Emile Zola’s J'accuse exposes the Dreyfus affair.
  • 1908
    The Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, Pennsylvania kills 171 people.
  • 1910
    The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the opera Cavalleria rusticana is sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
  • 1913
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University.
  • 1915
    An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills 29,800.
  • 1934
    The Candidate of Science degree is established in the USSR.
  • 1935
    A plebiscite in Saarland shows that 90.3% of those voting wish to join Nazi Germany.
  • 1939
    The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.
  • 1942
    Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.
  • 1942
    World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.
  • 1951
    First Indochina War: The Battle of Vinh Yen begins, which will end in a major victory for France.
  • 1953
    An article appears in Pravda accusing some of the most prestigious and prominent doctors, mostly Jews, in the Soviet Union of taking part in a vast plot to poison members of the top Soviet political and military leadership.
  • 1953
    Marshal Josip Broz Tito is chosen as President of Yugoslavia.
  • 1958
    The Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes a Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
  • 1964
    Anti-Muslim riots break out in Calcutta – resulting in 100 deaths.
  • 1964
    Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, is appointed archbishop of Krakow, Poland.
  • 1966
    Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  • 1968
    Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison
  • 1972
    Prime Minister Kofi Busia and President Edward Akufo-Addo of Ghana are ousted in a bloodless military coup by Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong.
  • 1974
    Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
  • 1982
    Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90, a Boeing 737 jet crashes into Washington, DC’s 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78 including four motorists.
  • 1985
    A passenger train plunges into a ravine in Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst railroad disaster in Africa.
  • 1986
    A month-long violent struggle begins in Aden, South Yemen between supporters of Ali Nasir Muhammad and Abdul Fattah Ismail, resulting in thousands of casualties.
  • 1990
    L. Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1991
    Soviet Union troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, killing 14 people and wounding 1000.
  • 1993
    Space Shuttle program: Endeavour heads for space for the third time as STS-54 launches from the Kennedy Space Center.
  • 2001
    An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800.

Who Were Born On January 13?

  • 1434
    King Henry II of Castile (d. 1379)
  • 1505
    Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg (d. 1571)
  • 1562
    Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet (d. 1601)
  • 1596
    Jan van Goyen, Dutch painter (d. 1656)
  • 1610
    Maria Anna of Austria, Electress of Bavaria (d. 1665)
  • 1616
    Antoinette Bourignon, Flemish mystic (d. 1680)
  • 1635
    Philipp Jakob Spener, German theologian (d. 1705)
  • 1651
    Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, English politician (d. 1694)
  • 1683
    Christoph Graupner, German composer (d. 1760)
  • 1720
    Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (d. 1808)
  • 1749
    Friedrich Müller, painter and dramatist (d. 1825)
  • 1777
    Elisa Bonaparte, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte (d. 1820)
  • 1787
    John Davis, 14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)
  • 1804
    Paul Gavarni, French caricaturist (d. 1866)
  • 1805
    Thomas Dyer, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1862)
  • 1808
    Salmon P. Chase, 6th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1873)
  • 1812
    Victor de Laprade, French poet and critic (d. 1883)
  • 1832
    Horatio Alger, Jr., American minister and author (d. 1899)
  • 1845
    Félix Tisserand, French Astronomer (d. 1896)
  • 1858
    Oskar Minkowski, Biologist (d. 1931)
  • 1859
    Kostis Palamas, Greek poet (d. 1943)
  • 1861
    Max Nonne, German neurologist (d. 1959)
  • 1864
    Wilhelm Wien, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1928)
  • 1865
    Princess Marie of Orléans (d. 1908)
  • 1866
    Vasily Kalinnikov, Russian composer (d. 1901)
  • 1869
    Emanuele Filiberto, 2nd Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat (d. 1931)
  • 1870
    Ross Granville Harrison, American biologist (d. 1959)
  • 1878
    Lionel Groulx, Canadian nationalist (d. 1967)
  • 1881
    Essington Lewis, Australian industrialist (d. 1961)
  • 1883
    Prince Arthur of Connaught (d. 1938)
  • 1884
    Sophie Tucker, Russian-born singer and performer (d. 1966)
  • 1885
    Alfred Fuller, Canadian businessman, The “Fuller Brush Man” (d. 1973)
  • 1886
    Art Ross, Canadian ice hockey player and executive (d. 1964)
  • 1887
    Gabriel Gabrio, French actor (d. 1946)
  • 1887
    George Gurdjieff, Georgian-Armenian-Greek mystic (d. 1949)
  • 1890
    Jüri Uluots, Estonian Prime Minister (d. 1945)
  • 1893
    Clark Ashton Smith, American writer (d. 1961)
  • 1893
    Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer (d. 1963)
  • 1898
    Carlo Tagliabue, Italian baritone (d. 1978)
  • 1898
    Kai Munk, Danish playwright and Lutheran pastor, martyr (d. 1944)
  • 1901
    A. B. Guthrie, American novelist, historian (d. 1991)
  • 1901
    Mieczysław Żywczyński, Polish historian and priest (d. 1978)
  • 1904
    Richard Addinsell, British composer (Warsaw Concerto) (d. 1977)
  • 1905
    Kay Francis, American actress (d. 1968)
  • 1906
    Zhou Youguang, Chinese linguist
  • 1909
    Marinus van der Lubbe, Dutch communist (d. 1934)
  • 1910
    Yannis Tsarouchis, Greek painter (d. 1989)
  • 1911
    Sir Johannes “Joh” Bjelke-Petersen, Premier of Queensland (d. 2005)
  • 1913
    Jeff Morrow, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1914
    Lord Ted Willis, British television dramatist (d. 1992)
  • 1919
    Robert Stack, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1921
    Dachine Rainer, British writer (d. 2000)
  • 1922
    Albert Lamorisse, French film director and producer (d. 1970)
  • 1923
    Daniil Shafran, Russian cellist (d. 1997)
  • 1924
    Paul Feyerabend, Austrian-born philosopher (d. 1994)
  • 1924
    Roland Petit, French choreographer (d. 2011)
  • 1925
    Georgi Kaloyanchev, Bulgarian actor
  • 1925
    Gwen Verdon, American actress and dancer (d. 2000)
  • 1926
    Carolyn Gold Heilbrun, American feminist author (d. 2003)
  • 1926
    Michael Bond, British writer
  • 1927
    Brock Adams, American politician (d. 2004)
  • 1927
    Sydney Brenner, British Nobel Laureate
  • 1929
    Joe Pass, U.S. jazz guitarist (d. 1994)
  • 1930
    Frances Sternhagen, American actress
  • 1930
    Liz Anderson, American singer
  • 1931
    Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor (d. 2007)
  • 1931
    Chris Wiggins, British actor
  • 1931
    Ian Hendry, English actor (d. 1984)
  • 1932
    Barry Bishop, American mountaineer (d. 1994)
  • 1934
    Rip Taylor, American actor
  • 1935
    Elsa Martinelli, Italian actress
  • 1935
    Mauro Forghieri, Italian automotive & mechanical engineer (Scuderia Ferrari)
  • 1936
    Renato Bruson, Italian operatic baritone
  • 1938
    Shivkumar Sharma, santoor player, music composer
  • 1938
    Tord Grip, Swedish football manager
  • 1938
    William B. Davis, Canadian actor
  • 1939
    Cesare Maniago, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1939
    Jacek Gmoch, Polish footballer and coach
  • 1940
    Edmund White, American author
  • 1941
    Pasqual Maragall, Spanish politician
  • 1942
    Carol Cleveland, English actress
  • 1943
    Richard Moll, American actor
  • 1946
    Eero Koivistoinen, Finnish musician
  • 1947
    Carles Rexach, former Spanish-Catalan footballer and coach
  • 1947
    Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of Kraków
  • 1947
    John Lees, English Musician
  • 1948
    Gaj Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur
  • 1949
    Brandon Tartikoff, American television executive (d. 1997)
  • 1949
    Klaus Brandner, German politician
  • 1949
    Rakesh Sharma, first Indian and 138th person to visit space
  • 1950
    Bob Forsch, American baseball player
  • 1950
    John McNaughton, American film director
  • 1951
    Frank E. Peretti, author of Christian fiction
  • 1954
    Trevor Rabin, South African guitarist (Yes)
  • 1955
    Jay McInerney, American writer
  • 1955
    Paul Kelly, Australian singer-songwriter
  • 1956
    Janet Hubert-Whitten, American actress
  • 1957
    Lorrie Moore, American writer
  • 1957
    Mark O'Meara, Major winning American Golfer
  • 1959
    James Lomenzo, American musician (Megadeth)
  • 1960
    Takis Lemonis, Greek footballer and coach
  • 1961
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American actress
  • 1961
    Kelly Hrudey, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1961
    Suggs, English singer (Madness)
  • 1961
    Wayne Coyne, American singer (The Flaming Lips)
  • 1962
    Kevin Mitchell, American baseball player
  • 1962
    Paul Higgins, Canadian hockey player
  • 1962
    Trace Adkins, American country music singer-songwriter
  • 1963
    Kevin McClatchy, American businessman
  • 1964
    Bill Bailey, British comedian
  • 1964
    Penelope Ann Miller, American actress
  • 1964
    Ronan Rafferty, Northern Irish golfer
  • 1966
    Patrick Dempsey, American actor
  • 1966
    Shelagh Fogarty, British radio presenter
  • 1967
    Annie Jones, Australian actress
  • 1968
    Chara, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1968
    Mike Whitlow, English footballer
  • 1968
    Traci Bingham, American actress
  • 1969
    Stefania Belmondo, Italian cross-country skier
  • 1969
    Stephen Hendry, Scottish snooker player
  • 1970
    Keith Coogan, American actor
  • 1970
    Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (d. 2004)
  • 1970
    Shonda Rhimes, American screenwriter/creator (Grey’s Anatomy)
  • 1971
    John Mallory Asher, American film actor/director
  • 1971
    Phil Whyman, English paranormal researcher, television personality, writer and musician
  • 1972
    Atoosa Rubenstein, Iranian-born American magazine editor
  • 1972
    James O'Brien, British radio presenter and journalist
  • 1972
    Mark Bosnich, Australian footballer
  • 1972
    Nicole Eggert, American actress
  • 1972
    Park Jin-Young, Korean singer
  • 1972
    Vitaly Scherbo, Belarusian gymnast
  • 1973
    Gloria Yip, Hong Kong actor
  • 1973
    Nikolai Khabibulin, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1974
    Sergei Brylin, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Michael Peña, American actor
  • 1976
    Tania Vicent, Canadian short track speed skater
  • 1977
    James Posey, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Orlando Bloom, English actor
  • 1977
    William Ash (actor), British actor
  • 1978
    Ashmit Patel, Indian actor
  • 1980
    Akira Kaji, Japanese footballer
  • 1980
    Krzysztof Czerwinski, Polish conductor and organist
  • 1980
    Michael Rupp, American ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Nils-Eric Johansson, Swedish footballer
  • 1981
    Darrell Rasner, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Jason James, Welsh bassist
  • 1981
    Reggie Brown, American football player
  • 1981
    Shad Gaspard, American professional wrestler, bodyguard, and actor
  • 1982
    Guillermo Coria, Argentine tennis player
  • 1982
    Kamran Akmal, Pakistan cricketer
  • 1983
    Julian Morris, English actor
  • 1983
    Ronny Turiaf, French basketball player
  • 1983
    Sebastian Kneißl, German footballer
  • 1983
    William Hung, American Idol contestant
  • 1984
    Matteo Cavagna, Italian footballer
  • 1984
    Nathaniel Motte, American musician (3OH!3)
  • 1985
    Qi Hui, Chinese swimmer
  • 1986
    Joannie Rochette, Canadian figure skater
  • 1986
    Laura Ludwig, German beach volleyball player
  • 1987
    Alexandre Pliuschin, Moldovan cyclist
  • 1987
    Daniel Oss, Italian cyclist
  • 1987
    Lee Seung Gi, South Korean singer
  • 1987
    Marc Staal, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1987
    Stefano Del Sante, Italian footballer
  • 1987
    Sven Wetzel, German rugby player
  • 1988
    Josh Freeman, American football player
  • 1989
    Bryan Arguez, American footballer
  • 1989
    James Berrett, English footballer
  • 1989
    Tim Matavž, Slovenian footballer
  • 1989
    Triinu Kivilaan, Estonian singer
  • 1990
    Liam Hemsworth, Australian actor
  • 1991
    Goo Ha-ra, South Korean singer/actress/MC
  • 1992
    Adam Matthews, Welsh footballer
  • 1995
    Qaasim Middleton, American musician and actor

Who Died On January 13?

  • 86 BC
    Gaius Marius, Roman general and politician (b. 157 BC)
  • 614
    Saint Kentigern (Saint Mungo), patron saint of Glasgow
  • 703
    Empress Jitō of Japan (b. 645)
  • 858
    King Ethelwulf of Wessex (b. 795)
  • 888
    Charles the Fat, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 839)
  • 1138
    Simon I, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1076)
  • 1151
    Abbot Suger, French statesman and historian (b. 1081)
  • 1177
    Henry II of Austria (b. 1107)
  • 1330
    Frederick I of Austria (b. 1286)
  • 1363
    Meinhard III of Gorizia-Tyrol (b. 1344)
  • 1599
    Edmund Spenser, English poet (b. 1552)
  • 1625
    Jan Brueghel the Elder, Flemish painter (b. 1568)
  • 1630
    Yuan Chonghuan, Chinese military commander (b. 1584)
  • 1658
    Edward Sexby, English Puritan soldier (b. 1616)
  • 1691
    George Fox, English founder of Quakerism (b. 1624)
  • 1717
    Maria Sibylla Merian, naturalist and scientific illustrator (b. 1647)
  • 1766
    King Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1723)
  • 1775
    Johann Georg Walch, German theologian (b. 1693)
  • 1790
    Luc Urbain de Bouexic, comte de Guichen, French admiral (b. 1712)
  • 1796
    John H. D. Anderson, Scottish scientist and inventor (b. 1726)
  • 1797
    Elisabeth Christine von Braunschweig-Bevern, wife of Frederick II of Prussia (b. 1715)
  • 1832
    Thomas Lord, English cricketer, founder of Lord’s cricket ground (b. 1755)
  • 1838
    Ferdinand Ries, German composer (b. 1784)
  • 1852
    Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Russian explorer (b. 1778)
  • 1853
    Theophilos Kairis, Greek priest, humanist and revolutionary (b. 1783)
  • 1860
    William Mason, American politician (b. 1786)
  • 1864
    Stephen Foster, American composer (b. 1826)
  • 1882
    Wilhelm Mauser, German weapon designer and manufacturer (b. 1834)
  • 1885
    Schuyler Colfax, American politician (b. 1823)
  • 1889
    Solomon Bundy, American politician (b. 1823)
  • 1894
    Nadezhda von Meck, Russian patroness of Pyotr Tchaikovsky (b. 1831)
  • 1905
    George Thorn, Premier of Queensland (b. 1838)
  • 1906
    Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (b. 1859)
  • 1915
    Mary Slessor, Scottish missionary (b. 1848)
  • 1923
    Alexandre Ribot, French statesman (b. 1842)
  • 1924
    Georg Hermann Quincke, German physicist (b. 1834)
  • 1928
    Mara Buneva, Bulgarian revolutionary (b. 1902}
  • 1929
    H. B. Higgins, Australian politician and judge (b. 1851)
  • 1929
    Wyatt Earp, American Western lawman (b. 1848)
  • 1932
    Sophia of Prussia, consort of Constantine I of Greece (b. 1870)
  • 1934
    Paul Ulrich Villard, French physicist (b. 1860)
  • 1941
    James Joyce, Irish writer (b. 1882)
  • 1943
    Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss artist (b. 1889)
  • 1956
    Lyonel Feininger, German-American painter and caricaturist (b. 1871)
  • 1958
    Jesse L. Lasky, American film producer (b. 1880)
  • 1962
    Ernie Kovacs, American actor and comedian (b. 1919)
  • 1967
    Anatole de Grunwald, British producer and screenwriter (b. 1910)
  • 1971
    Robert Still, English composer (b. 1910)
  • 1974
    Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • 1974
    Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet (b. 1904)
  • 1976
    Margaret Leighton, English actress (b. 1922)
  • 1977
    Henri Langlois, French film archivist, and a co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française (b. 1914)
  • 1978
    Hubert H. Humphrey, 38th Vice President of the United States (b. 1911)
  • 1978
    Joe McCarthy, American baseball manager (b. 1887)
  • 1979
    Donny Hathaway, American musician (b. 1945)
  • 1979
    Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
  • 1980
    André Kostelanetz, Russian-born music conductor and arranger (b. 1901)
  • 1982
    Marcel Camus, French director (b. 1912)
  • 1988
    Chiang Ching-kuo, President of the Republic of China (b. 1910)
  • 1993
    Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer (b. 1907)
  • 1995
    Max Harris, Australian poet, columnist and publisher (b. 1921)
  • 2001
    Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • 2002
    Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian (b. 1916)
  • 2002
    Gregorio Fuentes, Cuban fisherman, Ernest Hemingway’s first mate (b. 1897)
  • 2002
    Ted Demme, American film director (b. 1963)
  • 2003
    Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • 2004
    Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)
  • 2004
    Harold Shipman, British serial killer (b. 1946)
  • 2004
    Zeno Vendler, American philosopher of language (b. 1921)
  • 2005
    Earl Cameron, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1915)
  • 2005
    Nell Rankin, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1924)
  • 2006
    Frank Fixaris, American sportscaster (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Marc Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • 2007
    Danny Oakes, American racecar driver (b. 1911)
  • 2007
    Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1949)
  • 2008
    Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • 2008
    Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • 2009
    Dai Llewellyn Welsh socialite
  • 2009
    Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)
  • 2009
    Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
  • 2009
    Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)
  • 2009
    Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2009
    William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Jay Reatard, American garage punk musician (b. 1980)
  • 2010
    Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan writer and linguist (b. 1930)
  • 2010
    Teddy Pendergrass, American R&B singer (b. 1950)


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