Historical Events on January 13

  • 888 Odo, Count of Paris, becomes King of the Franks.
  • 1099 Crusaders set fire to Mara, Syria
  • 1404 The Act of Multipliers is passed by the English Parliament forbidding alchemists to use their knowledge to create precious metals (it was feared that if any alchemist should succeed it would bring ruin upon the state)

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1605 The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison.

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson
  • 1607 The Bank of Genoa fails after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain.

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1610 Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, 4th satellite of Jupiter

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 1621 Jan Pieterszoon Coen's fleet sets sail to Moluccas (from Jacarta)
  • 1630 Letters Patent issued to Plymouth Colony
  • 1673 Jean Racine's "Mithridate" premieres in Paris

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1695 Jonathan Swift ordained an Anglican priest in Ireland

Author, Poet and Satirist Jonathan Swift
Author, Poet and Satirist
Jonathan Swift
  • 1733 James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, SC
  • 1770 De Beaumarchais' "Les Deux Amis" premieres in Paris
  • 1785 John Walter publishes first issue of London Times
  • 1794 Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes
  • 1822 The design of the Greek flag is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.
  • 1830 Great fire in New Orleans thought to be set by rebel slaves
  • 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, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for (reputedly) being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.
  • 1849 Vancouver Island granted to Hudson's Bay Co
  • 1854 Anthony Foss patents accordion
  • 1863 Chenille manufacturing machine patented by William Canter, NYC
  • 1865 -Jan 15th] BBT & CPT Ft Fisher, NC
  • 1869 Colored National Labor Union, 1st Black labor convention meets in Wash DC
  • 1873 P B S Pinchback relinquishes office at Louisiana governor
  • 1874 Battle between jobless & police in NYC, 100s injuried
  • 1874 US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king

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1882 Richard Wagner completes his opera "Parsifal"

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • 1883 Fire in Circus Ferroni in Berditschoft, Poland, kills 430
  • 1883 Henrik Ibsen's "En Folkefiende" premieres in Oslo
  • 1888 National Geographic Society founded (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1893 British Independent Labour Party forms (Keir Hardie as its leader)
  • 1893 U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
  • 1894 Revolution in Sicily crushed by government troops

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1895 Oscar Wilde's "Ideal Husband" premieres in London

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
  • 1898 Emile Zola publishes his open letter (J'accuse) in defense of Alfred Dreyfus
  • 1902 Textile workers strike in Enschede, Netherlands (until 1st June)
  • 1906 1st radio set advertised (Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American) claimed to receive signals up to one mile
  • 1908 French pilot Henry Farman is first European to fly 1km circuit
  • 1908 Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers sweep Ottawa Victorias in 2 games
  • 1908 Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, PA killing 171 people.
  • 1910 JM Synge's "Deirdre of the Sorrows" premieres in Dublin

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1911 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Die Ratten" premieres in Berlin

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann

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1911 Roald Amundsen anchors at Walvis Bay, southwestern Africa

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • 1911 South Africa's 1st win over Australia, at Adelaide
  • 1912 -40°F (-40°C), Oakland, Maryland (state record)
  • 1913 Delta Sigma Theta, the world's largest Black Women's Sorority is founded at Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1914 IWW-leader/songwriter Joe Hill arrested "Girl from Utah" East-Prussia
  • 1915 Earthquake in Avezzano Italy kills 29,800
  • 1915 Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, presents plan for assault on Dardanelles
  • 1919 Dutch Soccer team OSV forms
  • 1920 NY Times editorial (falsely) reports rockets can never fly
  • 1922 Buck Weaver, a Black Sox, applies unsuccessfully for reinstatement
  • 1922 Conference of Cannes concerning German retribution payments ended
  • 1922 WHA-AM in Madison WI begins radio transmissions

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1923 Taking advantage of the chaotic condition of Germany, Hitler stages a demonstration of 5000 storm troopers and denounces the 'November crime'

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1924 Nationalist Wafd-party wins Egyptian parliament elections
  • 1927 US & Mexico battle over oil interests
  • 1928 RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television receiver which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture
  • 1929 Humanist Society established, Hollywood, California
  • 1930 "Mickey Mouse" comic strip 1st appears
  • 1934 The Candidate of Science degree is established in the USSR.
  • 1935 Plebiscite in Saar indicates a desire (90.3%) to join Nazi Germany
  • 1938 The Church of England accepts the theory of evolution.
  • 1939 Belgian premier signs Burgos Treaty for trade relations with Franco
  • 1939 The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.
  • 1942 Allied Conference on war trials
  • 1942 German U-boats begin harassing shipping on US east coast

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1942 Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • 1942 Interallied war trial conference publishes St James Declaration
  • 1942 World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.

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1943 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Casablanca

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1943 Hitler declares "Total War"
  • 1943 Russian offensive at Don under general Golikov
  • 1943 US infantry captures Galloping Horse Ridge, Guadalcanal
  • 1945 Prokofchev's 5th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • 1948 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
  • 1949 "Along 5th Avenue" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
  • 1951 German general Christian Hansen freed early from Dutch prison
  • 1953 Gas explosion in Belgium coal mine kills 14
  • 1953 KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 Marshal Josip Tito chosen president of Yugoslavia
  • 1953 3rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 79-75 at Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1954 Military rule in Egypt; 318 Muslim Brotherhood members arrested
  • 1954 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Allen Tate

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1957 Mickey Wright wins Sea Island Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1957 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 19-10
  • 1957 Wham-O Company produces the 1st Frisbee

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1957 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1958 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban
  • 1958 US newspaper "Daily Worker" ceases publication
  • 1958 Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.

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1959 French President Charles de Gaulle grants amnesty to 130 Algerians sentenced to death

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1959 King Boudouin promises Belgian Congo independence
  • 1962 "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances

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1962 Wilt Chamberlain of Warriors scores then NBA-record 73 pts vs Chicago

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1963 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 21-14
  • 1963 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 30-20
  • 1964 Karol Wojtyla becomes archbishop of Krakow
  • 1964 Hindu-Muslim rioting breaks out in the Indian city of Calcutta - now Kolkata - resulting in the deaths of more than 100 people.
  • 1964 52nd Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Lesley Turner (6-3, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

1964 52nd Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Fred Stolle (6-3, 6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • 1965 15th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 124-123 at St. Louis

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1966 1st black selected for presidential cabinet (LBJ selects Robert C Weaver-HUD)

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1966 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1967 Bloodless coup in Togo led by Lt. Col. Étienne Eyadéma and Kléber Dadjo
  • 1967 Rolling Stones appear again on the Ed Sullivan Show
  • 1968 "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • 1968 "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • 1968 Minn North Stars center Bill Masterton fatally injured (dies on 15th)
  • 1970 Riots begin in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast
  • 1971 "Soon" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 1972 Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire
  • 1972 An army commander stages a bloodless coup in Ghan, while the prime minister is in London
  • 1973 "Tricks" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1973 Lasse Daniel Efskind skates world record 1000m (1:17.6)
  • 1974 Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Houston Super Bowl MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB
  • 1974 Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.

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1975 Henry Kissinger hints at military action against oil countries in case of "actual strangulation of the industrialized world" in the wake of oil shock

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • 1976 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"
  • 1978 NASA select its first American women astronauts
  • 1979 Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam
  • 1979 YMCA files libel suit against Village People's YMCA song
  • 1980 "King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances
  • 1980 Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium
  • 1980 Togo's constitution becomes effective
  • 1981 Barbara Sonntag, Colo, crochets record 147 stitches/min for 1/2 hour
  • 1981 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to May Swenson & Howard Nemerov

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1981 Islander's Mike Bossy's 15th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

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1982 Hank Aaron & Frank Robinson elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1982 Air Florida 737 took off in a snowstorm, crashes into 14th St Bridge in Washington, D.C., & falls into Potomac River, killing 78

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1983 AMA urges ban on boxing, cites Muhammad Ali's deteriorating condition

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1983 Quebec Nordiques play 251st NHL game without being shut out
  • 1984 TV anchor Christine Craft wins $325,000 in her case against KMBC-TV
  • 1985 23rd Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats USA in Nagoya Japan (2-1)
  • 1985 99-yr-old Otto Bucher scores a hole-in-one at Spanish golf course
  • 1985 Blackhawk Doug Wilson failed on 12th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1985 Cerberal Palsy telethon raises $17,100,000
  • 1985 Express train derails in Ethiopia, killing at least 428
  • 1986 NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams
  • 1986 South Yemen Pres Ali Nasser Mohammed's bodyguard shoots opponents
  • 1986 ABC's TV premiere of "The Right of The People", whose writer and director is said to have been inspired by the 14 December 1980 massacre at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles
  • 1987 Seven top New York City Mafia bosses sentenced to 100 years in prison each
  • 1987 West German police arrest Mohammed Ali Hamadi, suspect in 1985 hijacking
  • 1988 LA Dodger/SD Padre Steve Garvey retires
  • 1988 Supreme Court rules (5-3) public school officials have broad powers to censor school newspapers, plays & other expressive activities
  • 1989 "Ryan's Hope" ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV
  • 1989 Computers across Britain hit by "Friday the 13th"/Jerusalem virus
  • 1989 Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate
  • 1989 Ruins of Mashkan-shapir (occupied 2050-1720 BC) found in Iraq
  • 1989 Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz begins 1-year jail sentence
  • 1990 1st elected African American Governor inaugurated (Douglas Wilder-Virginia)
  • 1991 12th ACE Cable Awards: Weather Channel wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the hurricane "Hugo"
  • 1991 42 killed in exhibition soccer match in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1991 Phil Mickelson wins PGA Northern Telecom Golf Open
  • 1991 Pres Mario Soares of Portugal re-elected
  • 1991 Soccer stadium riot in Orkney, South Africa, at least 40 die
  • 1991 UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar meets with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
  • 1991 Soviet troops continue attack on Vilnius, capital of Lithuania; 13 people killed and 140 injured as
  • 1992 Excavation of new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field) begins

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1992 US serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer pleads guilty but insane

Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer
  • 1992 Japan apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
  • 1993 STS-54 (Endeavour) launches into orbit
  • 1993 Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena - Cowboys beat Bills
  • 1993 French, British, and US fighter jets launch bombing raids in southern Iraq
  • 1994 Italian government of Carlo Ciampi resigns
  • 1994 Tonya Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt & Derrick Brian Smith arrested & charged with conspiracy in attack of skater Nancy Kerrigan
  • 1995 26 HNL teams unanimously ratify agreement to end NHL strike
  • 1995 America3 becomes 1st all-female crew to win an America's Cup race
  • 1997 Radical guerrillas hold 72 hostages and shoot at police outside the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru
  • 1998 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" opens at St James Theater NYC
  • 1998 CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years

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1999 Basketball player Michael Jordan announces his retirement only to return in 2001

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

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2000 Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • 2001 Earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2002 28th People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Kelsey Grammer, Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

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2002 In a controversial move, Marty Schottenheimer is fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins after just one season

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2003 Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.

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2003 30th American Music Awards: Sheryl Crow & Eminem win

Rapper Eminem
Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
  • 2004 Harold Shipman, a British GP who is believed to have killed more than 200 of his patients in Manchester, is found hanged in his prison cell
  • 2007 Two thirds of the Venus's southern hemisphere suddenly brightened as something triggered aerosols to form at a furious rate.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2008 65th Golden Globes (announced): Atonement, Daniel Day-Lewis, & Julie Christie win

  • 2009 Global shipping experiences a drop in trade, as exports from South Korea dropping an annualised 30%, with Taiwan and Japan experiencing a 42% and 27% drop respectively
  • 2012 Italian cruiseliner Costa Concordia runs aground at Isola de Giglio, Italy, causing 32 deaths
  • 2013 70th Golden Globes: Argo, Daniel Day-Lewis, & Jessica Chastain win
  • 2014 14 people are killed and 7 are injured after an explosion in an illegal gambling hall in Kaili City, China

Sport awardFootball Awards

2014 Cristiano Ronaldo wins the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
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