On This Day

What Happened on January 13, 1976

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events


InventionHistoric Invention

American inventor Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind unveil the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the first omni-font optical character recognition system

Inventor and Author Ray Kurzweil
Inventor and Author
Ray Kurzweil
  • Future undisputed world middleweight boxing champion Marvin Hagler suffers his first career loss in a controversial 10-round majority decision to Bobby Watts at the Philadelphia Spectrum
  • Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"

Famous Birthdays

  • Gary Brent, cricketer (Zimbabwe ODI pace bowler 1996)
  • Michael Peña, American actor
  • Vaclav Batlik, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Costa Mesa, California

Famous Deaths

  • Margaret Leighton, British actress (The Go-Between, The Night of the Iguana), dies of multiple sclerosis at 53