- 532 Nika riots begin in Contaninople, revolt against Emperor Justinian, prompted by chariot racing
- 1785 John Walter publishes 1st issue of "The Times" of London
- 1943 Hitler declares "Total War"
- 1970 Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu flees Biafra into exile, leaving his deputy Philip Effiong to surrender to the Nigerian army, unofficially ending the Nigerian Civil War
- 2000 Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position
"Mickey Mouse" comic strip 1st appears
On January 13, 1930
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.
On January 13, 1842