- 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
- 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
- 1976 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"
- 1972 Bernice Gera wins anti-discrimination case against the National Baseball Congressl, initiated March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire
"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