On This Day

What Happened on January 13

Historical Events

  • 532 Nika riots begin in Constantinople, revolt against Emperor Justinian I, prompted by chariot racing
  • 1785 John Walter publishes 1st issue of "The Times" of London
  • 1943 Adolf Hitler declares "Total War" against the Allies
  • 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
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Jan 13 in Film & TV

  • 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

Jan 13 in Music

  • 1976 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"

Jan 13 in Sport

  • 1972 Bernice Gera wins anti-discrimination case against the National Baseball Congressl, initiated March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire

Did You Know?

"Mickey Mouse" comic strip 1st appears

On January 13, 1930

Would You Believe?

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

Famous Weddings

  • 1396 John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, marries 3rd wife Katherine Swynford, mother of four of his children at Lincoln Cathedral
  • 1958 American actress Jayne Mansfield (24) weds Hungarian-American bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay (32) at the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California; divorce in 1964
  • 1992 MLB baseball right fielder Sammy Sosa (23) weds Sonia Rodriguez

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