On This Day

On This Day in History for January 13 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1984 TV anchor Christine Craft wins $325,000 in her case against KMBC-TV
  • 1985 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $17.1 million
  • 1985 Express train derails in Ethiopia, killing at least 428
  • 1986 NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams
  • 1986 South Yemen President 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 Supreme Court rules (5-3) public school officials have broad powers to censor school newspapers, plays & other expressive activities
  • 1989 Computers across Britain hit by "Friday the 13th"/Jerusalem virus
  • 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"

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1991 President Mário Soares of Portugal re-elected

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1991 UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar meets with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 American 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 French, British, and US fighter jets launch bombing raids in southern Iraq
  • 1994 Italian government of Carlo Ciampi resigns
  • 1997 Radical guerrillas hold 72 hostages and shoot at police outside the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist Bill Gates
Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist
Bill Gates
  • 2001 Earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 2014 14 people are killed and 7 are injured after an explosion in an illegal gambling hall in Kaili City, China
  • 2016 Record Powerball lottery held in America - $1.6 billion, (3 winning tickets)
  • 2018 Early-morning ballistic missile alert sent across Hawaii in error, revoked after 38 minutes
  • 2018 Chelsea Manning, former soldier responsible for Wikileaks announces her bid to run for US Senate
  • 2020 Oldest material existing on earth at 7.5 billion years old revealed by scientists studying the Murchison meteorite that fell to earth in Australia in 1960s

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 President Donald Trump is impeached by the US House of Representatives voting 232-197, for “incitement of insurrection”, first time in history a US President is impeached twice

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2021 Deadliest air raid by Israel on Syria since 2018, when 10 soldiers and 47 allied fighters killed in attacks on military positions [1]
  • 2021 Irish PM Minister Micheal Martin issues apology for treatment of unmarried mothers and babies in church-run institutions 1920-1990s after report 9,000 children had died [1]
  • 2021 World's oldest known cave painting of an animal - a pig, 45,000 years old, discovered in Leang Tedongnge cave, island of Sulawesi, Indonesia [1]

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