What are the important events that happened on January 13? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 13: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 13 is the 13th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 353 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 31, 2015 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,452,643,200 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘tridecagon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 26 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,118 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 13: This Day In History

It is still celebrated as New Year’s Eve (at least in the 20th & 21st centuries) by countries still using the thirteen-day-slower Julian calendar (Old New Year).

January 13 Historical Events

  • 1830
    The Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana begins.
  • 1840
    The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.
  • 1898
    Emile Zola’s J'accuse exposes the Dreyfus affair.
  • 1913
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University.
  • 1942
    World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.
  • 1972
    Prime Minister Kofi Busia and President Edward Akufo-Addo of Ghana are ousted in a bloodless military coup by Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong.
  • 1982
    Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90, a Boeing 737 jet crashes into Washington, DC’s 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78 including four motorists.
  • 1985
    A passenger train plunges into a ravine in Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst railroad disaster in Africa.
  • 1986
    A month-long violent struggle begins in Aden, South Yemen between supporters of Ali Nasir Muhammad and Abdul Fattah Ismail, resulting in thousands of casualties.
  • 1991
    Soviet Union troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, killing 14 people and wounding 1000.

Who were born on January 13?

  • 1434
    King Henry II of Castile (d. 1379)
  • 1886
    Art Ross, Canadian ice hockey player and executive (d. 1964)
  • 1935
    Mauro Forghieri, Italian automotive & mechanical engineer (Scuderia Ferrari)
  • 1949
    Rakesh Sharma, first Indian and 138th person to visit space
  • 1968
    Mike Whitlow, English footballer
  • 1971
    John Mallory Asher, American film actor/director
  • 1981
    Shad Gaspard, American professional wrestler, bodyguard, and actor
  • 1984
    Matteo Cavagna, Italian footballer
  • 1988
    Josh Freeman, American football player
  • 1989
    Tim Matavž, Slovenian footballer

Who died on January 13?

  • 86 BC
    Gaius Marius, Roman general and politician (b. 157 BC)
  • 1717
    Maria Sibylla Merian, naturalist and scientific illustrator (b. 1647)
  • 1915
    Mary Slessor, Scottish missionary (b. 1848)
  • 1923
    Alexandre Ribot, French statesman (b. 1842)
  • 1929
    H. B. Higgins, Australian politician and judge (b. 1851)
  • 1978
    Hubert H. Humphrey, 38th Vice President of the United States (b. 1911)
  • 1993
    Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer (b. 1907)
  • 2003
    Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • 2004
    Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)
  • 2004
    Harold Shipman, British serial killer (b. 1946)

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