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 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 352 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 31, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,484,265,600 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 15 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 1,484 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

  • 1733
    James Oglethorpe and 130 colonists arrive in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1797
    French Revolutionary Wars: A naval battle between a French ship of the line and two British frigates off the coast of Brittany ends with the French vessel running ashore, resulting in the death of over 900.
  • 1840
    The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.
  • 1893
    The Independent Labour Party of the United Kingdom holds its first meeting.
  • 1898
    Emile Zola’s J'accuse exposes the Dreyfus affair.
  • 1934
    The Candidate of Science degree is established in the USSR.
  • 1958
    The Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes a Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
  • 1964
    Anti-Muslim riots break out in Calcutta – resulting in 100 deaths.
  • 1966
    Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  • 1972
    Prime Minister Kofi Busia and President Edward Akufo-Addo of Ghana are ousted in a bloodless military coup by Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong.

Who were born on January 13?

  • 1562
    Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet (d. 1601)
  • 1616
    Antoinette Bourignon, Flemish mystic (d. 1680)
  • 1861
    Max Nonne, German neurologist (d. 1959)
  • 1869
    Emanuele Filiberto, 2nd Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat (d. 1931)
  • 1883
    Prince Arthur of Connaught (d. 1938)
  • 1954
    Trevor Rabin, South African guitarist (Yes)
  • 1961
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American actress
  • 1964
    Penelope Ann Miller, American actress
  • 1981
    Shad Gaspard, American professional wrestler, bodyguard, and actor
  • 1984
    Matteo Cavagna, Italian footballer

Who died on January 13?

  • 888
    Charles the Fat, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 839)
  • 1852
    Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Russian explorer (b. 1778)
  • 1915
    Mary Slessor, Scottish missionary (b. 1848)
  • 1958
    Jesse L. Lasky, American film producer (b. 1880)
  • 1978
    Hubert H. Humphrey, 38th Vice President of the United States (b. 1911)
  • 1995
    Max Harris, Australian poet, columnist and publisher (b. 1921)
  • 2004
    Harold Shipman, British serial killer (b. 1946)
  • 2005
    Earl Cameron, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Danny Oakes, American racecar driver (b. 1911)
  • 2010
    Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan writer and linguist (b. 1930)

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