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, 24,210,720 minutes 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

  • 1733
    James Oglethorpe and 130 colonists arrive in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1847
    The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War in California.
  • 1869
    National convention of black leaders meets in Washington D.C.
  • 1893
    The Independent Labour Party of the United Kingdom holds its first meeting.
  • 1910
    The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the opera Cavalleria rusticana is sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
  • 1913
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University.
  • 1915
    An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills 29,800.
  • 1935
    A plebiscite in Saarland shows that 90.3% of those voting wish to join Nazi Germany.
  • 1953
    Marshal Josip Broz Tito is chosen as President of Yugoslavia.
  • 1991
    Soviet Union troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, killing 14 people and wounding 1000.

Who were born on January 13?

  • 1906
    Zhou Youguang, Chinese linguist
  • 1921
    Dachine Rainer, British writer (d. 2000)
  • 1925
    Georgi Kaloyanchev, Bulgarian actor
  • 1936
    Renato Bruson, Italian operatic baritone
  • 1959
    James Lomenzo, American musician (Megadeth)
  • 1961
    Suggs, English singer (Madness)
  • 1968
    Chara, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1970
    Keith Coogan, American actor
  • 1983
    Sebastian Kneißl, German footballer
  • 1986
    Joannie Rochette, Canadian figure skater

Who died on January 13?

  • 858
    King Ethelwulf of Wessex (b. 795)
  • 1658
    Edward Sexby, English Puritan soldier (b. 1616)
  • 1915
    Mary Slessor, Scottish missionary (b. 1848)
  • 1943
    Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss artist (b. 1889)
  • 1974
    Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • 1974
    Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet (b. 1904)
  • 2001
    Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • 2002
    Ted Demme, American film director (b. 1963)
  • 2005
    Earl Cameron, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1915)
  • 2009
    William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)

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