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, 403,512 hours 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

  • 532
    Nika riots in Constantinople.
  • 888
    Odo, Count of Paris becomes King of the Franks.
  • 1605
    The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison.
  • 1832
    President Andrew Jackson writes to Vice President Martin Van Buren expressing his opposition to South Carolina’s defiance of federal authority in the Nullification Crisis.
  • 1842
    Dr. William Brydon, an assistant surgeon in the British East India Company Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 4,500 men and 12,000 camp followers when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.
  • 1935
    A plebiscite in Saarland shows that 90.3% of those voting wish to join Nazi Germany.
  • 1953
    An article appears in Pravda accusing some of the most prestigious and prominent doctors, mostly Jews, in the Soviet Union of taking part in a vast plot to poison members of the top Soviet political and military leadership.
  • 1958
    The Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes a Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
  • 1968
    Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison
  • 2001
    An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800.

Who were born on January 13?

  • 1720
    Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (d. 1808)
  • 1924
    Paul Feyerabend, Austrian-born philosopher (d. 1994)
  • 1929
    Joe Pass, U.S. jazz guitarist (d. 1994)
  • 1935
    Mauro Forghieri, Italian automotive & mechanical engineer (Scuderia Ferrari)
  • 1941
    Pasqual Maragall, Spanish politician
  • 1946
    Eero Koivistoinen, Finnish musician
  • 1947
    John Lees, English Musician
  • 1962
    Paul Higgins, Canadian hockey player
  • 1971
    John Mallory Asher, American film actor/director
  • 1988
    Josh Freeman, American football player

Who died on January 13?

  • 888
    Charles the Fat, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 839)
  • 1717
    Maria Sibylla Merian, naturalist and scientific illustrator (b. 1647)
  • 1766
    King Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1723)
  • 1775
    Johann Georg Walch, German theologian (b. 1693)
  • 1889
    Solomon Bundy, American politician (b. 1823)
  • 1905
    George Thorn, Premier of Queensland (b. 1838)
  • 1971
    Robert Still, English composer (b. 1910)
  • 1978
    Joe McCarthy, American baseball manager (b. 1887)
  • 1980
    André Kostelanetz, Russian-born music conductor and arranger (b. 1901)
  • 2008
    Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)

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