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

  • 1785
    John Walter publishes the first issue of the Daily Universal Register (later renamed The Times).
  • 1847
    The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War in California.
  • 1913
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University.
  • 1951
    First Indochina War: The Battle of Vinh Yen begins, which will end in a major victory for France.
  • 1964
    Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, is appointed archbishop of Krakow, Poland.
  • 1972
    Prime Minister Kofi Busia and President Edward Akufo-Addo of Ghana are ousted in a bloodless military coup by Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong.
  • 1974
    Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
  • 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.
  • 1990
    L. Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1991
    Soviet Union troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, killing 14 people and wounding 1000.

Who were born on January 13?

  • 1651
    Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, English politician (d. 1694)
  • 1808
    Salmon P. Chase, 6th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1873)
  • 1884
    Sophie Tucker, Russian-born singer and performer (d. 1966)
  • 1901
    A. B. Guthrie, American novelist, historian (d. 1991)
  • 1938
    Shivkumar Sharma, santoor player, music composer
  • 1961
    Suggs, English singer (Madness)
  • 1970
    Shonda Rhimes, American screenwriter/creator (Grey’s Anatomy)
  • 1980
    Akira Kaji, Japanese footballer
  • 1984
    Matteo Cavagna, Italian footballer
  • 1989
    Bryan Arguez, American footballer

Who died on January 13?

  • 1177
    Henry II of Austria (b. 1107)
  • 1691
    George Fox, English founder of Quakerism (b. 1624)
  • 1790
    Luc Urbain de Bouexic, comte de Guichen, French admiral (b. 1712)
  • 1932
    Sophia of Prussia, consort of Constantine I of Greece (b. 1870)
  • 1967
    Anatole de Grunwald, British producer and screenwriter (b. 1910)
  • 1974
    Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet (b. 1904)
  • 1977
    Henri Langlois, French film archivist, and a co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française (b. 1914)
  • 1979
    Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
  • 2001
    Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • 2002
    Ted Demme, American film director (b. 1963)

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