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

  • 888
    Odo, Count of Paris becomes King of the Franks.
  • 1847
    The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War in California.
  • 1939
    The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.
  • 1942
    Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.
  • 1942
    World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.
  • 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.
  • 1968
    Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1505
    Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg (d. 1571)
  • 1881
    Essington Lewis, Australian industrialist (d. 1961)
  • 1884
    Sophie Tucker, Russian-born singer and performer (d. 1966)
  • 1913
    Jeff Morrow, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1926
    Michael Bond, British writer
  • 1929
    Joe Pass, U.S. jazz guitarist (d. 1994)
  • 1949
    Brandon Tartikoff, American television executive (d. 1997)
  • 1951
    Frank E. Peretti, author of Christian fiction
  • 1959
    James Lomenzo, American musician (Megadeth)
  • 1961
    Kelly Hrudey, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on January 13?

  • 703
    Empress Jitō of Japan (b. 645)
  • 1775
    Johann Georg Walch, German theologian (b. 1693)
  • 1905
    George Thorn, Premier of Queensland (b. 1838)
  • 1906
    Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (b. 1859)
  • 1943
    Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss artist (b. 1889)
  • 1982
    Marcel Camus, French director (b. 1912)
  • 2004
    Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)
  • 2004
    Zeno Vendler, American philosopher of language (b. 1921)
  • 2009
    Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
  • 2009
    Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)

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