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, 412,296 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 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

  • 1815
    War of 1812: British troops capture Fort Peter in St. Marys, Georgia, the only battle of the war to take place in the state.
  • 1893
    The Independent Labour Party of the United Kingdom holds its first meeting.
  • 1908
    The Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, Pennsylvania kills 171 people.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.
  • 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.
  • 1953
    Marshal Josip Broz Tito is chosen as President of Yugoslavia.
  • 1964
    Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, is appointed archbishop of Krakow, Poland.
  • 1968
    Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison
  • 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?

  • 1859
    Kostis Palamas, Greek poet (d. 1943)
  • 1865
    Princess Marie of Orléans (d. 1908)
  • 1870
    Ross Granville Harrison, American biologist (d. 1959)
  • 1881
    Essington Lewis, Australian industrialist (d. 1961)
  • 1885
    Alfred Fuller, Canadian businessman, The “Fuller Brush Man” (d. 1973)
  • 1936
    Renato Bruson, Italian operatic baritone
  • 1964
    Bill Bailey, British comedian
  • 1978
    Ashmit Patel, Indian actor
  • 1980
    Akira Kaji, Japanese footballer
  • 1989
    Tim Matavž, Slovenian footballer

Who died on January 13?

  • 1177
    Henry II of Austria (b. 1107)
  • 1852
    Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Russian explorer (b. 1778)
  • 1915
    Mary Slessor, Scottish missionary (b. 1848)
  • 1929
    Wyatt Earp, American Western lawman (b. 1848)
  • 1934
    Paul Ulrich Villard, French physicist (b. 1860)
  • 1958
    Jesse L. Lasky, American film producer (b. 1880)
  • 1971
    Robert Still, English composer (b. 1910)
  • 2009
    Dai Llewellyn Welsh socialite
  • 2009
    William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Teddy Pendergrass, American R&B singer (b. 1950)

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