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

  • 1435
    Sicut Dudum is promulgated by Pope Eugene IV about the enslaving of black natives in Canary Islands by Spanish natives.
  • 1547
    Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey is sentenced to death.
  • 1822
    The design of the Greek flag is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.
  • 1913
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University.
  • 1939
    The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.
  • 1958
    The Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes a Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
  • 1964
    Anti-Muslim riots break out in Calcutta – resulting in 100 deaths.
  • 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.
  • 2001
    An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800.

Who were born on January 13?

  • 1845
    Félix Tisserand, French Astronomer (d. 1896)
  • 1858
    Oskar Minkowski, Biologist (d. 1931)
  • 1924
    Paul Feyerabend, Austrian-born philosopher (d. 1994)
  • 1939
    Cesare Maniago, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1949
    Klaus Brandner, German politician
  • 1964
    Bill Bailey, British comedian
  • 1972
    Park Jin-Young, Korean singer
  • 1974
    Sergei Brylin, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1981
    Jason James, Welsh bassist
  • 1984
    Matteo Cavagna, Italian footballer

Who died on January 13?

  • 888
    Charles the Fat, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 839)
  • 1177
    Henry II of Austria (b. 1107)
  • 1889
    Solomon Bundy, American politician (b. 1823)
  • 1976
    Margaret Leighton, English actress (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Earl Cameron, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1915)
  • 2006
    Frank Fixaris, American sportscaster (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Marc Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • 2009
    Dai Llewellyn Welsh socialite
  • 2009
    Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2009
    William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)

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