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

  • 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.
  • 1847
    The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War in California.
  • 1893
    The Independent Labour Party of the United Kingdom holds its first meeting.
  • 1935
    A plebiscite in Saarland shows that 90.3% of those voting wish to join Nazi Germany.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2001
    An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800.

Who were born on January 13?

  • 1787
    John Davis, 14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)
  • 1808
    Salmon P. Chase, 6th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1873)
  • 1859
    Kostis Palamas, Greek poet (d. 1943)
  • 1893
    Clark Ashton Smith, American writer (d. 1961)
  • 1931
    Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor (d. 2007)
  • 1939
    Jacek Gmoch, Polish footballer and coach
  • 1974
    Sergei Brylin, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1982
    Guillermo Coria, Argentine tennis player
  • 1984
    Matteo Cavagna, Italian footballer
  • 1987
    Stefano Del Sante, Italian footballer

Who died on January 13?

  • 614
    Saint Kentigern (Saint Mungo), patron saint of Glasgow
  • 1796
    John H. D. Anderson, Scottish scientist and inventor (b. 1726)
  • 1885
    Schuyler Colfax, American politician (b. 1823)
  • 1889
    Solomon Bundy, American politician (b. 1823)
  • 1971
    Robert Still, English composer (b. 1910)
  • 1982
    Marcel Camus, French director (b. 1912)
  • 1993
    Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer (b. 1907)
  • 2004
    Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)
  • 2009
    Dai Llewellyn Welsh socialite
  • 2010
    Jay Reatard, American garage punk musician (b. 1980)

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