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, 24,210,720 minutes 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.
  • 1328
    Edward III of England marries Philippa of Hainault, daughter of the Count of Hainault.
  • 1869
    National convention of black leaders meets in Washington D.C.
  • 1893
    The Independent Labour Party of the United Kingdom holds its first meeting.
  • 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.
  • 1934
    The Candidate of Science degree is established in the USSR.
  • 1966
    Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  • 1974
    Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
  • 1993
    Space Shuttle program: Endeavour heads for space for the third time as STS-54 launches from the Kennedy Space Center.
  • 2001
    An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800.

Who were born on January 13?

  • 1596
    Jan van Goyen, Dutch painter (d. 1656)
  • 1865
    Princess Marie of Orléans (d. 1908)
  • 1898
    Carlo Tagliabue, Italian baritone (d. 1978)
  • 1906
    Zhou Youguang, Chinese linguist
  • 1963
    Kevin McClatchy, American businessman
  • 1972
    Nicole Eggert, American actress
  • 1977
    James Posey, American basketball player
  • 1983
    Ronny Turiaf, French basketball player
  • 1989
    James Berrett, English footballer
  • 1989
    Tim Matavž, Slovenian footballer

Who died on January 13?

  • 1151
    Abbot Suger, French statesman and historian (b. 1081)
  • 1658
    Edward Sexby, English Puritan soldier (b. 1616)
  • 1924
    Georg Hermann Quincke, German physicist (b. 1834)
  • 1971
    Robert Still, English composer (b. 1910)
  • 1974
    Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • 1976
    Margaret Leighton, English actress (b. 1922)
  • 2002
    Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian (b. 1916)
  • 2003
    Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • 2004
    Harold Shipman, British serial killer (b. 1946)
  • 2006
    Marc Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)

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