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.
  • 1605
    The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison.
  • 1733
    James Oglethorpe and 130 colonists arrive in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1869
    National convention of black leaders meets in Washington D.C.
  • 1893
    U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the USS Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
  • 1935
    A plebiscite in Saarland shows that 90.3% of those voting wish to join Nazi Germany.
  • 1964
    Anti-Muslim riots break out in Calcutta – resulting in 100 deaths.
  • 1974
    Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
  • 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?

  • 1434
    King Henry II of Castile (d. 1379)
  • 1845
    Félix Tisserand, French Astronomer (d. 1896)
  • 1878
    Lionel Groulx, Canadian nationalist (d. 1967)
  • 1921
    Dachine Rainer, British writer (d. 2000)
  • 1923
    Daniil Shafran, Russian cellist (d. 1997)
  • 1926
    Carolyn Gold Heilbrun, American feminist author (d. 2003)
  • 1929
    Joe Pass, U.S. jazz guitarist (d. 1994)
  • 1950
    John McNaughton, American film director
  • 1976
    Michael Peña, American actor
  • 1984
    Matteo Cavagna, Italian footballer

Who died on January 13?

  • 1625
    Jan Brueghel the Elder, Flemish painter (b. 1568)
  • 1915
    Mary Slessor, Scottish missionary (b. 1848)
  • 1974
    Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • 1979
    Donny Hathaway, American musician (b. 1945)
  • 1995
    Max Harris, Australian poet, columnist and publisher (b. 1921)
  • 2001
    Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • 2006
    Frank Fixaris, American sportscaster (b. 1934)
  • 2009
    Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)
  • 2009
    Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)
  • 2009
    Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)

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