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

  • 1733
    James Oglethorpe and 130 colonists arrive in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1797
    French Revolutionary Wars: A naval battle between a French ship of the line and two British frigates off the coast of Brittany ends with the French vessel running ashore, resulting in the death of over 900.
  • 1830
    The Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana begins.
  • 1893
    U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the USS Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
  • 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.
  • 1934
    The Candidate of Science degree is established in the USSR.
  • 1935
    A plebiscite in Saarland shows that 90.3% of those voting wish to join Nazi Germany.
  • 1958
    The Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes a Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
  • 1974
    Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.

Who were born on January 13?

  • 1651
    Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, English politician (d. 1694)
  • 1861
    Max Nonne, German neurologist (d. 1959)
  • 1885
    Alfred Fuller, Canadian businessman, The “Fuller Brush Man” (d. 1973)
  • 1893
    Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer (d. 1963)
  • 1911
    Sir Johannes “Joh” Bjelke-Petersen, Premier of Queensland (d. 2005)
  • 1930
    Liz Anderson, American singer
  • 1959
    James Lomenzo, American musician (Megadeth)
  • 1972
    James O'Brien, British radio presenter and journalist
  • 1972
    Nicole Eggert, American actress
  • 1976
    Tania Vicent, Canadian short track speed skater

Who died on January 13?

  • 703
    Empress Jitō of Japan (b. 645)
  • 1177
    Henry II of Austria (b. 1107)
  • 1625
    Jan Brueghel the Elder, Flemish painter (b. 1568)
  • 1630
    Yuan Chonghuan, Chinese military commander (b. 1584)
  • 1923
    Alexandre Ribot, French statesman (b. 1842)
  • 2001
    Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • 2002
    Gregorio Fuentes, Cuban fisherman, Ernest Hemingway’s first mate (b. 1897)
  • 2003
    Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • 2009
    Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)
  • 2009
    William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)

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