What happened this day in history January 13

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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 353 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 31, 2019 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 438,576 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 12 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 2,579 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

  • 1830
    The Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana begins.
  • 1840
    The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.
  • 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.
  • 1908
    The Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, Pennsylvania kills 171 people.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.
  • 1953
    Marshal Josip Broz Tito is chosen as President of Yugoslavia.
  • 1958
    The Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes a Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.

Who were born on January 13?

  • 1878
    Lionel Groulx, Canadian nationalist (d. 1967)
  • 1924
    Paul Feyerabend, Austrian-born philosopher (d. 1994)
  • 1930
    Frances Sternhagen, American actress
  • 1946
    Eero Koivistoinen, Finnish musician
  • 1957
    Lorrie Moore, American writer
  • 1961
    Kelly Hrudey, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1961
    Suggs, English singer (Madness)
  • 1962
    Kevin Mitchell, American baseball player
  • 1964
    Ronan Rafferty, Northern Irish golfer
  • 1977
    Orlando Bloom, English actor

Who died on January 13?

  • 1775
    Johann Georg Walch, German theologian (b. 1693)
  • 1790
    Luc Urbain de Bouexic, comte de Guichen, French admiral (b. 1712)
  • 1797
    Elisabeth Christine von Braunschweig-Bevern, wife of Frederick II of Prussia (b. 1715)
  • 1853
    Theophilos Kairis, Greek priest, humanist and revolutionary (b. 1783)
  • 1885
    Schuyler Colfax, American politician (b. 1823)
  • 1906
    Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (b. 1859)
  • 1915
    Mary Slessor, Scottish missionary (b. 1848)
  • 1934
    Paul Ulrich Villard, French physicist (b. 1860)
  • 1971
    Robert Still, English composer (b. 1910)
  • 2004
    Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)

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