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
The Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana begins.
The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.
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.
The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War in California.
The Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, Pennsylvania kills 171 people.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University.
The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.
Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.
Marshal Josip Broz Tito is chosen as President of Yugoslavia.
The Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes a Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
Who were born on January 13?
Lionel Groulx, Canadian nationalist (d. 1967)
Paul Feyerabend, Austrian-born philosopher (d. 1994)
Frances Sternhagen, American actress
Eero Koivistoinen, Finnish musician
Lorrie Moore, American writer
Kelly Hrudey, Canadian ice hockey player
Suggs, English singer (Madness)
Kevin Mitchell, American baseball player
Ronan Rafferty, Northern Irish golfer
Orlando Bloom, English actor
Who died on January 13?
Johann Georg Walch, German theologian (b. 1693)
Luc Urbain de Bouexic, comte de Guichen, French admiral (b. 1712)
Elisabeth Christine von Braunschweig-Bevern, wife of Frederick II of Prussia (b. 1715)
Theophilos Kairis, Greek priest, humanist and revolutionary (b. 1783)
Schuyler Colfax, American politician (b. 1823)
Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (b. 1859)
Mary Slessor, Scottish missionary (b. 1848)
Paul Ulrich Villard, French physicist (b. 1860)
Robert Still, English composer (b. 1910)
Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)
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