13 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Horatio Alger, 1832
  • Sophie Tucker, 1884
  • Robert Stack, 1919
  • Roland Petit, 1924
  • Gwen Verdon, 1926
  • Charles Nelson Reilly, 1931
  • Brandon Tartikoff, 1949
  • Steven Hendry, 1969
  • Orlando Bloom, 1977

Died On This Day:

  • Edmund Spenser, 1599
  • Stephen Foster, 1864
  • Wyatt Earp, 1929
  • James Joyce, 1941
  • Jesse Lasky, 1958
  • Ernie Kovacs killed, 1962
  • Hubert Humphrey, 1978
  • Andre Kostelanetz, 1980
  • Brooks Atkinson, 1984
  • Georgi Malenkov, 1988
  • Harold Shipman, 2004
  • Patrick McGoohan, 2009
  • Teddy Pendergrass, 2010
  • Anthony Armstrong-Jones (Lord Snowdon), 2017

Today's Events:

  • 1610 - Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, the fourth satellite of Jupiter.
  • 1733 - 130 settlers lead by James Oglethorpe establish Charleston, SC to settle British territory Georgia.
  • 1854 - The accordion patented by Anthony Faas of Philadelphia.
  • 1886 - Lagos becomes separate British colony from Nigeria.
  • 1888 - National Geographic Society founded at Cosmos Club opposite White House, DC.
  • 1893 - First meeting of Britain's Independent Labor Party, precursor of current Labor party.
  • 1910 - Caruso's singing of 'I Pagliacci' is first operatic song to be transmitted by radio waves from NY.
  • 1915 - Earthquake in central Italy kills 29,500; 17 villages in Abruzzi destroyed.
  • 1920 - New York Times publishes editorial saying rockets will never be able to fly.
  • 1930 - Mickey Mouse comic strip appears for first time.
  • 1938 - First animated feature 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' opens at Radio City Music Hall.
  • 1942 - Henry Ford patents a plastic-bodied car, 30% lighter than ordinary cars.
  • 1957 - Walter Frederick Morrison and Wham-O Company of San Gabriel, CA market first Frizbee.
  • 1978 - NASA appoints first women astronaut; six women hired to perform medical tasks on space shuttles.
  • 1985 - Worst South African railroad accident in history kills 392 when train falls into canyon.
  • 1987 - Seven New York Mafia bosses sentenced to 100 years each in prison.
  • 1989 - Friday the 13th virus hits IBM computers in Britain.
  • 2002 - The Fantasticks closes in New York after a 42-year 17,162 performance run - 2nd longest in history.
  • 2011 - Floods and mudslides in Rio de Janeiro and south-eastern Brazil kill more than 500.
  • 2012 - Cruise ship Costa Concordia hits rocky shoal on Friday the 13th and sinks off Island of Giglio; 16 dead, 17 missing.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Hilary of Poitiers
  • Day of Hesus of Hu (Druid form of Christ)

Holiday:

  • Only Urnaesch in Switzerland celebrates New Years Day (Julian Calendar)
  • Canute's Day or Tjugondag Knut celebrated in Sweden
  • Stephen Foster Memorial Day in US

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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