History's January 13
2016 Record Powerball lottery held in America - $1.6 billion, (3 winning tickets)
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo wins the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or
2014 14 people are killed and 7 are injured after an explosion in an illegal gambling hall in Kaili City, China
2012 Italian cruiseliner Costa Concordia runs aground at Isola de Giglio, Italy, causing 32 deaths
2009 Global shipping experiences a drop in trade, as exports from South Korea dropping an annualised 30%, with Taiwan and Japan experiencing a 42% and 27% drop respectively
2008 65th Golden Globes (announced): Atonement, Daniel Day-Lewis, & Julie Christie win
2007 Two thirds of the Venus's southern hemisphere suddenly brightened as something triggered aerosols to form at a furious rate.
2004 Harold Shipman, a British GP who is believed to have killed more than 200 of his patients in Manchester, is found hanged in his prison cell
2003 Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.
2003 30th American Music Awards: Sheryl Crow & Eminem win
2002 28th People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Kelsey Grammer, Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)
2002 In a controversial move, Marty Schottenheimer is fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins after just one season
2001 Earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people
2000 Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position
1999 Basketball player Michael Jordan announces his retirement only to return in 2001
1998 CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years
1998 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" opens at St James Theater NYC
1997 Radical guerrillas hold 72 hostages and shoot at police outside the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru
1995 26 HNL teams unanimously ratify agreement to end NHL strike
1995 America3 becomes 1st all-female crew to win an America's Cup race
1994 Italian government of Ciampi resigns
1994 Tonya Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt & Derrick Brian Smith arrested & charged with conspiracy in attack of skater Nancy Kerrigan
1993 French, British, and US fighter jets launch bombing raids in southern Iraq
1993 Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena - Cowboys beat Bills
1993 STS-54 (Endeavour) launches into orbit
1992 Japan apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
1992 Excavation of new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field) begins
1992 US serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer pleads guilty but insane
1991 UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar meets with Saddam
1991 Soviet troops continue attack on Vilnius, capital of Lithuania; 13 people killed and 140 injured as
1991 Phil Mickelson wins PGA Northern Telecom Golf Open
1991 Pres Mario Soares of Portugal re-elected
1991 42 killed in exhibition soccer match in Johannesburg, South Africa
1991 12th ACE Cable Awards: Weather Channel wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the hurricane "Hugo"
1991 Soccer stadium riot in Orkney, South Africa, at least 40 die
1990 1st elected African American Governor inaugurated (Douglas Wilder-Virginia)
1989 Ruins of Mashkan-shapir (occupied 2050-1720 BC) found in Iraq
1989 "Ryan's Hope" ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV
1989 Computers across Britain hit by "Friday the 13th"/Jerusalem virus
1989 Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate
1989 Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz begins 1-year jail sentence
1988 LA Dodger/SD Padre Steve Garvey retires
1988 Supreme Court rules (5-3) public school officials have broad powers to censor school newspapers, plays & other expressive activities
1987 Seven top New York City Mafia bosses sentenced to 100 years in prison each
1987 West German police arrest Mohammed Ali Hamadi, suspect in 1985 hijacking
1986 ABC's TV premiere of "The Right of The People", whose writer and director is said to have been inspired by the 14 December 1980 massacre at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles
1986 South Yemen Pres Ali Nasser Mohammed's bodyguard shoots opponents
1986 NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams
1985 Blackhawk Doug Wilson failed on 12th penalty shot against Islanders
1985 Cerberal Palsy telethon raises $17,100,000
1985 23rd Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats USA in Nagoya Japan (2-1)
1985 99-yr-old Otto Bucher scores a hole-in-one at Spanish golf course
1985 Express train derails in Ethiopia, killing at least 428
1984 TV anchor Christine Craft wins $325,000 in her case against KMBC-TV
1983 AMA urges ban on boxing, cites Muhammad Ali's deteriorating condition
1983 Quebec Nordiques play 251st NHL game without being shut out
1982 Air Florida 737 took off in a snowstorm, crashes into 14th St Bridge in Washington, D.C., & falls into Potomac River, killing 78
1982 Hank Aaron & Frank Robinson elected to Hall of Fame
1981 Islander's Mike Bossy's 15th career hat trick-4 goals
1981 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to May Swenson & Howard Nemerov
1981 Barbara Sonntag, Colo, crochets record 147 stitches/min for 1/2 hour
1980 "King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances
1980 Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium
1980 Togo's constitution becomes effective
1979 YMCA files libel suit against Village People's YMCA song
1979 Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam
1978 NASA select its first American women astronauts
1976 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"
1975 Henry Kissinger hints at military action against oil countries in case of "actual strangulation of the industrialized world" in the wake of oil shock
1974 Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Houston Super Bowl MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB
1974 Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
1973 Lasse Daniel Efskind skates world record 1000m (1:17.6)
1973 "Tricks" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 8 performances
1972 An army commander stages a bloodless coup in Ghan, while the prime minister is in London
1972 Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire
1971 "Soon" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 3 performances
1970 Riots begin in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast
1968 Minn North Stars center Bill Masterton fatally injured (dies on 15th)
1968 "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 performances
1968 "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
1967 Rolling Stones appear again on the Ed Sullivan Show
1967 Coup in Togo
1966 1st black selected for pres cabinet (LBJ selects Robert C Weaver-HUD)
1966 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 15th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 124-123 at St. Louis
1964 52nd Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Fred Stolle (6-3, 6-4, 6-2)
1964 52nd Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Lesley Turner (6-3, 6-2)
1964 Hindu-Muslim rioting breaks out in the Indian city of Calcutta - now Kolkata - resulting in the deaths of more than 100 people.
1964 Karol Wojtyla becomes archbishop of Krakow
1963 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 21-14
1963 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 30-20
1962 "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances
1962 Wilt Chamberlain of Warriors scores then NBA-record 73 pts vs Chicago
1959 French President Charles de Gaulle grants amnesty to 130 Algerians sentenced to death
1959 King Boudouin promises Belgian Congo independence
1958 US newspaper "Daily Worker" ceases publication
1958 Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
1958 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban
1957 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme
1957 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Allen Tate
1957 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 19-10
1957 Wham-O Company produces the 1st Frisbee
1957 Mickey Wright wins Sea Island Golf Open
1954 Military rule in Egypt; 318 Muslim Brotherhood members arrested
1954 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 Marshal Josip Tito chosen president of Yugoslavia
1953 KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
1953 Gas explosion in Belgium coal mine kills 14
1953 3rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 79-75 at Fort Wayne, Indiana
1951 German general Christian Hansen freed early from Dutch prison
1949 "Along 5th Avenue" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
1948 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
1945 Prokofchev's 5th Symphony premieres in Moscow
1943 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Casablanca
1943 Russian offensive at Don under general Golikov
1943 US infantry captures Galloping Horse Ridge, Guadalcanal
1942 Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies
1942 Allied Conference on war trials
1942 German U-boats begin harassing shipping on US east coast
1942 Interallied war trial conference publishes St James Declaration
1942 World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.
1939 Belgian premier signs Burgos Treaty for trade relations with Franco
1939 The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.
1938 The Church of England accepts the theory of evolution.
1935 Plebiscite in Saar indicates a desire (90.3%) to join Nazi Germany
1934 The Candidate of Science degree is established in the USSR.
1930 "Mickey Mouse" comic strip 1st appears
1929 Humanist Society established, Hollywood, California
1928 RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television receiver which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture
1927 US & Mexico battle over oil interests
1924 Nationalist Wafd-party wins Egyptian parliament elections
1923 Taking advantage of the chaotic condition of Germany, Hitler stages a demonstration of 5000 storm troopers and denounces the 'November crime'
1922 WHA-AM in Madison WI begins radio transmissions
1922 Conference of Cannes concerning German retribution payments ended
1922 Buck Weaver, a Black Sox, applies unsuccessfully for reinstatement
1920 NY Times editorial (falsely) reports rockets can never fly
1919 Dutch Soccer team OSV forms
1915 Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, presents plan for assault on Dardanelles
1915 Earthquake in Avezzano Italy kills 29,800
1914 IWW-leader/songwriter Joe Hill arrested "Girl from Utah" East-Prussia
1913 Delta Sigma Theta, the world's largest Black Women's Sorority is founded at Howard University, Washington, D.C.
1912 -40°F (-40°C), Oakland, Maryland (state record)
1911 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Die Ratten" premieres in Berlin
1911 Roald Amundsen anchors at Walvis Bay, southwestern Africa
1911 South Africa's 1st win over Australia, at Adelaide
1910 JM Synge's "Deirdre of the Sorrows" premieres in Dublin
1908 French pilot Henry Farman is first European to fly 1km circuit
1908 Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers sweep Ottawa Victorias in 2 games
1908 Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, PA killing 171 people.
1906 1st radio set advertised (Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American) claimed to receive signals up to one mile
1902 Textile workers strike in Enschede, Netherlands (until 1st June)
1898 Emile Zola publishes his open letter (J'accuse) in defense of Alfred Dreyfus
1895 Oscar Wilde's "Ideal Husband" premieres in London
1894 Revolution in Sicily crushed by government troops
1893 U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
1893 British Independent Labour Party forms (Keir Hardie as its leader)
1888 National Geographic Society founded (Washington, D.C.)
1883 Fire in Circus Ferroni in Berditschoft, Poland, kills 430
1883 Henrik Ibsen's "En Folkefiende" premieres in Oslo
1882 Richard Wagner completes his opera "Parsifal"
1874 Battle between jobless & police in NYC, 100s injuried
1874 US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king
1873 P B S Pinchback relinquishes office at Louisiana governor
1869 Colored National Labor Union, 1st Black labor convention meets in Wash DC
1865 -Jan 15th] BBT & CPT Ft Fisher, NC
1863 Chenille manufacturing machine patented by William Canter, NYC
1854 Anthony Foss patents accordion
1849 Vancouver Island granted to Hudson's Bay Co
1842 Dr. William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for (reputedly) being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.
1840 The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.
1830 Great fire in New Orleans thought to be set by rebel slaves
1822 The design of the Greek flag is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.
1794 Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes
1785 John Walter publishes first issue of London Times
1770 De Beaumarchais' "Les Deux Amis" premieres in Paris
1733 James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, SC
1695 Jonathan Swift ordained an Anglican priest in Ireland
1673 Jean Racine's "Mithridate" premieres in Paris
1630 Letters Patent issued to Plymouth Colony
1621 Jan Pieterszoon Coen's fleet sets sail to Moluccas (from Jacarta)
1610 Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, 4th satellite of Jupiter
1607 The Bank of Genoa fails after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain.
1605 The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison.
1404 The Act of Multipliers is passed by the English Parliament forbidding alchemists to use their knowledge to create precious metals (it was feared that if any alchemist should succeed it would bring ruin upon the state)
1099 Crusaders set fire to Mara, Syria
888 Odo, Count of Paris, becomes King of the Franks.
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