is the 13th day of the year in the January 13 Gregorian calendar. There are 352 days remaining until the end of the year (353 in leap years).
It is still celebrated as New Year's Eve by those on the
Julian calendar ( Old New Year).
532 - Nika riots in Constantinople.
888 - Odo becomes King of the Franks.
1328 - Edward III of England marries Philippa of Hainault, daughter of the Count of Hainault.
1547 - Henry Howard sentenced to death.
1559 - Elizabeth I crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey.
1602 - William Shakespeare's is published. The Merry Wives of Windsor
1605 - The controversial play by Eastward Hoe Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison.
1607 - Bank of Genoa fails after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain.
1610 - Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, 4th moon of Jupiter.
1622 - Work on the printing of the First Folio of William Shakespeare is suspended.
1625 - John Milton is admitted to Christ's College at the age of 16.
1733 - James Oglethorpe and 130 colonists arrive in Charleston.
1785 - John Walter publishes first issue of the (later renamed Daily Universal Register ). The Times
1822 - The patterns of the Greek flag are adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.
1830 - Great fire of New Orleans begins.
1832 - President Andrew Jackson writes Vice President Martin Van Buren expressing his opposition to South Carolina's defiance of federal authority in the Nullification Crisis.
1840 - The steamship burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Lexington Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.
1842 - On this day Dr. William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, became famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reached the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.
1847 - The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War in California.
1869 - National convention of black leaders meets in Washington D.C..
1893 - The Independent Labour Party of the UK has its first meeting. 1893 -
US Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
1898 - Emile Zola's exposes the J'accuse Dreyfus affair.
1910 - Opera was broadcast on the radio for the first time — Enrico Caruso singing from the stage of New York's Metropolitan Opera House.
1915 - An Earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills 29,800.
1930 - Mickey Mouse comic strip makes its first appearance.
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.
1938 - Church of England accepts theory of evolution.
1939 - The Black Friday bushfires 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. 1942 - The
United States begins Japanese American internment. 1942 -
World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat. German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.
1953 - Marshal Josip Broz Tito is chosen as President of Yugoslavia.
1957 - Wham-O Company produces the first Frisbee.
1958 - Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
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, the future Pope John Paul II, is appointed archbishop of Krakow.
1966 - Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
1968 - Johnny Cash records his landmark album At Folsom Prison live at Folsom State Prison
1972 - Prime Minister Kofi Busia and President Edward Akufo-Addo of Ghana are ousted in a bloodless military coup by Col. Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong.
1974 - Seraphim is elected elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
1982 - Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90 737 jet crashes into Washington's 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78 including four motorists. In a freaky coincidence, a Washington DC Metro Rail train derailed, killing 3 people.
1986 - A month-long violent struggle begins in Aden, South Yemen between supporters of Ali Nasir Muhammad and Abdul Fattah Ismail, resulting in thousands of casualties.
1990 - L. Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond.
1991 - Soviet Union military troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius.
1992 - Japan apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
2001 - An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800. 2007 - Two thirds of the Venus's southern hemisphere suddenly brightened as something triggered aerosols to form at a furious rate. 
1334 - King Henry II of Castile (d. 1379)
1562 - Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet (d. 1601)
1596 - Jan van Goyen, Dutch painter (d. 1656)
1610 - Maria Anna of Austria, Electress of Bavaria (d. 1665)
1616 - Antoinette Bourignon, Flemish mystic (d. 1680)
1622 - Molière, French playwright (d. 1673)
1635 - Philipp Jakob Spener, German theologian (d. 1705)
1651 - Henry Booth, English politician (d. 1694)
1720 - Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (d. 1808)
1749 - Friedrich Müller, painter and dramatist (d. 1825)
1777 - Elisa Bonaparte, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte (d. 1820)
1805 - Thomas Dyer, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1862)
1808 - Salmon P. Chase, 6th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1873)
1812 - Victor de Laprade, French poet and critic (d. 1883)
1832 - Horatio Alger, American minister and author (d. 1899)
1859 - Kostis Palamas, Greek poet, twice nominated for the Nobel prize (d. 1943)
1861 - Max Nonne, German neurologist (d. 1959)
1864 - Wilhelm Wien, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1928)
1865 - Princess Marie of Orléans (d. 1908)
1866 - Vasily Kalinnikov, Russian composer (d. 1901)
1878 - Lionel Groulx, Canadian nationalist (d. 1967)
1869 - Emanuele Filiberto, Italian aristocrat (d. 1931)
1884 - Sophie Tucker, Russian-born singer and performer (d. 1966)
1886 - Art Ross, Canadian ice hockey player and executive (d. 1964)
1893 - Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer (d. 1963) 1893 -
Clark Ashton Smith, American writer (d. 1961)
1901 - Mieczysław Żywczyński, Polish historian and priest (d. 1978)
1904 - Richard Addinsell, British composer ( Warsaw Concerto) (d. 1977)
1905 - Kay Francis, American actress (d. 1968)
1909 - Marinus van der Lubbe, Dutch communist (d. 1934)
1910 - Yannis Tsarouchis, Greek painter (d. 1989)
1911 - Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Premier of Queensland (d. 2005)
1919 - Robert Stack, American actor (d. 2003)
1924 - Paul Feyerabend, Austrian-born philosopher (d. 1994) 1924 -
Roland Petit, French choreographer
1925 - Gwen Verdon, American actress and dancer (d. 2000)
1926 - Michael Bond, British writer 1926 -
Carolyn Gold Heilbrun, American feminist author (d. 2003)
1927 - Brock Adams, American politician (d. 2004) 1927 -
Sydney Brenner, British Nobel Laureate
1930 - Frances Sternhagen, American actress 1930 -
Liz Anderson, American singer
1931 - Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor (d. 2007)
1934 - Rip Taylor, American actor
1935 - Elsa Martinelli, Italian actress 1935 -
Mauro Forghieri, Italian engineer
1938 - William B. Davis, Canadian actor 1938 -
Tord Grip, Swedish football manager
1939 - Cesare Maniago, Canadian ice hockey player 1939 -
Jacek Gmoch, Polish footballer
1940 - Edmund White, American author
1941 - Pasqual Maragall, Spanish politician
1943 - Richard Moll, American actor 1943 -
Carol Cleveland, English actress
1946 - Eero Koivistoinen, Finnish musician
1947 - Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of Kraków 1947 -
Carles Rexach, former Spanish-Catalan footballer and coach
1948 - Gaj Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur
1949 - Brandon Tartikoff, American television executive (d. 1997)
1950 - Bob Forsch, American baseball player 1950 -
John McNaughton, American film director
1954 - Trevor Rabin, South African guitarist ( Yes)
1955 - Jay McInerney, American writer
1957 - Lorrie Moore, American writer 1957 -
Mark O'Meara, Major winning American Golfer
1959 - James Lomenzo, American musician ( Megadeth)
1960 - Takis Lemonis, Greek footballer and coach
1961 - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American actress 1961 -
Graham McPherson, English singer 1961 -
Wayne Coyne, American singer ( The Flaming Lips)
1962 - Trace Adkins, American musician
1963 - Kevin McClatchy, American businessman
1964 - Penelope Ann Miller, American actress
1966 - Patrick Dempsey, American actor
1968 - Traci Bingham, American actress 1968 -
Mike Whitlow, English footballer
1969 - Stephen Hendry, Scottish snooker player 1969 -
Stefania Belmondo, Italian cross-country skier
1970 - Keith Coogan, American actor 1970 -
Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (d. 2004)
1972 - Nicole Eggert, American actress 1972 -
Vitaly Scherbo, Belarusian gymnast
1973 - Nikolai Khabibulin, Russian ice hockey player
1974 - Sergei Brylin, Russian ice hockey player
1976 - Tania Vicent, Canadian short track speed skater
1977 - Orlando Bloom, English actor
1980 - Krzysztof Czerwinski, Polish conductor and organist 1980 -
Akira Kaji, Japanese footballer 1980 -
Michael Rupp, American ice hockey player 1980 -
Nils-Eric Johansson, Swedish footballer
1981 - Reggie Brown, American football player 1981 -
Darrell Rasner, American baseball player
1981 - Shad Gaspard, American professional wrestler, bodyguard, and actor 1981 -
Jason James, Bass player for Bullet for My Valentine
1982 - Guillermo Coria, Argentine tennis player
1983 - Julian Morris, English actor 1983 -
Ronny Turiaf, French basketball player
1986 - Joannie Rochette, Canadian figure skater
1989 - Triinu Kivilaan, Estonian singer 1997 - Marius Borg Høiby, son of Mette-Marit
86 BC - Gaius Marius, Roman general and politician (b. 157 BC)
703 - Empress Jitō of Japan (b. 645)
858 - King Ethelwulf of Wessex (b. 795)
888 - Charles the Fat, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 839)
1138 - Simon I (b. 1076)
1151 - Abbot Suger, French statesman and historian (b. 1081)
1177 - Henry II of Austria (b. 1107)
1330 - Frederick I of Austria (b. 1286)
1363 - Meinhard III of Gorizia-Tyrol (b. 1344)
1599 - Edmund Spenser, English poet (b. 1552)
1630 - Yuan Chonghuan, Chinese military commander (b. 1584)
1658 - Edward Sexby, English Puritan soldier (b. 1616)
1691 - George Fox, English founder of the Quakers (b. 1624)
1766 - King Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1723)
1775 - Johann Georg Walch, German theologian (b. 1693)
1790 - Luc Urbain de Bouexic, French admiral (b. 1712)
1796 - John H. D. Anderson, Scottish scientist and inventor (b. 1726)
1797 - Elisabeth Christine von Braunschweig-Bevern, wife of Frederick II of Prussia (b. 1715)
1852 - Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Russian explorer (b. 1778)
1853 - Theophilos Kairis, Greek priest, humanist and revolutionary (b. 1783)
1860 - William Mason, American politician (b. 1786)
1864 - Stephen Foster, American composer (b. 1826)
1885 - Schuyler Colfax,American politician (b. 1823)
1889 - Solomon Bundy, American politician (b. 1823)
1906 - Alexander Popov, Russian physicist (b. 1859)
1923 - Alexandre Ribot, French statesman (b. 1842)
1924 - Georg Hermann Quincke, German phsycist (b. 1834)
1929 - Wyatt Earp, American Western lawman (b. 1848)
1932 - Sophia of Prussia, consort of Constantine I of Greece (b. 1870)
1934 - Paul Ulrich Villard, French physicist (b. 1860)
1941 - James Joyce, Irish writer (b. 1882)
1943 - Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss artist (b. 1889)
1962 - Ernie Kovacs, American actor and comedian (b. 1919)
1971 - Robert Still, English composer (b. 1910)
1974 - Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet (b. 1904) 1974 -
Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
1978 - Hubert H. Humphrey, 38th Vice President of the United States (b. 1911) 1978 -
Joe McCarthy, American baseball manager (b. 1887)
1979 - Donny Hathaway, American musician (b. 1945)
1980 - Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-born popular music conductor and arranger (b. 1901)
1982 - Marcel Camus, French film director (b. 1912)
1988 - Chiang Ching-kuo, President of the Republic of China (b. 1910)
1993 - Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer (b. 1907)
2001 - Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
2002 - Ted Demme, American film director (b. 1963) 2002 -
Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian (b. 1916)
2003 - Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
2004 - Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937) 2004 -
Harold Shipman, British serial killer (b. 1946)
2005 - Earl Cameron, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1915) 2005 -
Nell Rankin, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1924)
2006 - Frank Fixaris, American sportscaster (b. 1934) 2006 -
Marc Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
2007 - Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1949) 2007 - Danny Oakes, racecar driver (b. 1911)
105 Familypedia people were born on January 13
130 Familypedia people died on January 13
80 Familypedia people were first married on January 13