On This Day in History, January 13

What would you like to learn today? How about you learn some historical events that happened on this day in history, January 13?

This detailed list of major events will expand your knowledge horizons.

  • 1785 – John Walter published the 1st issue of “The Times” of London.
  • 1794 – U.S. President Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag.
  • 1893 – Britain’s Independent Labor Party, met for the first time.
  • 1928 – Ernst F. W. Alexanderson gave the first public demonstration of television.
  • 1930 – “Mickey Mouse” comic strip 1st appeared on this day.
  • 1942 – Henry Ford patented the plastic automobile referred to as the “Soybean Car.”
  • 1943Adolf Hitler declared “Total War” against the Allies.
  • 1966 – Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member when he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  • 1972 – Bernice Gera won the anti-discrimination case against the National Baseball Congress.
  • 1976 – Sarah Caldwell was the 1st woman to conduct an NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led the orchestra in a performance of “La Traviata”.
  • 1986 – “The Wall Street Journal” printed a real picture on its front page.
  • 1990 – L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, the nation’s first elected black governor, took the oath of office.
  • 1992Japan apologized for forcing thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II.
  • 1992 – MLB, baseball right fielder Sammy Sosa wed Sonia Rodriguez on this day.
  • 1998 – NBC agreed to pay almost $13 million for each episode of the TV show E.R, making it the highest-paid show of that time.
  • 1998 – One of the 110 missing episodes of the British TV show “Doctor Who” was found in New Zealand.
  • 1999 – Basketball player Michael Jordan, announced his retirement from the NBA.
  • 2000 – Bill Gates stepped aside as chief executive of Microsoft and promoted the company’s president Steve Ballmer to the position.
  • 2002 – Japan and Singapore signed a free trade pact that would remove tariffs on almost all goods traded between the two countries.
  • 2002 – President George W. Bush fainted, caused by choking on a pretzel.


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