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Today in History

Today in History

January 13th, 2018 by Associated Press in National News

Today is Saturday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2018. There are 352 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 13, 1968, country singer Johnny Cash performed and recorded a pair of shows at Folsom State Prison in California; material from the concerts was released as an album by Columbia Records under the title "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison," which proved a hit.

On this date:

  •  In 1733, James Oglethorpe and some 120 English colonists arrived at Charleston, South Carolina, while en route to settle in present-day Georgia.
  •  In 1794, President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. (The number of stripes was later reduced to the original 13.)
  •  In 1864, American songwriter Stephen Foster died in poverty in a New York hospital at age 37.
  •  In 1898, Emile Zola's famous defense of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, "J'accuse," (zhah-KOOZ') was published in Paris.
  •  In 1915, a magnitude-7 earthquake centered in Avezzano, Italy, claimed some 30,000 lives.
  •  In 1941, a new law went into effect granting Puerto Ricans U.S. birthright citizenship. Novelist and poet James Joyce died in Zurich, Switzerland, less than a month before his 59th birthday.
  •  In 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in west Los Angeles 10 days before his 43rd birthday.
  •  In 1982, an Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge and fell into the Potomac River while trying to take off during a snowstorm, killing a total of 78 people; four passengers and a flight attendant survived.
  •  In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation's first elected black governor as he took the oath of office in Richmond.
  •  In 1997, seven black soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor for World War II valor; the lone survivor of the group, former Lt. Vernon Baker, received his medal from President Bill Clinton at the White House.

Today's Birthdays: TV personality Nick Clooney is 84. Comedian Charlie Brill is 80. Actor Richard Moll is 75. Rock musician Trevor Rabin is 64. Rhythm-and-blues musician Fred White is 63. Actor Kevin Anderson is 58. Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 57. Country singer Trace Adkins is 56. Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 54. Actor Patrick Dempsey is 52. Actress Nicole Eggert is 46. Actor Ross McCall is 42. Actor Orlando Bloom is 41. Actress Ruth Wilson is 36. Actor Julian Morris is 35. Actor Liam Hemsworth is 28.

Thought for Today: "A little too much is just enough for me."—Jean Cocteau, French author and filmmaker (1889-1963).

 

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