ON THIS DAY: January 13, 2017

January 13th is


National Peach Melba Day

Nellie Melba

National Sticker Day *

Stephen Foster Memorial Day *

National Rubber Ducky Day

MORE! Émile Zola, Carolyn Heilbrun and Henry Ford, click



Cape Verde – Democracy Day

India – Punjab: Makar Sankrantiinternational Flags
 (winter harvest festival)

Lithuania – Freedom Defenders Day

Mali – Bamako: Sommet Afrique-France (27th Africa-France Summit)

Mexico – Tulum:
Day Zero Music Festival

Togo – Liberation Day

Ukraine –  Malanka
(St. Melania the Younger’s Feast Day)

Serbia – Orthodox New Year

On This Day in HISTORY

532 – In Constantinople, a quarrel between supporters of different chariot teams—the Blues and the Greens — in the Hippodrome escalates into the Nika (Win!) riots, with burning and looting that destroys half the city and an estimated 30,000 dead

1435 – Pope Eugene IV issues the Sicut Dudum, forbidding the enslavement of the  Guanche natives in Canary Islands by the Spanish


1793 – Nicolas Jean Hugon de Bassville, Revolutionary France ambassador, is lynched by a Roman mob for making derogatory remarks about the Pope and Catholicism

1808 – Salmon Portland Chase is born; Secretary of the Treasury under Abraham Lincoln, and later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court


1810 – Ernestine Rose, atheist, feminist and abolitionist, intellectual force behind the women’s rights movement of the 19th century


1847 – The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican–American War in California

1854 –  Anthony Faas is granted the first U.S. patent for the accordion, making improvements to the keyboard and enhancing the sound

1866 – Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov is born, Russian Composer

1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.

1898 – Zola’s J’accuse…! exposes the miscarriage of justice in the Dreyfus affair


1907 – Ray Stanton Avery is born, creator of the “Kum Kleen Pricer Stickers,” the first commercially available self-adhesive labels – founder of Avery Dennison Corporation. National Sticker Day * now celebrates his legacy

1910 – Public radio broadcast of a live performance of the operas Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York

1924 – Roland Petit born, French choreographer; director Ballet National de Marseille

1926 – Carolyn Gold Heilbrun born, American feminist author and academic, also published mystery novels under the pen name Amanda Cross


1942 – Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car

1957 – The Frisbee is invented. The Frisbee Pie Company of Connecticut pie tins were the inspiration for the Frisbee. Legend has it that a Wham-O employee saw drivers for the pie company showing Yale students how to throw the pie tins

1960 – The Gulag forced labor camps in the Soviet Union are officially abolished

1966 – Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member when he is appointed U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

1967 – The first Stephen Foster Memorial Day * which commemorates his achievements on the date of his death in 1864 – Foster has been hailed as ‘the father of American music’ and wrote over 200 songs; ‎”Oh! Susanna” and “Camptown Races”

1978 – U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires all blood donations to be labeled “paid” or “volunteer” donors

1979 – The Y.M.C.A. files a lawsuit against the Village People over their song, “Y.M.C.A.”

1988 – Lee Teng-hui is the first native Taiwanese President of the Republic of China

1990 – Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia

2002 – The off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks ended a run of nearly 42 years and 17,162 performances



  • Dame Nellie Melba
  • Rubber Ducky Day Poster
  • International flags
  • Pope Eugene IV
  • Salmon P. Chase – no slavery quote
  • Ernestine Rise – silence quote
  • Emile Zola – Live out loud
  • Carolyn Heilbrun – quote quote


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19 Responses to ON THIS DAY: January 13, 2017

  1. Russell says:

    Wow, a lot of good things happen on Friday the 13th. Amazing the power of superstition has on folks. I think the White, Ango-Saxon Protestant are responsible for it being unlucky. Nevertheless, the Roma-Gypsies have nothing on the Roma-Czech or Hungarians, not to leave out the Yugoslav….

  2. Russell says:

    So many cultural biases can be pointed out in so many parts of the world, take for instance the differences in many states.

    I have been lucky enough to travel, one thing that I do not understand is the superstition of whistling in the house, or picking up lost coins…. those two things are interesting to me. I was told that if I whistled again at a hotel in Kiev that I would be asked to leave……

  3. wordcloud9 says:

    Hi Russell –

    I don’t know about Russia, but there’s a long-standing prohibition in Theatre against whistling backstage, especially in a dressing room, with a whole series of steps required to be taken by a transgressor to undo the bad luck.The Theatre is full of superstitions – I think it comes from the unpredictability of what can happen whenever you put on a show – so many chances for accidents, for lines to be forgotten or cues to be missed – last night’s audience loved the show, but tonight’s audience seems to be falling asleep out there….

    I once was in the middle of a speech when a thunderstorm killed all the power – the entire theatre became engulfed in total blackness – and the play was a comedy!

    I kept right on speaking, hoping the lights would come back on, that the audience wouldn’t panic – then we got to the part where the door bell was supposed to ring, and I was to cross the stage, climb some steps and answer the door, still talking all the way. I groped through the living room set, made a lucky guess and found the stairs, which had no railing, so I more or less crawled up them, and had just opened the door when the lights came up, and the doorbell belatedly sounded – the audience laughed and applauded, and we carried on.

    In parts of the American South, picking up a coin from the street or sidewalk is considered good luck if you put it in your shoe – but you must toss it back for another person to find after you get your luck, or something bad is supposed to happen to you.

  4. Russell says:

    On a different note Trumps nomination to head Homeland Security notified Putin on December 29th of the sanctions that Obama had put in place for the Russian interference of the US elections. Who is going to be running the Washington Bureau of the Kremlin?

    Now, Trump, not to be taken for being sensitive has fired the inaugural pararde announer who has been on the job for 60 years. Now he has fired the General of the DC National Guard, he expects his resignation on January 20, 2017 at 00:01 am. Man with a heart.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Trump is already so compromised and has done so much to harm this country he should be impeached the minute after he takes the oath of office

    • I read that earlier today. Is he afraid of a military coup, or is he planning one?

      • Russell says:


        I have to say, Trumps management style is something reminiscent of the Three Stooges….. maybe he did too much acid… I am not sure…

      • pete says:


        Jim Wright goes into a bit of detail about this.

        • Pete,
          That makes sense, but then Jim Wright always makes sense. There is always the chain of command, so it is not as if the Unit will be left drifting aimlessly. Chain of command is well established in the military, and as leaders are wiped out, the next person in line steps up, all the way down to the lowest E-1 or E-2 who might be the last left standing.

          The assessment that Trump and his minions have no clue as to what they are doing is well taken. All amateurs with no government experience, no diplomatic experience, and no idea how the civil service works. Much less international relations and diplomacy. We won’t even go into the intelligence services….it is just too depressing.

          • Russell says:

            Why don’t we start a thread each day of the stupid things Trump or his minions do each day. One thread for each…. I think this would start a hella of a blog…..

            What do you think?

  5. Russell,
    Ann keeps coming up with a pretty good catalog of stuff almost daily. She has a target-rich environment to work with.

    The latest is that Reince Priebus has threatened the government Ethics chief for pointing out that T*****p is violating the emoluments clause from the moment he raises his right hand. Priebus is sounding more and more like a mob enforcer. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck……

    Roberts, CJ, if he were an honest man, would refuse to swear in the orange turd until he complies. Instead, he will probably just dissolve into peals of laughter.

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