ON THIS DAY: January 13, 2019

January 13th is

Peach Melba Day

Gluten-Free Day

Rubber Ducky Day

Sticker Day *

Stephen Foster Memorial Day *


MORE! Émile Zola, Winnie Byanyima and U Thant, click



Cabo Verde – Democracy Day

Lithuania – Freedom Defenders Day

Mongolia – Constitution Day

Togo – Liberation Day

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


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 days of burning and looting that destroys half the city and an estimated 30,000 dead

915 – Al-Hakam II born, Caliph of Córdoba (961-976), the second Umayyad Caliph of Córdoba; noted for securing a peace with the Catholic kingdoms of northern Iberia, and his patronage of scholars; his personal library is said to have contained thousands of books,  many on history and the sciences. He employed the woman mathematician Lubna of Córdoba as his private secretary

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

1750 – The Treaty of Madrid between Spain and Portugal authorizes an expansion of Brazil’s borders with the Spanish territories, borders that were originally established in the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas

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

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

1810 – Ernestine Rose born, free thinker, 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 born, Russian Composer

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

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

1901 – A.B. Guthrie Jr. born, American novelist, historian and screenwriter; 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Way West; nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay based on his novel Shane (1953)

1907 – Ray Stanton Avery 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

1921 – Dachine Rainer born as Sylvia Newman, American-born English writer, poet and anarchist; A Room at the Inn

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

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

1926 – Melba Liston born, African American Jazz trombonist, arranger and composer; first woman trombonist to play in big bands in the 1940s

1938 – Anna Home born, English children’s television producer for the BBC; her career spanned from Play School in the 1960s to her last project, Teletubbies, before her retirement in 1997

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

1955 – Dame Anne Pringle born, British diplomat; Ambassador to the Czech Republic (2001-2004) and to Russia (2008-2011)

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

1957 – Claudia Emerson born, American poet; 2006 Pulitzer Poetry Prize for Late Wife; Poet Laureate of Virginia (2008-2010); she was the poetry editor for the Greensboro Review and a contributing editor for the literary magazine Shenandoah.  Emerson died in 2014 from colon cancer at age 57

1957 – Lorrie Moore born, American fiction writer; noted for humorous and poignant short stories; won the 1998 O. Henry Award for her short story “People Like That Are the Only People Here”

1959 – Winnie Byanyima born, Ugandan aeronautical engineer, politician, and diplomat; Executive Director of Oxfam International since 2013; Director of the Gender Team in the Bureau for Development Policy at the UN Development Programme (2006-2013); the first Ugandan woman to earn a degree in aeronautical engineering, at the University of Manchester, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Cranfield University. She went to work as a flight engineer for Uganda Airlines, but joined the National Resistance Army during the Ugandan Bush War (1981-1986), then became Uganda’s Ambassador to France (1989-1994), and a Member of the Ugandan Parliament (1994-2004)

1960 – The USSR Gulag forced labor camps are officially abolished

1964 – UN Secretary General U Thant names a team of four experts to investigate apartheid in South Africa: Sir Edward Asafu-Adjaye from Ghana, Josip Djerdja of Yugoslavia, Sir Hugh Foot of the United Kingdom, and Alva Myrdal from Sweden. The team is tasked with searching for peaceful means to resolve the situation, and ways to restore human rights and fundamental freedoms to all inhabitants of South Africa

1966 – Robert C. Weaver is appointed as the first U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, also becoming the first African American Cabinet member

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, including ‎”Oh! Susanna” “Beautiful Dreamer” and “Camptown Races”

1970 – Shonda Rhimes born, American television producer, screenwriter and author; creator, executive producer and head writer of the television series Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal, and as the executive producer on How to Get Away with Murder and For the People

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 becomes first native Taiwanese President of the Republic of China

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

1993 – NASA Space Shuttle Endeavor begins its third mission

1993 – The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction is signed in Paris

2000 – Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position

2003 – Two western rebel groups of the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), the Movement for Justice and Peace and Ivorian Popular Movement of the Greater West, sign a truce with the government, and agree to participate in peace talks

2018 – At 8:07 AM local time in Hawaii, the Emergency Alert System and Commercial Mobile Alert System issued a ballistic missile alert over television, radio, and cellphones, but no Civil Defense outdoor warning sirens were sounded.  A second message, sent 38 minutes later, announced that the first message was a false alarm


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