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Saturday 13 January 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Korean-American Day (Korean-American community, United States)
  • Stephen Foster Memorial Day (United States)

Events

  • 1991 – Soviet Union troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, killing 14 people and wounding around 1000 others.
  • 1990 – Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1988 – Lee Teng-hui becomes the first native Taiwanese President of the Republic of China.
  • 1978 – United States Food and Drug Administration requires all blood donations to be labeled "paid" or "volunteer" donors.
  • 1968 – Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom State Prison
  • 1966 – Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member when he is appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  • 1960 – The Gulag system of forced labor camps in the Soviet Union is officially abolished.
  • 1953 – An article appears in Pravda accusing some of the most prestigious and prominent doctors, mostly Jews, in the Soviet Union of taking part in a vast plot to poison members of the top Soviet political and military leadership.
  • 1951 – First Indochina War: The Battle of Vĩnh Yên begins.
  • 1942 – Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.
  • 1942 – World War II: First use of an aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.
  • 1939 – The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometers of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.
  • 1915 – The 6.7 Mw Avezzano earthquake shakes the Province of L'Aquila in Italy with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme), killing between 29,978–32,610.
  • 1910 – The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the operas Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci are sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
  • 1895 – First Italo-Ethiopian War: the war's opening battle, the Battle of Coatit, occurs; it is an Italian victory.
  • 1893 – The Independent Labour Party of the United Kingdom holds its first meeting.
  • 1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.
  • 1847 – The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican–American War in California.
  • 1842 – Dr. William Brydon, an assistant surgeon in the British East India Company Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 4,500 men and 12,000 camp followers when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
  • 1833 – United States President Andrew Jackson writes to Vice President Martin Van Buren expressing his opposition to South Carolina's defiance of federal authority in the Nullification Crisis.
  • 1822 – The design of the Greek flag is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.

Births

  • 1989 – Doug Martin, American football player
  • 1989 – Morgan Burnett, American football player
  • 1988 – Josh Freeman, American football player
  • 1985 – Luke Robinson, American wrestler
  • 1984 – Nick Mangold, American football player
  • 1981 – Darrell Rasner, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Reggie Brown, American football player
  • 1978 – Nate Silver, American journalist and statistician, developed PECOTA
  • 1977 – James Posey, American basketball player and coach
  • 1972 – Nicole Eggert, American actress
  • 1970 – Shonda Rhimes, American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1966 – Patrick Dempsey, American actor
  • 1965 – Rod Rosenstein, American political figure, United States Deputy Attorney General
  • 1964 – Penelope Ann Miller, American actress
  • 1962 – Trace Adkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1961 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American actress, comedian, and producer
  • 1961 – Wayne Coyne, American singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1960 – Eric Betzig, American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1957 – Claudia Emerson, American poet and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1957 – Lorrie Moore, American short story writer
  • 1957 – Mark O'Meara, American golfer
  • 1955 – Jay McInerney, American novelist and critic
  • 1954 – Trevor Rabin, South African-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1953 – Silvana Gallardo, American actress and producer (d. 2012)
  • 1952 – Stephen Glover, English journalist, co-founded The Independent
  • 1950 – Bob Forsch, American baseball player (d. 2011)
  • 1949 – Brandon Tartikoff, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1997)
  • 1943 – Richard Moll, American actor
  • 1943 – William Duckworth, American composer and author (d. 2012)
  • 1940 – Edmund White, American novelist, memoirist, and essayist
  • 1938 – Dave Edwards, American captain and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1933 – Tom Gola, American basketball player, coach, and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1932 – Barry Bishop, American mountaineer, photographer, and scholar (d. 1994)
  • 1931 – Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor, comedian, director, game show panelist, and television personality (d. 2007)
  • 1930 – Frances Sternhagen, American actress
  • 1929 – Joe Pass, American guitarist and composer (d. 1994)
  • 1927 – Brock Adams, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 5th United States Secretary of Transportation (d. 2004)
  • 1927 – Liz Anderson, American singer-songwriter (d. 2011)
  • 1926 – Carolyn Gold Heilbrun, American author and academic (d. 2003)
  • 1926 – Melba Liston, American trombonist and composer (d. 1999)
  • 1925 – Gwen Verdon, American actress and dancer (d. 2000)
  • 1925 – Rosemary Murphy, American actress (d. 2014)
  • 1925 – Vanita Smythe, American singer and actress (d. 1994)
  • 1921 – Dachine Rainer, American-English author and poet (d. 2000)
  • 1919 – Robert Stack, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1914 – Osa Massen, Danish-American actress (d. 2006)
  • 1905 – Kay Francis, American actress (d. 1968)
  • 1904 – Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian-American violinist and composer (d. 1992)
  • 1902 – Karl Menger, Austrian-American mathematician from the Vienna Circle (d. 1985)
  • 1901 – A. B. Guthrie, Jr., American novelist, screenwriter, historian (d. 1991)
  • 1893 – Chaim Soutine, Belarusian-French painter (d. 1943)
  • 1893 – Clark Ashton Smith, American poet, sculptor, painter, and author (d. 1961)
  • 1887 – Sophie Tucker, Russian-born American singer and actress (d. 1966)
  • 1886 – Art Ross, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1964)
  • 1885 – Alfred Fuller, Canadian-American businessman, founded the Fuller Brush Company (d. 1973)
  • 1883 – Nathaniel Cartmell, American runner and coach (d. 1967)
  • 1870 – Ross Granville Harrison, American biologist and anatomist (d. 1959)
  • 1832 – Horatio Alger, Jr., American novelist and journalist (d. 1899)
  • 1808 – Salmon P. Chase, American jurist and politician, 6th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1873)
  • 1805 – Thomas Dyer, American lawyer and politician, 18th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1862)
  • 1804 – Paul Gavarni, French illustrator (d. 1866)
  • 1787 – John Davis, American lawyer and politician, 14th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)
  • 1596 – Jan van Goyen, Dutch painter and illustrator (d. 1656)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Dick Gautier, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 2016 – Brian Bedford, English-American actor and director (b. 1935)
  • 2016 – Giorgio Gomelsky, Georgian-American director, producer, songwriter, and manager (b. 1934)
  • 2016 – Lawrence Phillips, American football player (b. 1975)
  • 2015 – Robert White, American soldier and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Paraguay (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Randal Tye Thomas, American journalist and politician (b. 1978)
  • 2013 – Chia-Chiao Lin, Chinese-American mathematician and academic (b. 1916)
  • 2013 – Diogenes Allen, American philosopher and theologian (b. 1932)
  • 2013 – Rodney Mims Cook, Sr., American lieutenant and politician (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Richard Threlkeld, American journalist and author (b. 1937)
  • 2010 – Teddy Pendergrass, American singer-songwriter (b. 1950)
  • 2009 – Patrick McGoohan, Irish-American actor, director, and producer (b. 1928)
  • 2009 – W. D. Snodgrass, American poet (b. 1926)
  • 2008 – Johnny Podres, American baseball player and coach (b. 1932)
  • 2007 – Danny Oakes, American race car driver (b. 1911)
  • 2007 – Michael Brecker, American saxophonist and composer (b. 1949)
  • 2006 – Frank Fixaris, American journalist and sportscaster (b. 1934)
  • 2006 – Marc Potvin, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (b. 1967)
  • 2005 – Nell Rankin, American soprano and actress (b. 1924)
  • 2003 – Norman Panama, American director and screenwriter (b. 1914)
  • 1980 – Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (b. 1901)
  • 1979 – Donny Hathaway, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (b. 1945)
  • 1979 – Marjorie Lawrence, Australian-American soprano (b. 1907)
  • 1978 – Hubert Humphrey, American pharmacist, academic, and politician, 38th Vice President of the United States (b. 1911)
  • 1978 – Joe McCarthy, American baseball player and manager (b. 1887)
  • 1977 – Henri Langlois, Turkish-French historian, co-founded the Cinémathèque Française (b. 1914)
  • 1962 – Ernie Kovacs, American actor and game show host (b. 1919)
  • 1958 – Jesse L. Lasky, American film producer, co-founded Paramount Pictures (b. 1880)
  • 1956 – Lyonel Feininger, German-American painter and illustrator (b. 1871)
  • 1943 – Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss painter and sculptor (b. 1889)
  • 1929 – Wyatt Earp, American police officer (b. 1848)
  • 1889 – Solomon Bundy, American lawyer and politician (b. 1823)
  • 1885 – Schuyler Colfax, American journalist and politician, 17th Vice President of the United States (b. 1823)
  • 1882 – Wilhelm Mauser, German engineer and businessman, co-founded the Mauser Company (b. 1834)
  • 1864 – Stephen Foster, American composer and songwriter (b. 1826)
  • 1860 – William Mason, American surgeon and politician (b. 1786)
  • 1832 – Thomas Lord, English cricketer, founded Lord's Cricket Ground (b. 1755)
  • 1691 – George Fox, English religious leader, founded the Religious Society of Friends (b. 1624)
  • 1625 – Jan Brueghel the Elder, Flemish painter (b. 1568)
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