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January 13 Historical Events

The following events took place on January 13. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 53 events. Showing 31 - 53.

  • 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.
  • 1958
    The Moroccan Army of Liberation ambushes a Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
  • 1960
    The Gulag system of forced labor camps in the Soviet Union is officially abolished.
  • 1963
    Coup d'état in Togo results in assassination of president Sylvanus Olympio
  • 1964
    Anti-Muslim riots break out in Calcutta, resulting in 100 deaths.
  • 1964
    Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, is appointed archbishop of Kraków, Poland.
  • 1966
    Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member when he is appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  • 1968
    Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom State Prison
  • 1972
    Prime Minister Kofi Abrefa Busia and President Edward Akufo-Addo of Ghana are ousted in a bloodless military coup by Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong.
  • 1974
    Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
  • 1978
    United States Food and Drug Administration requires all blood donations to be labeled “paid” or “volunteer” donors.
  • 1982
    Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90, a Boeing 737 jet crashes into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78 including four motorists.
  • 1985
    A passenger train plunges into a ravine in Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst railroad disaster in Africa.
  • 1986
    A month-long violent struggle begins in Aden, South Yemen between supporters of Ali Nasir Muhammad and Abdul Fattah Ismail, resulting in thousands of casualties.
  • 1988
    Lee Teng-hui becomes the first native Taiwanese President of the Republic of China.
  • 1990
    a seven-day pogrom breaks out against the Armenian civilian population of Baku, Azerbaijan during which Armenians were beaten, tortured, murdered, and expelled from the city.
  • 1990
    Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1991
    Soviet Union troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, killing 14 people and wounding 1000.
  • 1993
    Space Shuttle program: Endeavour heads for space for the third time as STS-54 launches from the Kennedy Space Center.
  • 2000
    Bill Gates resigns as CEO of Microsoft.
  • 2001
    An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800.
  • 2012
    The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sinks off the coast of Italy. There are 32 confirmed deaths amongst the 4232 passengers and crew.
  • 2012
    The opening ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympics takes place in Innsbruck, Austria.

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