Today is Friday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2017 with 353 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. Evening stars are Neptune, Venus, Mars and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include Salmon P. Chase, sixth chief justice of the United States and whose image is on the U.S. $10,000 bill, in 1808; Horatio Alger, author of rags-to-riches stories, in 1832; Alfred Fuller, the original Fuller Brush Man, in 1885; singer Sophie Tucker in 1886; Hollywood columnist Army Archerd in 1922; television executive Brandon Tartikoff in 1949; actor Robert Stack in 1919; actor Gwen Verdon in 1925; actor Frances Sternhagen in 1930 (age 87); actor Charles Nelson Reilly in 1931; actor Rip Taylor in 1934 (age 83); actor Richard Moll in 1943 (age 74); actor Kevin Anderson in 1960 (age 57); actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 1961 (age 56); country singer Trace Adkins in 1962 (age 55); actor Penelope Ann Miller in 1964 (age 53); actor Patrick Dempsey in 1966 (age 51); actor Orlando Bloom in 1977 (age 40); actor Liam Hemsworth in 1990 (age 27).
On this date in history:
In 1864, composer Stephen Foster ("My Old Kentucky Home") died in a New York hospital, three days after he was found sick and almost penniless in a hotel room.
In 1910, radio pioneer and electron tube inventor Lee Deforest arranged the world's first public radio broadcast, a performance by the New York Metropolitan Opera.
In 1915, nearly 30,000 people were killed in an earthquake in Avezzano, Italy.
In 1941, Irish novelist James Joyce died at age 58 following surgery for a perforated ulcer in Zurich, Switzerland.
In 1968, Johnny Cash records his infamous At Folsom Prison live record.
In 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the 14th Street Bridge over the Potomac River bridge in Washington, killing 78 people.
In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder took office in Virginia, becoming the first elected African-American governor of a U.S. state.
In 1991, at least 40 South Africans were killed and 50 injured when fighting erupted during a soccer game in Orkney.
In 1997, U.S. President Bill Clinton awarded the Medal of Honor to seven African-American soldiers for their courage in action in Italy during World War II. It was the first time the medal was given to black WWII servicemen.
In 2001 a magnitude-7.7 early-morning earthquake killed more than 800 people, injured hundreds of others and caused widespread damage and destruction in El Salvador. Deadly mudslides were triggered by the quake.
In 2003, Pope John Paul II argued against war in Iraq except as "the very last option." He said it would be "a defeat for humanity."
In 2012, the cruise ship Costa Concordia slammed into a rocky shoal near the Italian coast and capsized, killing 32 people.
A thought for the day: "Those who hate rain hate life." -- Dejan Stojanovic