UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021

On Jan. 13, 1990, L. Douglas Wilder took office in Virginia, becoming the first elected Black governor of a U.S. state.

By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
L. Douglas Wilder (R) beams upon receiving the 75th NAACP Spingarn Medal from former recipient Percy Ellis Sutten (L) of New York on July 12, 1990, in Los Angeles. On Jan. 13, 1990, Wilder took office in Virginia, becoming the first elected African-American governor of a U.S. state. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2021 with 352 to follow.

The moon is new. Morning stars are Mars, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn 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; actor Frances Sternhagen in 1930 (age 91); actor Charles Nelson Reilly in 1931; actor Rip Taylor in 1935; actor Richard Moll in 1943 (age 78); actor Kevin Anderson in 1960 (age 61); actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 1961 (age 60); country singer Trace Adkins in 1962 (age 59); actor Penelope Ann Miller in 1964 (age 57); actor Patrick Dempsey in 1966 (age 55); TV producer Shonda Rhimes in 1970 (age 51); entrepreneur/political candidate Andrew Yang in 1975 (age 46); actor Michael Pena in 1976 (age 45); actor Orlando Bloom in 1977 (age 44); TV meteorologist Ginger Zee in 1981 (age 40); actor Julian Morris in 1983 (age 38); actor Liam Hemsworth in 1990 (age 31); actor Natalia Dyer in 1995 (age 26).


On this date in history:

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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.

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In 1968, Johnny Cash recorded 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 1985, a passenger train traveling through Ethiopia hurled off the tracks, plunging four cars into a ravine. More than 400 people died and 500 sustained injuries.

In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder took office in Virginia, becoming the first elected Black 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 1999, Michael Jordan, regarded by many as the greatest basketball player ever, announced his second retirement. He led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships.

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 2012, the cruise ship Costa Concordia slammed into a rocky shoal near the Italian coast and capsized, killing 32 people.

In 2016, three winning tickets split the largest lottery jackpot in the world -- $1.59 billion. The winning Powerball tickets were sold in California, Florida and Tennessee.

In 2018, an alert sent to cellphones in Hawaii falsely warned of a ballistic missile threat. Gov. David Ige said the mistake was caused by someone pushing "the wrong button."

In 2020, the Houston Astros fired General Manager Jeff Luhnow and Manager A.J. Hinch after the MLB issued suspensions for their connection to a sign-stealing scheme.

A thought for the day: Economic degradation begets environmental degradation, which begets social degradation." -- Majora Carter, American urban revitalization strategist


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