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    World Map / This Day in History / What Happend on January 13

    January 13 in History

    1397John of Gaunt marries Katherine Rouet.
    1846President James Polk dispatches General Zachary Taylor and 4,000 troops to the Texas Border as war with Mexico looms.
    1862President Lincoln names Edwin M. Stanton Secretary of War.
    1900To combat Czech nationalism, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary decrees German the official language of the Imperial Army.
    1919California votes to ratify the prohibition amendment.
    1923Hitler denounces the Weimar Republic as 5,000 storm troopers demonstrate in Germany.
    1927A woman takes a seat on the NY Stock Exchange breaking the all-male tradition.
    1931The bridge connecting New York and New Jersey is named the George Washington Memorial Bridge.
    1937The United States bars Americans from serving in the Civil War in Spain.
    1943General Leclerc’s Free French forces merge with the British under Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery in Libya.
    1944Plants are destroyed and 64 U.S. aircraft are lost in an air attack in Germany.
    1945The Red Army opens an offensive in South Poland, crashing 25 miles through the German lines.
    1947British troops replace striking truck drivers.
    1955Chase National and the Bank of Manhattan agree to merge resulting in the second largest U.S. bank.
    1965Two U.S. planes are shot down in Laos while on a combat mission.
    1968U.S. reports shifting most air targets from North Vietnam to Laos.
    1976Argentina ousts a British envoy in dispute over the Falkland Islands.
    1980The United States offers Pakistan a two-year aid plan to counter the Soviet threat in Afghanistan.
    1982Air Florida Flight 90 Boeing 737 jet crashes into Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge shortly after takeoff, then plunges into the Potomac River; 78 people, including 4 motorists, are killed.
    1990In Virginia, Douglas Wilder, the first African American elected governor of a US state, takes office.
    Born on January 13
    1808Salmon P. Chase, U.S. Treasury Secretary, sixth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
    1832Horatio Alger, Jr., American children’s author (Ragged Dick, Tattered Tom).
    1919Robert Stack, actor; portrayed Elliot Ness in TV series The Untouchables.
    1926Michael Bond, author, best known for his series of Paddington Bear children’s books.
    1929Joe Pass, considered one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century.
    1961Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress, producer (Seinfeld TV series)