Today in History - January 13th

  • 1794 - Today in history, President Washington approved adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, after Vermont and Kentucky were admitted to the union.
  • 1893 - Britain's Independent Labor Party met for the first time. 
  • 1928 - On this day in history, Ernst F. W. Alexanderson demonstrated television publicly for the first time.
  • 1957 - Wham-O began producing "Pluto Platters" which established the beginning of the flying disc. 
  • 1966 - Today in history, Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Johnson.
  • 1986 - "The Wall Street Journal" printed a real picture on its front page.
  • 1990 - On this day in history, L. Douglas Wilder, the nation's first elected black governor, was sworn into office in Virginia. 
  • 1992 - Japan apologized for using thousands of Korean women as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II. 
  • 1998 - Today in history, NBC agreed to pay almost $13 million for each episode of the TV show E.R. 
  • 2002 - The exhibit "In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." opened at the Wright Museum of African-American History.

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 13th

  • 1854 - On this day in history, Anthony Faas patented the accordion. 
  • 1942 - Henry Ford patented the plastic automobile, which permitted a significant reduction in the car's weight.

SPORTS - Today in History, January 13th

  • 1998 - Today in history, ABC and ESPN negotiated to keep "Monday Night Football" for more than one billion a season.
  • 1999 - Michael Jordan retired from the NBA.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 13th

  • 1964 - On this day in history, The Beatles released "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in the United States. 
  • 1978 - The Police began recording their first album. 
  • 1979 - Today in history, The Y.M.C.A. filed a lawsuit against the Village People over their song, "Y.M.C.A."  
  • 1993 - Bobby Brown was arrested in Georgia for simulating a sex act onstage.


  • Robert Stack 1919
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus 1961
  • Penelope Ann Miller 1964 
  • Patrick Dempsey 1966