Today in History
January 13

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

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