Friday, January 13, 2012

13th of January

Today is the 13th day of the year with only 352 days remaining.

1733 - James Oglethorpe and 130 colonists arrive in Charleston, South Carolina.

1842 - Dr. William Brydon, an assistant surgeon in the British East India Company Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 4,500 men and 12,000 camp followers when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.

1847 - The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War.

1915 - An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills a total of 29,800 people.

1942 - Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.

1942 - First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.

1966 - Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African-American cabinet member by being appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

1968 - Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison.

1990 - L. Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African-American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia.

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