January 13: This Day In History

DylanJanuary 13, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc looks back at some of the events that happened today in history, including the recording Bringing It All Back Home by Bob Dylan, the publishing of Émile Zola’s J’accuse, and the foundation of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University.


Mawlid al-Nabi (birth of the prophet, Muslim) begins at sundown
532 – Nika riots in Constantinople.1435 – Sicut Dudum, forbidding the enslavement of the Guanche natives in Canary Islands by the Spanish, is promulgated by Pope Eugene IV.1607 – The Bank of Genoa fails after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain.1830 – The Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana begins.

1869 – The first Black labor convention, Convention of the Colored National Labor Union, held

1893 – U.S. Marines land in Honolulu, Hawaii from the USS Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.

1898 – Émile Zola’s J’accuse exposes the Dreyfus affair.

1913 – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University.

1915 – An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills 29,800.

1935 – A plebiscite in Saarland shows that 90.3% of those voting wish to join Nazi Germany.

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

1953 – An article appears in Pravda accusing some of the most prestigious and prominent doctors, mostly Jews, in the Soviet Union of taking part in a vast plot to poison members of the top Soviet political and military leadership.

1953 – Don Barksdale becomes first Black person to play in an NBA All-Star Game

1964 – Anti-Muslim riots break out in Calcutta, resulting in 100 deaths.

1965, The first day of recording sessions for Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home album were held at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan recorded ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’, and ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’.

1966 – Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member when he is appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

1968 – Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom State Prison

1990 – Lawrence Douglas Wilder of Virginia is inaugurated as the first African American to be elected governor in the U.S. Wilder won the election in Virginia by a mere 7,00 votes in a state once the heart of the Confederacy.

1991 – Soviet Union troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, killing 14 people and wounding 1000.

1987 – Even Mecham, then governor of Arizona, rescinded the gubernatorial decree by former Governor Bruche Babbit that established the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a state holiday.

2001 – An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800.

BIRTHS1832 – Horatio Alger, Jr., American author (d. 1899)1884 – Sophie Tucker, Ukrainian-American singer and actress (d. 1966)1929 – Joe Pass, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 1994)

1930 – Liz Anderson, American singer-songwriter (d. 2011)

1940 – Edmund White, American author

1961 – Wayne Coyne, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Flaming Lips)

1961 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American actress and producer

DEATHS1599 – Edmund Spenser, English poet (b. 1552)1941 – James Joyce, Irish author and poet (b. 1882)1978 – Hubert Humphrey, American politician, 38th Vice President of the United States (b. 1911)

1979, Soul singer Donny Hathaway committed suicide falling from a 15th floor New York hotel window.

Sources: The People HistoryWikipedia List of Historical AnniversariesThis Day in Women’s HistoryThis Day in Jewish HistoryThis Day in African History;History.comHistory OrbYenobaPhil Konstantin’s North American Indian History; and This Day in Music