34 fun facts for January, 13

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
January 13th is known for many significant events, such as the discovery of the Galilean moons by Galileo, the first public radio broadcast, and Steve Jobs announcing the first iPhone. The day is also marked by various celebrations like National Rubber Ducky Day, National Peach Melba Day, and National Skeptics Day, to name a few. From scientific breakthroughs to historical milestones, January 13th is filled with fascinating and fun facts.
34 Fun facts
  1. On January 13, 1128, Pope Honorius II granted a papal sanction to the military order known as the Knights Templar, officially recognizing them as a force for good and providing them with great influence and power.
  2. January 13, 1610, marked the discovery of the Galilean moons by Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei. These four large moons of Jupiter, named Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, revolutionized astronomy and our understanding of the solar system.
  3. In 1830, on January 13, the Great fire of New Orleans occurred, resulting in the destruction of more than 200 buildings but fortunately causing no fatalities. The fire was a turning point in the city's architectural development, with laws passed to ensure new buildings were made of brick.
  4. January 13, 1910, marked the world's first public radio broadcast, which took place in New York City. This groundbreaking event featured a live performance by opera singer Enrico Caruso and the Metropolitan Opera, and it was transmitted to various locations across the city.
  5. January 13 is designated as National Rubber Ducky Day in the United States, celebrating the iconic yellow toy that has brought joy to countless children during bath time and representing childhood nostalgia for many adults.
  6. On January 13, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the freezing Potomac River, killing 78 people. Only five passengers and one bystander survived the tragic event. This accident led to significant changes in airline safety and the deicing process for planes during winter.
  7. On January 13, 1942, Henry Ford patented the soybean automobile, a plastic vehicle made from soybean fibers that were designed to make cars lighter and more fuel-efficient. The innovation was a response to the need for steel and metals during World War II.
  8. January 13, 1948, saw the first use of color television. The popular sitcom "The Goldbergs" was broadcast in color for the first time on CBS, opening the door for the widespread adoption of color television technology.
  9. On January 13, 1929, Wyatt Earp, the legendary lawman of the American Wild West, passed away in Los Angeles, California. Earp is most famously known for the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881.
  10. In 1983, on January 13, the off-Broadway musical "Mame" ended its spectacular run after more than 1,500 performances. The last show took place at the Variety Arts Theatre in New York City, marking the end of an era for theater enthusiasts.
  11. On January 13, 1969, the Beatles released their "Yellow Submarine" album in the United States, featuring songs from their animated film of the same title. The album is considered one of the band's most experimental works.
  12. January 13 is celebrated as National Peach Melba Day in the United States, honoring the dessert made from peaches, raspberry sauce, and vanilla ice cream. It was created by French chef Auguste Escoffier in the early 20th century to honor Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba.
  13. In 1960, on January 13, the first underwater telephone cable was completed, connecting the United States and Europe. The underwater cable system, known as TAT-2, significantly improved long-distance communication between the two continents.
  14. On January 13, 2007, Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone at the Apple Macworld Expo. This revolutionary technology marked the beginning of the smartphone era, changing the way people communicate and interact with technology.
  15. January 13, 1974, saw the world's first successful heart transplant, performed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in South Africa. The groundbreaking procedure saved the life of a 54-year-old patient and paved the way for advances in medical science and organ transplantation.
  16. On January 13, 1962, comedian, actor, and television host Stephen Colbert was born. Colbert is best known for his work on "The Colbert Report," "The Daily Show," and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
  17. January 13 is celebrated as National Sticker Day in the United States, recognizing the joy and creativity that stickers bring to people of all ages. Stickers have been used for centuries as a decorative art form and a means of expression for different cultures.
  18. On January 13, 1999, basketball legend Michael Jordan announced his second retirement from the NBA. Jordan had a legendary career with the Chicago Bulls and briefly played for the Washington Wizards before officially retiring for good in 2003.
  19. January 13, 1966, marked the inauguration of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty" program in the United States. The program aimed to reduce poverty rates and improve living conditions for low-income Americans, resulting in the creation of initiatives such as Medicare and Medicaid.
  20. On January 13, 1968, Johnny Cash performed a live concert for the inmates of Folsom Prison in California. This historic event led to the recording of the iconic album "At Folsom Prison" and marked a turning point in Cash's career.
  21. January 13 is celebrated as Korean American Day in the United States, honoring the contributions and achievements of Korean Americans. The day marks the 1903 arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the US and recognizes their impact on American society and culture.
  22. In 1988, on January 13, Lee Teng-hui became the first native-born President of Taiwan. He is regarded as the "father of Taiwan's democracy" and is credited with championing the values of democracy, human rights, and free expression for the people of Taiwan.
  23. On January 13, 1957, the Wham-O Company produced the first Frisbee flying discs, which would become a popular recreational toy worldwide. The Frisbee was initially marketed as a sport, with competitions and tournaments soon emerging to promote the activity.
  24. January 13 is known as National Public Radio (NPR) Day in the United States, celebrating the public radio network that provides news, information, and cultural content for millions of listeners across the nation. NPR was created in 1970 and has built a reputation for its comprehensive and unbiased programming.
  25. On January 13, 1842, Dr. William Brydon, a British army surgeon, arrived in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, being the sole survivor of the famous Retreat from Kabul. This event during the First Anglo-Afghan War is considered one of the greatest military disasters of the 19th century.
  26. January 13 marks the birth of James Joyce in 1882, the celebrated Irish author who penned literary classics such as "Ulysses" and "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." Joyce's works are renowned for their complexity, depth, and exploration of language.
  27. On January 13, 2000, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates stepped down as CEO of the technology company, transitioning to the role of Chief Software Architect. Gates' changed position allowed him to focus on software strategy and product development while remaining an influential figure in the tech industry.
  28. January 13 is celebrated as National Gluten-Free Day in the United States, raising awareness for gluten-free diets and celiac disease. The day encourages the exploration of gluten-free recipes, products, and dining options for those living with dietary restrictions.
  29. On January 13, 1943, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first President to travel on official business by airplane. He journeyed from Miami, Florida, to French Morocco to attend the Casablanca Conference during World War II, marking the beginning of air travel for presidential duties.
  30. January 13, 1961, marked the birth of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the American actress and comedian best known for her roles in "Seinfeld," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," and "Veep." Louis-Dreyfus has won numerous awards and has been a prominent figure in the entertainment industry for decades.
  31. On January 13, 1989, the "Friday the 13th" virus struck hundreds of computers in Britain, wiping out various types of data. This event highlighted the emerging concern over computer viruses and malware, leading to the development of improved anti-virus software.
  32. January 13 is celebrated as National Skeptics Day in the United States, encouraging critical thinking and questioning of commonly accepted beliefs, myths, and ideologies. The day serves as a reminder to approach information with curiosity and doubt, seeking evidence and reason before forming conclusions.
  33. In 1968, on January 13, the Green Bay Packers won their third consecutive NFL championship, defeating the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II. The game was played at the Miami Orange Bowl, and the victory solidified the Packers' legacy as a dominant force in professional football.
  34. On January 13, 1966, the United States launched the first successful satellite observatory named the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory-2 (OAO-2). The observatory was equipped with advanced ultraviolet telescopes, leading to discoveries in astronomy and the birth of a new era in space-based astronomical research.