Today January 13 we open the history books as we bring you historic events on this day.
1997 – The then Chief of General Staff, General Oladipo Diya on this day narrowly escapes a bomb explosion at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
1559 – Elizabeth I crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey
1966 – Elizabeth Montgomery’s character, Samantha, on “Bewitched,” had a baby. The baby’s name was Tabitha. The Famous American television comedy fantasy series which was broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972 enjoyed great popularity, becoming the longest-running supernatural-themed sitcom of the 1960s–1970s.
1992 – Japan apologized for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves (comfort women) for Japanese soldiers during World War II.
1998 – NBC agreed to pay almost $13 million for each episode of the TV show E.R. It was the highest amount ever paid for a TV show.
1773 – The first public museum in the U.S. was established in Charleston, S.C.
2013 – France Paris Rally Against Gay Marriage: Hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered to rally against gay marriage in Paris, France after President Hollande had indicated he wanted to extend rights for gay couples in the country. Sam-sex civil unions were already legal in the country.
Celebrities Orlando Bloom, Liam Hemsworth, Patrick Dempsey and Shonda Rimes are born.
2000 – Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped aside as chief executive.
1931 – Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwapa was born in Oguta. Her novel Efuru (1966) is among the first English language novels by a woman from Africa. Later she went on to become the first African woman publisher of novels when she founded Tata Press.