On This Day In History, 13 January

On This Day In History 13 January Image

World Events Today

  • The current design of the Greek flag was adopted by Greek National Assembly today in 1822
  • Mahatma Gandhi, The Father of the Nation of India, began another peaceful protest in the form of a fast today in 1948, it lasted 6 days and was the last one before he was assassinated
  • Karol Józef Wojtyła, who would become Pope John Paul II, was made Archbishop of Kraków today in 1964

Entertainment Events Today

  • After already performing in several animations, Mickey Mouse made his first comic strip appearance today in 1930
  • The British comedy sketch show series A Bit of Fry and Laurie, starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, aired for the first time on the BBC today in 1989
  • The Argentine professional footballer Lionel Messi, scored his 400th La Liga goal today in 2019, it was for Barcelona during a 3–0 home win over Eibar

Family Events Today

  • The British author Michael Bond, best known as the creator of Paddington Bear, was born today in 1926 in Berkshire
  • The American Wild West lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp, who took part in the famous gunfight at the OK Corral, died today in 1929 aged 80
  • Graham McPherson, better known as the English singer-songwriter Suggs, lead singer of Madness, was born today in 1961 in Sussex

Main Event Today

  • Doctor Harold Shipman, guilty of murdering 15 of his patients, with the real number estimated at over 200, hanged himself today in 2004 whilst in prison

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Peach Melba Day

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