Today in History -13 January

Important Events

532 Nika riots begin in Constantinople, revolt against Emperor Justinian I, prompted by chariot racing
1785 John Walter publishes 1st issue of “The Times” of London
1943 Adolf Hitler declares “Total War” against the Allies
1970 Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu flees Biafra into exile, leaving his deputy Philip Effiong to surrender to the Nigerian army, unofficially ending the Nigerian Civil War
2000 Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position

Jan 13 in Film & TV

1928 RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television receiver which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture

Jan 13 in Music

1976 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of “La Traviata”

Jan 13 in Sport

1972 Bernice Gera wins anti-discrimination case against the National Baseball Congressl, initiated March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire

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