Today in History, January 13th

Today is Monday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2020. There are 353 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight: On Jan. 13, 2012, the Italian luxury liner Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio and flipped onto its side; 32 people were killed.

On this date:

In 1794, President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. (The number of stripes was later reduced to the original 13.)

In 1864, American songwriter Stephen Foster died in poverty in a New York hospital at age 37.

In 1941, a new law went into effect granting Puerto Ricans U.S. birthright citizenship. Novelist and poet James Joyce died in Zurich, Switzerland, less than a month before his 59th birthday.

In 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in west Los Angeles 10 days before his 43rd birthday.

In 1978, former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey died in Waverly, Minnesota, at age 66.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Frances Sternhagen is 90. TV personality Nick Clooney is 86. Comedian Charlie Brill is 82. Actor Billy Gray is 82. Actor Richard Moll is 77. Rock musician Trevor Rabin is 66. Rhythm-and-blues musician Fred White is 65. Rock musician James Lomenzo (Megadeth) is 61. Actor Kevin Anderson is 60. Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 59. Rock singer Graham “Suggs” McPherson (Madness) is 59. Country singer Trace Adkins is 58.

Thought for Today: “Never underestimate your power to change yourself; never overestimate your power to change others.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr., American writer.

— The Associated Press

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