January 13: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1847 - The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War in California.
- 1910 - The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the opera Cavalleria rusticana is sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, New York.
- 1942 - Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.
- 1966 - Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member when he is appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
- 1990 - Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia.
- Famous Birthdays: Félix Tisserand (French astronomer), Wilhelm Wien (German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate), Ross Granville Harrison (American biologist), Sydney Brenner (South African biologist, Nobel Prize laureate), Barry Bishop (American mountaineer, photographer, and scholar)
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