Today in history
Today is Saturday, January 13, the 13th day of 2018 and the 24th day of winter.
On this date in the SCV: In 1927, The Signal reported that Kenneth Thompson of San Gabriel and John Heins of Alhambra fell into the hands of the sub-station officers when the auto in which they were riding turned over near Castaic Junction. When it developed that they were not the owners of the car, inquiry was made at the main office. The boys stated that the car belonged to a cousin, but gave a fictitious address for the “cousin.” The investigation revealed that the boys had stolen the car from the Amazon Drilling Co. on Dec. 26. They later stole plates off a Ford car, and had been using the car for some days. They had started for Bakersfield, their parents knowing nothing of the car episode, supposing them to be in school. They were in jail
awaiting trial. In In 1898, French writer Emile Zola’s editorial “J’accuse” was printed in the newspaper L’Aurore, exposing the military cover-up known as the Dreyfus Affair. In 1910, a live performance from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City became the first public radio broadcast. In 1942, the Allies announced they would prosecute war criminals after World War II. In 1990, Virginian L. Douglas Wilder became the first elected AfricanAmerican governor. In 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Italy, killing 32 people.
Today’s fact: Emile Zola is buried in the Pantheon necropolis in Paris, along with Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Marie Curie, Louis Braille and other French luminaries.
In 1999, Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan retired from the NBA for the second time. He would return to the NBA for a third and final stint in 2001.
Today’s number: 22 – Nazi leaders who were tried at Nuremberg for war crimes following World War II.
Today’s moon: Between last quarter moon (Jan. 8) and new moon (Jan. 16).
Birthdays Horatio Alger (1832-1899), author; Sophie Tucker (18841966), singer; Robert Stack
(1919-2003), actor; Gwen Verdon (1925-2000), dancer/actress;
Charles Nelson Reilly (19312007), actor; Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(1961- ), actress; Trace Adkins (1962- ), singer-songwriter;
Patrick Dempsey (1966- ), actor; Orlando Bloom (1977- ), actor; Nate Silver (1978- ), statistician;
Liam Hemsworth (1990- ), actor.