ON JAN­UARY 13 ...

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - OBITUARIES -

In 1733 James Oglethorpe and some 120 English colonists ar­rived at Charleston, S.C., while en route to set­tle in present-day Ge­or­gia.

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 1832 au­thor Ho­ra­tio Al­ger was born in Mas­sachusetts.

In 1941 ac­claimed nov­el­ist James Joyce, whose “Ulysses” ranks among the best works of the 20th cen­tury, died in Zurich; he was 58. Also in 1941, a new law went into ef­fect grant­ing Puerto Ri­cans U.S. birthright cit­i­zen­ship.

In 1966 Robert Weaver be­came the first black Cab­i­net mem­ber as he was ap­pointed sec­re­tary of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment by Pres­i­dent Lyn­don John­son.

In 1968 coun­try singer Johnny Cash per­formed and recorded a pair of shows at Fol­som State Prison in Cal­i­for­nia; ma­te­rial from the con­certs was re­leased as an al­bum by Columbia Records un­der the ti­tle “Johnny Cash at Fol­som Prison,” which proved a hit.

In 1990 L. Dou­glas Wilder, of Vir­ginia, be­came the na­tion’s first elected AfricanAmer­i­can gov­er­nor as he took the oath of of­fice in Rich­mond.

In 1999 Chicago Bulls su­per­star Michael Jor­dan an­nounced his re­tire­ment from bas­ket­ball. (He re­turned to the NBA in 2001.)

In 2000 Mi­crosoft chair­man Bill Gates stepped aside as chief ex­ec­u­tive and pro­moted com­pany pres­i­dent Steve Ballmer to the po­si­tion.

In 2012 More than 30 peo­ple were killed af­ter the Costa Con­cor­dia cruise ship, car­ry­ing more than 4,200 pas­sen­gers and crew, struck rocks off Tus­cany, Italy.

In 2017 the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice, af­ter a 13-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion, is­sued a scathing re­port de­scrib­ing a bro­ken Chicago Po­lice Depart­ment fall­ing woe­fully short on nearly ev­ery level, re­sult­ing in sys­tem­atic abuse of cit­i­zens, wide­spread dis­trust and a cri­sis of pub­lic safety.

In 2018 a false alarm that warned of a bal­lis­tic mis­sile headed for Hawaii sent the is­lands into a panic for 38 har­row­ing min­utes un­til of­fi­cials said the cell­phone alert was a mis­take; a cou­ple of weeks later au­thor­i­ties said an em­ployee mis­un­der­stood a drill and be­lieved that a bal­lis­tic mis­sile had ac­tu­ally been fired.

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