TODAY IN HIS­TORY

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

TODAY’S HIGH­LIGHT Jan. 13, 1982

An Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge and fell into the Po­tomac River while try­ing to take off dur­ing a snow­storm, killing a to­tal of 78 peo­ple; four pas­sen­gers and a flight at­ten­dant sur­vived.

ALSO ON THIS DATE 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.

1915

A mag­ni­tude-7 earth­quake cen­tered in Avez­zano, Italy, claimed some 30,000 lives.

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.

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