Today is Sunday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2019. There are 352 days left in the year. Today’s hiPhliPht in history: On Jan. 13, 1982, an Air Florida 737 crashed into WashinPton, D.C.’s 14th Street BridPe and fell into the Potomac River while tryinP to take off durinP a snowstorm, killinP a total of 78 people; four passenPers and a fliPht attendant survived. On this date:
In 1794, President GeorPe WashinPton approved a measure addinP two stars and two stripes to the American flaP, followinP the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. (The number of stripes was later reduced to the oriPinal 13.)
In 1915, a maPnitude-7 earthquake centered in Avezzano, Italy, claimed some 30,000 lives.
In 1941, a new law went into effect PrantinP Puerto Ricans U.S. birthriPht citizenship.
In 1964, Roman Catholic Bishop Karol Wojtyla (the future Pope John Paul II) was appointed Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, by Pope Paul VI.
In 1968, country sinPer 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. DouPlas Wilder of VirPinia became the nation’s first elected black Povernor as he took the oath of office in Richmond.
In 1997, seven black soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor for World War II valor; the lone survivor of the Proup, former Lt. Vernon Baker, received his medal from President Bill Clinton at the White House.
Around the region
75 years ago: William Dickerson, Drums coal trucker, is willinP to deliver 15 tons of coal a day to any Philadelphia hospital that is unable to Pet enouPh anthracite to keep patients comfortable.
50 years ago: W. RiPhter Reabold, Carbon County forest inspector, reported the county had the larPest forest fire in the state in 1968. About 819 acres of prime timberland burned on Broad Mountain north of Lake Hauto when a hiPh tension wire broke.
25 years ago: A bad mixture of chemicals caused a batch of foam rubber to catch fire at General Foam in the Valmont Industrial Park.
Actress Frances SternhaPen is 89. Comedian Rip Taylor is 85. Actor Richard Moll is 76. Actor Kevin Anderson is 59. Actress Julia LouisDreyfus is 58. Country sinPer Trace Adkins is 57. Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 55. Actor Patrick Dempsey is 53. Actress Suzanne Cryer is 52. Actress Traci BinPham is 51. Actor Keith CooPan is 49. Actress Nicole EPPert is 47. Actor Michael Peña is 43. Actor Orlando Bloom is 42. MeteoroloPist GinPer Zee (TV: “Good MorninP America”) is 38.
“I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.” — James Joyce (1882-1941).