HIS­TORY

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL / WORLD -

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.

To­day’s birth­days

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.

To­day’s thought

“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).

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