TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

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.

1962

Co­me­dian Ernie Ko­vacs died in a car crash in west Los An­ge­les 10 days be­fore his 43rd birth­day.

1964

Ro­man Catholic Bishop Karol Wo­jtyla was ap­pointed Arch­bishop of Krakow, Poland, by Pope Paul VI.

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.

1978

For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Hu­bert H. Humphrey died in Waverly, Min­nesota, at age 66.

1990

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

1992

Ja­pan apol­o­gized for forc­ing tens of thou­sands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for its sol­diers dur­ing World War II, cit­ing newly un­cov­ered doc­u­ments that showed the Ja­pa­nese army had a role in ab­duct­ing the so-called “com­fort women.”

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