Today is Wednesday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2021. There are 352 days left in the year.
On this date in history On Jan. 13, 1982, an Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington’s 14th Street Bridge and fell into the Potomac River while trying to take off during a snowstorm, killing a total of 78 people, including four motorists on the bridge; four passengers and a flight attendant survived.
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.)
1898 — Emile Zola’s famous defense of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, “J’accuse,” was published in Paris.
1967 — The Rolling Stones’ double-A sided single “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and “Ruby Tuesday” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records. (It was released the following day in the United States on the London label.)
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 had a role in abducting the so-called “comfort women.”
2001 — An earthquake estimated by the US Geological Survey at magnitude 7.7 struck El Salvador; more than 840 people were killed.
2018 — A false alarm that warned of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii sent the islands into a panic, with people abandoning cars on a highway and preparing to flee their homes; officials apologized and said the alert was sent when someone hit the wrong button during a shift change.
Ten years ago — Vice President Joe Biden became the first top US official to visit Iraq since the country approved a new Cabinet; Biden emphasized to Iraqi leaders that the US wanted nothing more than for Iraq to be free and democratic.
Five years ago — Less than a day after 10 US Navy sailors were detained in Iran when their boats drifted into Iranian waters, they and their vessels were back safely with the American fleet.
One year ago — Anger swelled in Iran over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian jetliner and the government’s effort to conceal its role; videos appeared to show security forces firing live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protests.
TV personality Nick Clooney is 87. Actor Billy Gray is 83. Rock musician Trevor Rabin is 67. Rock musician James Lomenzo (Megadeth) is 62. Actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 60. Country singer Trace Adkins is 59. Actor Penelope Ann Miller is 57. Actor Patrick Dempsey is 55. Actor Suzanne Cryer is 54. Actor Traci Bingham is 53. Actor Keith Coogan is 51. TV producer-writer Shonda Rhimes is 51. Actor Nicole Eggert is 49. Actor Ross McCall is 45. Actor Michael Pena is 45. Actor Orlando Bloom is 44. Meteorologist Ginger Zee (TV: “Good Morning America”) is 40. Actor Ruth Wilson is 39. Actor Julian Morris is 38. Actor Beau Mirchoff is 32. Actor Liam Hemsworth is 31. NHL center Connor McDavid is 24.
— The Associated Press