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JANUARY 13

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Finland, Norway, Sweden: Tjugondag Knut/St. Knut's Day/Twentieth Day
(Official end of the Yuletide season: 20 days after Christmas)
Finland Norway Sweden Christmas The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids Julenissen Norge
United States: Stephen Foster Memorial Day
(Remembrance of Foster on the anniversary of his death: 1/13/1864)
Stephen Foster American Composers Folk Music Government Printing Office
1955 Jay McInerney (Connecticut-born Screenwriter) Jay McInerney Television Film
Performing Artists
1884 Sophie Tucker (Russian-American Singer, Actress) Sophie Tucker Actors Popular Musicians
1926 Melba Liston (Missouri-born African-American Jazz Trombonist) Melba Liston Popular Musicians Famous African Americans
Gwen Verdon (California-born Dancer, Actress) Gwen Verdon Stage and Theater Dance Film
1934 Rip Taylor (Washington, D.C.-born Actor) Rip Taylor Actors Television Film
1949 Brandon Tartikoff (New York-born Television Executive) Brandon Tartikoff Television
1961 Julia Louis-Dreyfus (New York City-born Actress) Julia Louis-Dreyfus Actors Television Film
1966 Patrick Dempsey (Maine-born Actor) Patrick Dempsey Actors Television Film
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1864 Stephen Foster (Pennsylvania-born Songwriter) Stephen Foster American Composers Folk Music
1905 Joseph H. Diss Debar (French-American Artist Who Designed the Great Seal of West Virginia) Joseph H. Diss Debar West Virginia Artists Artists
2010 Teddy Pendergrass (Pennsylvania-born African-American Popular Musician) Teddy Pendergrass Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists
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1930 The First Mickey Mouse Comic Strip Is Published in the New York Mirror Walt Disney Cartoons & Comics Historic Firsts USPTO
1953 Don Barksdale Is First African American to play in An NBA All-Star Game California Sports Figures Basketball NBA African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame
1982 Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson Are Voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Henry Aaron Texas Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures New York Times
1999 Michael Jordan Announces His Retirement from Professional Basketball Michael Jordan Basketball Famous African Americans PBS
2002 The Fantasticks Closes Off-Broadway after 17,162 Shows Over Nearly 42 Years Official Website

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