Almanac: Monday, January 13, 2014
by Bill Edwards (Compiled)
Assistant Metro Editor
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On January 13 in

1733 James Oglethorpe and some 120 English colonists arrived at Charleston, S.C., while en route to settle in present-day Georgia.

1864 American songwriter Stephen Foster, who'd written such classics as "Swanee River," "Oh! Susanna," "Camptown Races," "My Old Kentucky Home" and "Beautiful Dreamer," died in poverty in a New York hospital at age 37.

1898 Emile Zola's famous defense of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, "J'accuse," was published in Paris.

1962 Comedian Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in west Los Angeles 10 days before his 43rd birthday.

1966 Robert C. Weaver was named Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson; Weaver became the first black Cabinet member.

1982 An Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge and fell into the Potomac River after taking off during a snowstorm, killing a total of 78 people; four passengers and a flight attendant survived.

1990 L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation's first elected black governor as he took the oath of office in Richmond.

In The Star

Jan. 13, 1939, in The Star: One swimming pool or three for Anniston? That was the question raised in today’s account of last night’s Anniston City Council meeting: “Three municipal swimming pools, two for white people and one for colored, instead of one elaborate pool, was suggested to the City Council Thursday night by Mayor W. S. Coleman, who stated he believed that three could be built for the same — or less — money than the one for which plans already have been drawn. The mayor’s suggestion included cancellation of the present WPA swimming pool and institution of a new project.” Also this date: A federal committee is recommending accepting the offer made by Mrs. O. K. Seyforth, guardian for Mrs. Mamie F. Hill, to sell a plot of land to the Post Office for construction of a new building in Jacksonville. The owner would sell the land, 158 feet by 220 feet in dimension, for $3,500. It’s bounded by Pelham Road, Gayle Street, Dyer Street and College Avenue. A $70,000 building would be erected there.

Jan. 13, 1989, in The Star: The Hamilton Boys Club paid tribute to its founder and benefactor, Charles A. Hamilton, during yesterday’s annual meeting. Reading a tribute written by longtime Hamilton friend Hoyt Howell, board chairman Brooks Clark described Hamilton as “a giant of a man” who remains “a strong, steady force” in a number of organizations. Hamilton was unable to attend the tribute due to poor health. Doug Stewart said he has known Charles Hamilton for more than 70 years. The Boys Club idea came about because Hamilton, who was childless, wanted to do something for the children in the area, many of them sons of former employees, Stewart said. Hamilton founded the club in 1967 and served as its board chairman until 1988.

Birthdays for January 13

Actress Frances Sternhagen is 84. TV personality Nick Clooney is 80. Comedian Rip Taylor is 80. Actor Billy Gray is 76. Actor Richard Moll is 71. Rock musician Trevor Rabin is 60. Rhythm-and-blues musician Fred White is 59. Rock musician James Lomenzo (Megadeth) is 55. Actor Kevin Anderson is 54. Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 53. Country singer Trace Adkins is 52. Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 50. Actor Patrick Dempsey is 48. Actress Traci Bingham is 46. Actor Keith Coogan is 44. Actress Nicole Eggert is 42. Actor Orlando Bloom is 37.

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