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13th January

1559 Queen Elizabeth I of England was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

1884 * Sophie Tucker, Russian-born US singer and Vaudeville star.

1893 The Independent British Labour Party was formed by Keir Hardie.

1898 French writer Emile Zola published his "J'Accuse" letter, accusing the French of a cover-up in the Alfred Dreyfus treason case.

1915 29,000 people died after a massive earthquake in Italy.

1919 * Robert Stack, US actor who starred as Eliot Ness in the TV series, The Untouchables.

1920 * Harry Worth, British comedian.

1941 Novelist James Joyce died in Zurich.

1964 The first Beatles record, "I Wanna Hold You're Hand" was released in the US.

1964 Over 100 people were killed when Hindu-Muslim rioting broke out in the Indian city of Calcutta.

1969 * Stephen Hendry, youngest ever World Snooker Champion in 1989.

1982 A Boeing 737 crashed into the Potomac River in Washington DC, killing 78 people.

1990 Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first elected African-American governor in the United States.

1991 Around 13 people were killed and at least 140 injured as Soviet troops continued to attack Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.

1999 US basketball star Michael Jordan announced his retirement from the game after a 15-year career.

2004 Harold Shipman, who killed more than 200 patients, was found hanged in his prison cell.

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