Today in History: January 13

Today in History: January 13

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1397

John of Gaunt marries Katherine Rouet.

1846

President James Polk dispatches General Zachary Taylor and 4,000 troops to the Texas Border as war with Mexico looms.

1862

President Lincoln names Edwin M. Stanton Secretary of War.

1900

To combat Czech nationalism, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary decrees German the official language of the Imperial Army.

1919

California votes to ratify the prohibition amendment.

1923

Hitler denounces the Weimar Republic as 5,000 storm troopers demonstrate in Germany.

1927

A woman takes a seat on the NY Stock Exchange breaking the all-male tradition.

1931

The bridge connecting New York and New Jersey is named the George Washington Memorial Bridge.

1937

The United States bars Americans from serving in the Civil War in Spain.

1943

General Leclerc's Free French forces merge with the British under Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery in Libya.

1944

Plants are destroyed and 64 U.S. aircraft are lost in an air attack in Germany.

1945

The Red Army opens an offensive in South Poland, crashing 25 miles through the German lines.

1947

British troops replace striking truck drivers.

1955

Chase National and the Bank of Manhattan agree to merge resulting in the second largest U.S. bank.

1965

Two U.S. planes are shot down in Laos while on a combat mission.

1968

U.S. reports shifting most air targets from North Vietnam to Laos.

1976

Argentina ousts a British envoy in dispute over the Falkland Islands.

1980

The United States offers Pakistan a two-year aid plan to counter the Soviet threat in Afghanistan.

1982

Air Florida Flight 90 Boeing 737 jet crashes into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge shortly after takeoff, then plunges into the Potomac River; 78 people, including 4 motorists, are killed.

1990

In Virginia, Douglas Wilder, the first African American elected governor of a US state, takes office.