1893 – Roy Cazaly the Australian footballer was born on the 13th January 1893 (d. 1963).
1911 – Joh Bjelke-Petersen the 31st Premier of Queensland was born on the 13th January 1911 (d. 2005).
1939 – The Black Friday bush fires burnt 20,000 square kilometers of land in Australia on the 13th January 1939, killing 71 people.
1942 – Henry Ford patented a plastic automobile on the 13th January 1942, which was 30% lighter than a regular car.
1955 – Paul Kelly the Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 13th January 1955.
1961 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus the American actress was born on the 13th January 1961.
1968 – Johnny Cash performed live at Folsom State Prison on the 13th January 1968.
1977 – Orlando Bloom the English actor was born on the 13th January 1977.
2012 – The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sanks off the coast of Italy on the 13th January 2012, killing 32 people of the 4232 passengers and crew.
2014 ~ The Perth Hills fires in Western Australia destroyed over 50 houses, killing one person on the 13th January 2014. The fires started burning after 2 days of temperatures over 40 °C (104 °F) in the Perth Hills area, including Parkerville, Stoneville and Mundaring. Perth Now News: 52 homes lost to Perth Hills blaze, four people missing found | Video: Parkerville Bush Fire ~ 7News Perth (13/01/2014)…
2014 ~ Melbourne earthquake ~ The Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne experienced a magnitude 2.8 earthquake on the 13th January 2014.
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