Thursday, January 13, 2011


January 13, 1950

Jacob Malik, USSR UN representative, storms out of a Security Council meeting & announces the Soviet Union will boycott future meetings in reaction to the defeat of his proposal to expel the representative of Nationalist China.

January 13, 1966

LBJ appoints the 1st African American cabinet officer, Robert C. Weaver, as Secretary of the Department of Housing & Urban Development.

Weaver had been an adviser to the Secretary of the Interior under FDR & head of the Housing & Home Finance Agency under JFK.

January 13, 1978

Hubert H. Humphrey, the 38th Vice-President of the United States, dies.  Humphrey, a "New Deal" Minnesota Senator, was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 1960.  

Humphrey was the choice of LBJ in 1964 to be his running-mate.  In 1968, he won the Democratic nomination for President only to be defeated in the general election by Richard M. Nixon.

January 13, 1864

Stephen Foster, "America's 1st professional songwriter", dies at age 37. Foster's 1st hit, "Oh! Susanna", was just one of 200 that he wrote. 


January 13, 1898

The Independent Labor Party of the United Kingdom has its' 1st meeting.

The party's goal is 'to secure the collective and communal ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange."

The party calls for reforms which include an 8 hour work day, provision for the sick, disabled, aged, widows & orphans.

January 13, 1941

James Joyce, "Ireland's greatest author", dies in Zurich, Switzerland at age 58.

Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, is regarded as one of the greatest works in the English language.  

Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882.  He lived in Paris from 1920 to 1940.