New York City (JFK+50) Stephen Foster, "America's 1st professional songwriter", died at the age of 37 a century and a half ago today, January 13, 1864, here in New York City.
Foster's 1st hit, Oh! Susanna, was just one of two hundred songs that he wrote.
His other works are immediately recognizable today 150 years after his death.
My Old Kentucky Home
Old Folks at Home
The prolific song-writer was impoverished at the time he developed a fever and collapsed attempting to call for help.
LBJ APPOINTED FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO CABINET 48 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the first African American to serve in the cabinet of the President of the United States, Robert C. Weaver, 48 years ago today, January 13, 1966.
Mr. Weaver would direct the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Weaver had been an adviser to the Secretary of the Interior under President Franklin D. Roosevelt &and head of the Housing and Home Finance Agency under President John F. Kennedy.
FORMER VICE-PRESIDENT DIES
Waverly, Minnesota (JFK+50) Hubert Horatio Humphrey, the 38th Vice-President of the United States, died thirty-six years ago today, January 13, 1978.
The former Vice-President succumbed to a fight with bladder cancer.
Humphrey, a "New Deal" Minnesota Senator, was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 1960 but dropped out of contention when he lost the West Virginia Democratic Primary to Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy.
Humphrey was Lyndon B. Johnson's choice in 1964 to be his running-mate. The Johnson-Humphrey ticket won the general election by a landslide.
In 1968, the Vice-President won the Democratic nomination for President only to be defeated in the general election by Richard M. Nixon.
Zurich, Switzerland (JFK+50)"Ireland's greatest author", James Joyce, died here in Zurich seventy-three years ago today, January 13, 1941.
Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, is regarded as one of the greatest works in the English language.
Joyce, who died at the age of 58, was born in Dublin in 1882.
He lived in Paris from 1920 to 1940.