On This Day, Jan. 13: Costa Concordia capsizes off coast of Italy

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On January 13, 2012

On January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit a rocky shore off the coast of Italy and capsized, killing 32 people. File image courtesy of Wikimedia

Jan. 13 (UPI) — This day in history:

In 1910, Lee DeForest, radio pioneer and inventor of the electronic tube, hosted the world’s first public radio broadcast, the New York Metropolitan Opera.

An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy in 1915 killed about 30,000 people.

In 1941, Irish author James Joyce died at the age of 58 in Zurich, Switzerland, after undergoing surgery for a perforated ulcer.

In 1968, Johnny Cash recorded his famous song at Folsom Prison live recording.

In 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the 14th Street Bridge over the Potomac River in Washington, killing 78 people.

In 1985, a passenger train traveling through Ethiopia derailed and four cars fell into a ravine. More than 400 people died and more than 500 were injured.

In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder took office in Virginia and became the first black governor of a US state.

In 1991, at least 40 people were killed and 50 injured in clashes during a soccer match in Orkney, South Africa.

In 1997, US President Bill Clinton awarded the Medal of Honor to seven African-American soldiers for their bravery in Italy during World War II. It was the first time that the medal was awarded to black servicemen of World War II.

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In 1999, Michael Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest basketball player ever, announced his second retirement. He led the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA championships.

In 2001, an early morning 7.7 magnitude earthquake killed more than 800 people, injured hundreds, and caused widespread damage and destruction in El Salvador. The earthquake triggered deadly mudslides.

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In 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit a rocky shore off the coast of Italy and capsized, killing 32 people.

In 2016, three winning tickets shared the world’s largest lottery jackpot, $1.59 billion. Winning Powerball tickets were sold in California, Florida and Tennessee.

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In 2018, an alert sent to cellphones in Hawaii falsely warned of a ballistic missile threat. Gov. David Ige said the error was caused by someone pressing the “wrong button.”

In 2021, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for sedition in the US House of Representatives. He is the first president to resign twice. The Senate acquitted him twice.

In 2022, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain removed her son Prince Andrew from military service and royal patronage after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor girl.

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