Today In History Spotlights Jan. 13, 1966, Robert C. Weaver Becomes First African-American Cabinet Member

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Robert C. Weaver is appointed to become the first African-American cabinet member. A member of the Democratic Party, Weaver was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and served on the H.U.D. from 1966-1968.

Likewise, he also served as a member of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Bowery Savings Bank, NAACP, and other organizations. Weaver passed away on July 17, 1997.

What Happened On This Day – January 13

  • 2012 The cruise ship Costa Concordia sinks, killing 32. The ship’s captain was later accused of imprudence, negligence, and incompetence.
  • 2001 An earthquake devastates El Salvador. This quake killed nearly 1000 people; at least 315 people feel victim to a second quake on February 13, 2001.
  • 2000 Bill Gates steps down as CEO of Microsoft. Gates co-founded Microsoft in 1975 together with Paul Allen.
  • 1968 Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom State Prison. The album “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison” became a huge success.
  • 1915 The worst earthquake in Italian history kills 30,000. The quake hit the town of Avezzano, about 100 km (60 m) east of Rome.

Births On This Day – January 13

  • 1978 Nate Silver – American journalist, statistician, developed PECOTA
  • 1970 Marco Pantani – Italian cyclist
  • 1969 Stephen Hendry – Scottish snooker player
  • 1964 Bill Bailey – English comedian, actor, singer, guitarist
  • 1887 George Gurdjieff – Armenian mystic

Deaths On This Day – January 13

  • 2007 Michael Brecker – American saxophonist, composer
  • 1978 Hubert Humphrey – American politician, 38th Vice President of the United States
  • 1962 Ernie Kovacs – American comedian, actor
  • 1941 James Joyce – Irish author
  • 1929 Wyatt Earp – American police officer

The sections “What Happened On This Day,” “Births On This Day,” and “Deaths On This Day” originally appeared at and is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

Garrett Smith
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