January 13

1898

French writer Emile Zola published his "J'Accuse" letter, accusing the French of a cover-up in the Alfred Dreyfus treason case.

1941

Novelist James Joyce died in Zurich.

1990

Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first elected African-American governor in the United States.

1999

Michael Jordan announced his second retirement from the NBA. He would "unretire" again in 2001.

2002

After 17,162 performances, The Fantasticks ended its almost 42-year off-Broadway run.

2004

Joseph Darby, a U.S. soldier at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, reported U.S. abuses of Iraqi prisoners to the Army's Criminal Investigations Division..

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