13 January 1990
On this date in 1990...
Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first elected black governor in the U.S. when he took the oath of office in Richmond.
- 1794 - U.S. President George Washington approved adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.
- 1815 - During the War of 1812, British troops captured Fort Peter in St. Marys, Georgia, the only battle of the war to take place in the state.
- 1830 - The Great Fire of New Orleans began.
- 1873 - P.B.S. Pinchback relinquished his office as Louisiana governor during reconstruction.
- 1968 – Johnny Cash performed live at Folsom State Prison.
- 1997 - Debbie Reynolds of El Paso, Texas finally received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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