Today in history – January 13, 2020

1794 – President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.

1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.

1966 – Robert C. Weaver became the first African American Cabinet member as he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

1968 – Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom State Prison.

1990 – Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Virginia.

1999 – Michael Jordan announced his retirement.

2012 – The Italian luxury liner Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio and flipped onto its side. 32 people were killed. 

2018 – A false emergency alert warning of an impending missile strike in Hawaii caused widespread panic in the state.