Today is the 13th day of 2014 and the 24th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1898, French writer Emile Zola's editorial "J'accuse" was printed in the newspaper L'Aurore, exposing the military cover-up known as the Dreyfus Affair.
In 1942, the Allies announced they would prosecute war criminals after World War II.
In 1990, Virginian L. Douglas Wilder became the first elected African-American governor.
In 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Italy, killing 32 people.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Horatio Alger (1832-1899), author; Sophie Tucker (1884-1966), singer; Robert Stack (1919-2003), actor; Gwen Verdon (1925-2000), dancer/actress; Charles Nelson Reilly (1931-2007), actor; Julia Louis-Dreyfus (1961- ), actress; Trace Adkins (1962- ), singer-songwriter; Patrick Dempsey (1966- ), actor; Orlando Bloom (1977- ), actor; Nate Silver (1978- ), statistician; Liam Hemsworth (1990- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: Emile Zola is buried in the Pantheon necropolis in Paris, along with Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Marie Curie, Louis Braille and other French luminaries.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1999, Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan retired from the NBA for the second time. He would return to the NBA for a third and final stint in 2001.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way." -- Emile Zola
TODAY'S NUMBER: 21 -- Nazi leaders who were tried at Nuremberg for war crimes following World War II.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Jan. 7) and full moon (Jan. 15).