What Happened on October 13

Historical Events

  • 54 Nero succeeds Claudius as Roman Emperor
  • 1307 French King Philip IV has Grand Master Jacques de Molay and Knights Templar arrested and charged of idolatry and corruption
  • 1884 Greenwich in London established as the universal time meridian of longitude
  • 1943 Italy declares war on former Axis partner Germany
  • 1944 US 1st army begins battle of Aachen, first German city captured during WWII
  • 2010 The 2010 Copiapó mining accident in Copiapó, Chile comes to an end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground.
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Did You Know?

First electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, working at the C.D.C.

On October 13, 1976

Famous Weddings

  • 1941 NFL halfback Red Grange (38) weds flight attendant Margaret Hazelberg
  • 1956 MLB player Roger Maris (22) weds high school sweetheart Pat Carvell at St. Anthony Padua Church
  • 1978 James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King weds Anna Sandhu
  • 2011 Queen consort of Bhutan Jetsun Pema (21) weds Dragon King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck (31) at Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan
  • 2012 "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" actor Alfonso Ribeiro (41) weds Angela Unkrich (31) in California

Famous Divorces

  • 1998 Golfer champ Nick Faldo (41) divorces manager's secretary Gill Bennett after 12 years of marriage
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