Historical Events on 13th March

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  • 483 St Felix III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 607 12th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
  • 624 Battle of Badr, Muhammad's Muslim forces win significant victory over Meccan forces
  • 1138 German king Koenraad II von Hohenstaufen crowned

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1519 Hernán Cortés lands in Mexico

Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés
Spanish Conquistador
Hernán Cortés
  • 1560 Spanish fleet occupies Djerba, at Tripoli
  • 1564 Cardinal Granvelle flees Brussels
  • 1567 Battle at Oosterweel: Spanish troops destroy Geuzenleger
  • 1569 Battle of Jarnac, Count of Anjou defeats Huguenots
  • 1591 Battle at Tondibi: Moroccans army under Judar beats sultan Askia Ishaq II of Songhai
  • 1634 Academie Francaise opens
  • 1639 Cambridge College renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard
  • 1656 Jews are denied the right to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam
  • 1677 Massachusetts gains title to Maine for $6,000
  • 1735 1st US Moravian bishop, David Nitschmann, consecrated in Germany
  • 1759 27th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
  • 1772 Gotthold Lessing's "Emilia Calotti" premieres in Brunswick

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1781 William Herschel sees what he thinks is a "comet" but is actually the discovery of the planet Uranus

Astronomer William Herschel
William Herschel
  • 1790 John Martin, 1st American-born actor, performs in Philadelphia
  • 1797 Cherubini's opera "Medée" premieres in Paris

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1835 Charles Darwin departs Valparaiso for Andes crossing

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1846 Friedrich Hebbel's "Maria Magdalena" premieres in Königsberg
  • 1852 Uncle Sam cartoon figure made its debut in the NY Lantern weekly
  • 1861 23rd Grand National: Joseph Kendall aboard Jealousy wins

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1865 US Civil war: Confederate President Jefferson Davis signs bill authorizing use of slaves as soldiers

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1865 US Confederate Congress calls on black slaves for field service

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1868 Senate begins US President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1869 Arkansas legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan law
  • 1878 Oxford University defeats Cambridge University in their 1st golf match
  • 1884 Siege of Khartoum Sudan begins
  • 1884 US adopts Standard Time
  • 1887 Chester Greenwood of Maine patents earmuffs
  • 1888 Great Blizzard of 1888 rages
  • 1894 J L Johnstone of England invents horse racing starting gate
  • 1897 San Diego State University is founded.
  • 1900 British troops occupy Bloemfontein, capital of the Orange Free State
  • 1900 In France the length of the workday for women and children is limited to 11 hours by law.
  • 1904 Bronze statue of Christ on Argentine-Chilean border dedicated
  • 1911 Ivan Caryll's musical "Pink Lady" premieres in NYC
  • 1911 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Galt (Ont) 7-4
  • 1911 The Colonial-Born and Settlers Indian Association is formed at a meeting in Durban, South Africa, and has at its aim to fight the infamous 3 poll tax
  • 1912 Stanley Cup: Quebec Bulldogs sweep Moncton (NB) in 2 games
  • 1912 Bulgaria and Serbia conclude an alliance pact ostensibly against Austria, but it secretly provides for a possible war against Turkey
  • 1913 Kansas legislature approved censorship of motion pictures
  • 1915 Dodgers manager Wilbert Robinson tries to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane, but the pilot substituted a grapefruit

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1918 Trotsky gains control of the Red Army

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • 1918 American Red Magen David (Jewish Red Cross) forms
  • 1918 1st NHL championship: Mont Canadiens beat Toronto Arenas, outscoring them 10-7 in a 2 game set
  • 1920 After the German government is forced to cut its army to 10,000 men, military groups plot an unsuccessful coup - a revolt ended by a general strike
  • 1921 Mongolia (formerly Outer Mongolia) declares independence from China

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1922 George Bernard Shaw's "Back to Methusaleh V" premieres in NYC

  • 1922 WRR-AM in Dallas TX begins radio transmissions
  • 1922 NHL Championship: Ottawa Senators outscore Toronto St Pats, 5 to 4, in 2 games
  • 1923 Lee de Forest demonstrates his sound-on-film moving pictures (NYC)
  • 1924 German Republic day
  • 1925 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens sweep Toronto Arenas in 2 games
  • 1925 Tennessee makes it unlawful to teach evolution
  • 1928 Rudolph Friml's musical "Three Musketeers" premieres in NYC

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1929 Bradman scores 123 Aust v England at MCG, his 2nd Test Cricket century

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1930 Clyde Tombaugh announces discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory
  • 1933 Banks reopen

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1933 Joseph Goebbels becomes Nazi Germany's Minister of Information and Propaganda

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels
  • 1935 Driving tests introduced in Great Britain
  • 1938 Anschluss - Austria annexed by Nazi Germany
  • 1938 World News Roundup is broadcast for the first time on CBS Radio in the United States.
  • 1940 Finland-Russian cease fire signed, the Winter War ends. Finland gives up Karelische
  • 1941 A Bougne forms AGRA (Amis du Grand Reich Allemand)
  • 1942 Julia Flikke, Nurse Corps, becomes 1st woman colonel in US army
  • 1943 Baseball approves official ball (with cork & balata)

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1943 Failed assassin attempt on Hitler during Smolensk-Rastenburg flight

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1943 Frank Dixon wins Knights of Columbus mile (4:09.6)
  • 1944 USSR recognizes Italian Badoglio government
  • 1945 Queen Wilhelmina returns to Netherlands
  • 1945 Sicherheitsdienst arrest Dutch resistance fighter Henry Werkman
  • 1946 Paul-Henri Spaak (Belgium Socialist Party) forms Belgium government - shortest Belgium government (ends 31 March)
  • 1947 "Brigadoon" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 581 performances
  • 1947 19th Academy Awards - "Best Years of Our Lives", De Havilland, March win
  • 1948 10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor 58-42
  • 1949 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
  • 1949 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • 1950 General Motors reports net earnings of $656,434,232 (record)
  • 1951 2nd Dutch government of Drees forms
  • 1951 Israel demands DM 6.2 billion compensation from Germany
  • 1954 Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron
  • 1954 Viet Minh General Giap opens assault on That Bien Phu
  • 1955 Bir BSD Mahendra succeeds Tribhubana as king of Nepal
  • 1955 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1956 NZ bowl out WI for 77 at Eden Park to score their 1st Test Cricket win

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1957 Bloody battles after anti-Batista demonstration in Havana Cuba

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • 1958 Government troops land in Sumatra Indonesia
  • 1960 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1960 NFL's Chicago Cardinals moves to St Louis
  • 1960 White Sox unveil new road uniforms with players' names above number
  • 1961 Elizabeth Gurley Finn (70) becomes pres of US Communist Party

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1961 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson

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1961 JFK sets up the Alliance for Progress

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1961 Landslide in USSR, kills 145
  • 1961 Old type, black & white notes cease to be legal tender
  • 1962 Yugoslavia grants 1,000 prisoners amnesty
  • 1963 2 Russian reconnaissance flights over Alaska
  • 1963 Hindemith & Wilder's opera "Long Christmas Dinner" premieres in NYC
  • 1963 Indonesia & Netherlands recover diplomatic relations
  • 1964 Turkey threatens Cyprus with armed attack
  • 1965 Beatles' "Eight Days a Week" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

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1965 Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton of the Yardbirds

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton

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1966 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lagunita Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1967 Congo sentences ex-premier Moise Tsjombe to death
  • 1967 Robert Anderson's "You Know I Can't Hear You ..." premieres in NYC
  • 1968 Beatles release "Lady Madonna" in the UK
  • 1969 Apollo 9 returns to Earth
  • 1970 100 year Beehive anniversary ends in brawl in Amsterdam
  • 1970 Digital Equipment Corp introduces PDP-11 minicomputer
  • 1970 SF city employees begin 4-day strike
  • 1971 Live at Fillmore East recorded
  • 1971 18th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: South Carolina beats North Carolina, 52-51
  • 1972 7th Academy of Country Music Awards: Freddie Hart and Loretta Lynn win
  • 1973 Syria adopts constitution
  • 1973 "Irene" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 605 performances
  • 1973 Minskoff Theater opens at 200 W 45th St NYC
  • 1974 Glenn Turner scores twin tons for NZ's 1st win against Aust
  • 1975 Bernard Slade's "Same Time, Next Year," premieres in NYC
  • 1977 Dennis Lillee takes 6-26, England all out 95 in Centenary Test
  • 1978 Moluccan "suicide commandos" occupies Province house
  • 1979 European Monetary System is established, ECU created
  • 1979 Gairy dictatorship in Grenada overthrown by New Jewel Movement

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1979 Isle's Mike Bossy's 5th career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1980 Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:13.60)
  • 1980 Ford Motor Co found innocent in death of 3 women in a fiery Pinto
  • 1980 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Dortmund won by Jan Hoffmann GDR
  • 1981 NCAA St Joseph's upsets top seed DePaul
  • 1982 Ice Dance Championship at Copenhagen won by Torvill & Dean (GRB)
  • 1982 Ice Pairs Championship at Copenhagen won by Baess & Thierbach (GDR)
  • 1982 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Copenhagen won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • 1982 Worlds Ladies Fig Skate Champs in Copenhagen won by Elaine Zayak (USA)
  • 1982 Elaine Zayak, lands 6 triple jumps to win world skating championship

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1982 TV drama "T.J. Hooker" premieres on on US's ABC network starring William Shatner

  • 1983 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 770 performances
  • 1983 1st USFL overtime game-Birmingham Stallions beat Oakld Invaders 20-14
  • 1983 30th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Virginia, 81-78
  • 1984 Last day of 1st-class cricket for G Chappell, R Marsh, B Laird
  • 1984 WA beat Queensland by four wickets to win the Sheffield Shield
  • 1985 Funeral services held for Konstantin Chernenko (Moscow)
  • 1985 Michael Secrest (US) begins 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards

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1986 12th People's Choice Awards: Sylvester Stallone & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby, Linda Evans win (TV)

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
  • 1986 Soyuz T-15 carries 2 cosmonauts to Soviet space station Mir
  • 1986 Microsoft has its Initial public offering.
  • 1987 Ice Dance Championship at Cincinnati won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)

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1987 John Gotti is acquitted of racketeering

Gangster John Gotti
John Gotti
  • 1987 Washington Caps score 5 goals against Toronto in 3 mins & 3 secs

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1988 14th People's Choice Awards: Michael Douglas & Glenn Close win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)

Actor Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
  • 1988 35th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats North Carolina, 65-61
  • 1988 29th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 62-57
  • 1988 9th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Villanova, 85-68
  • 1989 27th shuttle, Discovery 8, launched, 1st woman to do the countdown
  • 1989 FDA orders recall of all Chilean fruit in US
  • 1989 US space shuttle STS-29 launched
  • 1990 Nicholoas Braithwaite elected premier of Grenada
  • 1991 Exxon pays $1-billion dollars in fines & cleanup of Valdez oil spill
  • 1991 Saudi Arabia and Iran say OPEC oil production cuts will take effect April 1
  • 1992 FCC rules companies can own 30 AM & 30 FM stations (formerly 12)

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1992 Martina Navratilova & Judy Nelson settle their galamony suit

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1992 An earthquake registering 6.8 on the Richter scale kills over 500 in Erzincan, eastern Turkey.
  • 1993 Blizzard of '93 hits north-east US
  • 1994 33.3% of Austria votes for ultra-right Freedom Party
  • 1994 Donna Andrews wins LPGA Ping Welch's Golf Championship
  • 1994 Oil tank/airship crash at Bosporus (huge fire/15+ killed)
  • 1994 President Mangope of Bophuthatswana deposed
  • 1994 41st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 North Carolina beats Virginia, 73-66
  • 1994 35th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 73-60
  • 1994 15th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Georgetown, 74-64
  • 1995 9th Soul Train Music Awards: Boyz II Men, Anita Baker win
  • 1995 Anti fascist Kazachstan anti-parliament forms
  • 1995 Hungarian Forint devalued 9%
  • 1995 Istanbul police shoot dead 16 Alawitische demonstrators
  • 1996 Sri Lanka beat India in World Cup semi as riots stop play
  • 1996 Dunblane massacre: in Dunblane, Scotland, 16 children and 1 teacher are shot dead by spree killer Thomas Hamilton who then commits suicide.
  • 1997 India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader.
  • 1997 The Phoenix lights were seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. They are now a hotly debated controversy.
  • 2003 Human evolution: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy.
  • 2004 25th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Pittsburgh, 61-58
  • 2005 Terry Ratzmann shoots and kills six members of the Living Church of God and the minister at Sheraton Inn in Brookfield, Wisconsin before killing himself.
  • 2005 52nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats Georgia Tech, 69-64
  • 2005 46th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Kentucky, 70-53
  • 2008 Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000.00 an ounce for the first time.
  • 2009 30th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 Louisville beats #10 Villanova, 69-55
  • 2010 31st Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #7 West Virginia beats #22 Georgetown, 60-58
  • 2011 58th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 75-58
  • 2011 52nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 70-54
  • 2012 19 people are shot dead in a bus attack in Ethiopia
  • 2012 Encyclopaedia Britannica announces that it will no longer publish printed versions of its encyclopaedia
  • 2012 110 people are killed and 63 are missing after a ferry collides with an oil tanker near Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2012 28 people, including 22 children, are killed in a motorway bus crash near Sierre, Switzerland
  • 2013 10 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Kunduz province, Afghanistan
  • 2013 The European Parliament rejects a European Union budget for the first time
  • 2013 An Embraer 821 aeroplane crashes and kills 9 people in Para, Brazil
  • 2013 North Korea shreds the Korean Armistice agreement
  • 2013 Aleqa Hammond’s Siumut party wins the Greenland parliamentary elections

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2013 Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected the new pope, taking the papal name Pope Francis

Pope Francis
  • 2014 After protests earlier this month, the Israeli parliament votes 65 to 1 for legislation that ends exemptions from military service for ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students

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2014 "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", directed by Joe Johnston, starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, premieres in Los Angeles