Events in History on August 13

  • 3114 BC According to the Lounsbury correlation, the start of the Mayan calendar
  • 523 St John I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1099 Raniero elected as Pope Paschal II
  • 1326 Aradia de Toscano, according to legend/folklore, is initiated into a Dianic witchcraft cult and subsequently founds the tradition of Stregheria, later known as the Malandanti.
  • 1415 King Henry V of England army lands on mouth of Seine River
  • 1516 The Treaty of Noyon between France and Spain is signed. Francis recognises Charles's claim to Naples, and Charles recognises Francis's claim to Milan.

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1521 Spanish conquistadors under Hernán Cortés capture Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc in Tenochtitlan marking the end of the Aztec Empire

The Last Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc
The Last Aztec Emperor
Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés
Spanish Conquistador
Hernán Cortés
  • 1536 Buddhist monks from Kyōto's Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto in the Tenbun Hokke Disturbance. (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1536).
  • 1553 Michael Servetus is arrested by John Calvin in Geneva as a heretic.
  • 1578 Duke Frans of Anjou recognized as protector of Netherlands

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1608 John Smith's story of Jamestown's first days submitted for publication

Explorer John Smith
John Smith
  • 1624 Cardinal Richelieu appointed Chief Minister of France by Louis XIII
  • 1630 Ferdinand II dismisses supreme commander Albrecht von Wallenstein
  • 1642 Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens discovers Martian south polar cap
  • 1645 Sweden & Denmark sign Peace of Brömsebro
  • 1651 Litchfield, CT, founded
  • 1695 -15] French troops under Villeroi shoot in Brussels
  • 1696 State of Drenthe accredits Willem III as mayor
  • 1704 Battle of Blenheim (aka Second Battle of Höchstädt): a combined British, German & Dutch army led by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, decisively beat French & Bavarian forces.

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1732 Voltaire's "Zaire" premieres in Paris

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
  • 1740 Hunger strike in Rotterdam
  • 1784 British parliament accepts East India Company Act 1784, bringing the East India Company's rule in India under the control of the British Government.
  • 1788 Prussia joins Anglo-Dutch alliance to form Triple Alliance to prevent spread of Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90

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1792 Revolutionaries imprison French royals, including Marie Antoinette

Queen of France Marie Antoinette
Queen of France
Marie Antoinette
  • 1799 British fleet under Lord Seymour overthrows Suriname
  • 1814 Cape of Good Hope formally ceded to British by the Dutch
  • 1814 Treaty of London-Netherland stops transporting slaves
  • 1852 Steamer "Atlantic" crossing Lake Erie from Buffalo to Detroit collided with a fishing boat, sinks with 250 aboard
  • 1864 Battle of Deep Bottom VA (Strawberry Plains) & Fussell's Mill VA
  • 1868 Earthquakes kill 25,000 & causes $300 million damages (Peru & Ecuador)

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1886 John A. Macdonald uses a silver hammer to pound a gold spike, officially completing the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in British Columbia

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • 1889 William Gray patents coin-operated telephone
  • 1892 US black newspaper "Afro-American" begins publishing from Baltimore
  • 1898 US forces under George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish-Amer war
  • 1902 England beat Australia by one wicket at The Oval Famous victory
  • 1906 Black soldiers raid Brownsville, Texas
  • 1907 1st taxicabs operate in New York City, imported by Harry N. Allen
  • 1908 King Edward VII of Great Britain meets with Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria at Ischl; the King tries to persuade the Emperor to advise Germany against aggressive (anti-British) policies
  • 1913 Otto Witte, a German acrobat and fantasist, is purportedly crowned King of Albania.
  • 1913 Invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley, Sheffield, England
  • 1914 -14] German army occupies forts at Liege
  • 1914 Carl Wickman begins Greyhound, the 1st US bus line, in Minnesota
  • 1917 A revolt in Catalonia, the province in northeast Spain that has long seen itself as independent.
  • 1918 Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) established as a public company in Germany
  • 1919 Man o'War's only defeat (Upset wins at Saratoga)
  • 1921 Simon Kaufman & Marc Connelly's "Dulcy" premieres in NYC
  • 1923 Gustav Stresemann becomes premier of German coalition government

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1923 Turkish National Congress selects Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Pasja as President

President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • 1923 US Steel Corp initiates 8-hour work day
  • 1928 Soviet Union Spartacan Games begins

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1932 Hitler refuses President von Hindenburg's proposal to become vice-chancellor of Germany

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1935 Transcontinental Roller Derby begins (Chicago Coliseum)
  • 1937 Second Sino-Japanese War: Japanese forces begin the Battle of Shanghai, a conflict that will last 3 months and involve 1 million troops
  • 1939 Yankees set AL shutout margin with 21-0 victory over A's
  • 1939 Sabotage suspected in crash of 'City of San Francisco'

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1940 Hermann Goering's "Adler Tag" (Eagle day); 45-48 German aircraft shot down over Southern England (Battle of Britain)

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1941 Red army evacuates Smolensk
  • 1943 Red army recaptures Spas-Demensk
  • 1944 British 8th Army occupies Florence
  • 1944 Generals Montgomery/Dempsey/Bradley discuss a future breakthrough
  • 1946 Britain diverts illegal emmigrants bound for Palestine to Cyprus

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1950 US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao-Dai

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1951 Great Britain & Iraq sign new oil contract
  • 1953 4-5 million French go on strike against economizations

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1953 US President Dwight Eisenhower establishes Government Contract Compliance Committee

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1953 General Omar Bradley becomes US chief of staff
  • 1955 Larry Doby's ends AL record of 167 errorless games in outfield
  • 1959 US Military satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit)
  • 1960 Central African Republic & Chad proclaim independence from France
  • 1960 USSR withdraws advisors from China
  • 1960 The first two-way conversation via satellite is undertaken using Echo 1
  • 1961 Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany
  • 1962 Bert Campaneris of Daytona Beach (FSL) pitches ambidextrously
  • 1963 US Customs agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1963 Warren Spahn sets left-hander strike out mark at 2,382
  • 1964 1st broadcast by Trans World Radio on Bonaire
  • 1966 8th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games close in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1969 Balt Oriole Jim Palmer no-hits Oakland A's, 8-0
  • 1969 Temp Commissioner Bowie Kuhn elected for 7-year term by unanimous vote
  • 1970 Pamphlet bombs which scatter revolutionary African National Congress propaganda leaflets explode in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1975 Bayardo Bar attack: Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers carry out a gun and bomb attack on a pub in Belfast frequented by Ulster Volunteer Force commanders; 4 Protestant civilians and 1 UVF member are killed
  • 1976 South Africa pledges support for a negotiated settlement in Rhodesia
  • 1977 1st test glide of space shuttle
  • 1977 Randy Bachman quits BTO, they disband
  • 1978 Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed
  • 1978 Yanks score 5 runs in top of 7th. but rain causes game to be halted & thus score goes back to previous inning, Balt wins 3-0
  • 1979 Lou Brock, is 14th to get 3,000 hits
  • 1980 Suriname president Johan Ferrier ousted
  • 1980 Tatyana Kazankina of USSR sets 1.5k woman's record (3:52.47) in USSR
  • 1984 Morocco & Libya sign "Arabic-African Union" treaty
  • 1985 South African Defence Force soldiers, travelling in a convoy of more than ten armoured vehicles, surrounded the Thaba-Juluba high school in Soweto and arrest 200 students during a clampdown on school boycotts
  • 1986 KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KBLX (now KBFN)
  • 1987 Cards outfield sets record of no putouts in a 4-2 in 13 inning
  • 1987 Jackie Joyner-Kersee ties world record with 24'5½" jump
  • 1988 Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit opens
  • 1988 Ronald J Dossenbach sets world record for pedaling across Canada from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS in 13 days, 15 hr, 4 min
  • 1989 2 hot-air balloons crash at Alice Springs, Australia, 13 killed
  • 1989 US space shuttle STS-28 lands
  • 1991 US Vice-President Dan Quayle makes a speech attacking lawyers
  • 1993 Hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand, collapses, 114 killed
  • 1993 US Court of Appeals rules congress must save all E-Mail
  • 1994 Train crash in Tbilisi, Georgia, 24 killed
  • 1996 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0
  • 1997 South Park's first episode is aired.
  • 2004 156 Congolese Tutsi refugees massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi.
  • 2004 Black Friday crackdown by NSS on a peaceful protest in the capital city of Maldives, Malé.
  • 2004 Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.
  • 2008 The Baltic state slides into recession with a 0.9% fall in second-quarter GDP after a drop of 0.5% in the first quarter; it falls deeper into recession in the third quarter when the economy contracted 3.3%
  • 2014 Israeli and Palestinian cease fire agreed to on August 8 is extended for another 120 hours to provide time for further negotiations

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2015 Swedish Prosecutors announce they are dropping allegations against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of sexual molestation and coercion

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange

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2015 US Government formally returns to France Picasso's painting La Coiffeuse, stolen from Paris' National Museum of Modern Art in 2001

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
  • 2015 76 people are killed & 212 are wounded by an ISIL truck bomb in Baghdad, Iraq