On This Day

What Happened on August 13

Important Events

  • 1521 Spanish conquistadors under Hernán Cortés capture Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc in Tenochtitlan marking the end of the Aztec Empire
  • 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).
  • 1642 Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens discovers Martian south polar cap
  • 1788 Prussia joins Anglo-Dutch alliance to form Triple Alliance to prevent spread of Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90
  • 1937 Second Sino-Japanese War: Japanese forces begin the Battle of Shanghai, a conflict that will last 3 months and involve 1 million troops
  • 1942 The 'Manhattan Project' commences, under the direction of US General Leslie Groves: its aim - to deliver an atomic bomb
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Aug 13 in Film & TV

Aug 13 in Music

  • 2013 "Crash My Party" 4th studio album by Luke Bryan is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2014)

Aug 13 in Sport

  • 2008 American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins 3 gold medals, all in world record time, in the one day at the Beijing Olympics; 200m I/M (1:54.23), 200m butterfly (1.52.03) and 4 x 200m freestyle relay (6:58.56)

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany

On August 13, 1961


Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

Otto Witte, a German acrobat and fantasist, is purportedly crowned King of Albania.

On August 13, 1913

Famous Weddings

  • 1514 French King Louis XII (52) marries by proxy Mary Tudor (18), sister of Henry VIII, at Greenwich Palace, England
  • 1868 Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier (26) weds Zoé Lafontaine (27) in Montreal, Canada
  • 1926 Comedian Stan Laurel (36) marries 1st wife actress Lois Neilson (30)
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