What Happened on August 13

Significant 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
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August 13 in Film & TV

  • 1967 "Bonnie and Clyde", directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, is released

August 13 in Music

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

August 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)

Did You Know?

Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany

On August 13, 1961


Would You Believe?

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

On August 13, 1913

Famous Weddings

  • 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)
  • 1943 Evangelist Billy Graham (24) weds philanthropist and Christian author Ruth Bell (23) in Montreat, North Carolina
  • 1980 Actor James Woods (33) weds costume designer Kathryn Morrison
  • 1988 Musician Robert Smith (29) weds Mary Poole in UK
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