On This Day

What Happened on February 13

Important Events

  • 1258 Baghdad, then a city of 1 million, falls to the Mongols as the abbasid Caliphate is destroyed, tens of thousands slaughtered, ending the Islamic Golden Age
  • 1601 1st British East India Company voyage departs from London, lead by John Lancaster
  • 1689 Parliament of England adopts the Bill of Rights which establishes the rights of parliament and places limits on the crown
  • 1942 Hitler's Operation Sealion, the invasion of England, is cancelled
  • 1945 Allied planes begin bombing Dresden, Germany; a firestorm results and over 22,000 die
  • 1945 USSR captures Budapest, after a 49-day battle with Nazi Germany in which 159,000 die
  • 1960 France becomes the 4th nuclear nation by exploding the 70 kilo-ton "Gerboise Bleue" atomic bomb in the French Algerian Sahara desert [1]
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Feb 13 in Film & TV

  • 1972 "Cabaret", directed by Bob Fosse, based on John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical of the same name, starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York, released

Feb 13 in Music

Did You Know?

Jesse James holds up his first bank, stealing $15,000 from the Clay County Savings Association in Liberty, Missouri

On February 13, 1866

Would You Believe?

Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side of the Moon" marks 402 weeks in the album charts

On February 13, 1982

Famous Weddings

  • 1575 Henry III of France marries Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont.
  • 1940 Actress Lana Turner (19) marries bandleader Artie Shaw (29)
  • 1983 Jerry Lewis marries 2nd wife dancer SanDee Pitnick

Famous Divorces

  • 1974 Professional boxer George Foreman (25) divorces Adrienne Calhoun after almost 3 years of marriage

More Weddings & Divorces