On This Day

What Happened on July 13

Important Events

  • 1772 Captain James Cook begins 2nd voyage aboard the Resolution to the South Seas to search for Terra Australis (Southern continent)
  • 1832 Source of Mississippi River discovered by American geographer Henry Schoolcraft
  • 1943 Greatest tank battle in history ends with Russia's defeat of Germany at Kursk, almost 6,000 tanks take part, 2,900 lost by Germany
  • 1966 A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founds the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna movement) in New York City
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Jul 13 in Film & TV

  • 1923 The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads "Hollywoodland" but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949

Jul 13 in Music

  • 1985 "Live Aid" concerts held at both Wembley Stadium (London) and John F. Kennedy Stadium (Philadelphia) raises over $70 million for African famine relief

Jul 13 in Sport

  • 1930 1st-ever football World Cup competition begins in Uruguay

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

Horace Greeley, founder and editor of the "New-York Tribune" reputedly advises his readers to "Go west young man"

On July 13, 1865

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

Dean of St. Paul's London, Alexander Nowell perfects a way to bottle beer

On July 13, 1568

Famous Weddings

  • 1914 British poet and novelist D. H. Lawrence (28) weds Frieda Weekley (34) after obtaining Frieda's divorce from her 1st husband
  • 1925 Film producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Productions Walt Disney (23) weds Lillian Bounds (26) at Lewiston's Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Lewiston, Idaho
  • 1949 Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Jones (30) weds "Rebecca" film producer David O. Selznick (47) in Beverly Hills, California

Famous Divorces

  • 2007 Environmental activist Laurie Lennard (49) divorces writer Larry David (60) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage
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