What Happened on October 13

Historical Events

  • 54 Nero succeeds Claudius as Roman Emperor
  • 1307 French King Philip IV has Grand Master Jacques de Molay and Knights Templar arrested and charged with idolatry and corruption
  • 1884 International Meridian Conference in Washington DC establishes Greenwich in London, England as the universal time meridian of longitude
  • 1924 Mecca falls without struggle to Saudi forces led by Abdulaziz Ibn Saud
  • 1943 Italy declares war on former Axis partner Germany
  • 1944 US 1st army begins battle of Aachen, first German city captured during World War II
  • 2010 Copiapó mining accident in Chile comes to a happy end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground
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Oct 13 in Film & TV

Oct 13 in Music

  • 1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience rock trio debuts with American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, British bassist Noel Redding & British drummer Mitch Mitchell in Évreux, Normandy, France
  • 2016 American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Oct 13 in Sport

  • 1903 1st Baseball World Series: Boston Americans beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0 in Game 8 at Huntington Avenue for a 5-3 series victory
  • 2019 Simone Biles becomes the most decorated gymnast in history when she wins record 25th medal at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany

Did You Know?

First electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, working at the C.D.C.

On October 13, 1976

Would You Believe?

1st military use of trained dolphins (US Navy in Persian Gulf)

On October 13, 1987

Famous Weddings

  • 1941 NFL halfback Red Grange (38) weds flight attendant Margaret Hazelberg
  • 1956 MLB player Roger Maris (22) weds high school sweetheart Pat Carvell at St. Anthony Padua Church
  • 1978 James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King weds Anna Sandhu

Famous Divorces

  • 1995 Golfer champ Nick Faldo (41) divorces manager's secretary Gill Bennett after 9 years of marriage

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