On This Day

On This Day in History for February 13 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1981 A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 1984 6 year old Texan Stormie Jones gets 1st heart & liver transplant

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1984 Konstantin Chernenko succeeds Yuri Andropov as leader of the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • 1985 Dow Jones closes at 1297.92 (record high) after topping 1300 earlier
  • 1985 Polish police arrests 7 Solidarity leaders
  • 1987 Tigers' Jack Morris awarded $1.85 million salary by arbitrator
  • 1988 Christine Wachtel runs world record 800m indoor (1:56:40)
  • 1988 European Community plans removal of internal boundaries on Jan 1, 1992
  • 1988 Ronald Weigel runs unofficial world record speed walking (18:11.41)
  • 1989 Kidnapped Belgian Premier Vanden Boeynants freed
  • 1989 Salvadoran army attacks Encuentros hospital, rapes, kills patients
  • 1990 50 killed at Inkatha-UDF battle in Natal, South Africa
  • 1990 US, Britain & France give Germany OK to reunify
  • 1991 Syria tells Germany they are ready to recognize Israel
  • 1991 US bombs Iraqi air raid shelter, killing 334
  • 1991 US air raid on the Amiriyah shelter in Baghdad kills more than 408 civilians

  • 1993 Ljubow Kremljowa runs world record 1000m indoor (2:34:84)
  • 1993 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200m indoor (21.87 sec)
  • 1994 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.9m
  • 1994 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5000m 6:34,96
  • 1994 Ship disaster near Ranong Thailand, kills 200
  • 1995 Howard Stern radio show premieres in San Diego CA on XTRA-FM
  • 1995 West Indies beat NZ by innings & 332, Courtney Walsh 13-55

Sport awardSports Awards

1995 3rd ESPY Awards: Steve Young, Bonnie Blair win

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • 1996 Howard Stern announces he will be making the film "Private Parts"
  • 1997 Discovery captures Hubble Space Telescope

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1997 Joseph Stiglitz becomes Chief Economist of the World Bank

Economist Joseph Stiglitz
Economist
Joseph Stiglitz

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2000 The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist
Charles M. Schulz
  • 2001 An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
  • 2004 The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovers the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093.
  • 2007 Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted by Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of embezzlement when mayor of Taipei; Ma also announces his candidacy for 2008 presidential election.
  • 2008 Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes an historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations.
  • 2008 The LZR Racer Suit is unveiled in NYC; line of competition swimsuits made by Speedo using high-tech fabric of woven elastane-nylon & polyurethane; times went down dramatically; rules changed 2010
  • 2009 Unix time passed 1,234,567,890 seconds February 13, 2009 at exactly 23:31:30 (UTC).
  • 2009 The Dutch Statistics agency confirms the Netherlands are in recession
  • 2010 A bombing at the German Bakery in Pune, India, kills 10 and injures 60 more.

  • 2013 16 Muslim insurgents are killed in an attack on a Narathiwat military base, Thailand
  • 2013 10 civilians, including 3 children, are killed by a NATO airstrike in the Kunar Province, Afghanistan
  • 2013 Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, says he believes "a recovery is in sight" after fears raised about a triple dip recession
  • 2016 Ninth Republican presidential candidates debate held in Greenville, South Carolina

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2017 US President Donald Trump accepts the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn over his dealings with Russia

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
National Security Advisor
Michael Flynn
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 South African President Jacob Zuma is ordered to step down by the A.N.C.
  • 2018 South Africa declares a three-year drought a National Disaster, though pushes Cap Town's "Day Zero" to June 4

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2018 Israeli Police report recommends Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be prosecuted on bribery, fraud and breach-of-trust charges

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • 2019 NASA confirms Mars Opportunity rover's mission has ended after 15 years due to sandstorm damaging communications
  • 2019 Suicide attack on bus carrying Iranian military's Revolutionary Guard kills 23 in Sistan-Baluchestan province, separatist group Jaish al-Adl claim responsibility
  • 2019 Iran marks 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution with huge street marches and protests against the US
  • 2019 Flinders River swells to 37 miles wide (60km) creating its own weather system after intense flooding in Queensland, Australia
  • 2020 Fire in US-run orphanage kills 15 children near Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • 2020 January 2020 was the hottest January in recorded history according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • 2020 Scientists overturn current thought about how planets form - not by violent collision but gentle clumping, through study of Arrokoth in Kepler belt, published in "Science"

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