On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1989 US space shuttle STS-29 launched
  • 1990 Nicholoas Braithwaite elected premier of Grenada
  • 1991 Exxon pays $1-billion dollars in fines & cleanup of Valdez oil spill
  • 1991 Saudi Arabia and Iran say OPEC oil production cuts will take effect April 1
  • 1992 FCC rules companies can own 30 AM & 30 FM stations (formerly 12)
  • 1992 An earthquake registering 6.8 on the Richter scale kills over 500 in Erzincan, eastern Turkey.
  • 1993 Blizzard of '93 hits north-east USA

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1993 Australian Federal elections: Australian Labor Party headed by Paul Keating re-elected for a fifth term

24th Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating
24th Prime Minister of Australia
Paul Keating
  • 1994 33.3% of Austria votes for ultra-right Freedom Party
  • 1994 Oil tank/airship crash at Bosporus (huge fire/15+ killed)
  • 1994 President Mangope of Bophuthatswana deposed
  • 1995 Anti-fascist Kazakhstan anti-parliament forms
  • 1995 Hungarian Forint devalued 9%
  • 1995 Istanbul police shoot dead 16 Alawitische demonstrators
  • 1996 Sri Lanka beat India in World Cup semi as riots stop play
  • 1996 At Dunblane Primary School, Scotland, 16 children and 1 teacher are shot dead by Thomas Hamilton who then commits suicide. Results in handguns being banned in the UK.

  • 1997 India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader
  • 2003 The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy
  • 2005 Terry Ratzmann shoots and kills six members of the Living Church of God and the minister at Sheraton Inn in Brookfield, Wisconsin before killing himself.
  • 2008 Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000.00 an ounce for the first time.
  • 2012 19 people are shot dead in a bus attack in Ethiopia
  • 2012 Encyclopaedia Britannica announces that it will no longer publish printed versions of its encyclopaedia
  • 2012 110 people are killed and 63 are missing after a ferry collides with an oil tanker near Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2012 28 people, including 22 children, are killed in a motorway bus crash near Sierre, Switzerland
  • 2013 10 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Kunduz province, Afghanistan
  • 2013 The European Parliament rejects a European Union budget for the first time
  • 2013 An Embraer 821 aeroplane crashes and kills 9 people in Para, Brazil
  • 2013 North Korea shreds the Korean Armistice agreement
  • 2013 Aleqa Hammond’s Siumut party wins the Greenland parliamentary elections

BeatificationPapal Inauguration

2013 Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected the new pope, taking the papal name Pope Francis

  • 2014 After protests earlier this month, the Israeli parliament votes 65 to 1 for legislation that ends exemptions from military service for ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students
  • 2015 Cyclone Pam causes widespread damage in Vanuatu and the South Pacific, including 15-16 deaths.
  • 2016 Suicide Bombing in Ankara, Turkey kills 37 people

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is fired via a tweet from President Donald Trump

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
US Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 National Geographic magazine admits its past coverage was racist in issue to mark 50 years since death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sentenced to a further 43 months in jail, to add to his previous 47 months

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2019 Home of civil rights activists Medgar and Myrlie Evers established as a national monument in Jackson, Mississippi, by President Donald Trump
  • 2019 California Governor Gavin Newsom announces an indefinite moratorium on the death sentence in the state, saying it discriminates against marginalized communities
  • 2019 US grounds all Boeing 737 Max aircraft after bans by others countries following the plane type's second crash in Ethiopia
  • 2019 British MPs vote to reject a no-deal Brexit, defeating Theresa May's government 321 votes to 278
  • 2019 Shooting at school in Suzano, near São Paulo, Brazil, kills six including five children, before former student gunmen turn guns on themselves
  • 2019 Australian cardinal George Pell is sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexual abuse in Australia
  • 2019 Member of the New York Gambino mob family Frank Cali shot dead outside his home, first killing of a high-ranking mobster since 1985
  • 2020 US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency, freeing up $50 billion to fight COVID-19

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates steps down from the company's board to focus on philanthropic activities

Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist Bill Gates
Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist
Bill Gates

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 African American Breonna Taylor shot and killed by police officers executing a no-knock warrant on her flat with a battering ram in Louisville, Kentucky [1]

Victim of Police Brutality Breonna Taylor
Victim of Police Brutality
Breonna Taylor

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