On This Day In History – March 13

Birthdays

  • 1913 William J. Casey, American head of the CIA during the Iran-contra scandal (1981-87), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1946 Yonatan Netanyahu, Israeli soldier who died leading rescue operation Entebbe in Uganda, born in NYC, New York (d. 1976

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  • 1950 Charles Krauthammer, American conservative political commentator and psychiatrist (The Washington Post), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1956 Jamie Dimon, American business executive and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, born in NYC, New York

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  • 1960 Adam Clayton, English-Irish musician and rock bassist (U2-I Will Follow), born in Chinnor, England

Events

  • 1639 Cambridge College, Massachusetts, renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard

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  • 1677 Massachusetts gains title to Maine for $6,000
  • 1852 Uncle Sam cartoon figure made its debut in the New York Lantern weekly

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  • 1868 Senate begins US President Andrew Johnson‘s impeachment trial
  • 1881 Alexander II of Russia is assassinated by members of far-left terror group ‘People’s Will’ who throw a bomb at him in the city of St. Petersburg
  • 1900 In France the length of the working day for women and children is limited by law to 11 hours.
  • 1918 Trotsky gains control of the Red Army
  • 1925 Tennessee makes it unlawful to teach evolution
  • 1933 Joseph Goebbels becomes Nazi Germany’s Minister of Information and Propaganda
  • 1943 Failed assassin attempt on Adolf Hitler during Smolensk-Rastenburg flight
  • 1954 Braves’ Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron

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  • 1957 Bloody battles after anti-Batista demonstration in Havana Cuba
  • 1986 Microsoft has its Initial public offering.

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  • 2005 Bob Iger is named CEO of Walt Disney International, succeeding Michael Eisner
  • 2008 Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000.00 an ounce for the first time
  • 2013 North Korea shreds the Korean Armistice agreement
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