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    • July 13, 0982 "Otto II is defeated in Calabria by the Saracens, Pandulf II of Salerno and Landulf IV of Benevento killed in battle."

    • July 13, 1174 "William I of Scotland, a key rebel in the Revolt of 1173-1174, is captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to Henry II of England."

    • July 13, 1558 "Battle of Gravelines: In France, Spanish forces led by Count Lamoral of Egmont defeat the French forces of Marshal Paul des Thermes at Gravelines."

    • July 13, 1568 Dean of St Paul's Cathedral perfects a way to bottle beer

    • July 13, 1762 "James Bradley 3rd Astronomer Royal, dies"

    • July 13, 1772 "HMS Resolution, under the command of Captain James Cook, sets sail from Plymouth, England."

    • July 13, 1787 Congress establishes Northwest Territory (excludes slavery)

    • July 13, 1787 "Ord of 1787-a territory can become 3 to 5 states at 60,000 pop"

    • July 13, 1793 French rev writer Jean Paul Marat murdered by Charlotte Corday

    • July 13, 1793 "Jean Paul Marat French revolutionary, murdered by Charlotte Corday"

    • July 13, 1794 Battle of the Vosges between French forces and those of Prussia and Austria

    • July 13, 1820 "Commencement of the trial in Stirling for High Treason of the Radicals captured at the Battle of Bonnymuir. Two of the accused, John Baird and Andrew Hardie, were subsequently executed on 8 September 1820."

    • July 13, 1830 "Scottish Church College, one of the pioneering institutions that ushered the Bengal Renaissance is founded by Alexander Duff and Raja Ram Mohan Roy."

    • July 13, 1832 Source of Mississippi River discovered (Henry R Schoolcraft)

    • July 13, 1832 "The source of the Mississippi River is discovered, by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft."

    • July 13, 1836 "US patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels"

    • July 13, 1854 "In the Battle of Guaymas, Mexico, General Jose Maria Yanez stops the French invasion led by Count Gaston de Raousset Boulbon."

    • July 13, 1854 "US forces shell & burn San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua"

    • July 13, 1863 "Anti-draft mobs lynch blacks in NYC; about 1,000 die"

    • July 13, 1863 "New York Draft Riots: In New York City, opponents of conscription begin three days of rioting which will be later regarded as the worst in United States history."

    • July 13, 1863 USS Wyoming battled Japanese warlord's forces.

    • July 13, 1865 "Horace Greeley advises his readers to ""Go west young man"""

    • July 13, 1865 PT Barnum's museum burns down

    • July 13, 1868 "Oscar J Dunn, former slave, installed as lt governor of Louisiana"

    • July 13, 1878 Treaty of Berlin amended terms of Treaty of San Stefano

    • July 13, 1878 "Treaty of Berlin: The European powers redraw the map of the Balkans. Serbia, Montenegro and Romania become completely independent of the Ottoman empire."

    • July 13, 1882 "200 die as train derails near Tcherny, Russia"

    • July 13, 1890 "John C Fremont declared Republic of California, dies at 76"

    • July 13, 1896 "Ed Delahanty, becomes 2nd major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game"

    • July 13, 1898 Guglielmo Marconi patents the radio

    • July 13, 1898 SF Ferry Building at foot of Market St opens

    • July 13, 1900 "Boxer Rebellion: In China, Tientsin is retaken by European Allies from the rebelling Boxers."

    • July 13, 1908 Women compete in modern Olympics for the first time.

    • July 13, 1909 "Gold discovered near Cochrane, Ontario."

    • July 13, 1912 "Leader of the Indian freedom movement and scholar, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad brought out his noted Urdu news journal, al-Hilal."

    • July 13, 1912 "Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area at Yanco, NSW, is officially opened."

    • July 13, 1913 First Commonewealth of Australian banknotes are circulated.

    • July 13, 1914 "Simone Pianetti's mass murder action in Camerata Cornello, Italy"

    • July 13, 1919 Race riots in Longview & Gregg counties Texas

    • July 13, 1919 "The British airship R34 lands in Norfolk, England, completing the first airship return journey across the Atlantic in 182 hours of flight."

    • July 13, 1922 "The France II, the world's largest sailing vessel, is wrecked off the coast of New Caledonia."

    • July 13, 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."

    • July 13, 1930 "Sarnoff reports in NY Times ""TV would be a theater in every home"""

    • July 13, 1934 Babe Ruth hits HR #700 against Detroit

    • July 13, 1936 "112? F (44? C), Mio, Michigan (state record)"

    • July 13, 1936 "114? F (46? C), Wisconsin Dells, Wisc. (state record)"

    • July 13, 1936 "A heat wave strikes the Midwestern United States. The all-time highest temperatures for the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana are all recorded on this date."

    • July 13, 1939 Appointment of RADM Richard Byrd as commanding officer of 1939-1941 Antarctic Expedition.

    • July 13, 1941 World War II: Montenegrins start popular uprising against the Axis Powers (Trinaestojulski ustanak).

    • July 13, 1942 World War II: German U-Boats sink three more merchant ships in Gulf of St. Lawrence.

    • July 13, 1943 "During Battle of Kolombangara in Solomon Islands, U.S. lost USS Gwin. (DD-433) while Japanese lost light cruiser Jintsu."

    • July 13, 1948 The Coptic and Ethiopian Churches reach an agreement leading to the promotion of the Ethiopian church to the rank of an autocephalous Patriarchate.

    • July 13, 1955 Ruth Ellis hung

    • July 13, 1960 Democratic Natl convention nominates Sen John F Kennedy for president

    • July 13, 1961 "Arnold Schoenberg Austrian-US composer (Second Quartet), dies at 86"

    • July 13, 1963 "Early Wynn, wins his 300th & last game at 43"

    • July 13, 1967 "Race riots break out in Newark, 27 die"

    • July 13, 1969 Russia launches unmanned Luna 15 to Moon

    • July 13, 1973 Alexander Butterfield reveals the existence of the Nixon tapes to the special Senate committee investigating the Watergate break in.

    • July 13, 1973 "Lon Chaney Jr actor (Hawkeye, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 67"

    • July 13, 1975 "8.5"" (21.6 cm) of rainfall, Dover, Delaware (state record)"

    • July 13, 1976 Courtmartial begins in USSR for Valeri Sablin

    • July 13, 1977 NYC experiences 25 hr black-out

    • July 13, 1977 The New York City Blackout of 1977 lasts for 25 hours and results in looting and other disorder.

    • July 13, 1978 Alexander Ginzburg sentenced by Soviet court to 8 years

    • July 13, 1978 "BBC bans Sex Pistols ""No One is Innocent"""

    • July 13, 1978 "Ford Motor Company President Lee Iacocca is fired by chairman Henry Ford II, ending a long dispute between the men."

    • July 13, 1978 Lee Iacocca fired as Ford Motor Pres by chairman Henry Ford II

    • July 13, 1978 Walter Poenisch completes swim of 207 km from Cuba to Florida

    • July 13, 1982 "John Alexander actor, dies at 85"

    • July 13, 1985 "Live Aid, a rock concert in London, Phila, Moscow & Sydney"

    • July 13, 1985 "The Live Aid benefit concert takes place in London and Philadelphia, as well as other venues such as Sydney and Moscow."

    • July 13, 1985 Vice President George H.W. Bush became the Acting President for the day when President Ronald Reagan underwent surgery to remove polyps from his colon.

    • July 13, 1986 "On the California - Mexico Border Region a 5.8 quake injured 29 people injured, one critically and at least 50 buildings damaged in the Newport Beach-San Diego area"

    • July 13, 1987 "Federal judge throws out Bette Midler's $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials"

    • July 13, 1990 "In the Hindu Kush Region a 7.8 earthquake killed at least 43 mountain climbers on Pik Lenina, USSR by an avalanche which was triggered by the earthquake"

    • July 13, 1993 Germans hold farewell ceremony for Canadian troops after 42 years of NATO service.

    • July 13, 1997 A 12-year-old Canberra girl is killed by a chunk of flying metal when the implosion to level the old Royal Canberra Hospital goes wrong.

    • July 13, 2002 "A lightning strike sets off the Biscuit Fire in Oregon and northern California, which had burned 499,570 acres (2,020 km) when finally contained on September 5."

    • July 13, 2005 "Three trains collide in the Ghotki rail crash in Ghotki, Pakistan, killing over 150 people."







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