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Today In History - August 13

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Today in History some notables born on this day: 1860, sharp shooter Annie Oakley; 1895 actor Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz); English director Alfred Hitchcock; and 1926 Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator/president.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 3114 BC - According to the Lounsbury correlation, the start of the Mayan calendar
  • 1608 - John Smith's story of Jamestown's first days submitted for publication
  • 1886 - John A. Macdonald uses a silver hammer to pound a gold spike, officially completing the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in British Columbia
  • 1889 - William Gray patents coin-operated telephone
  • 1913 - Invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley, Sheffield, England
  • 1950 - US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao-Dai
  • 1953 - US President Dwight Eisenhower establishes Government Contract Compliance Committee
  • 1953 - US General Omar Bradley becomes US chief of staff
  • 1977 - 1st test glide of space shuttle
  • 1996 - Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0
  • 2004 - Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1860 - Annie Oakley [Phoebe Ann Moses], North Star Ohio, sharp shooter (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), (d. 1926)
  • 1895 - Bert Lahr, [Irving Lahrheim], US comic/actor (Lion-Wizard of Oz)
  • 1899 - Alfred Hitchcock, Leytonstone Essex, English director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window)
  • 1902 - Regis Toomey, Pitts Pa, actor (Burke's Law, Petticoat Junction)
  • 1912 - Ben Hogan, Dublin Tx, PGA golfer (US Open 1950, 51, 53)
  • 1926 - Fidel Castro, Mayari, Oriente, Cuba, dictator/prime minister/president (1959-2008)
  • 1929 - Pat Harrington Jr, actor (Danny Thomas Show, 1 Day at a Time), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 - Don Ho, Hawaii, ukulele player (Tiny Bubbles)
  • 1959 - Danny Bonaduce, actor (Danny-Partridge Family)/Chicago DJ (WLUP)

Famous Weddings

  • 1868 - Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier (26) weds Zoé Lafontaine (27) in Montreal, Canada
  • 1943 - Evangelist Billy Graham (24) weds philanthropist Ruth Bell (23) in Montreat, North Carolina
  • 1980 - Actor James Woods (33) weds costume designer Kathryn Morrison
  • 1988 - Musician Robert Smith (29) weds Mary Poole in UK
  • 1994 - Former "Growing Pains" patriarch actor Alan Thicke (48) weds former Miss World Gina Marie Tolleson (25) at his rolling Santa Barbara ranch
  • 2011 - "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd (44) weds TV writer Lamar Sally at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • 1910 - Florence Nightingale, English nurse, dies at 90
  • 1946 - H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells, sci-fi author (Time Machine), dies at 79
  • 2004 - Julia Child, American chef and television personality (b. 1912)


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