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10/13/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - October 13

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Today in History in 54 Claudius, Roman Emperor, died of poison mushrooms at age 63 and was succeeded by Nero; and in 1792 George Washington laid the cornerstone for the Executive Mansion which was later renamed the White House.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 54 - Nero succeeds Claudius to become Roman Emperor
  • 1307 - French King Philip IV convicts templars because of heresy
  • 1792 - Washington lays cornerstone of Executive Mansion (White House)
  • 1862 - Bismarck's "Blood & Iron" speech
  • 1884 - Greenwich established as universal time meridian of longitude
  • 1943 - Italy declares war on former Axis partner Germany
  • 1944 - US 1st army begins battle of Aachen
  • 2010 - The 2010 Copiapó mining accident in Copiapó, Chile comes to an end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground awaiting rescue.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1537 - Jane Grey, Queen of England for 9 days
  • 1900 - Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (d. 1997)
  • 1915 - Cornel Wilde, NYC, actor (High Sierra, 5th Musketeer)
  • 1917 - Laraine Day, Roosevelt Utah, actress (Dr Kildaire, I've Got a Secret)
  • 1918 - Jack MacGowran, Dublin Ireland, actor (King Lear, Exorcist)
  • 1918 - Robert Walker, Salt Lake City Utah, actor/writer (Bataan, Mme Curie)
  • 1925 - Margaret Thatcher, Grantham England, (Tory) British PM (1979-90)
  • 1941 - Paul Simon, Newark NJ, singer/actor (Kodachrome, 1 Trick Pony)
  • 1942 - Pamela Tiffin, [Pamela Wonso], Oklahoma City OK, actress (Viva Max!)
  • 1962 - Jerry Rice, Starkville Mississippi, NFL wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1962 - Kelly Preston, Honolulu HI, actress (Mischief, Twins, A Tigers Tale)
  • 1965 - Rob Schneider, actor (Saturday Night Live, Men Behaving Badly)

Famous Weddings

  • 1941 - NFL halfback Red Grange (38) weds flight attendant Margaret Hazelberg
  • 1956 - MLB player Roger Maris (22) weds high school sweetheart Pat Carvell at St. Anthony Padua Church
  • 1978 - James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King weds Anna Sandhu
  • 2011 - Queen consort of Bhutan Jetsun Pema (21) weds Dragon King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck (31) at Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan
  • 2012 - "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" actor Alfonso Ribeiro (41) weds Angela Unkrich (31) in California

Famous Divorces

  • 1998 - Golfer champ Nick Faldo (41) divorces manager's secretary Gill Bennett after 12 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 54 - Claudius, Roman Emperor, dies of poison mushrooms at 63
  • 1945 - Milton S. Hershey, American chocolate tycoon (The Hershey Chocolate Company), dies at 86
  • 1966 - Clifton Webb, American actor (Razor's Edge), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 1968 - Bea Benaderet, actress (Petticoat Junction), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • 1974 - Ed Sullivan, TV host (Ed Sullivan Show, Toast of the Town), dies at 73

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