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2/13/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - February 13

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Today in History in 1795 the first state university in the United States opens – The University of North Carolina; in 1866 Jesse James held up his first bank in Liberty, Missouri; and in 2000 the last original "Peanuts" comic strip appeared in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz died.

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

  • 1258 - Baghdad falls to the Mongols, and the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed.
  • 1566 - St Augustine, Florida, founded
  • 1578 - Tycho Brahe first sketches "Tychonic system" of solar system
  • 1601 - John Lancaster leads first East India Company voyage from London
  • 1633 - Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before Inquisition for professing belief that earth revolves around the Sun
  • 1601 - John Lancaster leads first East India Company voyage from London
  • 1689 - British Parliament adopts Bill of Rights - establishes limits on the crown and rights of parliament
  • 1795 - 1st state university in US opens, University of North Carolina
  • 1861 - Abraham Lincoln declared US president in Washington DC
  • 1866 - Jesse James holds up his 1st bank, Liberty, Missouri ($15,000)
  • 1932 - "Free Eats" introduces George "Spanky" McFarland to "Our Gang"
  • 1942 - Hitler's Operation Sealion (invasion of England) cancelled
  • 1945 - Allied planes bomb Dresden Germany; 135,000 die
  • 1945 - USSR captures Budapest, after 49-day battle with Germany; 159,000 die
  • 1961 - Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records
  • 1974 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is deported from the Soviet Union to Frankfurt, West Germany and stripped of his Soviet citizenship
  • 2000 - The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1743 - Joseph Banks, English botanist and naturalist (d. 1820)
  • 1885 - Elizabeth Virginia [Bess] Truman, US First Lady (1945-52)
  • 1910 - William Shockley, US physicist (Nobel 1956), racist, born in London, England
  • 1919 - Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bristol Tn, country vocalist/actor (pea picker)
  • 1923 - Chuck Yeagar, US test pilot (1st man to break sound barrier)
  • 1933 - Kim Novak, [Marilyn], actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 - Jerry Springer, talk show host (Jerry Springer Show), born in London, England

Famous Weddings

  • 1575 - Henry III of France marries Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont.
  • 1983 - Jerry Lewis marries 2nd wife dancer SanDee Pitnick

Famous Divorces

  • 1974 - Professional boxer George Foreman (25) divorces Adrienne Calhoun after almost 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1542 - Catharine Howard, queen of England/5th wife of Henry VIII, beheaded
  • 1728 - Cotton Mather, American Puritan minister, dies at 65
  • 1883 - Wilhelm Richard Wagner, composer, dies at 69
  • 1996 - Martin Balsam, actor (Archie's Place), dies at 76
  • 2014 - Ralph Waite, White Plains NY, American actor, director and political candidate (John Walton Snr. in The Waltons)

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