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This Day in History: April 13th

Updated on April 21, 2017
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Larry Slawson received his Masters Degree in History at UNC Charlotte. He specializes in Russian and Ukrainian history.

This Day in History: April 13th (Quick Facts)

April 13th

Zodiac Sign: Aries (March 20th to April 19th)

Day Number: 100th Day of the Year (101st Day during Leap Years) -- 265 Days remaining in year 2017.

Birthstone: Diamond

Birth Flower: Daisy

International Holidays and Observances Taking Place Today: Maundy Thursday; Scrabble Day; Thomas Jefferson Day; Teen Literature Day; National Peach Cobbler Day;

Moon Cycle: Waning Gibbous (98% Illumination tonight)

Number of Days President Trump Has Been in Office: 83 Days's Word of the Day: Hypozeuxis -- rhetoric; the use of a series of parallel clauses that contain both a subject and predicate.

Random Fact of the Day: "White Chocolate" isn't actually chocolate; instead, it is a combination of cocoa butter, milk, and sugar.

Current Stock Market Numbers (As of 9:13 a.m.): NASDAQ: 5,836; DOW: 20,591; S&P: 2,344

Inspirational Quote of the Day: "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." -- Confucius

Daily Bible Verse: "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorities, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." -- Joshua 24:15

Random Russian Word of the Day: eentyeryesnay (interesting) -- интересный (Cyrillic)

Suggested Reading for the Week: A People's Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution (Review available here).

Famous Birthdays on April 13th

1.) In 1519, Catherine de' Medici (Italian Queen)

2.) In 1547, Elisabeth of Vaolis (Daughter of Henry II)

3.) In 1570, Guy Fawkes (English Conspirator/Terrorist -- "Gunpowder Plot")

4.) In 1732, Frederick North (Prime Minister of Great Britain)

5.) In 1744, Thomas Jefferson (United States President)

6.) In 1747, Louis Philip II (Duke of Orleans)

7.) In 1784, Friedrich Graf von Wrangel (Prussian Field Marshal)

8.) In 1822, William Stephen Walker (Brigadier General for the Confederate Army)

9.) In 1850, Arthur Matthew Weld Downing (British Astronomer)

10.) In 1866, "Butch Cassidy" -- Robert LeRoy Parker (American Outlaw)

11.) In 1892, Arthur Harris (Marshal of the Royal Air Force)

12.) In 1900, Pierre Molinier (French Painter)

13.) In 1906, Samuel Beckett (Irish Novelist)

14.) In 1928, Alan Clark (English Politician)

15.) In 1940, Jim McNab (Scottish soccer player)

16.) In 1945, Tony Dow (American Actor)

17.) In 1952, Ron Dittemore (American Space Administrator)

18.) In 1952, Erick Avari (British-Indian Actor)

19.) In 1960, Bob Casey (United States Senator for Pennsylvania)

20.) In 1964, Bill D'Angelo (Musician)

21.) In 1964, Jose Rijo (Major League Baseball Player for Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees)

22.) In 1965, Quinn Early (NFL Player for New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills)

23.) In 1967, Dana Barros (NBA Player for the Boston Celtics)

24.) In 1972, Mike Kennedy (NHL Player for Dallas Stars)

25.) In 1973, Aaron Hayden (NFL Player for San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers)

26.) In 1974, Darren Turner (British Race-car Driver)

27.) In 1976, Jonathan Brandis (American Actor)

28.) In 1992, Jet Travolta (Daughter of John Travolta)

And as always, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY shoutout to all my readers who were born on April 13th! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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Events that Occurred on April 13th:

1.) In 989, Battle of Abydos takes place

2.) In 1055, Gebhard van Eichstattt is named Pope Victor II

3.) In 1204, Constantinople is occupied

4.) In 1796, the first elephant sets foot on American soil (from India)

5.) In 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte defeats Austria and Kindgom of Sardinia-Piedmont at the Battle of Millesimo.

6.) In 1849, Hungarian Republic forms

7.) In 1860, First journey of the Pony Express is completed (Sacramento, California)

8.) In 1861, Fort Sumter Surrenders to the Confederate Army (United States Civil War)

9.) In 1865, Raleigh, North Carolina is recaptured by the Union (United States Civil War)

10.) In 1869, George Westinghouse patents steam powered brake system

11.) In 1902, J.C. Penney opens its first store.

12.) In 1904, Russian and Japanese fleets engage outside of Port Arthur.

13.) In 1919, British forces fire on peaceful demonstrators in Amritsar, India (Over 350 people are killed)

14.) In 1927, Ottawa Senators win the Stanley Cup

15.) In 1933, the first flight over Mount Everest is accomplished (By Lord Clydesdale)

16.) In 1933, New York Rangers win Stanley Cup.

17.) In 1941, Soviet Union signs neutrality pact with Japan.

18.) In 1943, Jefferson Memorial is dedicated.

19.) In 1943, Mass grave near the Katyn Forest is uncovered by Nazis.

20.) In 1945, U.S. Marines conquer Minna Shima.

21.) In 1954, Hank Aaron plays his first game for the Milwaukee Braves.

22.) In 1954, Robert Oppenheimer accused of maintaining Communist ties.

23.) In 1959, Vatican forbids Catholics to vote for communists.

24.) In 1961, United Nations condemns South-African apartheid system.

25.) In 1962, Stan Musial sets record of 1,869 runs in professional baseball.

26.) In 1970, Apollo 13 announces "Houston, we've got a problem" in route to the Moon.

27.) In 1976, the United States Federal Reserve issues $2 notes.

28.) In 1980, the United States boycotts Summer Olympics being held in Moscow.

29.) In 1992, Netherlands experience a 5.5 magnitude earthquake.

30.) in 2004, Barry Bonds hits 661st home run.

31.) In 2014, Manny Pacquiao defeats Timothy Bradley in Boxing.

Famous Deaths on April 13th

1.) In 1093, Prince Vsevolod I (Kievan Prince)

2.) In 1911, George Washington Glick (American Politician)

3.) In 1941, Annie Jump Cannon (Astronomer)

4.) In 2009, Bruce Snyder (Football Coach)

Please be sure to check out my other "days in history" articles as well! I hope you enjoyed reading! If you have any comments or suggestions for additional items that you would like to see in these daily articles, please don't hesitate to comment below! I am always on the lookout for additional content to add.

Until next time!


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    • Larry Slawson profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry Slawson 

      20 months ago from North Carolina

      @Louise I'm so glad you enjoyed! Thanks for reading!

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      Louise Powles 

      20 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That was really interesting to read. I like reading facts on history and what happened on certain dates.

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      21 months ago

      Thanks! I'll definitely read it!

    • Larry Slawson profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry Slawson 

      21 months ago from North Carolina

      Very good idea Gemini! I shall see what I can do :) I'm glad you enjoyed.

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      21 months ago

      Interesting! Maybe you could do one with June 12th? (I was born on that day, as well as Anne Frank ;)) Maybe you could find more facts on that day? Just a suggestion.

      Nice Hub! Really enjoyed it!

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      Dora Weithers 

      21 months ago from The Caribbean

      Good historical facts to remember. I think I will remember the J C Penney opening and the Apollo 13 announcement. Thanks!


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