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6/13/2022 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - June 13

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Today in History in 1731 Martha Washington, the first US First Lady, was born in Kent County, Virginia; 1948 Babe Ruth said his final farewell at Yankee Stadium and dies two months later; and in 1979 Darla Hood, actress (Our Gang 1935-45), died at age 47.

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

  • 1373 - Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of Alliance (world's oldest extant) signed in London
  • 1774 - Rhode Island becomes first colony to prohibit importation of slaves
  • 1828 - Simon Bolívar proclaimed dictator
  • 1865 - President Andrew Johnson proclaims reconstruction of confederate states
  • 1866 - US House of representatives passes 14th Amendment (Civil rights)
  • 1878 - Congress of Berlin meets to divide African colonization
  • 1881 - The USS Jeannette, under the command of George Washington De Long, sinks in the Arctic circle following 21 months of drifting after becoming trapped in the ice
  • 1948 - Babe Ruth's final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he dies Aug 16th
  • 1956 - After 72 years, Britain gives up Suez Canal to Egyptian control
  • 2000 - President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea meets Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, in the northern capital of Pyongyang.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1731 - Martha Washington, Kent County, Virginia, 1st US First Lady (1789-97)
  • 1892 - Basil Rathbone, Johannesburg South Africa, actor (Sherlock Holmes)
  • 1903 - Harold "Red" Grange, Forksville Pennsylvania, American "Galloping Ghost" of football (University of Illinois, Chicago Bears)
  • 1912 - Mary Wickes, St Louis Mo, actress (Dennis the Menace, Julia, Doc)
  • 1913 - Ralph Edwards, Merino Colo, TV host (This is Your Life)
  • 1953 - Tim Allen, comedian (Tim-Home Improvement, Jungle2Jungle), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1986 - Ashley Fuller Olsen, twin actress (Michelle-Full House)
  • 1986 - Mary Kate Olsen, twin actress (Michelle-Full House)

Famous Weddings

  • 1525 - Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, against the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for priests and nuns.
  • 1625 - English king Charles I marries French princess Henriette
  • 1850 - Poet laureate Alfred Tennyson (40) weds Emily Sellwood (36)
  • 1859 - Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (37) weds Mary Cleveland
  • 1931 - Actress Margaret Hamilton (28) weds landscape architect Paul Meserve

Famous Divorces

  • 2008 - Actor Bill Murray (57) divorces costume designer Jennifer Butler (42) due to abuse and infidelity after 10 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1784 - Henry Middleton, American president of the Continental Congress (b. 1717)
  • 1861 - Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, French magician and father of modern magic, dies of pneumonia at 65
  • 1977 - Matthew Garber, British child actor (Mary Poppins) (b. 1956)
  • 1979 - Darla Hood, actress (Our Gang 1935-45), dies at 47
  • 1986 - Benny Goodman, clarinetist/bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77
  • 1987 - Geraldine Page, actress (Blue & Gray), dies at 62
  • 1989 - Fran Allison, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), dies at 81
  • 2008 - Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, dies at 58
  • 2012 - William S. Knowles, American chemist and Nobel laureate, dies from complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 95
  • 2014 - Chuck Noll, NFL head coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), dies of natural causes at 82

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