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Interesting historical events that occurred on April 13…

April 12, 2012

Friday, April 13.  Friday the 13th.  What happened today, in history.  Here you have it:

1776 – American Revolutionary War: American forces are surprised in the Battle of Bound BrookNew Jersey.

1796 – The first elephant ever seen in the United States arrives from India.

1861 – American Civil WarFort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces.

1870 – The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art founded.

1873 – The Colfax Massacre takes place.

1902 – James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

1919 – Eugene V. Debs enters prison at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, for speaking out against the draft during World War I.

1941 – Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan is signed.

1943 – World War II: The discovery of a mass grave of Polish prisoners of war executed by Soviet forces in the Katyń Forest Massacre is announced, causing a diplomatic rift between the Polish government in exilein London from the Soviet Union, which denies responsibility.

1943 – The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson‘s birth.

1945 – World War II: German troops kill more than 1,000 political and military prisoners in Gardelegen Germany.

1945 – World War II: Soviet and Bulgarian forces capture ViennaAustria.

1953 – CIA director Allen Dulles launches the mind-control program MKULTRA.

1960 – The United States launches Transit 1-B, the world’s first satellite navigation system.

1964 – At the Academy AwardsSidney Poitier becomes the first African-American male to win the Best Actor award for the 1963 film Lilies of the Field.

1970 – An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.

1974 – Western Union (in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft) launches the United States‘ first commercial geosynchronous communications satelliteWestar 1.

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Thomas Jefferson

1976 – The United States Treasury Department reintroduced the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note on Thomas Jefferson‘s 233rd birthday as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration.

1992 – The Great Chicago Flood.

1997 – Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament.


1743 – Thomas Jefferson, American politician; 1st United States Secretary of State, 2nd Vice President of the United States & 3rd President of the United States (d. 1826)

1866 – Butch Cassidy, American outlaw (d. 1908)

1923 – Don Adams, American actor and comedian (d. 2005)

1939 – Paul Sorvino, American actor

1964 – Davis Love III, Professional Golfer


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