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3/13/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - March 13
Benjamin Harrison
Benjamin Harrison

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Today in History in 1887 earmuffs were patented by Chester Greenwood of Maine; in 1901 Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (1889-93), died in Indianapolis at 67; and in 1991 Exxon paid $1-billion dollars in fines and cleanup of the Valdez oil spill.

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

  • 624 - Battle of Badr, Muhammad's Muslim forces win significant victory over Meccan forces
  • 1519 - Hernán Cortés lands in Mexico
  • 1591 - Battle at Tondibi: Moroccans army under Judar beats sultan Askia Ishaq II of Songhai
  • 1884 - Siege of Khartoum Sudan begins
  • 1887 - Chester Greenwood of Maine patents earmuffs
  • 1949 - US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • 1961 - Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1982 - TV drama "T.J. Hooker" premieres on ABC network starring William Shatner
  • 1987 - John Gotti is acquitted of racketeering
  • 1991 - Exxon pays $1-billion dollars in fines & cleanup of Valdez oil spill
  • 2003 - Human evolution: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy.
  • 2008 - Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 an ounce for the first time.
  • 2013 - Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected as the new pope, taking the papal name Pope Francis

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1855 - Percival "Percy" Lowell, US astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto)
  • 1913 - Sammy Kaye, saxophonist (Swing & Sway with Sammy Kaye)
  • 1913 - William J Casey, headed CIA during Iran-contra scandal (1981-87)
  • 1956 - Dana Delany, actress (Colleen McMurphy-China Beach, Exit to Eden), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings

  • 1804 - Economist Thomas Robert Malthus (38) weds Harriet Eckersall in Bath, Somerset
  • 1926 - Country singer Maybelle Carter (17) weds Ezra Carter
  • 1961 - Pablo Picasso (79) marries his model Jacqueline Rocque (37)
  • 1994 - Cuba Godding Jr (26) weds Sara Kapfer (26)

Famous Deaths

  • 1901 - Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (1889-93), dies in Indianapolis at 67
  • 1906 - Susan Brownell Anthony, American suffragist, dies at 85
  • 2006 - Maureen Stapleton, American actress (b. 1925)
  • 2006 - Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
  • 2006 - Peter Tomarken, American game show host (Press Your Luck) (b. 1942)
  • 2009 - Betsy Blair, American actress of film and stage, (b. 1923)
  • 2009 - James Purdy, American author, dies at 94
  • 2013 - Malachi Throne, American actor, dies at 84

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