Today in History
July 13
1099The Crusaders launch their final assault on Jerusalem.
1534Ottoman armies capture Tabriz in northwestern Persia.
1558Led by the court of Egmont, the Spanish army defeats the French at Gravelines, France.
1585A group of 108 English colonists, led by Sir Richard Grenville, reaches Roanoke Island, North Carolina.
1643In England, the Roundheads, led by Sir William Waller, are defeated by Royalist troops under Lord Wilmot in the Battle of Roundway Down.
1754George Washington surrenders Fort Necessity to the French, leaving them in control of the Ohio Valley.
1787Congress, under the Articles of Confederation, enacts the Northwest Ordinance, establishing rules for governing the Northwest Territory, for admitting new states to the Union and limiting the expansion of slavery.
1798English poet William Wordsworth visits the ruins of Tintern Abbey.
1832Henry Schoolcraft discovers the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota.
1862Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeats a Union army at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
1863Opponents of the draft begin three days of rioting in New York City.
1866The Great Eastern begins a two week voyage to complete a 12-year effort to lay telegraph cable across the Atlantic between Britain and the United States.
1878The Congress of Berlin divides the Balkans among European powers.
1939Frank Sinatra records his first song, "From the Bottom of my Heart," with the Harry James Band.
1941Britain and the Soviet Union sign a mutual aid pact, providing the means for Britain to send war materiel to the Soviet Union.
1954In Geneva, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China and France reach an accord on Indochina, dividing Vietnam into two countries, North and South, along the 17th parallel.
1971The Army of Morrocco executes 10 leaders accused of leading a revolt.

Born on July 13
1793John Clare, English poet.
1886Edward J. Flanagan, Catholic priest, founder of Boys' Town.
1928Robert N.C. Nix, Jr., first African-American chief justice of a state supreme court.
1933David Storey, English novelist (The Sporting Life).
1934Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian playwright.
1935Jack Kemp, football player, politician.

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