Today in History
August 13
1630Emperor Ferdinand II dismisses Albert Eusebius van Wallenstein, his most capable general.
1680War starts when the Spanish are expelled from Santa Fe, New Mexico, by Indians under Chief Pope.
1704The Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Austria defeat the French Army at the Battle of Blenheim.
1787The Ottoman Empire declares war on Russia.
1862Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeats a Union army under Thomas Crittenden at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
1881The first African-American nursing school opens at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
1889The first coin-operated telephone is patented by William Gray.
1892The first issue of the Afro American newspaper is published in Baltimore, Maryland.
1898Manila, the capital of the Philippines, falls to the U.S. Army.
1910British nurse Florence Nightingale, famous for her care of British soldiers during the Crimean War, dies.
1932Adolf Hitler refuses to serve as Franz Von Papen's vice chancellor.
1948During the Berlin Airlift, the weather over Berlin becomes so stormy that American planes have their most difficult day landing supplies. They deem it ‘Black Friday.’
1963A 17 year-old Buddhist monk burns himself to death in Saigon, South Vietnam.
1989The wreckage of a plane that carried U.S. congressman Mickey Leland and others on a humanitarian mission is found on a mountain side in Ethiopia; there are no survivors.




Born on August 13
1655Johann Christoph Denner, inventor of the clarinet.
1818Lucy Stone, woman's rights activist, founder of Woman's Journal.
1860Phoebe Anne Moses, later known as Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter and entertainer.
1899Alfred Hitchcock, director of over 50 films including Rebecca, Rear Window, Psycho and North by Northwest.
1902Felix Wankel, inventory of the rotary engine which bears his name.
1912Ben Hogan, American golfer.
1916Daniel Schorr, radio and television correspondent.
1926Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary leader and president.

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