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What happened on August 13? There are more than 244 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About August 13

August 13 In HistoryAugust 13 is the 225th day of the year 2017. There are 140 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 32nd week of the year 2017.

On this day in Gary, South Dakota 57237 sunrise occured at 11:27 AM and sunset occured at 01:34 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Leo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 190 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 19, 2018).

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Historical Events For August 13

  • 3114 BC
    According to the Lounsbury correlation, the start of the Maya calendar.
  • 1516
    The Treaty of Noyon between France and Spain is signed. Francis I of France recognises Charles’s claim to Naples, and Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, recognises Francis’s claim to Milan.
  • 1521
    Tenochtitlán (present day Mexico City) falls to conquistador Hernán Cortés.
  • 1536
    Buddhist monks from Kyōto’s Enryaku-ji temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout in what will be known as the Tenbun Hokke Disturbance. (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1536).
  • 1553
    Michael Servetus is arrested by John Calvin in Geneva as a heretic.
  • 1704
    War of the Spanish Succession: Battle of Blenheim – English and Austrian forces are victorious over French and Bavarian troops.
  • 1792
    King Louis XVI of France is formally arrested by the National Tribunal, and declared an enemy of the people.
  • 1806
    Battle of Mišar during the Serbian revolution begins. The battle will end two days later, with a decisive Serbian victory over the Ottomans.
  • 1814
    The Convention of London, a treaty between the United Kingdom and the United Provinces, is signed in London.
  • 1831
    Nat Turner sees a solar eclipse, which he believes is a sign from God. Eight days later he and 70 other slaves kill approximately 55 whites in Southampton County, Virginia.
  • 1868
    A massive earthquake near Arica, Peru, causes an estimated 25,000 casualties, and the subsequent tsunami causes considerable damage as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand.
  • 1898
    Carl Gustav Witt discovers 433 Eros, the first near-Earth asteroid to be found.
  • 1898
    Spanish–American War: Spanish and American forces engaged in a mock battle for Manila, after which the Spanish commander surrendered in order to keep the city out of Filipino rebel hands.
  • 1906
    The all black infantrymen of the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Regiment are accused of killing a white bartender and wounding a white police officer in Brownsville, Texas, despite exculpatory evidence; all are later dishonorably discharged.
  • 1913
    First production in the UK of stainless steel by Harry Brearley.
  • 1913
    Otto Witte, an acrobat, is purportedly crowned King of Albania.
  • 1918
    Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) established as a public company in Germany.
  • 1918
    Women enlist in the United States Marine Corps for the first time. Opha Mae Johnson is the first woman to enlist.
  • 1920
    Polish-Soviet War: the Battle of Warsaw begins and will last till August 25. The Red Army is defeated.
  • 1937
    The Battle of Shanghai begins.
  • 1942
    Major General Eugene Reybold of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizes the construction of facilities that would house the “Development of Substitute Materials” project, better known as the Manhattan Project.
  • 1954
    Radio Pakistan broadcasts the “Qaumī Tarāna”, the national anthem of Pakistan for the first time.
  • 1960
    The Central African Republic declares independence from France.
  • 1961
    The German Democratic Republic closes the border between the eastern and western sectors of Berlin to thwart its inhabitants’ attempts to escape to the West.
  • 1962
    Representatives from the Russian Orthodox Church and the Holy See meet in Metz, France, and come to an agreement wherein the Russian church would send observers to the Second Vatican Council and in exchange, the Roman Catholic Church would refuse to condemn Communism.
  • 1968
    Alexandros Panagoulis attempts to assassinate the Greek dictator Colonel Georgios Papadopoulos in Varkiza, Athens.
  • 1969
    The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker-tape parade in New York. That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, they are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Richard Nixon.
  • 1977
    Members of the British National Front (NF) clash with anti-NF demonstrators in Lewisham, London, resulting in 214 arrests and at least 111 injuries.
  • 1978
    150 Palestinians in Beirut are killed in a terrorist attack during the second phase of the Lebanese Civil War.
  • 1979
    The roof of the uncompleted Rosemont Horizon near Chicago, Illinois collapses, killing 5 workers and injuring 16.
  • 2004
    156 Congolese Tutsi refugees are massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi.
  • 2004
    Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.
  • 2008
    South Ossetian War: Russian units occupy the Georgian city of Gori.
  • 2011
    The main stage collapses at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis during a hurricane-force wind gust ahead of an approaching severe thunderstorm, killing 7 and injuring 45.

Who Were Born On August 13?

  • 582
    Arnulf of Metz, French bishop and saint (d. 640)
  • 1311
    King Alfonso XI of Castile and Leon (d. 1350)
  • 1584
    Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk, English politician (d. 1640)
  • 1625
    Rasmus Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician and physicist (d. 1698)
  • 1662
    Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, English politician (d. 1748)
  • 1666
    William Wotton, English scholar (d. 1727)
  • 1700
    Heinrich, count von Brühl, German statesman (d. 1763)
  • 1717
    Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French military leader (d. 1776)
  • 1752
    Maria Carolina of Austria, queen consort of Naples and Sicily, wife of King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (d. 1814)
  • 1764
    Louis Baraguey d'Hilliers, French general (d. 1816)
  • 1790
    William Wentworth, Australian explorer and politician (d. 1872)
  • 1792
    Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen consort of the United Kingdom, wife of King William IV of the United Kingdom (d. 1849)
  • 1803
    Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher and writer (d. 1869)
  • 1814
    Anders Jonas Ångström, Swedish physicist (d. 1874)
  • 1818
    Lucy Stone, American suffragette (d. 1893)
  • 1819
    George Gabriel Stokes, Irish physicist (d. 1903)
  • 1820
    Sir George Grove, English music historian (d. 1900)
  • 1823
    Goldwin Smith, English-born Canadian historian and journalist (d. 1910)
  • 1841
    Johnny Mullagh, Australian cricketer (d. 1891)
  • 1851
    Felix Adler, German-born American educator (d. 1933)
  • 1860
    Annie Oakley, American sharpshooter (d. 1926)
  • 1866
    Giovanni Agnelli, Italian industrialist, founder of Fiat (d. 1945)
  • 1872
    Richard Willstätter, German chemist, Nobel Laureate (d. 1942)
  • 1879
    John Ireland, English composer (d. 1962)
  • 1884
    Harry Dean, English cricketer (d. 1957)
  • 1887
    Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (d. 1952)
  • 1888
    Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian sculptor (d. 1975)
  • 1888
    John Logie Baird, Scottish television pioneer (d. 1946)
  • 1889
    Camillien Houde, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (d. 1958)
  • 1890
    Ellen Osiier, Danish fencer (d. 1962)
  • 1895
    Bert Lahr, American actor (d. 1967)
  • 1895
    István Barta, Hungarian water polo player (d. 1948)
  • 1899
    Alfred Hitchcock, English film director (d. 1980)
  • 1902
    Felix Wankel, German engineer and inventor (d. 1988)
  • 1904
    Charles ‘Buddy’Rogers, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1906
    Miklós Borsos, Hungarian sculptor (d. 1990)
  • 1907
    Sir Basil Spence, Scottish architect (d. 1976)
  • 1908
    Gene Raymond, American actor (d. 1998)
  • 1911
    William Bernbach, American advertiser, co-founder of Dyle, Dane, and Bernbach (now DDB) (d. 1982)
  • 1912
    Ben Hogan, American golfer (d. 1997)
  • 1912
    Salvador Luria, Italian-born American microbiologist, Nobel Laureate (d. 1991)
  • 1913
    Fred Davis, English snooker player (d. 1998)
  • 1913
    Makarios III, Archbishop and first President of Cyprus (d. 1977)
  • 1914
    Luis Mariano, Basque operetta singer (d. 1970)
  • 1917
    Sid Gordon, American baseball player (d. 1975)
  • 1918
    Frederick Sanger, English chemist, two-time Nobel Laureate
  • 1919
    Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (d. 2007)
  • 1919
    Sir George Shearing, British jazz pianist (d. 2011)
  • 1920
    Neville Brand, American actor (d. 1992)
  • 1925
    Benny Bailey, American bebop and hard-bop jazz trumpeter
  • 1926
    Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary and politician
  • 1929
    Pat Harrington, Jr., American actor
  • 1930
    Bernard Manning, English comedian (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    Don Ho, American vocalist and pianist (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    Wilfried Hilker, German football referee
  • 1930
    Wilmer David Mizell, American baseball player (d. 1999)
  • 1933
    Joycelyn Elders, American physician, 15th Surgeon General of the United States
  • 1935
    Mudcat Grant, American baseball player
  • 1935
    Rod Hull, British television entertainer (d. 1999)
  • 1938
    Dave “Baby” Cortez, American pop keyboardist
  • 1940
    Bill Musselman, American basketball head coach (d. 2000)
  • 1941
    Erin Fleming, Canadian actress (d. 2003)
  • 1943
    Michael Willetts, English George Cross recipient (d. 1971)
  • 1944
    Divina Galica, British athlete and racing driver
  • 1944
    Kevin Tighe, American actor
  • 1945
    Lars Engqvist, Swedish politician
  • 1945
    Robin Jackman, England cricketer
  • 1947
    Fred Stanley, American baseball player
  • 1947
    John Stocker, Canadian voice actor
  • 1947
    Margareta Winberg, Swedish politician
  • 1948
    Kathleen Battle, American soprano
  • 1948
    Scott Powell, founding member of Sha Na Na
  • 1949
    Bobby Clarke, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1949
    Jim Brunzell, American professional wrestler
  • 1949
    Philippe Petit, French high wire artist
  • 1951
    Dan Fogelberg, American singer-songwriter (d. 2007)
  • 1952
    Dave Carter, American folksinger (d. 2002)
  • 1952
    Herb Ritts, American photographer (d. 2002)
  • 1952
    Hughie Thomasson, American guitarist (Outlaws, Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 2007)
  • 1954
    Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player (d. 2001)
  • 1955
    Hideo Fukuyama, Japanese racing driver
  • 1955
    Keith Ahlers, British racing driver
  • 1955
    Paul Greengrass, English film director
  • 1958
    David Feherty, Northern Irish golfer
  • 1958
    Feargal Sharkey, Northern Irish vocalist (The Undertones)
  • 1958
    Randall “Randy” Shughart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)
  • 1959
    Bruce French, England cricketer
  • 1959
    Danny Bonaduce, American actor
  • 1959
    Michael Bradley, bassist and radio producer
  • 1959
    Tom Niedenfuer, American baseball player
  • 1960
    Koji Kondo, Japanese composer
  • 1960
    Phil Taylor, English darts player
  • 1961
    Cary Stayner, American serial killer
  • 1961
    Christos Christodoulou, Greek basketball player
  • 1961
    Dawnn Lewis, American actress
  • 1961
    Neil Mallender, England cricketer
  • 1961
    Stuart Maconie, English music writer and broadcaster
  • 1961
    Sunil Shetty, Indian actor and producer
  • 1961
    Tom Perrotta, American novelist
  • 1962
    John Slattery, American actor
  • 1962
    Thanos Kalliris, Greek singer
  • 1963
    Sridevi, Indian actress
  • 1964
    Debi Mazar, American actress
  • 1964
    Hank Cheyne, American actor
  • 1964
    Jay Buhner, American baseball player
  • 1965
    Hayato Matsuo, Japanese composer
  • 1965
    Mark Lemke, American baseball player
  • 1966
    Sean Hood, American screenwriter
  • 1966
    Shayne Corson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1967
    Amélie Nothomb, Belgian writer
  • 1967
    Quinn Cummings, American actress
  • 1969
    Midori Ito, Japanese figure skater
  • 1970
    Alan Shearer, English footballer
  • 1970
    Elvis Grbac, American football player
  • 1970
    Matt Hyson, American professional wrestler
  • 1970
    Will Clarke, American novelist
  • 1971
    Heike Makatsch, German actress
  • 1971
    Moritz Bleibtreu, German actor
  • 1971
    Patrick Carpentier, Quebec racing driver
  • 1971
    Rolando Molina, Salvadoran-born American actor
  • 1972
    John Safran, Australian television presenter
  • 1972
    Kevin Plank, American entrepreneur (Under Armour)
  • 1972
    Michael Sinterniklaas, French American actor
  • 1973
    Brittany Andrews, American pornographic actress
  • 1973
    Eric Medlen, American drag racer and rodeo star (d. 2007)
  • 1973
    Molly Henneberg, American journalist
  • 1974
    Jarrod Washburn, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Sam Endicott, American singer (The Bravery)
  • 1975
    James Carpinello, American actor
  • 1975
    Joe Perry, English snooker player
  • 1975
    Marty Turco, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1975
    Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1976
    Jody Thompson, Canadian actress
  • 1977
    Michael Klim, Australian swimmer
  • 1979
    Corey Patterson, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Román Colón, Dominican baseball player
  • 1979
    Taizō Sugimura, Japanese politician
  • 1980
    Panagiotis Markouizos, Greek figure skater
  • 1982
    Kalenna Harper, American singer-songwriter (Dirty Money)
  • 1982
    Shani Davis, American speed skater
  • 1983
    Ales Hemsky, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1983
    Sebastian Stan, Romanian-born American actor
  • 1984
    Boone Logan, American baseball player
  • 1984
    James Morrison, British singer
  • 1984
    Niko Kranjčar, Croatian footballer
  • 1985
    Gerrit van Look, German rugby player and coach
  • 1985
    Grega Bole, Slovenian cyclist
  • 1990
    Shila, Malaysian pop singer-songwriter
  • 1990
    mohammed fahad faleh AL-Qahtani
  • 2000
    Piper Reese, American child reporter

Who Died On August 13?

  • 586
    Radegund, Frankish princess consort of King Chlothar I (b. c. 520)
  • 900
    King Zwentibold of Lotharingia (b. 870)
  • 1134
    Irene of Hungary, consort of Byzantine Emperor John II Komnenos (b. 1088)
  • 1382
    Eleanor of Aragon, Queen of Castile, consort of King John I of Castile (b. 1358)
  • 1523
    Gerard David, Flemish painter (b. c. 1460)
  • 1617
    Johann Jakob Grynaeus, Swiss Protestant clergyman (b. 1540)
  • 1667
    Jeremy Taylor, Irish prose writer and bishop (b. 1613)
  • 1686
    Louis Maimbourg, French historian (b. 1610)
  • 1721
    Jacques Lelong, French bibliographer (b. 1665)
  • 1744
    John Cruger, Dutch-born American politician and 39th Mayor of New York City (b. 1678)
  • 1749
    Johann Elias Schlegel, German critic and poet (b. 1719)
  • 1755
    Francesco Durante, Italian composer (b. 1684)
  • 1826
    René Laënnec, French physician (b. 1781)
  • 1863
    Eugène Delacroix, French painter (b. 1798)
  • 1865
    Ignaz Semmelweis, Austro-Hungarian physician (b. 1818)
  • 1910
    Florence Nightingale, English nurse (b. 1820)
  • 1912
    Jules Massenet, French composer (b. 1842)
  • 1917
    Eduard Buchner, German chemist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1860)
  • 1937
    Arthur Plunkett, Australian civil engineer (birth year unknown)
  • 1946
    H. G. Wells, English writer (b. 1866)
  • 1948
    Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1958
    Otto Witte, German acrobat and claimant to the Albanian throne (b. 1868)
  • 1965
    Ikeda Hayato, Japanese politician (b. 1899)
  • 1982
    Joe Tex, American singer and songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 1984
    Tigran Petrosian, Soviet-Armenian chess player (b. 1929)
  • 1986
    Way Bandy, American make-up artist (b. 1941)
  • 1989
    Larkin Smith, American politician (b. 1944)
  • 1989
    Tim Richmond, American race car driver (b. 1955)
  • 1991
    Jack Ryan, American designer (Barbie) (b. 1926)
  • 1995
    Alison Hargreaves, British mountaineer (b. 1963)
  • 1995
    Jan Křesadlo, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • 1995
    Mickey Mantle, American baseball player (b. 1931)
  • 1995
    Rob Slater, American mountaineer (b. 1960)
  • 1996
    António de Spínola, Portuguese general and politician (b. 1910)
  • 1996
    David Tudor, American pianist and composer (b. 1926)
  • 1998
    Julien Green, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • 1998
    Nino Ferrer, Italian-born French singer and composer (b. 1934)
  • 1998
    Waneta Hoyt, American serial killer (b. 1946)
  • 1999
    Jaime Garzón, Colombian journalist and comedian (b. 1960)
  • 2000
    Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer (b. 1965)
  • 2001
    Otto Stuppacher, Austrian race car driver (b. 1947)
  • 2003
    Ed Townsend, American songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • 2004
    Julia Child, American chef and television personality (b. 1912)
  • 2005
    David Lange, 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1942)
  • 2006
    Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish vocalist (b. 1975)
  • 2006
    Payao Poontarat, Thai boxer (b. 1957)
  • 2006
    Tony Jay, English actor (b. 1933)
  • 2007
    Brian Adams, American professional wrestler (b. 1964)
  • 2007
    Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (b. 1902)
  • 2007
    Phil Rizzuto, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1917)
  • 2007
    Yone Minagawa, Japanese supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • 2008
    Bill Gwatney, American political figure (b. 1959)
  • 2008
    Dino Toso, American Formula 1 engineer (b. 1969)
  • 2008
    Henri Cartan, French mathematician (b. 1904)
  • 2008
    Jack Weil, American businessman (b. 1901)
  • 2008
    Sandy Allen, American tallest woman in the world (b. 1955)
  • 2009
    Les Paul, American guitarist, songwriter and inventor (b. 1915)
  • 2010
    Edwin Newman, American broadcast journalist (b. 1919)
  • 2010
    Lance Cade, American professional wrestler (b. 1981)
  • 2010
    Panagiotis Bahramis, Greek footballer (b. 1976)
  • 2011
    Topi Sorsakoski, Finnish musician (b. 1952)


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