Today in History

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 8:03 AM

There are two hundred sixty-two days left in the year. Today'south Highlight in History:On April thirteen, one thousand nine hundred seventy, Apollo thirteen, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst.

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, April thirteen, the one hundred-fourth day of two thousand sixteen. There are two hundred sixty-two days left in the year.

Today'south Highlight in History:

On April thirteen, one thousand nine hundred seventy, Apollo thirteen, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. (The astronauts managed to return safely.)

On this date:

In one thousand six hundred-thirteenth, Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, was captured by English Capt. Samuel Argall in the VA Colony. (During a yearlong captivity, Pocahontas converted to Christianity and ultimately opted to stay with the English.)

In one thousand seven hundred forty-second, Handel'south "Messiah" had its first public performance in Dublin, Ireland.

In one thousand seven hundred forty-third, the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was born in Shadwell in the Virginia Colony.

In one thousand eight hundred sixty-first, at the start of the Civil War, Fort Sumter in SC fell to Confederate forces.

In one thousand nine hundred-twelfth, the Royal Flying Corps, a predecessor of Britain'south Royal Air Force, was created.

In one thousand nine hundred forty-third, President Franklin D. Roosevelt committed the Jefferson Memorial in WA D. C., on the two-hundredth anniversary of the third American president's birth.

In one thousand nine hundred fifty-eighth, Van Cliburn of the United States won the first International Tchaikovsky Contest for piano in Moscow; Russian Valery Klimov won the violin competition.

In one thousand nine hundred sixty-fourth, Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an School Award for his performance in "Lilies of the Field."

In one thousand nine hundred sixty-fifth, 16-year-old Lawrence Wallace Bradford, Jr. was appointed by NY Republican Jacob Javits to be the first black page of the U. S. Senate.

In one thousand nine hundred seventy-fifth, the President of Chad, Francois Tombalbaye (tahm-bahl-BAH'-yeh), was killed in a military coup.

In one thousand nine hundred eighty-sixth, Pope John Paul II visited the Grand Synagogue of Rome in the first recorded papal visit of its kind to a Jewish house of worship.

In one thousand nine hundred ninety-second, the Grand Chicago Flood took space as the city'south century-old tunnel system and adjacent basements filled with water from the Chicago River.

Ten years ago: Confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE'-uhs moo-SOW'-ee) expressed number repentance for his role in the nine/eleven attacks as he took the stand for the second time in his death-penalty trial in Alexandria, Virginia. British author Dame Muriel Spark died in Florence, Italy, at age 88.

Five years ago: Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were detained for investigation of corruption, abuse of power and killings of protesters. A federal jury in San Francisco convicted Barry Bonds of a single charge of obstruction of justice, but failed to reach a decision on the three counts at the heart of allegations that he'd knowingly used steroids and human growth hormone and lied to a grand jury about it. (Bonds' conviction for obstruction was ultimately overturned.) The NBA fined Kobe Bryant $100.000 for using a derogatory homosexual duration in frustration over a referee's call.

One year ago: Republican Sen. Marco Rubio entered the two thousand sixteen presidential race with a rally in Miami. A federal judge in WA sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a two thousand seven shooting in Baghdad'south Nisoor Square that killed fourteen Iraqi civilians and wounded seventeen others. A judge in Phoenix sentenced Jodi Arias to life in prison for killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Guenter Grass, eighty-seven, the Nobel-winning German writer who gave voice to the generation that came of age during the horrors of the Nazi era but later ran into controversy over his own World War II past and stance toward Israel, died in Luebeck, Germany.

Today'south Birthdays: Film director Stanley Donen is ninety-two. Former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., is eighty-three. Actor Lyle Waggoner is eighty-one. Actor Edward Fox is seventy-nine. Actor Paul Sorvino is seventy-seven. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lester Chambers is seventy-six. Movie-TV composer Bill Conti is seventy-four. Rock musician Jack Casady is seventy-two. Actor Tony Dow is seventy-one. Singer Al Green is seventy. Actor Ron Perlman is sixty-six. Actor William Sadler is sixty-six. Singer Peabo Bryson is sixty-five. Bandleader/rock musician Max Weinberg is sixty-five. Bluegrass singer-musician Sam Bush is sixty-four. Rock musician Jimmy Destri is sixty-two. Singer-musician Louis Johnson (The Brothers Johnson) is sixty-one. Comedian Gary Kroeger is fifty-nine. Actress Saundra Santiago is fifty-nine. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., is fifty-six. Rock musician Joey Mazzola (Sponge) is fifty-five. Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is fifty-three. Actress Page Hannah is fifty-two. Actress-comedian Caroline Rhea (RAY) is fifty-two. Rock musician Lisa Umbarger is fifty-one. Rock musician Marc Ford is fifty. Reggae singer Capleton is forty-nine. Actor Ricky Schroder is forty-six. Rock singer Aaron Lewis (Staind) is forty-four. Actor Bokeem Woodbine is forty-three. Singer Lou Bega is forty-one. Actor-producer Glenn Howerton is forty. Actor Kyle Howard is thirty-eight. Actress Kelli Giddish is thirty-six. Actress Courtney Peldon is thirty-five. Population singer Nellie McKay (mih-KY') is thirty-four. Rapper/singer Ty Dolla $ign is thirty-four. Actress Allison Williams is twenty-eight. Actress Hannah Marks is 23.

Thought for Today: "In the landscape of extinction, precision is following to godliness." — Samuel Beckett, Irish poet and playwright (born this date in one thousand nine hundred-sixth, died one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine).

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