August 13 Events in History - August 13 Birthdays - August 13 Deaths
2015 China devalues the yuan by 1% after devaluations of 1.62% and 1.92% over the past two days; the moves are an effort to stem an economic slowdown by boosting the competitiveness of exports and reducing the costs of borrowing
2014 U.S. air strikes, in combination with Kurdish forces, pushed back an assault by Islamic State militants upon Yazidi minorities trapped on Mt. Sinjar in Iraq; the action allowed thousands to escape
2014 Celine Dion announces that she will not be performing for the indefinite future; the singer will be focusing on taking care of her husband as he recovers from throat cancer surgery; she is also recovering from an illness affecting her vocal cords
2013 Footage of the previously unseen Kawahiva tribe is released; the Kawahiva is an indigenous tribe living in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and is thought to have had very little contact with the outside world
2013 An antitrust lawsuit brought on by the U.S. Department of Justice and six states is filed to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways
2012 Pope Benedict XVI's former butler receives orders from the Vatican to stand trial for his alleged involvement in leading allegations of corruption in the Holy See
2012 The editor-in-chief of 'Cosmopolitan' magazine and leader of the 1960's sexual revolution, Helen Gurley Brown, dies at age 90 in New York City
2011 The Ames Straw Poll for 2012 Presidential election candidates is taken; Michele Bachmann is the winner
2011 Riots in England continue; Prime Minister David Cameron hires U.S. law enforcement officer Bill Bratton to advise on dealing with gang-related violence
2010 The German economy reports 2.2 percent quarterly growth, the fastest quarterly growth in over 20 years
2010 In Zhouqu, China, new landslides leave 29 people dead and 10,500 trapped
1997 Boston Red Sox trade Mike Stanley back to the New York Yankees
1997 San Diego Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels
1996 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0
1995 77th PGA Championship: Steve Elkington shoots a 267 at Riviera California
1995 Beth Daniels wins LPGA PING Welch's Golf Championship
1994 Train crash in Tbilisi Georgia, 24 killed
1993 Blue Jay Rickey Henderson pays Turner Ward $25,000 for his #24
1993 Hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand, collapses, 114 killed
1993 U.S. Court of Appeals rules congress must save all E-Mail
1991 Michael Ray Barrowman swims world record 200m breaststroke (2:10.60)
1991 Test Cricket debut of Mike Whitney versus England at Old Trafford
1989 2 hot-air balloon crash at Alice Springs Australia, 13 killed
1989 71st PGA Championship: Payne Stewart shoots 276 at Kemper Lakes Golf Club Illinois
1989 U.S. space shuttle STS-28 lands
1988 Boston Red Sox win AL record 24 straight home games
1988 Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit Opens
1988 U.S. beats Jamacia 5-1, in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup
1988 Ronald J. Dossenbach sets world record for pedaling across Canada from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS in 13 days, 15 hours, 4 minutes
1987 Cards outfie ld sets record of no putouts in a 4-2 in 13 inning
1987 Jackie Joyner-Kersee ties world record with 24'5 " jump
1986 KRE-AM in Berkeley, California changes call letters to KBLX (now KBFN)
1984 Morocco and Libya sign "Arabic-African Union" treaty
1981 Last broadcast of "Waltons" on CBS-TV
1981 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 200m butterfly (2:05.96)
1980 Suriname president Johan Ferrier ousted
1980 Tatyana Kazankina of U.S.S.R. sets 1.5k woman's record (3:52.47) in U.S.S.R.
1979 Lou Brock, is 14th to get 3,000 hits
1978 Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed
1978 Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
1978 Yankees score 5 runs in top of 7th. but rain causes game to be halted and thus score goes back to previous inning, Baltimore wins 3-0
1977 Randy Bachman quits BTO, they disband
1975 Viv Richards out for 291 vs. England at Cricket Oval
1972 Dutch KRO-TV transmits 440th and last "Bonanza"
1972 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Pabst Ladies Golf Classic
1971 Paul and Linda McCartney release "Back Seat of My Car"
1969 Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer no-hits Oakland A's, 8-0
1969 Temp Commissioner Bowie Kuhn elected for 7-year term by unanimous vote
1967 WQLN TV channel 54 in Erie, Pennsylvania (PBS) begins broadcasting
1964 1st broadcast by Trans World Radio on Bonaire
1963 Custom agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum
1963 Warren Spahn sets left-hander strike out mark at 2,382
1962 Bert Campaneris of Daytona Beach (FSL) pitches ambidextrously
1961 Construction on Berlin Wall begins in East Germany
1961 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
1960 Central African Republic and Chad proclaim independence from France
1960 U.S.S.R. draws adviseors out of China
1959 Military satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit)
1958 Indians' right fielder Rocky Colavito makes his pitching debut, hurling 3 hitless innings, Detroit 3, Cleveland 2
1956 WBIR TV channel 10 in Knoxville, Tennessee (CBS) begins broadcasting
1955 Larry Doby's ends AL record of 167 errorless games in outfield
1954 21st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 31, All-Stars 6 (93,470)
1953 4-5 million French go on strike against economizations
1953 President Eisenhower establishes Government Contract Compliance Committee
1953 U.S. General Omar Bradley's becomes chief of staff
1951 Great Britain and Iraq sign new oil contract
1950 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
1950 President Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime Bao-Dai
1948 Satchel Paige at 42, pitches his 1st major league complete game
1946 Britain transfers illegal immigrants bound to Palestine, to Cyprus
1945 35 Jews sacrifice their lives to blow up Nazi rubber plant in Silesia
1944 British 8th army occupies Florence
1944 Generals Montgomery/Dempsey/Bradley discuss naderende breakthrough
1944 Jackie Gleason-Les Tremayne show premieres on NBC radio
1943 Red army recaptures Spas-Demensk
1941 Red army evacuates Smolensk
1940 Germany air attack on South England (Battle of Britain begins)
1940 Goering's "Adler Tag" 45-48 German aircrafts shotdown over South-Engld
1939 Yankees set AL shutout margin with 21-0 victory over A's
1939 Sabotage suspected in crash of 'City of San Francisco'
1937 Japanese attack Shanghai
1935 Transcontinental Roller Derby begins (Chicago Coliseum)
1933 16th PGA Championship: Gene Sarazen at Blue Mound CC Milwaukee
1933 Jacques van Egmond becomes world champion amateur cyclist
1932 Hitler refuses Von Hindenburg's proposal to become vice-chancellor
1932 Yankee pitcher Red Ruffing homers and wins game 1-0 in 10 tying
1931 Cincinnati Red Tony Cuccinello goes 6 for 6
1928 Soviet Union Spartacan Games begins
1923 Germany: Gustav Stresemann becomes premier of coalition government
1923 Turkish National Congress selects Moestafa Kemal Pasja as president
1923 U.S. Steel Corp initiates 8th-hour work day
1921 Simon Kaufman and Marc Connelly's "Dulcy," premieres in New York City
1920 24th U.S. Golf Open: Ted Ray shoots a 295 at Inverness Club in Ohio
1919 British troops fire on Amritsar India demonstrators; killing 350
1919 Man o'War's only defeat (Upset wins at Saratoga)
1917 Phillies steal 5 bases in an inning against Braves
1914 German army occupies forts at Luik
1914 Carl Wickman begins Greyhound, the 1st U.S. bus line, in Minnesota
1914 France declares war on Austria-Hungary, leading to WW I
1910 Dodgers and Pirates play to 8-8 tie, both have 38 at bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, 2 errors, 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 pass ball and 1 hit by pitch
1908 Cy Young Day in Boston, he pitches briefly against an All-Star team
1906 Black soldiers raid Brownsville Texas
1906 Cub's Pitcher Jack Taylor ends a string of completing 202 games (187 complete, 15 relief) by Dodgers in 3rd inning
1902 England beat Australia by one wicket at The Oval Famous victory
1898 U.S. forces under George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish-Amer war
1892 U.S. black newspaper "Afro-American" begins publishing from Baltimore
1889 William Gray patents coin-operated telephone
1881 Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with Congolese monarch
1876 Reciprocity Treaty between U.S. and Hawaii ratified
1876 Wagner's "Of the Ring," premieres
1868 Earthquakes kill 25,000 and causes $300 million damages (Peru and Ecuador)
1864 Battle of Deep Bottom Virginia (Strawberry Plains) and Fussell's Mill VA
1831 Nat Turner leads uprising of slaves in Virginia
1814 Cape of Good Hope formally ceded to British by the Dutch
1814 Treaty of London-Netherland stops transporting slaves
1799 English fleet under lord Seymour overthrows Suriname
1792 Revolutionaries imprison French royals including Marie Antoinette
1788 Prussia joins Anglo-Dutch alliance to form Triple Alliance to prevent spread of Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90
1784 English parliament accept India Act
1740 Hunger strike in Rotterdam
1732 Voltaire's "Zaire," premieres in Paris
1713 King Frederik Willem declares war on Brandenburg-Prussia
1704 French and Bavarian forces were routed by a combined British, German and Dutch army at Blenheim, Germany
1696 State of Drenthe accredits Willem III as mayor
1695 French troops under Villeroi shoot in Brussels
1651 Litchfield, CT founded
1645 Sweden and Denmark sign Peace of Bromsebro
1642 Christiaan Huygens discovers Martian south polar cap
1630 Ferdinand II fires supreme commander Albrecht von Wallenstein
1624 Cardinal Richelieu appointed Chief Minister of France by Louis XIII
1608 John Smith's story of Jamestown's 1st days submitted for publication
1578 Duke French van Anjou recognized as protector of Netherlands
1521 Spanish conquerors Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) from Aztecs
1516 Kings Charles I and Francois I signs Treaty of Noyons
1415 King Henry V of England army lands on mouth of Seine River
1099 Raniero elected as Pope Paschal II
523 St. John I begins his reign as Catholic Pope