February 13 Events in History - February 13 Birthdays - February 13 Deaths
2015 Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian journalist Baher Mohamed are released on bail in Cairo while awaiting trial for allegedly assisting the Muslim Brotherhood; a third journalist, Australian Peter Grest, was deported earlier this month
2014 Italy's Democratic leader Matteo Renzi calls for a new government and for the country's Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, to resign
2014 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrests more anti-government protestors and now holds 19 people suspected of attempting to undermine him
2013 Seven years after Apple Inc. submitted its request to sell their iPhone under the name "iPhone" in Brazil, regulators denied their request, favoring IBG Electronica, who filed for the trademark in 2000, and was granted permission in 2008
2013 U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee, Jack Lew, begins his confirmation hearing by testifying before the U.S. Senate's financial committee
2012 The credit ratings of European Union members including Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain are downgraded by Moody's Investors Service
2012 Moody's Investor's Service issues a negative outlook for the credit ratings for Austria, France and the United Kingdom
2011 In Iran, opposition leaders plan a nationwide anti-government rally in an attempt to replicate the success of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution
2011 At the 53rd Grammy Awards, Lady Antebellum wins the Song of the Year and Record of the Year award for the song, 'Need You Now'
2010 Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili dies in a fatal crash during a training run for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, hours before the opening ceremonies
2008 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issues a formal apology to the Aboriginal people of Australia
2000 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship
2000 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship
1997 "Three Sisters," opens at Criterion Theater New York City
1997 Discovery captures Hubble Space Telescope
1996 Howard Stern announces he will be making the film "Private Parts"
1996 Rock musical "Rent," by Jonathan Larson, opens off-Broadway
1995 West Indies beat New Zealand by innings and 332, Courtney Walsh 13-55
1994 44th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 127-118 at Minneapolis
1994 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.9m
1994 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5000m 6:34,96
1994 Ship disaster near Ranong Thailand, kills 200
1993 Ljubow Kremljowa runs world record 1000m indoor (2:34:84)
1993 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200m indoor (21.87 sec)
1993 Sergei Bubka pole vaults indoor record (6.14 m)
1992 "Most Happy Fella" opens at Booth Theater New York City for 229 performances
1992 Jose Canseco repeatedly rams his Porsche into wife Esther's BMW
1992 West beats East 14 to 9 in Major Soccer League all star game
1991 Syria tells Germany they are ready to recognize Israel
1991 U.S. bombs Iraqi air raid shelter, killing 334
1990 50 killed at Inkatha-UDF battle in Natal, South Africa
1990 Larry Bird (Celtics) ends NBA free throw streak of 71 games
1990 U.S., England, France and England give Germany OK to reunify
1989 Kidnapped Belgian Premier Vanden Boeynants freed
1989 Oklahoma football player Charles Thompson is charged with selling cocaine; he is later sentenced to 2 years in prison
1988 15th Winter Olympic games open at Calgary, Canada
1988 Christine Wachtel runs world record 800m indoor (1:56:40)
1988 European Community plans removal of inner boundaries on Jan 1, 1992
1988 Heike Dreschler long jumps world record indoor (7.37m)
1988 Ronald Weigel runs unofficial world record speed walking (18:11.41)
1987 Tigers' Jack Morris awarded $1.85 million salary by arbitrator
1985 Dow Jones closes at 1297.92 (record high) after topping 1300 earlier
1985 Polish police arrests 7 Solidarity leaders
1984 6 year old Texan Stormie Jones gets 1st heart and liver transplant
1984 Konstantin Chernenko succeeds Yuri Andropov as U.S.S.R. leader
1983 "Merlin" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 199 performances
1983 33rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-123 at LA
1983 Australia beats New Zealand 2-0 to win World Series Cup
1983 E Bernstein, Levinson and Link's musical "Merlin" premieres in New York City
1983 World Boxing Council becomes 1st to cut boxing from 15 to 12 rounds
1982 Dark Side of the Moon, is on charts for 402nd week
1982 Islander's Bryan Trottier scores 5 goals against Flyers
1981 Longest sentence published by New York Times-1286 words
1980 Apollo Computer Inc. incorporated
1980 New Zealand beats West Indies by one wicket in cricket at Dunedin
1979 2nd Emmy Sports Award presentation
1979 Washington State's Hood Canal Bridge breaks up in windstorm
1978 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 "Guys and Dolls" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 239 performances
1977 "Ipi Tombi" closes at Harkness Theater New York City after 39 performances
1977 "Robber Bridegroom" closes at Biltmore Theater New York City after 145 performances
1977 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship
1977 Pam Higgins wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
1976 Dorothy Hamill wins Olympic figure-skating gold, Innsbruck, Austria
1976 Peter Casserly of New Zealand hand-sheers record 353 lambs in 9 holes
1975 Cyprus premier Denktash procliams Turkish-Cypriot Federation
1974 "Rainbow Jones" opens and closes at Music Box Theater New York City
1974 Dissident Nobel writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn expelled from U.S.S.R.
1974 James "Cool Papa" Bell is named to baseball's Hall of Fame
1973 Musical "El Grande de Coca-Cola," premieres in New York City
1973 U.S. dollar devalues 10 percent
1972 "1776" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 1,217 performances
1972 "Grease" opens on Broadway
1972 11th Winter Olympic games close at Sapporo, Japan
1971 12,000 South Vietnamese troops cross into Laos
1971 Golfing Vice President Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd, injuring 2
1970 Man-eating tiger is reported to have killed 48, 80 km from New Delhi
1970 NL offices begins move from Cincinnati to San Francisco (completed February 23)
1969 Mary Hopkin's Postcard album on Apple is released
1969 Suriname government of Pengel resigns
1968 U.S. sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam
1966 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1965 Peggy Fleming, 16, wins ladies senior figure skating title
1965 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
1965 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Gary Visconti
1961 Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records
1961 Soviet Union fires a rocket from Sputnik V to Venus
1960 "Beg, Borrow or Steal" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 5 performances
1960 "Saratoga" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 80 performances
1960 France performs 1st nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
1959 Barbie doll goes on sale
1959 Miro Cardon, premier of Cuba, resigns
1957 Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans
1956 KYW-AM in Philadelphia Penn gives calls to WTAM (now WWWE) Cleveland
1955 Israel acquires 4 of 7 Dead Sea scrolls
1955 KRCG TV channel 13 in Jefferson City, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
1955 Patty Berg wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
1954 Frank Selvey scores 100 points for Furman beating Newberry 149-95
1953 A's change name of Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium
1952 Rocky Marciano defeated Lee Savold for his 39th straight win
1948 Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for West Indies in only Test Cricket innings
1948 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Lannoy and Baugniet of BEL
1948 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Richard Button USA
1948 Wright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to U.S. from England
1946 "Duchess Misbehaves" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 5 performances
1945 Allied planes bomb Dresden Germany; 135,000 die
1945 Gerbrandy British government refuses Dutch Jewish right to buy
1945 U.S.S.R. captures Budapest, after 49-day battle with Germany; 159,000 die
1943 German assault on Sidi Bou Zid Tunisia, General Eisenhower visits front
1943 Women's Marine Corps created
1942 Hitler's Operation Seelowe (invasion of England) cancelled
1941 Nazi leaders attack Dutch Jewish Council
1940 Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Australia at the WACA
1937 "Prince Valiant" comic strip appears; known for historical detail
1937 Bradman scores 123 SA vs. Queensland, 165 minutes, 10-4s 1-6 in cricket
1937 Maribel Vinson wins her 9th U.S. figure skating championship
1937 NFL Boston Redskins move to Washington D.C.
1937 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
1937 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
1935 1st U.S. surgical operation for relief of angina pectoris, Cleveland
1935 Bruno Hauptmann found guilty of kidnap and murder of Lindbergh's infant
1934 Austrian Dollfuss government bans socialistic party
1932 "Free Eats" introduces George "Spanky" McFarland to "Our Gang"
1929 Cruiser Act: OKs construction of 19 new cruisers and an aircraft carrier
1929 Vladimir Mayakofsky's "Klop," premieres in Moscow
1927 Uprising against Portuguese regime of General Carmona defeated
1925 U.S. Congress makes Surpreme Court appeal more difficult
1924 King Tut's tomb opened
1923 1st Black pro Basketball team, "Renaissance," organizes
1920 League of Nations recognizes perpetual neutrality of Switzerland
1920 Switzerland rejoin League of Nations
1914 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers-ASCAP forms in New York City
1912 England regains cricket's Ashes
1907 English suffragettes storm British Parliament and 60 women are arrested
1905 -29 degrees F (-34 degrees C) Pond, Arkansas (state record)
1905 -40 degrees F (-40 degrees C) Lebanon, Kansas (state record)
1905 -40 degrees F (-40 degrees C) Warsaw, Missouri (state record)
1899 -16 degrees F (-27 degrees C), Minden Louisiana (state record)
1899 -1 degrees F (-18 degrees C) New Orleans, Louisiana
1899 -2 degrees F (-19 degrees C) Tallahassee, Florida (state record)
1895 Moving picture projector patented
1886 Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class
1867 Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube" waltz premieres in Vienna
1866 Jesse James holds up his 1st bank, Liberty, Missouri ($15,000)
1864 Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek and Wyatt, Mississippi
1861 1st military action to result in Congressional Medal of Honor
1861 Abraham Lincoln declared president
1861 Col Bernard Irwin attacks and defeats hostile Chiricahua Indians
1860 King Basse Kajuara departs Boni South-Celebes
1858 Sir Richard Burton and John Speake explore Lake Tanganyika, Africa
1837 Riot in New York over high price of flour
1832 1st appearance of cholera at London
1826 American Temperance Society, forms in Boston
1816 Teatro San Carlo in Naples destroyed by fire
1809 French take Saragossa, Spain after a long siege
1799 1st U.S. law regulating insurance passed, by Massachusetts
1795 1st state university in U.S. opens, University of North Carolina
1786 Abraham Baldwin selected president of University of Georgia
1782 French fleet occupies St. Christopher
1777 de Sade arrested without charge, imprisoned in Vincennes fortress
1755 Rebel leader Mangkubuni signs Treaty of Gianti Java
1741 Andrew Bedford publishes 1st American magazine (American Magazine)
1706 Battle at Fraustadt: Swedish army beats Russia/Saksen
1693 College of William and Mary opens
1692 MacDonald clan murdered on orders of King William III
1689 British Parliament adopts Bill of Rights
1668 Treaty of Lisbon: Spain recognizes Portugal
1651 Flemish missionary Joris van Geel departs to Congo
1635 Oldest U.S. public institution, Boston Latin School founded
1633 Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before Inquisition for professing belief that earth revolves around the Sun
1601 John Lancaster leads 1st East India Company voyage from London
1578 Tycho Brahe 1st sketches "Tychonic system" of solar system
1566 St. Augustine, Florida founded
1545 Willem of Nassau becomes prince of Orange
1510 Charles of Gelre conquerors Oldenzaal
1349 Jews are expelled from Burgsordf Switzerland
1130 Gregorio de' Papareschi elected as Pope Innocent II