October 13 Events in History - October 13 Birthdays - October 13 Deaths
2014 The Vatican issues a document indicating that the Catholic Church is taking a softer stance on relationships outside of traditional marriage, upholding the church's views but advocating respect for unmarried couples and homosexual unions
2014 An independence referendum for the Spanish region of Catalonia has been cancelled after the nation's constitutional court accepted the case for legal decision, effectively suspending the move until a ruling is given
2013 Following an elaborate two-day state funeral, national independence hero of Vietnam, General Vo Nguyen Giap, is buried
2013 For the second year in a row, Novak Djokovic is the winner of the Shanghai Masters Tennis competition
2012 Israel launches four airstrikes in response to multiple rockets being fired across the border. The airstrikes kill two Salafist jihadist militants and wound one other in the northern Gaza strip
2012 The U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavor inches through the streets of Los Angeles on a trolley, making its way to a museum
2011 Over 88 containers from the MV Rena, New Zealand's stranded cargo ship, fall into the Bay of Plenty
2011 In Punakha, Bhutan, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck marries Jetsun Pema, a 21 year old college student
2010 The Australian dollar reaches the highest level in 27 years against the U.S. dollar
2010 In China, 23 elder members of the Communist Party of China call for ending the country's restrictions on free speech
2006 Ban Ki-moon is elected to be U.N. Secretary-General
1997 Andy Green's Jet-powered car reaches record 749.69 MPH
1996 "Big," closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 193 performances
1996 Annika Sorenstam wins Betsy King LPGA Golf Classic
1996 New York Jet Nick Lowrey breaks Jan Stenerud NFL field goal record at 374
1996 Yankees (3) and Orioles (3) combine to tie play off record of 6 home runs
1995 Joseph Rotblat awarded Nobel Peace Prize
1994 Earliest start of Sheffield Shield season (Queensland vs. Tasmania)
1994 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Kenzaburo Oe
1993 Greek government of Papandreou forms
1993 Mighty Ducks win their 1st NHL game
1993 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Kary Mullis and Michael Smith
1993 Nobel prize for physics awarded to Russel Hulse and Joseph Taylor
1993 Phillies beat Atlanta in NLCS
1991 Actress Katey Segal suffers a miscarriage
1991 Blue Jay Cito Gaston is 1st manager ejected in a playoff game
1991 Minnesota Twins win AL pennant beating Toronto in 5 games
1990 1st Russian Orthodox service in 70 years held in St. Basil's Cathedral
1990 Target Center in Minneapolis opens
1989 Bob Quinn resigns as New York Yankee Vice President/General Manager and replaced by Harding Peterson
1989 Dow Jones down 190.58 points
1988 Concert at Masada ends Israel's 40th-anniversary fest
1988 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Naguib Mahfouz
1988 Shroud of Turin, revered by many Christians as Christ's burial cloth, is shown by carbon-dating tests to be a fake from the Middle Ages
1988 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1987 1st military use of trained dolphins by the U.S. Navy
1987 Costa Rican President Oscar Arias wins Nobel Peace Prize
1987 West Indies score 4-360 in 50 overs in Cricket World Cup vs. Sri Lanka
1986 20th Country Music Association Award:
1986 25th NY, NL appearance in World Series (Mets vs A's)
1986 IOC announces baseball will become a medal sport in 1992
1985 "Sunday in the Park with George" closes at Booth New York City after 604 performances
1985 Belgium premier Martens CVP wins parliamentary election
1985 During NLCS, Cards rookie Vince Coleman is injured stretching before game as his left leg is caught in Busch Stadium's automated tarpaulin
1984 Blackhawk Bill Gardner scores on 10th penalty shot against Islanders
1984 John Henry becomes 1st thoroughbred to win $6 million
1984 STS-41-G mission; lands at Kennedy Space Center
1982 IOC restores 2 gold medals from 1912 Olympics to Jim Thorpe
1982 New Jersey Devils 1st short handed goal-Don Lever
1981 Vice President Hosni Mubarak elected president of Egypt
1980 14th Country Music Association Award
1980 Unprovoked slayings of 6 blacks in Buffalo, New York
1978 James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King weds Anna Sandhu
1978 President Carter answers caller questions on National Public Radio
1978 Swaziland's new constitution promulgated bans political parties
1978 Tiros N, U.S.'s 1st 3rd generation weather satellite, is launched
1978 Graig Nettles at 3rd makes many spectactular plays in WS game 3 as Guidry beats Dodgers, after trailing 2 games to 0 Yankees win next 4
1975 9th Country Music Association Award: John Denver wins
1975 Rock vocal Neil Young undergoes throat surgery
1973 Jordan enters Yom Kippur war
1973 Teri Garr appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Emily in for Carol"
1972 "Hurry, Harry" closes at Ritz Theater New York City after 2 performances
1972 Aeroflot Il-62 crashes in large pond outside Moscow, 176 die
1972 Commish Bowie Kuhn allows Bert Campaneris to play in World Series
1972 Uruguay to Chile plane crashes in Andes Mountain, (12 of 23 rescue)
1971 1st World Series night game (Pittsburgh 4-Baltimore 3)
1971 WTZH TV channel 24 in Meridian, MS (CBS) suspends broadcasting
1970 Angela Davis arrested in New York City
1970 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan U.S.S.R.
1969 1st time 7 people in space
1969 Billy Martin (97-65) is fired as manager of AL West-winning Twins
1969 Soyuz 8 is launched
1968 Tinker Creek Gorge of Cleveland Metroparks is dedicated
1967 CBS radio cancels "House Party"
1966 173 U.S. airplanes bomb North-Vietnam
1966 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, becomes deputy director of CIA
1964 At Plesman airport, Curaeao, 125.5 mm rainfalls (record)
1964 Voskhod 1 crew returns
1963 "Beatlemania" is coined after Beatles appear at Palladium
1963 15th Ryder Cup: U.S. beats 23-9 at East Lake CC Ga
1963 9th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright
1962 "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opens on Broadway, with Uta Hagen
1960 3rd presidential debate with Nixon in Hollywood and Kennedy in NY
1960 Opponents of Fidel Castro executed in Cuba
1960 Pirate's Mazeroski's bottom of 9th lead off home run beats New York Yankees 10-9 in game 7 of 57th World Series
1957 German Dem Rep recalls East Mark and issues new currency
1956 WAGM TV channel 8 in Presque Isle, ME (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins
1955 1st edition of L'express publishes in Paris
1954 RP Smith/M Shulman's "Tender Trap," premieres in New York City
1953 Burglar alarm-ultrasonic or radio waves-patented-Samuel Bagno
1949 "Touch and Go" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 176 performances
1947 "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" premieres
1947 1st NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 4-3 at Toronto
1944 Riga Latvia freed
1944 U.S. 1st army begins battle of Aachen
1943 Italy declares war on former Axis partner Germany
1937 A recorded trace of snow in Central Park New York City
1936 Explosion caused by leaking gas rips out section 12 of Cleveland Stadium
1933 JDJ Boularan's "Tovarich," premieres in Paris
1933 Soccer team STEVO forms in Geesteren
1931 Musical "Everybody's Welcome" with T/J Dorsey premieres in New York City
1931 Noel Cowards "Cavalcade," premieres in London
1930 New German Reichstag opens with 107 NSDAP'ers in uniform
1924 Wahhabietes under Ibn Saudi take Mecca
1923 Angora (Ankara) becomes Turkey's capital
1921 New York Giants beat New York Yankees, 5 games to 3 in 18th World Series
1920 World Series celebration in Wade Park brings out 50,000+ Clevelanders
1919 Race riot at Elaine Arkansas
1917 Soviet accept establishment of Petrograd Military
1915 Boston Red Sox beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 1 in 12th World Series
1914 Belgian regime forms at St. Adresse at Le Havre
1914 Boston Braves sweep Philadelphia A's, 1st sweep in World Series history
1914 Garrett Morgan invents and patents gas mask
1914 Pro-German Boers begin opposition of British authority in South Africa
1913 Explosion and fire in Universal Coal Mine, South Wales
1903 Victor Herbert's "Babes in Toyland," premieres in New York City
1902 Arna W. Bontemps noted poet and librarian of Fisk University
1899 7000 lay-offs black mine workers of South Africa reach Natal
1893 Vigilant (U.S.) beats Valkyrie II (England) in 9th America's Cup
1884 Greenwich established as universal time meridian of longitude
1881 Revival of Hebrew language as Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and friends agree to use Hebrew exclusively in their conversations
1870 Gustav Mahler (10) gives his 1st public piano concert
1864 Battle at Darbytown Road Virginia (337 casualties)
1864 Battle of Dalton, Georgia - surrendered
1864 Battle of Harpers Ferry, WV (Mosby's Raid)
1864 Maryland voters adopt new constitution, including abolition of slavery
1863 Skirmish at Blountsville, Tennessee (50 casualties)
1862 Bismarck's "Blood and Iron" speech
1860 1st aerial photo taken in U.S. (from a balloon), Boston
1845 Texas ratifies a state constitution
1843 B'nai B'rith founded (NY)
1812 Battle of Queenstown Heights, British beats U.S. attempt to invade Canada
1792 1st Old Farmer's Almanac is published
1792 Washington lays cornerstone of Executive Mansion (White House)
1775 Continental Congress orders construction of a naval fleet
1760 Russian/Austrian army evacuates Berlin
1724 Jonathan Swift publishes last of Drapier's letters
1716 Hungarian Emperor Karel VI's troops occupy Temesvar
1710 English troops occupy Acadia (Nova Scotia)
1702 Dutch/English troops occupy Luik
1660 Denmark king Frederik III makes coup
1659 General-major John Lambert drives out English Rump-govt
1652 Prince of Conde flees Paris
1629 Dutch West Indies Co grants religious freedom in West Indies
1534 Alessandro Farnese elected as Pope Paul III
1501 Maximilian of Austria and Louis XII sign Treaty of Trente
1492 English Admiral Poynings fleet occupies Lock
1483 Rabbi Issac Abarbanel starts his exegesis on Bible
1307 French king Philip IV convicts templars because of heresy
1213 Battle at Steppes-Bishop Pierrepont and Louis II beat Henry I of Brabant