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What happened on August 13
- August 13, 1315 Louis X of France marries Clemence d'Anjou.
- August 13, 1326 "Aradia de Toscano, according to legend/folklore, is initiated into a Dianic witchcraft cult, subsequently founds the tradition of Stregheria later known as the Malandanti."
- August 13, 1415 "Hundred Years' War: Henry V of England lands at Chef-en-Caux, France with 8000 men."
- August 13, 1516 "Treaty of Noyon between France and Spain signed. In it, Francis recognises Charles's claim to Naples, and Charles recognises Francis's claim to Milan."
- August 13, 1521 Cortes destroys the capital of the Aztec Empire
- August 13, 1521 Tenochtitln (present day Mexico City) falls to conquistador Hernn Corts.
- August 13, 1536 "Buddhist monks from Kyto's Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto in the Tenbun Hokke Disturbance. (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1536)."
- August 13, 1553 Michael Servetus arrested by John Calvin in Geneva as a heretic.
- August 13, 1704 English defeat French at Battle of Blenheim
- August 13, 1777 "American explosive device made by David Bushnell explodes near British vessel off New London, CT."
- August 13, 1814 "The Convention of London, a treaty between the United Kingdom and the United Provinces, is signed in London."
- August 13, 1831 Nat Turner leads uprising of slaves in Virginia
- August 13, 1844 Explorer Ludwig Leichhardt leaves Brisbane to explore unknown territory beyond the Darling Downs.
- August 13, 1846 "Joint expedition led by CDR Robert Stockton seizes Los Angeles, CA"
- August 13, 1868 "In Peru and Bolivia a 8.5 earthquake killed 25,000 caused extreme damage and a tsunami"
- August 13, 1868 "Quakes kill 25,000 & causes $300 million damages (Peru & Ecuador)"
- August 13, 1870 Armed tug Palos becomes first U.S. Navy ship to transit Suez Canal
- August 13, 1876 Reciprocity Treaty between US & Hawaii ratified
- August 13, 1885 BHP incorporated in Australia as a business.
- August 13, 1886 John A. MacDonald drives last spike of the Esquimault-Naniamo railway in British Columbia..
- August 13, 1892 Baltimore Afro-American forms
- August 13, 1899 Alfred Hitchcock born in London
- August 13, 1904 Lightning strikes the belltower of the Kirtland Temple. A bucket brigade barely saves the historic structure.
- August 13, 1905 Japanese seize Canadian ship Antiope out of Victoria as a carrier of contraband; during Russo-Japanese War.
- August 13, 1905 Norway holds referendum in favour of dissolving the union with Sweden.
- August 13, 1906 Black soldiers raid Brownsville Texas
- August 13, 1907 First taxicab (NYC)
- August 13, 1913 Canadian Army troops called out at Nanaimo British Columbia to stop rioting.
- August 13, 1913 Invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley.
- August 13, 1913 "Otto Witte, an acrobat, is crowned King of Albania."
- August 13, 1914 Establishment of the Australian Red Cross to raise funds to purchase comfort supplies for Australian service personnel overseas
- August 13, 1918 Women enlist in the United States Marine Corps for the first time. Opha Mae Johnson is the first woman to enlist.
- August 13, 1919 Australia's first demonstration of wireless telephony given by Ernest Fisk to illustrate a lecture in Sydney.
- August 13, 1919 Man o'War's only defeat (Upset wins at Saratoga)
- August 13, 1920 "Polish-Soviet War: Battle of Warsaw begins, lasts till August 25. The Red Army is defeated."
- August 13, 1920 Princes Highway between Melbourne and Sydney is officially opened at Warragul.
- August 13, 1923 "First major sea-going ship arrives at Gdynia, newly constructed Polish seaport."
- August 13, 1923 Mustapha Kemal elected president of Turkey
- August 13, 1926 Fidel Castro born
- August 13, 1928 Soviet Union Spartacan Games begins
- August 13, 1930 "Don Ho, Hawaiian singer (Tiny Bubbles) born"
- August 13, 1935 Transcontinental Roller Derby begins (Chicago Coliseum)
- August 13, 1937 Battle of Shanghai begins.
- August 13, 1939 "Sabotage suspected in crash of the 'City of San Francisco' which fell into the Humboldt River killing 24. (Elko, Nevada)"
- August 13, 1940 Air crash in Canberra kills three UAP ministers and Chief of the General Staff
- August 13, 1941 Australian Women's Army Service formed
- August 13, 1942 The Commander in Chief U.S. Fleet directed that an Aircraft Experimental and Developmental Squadron be established at NAS Anacostia.
- August 13, 1945 35 Jews sacrifice their lives to blow up Nazi rubber plant in Silesia
- August 13, 1946 "Britain transfers illegal immigrants bound to Palestine, to Cyprus"
- August 13, 1948 Satchel Paige at 42 pitches his first major league complete game
- August 13, 1953 Pres Eisenhower establishes Govt Contract Compliance Committee
- August 13, 1954 Radio Pakistan broadcasts National Anthem of Pakistan for the first time.
- August 13, 1955 "The opening of the Canso Causeway, linking Cape Breton Island to the Nova Scotia mainland"
- August 13, 1960 Central African Republic & Chad proclaim independence from France
- August 13, 1960 The Central African Republic declares independence from France.
- August 13, 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."
- August 13, 1963 Custom agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum
- August 13, 1964 Number one hit on UK music charts - Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy
- August 13, 1967 "In the Pyrenees a 5.3 quake resulted in numerous buildings were destroyed in Arette, Oloron, and Montory; one person was killed and 80 were injured"
- August 13, 1968 "Alexandros Panagoulis attempts to assassinate the Greek dictator Colonel G. Papadopoulos in Varkiza, Athens."
- August 13, 1971 "Paul and Linda McCartney release ""The Back Seat of My Car"""
- August 13, 1976 "An HU-16 Albatross, the Navy's last operational seaplane made its final water landing in Pensacola Bay"
- August 13, 1977 First test glide of the shuttle
- August 13, 1979 "Lou Brock gets his 3,000 career hit"
- August 13, 1979 "The roof of the uncompleted Rosemont Horizon near Chicago, Illinois collapses, killing 5 workers and injuring 16."
- August 13, 1980 "Joseph MacInnis oceanographer discovers sunken barque HMS 'Breadalbane,' crushed by ice and sunk at Beechey Island NWT, Aug. 21, 1853; Scottish ship well preserved by extreme cold; sonar shows some sails and rigging intact; world's northernmost found shipwreck."
- August 13, 1983 Number one hit on UK music charts - K C & The Sunshine Band - Give It Up
- August 13, 1987 U.S. President Ronald Reagan assumes responsibility for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal.
- August 13, 1988 Ronald J Dossenbach sets record for pedaling across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax in 13 days 15 hr 4 minutes.
- August 13, 1988 "US beats Jamaicia 5-1, in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup"
- August 13, 1989 US space shuttle STS-28 lands
- August 13, 1996 "Marc Dutroux, his wife Michelle Martin, and Michel Lelivre are arrested on suspicion of kidnapping. All are found guilty on June 22, 2004, with sentences of life, 30, and 25 years, respectively."
- August 13, 1997 "Animated American television comedy series, South Park is launched."
- August 13, 2004 156 Congolese Tutsi refugees massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi.
- August 13, 2004 "Black Friday crackdown by NSS on a peaceful protest in the capital city of Maldives, Mal."
- August 13, 2004 "Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area."
- August 13, 2009 "A rare signed copy of Adolf Hitler?s Mein Kampf sells at the Mullock?s auction at Ludlow Racecourse, Shropshire, for ś21,000 (?24,400)."
- August 13, 2009 At least 23 government soldiers and more than 20 Muslim extremists are killed in a day-long clash in the southern Philippines.
- August 13, 2009 "Eleven people, including four policemen, are killed in several separate insurgent attacks in Russia's Republic of Dagestan."
- August 13, 2009 "Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani survives an ambush by the Taliban in the Ali Abad District of Kunduz province, Afghanistan."
- August 13, 2009 "On an official visit to Colombia, Mexican President Felipe Calder˘n offers his country?s mediation in the conflict between that country, Ecuador and Venezuela."
- August 13, 2009 "Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya praises Chile for its ?great image? as he meets its President Michelle Bachelet in Santiago and says he expects the United States to take ""more drastic actions"" against the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti."
- August 13, 2009 "Supporters of Guinea's self-declared President, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, form a movement, Dadis Must Stay, to call for him to be allowed to continue in office."
- August 13, 2009 The European Union will extend its sanctions on Burma to cover members of the judiciary responsible for the verdict in the trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
- August 13, 2009 "The French and German economies rebound, helping push the Eurozone to the brink of economic recovery in the second quarter, delivering a further signal that the worst of the global crisis may be coming to an end in Europe."
- August 13, 3114 "BC - According to the Lounsbury correlation, the Maya calendar starts."