1773 – The Whirlpool Galaxy was discovered by Charles Messier on the 13th October 1773.
1792 – In Washington, D.C., the cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion (White House since 1818) was laid on the 13th October 1792.
1881 – First known conversation in modern Hebrew was on the 13th October 1881, by Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and friends.
1884 – Greenwich, in London, England, was established as Universal Time meridian of longitude on the 13th October 1884.
1885 – The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is founded in Atlanta, United States.
1892 – Edward Emerson Barnard discovered D/1892 T1 on the 13th October 1892, the 1st comet discovered by photographic means.
1917 – The “Miracle of the Sun” was witnessed by about 70,000 people in the Cova da Iria in Fátima, Portugal on the 13th October 1917.
1923 – Ankara replaceed Istanbul as the capital of Turkey on the 13th October 1923.
1934 – Nana Mouskouri the Greek singer was born on the 13th October 1934.
1958 – Paddington Bear mades his debut on the 13th October 1958.
1962 – The Pacific Northwest experienced a cyclone the equal of a Cat 3 hurricane on the 13th October 1962, killing 46 people, with winds measured above 150mph.
1970 – Fiji joined the United Nations on the 13th October 1970.
1970 ~ Paul Potts the British tenor was born in Kingswood on the 13th October 1970. Paul Potts won the 1st series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2007, with his performance of Nessun dorma. A movie about Paul Potts titled One Chance was released on the 25th October 2013. Paul Potts official website: www.PaulPottsOfficial.com | Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PaulPottsMusic | Paul Potts verified Twitter: www.twitter.com/PaulPottsMusic | Paul Potts YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/user/PaulPottsTV | YouTube video: Paul Potts sings Nessun Dorma for his audition on Britain’s Got Talent…YouTube video: ONE CHANCE Movie Trailer: The true story of Paul Potts ~ winner of the 1st series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2007…
1972 – An Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-62 crashed outside Moscow on the 13th October 1972, killing 174 people.
1972 – Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed in the Andes mountains on the 13th October 1972, near the border between Argentina and Chile.
1976 – A Bolivian Boeing 707 cargo jet crashed in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on the 13th October 1976, killing 97 people (mostly children, killed on the ground).
1976 – The 1st electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle was obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy on the 13th October 1976.
1977 – Four Palestinians hijacked Lufthansa Flight 181 to Somalia on the 13th October 1977, and demanded the release of 11 members of the Red Army Faction.
1983 – Ameritech Mobile Communications (now AT&T Inc.) launched the 1st US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois on the 13th October 1983.
1986 ~ Brad Robinson (Bradford Leigh Robinson) the lead and rhythm guitarist from Australian Crawl died on the 13th October 1996 aged 38 (born 1958).
1992 – An Antonov An-124 operated by Antonov Airlines crashed near Kiev, Ukraine on the 13th October 1992, killing 8 people.
2010 – The 2010 Copiapó mining accident in Copiapó, Chile came to an end on the 13th October 2010, as all 33 miners arrived at the surface after being rescued, surviving a record 69 days underground.
Today in History for October 13th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…