ON THIS DAY: October 13, 2016

October 13th is


World Sight Day *

National M&M Day

U.S. Yorkshire Pudding Day

U.N. International Day for
Disaster Reduction *


MORE! Emperor Claudius,  B’nai B’rith and the Ford Edsel, click



Fiji – Cession Day
(1874 – Fiji ceded to U.K./1970 – Independence)international Flags

Burundi – Prince Rwagasore Day
(assassination memorial)

India – Tripura: Puja
(day of prayer)

Mexico – Día de la Acta de Independencia *
(Mexico’s Declaration of Independence)


On This Day in HISTORY

54 – Roman Emperor Claudius dies, probably of poisoning – his wife Agrippina is suspected, possibly in collusion with Nero, who succeeded his uncle

1307 – Phillip the Fair, who owed large sums to the Knights Templar in France, has hundreds of them arrested, and tortured into ‘confession’ of heresy

1773 – The Whirlpool Galaxy is discovered by Charles Messier, who designates it M51 in his catalogue


1775 – U.S. Continental Congress orders establishment of the Continental Navy

1792 – Executive Mansion cornerstone laid in Washington DC. Nicknamed ‘White House’ in 1818 – name officially changed by President Theodore Roosevelt

1821 – Mexico declares its independence * from the Spanish Empire

1843 – B’nai B’rith, the oldest Jewish service organization in the world, is founded by 12 recent German Jewish immigrants in New York City

1845 – Nine years after its inception, the majority of Republic of Texas voters approve becoming a U.S. state instead,  effective in 1846

1881 – Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, “reviver of the Hebrew language,”  holds the first know conversation in modern Hebrew with friends

1884 – The International Meridian Conference votes on a resolution to establish the meridian passing through the Observatory of Greenwich, in London, England, as the initial meridian for longitude

1885 – The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is founded in Atlanta GA


1892 – Edward Emerson Barnard discovers D/1892 T1, the first comet discovered by photographic means, on the night of October 13–14

1903 – Babes in Toyland premieres on Broadway


1923 – Ankara replaces Istanbul as the capital of Turkey

1924 – The Guardsman opens on Broadway

1953 – Samuel Bagno patents an ultrasonic burglar alarm

1957 – The Ford Edsel is introduced on a TV special with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby

1962 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Debuts on Broadway


1978 – The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) holds its first General Assembly in Oxford UK – 44 nations send representatives. IAPB is the sponsor of World Sight Day, * held annually on the 2nd Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment

1983 – Ameritech Mobile Communications (now AT&T) launched first U.S. cellular network in Chicago

1988 – Naguib Mahfouz wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

1989 – U.N. General Assembly designates International Day for Disaster Reduction, * to promote risk-awareness, disaster preparedness/mitigation – October 13 annually


2009 – Bob Dylan releases album Christmas in the Heart



  • Eye Chart through glasses lens
  • International flags
  • The Whirlpool Galaxy
  • Georgia Tech original buildings circa 1888
  • Babes in Toyland 1903 Broadway production
  • 1962 Playbill for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • International Day for Disaster Reduction header


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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: October 13, 2016

  1. pete says:

    As a mechanic I’ve heard horror stories about Edsel’s center of the steering column electric shift. Riding in the back of one was like riding down the road on your living room sofa. Handled like a living room, too.

    “1845 – Nine years after its inception, the majority of Republic of Texas voters approve becoming a U.S. state instead, effective in 1846.”
    The current crop of Texians think that’s a main stream media lie. They lernt it in school. Along with General Antonio Lopez de Carlos Santana attacking the Alamo.

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    They also forget that the Republic was in massive debt, and they sold themselves to the U.S. in exchange for paying off that deficit

    I will say that Santa Ana was batshit crazy (oh, and speaking of abusive to women!) – why the Mexicans kept kicking him out, then taking him back, is beyond me.

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