June 13 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1373 Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of Alliance (world’s oldest extant) signed in London

1866 US House of representatives passes 14th Amendment (Civil rights)

1878 Congress of Berlin begins, determines the territories of the states in the Balkan peninsula following the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78

1956 The last British troops leave the Suez Canal Zone in Egypt

2000 South Korean President Kim Dae Jung meets leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, in the northern capital of Pyongyang

Today’s Historical Events

1325 Ibn Battuta begins his travels, leaving his home in Tangiers to travel to Mecca (gone 24 years)

1373 Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of Alliance (world’s oldest extant) signed in London

1392 Assassination attempt on Olivier de Clisson, Constable of France, by Pierre de Craon fails

1547 King Ferdinand of Austria subjects himself on Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent

1611 John Fabricius dedicates earliest sunspot publication

1665 Battle of Lowestoft, off Suffolk, England: English fleet beats Dutch

1707 Hungary declares itself independent under Ferenc Rákóczi II (aka Francis II Rákóczi)

1721 England signs Treaty of Madrid

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1925 Charles Jenkins demonstrates the transmission of synchronized pictures and sound (early television)

1953 KOAA TV channel 5 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (NBC) 1st broadcast

1959 “Sammy Kaye Show” last airs on ABC-TV

1962 “Lolita” film based on Vladimir Nabokov‘s novel directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring James Mason and Sue Lyon is released

1985 “Prizzi’s Honor”, starring Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, and Anjelica Huston, is released

1989 Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1989 “Licence to Kill”, 16th James Bond film, last directed by John Glen and starring Timothy Dalton premieres in London

1993 YokoZuna beats Hulk Hogan to become WWF champ

 

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1854 Anthony Faas, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, patents the 1st US accordion, having made improvements to both the keyboard, and to enhance the sound (Patent No. 11,062)

1855 Giuseppe Verdi‘s opera “Les vêpres sicilenne” (The Sicilian Vespers) premieres at the Paris Opéra

1956 “Shangri-La” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 21 performances

1958 Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California

1960 “Alley-Oop” by Dyna-Sores peaks at #59

1961 Billy Barnes’ musical revue “Billy Barnes People”, starting Ken Berry, Dave Ketchum, and Jo Anne Worley, opens at Royale Theater, NYC; runs for 7 performances

1969 Mick Taylor leaves John Mayall Band and joins The Rolling Stones

1970 “In The Summertime” by Mungo Jerry hits #1 in UK

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1874 8th Belmont: G Barbee aboard Saxon wins in 2:39.5

1889 23rd Belmont: W Hayward aboard Eric wins in 2:47.25

1890 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Ellen Roosevelt beats defending champion Bertha Townsend 6-2, 6-2

1895 Emile Levassor wins the first automobile race in history the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris, taking 48 hours and 48 minutes (1,178 km)

1895 British Open Men’s Golf, St Andrews: Englishman J.H. Taylor retains title; beats Sandy Herd of Scotland by 4 shots

1896 British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Harry Vardon of Jersey wins first of 6 Open titles by 4 strokes in a 36-hole playoff with defending champion J.H. Taylor

1905 New York Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson throws his 2nd no-hitter, beating Chicago Cubs, 1-0 at West Side Grounds, Chicago

1908 Canadian champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in 8th round at Neuilly Bowling Palace, Paris to retain world heavyweight boxing title

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