July 13 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1772 Captain James Cook begins 2nd voyage aboard the Resolution to the South Seas to search for Terra Australis (Southern continent)

1832 Source of Mississippi River discovered by American geographer Henry Schoolcraft

1943 Greatest tank battle in history ends with Russia’s defeat of Germany at Kursk, almost 6,000 tanks take part, 2,900 lost by Germany

1966 A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founds the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna movement) in New York City

Today’s Historical Events

574 John III ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1174 William I of Scotland, key rebel in Revolt of 1173-1174, captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to Henry II of England

1522 Hunger appeal by women of Utrecht

1558 Battle of Gravelines: In France, Spanish forces led by Count Lamoral of Egmont defeat the French forces of Marshal Paul des Thermes at Gravelines

1568 Dean of St. Paul’s London, Alexander Nowell perfects a way to bottle beer

1573 Haarlem surrenders after 7 months to Spanish army

1643 Battle at Roundway Down: Royalists beat parliamentary armies

1645 Aleksei Romanov succeeds his father Michael as Tsar of Russia

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1923 The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads “Hollywoodland” but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949

1939 Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut, with The Harry James Orchestra, singing “From the Bottom of My Heart” and “Melancholy Mood”

1956 WCBI TV channel 4 in Columbus, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting

1978 BBC bans Sex Pistols “No One is Innocent”

1987 Federal judge throws out Bette Midler‘s $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials

1988 Sting performs his 1st Rain Forest benefit at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

1994 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson (charged with murder) gives hair samples for testing

2005 TV police procedural “The Closer” debuts on TNT starring Kyra Sedgwick

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1668 Van Marco Cesti’s opera “Il Pomo d’Oro” (the Golden Apple or Tomato) premieres in Vienna

1935 Richard Strauss resigns as chairman of Reichskulturkammer

1946 Musical revue “Tidbits of 1946” closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC. after 8 performances

1979 George Harrison releases single “Faster”

1984 Eddie Van Halen makes a guest appearance, performing “Beat It”, in a Jacksons concert, in Dallas, Texas

1984 Jeff Beck quits Rod Stewart’s tour after 7 shows

1985 “Live Aid” concerts held at both Wembley Stadium (London) and John F. Kennedy Stadium (Philadelphia) raises over $70 million for African famine relief

1987 Kylie Minogue releases her debut single “Locomotion”

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1881 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: William Renshaw beats defending champion John Hartley 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 for first of his 7 Wimbledon singles titles

1885 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: 5 straight Wimbledon titles for William Renshaw; for second consecutive year he beats Herbert Lawford 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

1886 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: William Renshaw beats Herbert Lawford for the 3rd straight year 6-0, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 for his 6th consecutive Wimbledon championship

1895 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Wilfred Baddeley beats Wilberforce Eaves 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 6-2, 6-3 for his third Wimbledon singles title

1896 Philadelphia outfielder Ed Delahanty becomes second major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game as Phillies lose 9-8 to Chicago Colts at the West Side Grounds, Chicago

1900 Phillies beat Pittsburgh 23-8

1919 Boston Red Sox pitcher Carl Mays walks off mound blaming teammates for lack of support in field

1924 Albin Stenroos wins Olympic marathon (2:41:22.6)

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