November 13 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1789 Benjamin Franklin writes “Nothing . . . certain but death & taxes”

1933 1st modern sit-down strike by Hormel meat packers in Austin, Minnesota

1956 US Supreme court rules race separation on buses in Alabama unconstitutional

1980 US spacecraft Voyager 1 sends back 1st close-up pictures of Saturn during its fly-by

1985 Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts in Colombia, killing 25,000 in the town of Armero

Today’s Historical Events

833 Louis the Pious, King of the Franks, performs public act of penance at the Church of Saint Medard in Soissons

866 Pope Nicholas I answers the envoys of Boris (Ad consulta vestra)

1002 English king Ethelred II (the ‘Unready’) launches ‘St Brice’s Day’ massacre of Danish settlers

1553 English Lady Jane Grey and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer accused of high treason

1565 King Philip II‘s “Letters out Segovia” reaches Brussels

1565 Pope Pius IV publishes decree Professi fidei

1642 Battle at Turnham Green outside London: King Charles I vs English parliament

1673 Christopher Wren is appointed architect for the rebuilding of St Paul’s Cathedral in London by King Charles II [1]

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1922 George M. Cohan‘s musical “Little Nellie Kelly” premieres in NYC

1937 NBC forms first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio

1940 Walt Disney‘s animated film “Fantasia”, starring Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mickey Mouse, and ballet dancing hippopotamuses, premieres at the Broadway Theatre, New York City

1952 KLBK TV channel 13 in Lubbock, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting

1960 Fire in movie theater kills 152 children in Amude, Spain

1961 WCBB TV channel 10 in Augusta, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting

1965 Director Kenneth Tynan says the word “F*ck” on BBC

1966 American comedian Flip Wilson makes his debut appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”; he returns 10 times [1]

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1948 “As the Girls Go” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 420 performances

1951 Janet Collins is the first 1st African-American dancer to appear at the Metropolitan Opera, in a production of Aida

1953 Dmitri Shostakovich‘s 4th String Quartet premieres

1959 The Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ first professional concert takes place in London

1965 “Skyscraper” opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 248 performances

1973 “Gigi” opens at Uris Theater NYC for 103 performances

1975 “Musical Jubilee” opens at St James Theater NYC for 92 performances

1989 Paul McCartney releases single “Figure of 8” & “Ou Est Le Soleil”

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1875 Harvard-Yale game is 1st college football contest with uniforms

1900 Baltimore Orioles (now NY Yankees) enter baseball’s American League

1906 C. W. Gregory out for 383 as NSW make 763 v Queensland, in record cricket innings by an Australian

1907 French cyclist Paul Cornu flies 1st helicopter (twin rotor)

1946 Bradman scores 106 for an Australian XI v the MCC

1951 Lefty O’Doul’s all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio and Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan)

1954 1st Rugby League World Cup, Parc des Princes, Paris: Great Britain beats France, 16-12; Man of The Match: GB second rower Don Robinson

1958 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner announces plans to begin a new baseball called the Continental League

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