On This Day In History, 13 April

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World Events Today

  • The Jefferson Memorial in Washington D C, was officially dedicated by the United States President, Roosevelt, today in 1943, it was the 200th anniversary of Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson’s, birthday
  • Nazi Germany, announced that they had uncovered the mass grave of 3,000 Polish officers, in the Kaytn forest, today in 1943
  • After almost a decade in the role, the British Labour Party leader, Neil Kinnock, announced his resignation today in 1992, it followed his second General Election loss

Entertainment Events Today

  • George Frideric Handel’s musical composition Messiah, was performed for the first time today in 1742 in Dublin
  • Sidney Poitier, who played Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field, became the first Black actor to win the Best Actor Academy Award today in 1964
  • The American golfer Tiger Woods won his first major, The Masters, today in 1997, he was aged just 21, the tournament’s youngest ever winner

Family Events Today

  • Robert LeRoy Parker, better known as the Wild West train and bank robber, Butch Cassidy, was born today in 1866
  • The English actor Peter Davison, the fifth Doctor Who, was born today in 1951 in London
  • The British television presenter Caron Keating, the daughter of Gloria Hunniford, died from breast cancer today in 2004 aged 41

Main Event Today

  • The NASA astronaut Jack Swigert, onboard Apollo 13, uttered the words, “Houston, we’ve had a problem”, today in 1970

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Scrabble Day

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