On This Day In History, 13 August

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World Events Today

  • The commencement of the East India Company Act today in 1784 effectively took India under the control of the British government
  • The Manhattan Project, a research and development project during World War II that produced the first nuclear weapons, became official today in 1942
  • The 28th Summer Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece, today in 2004

Entertainment Events Today

  • The American biographical crime movie Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters, was released today in 1967
  • The first episode of the American animated sitcom South Park aired today in 1997 on Comedy Central
  • The American swimming legend Michael Phelps won his record 23rd Olympic Gold medal today in 2016, it was in the 4 by 100-meter medley relay at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Family Events Today

  • The English film director and producer Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE, whose movies were nominated for 46 Academy Awards, was born today in 1899 in Essex
  • Florence Nightingale, “The Lady with the Lamp” and the founder of modern nursing, died today in 1910 aged 90
  • The English footballer Alan Shearer, the English Premier League’s record goal-scorer, was born today in 1970 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Main Event Today

  • Construction of The Berlin Wall started today in 1961, it remained a barrier between Eastern and Western Europe for the next 28 years

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Prosecco Day

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