On This Day In History, 13 February

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World Events Today

  • The controversial Allied bombing of the German city of Dresden, started today in 1945, it lasted 3 days and more than 1,000 planes dropped around 4,000 tons of bombs and incendiary devices
  • The unarmed crime prevention organization, The Guardian Angels, was founded today in 1979 in New York City
  • Konstantin Chernenko, became the fifth General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union today in 1984, he succeeded Yuri Andropov

Entertainment Events Today

  • Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England died today in 1542, she was beheaded after being found guilty of treason for committing adultery
  • The British boy band Take That, officially announced that they were disbanding today in 1996
  • The last Peanuts comic strip, starring Charlie Brown and Snoopy, was published today in 2000, the day after the death of its writer and illustrator Charles Schulz

Family Events Today

  • The Englishman Gerald Norman Springer, better known as the American television presenter Jerry Springer, was born today in 1944 in Middlesex
  • The English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, the original lead singer and frontman of the rock band Genesis, was born today in 1950 in Surrey
  • Robert Peter Williams, better known as the English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams, was born today in 1974, originally a member of the pop group Take That, he also went on to have a very successful solo career

Main Event Today

  • The Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, issued a formal apology to the indigenous people of Australia today in 2008, it was for the forced removal of their children, often referred to as the Stolen Generations, which did not stop until the 1960s

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Tortellini Day

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