On This Day In History, 13 July

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World Events Today

  • The American explorer, adventurer and naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews is credited with finding the first-known dinosaur eggs today in 1923
  • The American doughnut company and coffeehouse chain Krispy Kreme Doughnuts was founded today in 1937
  • The British escort and nightclub hostess Ruth Ellis was hanged today in 1955, she was the last woman to be hanged in Britain

Entertainment Events Today

  • The inaugural FIFA World Cup started today in 1930 in Uruguay, the hosts won the competition by beating Argentina 4-2 in the final
  • The Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue released her debut single today in 1987, it was a cover version of the 1960’s hit Locomotion
  • Dunkirk, the movie based on the famous allied evacuation during World War II, premiered today in 2017 at the Odeon Leicester Square in London

Family Events Today

  • The English actor Sir Patrick Stewart, OBE, who played various roles including Captain Jean-Luc Picard in The Next Generation of Star Trek, was born today in 1940 in Yorkshire
  • The American actor Harrison Ford, Han Solo in the original Star Wars Trilogy and Indiana Jones in the Indiana Jones movie franchise, was born today in 1942 in Chicago
  • The Hungarian inventor Ernő Rubik, best known for inventing the Rubik’s Cube, was born today in 1944 in Budapest

Main Event Today

  • Live Aid, organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the Ethiopian famine, was held today in 1985 at Wembley Stadium in London and the John F Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National French Fries Day

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