On This Day In History, 13 March


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World Events Today

  • The tragic Dunblane School Massacre took place today in 1996, Thomas Hamilton shot 16 children and one teacher dead before killing himself
  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the new pope, Pope Francis, today in 2013, he succeeded Pope Benedict XVI
  • The Australian cardinal of the Catholic Church, George Pell, was sentenced to 6 years in prison today in 2019, the charge was for previous sexual abuse of teenage boys

Entertainment Events Today

  • CBS World News Roundup, the longest-running network radio newscast in the United States, aired for the first time today in 1938
  • The American police drama television series TJ Hooker, starring William Shatner in the title role, aired for the first time today in 1982 on the ABC network
  • The Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti, gave his last performance in an opera today in 2004, it was as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca at the New York Metropolitan Opera

Family Events Today

  • The American songwriter Mike Stoller was born today in 1933, he and Jerry Leiber wrote many hits together for Elvis Presley, including Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole
  • The American pop singer Neil Sedaka, of Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen and Breaking Up is Hard to Do fame, was born today in 1939 in New York
  • József Kreul Bugner, better known as the heavyweight boxer Joe Bugner, was born today in 1950 in Hungary

Main Event Today

  • Microsoft had their Initial Public Offering today in 1986, it is estimated that more than 10,000 employees went on to become millionaires

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day

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