On This Day In History, 13 September

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World Events Today

  • Henry Bliss was hit by a taxicab today in 1899, he died the next day from his injuries to become the first recorded person killed in a motor car accident in the United States
  • Political leaders and 30,000 Capetonians took part in the Cape Town Peace March today in 1989, it resulted in subsequent concessions from the apartheid government
  • Sir George Iain Duncan Smith, also referred to by the initials IDS, became Leader of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom today in 2001

Entertainment Events Today

  • The animated mystery television series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! aired for the first time today in 1969 on the CBS network
  • Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros was released today in 1985 in Japan, it was not released in Europe until 1987
  • Elton John’s tribute song to Diana, Princess of Wales, Candle in the Wind, was released today in 1997, the proceeds from the song went to her favorite charities

Family Events Today

  • The British novelist Roald Dahl, whose works included Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG, was born today in 1916 in Cardiff
  • The Australian cricket legend Shane Warne, regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the sport, was born today in 1969 in Victoria
  • The American actor Frank Vincent, who starred in The Sopranos television series and the Goodfellas movie, died today in 2017 aged 80

Main Event Today

  • Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu, better known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta or Mother Teresa, who died on the 5th of September, was honoured with a state funeral in Calcutta, India, today in 1997

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Peanut Day

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