Today in History, English
Today in History, English

42421April 13Event1960 – The United States launches Transit 1-B, the world's first satellite navigation system.
42422April 13Event1964 – At the Academy Awards, Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American male to win the Best Actor award for the 1963 film Lilies of the Field.
42423April 13Event1970 – An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.
42424April 13Event1972 – The Universal Postal Union decides to recognize the People's Republic of China as the only legitimate Chinese representative, effectively expelling the Republic of China administering Taiwan.
42425April 13Event1972 – Vietnam War: The Battle of An Lộc begins.
42426April 13Event1974 – Western Union (in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft) launches the United States' first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1.
42427April 13Event1975 – Bus massacre in Lebanon: An attack by the Phalangist resistance kills 26 militia members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, marking the start of the 15-year Lebanese Civil War.
42428April 13Event1976 – The United States Treasury Department reintroduces the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note on Thomas Jefferson's 233rd birthday as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration.
42429April 13Event1984 – India moves into Siachen Glacier thus annexing more territory from the Line of Control.
42430April 13Event1987 – Portugal and the People's Republic of China sign an agreement in which Macau would be returned to China in 1999.
42431April 13Event1992 – The Great Chicago flood devastates much of central Chicago.
42432April 13Event1997 – Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament.
42433April 13Event2014 – A bus traveling from Villahermosa to Mexico City crashes into a tractor-trailer and catches fire, killing at least 36 people.
42434April 13Birth1506 – Peter Faber, French priest and theologian, co-founded the Society of Jesus (d. 1546)
42435April 13Birth1519 – Catherine de' Medici, Italian-French wife of Henry II of France (d. 1589)
42436April 13Birth1570 – Guy Fawkes, English soldier, planned the Gunpowder Plot (d. 1606)
42437April 13Birth1573 – Christina of Holstein-Gottorp (d. 1625)
42438April 13Birth1593 – Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1641)
42439April 13Birth1618 – Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, French author (d. 1693)
42440April 13Birth1713 – Pierre Jélyotte, French tenor (d. 1797)
42441April 13Birth1729 – Thomas Percy, Irish bishop and poet (d. 1811)
42442April 13Birth1732 – Frederick North, Lord North, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1792)
42443April 13Birth1735 – Isaac Low, American merchant and politician, founded the New York Chamber of Commerce (d. 1791)
42444April 13Birth1743 – Thomas Jefferson, American lawyer and politician, 3rd President of the United States (d. 1826)
42445April 13Birth1747 – Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (d. 1793)
42446April 13Birth1764 – Laurent de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, French general and politician, French Minister of War (d. 1830)
42447April 13Birth1769 – Thomas Lawrence, English painter and educator (d. 1830)
42448April 13Birth1771 – Richard Trevithick, English engineer and explorer (d. 1833)
42449April 13Birth1780 – Alexander Mitchell, Irish engineer, invented the Screw-pile lighthouse (d. 1868)
42450April 13Birth1784 – Friedrich Graf von Wrangel, Prussian field marshal (d. 1877)

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