Buy the 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac!

Calendar for July 13th, 2013

1787: The American Continental Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance, establishing the procedure for the creation of new states

Born 1816: Gustav Freytag (novelist)

1836: Current U.S. patent numbering system began

1900: Theodore Roosevelt laid the corner stone for a new county courthouse in Mineola, New York, and spoke of the need for honesty in government. While he was talking, one man had his pockets picked of $140 and another man lost $103

1908: Women competed in modern Olympics for the first time

1909: Gold discovered near Cochrane, Ontario

Born 1913: David Garroway (television personality)

Died 1921: Gabriel Lippmann (physicist)

Born 1928: Bob Crane (actor)

Born 1931: Frank Ramsey (basketball player)

Born 1940: Patrick Stewart (actor)

Born 1942: Harrison Ford (actor)

1953: Stratford Festival's first production, Ontario

Born 1957: Cameron Crowe (film director & writer)

Born 1963: Bobby Carpenter (hockey player)

1977: Blackout strikes NYC at 9:34 P.M. and lasts until the next day. The sweltering evening turn into a night of near total chaos. Police arrest some 3,200 looters

1982: Montreal hosted the first baseball All-Star Game outside the U.S.

Died 1993: Davey Allison (race car driver)

Died 2002: Yousuf Karsh (photographer)

2004: Ken Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, won his 30th straight game on Jeopardy! which brought his earnings to $1,004,960. He was the first contestant to pass the $1 million mark.

Died 2006: Red Buttons (actor)

2006: A Maine fisherman caught a half-brown, half-orange lobster. The odds of catching this kind of lobster are 1 in 50 million

Shop Wind Bells in the Almanac General Store