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Calendar for October 13th, 2014

Columbus Day

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on a small island in the Bahamas, convinced that he had reached the East Indies. The anniversary of his landing in the New World was first formally celebrated in 1792, by the Columbian Order (Society of St. Tammany) in New York City. Now, it is celebrated nationally on the second Monday in October.

1750s

  • Born 1754: Mary McCauley (Molly Pitcher)

  • 1790s

  • 1792: Cornerstone of the White House was laid

  • 1840s

  • 1843: The Jewish organization B'nai B'rith was founded

  • 1870s

  • Born 1877: Theodore Gilmore Bilbo (politician)

  • 1880s

  • 1884: Several countries adopted the Greenwich longitude as the prime meridian

  • 1890s

  • 1893: The copyright for the melody "Happy Birthday to You" was registered

  • 1900s

  • 1903: Boston Americans (now Red Sox) won first World Series

  • Born 1909: Art Tatum (jazz pianist)

  • Born 1909: Herbert Lawrence Block (editorial cartoonist)

  • 1910s

  • 1915: The Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies to win the World Series

  • Born 1915: Cornel Wilde (actor)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1925: Margaret Thatcher (former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)

  • Born 1925: Lenny Bruce (comedian)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1941: Paul Simon (musician)

  • Died 1945: Milton Hershey (founder of Hershey Chocolate Company)

  • Born 1947: Sammy Hagar (musician)

  • Born 1948: Lacy J. Dalton (singer)

  • 1950s

  • 1955: William Golding's novel, The Lord of the Flies, was published in New York

  • Born 1959: Marie Osmond (singer)

  • 1960s

  • 1962: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened on Broadway

  • Born 1969: Nancy Kerrigan (figure skater)

  • 1970s

  • Died 1974: Ed Sullivan (television personality)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1980: Ashanti (singer)

  • 1987: The United States Navy Memorial was dedicated, Washington, D.C.

  • 1989: Stock market dropped 190.58 points in what was called the Friday the 13th mini-crash

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Stephen Ambrose (historian)

  • 2010s

  • 2010: A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck central Oklahoma

  • 2010: Thirty-three miners trapped underground for more than 2 months were rescued, Copiapo, Chile


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