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KSAT Kids: Today in History, Oct. 13

Italy declares war on Germany; cornerstone of White House laid

Photo shows the Future Littoral Combat Ship of US Navy: USS St Louis (LCS-19)
Photo shows the Future Littoral Combat Ship of US Navy: USS St Louis (LCS-19) (Credit: US Defense Information)

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 13, the 287th day of 2020. There are 79 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

  • On Oct. 13, 1775, the United States Navy had its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.

On this date:

  • In A.D. 54, Roman Emperor Claudius I died, poisoned apparently at the behest of his wife, Agrippina.
  • In 1792, the cornerstone of the executive mansion, later known as the White House, was laid by President George Washington during a ceremony in the District of Columbia.
  • In 1932, President Herbert Hoover and Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes laid the cornerstone for the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.
  • In 1943, Italy declared war on Germany, its one-time Axis partner.
  • In 1944, during World War II, American troops entered Aachen, Germany.
  • In 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon held the third televised debate of their presidential campaign (Nixon was in Los Angeles, Kennedy in New York).
Senator John F. Kennedy has notes spread out before him as he speaks during his cross-country debate with his Republican opponent, Vice President Richard Nixon (not shown), in the third session of their televised debate. Kennedy, speaking from New York on Oct. 13, 1960, while Nixon spoke from Los Angeles, was criticized for the use of notes which, Nixon said, were against the ground rules of the debate. (AP Photo/William J. Smith)
Senator John F. Kennedy has notes spread out before him as he speaks during his cross-country debate with his Republican opponent, Vice President Richard Nixon (not shown), in the third session of their televised debate. Kennedy, speaking from New York on Oct. 13, 1960, while Nixon spoke from Los Angeles, was criticized for the use of notes which, Nixon said, were against the ground rules of the debate. (AP Photo/William J. Smith) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)
  • In 1972, a Uruguayan chartered flight carrying 45 people crashed in the Andes; survivors resorted to feeding off the remains of some of the dead in order to stay alive until they were rescued more than two months later.
  • In 1974, longtime television host Ed Sullivan died in New York City at age 73.
  • In 1999, the Senate rejected the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, with 48 senators voting in favor and 51 against, far short of the 67 needed for ratification.
  • In 2000, South Korean President Kim Dae-jung was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Longtime American communist Gus Hall died in New York at age 90.
  • In 2003, the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution expanding the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.

Today’s Birthdays:

Singer-musician Paul Simon is 79. Singer-musician Sammy Hagar is 73. Pop singer John Ford Coley is 72. Actor John Lone is 68. Model Beverly Johnson is 68. Producer-writer Chris Carter is 64. Actor and former NBA star Reggie Theus is 63. Singer/TV personality Marie Osmond is 61. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer is 60. NBA coach Doc Rivers is 59. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is 58. Country singer John Wiggins is 58. Actor Christopher Judge is 56. Actor Kate Walsh is 53. Rhythm-and-blues musician Jeff Allen (Mint Condition) is 52. Olympic silver medal figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is 51. Country singer Rhett Akins is 51. Classical crossover singer Paul Potts is 50. TV personality Billy Bush is 49. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen is 49. Rock musician Jan Van Sichem Jr. (K’s Choice) is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singers Brandon and Brian Casey (Jagged Edge) are 45. Actor Kiele Sanchez is 44. Former NBA All-Star Paul Pierce is 43. DJ Vice is 42. Singer Ashanti is 40. R&B singer Lumidee is 40. Christian rock singer Jon Micah Sumrall (Kutless) is 40. Olympic gold medal swimmer Ian Thorpe is 38. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is 31. Actor Caleb McLaughlin (TV: “Stranger Things”) is 19.

October 13: Paul Simon (1941) Others: Ashanti (1980), Sacha Baron Cohen (1971), Nancy Kerrigan (1969), Kate Walsh (1967), Kelly Preston (1962), Jerry Rice (1962), Marie Osmond (1959) and Sammy Hagar (1947)
October 13: Paul Simon (1941) Others: Ashanti (1980), Sacha Baron Cohen (1971), Nancy Kerrigan (1969), Kate Walsh (1967), Kelly Preston (1962), Jerry Rice (1962), Marie Osmond (1959) and Sammy Hagar (1947) (Matthew Straubmuller via Wikimedia Commons)