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Today in history

Today is Wednesday, October 13th, the 286th day of the year 2021. There are 79 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On October 13, 1792, during a ceremony in the District of Columbia, President George Washington laid the foundation stone for the mansion that would later become known as the White House.

On this date:

The United States Navy originated in 1775 when the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.

In 1845, the Texas electorate ratified a constitution.

In 1943 Italy declared war on Germany, its former partner of the Axis powers.

In 1944, during the Second World War, American troops marched into Aachen (AH’-kehn).

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).

In 1972 a Uruguayan charter flight with 45 people crashed in the Andes; Survivors resorted to feeding on the remains of some of the dead to stay alive until they were rescued more than two months later.

Long-time television presenter Ed Sullivan died in 1974 in New York City at the age of 73.

In 1999 the Senate rejected the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, with 48 Senators voting in favor and 51 against, far fewer than the 67 required for ratification.

In 2000, South Korean President Kim Dae-jung was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Long-time American communist Gus Hall died in New York at the age of 90.

In 2003 the UN Security Council passed a resolution to expand the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.

In 2006, the United Nations General Assembly appointed the South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon as the next UN Secretary General. Bangladeshi banker Muhammad Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize for using microloans to lift people out of poverty.

In 2010, rescuers in Chile used a rocket-like escape pod to drag 33 men one by one into the fresh air and to freedom, 69 days after they were trapped in a collapsed mine half a mile underground.

Ten years ago: Raj Rajaratnam (rahj rah-juh-RUHT’-nuhm), the hedge fund billionaire at the center of one of the largest insider trading cases in US history, was sentenced to 11 years behind bars by a federal judge in New York.

Five years ago: Donald Trump vigorously dismissed the growing list of sexual assault allegations against him as “pure fiction” and pounded his female accusers as “terrible, terrible liars”. Bob Dylan was named a Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature. The death claimed Thailand’s longtime monarch, King Bhumibol, at the age of 88, and the Nobel Prize-winning Italian playwright Dario Fo, at the age of 90.

A year ago: On the first of two days of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett dismissed Democrats’ questions about abortion, health care and a potentially controversial election campaign; She declined to say whether she would withdraw from election cases involving President Donald Trump. The early voting started with long lines in Texas, one of the few places in the US that did not allow widespread postal voting during the pandemic.

Today’s birthdays: Gospel singer Shirley Caesar is 84. Actress Melinda Dillon is 82. Singer-musician Paul Simon is 80. Musician Robert Lamm (Chicago) is 77. Country singer Lacy J. Dalton is 75. Actor Demond Wilson is 75 Singer-musician Sammy Hagar is 74. Pop singer John Ford Coley is 73. Actor John Lone is 69. Model Beverly Johnson is 69. Producer and writer Chris Carter is 65. Actor and former NBA star Reggie Theus (THEE’-us) is 64. Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is 63. R&B singer Cherrelle is 62. Singer / TV personality Marie Osmond is 62. Rock singer Joey Belladonna is 61. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer is the 61st NBA -Trainer Doc Rivers is 60. Actor T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (tuh-KEE’-ah KRYS’-tal kee-MAH ‘) is 59th college and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is 59. Actor Christopher Judge is 57. Actor Matt Walsh is 57 years old The actor Reginald Ballard is 56. Actor Kate Walsh is 54. R&B musician Jeff Allen (Mint Condition) is 53. Actor Tisha Campbell-Martin is 53. Classic singer Carlos Marin (Il Divo) is 53. Olympic silver medal figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is 52. Country singer Rhett Akins is 52. Classic crossover singer Paul Potts is 51. TV personality Billy Bush is 50. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen is 50. R&B singers Brandon and Brian Casey (Jagged Edge) are 46. Actor Kiele Sanchez is 45. Former NBA All-Star Paul Pierce is 44. DJ Vice is 43. Singer Ashanti (ah-SHAHN’-tee) is 41. R&B singer Lumidee is 41. Christian rock singer Jon Micah Sumrall ( Kutless) is 41. Olympic gold medal swimmer Ian Thorpe is 39. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., is 32. Actor Caleb McLaughlin (TV: “Stranger Things”) is 20.

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