is the 44th day of the year in the February 13 Gregorian calendar. There are 321 days remaining until the end of the year (322 in leap years).
1258 - Baghdad falls to the Mongols, and the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed.
1503 - Disfida di Barletta - Famous challenge between 13 Italian and 13 French knights near Barletta.
1542 - Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England, is executed for adultery.
1575 - Henry III of France is crowned at Rheims.
1575 - Henry III of France marries Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont.
1633 - Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition.
1635 - The first public school in the U.S., Boston Latin School, is founded.
1668 - Spain recognizes Portugal as an independent nation.
1689 - William and Mary are proclaimed co-rulers of England.
1692 - Massacre of Glencoe : About 78 Macdonalds at Glen Coe, Scotland are killed early in the morning for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange.
1815 - The Cambridge Union Society founded.
1866 - Jesse James and his gang commit the first armed bank robbery in United States history during peacetime in Liberty.
1880 - Thomas Edison observes the Edison effect.
1881 - The feminist newspaper is first published in La Citoyenne Paris by activist Hubertine Auclert.
1894 - Auguste and Louis Lumière patent the , a combination Cinematographe movie camera and projector.
1899 - Tallahassee records its all time coldest temperature of -2 degrees Fahrenheit.
1914 - Copyright: In New York City the ASCAP (for American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is established to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.
1920 - The Negro National League is formed.
1934 - The Soviet steamship sinks in the Cheliuskin Arctic Ocean.
1935 - A jury in Flemington finds Bruno Hauptmann guilty of the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby, the son of Charles Lindbergh.
1945 - World War II: Red Army forces take Budapest, Hungary from Wehrmacht forces.
1945 - World War II: The Royal Air Force bombers were dispatched to Dresden, Germany to raid the city by massive aerial bombardment (see Bombing of Dresden in World War II).
1955 - Israel obtains 4 of the 7 Dead Sea scrolls.
1960 - Nuclear testing: France tests its first atomic bomb.
1971 - Vietnam War: Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
1974 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970, is exiled from the Soviet Union.
1975 - A fire erupts in the World Trade Center in New York City, New York.
1978 - Hilton bombing: a bomb explodes in a refuse truck outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia, killing two refuse collectors and a policeman.
1979 - The intense February 13 strikes western Washington and sinks a 1/2-mile-long section of the Hood Canal Bridge.
1984 - Konstantin Chernenko succeeds the late Yuri Andropov as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1990 - German reunification: An agreement is reached for a two-stage plan to reunite Germany.
1991 - Gulf War: Two laser-guided " smart bombs" destroy a bunker in Baghdad. The bunker was being used as a military communications outpost and unknown to allied forces, as a shelter for Iraqi civilians.
1997 - Space Shuttle program: STS-82 Mission - Tune-up and repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope started by astronauts from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
1997 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 7,000 for the first time closing at 7,022.44.
2000 - The last original " Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.
2001 - An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
2004 - The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovers the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star .
BPM 37093 2007 - Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigned as the chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted by the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of embezzlement during his tenure as the mayor of Taipei; Ma also announced his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election.
1457 - Mary of Burgundy, daughter of Charles the Bold and wife of Maximilian I (d. 1482)
1480 - Girolamo Aleandro, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1542)
1599 - Pope Alexander VII (d. 1667)
1672 - Étienne François Geoffroy, French chemist (d. 1731)
1721 - John Reid, British army general and composer (d. 1807)
1728 - John Hunter, Scottish surgeon (d. 1793)
1743 - Joseph Banks, English botanist and naturalist (d. 1820)
1768 - Édouard Adolphe Casimir Joseph Mortier, French marshal (d. 1835)
1769 - Ivan Krylov, Russian fabulist (d. 1844)
1805 - Peter Gustav Dirichlet, German mathematician (d. 1859)
1835 - Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (d. 1908)
1855 - Paul Deschanel, French President (d. 1922)
1873 - Feodor Chaliapin, Russian bass (d. 1938)
1876 - Fritz Buelow, German-born American baseball player (d. 1933)
1879 - Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1949)
1881 - Eleanor Farjeon, English author (d. 1965)
1884 - Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (d. 1961)
1885 - Bess Truman, First Lady of the United States, wife of President Harry S. Truman (d. 1982)
1891 - Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (d. 1985)
1892 - Grant Wood, American painter (d. 1942)
1903 - Georges Simenon, Belgian writer (d. 1989)
1906 - Agostinho da Silva, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1994)
1910 - William Shockley, American physicist and eugenicist, Nobel Laureate (d. 1989)
1911 - Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pakistani Urdu poet, Lenin Peace Prize winner (d. 1984)
1913 - George Barker, British poet (d. 1991)
1915 - Aung San, Burmese general and politician (d. 1945)
1915 - Lyle Bettger, American actor (d. 2003)
1918 - Patty Berg, American golfer (d. 2006)
1919 - Tennessee Ernie Ford, American musician (d. 1991)
1919 - Eddie Robinson, American football coach (d. 2007)
1920 - Eileen Farrell, American opera soprano (d. 2002)
1922 - Francis Pym, British Foreign Secretary 1982-83
1922 - Gordon Tullock, American economist
1923 - Michael Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (d. 2002)
1923 - Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-born violinist (d. 2003)
1923 - Chuck Yeager, American pilot and NASA official
1924 - Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, French journalist (d. 2006)
1925 - Boudleaux Bryant, American songwriter (d. 1987)
1928 - Dorothy McGuire, American singer ( The McGuire Sisters)
1929 - Omar Torrijos, Panamanian ruler (d. 1981)
1930 - Ernst Fuchs, Austrian artist
1932 - Susan Oliver, American actress (d. 1990)
1933 - Paul Biya, Cameroon politician
1933 - Costa Gavras, Greek-French filmmaker
1933 - Kim Novak, American actress
1933 - Caroline Blakiston, British actress
1934 - George Segal, American actor
1937 - Ali El-Maak, Sudanese writer (d. 1992)
1938 - Oliver Reed, English actor (d. 1999)
1939 - Beate Klarsfeld, German Nazi hunter
1941 - Andrea Conte, First Lady of Tennessee 2003 - present
1941 - Sigmar Polke, German painter
1942 - Carol Lynley, American actress
1942 - Peter Tork, American musician and actor ( The Monkees)
1943 - Geoff Edwards, American game show host
1944 - Rebop Kwaku Baah, Nigerian percussionist (d. 1983)
1944 - Stockard Channing, American actress
1944 - Jerry Springer, American television host
1944 - Bo Svenson, Swedish-born actor
1944 - Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor (d. 2006)
1945 - King Floyd, American musician (d. 2006)
1946 - Colin Matthews, British composer
1947 - Mike Krzyzewski, American basketball player and coach
1950 - Peter Gabriel, English musician ( Genesis)
1951 - Greg Fulginiti, American mastering engineer
1951 - David Naughton, American actor and singer
1952 - Freddy Maertens, Belgian cyclist
1953 - Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer
1954 - Eric Johnson, American artist
1954 - Donnie Moore, American baseball player (d. 1989)
1955 - Joe Birkett, American lawyer
1956 - Peter Hook, English bassist ( Joy Division and New Order)
1956 - Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian runner
1956 - Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, Jordanian Royal Family member
1957 - Denise Austin, American fitness expert
1958 - Pernilla August, Swedish actress
1958 - Derek Riggs, British artist
1958 - Tip Tipping, American actor and stuntman (d. 1993)
1959 - Gaston Gingras, National Hockey League defenceman
1959 - Gord Hampson, Canadian ice hockey player
1960 - Pierluigi Collina, Italian football referee
1960 - Gary Patterson, American football coach
1960 - Matt Salinger, American actor
1960 - Artur Yusupov, Russian-German chess player
1961 - Henry Rollins, American musician
1961 - Marc Crawford, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1962 - Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, American politician
1964 - Mark Patton, American actor
1964 - Ylva Johansson, Swedish politician
1966 - Jeff Waters, Canadian musician ( Annihilator)
1967 - Stanimir Stoilov, Bulgarian soccer player and coach
1968 - Kelly Hu, American actress
1970 - Karoline Krüger, Norwegian singer
1971 - Sonia, British singer
1971 - Mats Sundin, Swedish ice hockey player
1971 - Todd Williams, American baseball player
1972 - Charlie Garner, American football player
1974 - Gus Hansen, Danish professional poker player
1974 - Robbie Williams, English singer
1974 - Jeff Duran, American radio personality
1975 - Iván González, Puerto Rican disc jockey and musician
1976 - Martin Sastre, Uruguayan artist
1976 - Feist, Canadian singer and songwriter
1976 - Dave Padden, Canadian musician ( Annihilator)
1977 - Randy Moss, American football player
1977 - Ben Collins, British racing driver
1978 - Mini Anden, Swedish model and actress
1979 - Rafael Márquez, Mexican footballer
1979 - Mena Suvari, American actress
1980 - Sebastian Kehl, German footballer
1981 - Luisão, Brazilian footballer
1981 - Liam Miller, Irish footballer
1981 - Luke Ridnour, American basketball player
1982 - Michael Turner, Running Back for the San Diego Chargers
1982 - Lanisha Cole, American model
1985 - Kwak Ji-min, South Korean actress
1985 - Alexandros Tziolis, Greek footballer
1986 - Luke Moore, English footballer
1989 - Carly McKillip, Canadian actress
858 - Kenneth I of Scotland
1130 - Pope Honorius II
1141 - Béla II of Hungary (b. 1110)
1219 - Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese shogun (b. 1192)
1332 - Andronikos II Palaiologos, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1259)
1539 - Isabella d'Este, Marquise of Mantua (b. 1474)
1542 - Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII of England (executed) (b. 1525)
1571 - Benvenuto Cellini, Italian artist (b. 1500)
1585 - Alfonso Salmeron, Spanish Jesuit biblical scholar (b. 1515)
1592 - Jacopo Bassano, Italian painter
1600 - Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Italian painter (b. 1538)
1602 - Alexander Nowell, English clergyman
1608 - Konstanty Wasyl Ostrogski, Lithuanian prince (b. 1526)
1624 - Stephen Gosson, English satirist (b. 1554)
1657 - Miles Sindercombe, attempted assassin of Oliver Cromwell
1660 - King Charles X of Sweden (b. 1622)
1662 - Elizabeth Stuart (b. 1596)
1727 - William Wotton, English scholar (b. 1666)
1728 - Cotton Mather, American Puritan minister (b. 1663)
1732 - Charles-René d'Hozier, French historian (b. 1640)
1787 - Ruđer Bošković, Croatian scientist and diplomat (b. 1711)
1787 - Charles Gravier, French statesman and diplomat (b. 1717)
1813 - Samuel Ashe, Governor of North Carolina (b. 1725)
1818 - George Rogers Clark, American military leader (b. 1752)
1826 - Petr Alekseevich Pahlen, Russian general (b. 1745)
1837 - Mariano José de Larra, Spanish journalist and writer (b. 1809
1845 - Henrik Steffens, Norwegian-German philosopher (b. 1773)
1883 - Richard Wagner, German composer (b. 1813)
1888 - Jean Baptiste Lamy, 1st Archbishop of Santa Fe (b. 1814)
1905 - Konstantin Savitsky, Russian painter (b. 1844)
1950 - Rafael Sabatini, Italian author (b. 1875)
1951 - Lloyd C. Douglas, American author (b. 1877)
1952 - Josephine Tey, English author (b. 1896)
1958 - Georges Rouault, French painter (b. 1871)
1964 - Werner Heyde, German psyhiatrist (b. 1902)
1968 - Mae Marsh, American actress (b. 1895)
1975 - André Beaufre, French General (b. 1902)
1976 - Murtala Mohammed, Nigerian military leader (b. 1938)
1976 - Lily Pons, French-born soprano (b. 1904)
1980 - David Janssen, American actor (b. 1931)
1984 - Andre Stander, South African police captain and bank robber (b. 1946)
1989 - Wayne Hays, American politician (b. 1911)
1991 - Arno Breker, German sculptor (b. 1900)
1992 - Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)
1996 - Martin Balsam, American actor (b. 1919)
1997 - Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (b. 1920)
2000 - James Cooke Brown, American author and inventor (b. 1921)
2002 - Waylon Jennings, American musician (b. 1937)
2003 - Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (b. 1926)
2003 - Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (b. 1932)
2003 - Walt Rostow, U.S. government official (b. 1916)
2004 - Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, Chechen leader (b. 1952)
2005 - Nelson Briles, baseball player (b. 1943)
2005 - Lúcia Santos, Carmelite nun (b. 1907)
2005 - Maurice Trintignant, French race car driver (b. 1917)
2005 - Dick Weber, American professional bowler (b. 1929)
2005 - Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist (b. 1965)
2006 - Andreas Katsulas, American actor (b. 1946)
2007 - Elizabeth Jolley, Australian writer (b. 1923)
2007 - Johanna Sällström, Swedish actress (b. 1974)
2007 - Richard Gordon Wakeford, Air Marshal, Royal Air Force (b. 1922)
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64 Familypedia people were born on February 13
99 Familypedia people died on February 13
64 Familypedia people were first married on February 13