TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IS FRIDAY, OCT. 13, the 286th day of 2017. There are 79 days left in the year.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY:
On this date 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 A.D. 54,
Roman Emperor Claudius I died, poisoned apparently at the behest of his wife, Agrippina.
King Philip IV of France ordered the arrests of Knights Templar on charges of heresy.
the United States Navy had its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.
the Jewish organization B’nai B’rith was founded in New York City.
President Herbert Hoover and Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes laid the cornerstone for the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.
during World War II, American troops entered Aachen, Germany.
CBS-TV broadcast “The Edsel Show,” a one-hour live special starring Bing Crosby designed to promote the new, ill-fated Ford automobile. (It was the first special to use new videotape technology to delay the broadcast to the West Coast.)
Edward Albee’s four-character drama “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” opened on Broadway.
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.
voters in Egypt participated in a referendum to elect Vice President Hosni Mubarak the new president, one week after the assassination of Anwar Sadat.
rescuers in Chile using a missile-like escape capsule pulled 33 men one by one to fresh air and freedom 69 days after they were trapped in a collapsed mine a half-mile underground.
Gospel singer Shirley Caesar is 80. Actress Melinda Dillon is 78. Singer-musician Paul Simon is 76. Musician Robert Lamm (Chicago) is 73. Singer-musician Sammy Hagar is 70. Pop singer John Ford Coley is 69. Actor John Lone and model Beverly Johnson are 65. Producer-writer Chris Carter is 61. Actor Reggie Theus is 60. Singer Marie Osmond is 58. Rock singer Joey Belladonna and former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer are 57. NBA coach Doc Rivers is 56. College and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice, actress Kelly Preston and country singer John Wiggins are 55. Actors Christopher Judge and Matt Walsh are 53. Actress Kate Walsh is 50. Rhythm-and-blues musician Jeff Allen (Mint Condition), actress Tisha Campbell-Martin and classical singer Carlos Marin (Il Divo) are 49. Olympic silver medal figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and country singer Rhett Akins are 48. Classical crossover singer Paul Potts is 47. TV personality Billy Bush and actor Sacha Baron Cohen are 46. Rhythmand-blues singers Brandon and Brian Casey (Jagged Edge) are 42. Actress Kiele Sanchez is 41. NBA All-Star Paul Pierce is 40. DJ Vice is 39. Singer Ashanti and Christian rock singer Jon Micah Sumrall (Kutless) are 37. Olympic gold medal swimmer Ian Thorpe is 35. Actor Caleb McLaughlin (TV: “Stranger Things”) is 16.