TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IS SATURDAY, OCT. 13, the 286th day of 2018. There are 79 days left in the year.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On this date 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 A.D. 54, Roman Emperor Claudius I died, poisoned apparently at the behest of his wife, Agrippina.
In 1775, the United States Navy had its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.
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 1962, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” by Edward Albee, opened on Broadway.
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 1981, voters in Egypt participated in a
referendum to elect Vice President Hosni Mubarak the new president, one week after the assassination of Anwar Sadat.
In 1999, in Boulder, Colo., the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury was dismissed after 13 months of work, with prosecutors saying there wasn’t enough evidence to charge anyone in the 6-year-old beauty queen’s 1996 slaying.
In 2010, rescuers in Chile using a missilelike 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.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Gospel singer Shirley Caesar is 81. Actress Melinda Dillon is 79. Singer-musician Paul Simon is 77. Country singer Lacy J. Dalton and actor Demond Wilson are 72. Singermusician Sammy Hagar is 71. Producerwriter Chris Carter is 62. Actor Reggie Theus is 61. Singer Marie Osmond is 59. NBA coach Doc Rivers is 57. Actress T’Keyah Crystal Keymah, College and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice, actress Kelly Preston and country singer John Wiggins are 56. Actors Christopher Judge and Matt Walsh are 54. Olympic silver medal figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and country singer Rhett Akins are 49. TV personality Billy Bush and actor Sacha Baron Cohen are 47. Olympic gold medal swimmer Ian Thorpe is 36. Actor Caleb McLaughlin (TV: “Stranger Things”) is 17.