Today is Monday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2018. There are 140 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 13, 1961, East Germany sealed off the border between Berlin’s eastern and western sectors before building a wall that would divide the city for the next 28 years.
On this date:
In 1521, Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez captured Tenochtitlan, present-day Mexico City, from the Aztecs.
In 1846, the American flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles.
In 1910, Florence Nightingale, 90, the founder of modern nursing, died in London.
In 1960, the first satellite telephone conversation took place via Echo 1.
In 1979, Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals became the 14th player in MLB history to reach the 3,000th career hit plateau in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan signed a historic package of tax and budget reductions.