HIS­TORY

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL -

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.

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