TODAY IN HISTORY
Oct. 13, 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.
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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.
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.