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On 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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In A.D. 54, Ro­man Em­peror Claudius I died, poi­soned ap­par­ently at the be­hest of his wife, Agrip­pina.

In 1307, King Philip IV of France or­dered the ar­rests of Knights Tem­plar on charges of heresy.

In 1775, the United States Navy had its ori­gins as the Con­ti­nen­tal Con­gress or­dered the construction of a naval fleet.

In 1843, the Jewish or­ga­ni­za­tion B'nai B'rith was founded in New York City.

In 1932, Pres­i­dent Her­bert Hoover and Chief Jus­tice Charles Evans Hughes laid the cor­ner­stone for the U.S. Supreme Court build­ing in Wash­ing­ton.

In 1944, dur­ing World War II, Amer­i­can troops en­tered Aachen, Ger­many.

In 1957, 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.)

In 1962, Ed­ward Al­bee's four-char­ac­ter drama "Who's Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf?" 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, 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.

Ten years ago: Sec­re­tary of State Con­doleezza Rice, af­ter meet­ing with hu­man-rights ac­tivists in Moscow, told re­porters the Rus­sian govern­ment un­der Vladimir Putin had amassed so much cen­tral author­ity that the power-grab could un­der­mine its com­mit­ment to democ­racy.

Five years ago: Repub­li­cans Mitt Rom­ney and Paul Ryan ral­lied col­lege stu­dents in all cor­ners of all-im­por­tant Ohio and ham­mered at Pres­i­dent Barack Obama for go­ing easy on China over un­fair trade prac­tices; Obama took pre­cious time off the cam­paign trail to prac­tice for the next de­bate against his GOP ri­val.

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