This Day in History

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On July 13, 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion on the first bal­lot at his party’s con­ven­tion in Los An­ge­les, out­draw­ing ri­vals in­clud­ing Lyn­don B. John­son, Stu­art Syming­ton and Ad­lai Steven­son.

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In 1787, the Con­gress of the Con­fed­er­a­tion adopted the North­west Or­di­nance, which estab­lished a gov­ern­ment in the North­west Ter­ri­tory, an area cor­re­spond­ing to the eastern half of the present-day Mid­west.

In 1793, French rev­o­lu­tion­ary writer Jean-Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his bath by Char­lotte Cor­day, who was ex­e­cuted four days later.

In 1863, deadly ri­ot­ing against the Civil War mil­i­tary draft erupted in New York City. (The in­sur­rec­tion was put down three days later.)

In 1923, a sign con­sist­ing of 50-foot-tall let­ters spell­ing out “HOLLYWOODLAND” was ded­i­cated in the Hol­ly­wood Hills to pro­mote a sub­di­vi­sion (the last four let­ters were re­moved in 1949).

In 1939, Frank Si­na­tra made his first com­mer­cial record­ing, “From the Bot­tom of My Heart” and “Me­lan­choly Mood,” with Harry James and his Or­ches­tra for the Brunswick la­bel.

In 1965, Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son nom­i­nated Thur­good Mar­shall to be U.S. Solic­i­tor Gen­eral; Mar­shall be­came the first black ju­rist ap­pointed to the post. (Two years later, John­son nom­i­nated Mar­shall to the U.S. Supreme Court.)

In 1972, Ge­orge McGovern re­ceived the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion at the party’s con­ven­tion in Mi­ami Beach.

In 1977, a black­out hit New York City in the mid-evening as light­ning strikes on elec­tri­cal equip­ment caused power to fail; wide­spread loot­ing broke out. ( The elec­tric­ity was re­stored about 25 hours later.)

In 1978, Lee Ia­cocca was fired as pres­i­dent of Ford Mo­tor Co. by chair­man Henry Ford II.

In 1985, “Live Aid,” an in­ter­na­tional rock con­cert in Lon­don, Philadel­phia, Moscow and Syd­ney, took place to raise money for Africa’s starv­ing peo­ple.

In 1999, An­gel Ma­turino Re­sendiz, sus­pected of be­ing the “Rail­road Killer,” sur­ren­dered in El Paso, Texas. (Re­sendiz was ex­e­cuted in 2006.)

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