This Day in His­tory

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On Oct. 13, 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.

On this date:

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

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

In 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.

In 1845, Texas vot­ers rat­i­fied a state con­sti­tu­tion.

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

In 1943, Italy de­clared war on Ger­many, its one-time Axis part­ner.

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

In 1962, “Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf?,” by Ed­ward Al­bee, 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, in Boul­der, Colorado, the JonBenet Ram­sey grand jury was dis­missed af­ter 13 months of work with pros­e­cu­tors say­ing there wasn’t enough ev­i­dence to charge any­one in the 6-year-old beauty queen’s 1996 slay­ing.

In 2010, res­cuers in Chile us­ing a mis­sile-like es­cape cap­sule pulled 33 men one by one to fresh air and free­dom 69 days af­ter they were trapped in a col­lapsed mine a half-mile un­der­ground.

Ten years ago: On Wall Street, the Dow Jones in­dus­trial av­er­age gained a shock­ing 936 points af­ter eight days of losses. Amer­i­can Paul Krug­man won the No­bel prize in eco­nom­ics for his work on in­ter­na­tional trade pat­terns. Las Ve­gas gam­ing ex­ec­u­tive Frank “Lefty” Rosen­thal, who in­spired the film “Casino,” died in Mi­ami Beach at age 79.

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