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On This Day (by Bruce)
Events and birthdays around the world on this day
In 188 Caracalla Roman emperor (211-17), born.
In 896 Formosus ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
In 1284 Alfonso X Spanish king (Castile and Leon), dies at 62.
In 1581 Frances Drake completres circumnavigation of the world.
In 1588 Frederick II king of Denmark, dies.
In 1818 Congress decided US flag is 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars.
In 1823 Karl Wilhelm Siemens inventor (laid undersea cables), born.
In 1841 William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia and becomes the first U.S. president to die in office.
In 1858 Asteroid 54, Kalypso discovered (named for goddess of silence)
In 1860 Pony Express begins service, from St. Joseph, Missouri.
In 1895 Arthur Murray, dance instructor, born.
In 1899 Duke Ellington bandleader (Take the A Train), born.
In 1912 Chinese republic proclaimed in Tibet.
In 1914 The movie The Perils of Pauline is shown for the first time, in Los Angeles.
In 1915 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], guitarist (Hoochie Coochie Man), born.
In 1918 Battle of Somme, ends.
In 1918 Margaret Dupont tennis champion, born.
In 1929 Karl Freidrich Benz automobile engineer (Mercedes), dies.
In 1944 British troops capture Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
In 1945 Hungarian National Day.
In 1945 Hungary liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day).
In 1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization founded (NATO -- "OTAN" in French).
In 1960 Senegalese National Day begins.
In 1964 Beatles' Can't Buy Me Love, single goes #1 and stays #1 for 5 weeks.
In 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 1969 Dr. Denton Cooley implants first temporary artificial heart.
In 1974 Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th.
In 1979 Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto former Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan.
In 1983 6th space shuttle mission, Challenger 1 launched.
In 1984 Winston Smith in Orwell's 1984 begins his secret diary.
In 1990 Gloria Estefan released from the hospital after her accident.
Jan 13th, 2014