It happened today – this day in history – November 13

1002: King Ethelred II (the ‘Unready’) launches ‘St Brice’s Day’ massacre of Danish settlers.

1312: Birth of Edward III in Windsor Castle.

1553: Lady Jane Grey and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer is accused of high treason.

1642: The Battle at Turnham Green between Charles I and parliamentary forces.

1715: Government forces halt the advance of the Jacobite army led by the Scottish Earl of Mar.

1770: Death of former prime minister George Grenville aged 58.

1775: American Revolutionary forces capture Montreal.

1850: Author Robert Louis Stevenson is born in Edinburgh.

1851: First telegraph link between London and Paris.

1868: Composer Gioachino Rossini dies aged 76.

1901: The Caister Lifeboat Disaster claims the lives of nine lifeboat men off the coast of Norfolk.

1903: Death of impressionist painter Camille Pissarro aged 73.

1907: French cyclist Paul Cornu flies the first twin rotor helicopter,

1916: British offensive at Ancre, Belgium.

1918: Prince Friedrich, the last reigning Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, abdicates.

1921: The British Empire, the US, France and Japan sign a Pacific Treaty.

1935: Anti-British riots break out in Egypt.

1941: German U-boat U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal near Gibraltar.

1942: The minimum draft age in the US is lowered from 21 to 18.

1952: False fingernails go on the market for the first time.

1954: Great Britain beats France 16-12 to win the first Rugby League World Cup.

1956: The US Supreme court rules that race separation on buses in Alabama is unconstitutional.

1959: Singles chart:

  1. Travellin’ Light – Cliff Richard and the Shadows
  2. Mack The Knife – Bobby Darin
  3. Red River Rock – Johnny and the Hurricanes
  4. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? – Emile Ford and the Checkmates
  5. Sea Of Love – Marty Wilde
  6. (Til) I Kissed You – The Everly Brothers
  7. Broken Hearted Melody – Sarah Vaughan
  8. Put Your Head On My Shoulder – Paul Anka
  9. Makin’ Love – Floyd Robinson
  10. High Hopes – Frank Sinatra
1960: Elvis Presley – Elvis Is Back!

1960: Album chart:

  1. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  2. Me And My Shadows – Cliff Richard and the Shadows
  3. Elvis Is Back! – Elvis Presley
  4. Down Drury Lane To Memory Lane – 101 Strings
  5. The Button Down Mind Of Bob Newhart – Bob Newhart
  6. Oliver! – Original London Cast
  7. Rodgers And Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! – Original Soundtrack
  8. Join Bing And Sing Along – Bing Crosby
  9. Swing Easy – Frank Sinatra
  10. The Buddy Holly Story Volume 2 – Buddy Holly

1965: Critic and opponent of censorship in the theatre, Kenneth Tynan, says the word “F**k” on a late night satire programme on the BBC.

1968: Northern Ireland Home Affairs Minister William Craig bans all marches, with the exception of ‘customary’ parades, in Derry, Northern Ireland; the exception of ‘customary’ parades meant that Loyalist institutions could parade but civil rights marches could not.


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1969: Britain’s first live quintuplets born this century make satisfactory progress at Queen Charlotte’s maternity hospital in London. On the same day, US vice president Spiro Agnew accuses network TV news departments of bias and distortion.

1970: US vice president Spiro Agnew calls TV executives “impudent snobs”.

1971: NASA probe Mariner 9 reaches Mars and goes into orbit.

1973: Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli dies aged 77.

1979: The Times is published for the first time in almost a year following a union dispute over the introduction of new technology. On the same day, Ronald Reagan announces his candidacy for US President in New York.

1980: Voyager 1 sends back the first close-up pictures of Saturn.

1982: Former European Footballer of the Year Alan Simonsen turns down Real Madrid to move from Barcelona to Charlton Athletic.

1985: The volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupts in northern Colombia, killing 23,000 people.

1986: President Ronald Reagan confesses US weapons were sold to Iran.

1987: British TV transmits the first condom advertisement.

1988: McLaren driver Ayrton Senna finishes second in the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

1991: Electric violinist Don “Sugarcane” Harris, best known for his work on the Frank Zappa track Willie The Pimp, dies aged 61.

1992: Death of The Troggs drummer Ronnie Bond. On the same day, Riddick Bowe wins the undisputed world heavyweight boxing crown with a unanimous points decision over Evander Holyfield.

1993: Actress Michelle Pfeiffer marries television writer and producer David E. Kelley in Santa Barbara, California.

1994: Benneton driver Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill famously collide on lap 35 of the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; Schumacher wins his first F1 World Drivers Championship by one point from Hill.

1995: Student Leah Betts is put on a life-support machine after taking an ecstasy tablet at her 18th birthday party.

1997: The UN pulls out arms inspection teams from Iraq.

2001: President George W Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.

2002: The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill.

2004: Rap artist Ol’ Dirty Bastard, (Russell Jones), collapses and dies at a Manhattan recording studio in New York aged 35.

2015: Terror attacks in Paris at three locations including music venue the Bataclan, leave at least 129 dead. Isis claims responsibility.

2016: Singer-songwriter Leon Russell dies in Nashville aged 74.

2018: The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán begins in New York.

2019: Venice is hit by its worse floods for 50 years with waves in St Mark’s square killing one resident.

2020: Political strategist and chief advisor to the PM, Dominic Cummings, is sacked by Boris Johnson. On the same day, Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe dies in prison from COVID complications

BIRTHDAYS: George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, 87; Raymond Froggatt, singer, 81; Howard Wilkinson, football manager, 79; Timmy Thomas, singer, 78; Ron Harris, footballer, 78; Joe Mantegna, actor, 75; Terry Reid, singer-songwriter, 73; Art Malik, actor, 70; Andrew Ranken, drummer, (The Pogues) 69; Tracy Scoggins, actress, 69; Chris Noth, actor, 68; Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Johnson), actress, 67; Jimmy Kimmel, US chatshow host, 55; Gerard Butler, actor, 53; Nikolai Fraiture, bassist, (The Strokes) 43; Kevin Bridges, comedian, 36; Lando Norris, Formula 1 driver, 23; Emma Raducanu, tennis champion, 19.

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