On This Day, August 13, 1961– East German Soldiers Start Building the Berlin Wall


1521 – Present day Mexico City was captured by Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez from the Aztec Indians.

1704 – The Battle of Blenheim was fought during the War of the Spanish Succession, resulting in a victory for English and Austrian forces.

1792 – French revolutionaries took the entire French royal family and imprisoned them.

1784 – The United States Legislature met for the final time in Annapolis, MD.

1846 – The American Flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles, CA.

1889 – A patent for a coin-operated telephone was issued to William Gray.

1912 – The first experimental radio license was issued to St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia, PA.

1931 – The first community hospital in the U.S. was dedicated in Elk City, OK.

1932 – Adolf Hitler refused to take the post of vice-chancellor of Germany. He said he was going to hold out “for all or nothing.”


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1934 – Al Capp’s comic strip “L’il Abner” made its debut in newspapers.


1942 – Henry Ford unveiled his “Soybean Car.” It was a plastic-bodied car that weighed about 1000 lbs. less than a steel car.

1942 – Walt Disney’s “Bambi” opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY.

1959 – In New York, ground was broken on the $320 million Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

1960 – “Echo I,” a balloon satellite, allowed the first two-way telephone conversation by satellite to take place.

1979 – Lou Brock (St. Louis Cardinals) got his 3,000th career hit.

1986 – United States Football League standout Herschel Walker signed to play with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

1992 – Woody Allen began legal action to win custody of his three children. A judge ruled against Allen in 1993.

1994 – It was reported that aspirin not only helps reduce the risk of heart disease, but also helps prevent colon cancer.

 

Source: On-This-Day.com; History.com