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October 13th, 1974, longtime television host Ed
Sullivan died in New York City at age 72.
On this date:
In A.D. 54, Roman emperor Claudius
the First died, after being poisoned by his wife,
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 during a ceremony in
the District of Columbia.
In 1843, the
Jewish organization B'nai B'rith was founded in
New York City.
In 1845, Texas
ratified a state constitution.
In 1943, Italy
declared war on Germany, its one-time Axis
In 1944, American
troops entered Aachen, Germany.
In 1944, British
and Greek advance units landed at Piraeus during
World War Two.
In 1960, Richard
M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the
third televised debate of their presidential
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," by
Edward Albee, opened on Broadway.
Ten years ago: At
the start of a three-day conference in Jiddah,
Saudi Arabia, the crown prince of Kuwait promised
greater democracy for the emirate if it were
freed from Iraqi occupation. In Lebanon, rebel
Christian General Michel Aoun ended his mutiny
against the government. Le Duc Tho, co-founder of
the Vietnamese Communist Party, died in Hanoi at
Five years ago:
British physicist Joseph Rotblat and the
anti-nuclear group he founded, the Pugwash
Conference, were named winners of the 1995 Nobel
One year ago: The
Senate defeated the Comprehensive Test Ban
Treaty, 51-to-48. 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
six-year-old's strangulation. Robert A. Mundell
of Columbia University in New York won the Nobel
Prize for economic sciences.
"There are some
things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap
in the opposite direction. One has to go abroad
in order to find the home one has lost."
Franz Kafka, Austrian author (1883-1924).