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July 13: Fun Facts about Today in History


Today in History


On July 13, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. In the Gregorian calendar, July 13th is the 194th day of the year. On this day, Captain James Cook embarks on his second expedition to the South Seas aboard the Resolution in pursuit of Terra Australis, and “Live Aid” concerts for African famine assistance are conducted at Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia.

The 13th of July falls under the sign of Cancer. Julius Caesar, Harrison Ford, and Nathan Bedford Forrest all have famous birthdays. It’s National French Fry Day today.

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(July 13, 1793)
On this day in 1793, during the French Revolution, Jean-Paul Marat, a leader of the extreme Montagnard group, was stabbed to death in his bath by Charlotte Corday, a young Girondin follower who was later guillotined.

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(July 13, 1956)
The Dartmouth workshop is the first artificial intelligence conference.

(July 13, 1977)
The Ogaden War begins when Somalia declares war on Ethiopia.

(July 13, 1990)
In the greatest mountaineering tragedy in history, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan triggered an avalanche on Lenin Peak, killing 43 climbers.

(July 13, 2017)
Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese writer and human rights activist who fought for democratic changes and was the first Chinese citizen to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, died at the age of 61.

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(July 13, 2020)
The body of American actress and singer Naya Rivera is retrieved from Lake Piru in California, where she drowned after a five-day search.

(Died on July 13, 2020)
Zindzi Mandela, South African politician, diplomat, and third daughter of Nelson Mandela (b. 1960).

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Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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