U.S. 1960 U.S.A. Nixon – Kennedy Debate TV 13th October, 1960 : Television sets across the United States showed a split screen with Republican presidential nominee Richard M. Nixon on one side and Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kennedy on the other during their third televised debate. They were actually thousands of miles apart and not in the same studio
1972 Uruguay Cannibalism Oct. 13th, 1972: Plane crash survivors resort to cannibalism after being lost in the Andes for two months have admitted they ate the flesh of dead companions to stay alive, 16 of the original 45 passengers survived the ordeal and defended their cannibalism .
U.S. 1921 U.S.A. World Series Thursday, Oct. 13th, 1921 : New York Giants beat the Yankees in the World series in New York Today
China 1938 China Chinese Japanese Fighting Oct. 13th, 1938 : Heavy Chinese reinforcements are being rushed to Watchow to engage the new large Japanese expeditionary force numbering over 35,000 . Fighting is intensifying as the Japanese proceed further inland trying to gain control over major transport routes including railway lines.
Russia 1941 World War II Soviets in Trouble 13th October, 1941 : The Soviet Union has lost two more army divisions and are demanding British army aid to help stop the Germans from reaching Moscow, Hitler in the meantime continues to make overtures to Britain and the British people that he wants peace between Germany and England and the only reason Germany and England are at war is because of Churchill.
Italy 1943 Italy Declares War On Germany Oct. 13th, 1943 : Italy declared war on Germany, its one-time ally, and was granted the status of a co-belligerent by the United Nations .
U.S. 1952 U.S.A. Public Debt Oct. 13th, 1952 : Concerns are growing over the mounting public debt which is predicted to reach 268 billion dollars by the end of the financial year.
The current US Public Debt stands at 9 trillion dollars and is increasing by $1.46 billion per day
UK 1958 UK Paddington Bear
13th October, 1958 : The first of a series of books featuring Paddington Bear is published “A Bear Called Paddington” , the first story is about a bear who is found at Paddington railway station in London by the Brown family. The books are written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. The much loved stuffed Paddington Bear toy with his Wellington boots did not appear until 1972
South Africa 1966 South Africa Strict New Apartheid Laws Oct. 13th, 1966: New laws passed in white controlled South Africa allow for detention without trial or warrant by a Police Lieutenant Colonel or other high ranking Police Officer anywhere, any person he suspects of security offences without trial or charge for 28 days.
Northern Ireland 1971 Northern Ireland Border Security Oct. 13th, 1971: British Army engineers are blowing up several minor roads crossing from the Republic of Ireland into Northern Ireland, currently the Terrorists are using these roads to hop across the border undetected as most are just small tracks on farmland. .
1976 Bolivia Plane Crash 13th October, 1976: A chartered Boeing 707 crashed into a busy street in Santa Cruz, a city in the west of Bolivia, ploughing into buildings in the city’s main avenue and people leaving over 100 dead.
Germany 1977 Germany Airliner Hijack Oct. 13th, 1977: Four Palestinian hijackers hijack a Lufthansa airliner demanding the release of 11 imprisoned members of Germany’s Baader-Meinhof terrorist group, also known as the Red Army Faction.
U.S. 1983 U.S.A. Mobile Phone Service
Oct. 13th, 1983: Ameritech Mobile Communications, LLC provides cellular mobile phone service to the general public in Chicago. This was the first mobile phone service for public use in the United States.
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UK 1988 England Spycatcher Book
13th October, 1988: The British Government has lost its battle to stop the publication of the controversial book Spycatcher, written by a former secret service agent .
UK 1992 England Coal Mines Close Oct. 13th, 1992: The government is planning to close a 31 out of 50 of Britain’s deep coal mines, with the loss of 31,000 jobs. In the mid 40’s coal mining in Britain employed one million miners working in 958 mines.
U.S. 1997 U.S.A. Thrust Record Oct. 13th, 1997: British fighter pilot Andy Green set a new land speed record of 764.168mph in the Thrust Supersonic vehicle, going through the sound barrier along a one-mile course in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. .
U.S. 1999 U.S.A. Rejects Nuclear Test Ban 13th October, 1999 : America became the first country to reject the 154 nation Nuclear test ban treaty with a vote of 51-48 in The US Senate . It should be remembered that most of the countries who signed the agreement do not have Nuclear capabilities so have nothing to lose and everything to gain by banning nuclear testing .
U.S. 2005 U.S.A. iPod
Oct. 13th, 2005 : Apple introduce new iPod capable of playing video at a resolution of 320×240 starting at $299.00.
U.S. 2006 U.S.A. Snow Storm Oct. 13th, 2006 : A State of Emergency is issued in Buffalo, New York following nearly 2 feet of snow falling during the afternoon and last night. 400,000 are without power and most schools in the area are closed, in the worst hit areas of Tonawanda, New York, Buffalo and Amherst a driving ban has also been issued as up to 80% of roads are impassable including parts of I90.
DR Congo 2006 DR Congo Pneumonic plague 13th October, 2006 : The Democratic Republic of Congo faced an outbreak of the pneumonic plague, killing over one hundred people and infecting hundreds of others.
U.S. 2008 U.S.A. Dow Jones Oct. 13th, 2008 : After suffering a meltdown in the markets in the preceeding weeks with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling below 7900 markets rally with a gain of 936 points, its highest ever one day gain.
Iceland 2008 Iceland Markets To Stay Closed
Oct. 13th, 2008 : Iceland’s stock exchange will remain suspended because of continuing “unusual market conditions”.
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Indonesia 2011 Indonesia Island of Bali Hit by Strong Earthquake 13th October, 2011 : An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck the Indonesian island of Bali. The earthquake caused damage to some buildings and falling debris injured around fifty people.
Bhutan 2011 Bhutan King of Bhutan Marries a Commoner Oct. 13th, 2011 : King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, of Bhutan, married a common twenty-one year old student Jetsun Pema during a lavish Buddhist ceremony. The ceremony was broadcast on state television within the country.
2012 Pakistan Tourist Bus Fire in China
Oct. 13th, 2012 : A car bomb in a market in Darra Adam Khel, Pakistan killed fifteen people and injured another thirty people. The attack had not been claimed officially by any group but the Taliban was being blamed for the blast.
2013 India Cyclone Phailin Hits India
13th October, 2013 : Cyclone Phailin strikes parts of India in the Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states. Eighteen people were reported dead and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage was done to homes, fields, and infrastructure in the areas.