on this day 8/13

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. 

1876 – The Reciprocity Treaty between the U.S. and Hawaii was ratified. 

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.”

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.
Disney movies, music and books

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.

1961 – Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence to halt the flight of refugees. Two days later work on the Berlin Wall began.

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.

1990 – Iraq transferred $3-4 billion in bullion, currency, and other goods seized from Kuwait to Baghdad.

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

Awareness Days in August:

  • August 1 – Clergy Sexual Abuse US and International
  • August 6 – National Fresh Breath Day
  • August 6 – National Wiggle Your Toes Day
  • August 7 – Purple Heart Day
  • August 8 – Happiness Happens Day
  • August 8 – Severe ME Awareness Day (Severe & Very Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).
  • August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
  • August 12 – International Youth Day
  • August 13 – International Left-handers Day
  • August 19 – World Humanitarian Day
  • August 20 – National Honey Bee Day
  • August 21 – National Senior Citizens Day
  • August 30 – International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
  • August 31 – International Overdose