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On this day in history - August 13

What Happened On This Day – August 13

  • 1997 South Park Makes its Debut on Comedy Central

    The popular American animated series is created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and it follows the lives and adventures of 4 boys – Eric Cartman, Kenny McCormick, Kyle Broflovski, and Stan Marsh – in a fictional town called South Park, Colorado. While being popular, the show has attracted widespread criticism for profane language and for addressing controversial subjects.

  • 1961 Construction of Berlin Wall starts

    The construction on the Berlin Wall, a wall that divided West Berlin from East Berlin started. It was built by the German Democratic Republic or East Germany.

  • 1960 First Two-Way Telephonic Conversation With a Satellite

    The conversation was made possible due to NASA’s Echo 1, a balloon satellite. It was launched into space on August 12. The satellite worked as reflector – signals sent to it were reflected back to the Earth.

  • 1960 Central African Republic Gains its Independence From France.

    The landlocked African Country came under French rule in the late 19th century. On this day, Barthélemy Boganda, a nationalist politician declared the creation of an independent Central African Republic and became the first Prime Minister of the country.

  • 1918 First Woman enlists in the United States Marines

    After joining the Marine corps, Opha May Johnson, was assigned desk duty at the Marine Corps headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
August 13

  • 1983 Sebastian Stan

    Romanian/American actor

  • 1970 Alan Shearer

    English footballer

  • 1926 Fidel Castro

    Cuban lawyer, politician, 15th President of Cuba

  • 1899 Alfred Hitchcock

    English director, producer

  • 1818 Lucy Stone

    American activist

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
August 13

  • 2009 Les Paul

    American guitarist, songwriter, co-designed the Gibson Guitar

  • 2004 Julia Child

    American chef, author

  • 1995 Mickey Mantle

    American baseball player

  • 1946 H. G. Wells

    English author

  • 1910 Florence Nightingale

    Italian/English nurse