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On this day in history - March 13

What Happened On This Day – March 13

  • 2013 Pope Francis succeeds Pope Benedict XVI

    Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina became the 266th leader of the Catholic Church, which has 1.2 billion members around the world.

  • 1997 A series of unidentified lights appear over Phoenix, Arizona

    The Phoenix Lights caused heated debate in the UFO community. It emerged later that some of the lights were caused by illumination flares dropped from a U.S. Air Force plane.

  • 1943 German troops liquidate the Jewish ghetto in Kraków

    Thousands of men, women and children were murdered by the nazis or deported to extermination camps. The horrific event is portrayed in the film, Schindler's List.

  • 1845 Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto is premiered

    The German composer's opus 64 is one of the most frequently performed violin concertos in history.

  • 1781 Uranus is discovered

    German-born British astronomer William Herschel is credited with the planet's discovery. It is the third largest planet by radius in the solar system.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
March 13

  • 1985 Matt Jackson

    American wrestler

  • 1939 Neil Sedaka

    American singer-songwriter, pianist

  • 1911 L. Ron Hubbard

    American religious leader, author, founded the Church of Scientology

  • 1907 Mircea Eliade

    Romanian historian, author

  • 1733 Joseph Priestley

    English chemist, minister, philosopher

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
March 13

  • 1906 Susan B. Anthony

    American activist

  • 1901 Benjamin Harrison

    American politician, 23rd President of the United States

  • 1881 Alexander II of Russia

  • 1879 Adolf Anderssen

    German chess player

  • 1842 Henry Shrapnel

    English army officer