Today's History Trivia for August 13
1966 The Beatles - May Lightning Strike Me Down Unhappy with John Lennon's comments comparing the Beatles to Jesus, radio station KLUE in Longview, Texas organizes a Beatles Bonfire. Later that night, the station was struck by lightning. The station manager was knocked unconscious and the station had to temporarily shut down due to damaged equipment.
1965 Jefferson Airplane makes their first professional appearance, at the Matrix Club in San Francisco.
1961 Berlin Wall East German Communists begin building a wall through the city to prevent the flow of people seeking the freedoms of the West.
1930 National Beet Grower's Association is incorporated.
1898 Spanish-American War Fighting ends when the Philippines surrender to Admiral George Dewey.
1782 First Welsh immigrants to America arrive in Pennsylvania. They were Quakers and settled near Philadelphia. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1587 First American Indian converted to Protestantism is baptized into the Church of England.
Today's Birthdays for August 13
(Irving Lahrheim), American actor. Film: The Wizard of Oz (1939, the Cowardly Lion and Zeke the farmworker). If I Only Had the Nerve.
1860 Annie Oakley d. 1926 (Phoebe Ann Mosey), American western performer, member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. She could split a playing card held edge-on from 30 paces, and hit dimes tossed into the air. When she died, her husband was so grief stricken that he quit eating and died 18 days later. The musical Annie Get Your Gun is a fictionalized version of her life.
1959 Danny Bonaduce American actor, radio deejay. TV: The Partridge Family (Danny).
1951 Dan Fogelberg d. 2007 American singer. Music: Longer (1979, #2) and Leader of the Band (1982).
1938 Bill Masterson d. 1968 American hockey player. He was the first NHL player to die as result of injuries received in a game; he had struck his head on the ice.
1930 Don Ho d. 2007 (Donald Tai Loy Ho), Hawaiian singer. Music: Tiny Bubbles (1966, #8). TV: The Don Ho Show (1976-77).
1929 Pat Harrington, Jr d. 2016 American Emmy-winning actor. TV: The Jack Paar Show (Guido Panzini) and One Day at a Time (handyman Dwayne Schneider).
1926 Fidel Castro d. 2016 Cuban president. He was so opposed to capitalism that after conquering Cuba he ordered the destruction of all Monopoly games on the island.
1920 Neville Brand d. 1992 American actor. TV: Laredo (Ranger Reese Bennett) and The Untouchables (Al Capone).
1919 Rex Humbard d. 2007 American televangelist, founder of the Cathedral of Tomorrow (1952). He was the first televangelist to have a nationally-broadcast TV show (1952). Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1899 Sir Alfred Hitchcock d. 1980 British Oscar-winning director, "The Master of Suspense." Film: Vertigo (1958) and Psycho (1960, with its famous shower scene). TV: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-62). Quote: "Television has brought murder back into the home - where it belongs."
1897 Detlev Wulf Bronk d. 1975 American scientist, educator, "Father of Biophysics." He served as president of Johns Hopkins University (1949-53).
1888 John Logie Baird d. 1946 Scottish inventor, "Father of the Television." He gave the first demonstration of true TV in London (1926) and later patented a 3-D TV system (1944).
1818 Lucy Stone d. 1893 American woman's rights activist, abolitionist. She and her husband founded Woman's Journal (1870). She allowed her New Jersey property to be sold for non-payment of taxes, asserting that she was being taxed without representation.
1814 Anders Jonas Ångström d. 1874 Swedish physicist, for whom the angstrom (a unit of length equal to 10-10 meters) is named. He showed that hydrogen is present in the Sun's atmosphere (1862).
1655 Johann Christoph Denner d. 1707 German woodwind instrument maker, credited with inventing the clarinet.
Deaths for August 13
1826 René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laennec b. 1781 French physician. He invented the stethoscope (1816). His was a hollow tube made of wood and brass. Laennec was inspired by schoolchildren holding their ears up to long hollow sticks while scratching the opposite end with a pin; the stick transmitted and amplified the scratch. The modern stethoscope, with rubber tubing going to both ears, was not developed until the 1850s.
2012 Helen Gurley Brown b. 1922 American author. Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine (1965-97), which published the first nude male centerfold (1972, Burt Reynolds).
2004 Julia Child b. 1912 (Julia Carolyn McWilliams), American chef. Her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking is considered a culinary masterwork. She also served and has been honored for her work with the OSS during WWII. Known for her trademark signoff, "This is Julia Child. Bon appétit!"
1995 Mickey Mantle b. 1931 American Baseball Hall-of-Famer, "The Commerce Comet." With 536 career home runs, he led the American League four times, and is a three-time MVP (1956-57, 1962).
1979 Walter Berndt b. 1899 American cartoonist. Creator of Smitty.
1946 H.G. Wells b. 1866 (Herbert George Wells), English novelist, The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).
1910 Florence Nightingale b. 1820 English nurse and hospital reformer. She contributed greatly to the development of modern hospital practices and the nursing profession.