This day in history

Thursday, March 13, is the 72d day of 2014. There are 293 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Jazz musician Roy Haynes is 89. Songwriter Mike Stoller is 81. Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is 75. Actor William H. Macy is 64. Actress Glenne Headly is 59. Actress Dana Delany is 58. Rock musician Adam Clayton (U2) is 54. Actress Annabeth Gish is 43. Rapper-actor Common is 42. Actor Emile Hirsch is 29.

In 1781, the seventh planet, Uranus, was discovered by Sir William Herschel.


In 1862, President Lincoln signed a measure prohibiting Union military officers from returning fugitive slaves to their owners.

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In 1901, the 23d president, Benjamin Harrison, died in Indianapolis at age 67.

In 1996, a gunman opened fire inside an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, killing 16 children and a teacher before killing himself.

In 2013, Argentina’s Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope, choosing the name Francis; he became the first pontiff from the Americas and first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.