This day in history

Today is Tuesday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2018. There are 293 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Jazz musician Roy Haynes is 93. Songwriter Mike Stoller is 85. Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is 79. Opera singer Julia Migenes is 69. Actor William H. Macy is 68. Political commentator Charles Krauthammer is 68. Actress Dana Delany is 62. Republican Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, is 61. U2 bassist Adam Clayton is 58. Jazz musician Terence Blanchard is 56. Actress Annabeth Gish is 47. Actor Emile Hirsch is 33. Olympic gold medal skier Mikaela Shiffrin is 23.

In 1639, New College was renamed Harvard College for clergyman John Harvard.


In 1781, the seventh planet of the solar system, Uranus, was discovered by William Herschel.

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In 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis signed a measure allowing black slaves to enlist in the Confederate States Army with the promise they would be set free.

In 1925, the Tennessee General Assembly approved a bill prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution. (Governor Austin Peay signed the measure on March 21.)

In 1928, at least 400 people died when the San Francisquito Canyon in Southern California was inundated with water after the nearly two-year-old St. Francis Dam collapsed the evening of March 12.

In 1954, the Battle of Dien Bien Phu began during the First Indochina War as Viet Minh forces attacked French troops, who were defeated nearly two months later.


In 1964, bar manager Catherine ‘‘Kitty’’ Genovese, 28, was stabbed to death near her Queens, New York, home; the case gained notoriety over the supposed reluctance of Genovese’s neighbors to respond to her cries for help.

In 1980, Ford Motor Co. Chairman Henry Ford II revealed he was stepping down, the same day an Indiana jury found the company not guilty of reckless homicide in the fiery deaths of three young women in a Ford Pinto.

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

In 2008, Bode Miller clinched the men’s overall World Cup ski title in Bormio, Italy.

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