This day in history

Saturday is July 13, the 194th day of 2013. There are 171 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Patrick Stewart is 73. Actor Harrison Ford is 71. Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn (the Byrds) is 71. Comedian Cheech Marin is 67. Director Cameron Crowe is 56.


In 1793, French revolutionary writer Jean-Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his bath .

In 1923, a sign consisting of 50-foot-tall letters spelling out ‘‘HOLLYWOODLAND’’ was dedicated in the Hollywood Hills to promote a subdivision (the last four letters were removed in 1949).

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In 1939, Frank Sinatra made his first commercial recordings, ‘‘From the Bottom of My Heart’’ and ‘‘Melancholy Mood.’’

In 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination on the first ballot at his party’s convention in Los Angeles.

In 1972, George McGovern received the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Miami Beach.


In 1977, a blackout lasting 25 hours hit the New York City area.

In 1985, ‘‘Live Aid,’’ an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow, and Sydney, took place to raise money for Africa’s starving people.

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