This day in history

Sept. 13 is the 256th day of 2013. There are 109 days left in the year. The Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, begins at sunset.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Barbara Bain is 82. Actor Richard Kiel is 74. Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 69. Singer Peter Cetera is 69. Actress Jean Smart is 62. Record producer Don Was is 61. Radio-TV personality Tavis Smiley is 49. Rock musician Zak Starkey is 48. Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic is 42. Singer Fiona Apple is 36. MLB pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is 33.

In 1803, Commodore John Barry, considered by many the father of the US Navy, died in Philadelphia.


In 1948, Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the Senate; she became the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.

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In 1971, a four-day inmates’ rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York ended as police and guards stormed the prison; the ordeal and final assault claimed the lives of 32 inmates and 11 employees.

In 1993, at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.

In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur died at a Las Vegas hospital six days after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting; he was 25.