This day in history

Thursday, Feb. 13, is the 44th day of 2014. There are 321 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Air Force Major General (ret.) ‘‘Chuck’’ Yeager is 91. Actress Kim Novak is 81. Actor George Segal is 80. Musician Peter Tork (the Monkees) is 72. Actress Stockard Channing is 70. Talk host Jerry Springer is 70. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is 68. Singer Peter Gabriel is 64. Singer Henry Rollins is 53. Actor Neal McDonough is 48. Singer Feist is 38.

In 1542, the fifth wife of England’s King Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, was executed for adultery.


In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was officially declared winner of the 1860 presidential election.

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In 1935, a jury in Flemington, N.J., found Bruno Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-slaying of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was executed.)

In 1939, Justice Louis D. Brandeis retired from the US Supreme Court. (He was succeeded by William O. Douglas.)

In 1974, Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Soviet Union.

In 2009, a $787 billion stimulus bill aimed at easing the worst economic crisis in decades cleared both houses of Congress.