This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2018. There are 321 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Air Force Major General Charles E. ‘‘Chuck’’ Yeager is 95. Actress Kim Novak is 85. Actor George Segal is 84. Actor Bo Svenson is 77. Actress Carol Lynley is 76. Singer-musician Peter Tork of The Monkees is 76. Actress Stockard Channing is 74. Talk show host Jerry Springer is 74. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is 72. Singer Peter Gabriel is 68. Singer Henry Rollins is 57. Actor Neal McDonough is 52. The National singer Matt Berninger is 47. Singer Robbie Williams is 44. Singer-songwriter Feist is 42. Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. (also known as Prince Michael Jackson I) is 21.

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


In 1633, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition, accused of defending Copernican theory that the Earth revolved around the sun instead of the other way around. (Galileo was found vehemently suspect of heresy, and ended up being sentenced to a form of house arrest.)

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In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was officially declared winner of the 1860 presidential election as electors cast ballots.

In 1935, a jury in Flemington, N.J., found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of murder in the kidnap-slaying of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was later executed.)

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

In 2008, under oath and sometimes blistering questioning, seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens told Congress: ‘‘I have never taken steroids or HGH,’’ while his accuser, former personal trainer Brian McNamee, sat a few feet away.


In 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the US Supreme Court, was found dead at a private residence in the Big Bend area of West Texas; he was 79.

Last year, President Trump’s embattled national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned following reports he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia. Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, died at an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; two women are accused of killing him with a nerve agent.