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On This Day — March 13th


March 13th is the 72nd day of the year (73rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 293 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Saturday (56).

Historical Events:

1639 – Harvard College is named after clergyman John Harvard.

1781 – William Herschel discovers Uranus.

1881 – Alexander II of Russia is killed near his palace when a bomb is thrown at him (this is the Gregorian date; it was March 1 in the Julian calendar then in use in Russia).

1988 – The Seikan Tunnel, the longest undersea tunnel in the world, opens between Aomori and Hakodate, Japan.

2013 – Pope Francis is elected, in the papal conclave, as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.

Celebrity Births:

Pirates of the Caribbean Actress Kaya Scodelario turns 26

Rapper Common turns 45

Shameless Actor William H. Macy turns 68

Dork Diaries Author Rachel Renee Russell turns 59

Good Luck Charlie Actress Leigh-Allyn Baker turns 46

Bright Actress Lucy Fry turns 26



    • One of the most fascinating political assassinations in history. A socialist political organisation, not dissimilar to ISIS in their methods, called Narodnaya Volya and a sect of the group called Pervomartovtsy were responsible. They also attempted to assassinate Tsar Alexander II’s son, Alexander III, just six years later. Ironically Alexander II was one of the more liberal imperial rulers of Russia and Alexander III was one of the more conservative, so effectively the organisation killed a potential ally and facilitated the rise of a ruler completely opposed.

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