On This Day — August 13th


August 13th is the 225th day of the year (226th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 140 days remaining until the end of the year.


554 – As a reward for over 60 years of service to the Byzantine Empire, Emperor Justinian I granted Liberius extensive estates in Italy.

1704 – War of the Spanish Succession: The Duke of Marlborough led Allied forces to a crucial victory in the Battle of Blenheim.

1868 – A major earthquake near Arica, Peru (now in Chile), caused an estimated 25,000 casualties, and the subsequent tsunami caused considerable damage as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand.

1918 – Opha May Johnson became the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps.

1977 – Members of the UK’s far-right National Front party (NF) clashed with anti-NF demonstrators in Lewisham, London, resulting in 214 arrests and at least 111 injuries.

Celebrity Birthdays

Alfred Hitchcock is born in 1899

John Slattery turns 56

Debi Mazar turns 54

Alan Shearer turns 48

Sebastian Stan turns 36