What Happened on February 13


Historical Events

1706 – Battle at Fraustadt: Swedish army beats Russia and Saxon forces, one of Swedish’s Greatest victories in the Great Northern War
1864 – Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek and Wyatt, Mississippi
1915 – The French try to drive the Germans forces back into the Champagne region
1948 – Wright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to US from England
1970 – 16th National Film Awards (India): “Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne” wins the Golden Lotus
1970 – Man-eating tiger is reported to have killed 48, 80 km from New Delhi

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Famous Birthdays

1879 – Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter and poet, born in Hyperbad, India (d. 1949)
1895 – Fred Essler, Austrian actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown, Saratoga Trunk), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
1944 – Sal Bando, American baseball third baseman (4 x MLB All-Star; World Series 1972, 73, 74 Oakland A’s) and executive (GM Milwaukee Brewers 1991-99), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2023)
1953 – Suleiman Nyambui, Tanzanian runner (world record 5k indoor), born in Tanzania
1956 – Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, Jordanian Royal Family member, born in Amman, Jordan
1974 – Jeff Duran, US radio personality, born in Arcadia, California

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Famous Deaths

1787 – Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat, dies at 67
1959 – William Axt, American film scores composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 70
1980 – David Janssen, American actor (The Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49
1992 – Dorothy Tree [Triebitz], American actress (Abe Lincoln in Illinois; Confessions Of A Nazi Spy; The Asphalt Jungle), dies of heart failure at 85
1995 – Azeddine Medjoubi, head Algerian nationally theater, murdered at 49
2006 – Peter Strawson, British philosopher (Oxford University), dies at 86

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