New Delhi: Today is July 13 and many good and bad things happened on this day. For those who don’t remember the past, we bring you some important events that shaped the history.

1793 – French revolutionary and writer Jean-Paul Marat was murdered in his bathtub by Charlotte Corday, a member of the opposing political faction. Marat was stabbed in the chest, close to the heart and he immidiately died. His last words to his wife Simonne were, “Aidez-moi, ma chère amie!” (“Help me, my dear friend!”).

1830 – The General Assembly’s Institution, now the Scottish Church College that directed the Bengali resistance was founded by Alexander Duff and Raja Ram Mohan Roy, in Calcutta.

1923 – The Hollywood sign was dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

1931– 22 Kashmiris were killed by the Dogra soldiers in a mass uprising against the then ruler Maharaja Hari Singh.

1939 – American singer Frank Sinatra made his first recording “From the Bottom of My Heart” and “Melancholy Mood” with the Harry James Orchestra.

1977 – Somalia declared war on Ethiopia, starting the Ogaden War or Ethio-Somali War.

1977 – New York City experienced an electrical blackout lasting nearly 24 hours which led to widespread fires and looting.

1985 – The then vice-president George HW Bush became the Acting President for a day when President Ronald Reagan underwent surgery.

2008 – Taliban and al-Qaeda attacked US Army and Afghan National Army troops in Afghanistan.

2011 – Mumbai witnessed three bomb blasts, killing 26 and injuring 130.

2016 – Theresa May succeeded David Cameron on July 13 as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She is the second woman after Margaret Thatcher to do so.


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