Today in History: April 13

Today in History: April 13

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1598

The Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots.

1775

Lord North extends the New England Restraining Act to South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The act forbids trade with any country other than Britain and Ireland.

1861

After 34 hours of bombardment, Union-held Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederates.

1864

Union forces under Gen. Sherman begin their devastating march through Georgia.

1902

J.C. Penny opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

1919

British forces kill hundreds of Indian nationalists in the Amritsar Massacre.

1933

The first flight over Mount Everest is completed by Lord Clydesdale.

1945

Vienna falls to Soviet troops.

1960

The first navigational satellite is launched into Earth's orbit.

1961

The U.N. General Assembly condemns South Africa because of apartheid.

1964

Sidney Poitier becomes the first black individual to win an Oscar for best actor.

1970

An oxygen tank explodes on Apollo 13, preventing a planned moon landing and jeopardizing the lives of the three-man crew.

1976

The U.S. Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes.

1979

The world's longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours.