Today in History: March 13

Today in History: March 13

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0483

St. Felix begins his reign as Catholic Pope.

0607

The 12th recorded passage of Halley's Comet occurs.

1519

Hernando Cortez lands in what will become Mexico.

1660

A statute is passed limiting the sale of slaves in the colony of Virginia.

1777

Congress orders its European envoys to appeal to high-ranking foreign officers to send troops to reinforce the American army.

1781

Astronomer William Herschel discovers the planet Uranus, which he names 'Georgium Sidus,' in honor of King George III.

1793

Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin.

1861

Jefferson Davis signs a bill authorizing slaves to be used as soldiers for the Confederacy.

1868

The U.S. Senate begins the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.

1881

Czar Alexander II is assassinated when a bomb is thrown at him near his palace.

1915

The Germans repel a British Expeditionary Force attack at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in France.

1918

Women are scheduled to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York due to a shortage of men.

1935

A three-thousand-year-old archive is found in Jerusalem confirming biblical history.

1940

Finland capitulates conditionally to Soviet terms, but maintains its independence.

1941

Hitler issues an edict calling for an invasion of the Soviet Union.

1942

Julia Flikke of the Nurse Corps becomes the first woman colonel in the U.S. Army.

1943

Japanese forces end their attack on the American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville.

1951

Israel demands $1.5 billion in German reparations for the cost of caring for war refugees.

1957

The FBI arrests Jimmy Hoffa on bribery charges.

1963

China invites Soviet Premiere Nikita Khrushchev to visit Beijing.

1970

Cambodia orders Hanoi and Viet Cong troops to get out.

1974

The U.S. Senate votes 54-33 to restore the death penalty.

1974

Arab nations decide to end the oil embargo on the United States.

1981

The United States plans to send 15 Green Berets to El Salvador as military advisors.

1985

Upon the death of Konstantin Chernenko, Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the new leader of the Soviet Union.

1991

Exxon pays $1 billion in fines and costs for the clean-up of the Alaskan oil spill.