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  • Italy
    Saturday Mar 13, 1610

    Galileo Galilei

    Sidereus Nuncius

    Italy
    Saturday Mar 13, 1610

    Galileo began his telescopic observations in the later part of 1609, and by March 1610 was able to publish a small book, The Starry Messenger (Sidereus Nuncius), describing some of his discoveries: mountains on the Moon, lesser moons in orbit around Jupiter, and the resolution of what had been thought to be very cloudy masses in the sky (nebulae) into collections of stars too faint to see individually without a telescope. Other observations followed, including the phases of Venus and the existence of sunspots.




  • Vienna, Austria
    Monday Mar 13, 1815

    Napoleon

    Congress of Vienna declared Napoleon an outlaw

    Vienna, Austria
    Monday Mar 13, 1815

    On 13 March, the powers at the Congress of Vienna declared Napoleon an outlaw. Four days later, Great Britain, Russia, Austria, and Prussia each pledged to put 150,000 men into the field to end his rule.




  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 13, 1895

    Nikola Tesla

    South Fifth Avenue building that housed Tesla's lab caught fire

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 13, 1895

    In the early morning hours of 13 March 1895, the South Fifth Avenue building that housed Tesla's lab caught fire. It started in the basement of the building and was so intense Tesla's 4th floor lab burned and collapsed into the second floor. The fire not only set back Tesla's ongoing projects, it destroyed a collection of early notes and research material, models, and demonstration pieces, including many that had been exhibited at the 1893 Worlds Colombian Exposition. Tesla told The New York Times "I am in too much grief to talk. What can I say?" After the fire Tesla moved to 46 & 48 East Houston Street and rebuilt his lab on the 6th and 7th floors.




  • South Africa
    Tuesday Mar 13, 1900

    Second Boer War

    Roberts then advanced into the Orange Free State from the west, putting the Boers to flight at the Battle of Poplar Grove and capturing Bloemfontein

    South Africa
    Tuesday Mar 13, 1900

    After a succession of defeats, the Boers realized that against such overwhelming numbers of troops, they had little chance of defeating the British and so became demoralized. Roberts then advanced into the Orange Free State from the west, putting the Boers to flight at the Battle of Poplar Grove and capturing Bloemfontein, the capital, unopposed on 13 March with the Boer defenders escaping and scattering. Meanwhile, he detached a small force to relieve Baden-Powell.




  • U.S.
    Friday Mar 13, 1953

    Frank Sinatra

    Capitol Records

    U.S.
    Friday Mar 13, 1953

    On March 13, 1953, Sinatra met with Capitol Records vice president Alan Livingston and signed a seven-year recording contract.




  • Vicinity of Điện Biên Phủ, French Indochina (Now Vietnam)
    Saturday Mar 13, 1954

    First Indochina War

    Battle of Dien Bien Phu

    Vicinity of Điện Biên Phủ, French Indochina (Now Vietnam)
    Saturday Mar 13, 1954

    The Battle of Dien Bien Phu occurred in 1954 between Việt Minh forces under Võ Nguyên Giáp, supported by China and the Soviet Union, and the French Union's French Far East Expeditionary Corps, supported by US financing and Indochinese allies. The battle was fought near the village of Điện Biên Phủ in northern Vietnam and became the last major battle between the French and the Vietnamese in the First Indochina War.




  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 13, 1986

    Microsoft

    Public Company

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 13, 1986

    On March 13, Microsoft went public (Public Company).


  • India
    Thursday Mar 13, 1997

    Mother Teresa

    Resignation

    India
    Thursday Mar 13, 1997

    On 13 March 1997 Teresa resigned as head of the Missionaries of Charity.


  • Beverly, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Friday Mar 13, 1998

    Atari, Inc.

    Hasbro Interactive

    Beverly, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Friday Mar 13, 1998

    On March 13, 1998, JTS sold the Atari name and assets to Hasbro Interactive for $5 million, less than a fifth of what Warner Communications had paid 22 years earlier. This transaction primarily involved the brand and intellectual property, which now fell under the Atari Interactive division of Hasbro Interactive. The brand name changed hands again in December 2000 when French software publisher Infogrames took over Hasbro Interactive.


  • East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
    Monday Mar 13, 2000

    Dwayne Johnson

    The Right to Face the Wwf Champion, Triple H

    East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
    Monday Mar 13, 2000

    The Rock then defeated Big Show, on the March 13 episode of Raw Is War, to regain the right to face the WWF Champion, Triple H, at WrestleMania 2000 in a Fatal Four-way elimination match, also including Big Show and Mick Foley.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Thursday Mar 13, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS Spread in Vietnam: First Patient

    Hong Kong, China
    Thursday Mar 13, 2003

    Johnny Chen was then evacuated to Hong Kong, he died on March 13.


  • California, U.S.
    Friday Mar 13, 2009

    Robin Williams

    Heart problems

    California, U.S.
    Friday Mar 13, 2009

    In March 2009, he was hospitalized due to heart problems. He postponed his one-man tour for surgery to replace his aortic valve, repair his mitral valve, and correct his irregular heartbeat. The surgery was completed on March 13, 2009, at the Cleveland Clinic.


  • Vatican City
    Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

    Pope Francis

    A Pope

    Vatican City
    Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

    Bergoglio was elected pope on 13 March 2013, the second day of the 2013 papal conclave, taking the papal name Francis.


  • North Korea
    Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

    Korean War

    North Korea confirmed it ended the 1953 Armistice

    North Korea
    Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

    On 13 March 2013, North Korea confirmed it ended the 1953 Armistice and declared North Korea "is not restrained by the North-South declaration on non-aggression".


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

    Jim Carrey

    Carrey's book announcement

    U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

    In March 2013, Carrey announced that he had written a children's book titled How Roland Rolls, about a scared wave named Roland. He described it as "kind of a metaphysical children's story, which deals with a lot of heavy stuff in a really childish way." Carrey self-published the book, which was released in September 2013.


  • Finland
    Tuesday Mar 13, 2018

    Nokia

    Solidium Purchased a 3.3% Stake In Nokia

    Finland
    Tuesday Mar 13, 2018

    On 13 March 2018, Solidium, the investment arm of the Finnish government, purchased a 3.3% stake in Nokia valued at €844 million.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 13, 2019

    Washington and Colorado Serial Rape Cases (Unbelievable)

    Unbelivable

    U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 13, 2019

    Unbelievable is an American drama web television miniseries starring Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, and Kaitlyn Dever. It is about a series of rapes in Washington and Colorado. The show was co-created by Susannah Grant, Ayelet Waldman, and Michael Chabon. All three co-creators and Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, and Katie Couric were executive producers. It was released on September 13, 2019, on Netflix.


  • U.S.
    Friday Mar 13, 2020

    Covid-19 Pandemic: 2020 Coronavirus outbreak

    American national emergency

    U.S.
    Friday Mar 13, 2020

    On 13 March, U.S. President Trump declared a national emergency due to the virus outbreak. The action made federal funds available to respond to the crisis. Per media reports on 15 March, many businesses closed or reduced hours throughout the U.S. as a method to try to combat the virus.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Friday Mar 13, 2020

    Covid-19 Pandemic: 2020 Coronavirus outbreak

    New Pandemic Center

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Friday Mar 13, 2020

    On 13 March, the WHO declared Europe to be the new center of the pandemic after the rate of new cases in Europe surpassed those recorded in other regions of the world apart from China.


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