March 13: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1781 - William Herschel discovers Uranus.
- 1862 - American Civil War: The U.S. federal government forbids all Union army officers to return fugitive slaves, thus effectively annulling the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.
- 1930 - The news of the discovery of Pluto is telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory.
- 1969 - Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module.
- 2013 - Pope Francis is elected in the papal conclave to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.
- Famous Birthdays: Georges de La Tour (French painter), Charles Bonnet (Swiss historian and author), Percival Lowell (American astronomer and mathematician), John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (American physicist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate), Giorgos Seferis (Greek poet, Nobel Prize laureate)
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