ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ MARCH 13
1921 - Al Jaffee, comic strip cartoonist/illustrator (MAD Magazine) is born
1923 - Lee de Forest demonstrates his sound-on-film moving pictures (NYC)
1925 - Tennessee makes it unlawful to teach evolution
1929 - Peter Breck, Rochester NY, actor (Black Saddle, Big Valley, Benji), (d. 2012) is born.
1930 - Clyde Tombaugh announces discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory
1933 - Banks reopen.
1933 - Josef Goebbels becomes German minister of Information & Propaganda
1938 - World News Roundup is broadcast for the first time on CBS Radio in the United States.
1939 - Neil Sedaka, Bkln NY, singer/songwriter (Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Laughter in the Rain)
1942 - Julia Flikke, Nurse Corps, becomes 1st woman colonel in US army
1943 - Baseball approves official ball (with cork & balata)
1943 - Failed assassin attempt on Hitler during Smolensk-Rastenburg flight
1947 - 19th Academy Awards - "Best Years of Lives," De Havilland, March win
1950 - General Motors reports net earnings of $656,434,232 (record)
1950 - Robert S Woods, California, actor (Bo-One Life to Live, Waltons) is born.
1950 - Steve Hill, country vocalist (A Winning Hand) is born.
1950 - William H Macy, Miami FL, actor (Homicide, Water Engine) is born.
1954 - Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron
1960 - NFL's Chicago Cardinals moves to St Louis
1961 - Rick Nelson records, "Travelin' Man".
1963 - Vance Johnson, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos) is born
1964 - Will Clark, New Orleans LA, infielder (Texas Rangers) is born
1965 - Beatles' "Eight Days a Week," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
1965 - Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton of the Yardbirds
1968 - Beatles release "Lady Madonna" in the UK
1969 - Apollo 9 returns to Earth
1969 - Disney's film The Love Bug, starring Dean Jones, is generally released.
1972 - "The Merv Griffin Show" debuted in syndication for Metromedia Television.
1973 - Pink Floyd released "Dark Side of the Moon".
1974 - The 150th episode of "Adam-12" aired on NBC.
1975 - Bernard Slade's "Same Time, Next Year," premieres in NYC
1975 - Tammy Wynette and George Jones got divorced.
1975 - Rush releases, "Fly By Night".
1980 - Ford Motor Co found innocent in death of 3 women in a fiery Pinto
1986 - Microsoft has its Initial public offering.
1987 - John Gotti is acquitted of racketeering
1987 - Bryan Adams "Heat of the Night" becomes first commercially released cassette single in U.S.
1987 - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1991 - Exxon pays $1-billion dollars in fines & cleanup of Valdez oil spill
1997 - The Phoenix lights were seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. They are now a hotly debated controversy.
2006 - Maureen Stapleton, American actress (b. 1925) dies
2009 - Betsy Blair, American actress of film and stage, (b. 1923) dies
2012 - Encyclopedia Britannica announces that it will no longer public printed versions of its encyclopedia