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Today in History
Today in History: Tuesday, October  13, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On Oct. 13, 1792, the cornerstone of the White House was laid during a ceremony in the District of Columbia.
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On this date in:
1775The Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.
1843The Jewish organization B'nai B'rith was founded in New York City.
1845Texas ratified a state constitution.
1903The Boston Americans beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 to win the first World Series five games to three.
1925Margaret Thatcher, the first female British prime minister, was born Margaret Roberts in Grantham, England.
1943Italy declared war on Germany, its one-time Axis partner.
1960Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the third televised debate of the presidential campaign, with Nixon in Hollywood, Calif., and Kennedy in New York.
1960The World Series ended with a home run for the first time as Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit a round-tripper in the ninth inning of Game 7 against the New York Yankees.
AP Photo/Harry Harris
1962"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee opened on Broadway.
1981Egyptians voted in a referendum to elect Vice President Hosni Mubarak the new president, one week after the assassination of Anwar Sadat.
1998The NBA canceled the first two weeks of its regular season because of a lockout.
1999The JonBenet Ramsey grand jury was dismissed after 13 months; prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence to charge anyone in the 6-year-old's strangulation.
2005British playwright Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize in literature.
2006The United Nations General Assembly appointed South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon the next U.N. secretary-general.
2008The Dow Jones industrial average soared 936.42 points – it's largest one-day increase – ending eight consecutive days of stock market declines.
2010Rescuers in Chile pulled 33 men one by one to freedom 69 days after they were trapped in a collapsed mine a half-mile underground.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Singer-songwriter Paul Simon turns 74 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
Demond WilsonActor ("Sanford and Son")69
Sammy HagarRock singer68
Maria CantwellU.S. senator, D- Wash.57
Marie OsmondSinger56
Doc RiversBasketball coach, executive54
Kelly PrestonActress53
Jerry RiceFootball Hall of Famer53
Trevor HoffmanBaseball player48
Kate WalshActress ("Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice")48
Nancy KerriganFigure skater46
Paul PierceBasketball player38
AshantiR&B singer35
Actor Sacha Baron Cohen ("Borat") turns 44 years old today.
AP Photo/Jonathan Short