All Events

Historical Events on August 13

  • American Revolutionary War


    American Revolutionary War: The Royal Navy defeats the Penobscot Expedition with the most significant loss of United States naval forces prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • Hartford


    William Gray of Hartford, Connecticut is granted United States Patent Number 408,709 for "Coin-controlled apparatus for telephones." [1]

  • Spanish-American War


    Spanish-American War: Spanish and American forces engage in a mock battle for Manila, after which the Spanish commander surrendered in order to keep the city out of Filipino rebel hands.

  • Polish-Soviet War


    Polish-Soviet War: The Battle of Warsaw begins and will last till August 25. The Red Army is defeated.

  • World War II


    World War II: German troops begin the pillage and razing of Anogeia in Crete that would continue until September 5.

  • East Germany


    East Germany closes the border between the eastern and western sectors of Berlin to thwart its inhabitants' attempts to escape to the West, and construction of the Berlin Wall is started.[2]

  • Apollo 11


    The Apollo 11 astronauts enjoy a ticker tape parade in New York City.[3] That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, they are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Richard Nixon.[4]

  • Palestinian people


    One hundred fifty Palestinians in Beirut are killed in a terrorist attack during the second phase of the Lebanese Civil War.

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo


    One hundred fifty-six Congolese Tutsi refugees are massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi.