Today in History (Nov. 13)

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Today is Sunday, Nov. 13, the 317th day of 2022. This is today in history.

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  • In 1775, during the American Revolution, the Continental Army captured Montreal.
  • In 1909, 259 men and boys were killed when fire erupted inside a coal mine in Cherry, Illinois.
  • In 2012, President Barack Obama put a hold on the nomination of Afghan war chief Gen. John Allen to become the next commander of U.S. European Command as well as the NATO supreme allied commander in Europe amid questions over documents and emails involving Allen and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley (a Pentagon investigation cleared Allen of professional misconduct).


  • In 1937 NBC formed the first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio
  • In 1971, the U.S. space probe Mariner 9 went into orbit around Mars.
  • In 2019, South Korean girl group Blackpink was the first K-pop group to have a single reach 1 billion views on YouTube.


  • In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter to a friend, Jean-Baptiste Leroy: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
  • In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure lowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.
  • In 1956, the Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses.


Journalist-author Peter Arnett is 88. Actor Jimmy Hawkins is 81. Blues singer John Hammond is 80. Country singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard is 76. Actor Joe Mantegna is 75. Actor Sheila Frazier is 74. Actor Tracy Scoggins is 69. Actor Chris Noth (nohth) is 68. Actor-comedian Whoopi Goldberg is 67. Actor Rex Linn is 66. Actor Caroline Goodall is 63. Actor Neil Flynn is 62. Former NFL quarterback and College Football Hall of Famer Vinny Testaverde (tehs-teh-VUR’-dee) is 59. Rock musician Walter Kibby (Fishbone) is 58. Comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is 55. Actor Steve Zahn is 55. Actor Gerard Butler is 53. Writer-activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is 53. Actor Jordan Bridges is 49. Actor Aisha Hinds is 47. Rock musician Nikolai Fraiture is 44. Former NBA All-Star Metta Sandiford-Artest (formerly Ron Artest and Metta World Peace) is 43. Actor Monique Coleman is 42. Actor Rahul Kohli is 37. Actor Devon Bostick is 31.

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