AUGUST 13th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1961 : Berlin is divided | & more about history on this day in the video… After midnight on the 13th day of 1961, East German soldiers began to lay down a barbed wire and brick barrier between Soviet controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city.

MAJOR EVENTS iN HiSTORY ON THiS DAY ~ AUGUST 13th …see the timeline below for more details, births & events…

PEOPLE BORN ON THiS DAY ~ AUGUST 13th …in production …see the timeline below for more details & more events…

DEATHS ON THiS DAY ~ AUGUST 13th ..in production …see the timeline below for more details & more events…


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1831 ~ Nat Turner saw a solar eclipse, which he believed was a sign from God. Eight days later he and 70 other slaves killed approximately 55 white people in Southampton County, Virginia.

1868 ~ A massive earthquake near Arica, Peru, killed about 25,000  people, with a subsequent tsunami which caused damage as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand.

1898 ~ Carl Gustav Witt discovered 433 Eros, the first near-Earth asteroid discovered.

1913 ~ Otto Witte, an acrobat, was crowned King of Albania.

1913 ~ Stainless steel was first produced, by Harry Brearley, in the UK.

1918 ~ Women enlisted in the United States Marine Corps for the first time. Opha Mae Johnson was the 1st woman to ever enlist.

1918 ~ BMW – Bayerische Motoren Werke AG was established as a public company in Germany.

1942 ~ Walt Disney’s 5th full length animated film, Bambi, was released to theaters.

1954 ~ Radio Pakistan broadcasted the “Qaumī Tarāna”, the national anthem of Pakistan for the first time.

1960 ~ The Central African Republic declared independence from France.

1961 ~ East Germany closed the border between the eastern and western sectors of Berlin to prevent inhabitants attempts to escape to the West.

1964 ~ Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans were the last people executed in the United Kingdom, when they were hung for the Murder of John Alan West.

1969 ~ The Apollo 11 astronauts were released from a 3 week quarantine for the ticker tape parade in New York, New York. That evening they are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Richard Nixon, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, California.

2004 ~ Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, hit Punta Gorda, Florida, and devastated surrounding areas.