On Your Birthday: October 13



1775 – The U.S. Continental Congress ordered the construction of the Continental Navy (later renamed the U.S. Navy).

1792 – The cornerstone of the Executive Mansion was laid in Washington, DC. The name of the building was changed to “The White House” in 1818.

1951 – The post-pigskin era begins. In Atlanta, GA, a football with rubber covering is used for the first time. Georgia Tech beats Louisiana State 25-7.

1953 – Samuel Bagno patents an ultrasonic burglar alarm.

1957 – Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra introduced the Ford Edsel during an hour long special.

1958 – Paddington Bear, a character from English children’s literature, made his debut.

1983 – Ameritech Mobile Communications (now AT&T Inc.) launched the first U.S. cellular network in Chicago, IL.

1992 – An Air France SST sets a commercial flight record by circling the Earth in 33 hours and 1 minute.

1992 – The U.S. Supreme Court decides not to reinstate lawsuits against Ozzy Osbourne alleging that his music prompted the suicide of two teenagers.

1995 – Walt Disney World Resort, in Florida, admitted its 500-millionth guest.

1998 – The National Basketball Association canceled their regular season games, due to work stoppage. It was the first time they had cancelled games in their 51 year history.

1999 – Without handing down an indictment, a grand jury in Colorado finishes its consideration of the unsolved 1996 murder of six-year-old Jon Benet Ramsey.

1999 – Philip Morris acknowledges cigarettes’ link to cancer and other diseases on their company website. The announcement is seen as a corporate public relations strategy.



Melinda Dillon 1939 – Actress (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”)

Paul Simon 1941 – Musician

Jerry Jones 1942 – Businessman, owner, president, general manager (Dallas Cowboys)

Robert Lamm 1944 – Musician (Chicago)

Demond Wilson 1946 – Actor, preacher (TV’s “Sanford and Son”)

Sammy Hagar 1947 – Musician (Van Halen)

John Lone 1952 – Actor (“Iceman”, “The Last Emperor”, “M. Butterfly”)

Marie Osmond 1959 – Singer

T’Keyah Crystal Keymah 1962 – Actress (TV’s “That’s So Raven”, “Cosby”, “In Living Color”)

Kelly Preston 1962 – Actress (“Jerry Maguire”, “Addicted to Love”, “What a Girl Wants”, “The Cat in the Hat”)

Jerry Rice 1962 – Football player

Kate Walsh 1967 – Actress (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”)

Tisha Campbell 1968 – Singer, actress (TV’s “Martin”, “My Wife and Kids”)

Nancy Kerrigan 1969 – Figure skater

Billy Bush 1971 – TV host (“Access Hollywood”, “The Today Show”)

Sacha Baron Cohen 1971 – Actor (“Les Miserables”, “The Dictator”, “Hugo”, “Bruno”, “Borat”, “Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”)

Ashanti 1980 – Singer



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