This Day in History: Aug. 13

This Day In History: August 13

Take a look at all of the important historical events that took place on August 13.

On this day, Aug. 13 …

2016: Michael Phelps wins his record 23rd (and final) Olympic gold medal.

Also on this day:

  • 1860: Legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley is born in Darke County, Ohio.
  • 1889: William Gray of Hartford, Conn., receives a patent for a coin-operated telephone.
  • 1910: Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, dies in London at age 90.
  • 1934: The satirical comic strip “Li’l Abner,” created by Al Capp, makes its debut.

  • 1942: The film “Bambi” opens at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
  • 1961: The border between East and West Berlin is closed and marked with a barbed-wire fence. 
  • 1967: “Bonnie and Clyde,” starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, has its U.S. premiere; the movie, directed by Arthur Penn, is considered shocking and innovative at the time for its graphic violence.

  • 1995: Yankee legend Mickey Mantle dies of cancer.
  • 2003: Libya agrees to set up a $2.7 billion fund for families of the 270 people killed in the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
  • 2008: Michael Phelps becomes the first athlete in Olympic history to win 11 career gold medals.

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