This Day in History – March 13

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March 13

Every single day has a rich history attached to it. Finding out what happened every single day in History is quite exciting. Some days saw wars while others saw people signing peace treaties. These events help us piece together and understand how we got here so let us see what happened on this Day in History on March 13!

Historical Events That Happened in India on March 13

Sister Nirmala replaces Mother Teresa
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1940: Michael O’Dwyer assassinated
The Indian activist Udham Singh shot General O’Dwyer at a joint meeting of the East Asian Association and Central Asian Society for his role in the Jallianwale Bagh massacre.

1996: World Cup Semi-Final
The World Cup Semi-Finals was between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Garden, Kolkata. India lost the match as fans became unruly in the stadium.

1997: Sister Nirmala replaces Mother Teresa
The Missionaries of Charity selected Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as the Superior General of the charity. Mother Teresa stepped down from the post because of her health on March 13, 1997.

2004: Ustad Vilayat Khan passed away
The famous Indian classical sitarist, Ustad Vilayat Khan passed away on March 13th, 2004. The famous sitar player was for musical expertise and talent and turning down Indian awards like Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.

2010: Abdul Latif Rashid and Riyaz Ali arrested
Abdul Latif Rashid and Riyaz Ali were arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad for Planning terror attacks at the ONGC office at Bandra, Mumbai on March 13, 2010.

Historical Events That Happened Around the World on March 13

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624: Battle of Badr
The Battle of Badr was fought in Badr, Saudi Arabia between Muslim forces led by Muhammad and Meccans by Abu Jahi on March 13, 624.

1781: Uranus was discovered
William Herschel was an English astronomer who accidentally discovered Uranus; he thought the planet to be a nebulous star or comet.

1881: Assassination of Alexander II of Russia
Alexander II of Russia was assassinated by the revolutionary group called People’s Will. The group had made several attempts before throwing a bomb at the Czar and killing him in the streets of St Peterburg on March 13, 1881.

1905: Mata Hari’s performance
Mata Hari, the Dutch exotic dancer and alleged German spy gave a performance at Musee Guimet in France. 

1906: Susan B Anthony
Susan B. Anthony, the American suffragist, social worker and woman rights activist passed away on March 13th, 1906.

1918: Trotsky took control of the Red Army
Leo Trotsky was appointed as the War Commissioner and took control of the Red Army. He transformed the Army and turned into a professional military force.

1938: Austria Annexed
On March 13th, Hilter appointed a new government in Austria and proclaimed Austria as a part of Nazi Germany.

1996: Dunblane School massacre
Thomas Hamilton, a gunman entered a primary school in the Scottish town of Dunblane and killed several young children, their teacher and himself.

2014: Pope Francis
Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the head of the Catholic Church and the sovereign head of Vatican City. was elected by the Papal Conclave the successor to Benedict XVI on March 13 2014.

2020: Breonna Taylor was Shot
Breonna Taylor, an African-American woman was shot by the police at her apartment during a police raid. This incident resulted in massive protests across American soil against policing and racial injustice.  

List of Important Birthdays

  • 1870: William J. Glackens
    The famous American artist and painter, William J. Glackens was born on this day. Founder of Ashcan School; his contributions to the school of impressionism, modern art, neoclassicism and realism are profound.
  • 1950: Charles Krauthammer
    The famous American political scientist and political columnist was born on March 13th, 1950. In 1987, he won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism.
  • 1980: Varun Gandhi
    The famous Indian politician, a member of the Parliament and Bharatiya Janata Party was born to Sanjay Gandhi and Maneka Gandhi on March 13th, 1980.
  • 1982: Nimrat Kaur
    Nimrat Kaur, the Indian actress, was born on this day in history. She is celebrated for her roles in movies like The Lunchbox and Airlift.   
  • 1989: Lizzie Velasquez
    The American motivation speaker and Youtuber; the author was born on 13th March 1989 with a rare congenital disease. 
  • 1989: Holger Badstuber
    The famous German footballer and centre-back player was born in Memmingen, Germany on 13th March 1989.

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