March 13 in Pop Culture History

March 13 in Pop Culture History

1639 – Formerly ‘New College,” Harvard College was renamed after clergyman John Harvard.
1781 – German-born English astronomer William Hershel discovered Uranus.

1862 – The US government forbade all Union army officers from returning fugitive slaves, effectively annulling the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.

1868 – Impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson began. He was found ‘not guilty.’

1877 – The first US Patent (#188,292) for earmuffs was issued to teen-aged Chester Greenwood of Farmington, Maine.

1930 – The discovery of a ninth planet, named Pluto, was announced by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory. Pluto was later degraded to a ‘Dwarf Planet.’

1954 – #1 Hit March 13, 1954 – April 9, 1954: Jo StaffordMake Love To Me!

1965 – #1 Hit March 13, 1965 – March 26, 1965: The BeatlesEight Days a Week

1969 – Disney’s The Love Bug opened in theaters.

1975 – #1 Hit March 13, 1976 – April 2, 1976: The Four SeasonsDecember 1963 (Oh, What a Night)

1993 – #1 Hit March 13, 1993 – April 30, 1993: SnowInformer

1999 – #1 Hit March 13, 1999 – April 9, 1999: CherBelieve

2013 – Pope Francis was elected in the papal conclave as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.

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