This Day In History — Cornerstone of the White House is Laid

October 13

1775
The Continental Congress authorized the construction of a naval fleet.

1792
The cornerstone of the White House was laid.

1843
The Jewish organization B’nai B’rith was founded.

1903
Boston defeated Pittsburgh in the first World Series.

1943
Italy declared war on Germany, its former Axis partner, during World War II.

1974
Ed Sullivan died in New York City at age 72.

1981
Egypt’s vice president Hosni Mubarak was elected president, one week after Anwar Sadat’s assassination.

Birthdays

Margaret Thatcher

1925–2013, British political leader.

Rudolf Virchow

pathologist (1821)

Mary Kingsley

explorer (1862)

Art Tatum

jazz pianist (1910)

Yves Montand

actor, singer (1921)

Paul Simon

musician (1941)

Jerry Rice

football player (1962)

Nancy Kerrigan

figure skater (1969)

Ashanti

singer, actor (1980)

Ian Thorpe

swimmer (1982)

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