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Today in history: July 13

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Wednesday, July 13, the 194th day of 2005. There are 171 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 13, 1793, French revolutionary writer Jean Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his bath by Charlotte Corday.

On this date:
In 1787, Congress enacted an ordinance governing the Northwest Territory.

In 1863, deadly rioting against the Civil War military draft erupted in New York City.

In 1878, the Treaty of Berlin amended the terms of the Treaty of San Stefano, which had ended the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.

In 1886, Father Edward Joseph Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town, was born in Roscommon, Ireland.

In 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination at his party’s convention in Los Angeles.

In 1967, race-related rioting that claimed 27 lives broke out in Newark, N.J.

In 1977, a blackout lasting 25 hours hit the New York City area.

In 1978, Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.

In 1979, a 45-hour siege by Palestinian guerrillas began at the Egyptian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

In 1985, Live Aid, an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, took place to raise money for Africa’s starving people.

Ten years ago: President Clinton denounced a base-closing list for the damage it would do to California and Texas, but then approved the package while promising to save jobs in those states. Just six days after the space shuttle Atlantis returned, the shuttle Discovery blasted off on a nine-day mission. About 2,500 workers at Detroit’s daily newspapers began a 19-month strike.

Five years ago: Fellow Democrat Bill Bradley endorsed Vice President Al Gore for president, four months after conceding their fight for the White House.

One year ago: A confidant of Osama bin Laden (Khaled bin Ouda bin Mohammed al-Harby) surrendered to Saudi diplomats in Iran and was flown to Saudi Arabia. The American League cruised past the National League 9-4 in the All-Star game.

Today’s Birthdays: Former Housing Secretary Jack Kemp is 70. Actor Patrick Stewart is 65. Actor Robert Forster is 64. Actor Harrison Ford is 63. Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) is 63. Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 59. Actress Didi Conn is 54. Singer Louise Mandrell is 51. Actor-director Cameron Crowe is 48. Tennis player Anders Jarryd is 44. Rock musician Gonzalo Martinez De La Cotera (Marcy Playground) is 43. Country singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw is 43. Bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent is 43. Actor Michael Jace is 40. Country singer Neil Thrasher is 40. Singer Gerald Levert is 39. Singer Deborah Cox is 32. Rock musician Will Champion (Coldplay) is 27.

Thought for Today: “Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” — Aldous Huxley, English author (1894-1963).