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Notable Historical Events for August 13th

1876The Bayreuth Festspielhaus opens with the first complete performance of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle

1792Revolutionaries imprison French royals including Marie Antoinette

199577th PGA Championship: Steve Elkington shoots a 267 at Riviera Calif

1732Voltaire's "Zaire" premieres in Paris

1608John Smith's story of Jamestown's first days submitted for publication

1993Blue Jay Rickey Henderson pays Turner Ward $25,000 for his #24

1997SD Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels

1886John A. Macdonald uses a silver hammer to pound a gold spike, officially completing the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in British Columbia

1521Spanish conquistadors under Hernán Cortés capture Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc in Tenochtitlan marking the end of the Aztec Empire

1940Hermann Goering's "Adler Tag" (Eagle day); 45-48 German aircraft shot down over Southern England (Battle of Britain)

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Notable Birthdays on August 13th

1860Annie Oakley [Phoebe Ann Moses], North Star Ohio, sharp shooter (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), (d. 1926)

1955Betsy King, Reading Pennsylvania, LPGA golfer (1990 US Women's Open)

1926Fidel Castro, Mayari, Oriente, Cuba, dictator/prime minister/president (1959-2008)

1912Ben Hogan, Dublin Tx, PGA golfer (US Open 1950, 51, 53)

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Notable Weddings on August 13th

1980Actor James Woods (33) weds costume designer Kathryn Morrison

1988Musician Robert Smith (29) weds Mary Poole in UK

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Notable Deaths on August 13th

1995Mickey Mantle, baseball great (NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 63

1910Florence Nightingale, English nurse, dies at 90

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