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This Day In History: Mar. 13

This Day in History

1907: A financial panic and depression begin when the stock market drops.
1972: Author Clifford Irving admits that his purported interviews with and biography of multimillionaire Howard Hughes were hoaxes.
1984: In "Super Tuesday" Democratic presidential primaries, Gary Hart wins in Florida, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, while Walter Mondale takes Alabama and Georgia.
1992: Amid a scandal over abuses at the House of Representatives bank, the House votes to release the names of 355 current and former members who had overdrafts in their bank accounts.
2001: The U.S. bans animal and animal product imports from the European Union after a foot-and-mouth disease epidemic ravages Great Britain.

Today's Birthdays

1733: Joseph Priestly, scientist/clergyman (Fieldhead, England; died 1804)
1855: Percival Lowell, astronomer (Boston, MA; died 1916)
1908: Walter H. Annenberg, publisher/philanthropist (Milwaukee, WI; died 2002)
1911: L. Ron Hubbard, science fiction writer and founder of Scientology (Tilden, NE; died 1986)
1929: Helen Candaele St. Aubin (Helen Callaghan), star of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; died 1992)
1939: Neil Sedaka, singer/songwriter (New York, NY)
1950: William H. Macy, actor (Miami, FL)
1953: Deborah Raffin, actress (Los Angeles, CA)
1957: Glenne Headly, actress (New London, CT)
1960: Adam Clayton, musician (Dublin, Ireland)

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