August 13th

2011
Seven people were killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair during a powerful storm just before a concert was to begin.
List of film director and actor collaborations
2008
American Michael Phelps swam into history as the winningest Olympic athlete ever with his 10th and 11th career gold medals.
Michigan Wolverines
2004
The 28th summer Olympic games opened in Athens.
2004 Summer Olympics
2003
Libya agreed to set up a $2.7 billion fund for families of 270 people killed in the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
1997
South Park Makes its Debut on Comedy Central. The popular American animated series is created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and it follows the lives and adventures of 4 boys – Eric Cartman, Kenny McCormick, Kyle Broflovski, and Stan Marsh – in a fictional town called South Park, Colorado. While being popular, the show has attracted widespread criticism for profane language and for addressing controversial subjects.
South Park
1995
Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle died of liver cancer at age 63.
Mickey Mantle
1981
President Ronald Reagan signed a historic package of tax and budget reductions.
Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981
1961
Construction of Berlin Wall starts. The construction on the Berlin Wall, a wall that divided West Berlin from East Berlin started. It was built by the German Democratic Republic or East Germany.
Berlin Wall
1960
Central African Republic Gains its Independence From France. The landlocked African Country came under French rule in the late 19th century. On this day, Barthélemy Boganda, a nationalist politician declared the creation of an independent Central African Republic and became the first Prime Minister of the country.
Central African Republic
1942
Walt Disney's animated feature "Bambi" premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Bambi
1937
Second Sino-Japanese War: Japanese forces begin the Battle of Shanghai, a conflict that will last 3 months and involve 1 million troops.
Battle of Shanghai
1934
The comic strip "Li'l Abner" by Al Capp made its debut.
Li'l Abner
1932
Adolf Hitler rejected the post of vice-chancellor of Germany, saying he was prepared to hold out "for all or nothing.".
Paul von Hindenburg
1918
First Woman enlists in the United States Marines. After joining the Marine corps, Opha May Johnson, was assigned desk duty at the Marine Corps headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
Opha May Johnson
1906
An all-black army unit was accused of a shooting rampage that left 1 civilian dead at Fort Brown in Brownsville, Texas. In 1972 they were all exonerated.
Brownsville Affair
1899
Movie director Alfred Hitchcock was born in London.
Alfred Hitchcock
1868
A series of earthquakes killed 25,000 in Peru and Ecuador.
1868 Arica earthquake
1788
Prussia joins Anglo-Dutch alliance to form Triple Alliance to prevent spread of Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90.
List of treaties
1704
The Battle of Blenheim was fought during the War of the Spanish Succession, resulting in a victory for English and Austrian forces.
Battle of Blenheim
1642
Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens discovers Martian south polar cap.
17th century
1536
Buddhist monks from Kyōto's Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto in the Tenbun Hokke Disturbance. (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1536).
1521
After a three-month siege, the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán fell to the Spanish conquistadors, marking the end of one empire and the rise of another.
Pedro de Alvarado