March 13

1639
Cambridge College was renamed Harvard University.

1781
The German-born English astronomer Sir William Herschel discovered the planet Georgium Sidus, later known as Uranus.

1852
“Uncle Sam” cartoon appeared for the first time in N.Y. Lantern weekly.

1868
The Senate began President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial.

1906
Suffragist Susan B. Anthony died.

1925
Tennessee passed a bill prohibiting the teaching of evolution in public schools.

1930
Clyde W. Tombaugh announced the discovery of the planet Pluto.

1972
Britain and China resumed full diplomatic relations after 22 years; Britain withdrew its consulate from Taiwan.

1996
A man shot dead 16 children and a woman teacher in a school in Dunblane, Scotland. He then shot himself.

2012
The Encyclopaedia Britannica discontinued its print edition after 244 years.

Birthdays

Joseph Priestley
English theologian and scientist (1733)

Percival Lowell
astronomer (1855)

William Casey
public official (1913)

William H. Macy
actor (1950)

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