1914: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is established in New York to protect the copyrighted materials of its members.
1920: The Negro National League is established.
1945: German and Hungarian forces surrender to the Soviets as the Siege of Budapest during World War II comes to an end.
1945: Bombers from the Royal Air Force are sent to Dresden, Germany to bomb the city.
1955: Israel gets 4 of the 7 Dead Sea Scrolls.
1960: The successful test of Gerboise Bleue makes France the 4th Nuclear Super Power.
1960: Black college students begin a series of lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, Tennessee.
1961: The Coso artifact is discovered. This artifact was supposedly a half million year old rock that contained a spark plug inside it. It was discovered in Olancha, California by Wallace Lane, Virginia Maxey and Mike Mikesell.
1967: Leonardo da Vinci’s Madrid Cordices are discovered by American researchers in the National Library of Spain.
1981: More than two miles of streets are destroyed in Louisville, Kentucky by a series of sewer explosions.
2004: The discovery of the largest known diamond in the universe – white dwarf star BPM 37093 – was announced by the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
2010: In the city of Pune in India, a bomb goes off killing seventeen people and kills another 60 people.
Famous Birthdays on February 13
American 35th First Lady of the U.S., Bess Truman is born in 1885.
Welsh author Kate Roberts is born in 1891.
English-American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate, William Shockley is born in 1910.
American actress Jean Muir is born in 1911.
American actress Kim Novak is born in 1933.
American actor George Sega is born in 1934.
English actor Oliver Reed is born in 1938.
English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel is born in 1950.