Today in history 2/13/2017

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2/13/2017:

Today in history, The British Parliament adopts the Bill of Rights in 1689.

Today in history, In the Glen Coe highlands of Scotland, thirty-eight members of the MacDonald clan (see picture below) are murdered by soldiers of the neighboring Campbell clan for not pledging allegiance to William of Orange. Ironically the pledge had been made but not communicated to the clans. The event is remembered as the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692.

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Today in history, The four day Battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee, begins in 1862.

Today in historyJesse James (see picture below) holds up his first bank in 1866.

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Today in history, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is founded in 1914.

Today in history, A mob burns a radio station in Ecuador after the broadcast of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” in 1949.

Today in history, At the Battle of Chipyong-ni, in Korea, U.N. troops contain the Chinese forces’ offensive in a two-day battle in 1951.

Today in history, General Motors is reportedly redesigning automobiles to run on unleaded fuel in 1970.

Today in history, Konstantin Chernenko (see picture below) is selected to succeed Yuri Andropov as Party General Secretary in the Soviet Union in 1984.

Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko at the SALT II Treaty talks

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