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March 13: Pope Francis Elected to Lead Catholic Church – A Historic Moment Remembered

StoriesMarch 13: Pope Francis Elected to Lead Catholic Church - A Historic Moment Remembered

(March 13)On this date in history: The planet Uranus was found in 1781 by William Herschel, a British astronomer.

After the Civil War, a political rivalry reached a peak when the Republican-dominated U.S. Senate started the impeachment process against Democratic U.S. President Andrew Johnson. Johnson succeeded Abraham Lincoln. There was one vote to acquit him.

The bomb that a revolutionary from the People’s Will organization threw in a St. Petersburg street in 1881 murdered Czar Alexander II, who had ruled Russia since 1855.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed a week-long bank holiday in 1933, during the height of the Great Depression, in an attempt to prevent bank asset runs. This move led to the reopening of banks around the country.

President Roosevelt wrote to Congress in 1933 requesting that the Volstead Act be changed immediately to allow beer production and sales.

On March 13, 1980, a Chicago jury sentenced John Wayne Gacy to death for the murder of 33 young men and boys. He died by lethal injection May 10, 1994. File Photo courtesy of the White House

President John F. Kennedy suggested the multi-billion dollar Alliance for Progress in 1961 as a means of supporting Latin America. Most people thought the initiative had failed to introduce democracy to the continent.

A Chicago jury executed John Wayne Gacy in 1980 for the killings of thirty-three boys and men. He was fatally injected on May 10, 1994.

Mikhail Gorbachev received extensive additional powers and the Communist Party’s monopoly rule was officially abolished in 1990 by the Soviet Congress of People’s Deputies, which also instituted a presidential government.

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake that occurred in 1992 in northeastern Turkey claimed the lives of at least 500 people and left 50,000 homeless.

In Dunblane, Scotland, a gun collector opened fire at a school in 1996, murdering 16 kindergarten students and their teacher before taking his own life.

Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti performed his final opera at the Metropolitan Opera house in New York City in 2004.

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The price of an ounce of gold on the New York Mercantile Exchange reached $1,000 for the first time in 2008.

The 75-year-old Dalai Lama, who has been Tibet’s spiritual leader since he was 18, formally presented his resignation to the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile in 2011 after serving in that capacity since he was 18.

The Catholic Church elected Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as pope in 2013. Francis was the name he decided on.

In 2020, the COVID-19 epidemic prompted President Donald Trump to proclaim a national emergency. By this day, the new coronavirus had affected about 1,200 people and killed thirty-six Americans.

During Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Brent Renaud, an award-winning video journalist and documentary filmmaker, was killed by intense gunfire and shelling by Russian soldiers moving on Kyiv.


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