Oct. 13: White House Construction; First ‘Paddington Bear’ Book; Chilean Miner Rescue

VIDEO: JFK and Nixon Debate

1792 White House Construction

The first cornerstone laid in what will be the president’s executive mansion. The location was chosen by President George Washington, but John Adams was the first president to live in the house in 1800. The White House is the oldest building in Washington, D.C.

1958 First Paddington Bear Book

The first book of the Paddington Bear series, “A Bear Called Paddington,” is published.  The book was written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. Michael Bond found inspiration for the story in a stuffed bear that he bought for his wife during Christmas 1956. Bond continued his position as a BBC cameraman until 1965, when he decided to write full time.

1960 John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon Debate


Foreign policy was a major topic of the third debate between presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Although the two candidates could hear and see each other, they were actually in separate locations for the debate: Kennedy in New York and Nixon in Los Angeles.

1967 First ABA Game

The American Basketball Association (ABA) offered players and fans an edgier alternative to the NBA.  Eleven teams comprised the first season of the ABA. On Oct. 13, 1967, the Oakland Oaks defeated the Anaheim Amigos in the first ABA game. The ABA merged with the NBA in 1976, bringing over four teams: the New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and the Denver Nuggets.  Another ABA addition to the NBA was the 3-point shot.

1999 Military Takeover in Pakistan


Democracy is put on hold after a nonviolent military coup in Pakistan. The army took power from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

2005 Apple Introduces iPod With Video Capability


Apple’s classic iPod redesign in 2005 included a video playback feature for the first time. Storage sizes available were 30, 60 and 80 GB.

2010 Chilean Miner Rescue


In Chile, all 33 miners are lifted to safety after being trapped underground for 10 weeks.


Famous Birthdays

1925 Margaret Thatcher

1947 Sammy Hagar

1959 Marie Osmond

1960 Ari Fleisher

1962 Kelly Preston

1967 Kate Walsh

1969 Nancy Kerrigan

1971 Sacha Baron Cohen

1980 Ashanti


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