(Tuesday, April 13, 1943) — U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. today, on the 200th anniversary of the third American president’s birth. At the time, the statue of Jefferson had not yet been finished, due to material shortages during World War II.
Video: 'Katyn Massacre - Russia and Poland Investigate' (Apr. 13, 1943 at 6:46)
(Tuesday, April 13, 1943; during World War II) — Radio Berlin announced today the discovery of thousands of graves of massacred Polish officers in Russia’s Katyn Forest. The Nazis blamed the estimated 22,000 killings on the Soviets, who in turn blamed the Nazis. Post-Soviet Russia has acknowledged the massacre was carried out by Josef Stalin’s much feared secret police.
(Wednesday, April 13, 1743) — Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), the first Secretary of State (1790-1793), the second Vice President of the United States (1797-1801) and the third President of the United States (1801–1809), was born today at his family home’s in Shadwell, Goochland County, Virginia, now part of Albemarle County.