Daily Archives: July 13, 2013

Butterfield privately reveals existence of Nixon’s secret taping system 40 years ago today (1973)

(Friday, July 13, 1973; during the Watergate Scandal) — Former presidential aide Alexander P. Butterfield, under questioning from Senate Watergate Committee staff members, today revealed the existence of President Richard Nixon’s secret White House taping system. Butterfield’s public revelation came three days later on July 16, 1973.

Hollywood Sign dedicated in Los Angeles 90 years ago today (1923)


Video: 'Part 1: A History of the Hollywood Sign, 1923-2009'

(Friday, July 13, 1923) — A sign consisting of 50-foot-tall letters spelling out “HOLLYWOODLAND” was dedicated today in the Hollywood Hills to promote a subdivision. It was intended only to last a year and a half, but after the rise of the American cinema in Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the sign became an internationally recognized symbol, and was left there (the last four letters were removed in 1949). Continue reading Hollywood Sign dedicated in Los Angeles 90 years ago today (1923)