(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.
(Saturday, July 13, 1963) — “One Fine Day” by The Chiffons peaked at #5 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week. The track was ranked #460 on Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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(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)→
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(Monday, July 13, 1863, 10 a.m. local time; during the American Civil War) — Deadly rioting against the Civil War military draft erupted today in New York City. The civil insurrection, the largest in American history, was put down three days later.