Daily Archives: February 13, 2015

Disgruntled custodian sets off fire in north tower of New York’s World Trade Center 40 years ago this hour (Feb 13 1975)


Video: '911: WTC Withstood Several Hours of Fire in 1975'

(Thursday, February 13, 1975, just before midnight EST) — A three-alarm fire deliberately set by a disgruntled custodian broke out tonight in the 11th-floor offices of the B.F. Goodrich Company in the north tower of the World Trade Center, and spread through an inner-service core to the ninth and 14th floors but caused no direct casualties.

Hauptmann found guilty of kidnap-murder of Lindbergh baby 80 years ago this hour (Feb 13 1935)


Video: 'Newsreels: Bruno Hauptmann Found Guilty (1935)'

(Wednesday, February 13, 1935, 10:45 p.m. EST) — A jury in Flemington, New Jersey, found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder tonight in the kidnap-slaying of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh (Hauptmann was later executed). Continue reading Hauptmann found guilty of kidnap-murder of Lindbergh baby 80 years ago this hour (Feb 13 1935)

Grammy Awards pay posthumous tribute to Ray Charles 10 years ago this hour (Feb 13 2005)


Video: 'Popular 47th Annual Grammy Awards & Grammy Awards videos' (52 videos)

(Sunday, February 13, 2005, 8:00 p.m. EST) — Ray Charles, the blind visionary who revolutionized American music with fusions of soul, rock, jazz and country, broke the mold once more tonight at the 47th annual Grammy Awards, posthumously dominating the telecast with wins in eight categories for his final album Genius Loves Company.

Queen Latifah hosted the televised ceremonies from the Staples Center in Los Angeles (click here for 12 official videos from the event).

Allied planes begin massive bombardment of Dresden, Germany 70 years ago this hour (Feb 13 1945)


Video: 'The Bombing of Dresden - Newsreel Footage'

(Tuesday, February 13, 1945, 10:14 p.m. CET; during the Bombing of Dresden, part of strategic bombing during World War II) — Royal Air Force bombers were dispatched to Dresden, Germany, tonight to attack the city with a massive aerial bombardment. Continue reading Allied planes begin massive bombardment of Dresden, Germany 70 years ago this hour (Feb 13 1945)

John Lennon plays DJ at WNEW-FM with Scott Muni 40 years ago this afternoon (Feb 13 1975)


Video: 'John Lennon Interview with Scott Muni Show 1/3'

(Thursday, February 13, 1975, afternoon EST) — Ex-Beatle John Lennon stopped in at WNEW-FM in New York today to play DJ and to promote his new album of rock standards, Rock ‘n Roll, which would be released four days later (click here to listen to a clean audio copy of the interview). Continue reading John Lennon plays DJ at WNEW-FM with Scott Muni 40 years ago this afternoon (Feb 13 1975)

McCartney, Wings host a press conference, party in New Orleans 40 years ago today (Feb 13 1975)


Video: 'Wingspan Paul and Linda McCartney Documentary-FULL' (Feb. 13, 1975, at 57:08)(

(Thursday, February 13, 1975) — Paul McCartney and Wings held a press conference and party today aboard a Mississippi steamboat in New Orleans (with the Young Tuxedo Brass Band performing on the quay prior to the party) to promote the ongoing recording sessions for their next album Venus and Mars. Continue reading McCartney, Wings host a press conference, party in New Orleans 40 years ago today (Feb 13 1975)

President Johnson authorizes extended bombing campaign against North Vietnam 50 years ago today (Feb 13 1965)


Video: 'Vietnam: A Television History - LBJ Goes to War [3/11]' (Feb. 13, 1965, at 26:08)

(Saturday, February 13, 1965; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson today authorized Operation Rolling Thunder, an extended bombing campaign to force North Vietnam to stop supporting Vietcong guerrillas in the South.