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This Day in History— February 13

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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Today is the 44th day of 2018. There are 321 days left in the year.

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT

2006: Denmark's prime minister says the country's image in the Muslim world has been tainted by false images and rumours in the Prophet Mohammed drawing controversy and insists the country is tolerant and open to all faiths.

OTHER EVENTS

1542: England's Queen Catherine Howard is executed for treason on the orders of her husband Henry VIII.

1633: Italian astronomer Galileo arrives in Rome and is detained by Roman Catholic Inquisition.

1689: English Parliament adopts a Bill of Rights.

1914: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP, is founded in New York City.

1945: Allied forces capture Budapest, Hungary, in World War II. US warplanes firebomb Dresden, Germany, wiping out the city and killing more than 35,000 civilians.

1960: France explodes its first atomic bomb.

1975: Turkish Cypriots proclaim separate administration in Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus.

1976: Nigerian junta leader General Murtala Ramat Muhammad is assassinated in a coup attempt.

1989: Soviet Red Army leaves Afghan capital of Kabul.

1990: Britain, France, Soviet Union, United States, and two Germanys announce two-stage plan for talks leading to German reunification.

1999: Osama bin Laden, the Saudi millionaire suspected of being behind the bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, is reported to have disappeared from his base in Afghanistan.

2002: John Walker Lindh, a US citizen captured fighting alongside Afghanistan's deposed Taliban militia, pleads not guilty to 10 counts of conspiring to kill Americans and abetting terrorist groups.

2004: Chechnya's exiled former President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, wanted by Russia for terrorism and ties to al-Qaeda, is assassinated when a bomb blows apart his car as he leaves a mosque in Doha, Qatar. Yandarbiyev's 13-year-old son is critically wounded.

2005: Troops in helicopters bring badly needed relief supplies to villages obliterated by floods in south-western Pakistan, as the nationwide death toll from the disaster climbs past 350.

2008: One of the world's most wanted and elusive terrorists, Imad Mughniyeh, is killed by a car bomb in Syria nearly 15 years after dropping almost entirely from sight. Iran and the militant group Hezbollah blame Israel, which denies a role.

2009: A female suicide bomber targets Shiite pilgrims in Musayyib, killing at least 40.

2010: Bombs and booby traps slow the advance of thousands of US Marines and Afghan soldiers moving through the Taliban-controlled town of Marjah — NATO's most ambitious effort yet to break the militants' grip over their southern heartland.

2011: President Hugo Chavez says that he has no intention of ceasing his efforts to make Venezuela a socialist country, and he expresses confidence that his allies would take the reins of his “Bolivarian Revolution” if he died or decided to step down.

2013: A weary Pope Benedict XVI begins a long farewell to his flock, celebrating his final public mass as pontiff.

2014: The largest solar power plant in the world — thousands of mirrors sprawling across roughly five square miles (13 sq kilometres) of the Mojave Desert — opens in the western US state of Nevada.

TODAY' BIRTHDAYS

Charles Maurice Talleyrand-Perigord, French statesman (1754-1838); Eileen Farrell, US soprano (1920-2002); Kim Novak, US actress (1933- ); Stockard Channing, US actress (1944- ); Jerry Springer, US talk show host (1944- ); Peter Gabriel, British singer (1950- ); Robbie Williams, British singer (1974- )

— AP

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