13 September 1989 – Hurricane Hugo

Hurricane Hugo approaches the Leeward Islands and over the next 12 days, Hugo would kill 75 people from the island of Guadeloupe to South Carolina.

13 September 1922 – Turkey Constantinople

Following the Turkish Victory in Constantinople, crowds took to the streets and attacked Greek churches and homes, destroying them in the process. The Turkish troops were dispatched to keep order. The spread of Typhus and the Plague reached epidemic proportions but authorities insisted that they do no not wish aid in the form of medical assistance from neighboring countries.

13 September 1931 – British Honduras Hurricane

A major hurricane has devastated Belize in British Honduras with at least 700 dead, and they requesting assistance in the form of medical supplies. The first ships from Great Britain and America are starting to arrive and reports are coming in that very little is left standing in the city with bodies laying in the streets.

13 September 1956 – USA First Hard Disc

IBM introduces the worlds first production hard disk the “IBM 305” which stored five megabytes of data. To put this in perspective a modern USB drive stores 2 gig or more (400 times more than the first hard drive just 50 years ago) and fits on a keychain , the first IBM weighed over a ton and needed a fork lift to move it.

13 September 1961 – Nuclear Bomb Testing

Following more nuclear tests by the Russians the United States will resume underground testing of Nuclear weapons within the next ten days. The Soviet bomb tests showed they are currently testing in the range of superbomb status and America believes it needs to have at least equal or greater capability. A superbomb would be about 200 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Nagasaki which was equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT. This would make a superbomb in excess of 2,000,000 tons of TNT.

13 Sept, 1978 – Scotland Hercules Captured

In a bizarre case of back to the wild, a tame 1/2 ton grizzly bear being used in a TV commercial for Kleenex (Hercules) has been recaptured after staying free for more than 3 weeks on the Island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. The Grizzly was spotted taking a swim and was quickly darted and captured.

13 September 1999 – Russia Terrorist Bombs Moscow

The terrorist bombing campaign has continued with as many as 100 deaths including women and children in the latest bombing of an apartment block in the city. This is the forth major bombing in the last two weeks bringing the death toll to 300. No group has yet claimed responsibility but many are blaming Islamic guerrilla groups for the murders.

13 Sept, 2009 – Venezuela Earthquake

September 13th, 2009 : An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 hit 65 miles outside of Caracas, Venezuela. The quake left some areas without power, but there were minimal injuries and only some damage to buildings.

13 Sept, 2011 – Phone Hacking Scandal
The British House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee announces its intention to recall James Murdoch as its probe into the News International phone hacking scandal. Employees of the News of the World accused of engaging in phone hacking, police bribery, and exercising improper influence in the pursuit of publishing stories. Investigations conducted from 2005–2007 concluded that the paper’s phone hacking activities were limited to celebrities, politicians and members of the British Royal Family.


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