October 13

1775

The Continental Congress authorized the construction of a naval fleet.

1792

The cornerstone of the White House was laid.

1843

The Jewish organization B'nai B'rith was founded.

1903

Boston defeated Pittsburgh in the first World Series.

1943

Italy declared war on Germany, its former Axis partner, during World War II.

1974

Ed Sullivan died in New York City at age 72.

1981

Egypt's vice president Hosni Mubarak was elected president, one week after Anwar Sadat's assassination.

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