1908 Jun 13, Swimmer F. Riehl demonstrated a kite attached to himself before the crew of the battleship Connecticut in the SF Bay. It carried him through the water for more than half a mile.
1942 Jun 13, President Roosevelt created the Office of War Information, and appointed radio news commentator Elmer Davis to be its head. The OSS, Office of Strategic Services, was formed.
1967 Jun 13, President Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1977 Jun 13, James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, was recaptured following his escape three days earlier from a Tennessee prison.
1999 Jun 13, In South Africa Pres. Mandela welcomed visiting Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy as his last official guest. Khadafy was on his first foreign tour since sanctions were lifted in April.
2004 Jun 13, Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 80th birthday with a 13,000-foot parachute jump over his presidential library in College Station, Texas.
2004 Jun 13, Robert Lees, former screenwriter, was decapitated at his Hollywood home. Keven Lee Graff (27) was later charged with Lees’ murder and that of a neighbor.
2008 Jun 13, Dennis Weatherstone (b.1930), British-born former chief executive of J.P. Morgan (1990-1994), died.
2010 Jun 13, Nepal’s PM Madhav Kumar Nepal and Forest Minister Deepak Bohara summoned conservation officials and the chiefs of police and army ordering them to come up with a strategy to halt the killing of endangered rhinos. 28 of the endangered animals had been killed over the past 11 months.
2013 Jun 13, Zimbabwe’s Pres. Mugabe officially announced that elections will go ahead on July 31 despite opposition from the prime minister, setting the stage for a political standoff between the longtime rivals.