Thursday, October 13, 2005
1307: King Philippe IV, who apparently never heard the story of the goose with the golden eggs, arrests all the members of the Knights Templar in France so he can seize their lucrative banking property.
1694: Jurisprude Samuel von Pufendorf dies at Berlin in Brandenburg. The first university chair in international law was created for him at the University of Heidelberg, but he had to move to Sweden after he criticized a new tax.
1845: Republic of Texas voters approve a new constitution that will allow the republic to join the United States.
1890: Samuel Freeman Miller, one of the few physicians to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, dies in harness at Washington, D.C.
1925: Future chemist, barrister, Prime Minister, and co-inventor of soft-serve ice cream, Margaret Thatcher, is born at Grantham in Lincolnshire.
1957: Ford Motor Co. sponsors a gala television show featuring Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to introduce its much-touted new car, the Edsel.
1983: Ameritech Mobile Communications puts the first U.S. cell phone network into operation in Chicago, Illinois. Ameritech is now Cingular, and that particular network is now part of Verizon.