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Today in History: February 13, Bruno Richard Hauptmann found guilty of murdering baby Lindbergh

Today is Tuesday, February 13, the 44th day of 2023. There are 322 days left in the year.

Today’s story highlight:

On February 13, 1935, a jury in Flemington, New Jersey, found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. . (Hauptmann was later executed.)

To this date :

In 1633, the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome to be tried before the Inquisition, accused of having defended the Copernican theory according to which the Earth revolved around the sun and not the other way around. (Galileo was found violently suspect of heresy and ended up sentenced to a form of house arrest.)

In 1933, the Warsaw Convention, governing the liability of airlines for the international transport of people, baggage and goods, came into force.

In 1939, Justice Louis D. Brandeis retired from the United States Supreme Court. (He was succeeded by William O. Douglas.)

In 1965, during the Vietnam War, President Lyndon B. Johnson authorized Operation Rolling Thunder, a prolonged bombing campaign against the North Vietnamese.

In 1972, the film “Cabaret” was released, directed by Bob Fosse, based on the musical of the same name by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with Liza Minnelli and Michael York.

In 1980, the 13th Winter Olympics opened in Lake Placid, New York.

In 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, Allied warplanes destroyed an underground shelter in Baghdad that had been identified as a military command center; Iraqi officials said 500 civilians were killed.

In 1996, Jonathan Larson’s rock musical “Rent” opened on Broadway less than three weeks after Larson’s death.

In 2000, Charles Schulz’s final comic strip, “Peanuts,” was published in Sunday newspapers, the day after the cartoonist died in his sleep at his California home at the age of 77.

In 2002, John Walker Lindh pleaded not guilty in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to charges of conspiring to kill Americans and supporting the Taliban and terrorist organizations. (Lindh later pleaded guilty to minor offenses and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.)

In 2011, Egypt’s military leaders dissolved parliament, suspended the constitution and promised elections, moves cautiously welcomed by protesters who helped overthrow President Hosni Mubarak.

In 2013, beginning a long farewell to his flock, a weary Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his final public Mass as pontiff, presiding over Ash Wednesday services inside the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica.

In 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia, the influential and most provocative conservative member of the United States Supreme Court, was found dead in a private residence in the Big Bend area of ​​West Texas; he was 79 years old.

In 2017, Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, resigned following reports that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia .

In 2018, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen said he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a porn actress who claimed she had a sexual relationship with Trump.

In 2021, former President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate in his second impeachment trial, the first involving a former president, in which he was accused of inciting the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol ; Seven Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in voting to convict, but it was far from the required two-thirds threshold.

In 2022, playing in their home stadium, the Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in the Super Bowl.

In 2023, David Jude Jolicoeur aka Trugoy la Colombe, one of the founding members of the hip-hop trio De La Soul, died at age 54.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Kim Novak turns 91. Actor Bo Svenson is 83 years old. Actor Stockard Channing is 80 years old. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, is 78 years old. Singer Peter Gabriel is 74 years old. Actor David Naughton is 73 years old. Rock musician Peter Hook is 68 years old. Actor Matt Salinger is 64 years old. Singer Henry Rollins is 63 years old. Actor Neal McDonough is 58 years old. Singer Freedom Williams is 58 years old. Actor Kelly Hu is 56 years old. Rock singer Matt Berninger (The National) is 53 years old. Country musician Scott Thomas (Parmalee) is 51 years old. Singer Robbie Williams is 50 years old. Singer-songwriter Feist is 48 years old. R&B singer Natalie Stewart is 45 years old. Actress Mena Suvari (MEE’-nuh soo-VAHR’-ee) is 45 years old. Actress Katie Volding is 35 years old. Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. (also known as Prince Michael Jackson I) is 27 years old.

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