February 13

This Day in History

1961

Strange Coso Artifact Discovered

On this day in 1961, a trio of mineral hunters searching for geodes made an unlikely discovery: they found what appears to have been a 1920s sparkplug encased in a 500,000-year-old rock. Wallace … (more...)

1945

Dresden devastated

On February 13, 1945, hundreds of British bombers launch a massive Allied air raid against the city of Dresden, Germany. Over a three-day period, 3,900 tons of explosives and incendiaries were dropped … (more...)

1777

Marquis de Sade Arrested

On this day in 1777, the infamous writer and arch-Libertarian the Marquis de Sade was arrested and imprisoned at the Vincennes Fortress near Paris. It marked the beginning of his most fertile period … (more...)