August 13

This Day in History

1961

Berlin Wall Goes Up

Communist authorities seal off all roads between East and West Berlin, erecting a barrier of barbed wire and cinder blocks. The division of post-war Germany into four occupation zones left Berlin … (more...)

1888

Television Pioneer John Logie Baird Born

John Logie Baird (born on 13 August 1888) was a Scottish engineer and innovator who is credited as being one of the main inventors of television. Like the telephone that went before, television was … (more...)

1876

Wagner’s Ring Cycle First Performed

On this day in 1876, German composer, conductor, and director Wilhelm Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, more popularly known as Wagner's Ring Cycle, was first performed. The Ring Cycle is a … (more...)

1624

Richelieu Appointed Chief Minister of France

Cardinal Richelieu (as Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu et de Fronsac is commonly known) is renowned in popular culture as the villain antagonist in Alexandre Dumas's The Three … (more...)