Today in History, Feb. 13: Lindberg baby kidnapper-killer convicted

Highlights of this day in history: Bruno Richard Hauptmann convicted in the Lindbergh baby kidnap-murder; The World War II bombing of Dresden begins; Konstantin Chernenko becomes Soviet leader; Peter Gabriel born; Waylon Jennings dies. (Feb. 13)

  • 1258 Baghdad falls to the Mongols as the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed
  • 1349 Jews are expelled from Burgsordf, Switzerland
  • 1566 St Augustine, Florida, founded
  • 1601 First East India Company voyage departs from London, lead by John Lancaster
  • 1689 British Parliament adopts the Bill of Rights which establishes the rights of parliament and places limits on the crown
  • 1942 Hitler's Operation Sealion, the invasion of England, is cancelled
  • 1945 Allied planes begin bombing Dresden, Germany; a firestorm results and over 22,000 die
  • 1945 USSR captures Budapest, after a 49-day battle with Germany; 159,000 die
  • 1130 Gregorio de' Papareschi elected as Pope Innocent II...


  • 1950 Peter Gabriel, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Genesis, In Your Eyes)
  • 1951 David Naughton, actor (My Sister Sam, Separate Vacations), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1961 Henry Rollins, US vocalist/poet (Big Ugly Mouth, Talking From the Box)
  • 1971 Mats Sundin, Bromma SWE, NHL center (Team Sweden, Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1977 Randy Moss, American football player
  • 1979 Mena Suvari, American actress


  • 1980 David Janssen, [Meyer], actor (Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49
  • 1996 Martin Balsam, actor (Archie's Place), dies at 76
  • 2002 Waylon Jennings, American musician (b. 1937)
  • 2014 Ralph Waite, White Plains NY, American actor, director and political candidate (John Walton Snr. in The Waltons)
  • 2016 Antonin Scalia, American 105th Supreme Court Justice (1986-2016), dies at 79
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