Events, September 13th

September 13th:

1759 – The French were defeated by the British on the Plains of Abraham in the final French and Indian War.

1935 – Aviator Howard Hughes, Jr., of Houston, set a new airspeed record of 352 mph with his H-1 airplane (Winged Bullet).

1959 – The Soviet Union’s Luna 2 became the first space probe to reach the moon. It was launched the day before.

1960 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission banned payola.

1965 – The song “Yesterday/Act Naturally” was released by the Beatles.

1971 – The World Hockey Association was formed.

1977 – The first diesel automobiles were introduced by General Motors. (Image Courteys of autosavant.com)

1997 – Following the death of Princess Diana and written for the occasion, Elton John’s single “Candle in the Wind 1997” was released in the U.K.

(Source: on-this-day.com)

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