On This Day

13th June

1249 – Alexander III was crowned King of Scotland.

1525 – Martin Luther married Katharina von Bora, against the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for priests and nuns.

1625 – King Charles I married French princess Henrietta Maria de Bourbon.

1774 – Rhode Island became the first of Britain's North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves.

1886 - Fire destroyed nearly 1,000 buildings in Vancouver.

1912 - Albert Berry made the first parachute jump from an airplane.

1934 – Adolf Hitler and Benitto Mussolini met in Venice. Mussolini later described the German dictator as "a silly little monkey".

1970 – "The Long and Winding Road" became the Beatles' last Number 1 song.

1977 – James Earl Ray, the convicted murderer of Martin Luther King Jr. was recaptured after escaping from prison three days before.

1980 - The U.N. Security Council called for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela

1981 – At the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in London, a teenager, Marcus Sarjeant, fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.

1991 - Boris Yeltsin celebrated victory as Russia's first popularly-elected president.

1994 - Nicole Brown Simpson, the ex-wife of former football star O.J. Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were found stabbed to death outside her condominium in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles.

2000 – Italy pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.