This Day in History

Today is Tuesday, November 13th, the 317th day of the year.  There are 48 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1843, Mount Rainier erupted in Washington state. 

In 1914, Mary Jacobs of New York patented the brassiere.

In 1927, the Holland Tunnel opened. The world's first underwater vehicular tunnel connected New York and New Jersey.

In 1940, the Walt Disney animated feature "Fantasia" premiered in New York. 

In 1974, nuclear power plant employee and political activist Karen Silkwood died at the age of 28.  She was killed while on her way to meet with a "New York Times" reporter.  They planned to discuss evidence she had uncovered about faulty fuel rods at the plant.  The story was the basis for the 1983 film "Silkwood."

In 1982, the Vietnam War Memorial was officially dedicated in Washington, D.C..

In 1986, President Reagan confessed to selling weapons to Iran despite an embargo.

In 1992, Riddick Bowe became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world with a unanimous decision over Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 1995, the U.S. government shut down due to a budget impasse.

In 1998, President Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000 to drop her sexual harassment lawsuit and end the four-year legal battle that triggered the impeachment proceedings against him.

In 1999, Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield in a unanimous decision to become the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world. 

In 2004, rapper ODB (Ol' Dirty Bastard), collapsed and died in a New York recording studio.  He was 35 years old.  It was later determined that he died of an accidental overdose on cocaine and a prescription painkiller. 

In 2005, World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Eddie Guerrero was found dead in a hotel room in Minneapolis.  Guerrero, a fan favorite in the wrestling world, held several championships with WWE during his career and became the first Mexican-American to become WWE Champion in 2004.  He was 38 years old.

In 2006, ground was broken on a new memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. honoring slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2015, at least 150 people were killed following a series of terror attacks in Paris.   Terrorists struck in several locations in the City of Light on this day, with at least two reported suicide bombings, shootings at restaurants, another shooting at a shopping mall and a hostage situation at a concert hall.  The deadliest scene was at the Bataclan concert hall where more than 100 people were killed when terrorists opened fire and took hostages.  All four terrorists inside the concert hall died when they blew up suicide bomb belts as police launched an assault.

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