This Day in History

Today is Wednesday, February 13th, the 44th day of the year.There are 321 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1741, "The American Magazine" was published for the first time.It was the first magazine in the American colonies.

In 1883, composer Richard Wagner died at the age of 69.

In 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was formed in New York City.The organization was founded to protect copyrighted music.

In 1920, the National Negro Baseball League was formed.

In 1935, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was found guilty of first degree murder in the kidnapping death of aviator Charles Lindbergh's infant son.He was later executed.

In 1996, actor Martin Balsam died on this date.He was 76.

In 2000, Charles Schulz's final "Peanuts" strip ran in Sunday newspapers, the day after the cartoonist died in his sleep at his California home at age 77.

In 2013, Pope Benedict appeared at his final public Mass as leader of the Roman Catholic Church, two days after announcing his plans to resign from the papacy.Benedict was greeted with thunderous applause at St. Peter's Basilica for the Ash Wednesday service.

In 2016, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in his sleep at the age of 79.He was appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, where he served until his death. He was the first Italian-American justice and the longest serving justice on the Supreme Court.

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