On This Day in History, March 13

National Earmuff Day, celebrated on March 13, honors the man who found a better way to keep our ears warm all winter long. Read on to find out who invented earmuffs on this day and many other historical moments of this date.

  • 1877 – American Chester Greenwood patented earmuffs.
  • 1881- Alexander II of Russia was assassinated in the city of St. Petersburg.
  • 1905- Mata Hari first performance of her dance act at the Guimet Museum, Paris
  • 1915 – A special military service award was given to the French leader, General Michael Maunoury.
  • 1920 – Improvements in the type and quality of beef were proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • 1930 – Clyde Tombaugh, an astronomer at the Lowell Observatory, discovered the ninth planet Pluto.
  • 1938 – Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded the hit “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
  • 1949 – Imperial Records was created in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1950 – General Motors Corporation reported record net earnings of $656,434,232.
  • 1957 – Over 10,000 church pilgrims witnessed the 18th Anniversary celebration of the date that Pope Pius XII was crowned.
  • 1965 -British guitarist Eric Clapton quit the Yardbirds.
  • 1969 -The Love Bug, a popular Disney movie, was released.
  • 1970 -The first election in the UK after the lowering of the voting age from 21 to 18, took place in the Bridgwater by-election.
  • 1972 -Freddie Hart and Loretta Lynn won the 7th Academy of Country Music Awards.
  • 1982 -Men’s Figure Skating Champions in Copenhagen, won by Scott Hamilton (USA).
  • 1987– John Gotti, was acquitted of racketeering.
  • 1990- An off-duty policewoman and her dog were picked up by a tornado.
  • 2005– Bob Iger was named CEO of Walt Disney International.
  • 2006-Construction began on the memorial and museum to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
  • 2008-Gold reached a landmark of $1,000 per ounce for the first time.

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