February 13: Baseball’s National Negro League Founded!

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On February 13, 1920, the first successful league of African-American baseball teams, the National Negro League, was founded. Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, was beheaded (1542), the Allies bombed Dresden (1945), the Nashville sit-ins for civil rights began (1960), and the universe’s largest known diamond was discovered (2004)!

February 13 birthdays include supersonic pilot Chuck Yeager, American Gothic painter Grant Wood, Erector Set inventor A. C. Gilbert, and musicians Peter Gabriel and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Singer Waylon Jennings, Fugitive star David Janssen, and Puritan preacher Cotton Mather died.

In some years, February 13 is Mardi Gras. In Myanmar, it’s Children’s Day, and in the US it’s National Italian Food Day. February is Black History Month in the US and Canada. February’s birthstone is amethyst and its birth flowers are violet and primrose. In astrology, February 13’s sign is Aquarius (traditional) and Capricorn (sidereal).

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