June 13th in History

Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the Solar System (June 13, 1983)

Today in History

  • The Edict of Milan grants religious freedom throughout the Roman Empire (313)
  • Martin Luther gets married, violating the celibacy rule of Roman Catholic priests (1525)
  • Rhode Island becomes the first British North American colony to abolish the import of slaves (1774)
  • The US Supreme Court rules that suspects must be informed of their rights by police in Miranda v. Arizona (1966)
  • Thurgood Marshall is nominated to be the first African-American Supreme Court justice (1967)
  • The Beatles reach #1 in the US for the last time with “The Long and Winding Road” (1970)
  • Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray is recaptured after his escape from prison (1977)
  • Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the Solar System (1983)
  • The US withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty (2002)
  • Michael Jackson is acquitted of child molestation (2005)


  • Charles the Bald, Roman emperor (823)
  • Charles the Fat, Roman emperor (839)
  • Winfield Scott, US general (1786)
  • James Clerk Maxwell, physicist (1831)
  • William Butler Yeats, poet (1865)
  • Basil Rathbone, actor (1892)
  • Dorothy L. Sayers, author (1893)
  • Red Grange, football player (1903)
  • Mary Wickes, actress (1910)
  • Ralph Edwards, television host (1913)
  • Paul Lynde, comedian (1926)
  • Ralph McQuarrie, artist, Star Wars designer (1929)
  • Tim Allen, comedian (1953)
  • Ally Sheedy, actress (1962)
  • Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, actresses (1986)


  • Ludwig II der Märchenkönig, Bavarian monarch (1886)
  • Martin Buber, philosopher (1965)
  • خالد بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎ (Khālid ibn ‘Abd al ‘Azīz Āl Su‘ūd), Saudi Arabian monarch (1982)
  • Benny Goodman, clarinet player and bandleader (1986)
  • Geraldine Page, actress (1987)
  • Fran Allison, of Kukla, Fran, and Ollie (1982)
  • Deke Slayton, astronaut (1993)
  • Tim Russert, television journalist (2008)
  • Jimmy Dean, singer, actor, and sausage tycoon (2010)

Holidays and Celebrations


  • Commemoration Day (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Flag Day (Palau)
  • Good Neighborhood Day (Pennsylvania)
  • Pink Tomato Day (Arkansas)
  • Reform Movement Day (Yemen)
  • St. Anthony’s Day (Portugal)
  • St. Vincent’s Day (Germany)
  • Yukon Territory Day (Canada)
Informal and made-up holidays include Beyond the Solar System Day, Fairies’ First-in-Line and Queue-Jumping Tournament, Juggling Day, Kitchen Klutzes of America Day, Lobster Day, Sewing Machine Day, and Weed Your Garden Day.
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June 13 is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years). There are 201 days remaining until the end of the year.