TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2013. There are 321 days left in the year.
On Feb. 13, 1943, during World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps Women's Reserve was officially established.
On this date:
In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was officially declared winner of the 1860 presidential election as electors cast their ballots.
In 1920, the League of Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland.
In 1933, the Warsaw Convention, governing airlines' liability for international carriage of persons, luggage and goods, went into effect.
In 1935, a jury in Flemington, N.J. found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-slaying of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was later executed.)
In 1945, during World War II, Allied planes began bombing the German city of Dresden. The Soviets captured Budapest, Hungary, from the Germans.
In 1960, France exploded its first atomic bomb in the Sahara Desert.
In 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, allied warplanes destroyed an underground shelter in Baghdad that had been identified as a military command center; Iraqi officials said 500 civilians were killed.
Ten years ago: Clara Harris, who'd run down her husband, David, with her Mercedes after catching him with his mistress, was convicted by a Houston jury of murder despite her claim that she'd hit him accidentally while in a heartsick daze. (Harris was sentenced to 20 years in prison.)
Five years ago: Under oath and sometimes blistering questioning, seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens told Congress: "I have never taken steroids or HGH."
One year ago: President Barack Obama unveiled a record $3.8 trillion election-year budget plan, calling for stimulus-style spending on roads and schools and tax hikes on the wealthy to help pay the costs.
Today's birthdays: U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager (ret.) is 90. Actress Kim Novak is 80. Actor George Segal is 79. Actress Carol Lynley is 71. Singer-musician Peter Tork (The Monkees) is 71. Actress Stockard Channing is 69. Talk show host Jerry Springer is 69. Actor Bo Svenson is 69. Singer Peter Gabriel is 63. Actor David Naughton is 62. Rock musician Peter Hook is 57. Actor Matt Salinger is 53. Singer Henry Rollins is 52. Actor Neal McDonough is 47. Rock musician Todd Harrell (3 Doors Down) is 41. Singer Robbie Williams is 39. Rhythm-and-blues performer Natalie Stewart is 34. Actress Mena Suvari is 34.
Thought for today: "It is not so much what we have done amiss, as what we have left undone, that will trouble us, looking back." -- Ellen Wood, English playwright and journalist (1813-1887)