Today In History July 13

Today In History

Human events happen in time, one after the other. It is important to learn the sequence of historical events to trace them, reconstruct them, and weave the stories that tell their connections. We need to learn the measures of time, such as year, decade, generation, and century. When they listen, “Once upon a time in history”, they need to ask, “When did that happen?” and to understand it and find a way to search the answer.

Let’s take a look at what happened in world history on July 13:

1985: Live Aid makes millions for Africa

The Live Aid concert for the starving in Africa has raised triple the £10m expected. And because the London event draws to a close at Wembley Stadium, Britain had contributed £1,100,000 to the worldwide total of £30m.

Described as the Woodstock of the eighties, the world’s biggest rock festival was organized by Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof to boost money for famine relief in Africa.

Wembley was full of a crowd of 72,000, and TV pictures, co-ordinated at BBC Television Centre, have been beamed to over 1.5 bn people in 160 countries within the biggest broadcast ever known.

The transatlantic concert began in London’s midday sunshine with a fanfare for Prince Charles and Princess Diana and Status Quo performing Rocking around the world.

Stars were flown in by helicopter into the stage during a line-up that included David Bowie, Wham, and royal favorites Dire Straits.

1971: Death for Moroccan rebel leaders

Ten army officers involved in an aborted coup in Morocco have been executed. 4 generals, five colonels, and one major faced a firing squad without trial or court-martial less than 72 hours after they had led a surprise attack.

About 250 rebels mainly from the Ahermoumou cadet training school stormed the royal palace at Sikharat where King Hassan II was hosting a grand reception for his 42ndbirthday on Saturday. Ten miles far, there were successful assaults on Rabat radio, the Interior Ministry, and the Army headquarters.

Dissident soldiers had claimed to possess seized power and killed the King. But the Moroccan press agency later confirmed he was unharmed as loyalist troops sealed off government buildings and patrolled Rabat’s streets in tanks.