This Day In History
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
On This Day

Events

in 1893

The Independent Labour Party of the United Kingdom holds its first meeting. The Independent Labour Party (ILP) was a socialist political party in Britain established in 1893. The ILP was affiliated to the Labour Party from 1906 to 1932, when it voted to leave. The organisation's three parliamentary representatives defected to the Labour Party in 1947 and it was finally dissolved in 1975.
Independent Labour Party

in 1915

Ruins of Castle Orsini
Ruins of Castle Orsini
An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy. The 1915 Avezzano earthquake or 1915 L'Aquila earthquake occurred on January 13 in southern Italy, near the city of L'Aquila. The epicenter was located in the town of Avezzano in southern Italy. 30,000 direct fatalities resulted from the earthquake, destroying the epicentral area. The earthquake took place at around 8:00 local time affecting thousands of people throughout central and southern Italy; the shaking was even felt in Rome also.
earthquake, Avezzano, Italy

in 1942

World
World's first plastic car
Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car. Ford long had an interest in plastics developed from agricultural products, especially soybeans. He cultivated a relationship with George Washington Carver for this purpose. Soybean-based plastics were used in Ford automobiles throughout the 1930s in plastic parts such as car horns, in paint, etc. This project culminated in 1942, when Ford patented an automobile made almost entirely of plastic, attached to a tubular welded frame. It weighed 30% less than a steel car and was said to be able to withstand blows ten times greater than could steel. Furthermore, it ran on grain alcohol (ethanol) instead of gasoline. The design never caught on.
Henry Ford, Ford, patent, plastic, automobile, car





Births

in 1864
Wilhelm Wien

Wilhelm Carl Werner Otto Fritz Franz Wien was a German physicist who, in 1893, used theories about heat and electromagnetism to deduce Wien's displacement law, which calculates the emission of a blackbody at any temperature from the emission at any one reference temperature.
in 1977
Orlando Bloom

Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom is an English actor. He had his break-through roles in 2001 as the elf-prince Legolas in “The Lord of the Rings” and starring in 2003 as blacksmith Will Turner in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series, and subsequently established himself as a lead in Hollywood films, including “Elizabethtown” and “Kingdom of Heaven”.

Deaths

in 1599
Edmund Spenser

Edmund Spenser was an English poet best known for «The Faerie Queene», an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognised as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy, and one of the greatest poets in the English language.
in 1906
Alexander Popov

Alexander Stepanovich Popov was a Russian physicist who was the first person to demonstrate the practical application of electromagnetic radio waves.
in 1941
James Joyce

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century.
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