Today in history: Feb. 13In 1542, the fifth wife of...

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February 13, 1997

Today in history: Feb. 13

In 1542, the fifth wife of England's King Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, was executed for adultery.

In 1633, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition.

In 1635, the oldest public school in the United States, the Boston Public Latin School, was founded.

In 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP, was founded in New York.

In 1935, a jury in Flemington, N.J., found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was later executed.

In 1945, Allied planes began bombing the German city of Dresden.

In 1980, opening ceremonies were held in Lake Placid, N.Y., for the 13th Winter Olympics.

One year ago: The rock musical "Rent," by Jonathan Larson, opened off-Broadway.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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