This Day in History: March 13

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(FOX) — On this day, March 13…

2018: On his first trip to California as president, President Trump accuses the state of putting “the entire nation at risk” by refusing to take tough action against illegal immigration.

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1865: Confederate President Jefferson Davis signs a measure allowing black slaves to enlist in the Confederate States Army with the promise they would be set free.

1901: Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of the United States, dies in Indianapolis at age 67.

1925: The Tennessee General Assembly approves a bill prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution. (Gov. Austin Peay would sign the measure on March 21.)

1928: At least 400 people die when the San Francisquito Canyon in Southern California is inundated with water after the nearly two-year-old St. Francis Dam collapses just before midnight the evening of March 12.

Courtesy of FOX — Captured desperado John Dillinger, wearing vest, strikes a jaunty pose with prosecutor Robert Estill in what would become an infamous image at the Crown Point, Ind., jailhouse, Feb. 1934. (AP Photo)

1934: A gang that includes John Dillinger and “Baby Face” Nelson (aka Lester Joseph Gillis) rob the First National Bank in Mason City, Iowa, making off with $52,344.

1964: Bar manager Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, 28, is stabbed to death near her Queens, New York, home; the case would gain notoriety over the apparent reluctance of Genovese’s neighbors to respond to her cries for help.

1975: The first Chili’s restaurant opens in Dallas by entrepreneur Larry Lavine.

1980: Ford Motor Co. Chairman Henry Ford II announces he is stepping down, the same day a jury in Winamac, Ind., found the company not guilty of reckless homicide in the fiery deaths of three young women in a Ford Pinto.

1996: A gunman bursts into an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and opens fire, killing 16 children and one teacher before taking his own life.

2009: Soprano Anne Wiggins Brown, the original Bess in George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” dies at age 96.

2009: The Philadelphia 76ers play their final game at the Spectrum, beating the Chicago Bulls 104-101.

2013: Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina is elected pope, choosing the name Francis and becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.

2014: Seeking to pacify frustrated immigration advocates, President Barack Obama directs the government to find more humane ways to handle deportation for illegal immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

2018: Joy Behar of “The View” apologizes for suggesting that mental illness is behind claims by people that Jesus Christ talks to them. (Her comment came during a discussion about Vice President Mike Pence.)

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