Today is Sunday, Oct. 13, the 286th day of 2019. There are 79 days left in the year.

Today in history

On Oct. 13, 1775, the United States Navy had its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.

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In 1792, the cornerstone of the executive mansion, later known as the White House, was laid by President George Washington during a ceremony in the District of Columbia.

In 1944, during World War II, American troops entered Aachen, Germany.

In 1972, a Uruguayan chartered flight carrying 45 people crashed in the Andes; survivors resorted to feeding off the remains of some of the dead in order to stay alive until they were rescued more than two months later.

Fun fact

Research done by the University of York has shown that dogs actually like the silly, high-pitched voice their owners use to talk to them. “Dog-speak” is important in building a bond between a dog and their owner, scientists said.

Just for laughs

Einstein: “Want to hear a joke?”

Me: “Of course.”

Einstein: “Time.”

Me: “I don’t get it.

Einstein: “Exactly.”

Trending words

“Scapegoat:” noun; (scape·​goat). Definition: One that bears the blame for others, or one that is the object of irrational hostility.

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Today’s birthdays

Gospel singer Shirley Caesar is 82. Actress Melinda Dillon is 80. Singer-musician Paul Simon is 78. Actress Pamela Tiffin is 77. Musician Robert Lamm (Chicago) is 75. Country singer Lacy J. Dalton is 73. Actor Demond Wilson is 73. Singer-musician Sammy Hagar is 72. Pop singer John Ford Coley is 71. Actor John Lone is 67. Model Beverly Johnson is 67. Producer-writer Chris Carter is 63. Actor Reggie Theus is 62. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is 61. R&B singer Cherrelle is 60. Singer/TV personality Marie Osmond is 60. Rock singer Joey Belladonna is 59. NBA coach Doc Rivers is 58. Actress College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is 57. Actress Kelly Preston is 57. Country singer John Wiggins is 57. Actor Christopher Judge is 55. Actor Matt Walsh is 55. Actor Reginald Ballard is 54. Actress Kate Walsh is 52. Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin is 51. Classical singer Carlos Marin (Il Divo) is 51. Olympic silver medal figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is 50. Country singer Rhett Akins is 50. Classical crossover singer Paul Potts is 49. TV personality Billy Bush is 48. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singers Brandon and Brian Casey (Jagged Edge) are 44. Former NBA All-Star Paul Pierce is 42. DJ Vice is 41. Singer Ashanti is 39. R&B singer Lumidee is 39. Olympic gold medal swimmer Ian Thorpe is 37. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is 30. Actor Caleb McLaughlin (“Stranger Things”) is 18.

The Edge is compiled by Dallas Marshall. She can be contacted at

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