THE NEW YORK TIMES LEAKED THE PENTAGON PAPERS
On June 13, 1971: The New York Times published nine excerpts and commentaries on the 7,000 page collection that comprised the Pentagon Papers. The documents, officially titled “United States-Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense,” detailed that the government had knowledge, early on, that it was highly unlikely that the war could be won, and that U.S. involvement in it would cause many more casualties than would ever be publicly acknowledged.
NELSON AND WINNIE MANDELA
On June 13, 1990: Nelson and Winnie Mandela were welcomed in New York City. The visit coincided with the beginnings of the end of apartheid in South Africa. Mandela was elected president in 1994, yet he had divorced his wife, Winnie, prior. Mandela passed away in 2013.
CHRISTY MATHEWSON WON HIS 300TH GAME
On June 13, 1912: New York Giant Christy Mathewson won his 300th game. Mathewson — nicknamed “Big Six,” “The Christian Gentleman,” and “Matty” — was among the most talented pitchers of his era. In 1936, Matty was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its first five inaugural members. Today, he ranks in baseball history’s top ten in major pitching categories such as wins, shutouts, and ERA.