Charles Evans Hughes

This Day in History: Oct. 13

This Day in History: Oct. 13

In 1957, CBS-TV broadcast “The Edsel Show,” a one-hour live special starring Bing Crosby designed to promote the new, ill-fated Ford automobile. (It was the first special to use videotape technology to delay the broadcast to the West Coast.)

1775: The United States Navy had its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.

1792: The cornerstone of the Executive Mansion, later known as the White House, was laid during a ceremony in the District of Columbia.

1843: The Jewish organization B'nai B'rith was founded in New York City.

1932: President Herbert...