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Born on this Day in History: August 13, 1860 - Annie Oakley was born on August 13, 1860, in Darke County, Ohio. She started trick shooting to help her family financially and went on to tour with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show; even performing for Queen Victoria. A railroad accident in 1901 left her partially paralyzed, but she continued to perform until her retirement in the 1910s. She died in 1926.
On this Day in History: August 13, 1961 - East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city. After World War II, defeated Germany was divided into Soviet, American, British and French zones of occupation. The city of Berlin, though technically part of the Soviet zone, was also split, with the Soviets taking the eastern part of the city. After a massive Allied airlift in June 1948 foiled a Soviet attempt to blockade West Berlin, the eastern section was drawn even more tightly into the Soviet fold. Over the next 12 years, cut off from its western counterpart and basically reduced to a Soviet satellite, East Germany saw between 2.5 million and 3 million of its citizens head to West Germany in search of better opportunities. By 1961, some 1,000 East Germans--including many skilled laborers, professionals and intellectuals--were leaving every day.