Today in history – August 13

1792 – King Louis XVI of France is formally arrested by the National Tribunal and declared an enemy of the people.

1889 – William Gray is granted a patent for the coin-operated telephone.

1918 – Women were allowed to join the U.S. Marine Corps for the first time. Sgt. Opha May Johnson becomes the first woman to enlist.

1961 – East Germany closed the Brandenburg Gate as construction of the Berlin Wall begins.