|1913 in the United States|
|Years:||1910 1911 1912 – 1913 – 1914 1915 1916|
48 stars (1912–1959)
Events from the year 1913 in the United States.
- President: William Howard Taft (Republican) (until March 4), Woodrow Wilson (Democratic) (starting March 4)
- Vice President: vacant (until March 4), Thomas R. Marshall (Democratic) (starting March 4)
- Chief Justice: Edward Douglass White
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Champ Clark (D-Missouri)
- Congress: 62nd (until March 4), 63rd (starting March 4)
- February 1 – New York City's Grand Central Terminal, having been rebuilt, reopens as the world's largest train station.
- February 3 – The 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect income taxes.
- February 17 – The Armory Show opens in New York City. It displays the works of artists who are to become some of the most influential painters of the early 20th Century.
- March 3 – The Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 takes place in Washington, D.C. led by Inez Milholland on horseback.
- March 4
- Woodrow Wilson succeeds William Howard Taft as the 28th President of the United States.
- The U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Labor are established by splitting the duties of the 10-year-old Department of Commerce and Labor. The Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Fisheries and U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey form part of the Department of Commerce.
- The first U.S. law regulating the shooting of migratory birds is passed.
- March 7 – The British freighter Alum Chine, carrying 343 tons of dynamite, explodes in Baltimore harbor.
- March 13 – Mexican Revolution: Pancho Villa returns to Mexico from his self-imposed exile in the United States.
- March 25 – Great Dayton Flood: Four days of rain in the Miami Valley flood the region and mark the worst natural disaster in Ohio's recorded history, killing over 360 and destroying 20,000 homes, chiefly in Dayton.
- April 8 – The Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is passed, dictating the direct election of senators.
- April 24 – The Woolworth Building opens in New York City. Designed by Cass Gilbert, it is the tallest building in the world at this date and for more than a decade after.
- April 26 – Mary Phagan is raped and strangled on the premises of the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta. Leo Frank is tried and convicted for the crime.
- May – The Paul Émile Chabas painting September Morn provokes a charge of indency when displayed in the window of a Chicago art gallery.
- May 14 – New York Governor William Sulzer approves the charter for the Rockefeller Foundation, which begins operations with a $100,000,000 donation from John D. Rockefeller.
- June – The first edition of the Christian esoteric magazine Rays from the Rose Cross is published in the United States (it continues to be issued bimonthly).
- June 13 – An International Railway (New York – Ontario) trolley and passengers are buried under the contents of an overhead garbage chute that breaks in Niagara Falls, New York.
- June 15 – Battle of Bud Bagsak in the Philippines concludes with U.S. troops under General John J. Pershing taking Bug Bagsak from defending Moro rebels, killing at least 500.
- July 3 – The 50th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg draws thousands of American Civil War veterans and their families to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
- July 10 – Death Valley, California hits 134 °F (~56.7 °C) which is the highest temperature recorded in the United States (as of 2004[update]).
- September 19 – Francis Ouimet wins the U.S. Open by 5 strokes, becoming the first amateur to ever win the event.
- October 3 – The United States Revenue Act of 1913 re-imposes the federal income tax and lowers basic tariff rates from 40% to 25%.
- October 10 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson triggers the explosion of the Gamboa Dike, ending construction on the Panama Canal.
- October 31 – The Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across the United States, is dedicated.
- November 7–11 – The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 kills more than 250.
- November 26 – Phi Sigma Sigma, the first non-sectarian sorority, is founded at Hunter College in New York.
- December 1 – The Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line, reducing chassis assembly time from 12½ hours in October to 2 hours, 40 minutes (although Ford is not the first to use an assembly line, his successful adoption of one sparks an era of mass production).
- December 21 – Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.
- December 23 – The Federal Reserve is created by Woodrow Wilson.
- The United States Soccer Federation is formed.
- The cities of Winston, North Carolina and Salem, North Carolina officially merge to become Winston-Salem.
- Portuguese immigration to the Hawaiian Islands (1878–1913) ends.
- 25,000 people die in industrial accidents in the US.
- The National Temperance Council is founded to promote the temperance movement.
- R. J. Reynolds introduces Camels, the first packaged cigarette.
- January 6 - Loretta Young, actress (died 2000)
- January 9 - Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States from 1969 till 1974, 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 till 1961, United States Senator from California from 1950 till 1953. (died 1994)
- January 29 - Victor Mature, actor (died 1999)
- February 4 - Rosa Parks, Civil Rights activist (died 2005)
- February 14 - Jimmy Hoffa, labor union leader (died 1975)
- March 31 - Etta Baker, musician (died 2006)
- June 11 - Vince Lombardi, American football coach (died 1970)
- July 7 - Pinetop Perkins, musician (died 2011)
- July 14 - Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States (died 2006)
- August 9 – Herman Talmadge, United States Senator from Georgia from 1957 till 1981. (died 2002)
- August 31 - Helen Levitt, photographer (died 2009)
- September 11 - Bear Bryant, American football coach (died 1984)
- September 12 - Jesse Owens, athlete (died 1980)
- November 14 – George Smathers, United States Senator from Florida from 1951 till 1969. (died 2007)
- December 21 - Arnold Friberg, artist (died 2010)
- December 25 - Tony Martin, actor and singer (died 2012)
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