What Happened on May 13

Historical Events

  • 1787 Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia
  • 1830 Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president
  • 1934 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies
  • 1940 Winston Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat
  • 1981 Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City
  • 1989 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China
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Did You Know?

Cardinal Richelieu of France reputedly creates the table knife

On May 13, 1637

Famous Weddings

  • 1922 "Latin Lover" silent actor Rudolph Valentino (27) weds film costume and set designer Natacha Rambova (25) in Mexicali, Mexico
  • 1932 Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitch marries Nina Varsar
  • 2003 NBA star Dennis Rodman (42) weds Michelle Moyer in a small civil ceremony in Newport Beach, California
  • 2006 Actress Sara Bakker weds Sloan Alexander at the United Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2006 British football star player Gary O'Neil (22) weds Donna Guerin in Highclere Castle, Hampshire
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