Historical Events on 13th May

  • 535 St Agapitus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 609 Pope Boniface I turns Pantheon in Rome into a Catholic church
  • 641 Eligius (Saint Eloy) becomes bishop of Doornik-Noyon
  • 1106 Henry I of Limburg loses the duchy of Lower Lorraine to Godfrey of Louvain
  • 1110 Crusaders march into Beirut causing a bloodbath
  • 1364 Peter Coutherel banished from Leuven
  • 1497 Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola
  • 1559 Exhumed corpse of heretic David Jorisz burned in Basel
  • 1568 Mary Queen of Scots is defeated at battle of Langside
  • 1588 King Henri III flees Paris

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1607 English colonists, led by John Smith, land near James River in Virginia

Explorer John Smith
Explorer
John Smith
  • 1624 Admiral Hermites' fleet blockade Lima, Peru
  • 1637 Cardinal Richelieu of France reputedly creates the table knife
  • 1643 Battle of Grantham: English parliamentary armies beat royalists
  • 1643 Heavy earthquake strikes Santiago Chile; kills 1/3 of population
  • 1648 Construction of the Red Fort at Delhi is completed.
  • 1652 Ingen Ryuki invited to become the abbot of Sofokuji temple in Nagasaki
  • 1654 Venetian fleet under Adm Adeler beats Turkish

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1767 Mozart's opera "Apollo et Hyacinthus" premieres in Salzburg

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1777 University library at Vienna opens
  • 1779 War of Bavarian Succession ends
  • 1787 Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia
  • 1820 Opera "Die Jagarsbrautt" is completed
  • 1830 Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president
  • 1835 1st foreign embassy in Hawaii forms
  • 1846 US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins
  • 1848 First performance of Finland's national anthem.

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1861 Queen Victoria announces Britain's position of neutrality

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • 1861 The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 1864 -16] Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca Georgia
  • 1865 Battle of Palmito Ranch, near Brownsville, Texas: final engagement of the American Civil War, Private John Jefferson Williams of B Company, 34th Regiment Indiana Infantry is last man killed
  • 1874 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On Greek-Ruthenian rite"
  • 1876 Amersfoort-Zutphen railway opens
  • 1877 Caesar Franck's "Lesson Eolides" premieres
  • 1882 Toba indians killed 20 members of French expedition
  • 1884 Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) forms in New York
  • 1887 15th Preakness: William Donohue aboard Dunboyne wins in 2:39.25
  • 1888 DeWolf Hooper 1st recited "Casey at Bat"
  • 1888 Princess Isabel of Brazil signs "Lei Auréa" abolishing slavery
  • 1890 18th Preakness: W Martin aboard Montague wins in 2:36.75
  • 1890 Lord Salisbury offers Helgoland to Germany in exchange for Zanzibar, Uganda & Equatoria
  • 1891 17th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Kingman wins in 2:52.25

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1905 James J Jeffries retires as boxing champion

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1906 Bezalel Art School opens in Jerusalem
  • 1909 Christian National Labor Workers (CNV) party begins in Netherlands
  • 1909 The first Giro d'Italia takes place in Milan: Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner.
  • 1911 37th Kentucky Derby: George Archibald aboard Meridian wins in 2:05
  • 1911 NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)
  • 1912 Royal Flying Corps forms in Great Britain

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1913 1st four-engined aircraft built and flown (Igor Sikorsky, Russia)

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Aviator
Igor Sikorsky
  • 1915 US Secretary of State Bryan sends a note to Germany demanding that Germany disavow the attacks on the Lusitania and make immediate reparations; however, the note is written only to 'pacify exited public opinion', according to Bryan
  • 1916 1st observance of Indian (Native American) Day
  • 1916 42nd Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard George Smith wins in 2:04
  • 1917 1st appearance of Mary to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal
  • 1917 Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo" premieres
  • 1918 1st US airmail stamps issued (24 cents)
  • 1922 48th Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson aboard Morvich wins in 2:04.6
  • 1922 47th Preakness: L Morris aboard Pillory wins in 1:51.6
  • 1923 Pulitzer prize awarded to Willa Carter (One of Ours)
  • 1927 "Black Friday" on Berlin Stock Exchange
  • 1927 VVOG soccer team forms in Harderwijk
  • 1930 Farmer killed by hail in Lubbock, Texas; only known fatality due to hail
  • 1931 Paul Doumer elected president of France
  • 1933 58th Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard Head Play wins in 2:02
  • 1934 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies
  • 1936 Quiroga government takes office in Spain
  • 1939 64th Preakness: George Seabo aboard Challedon wins in 1:59.8
  • 1939 SS St Louis departs Hamburg with 937 Jews fugitives
  • 1940 British bomb factory at Breda

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1940 Winston Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1940 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina flees to England
  • 1940 German breakthrough at Grebbelinie
  • 1941 Martin Bormann is named head of Nazi Chancellery in Germany
  • 1941 Trial against resistance fighter comte d'Estienne d'Orves begins
  • 1941 Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland
  • 1942 Helicopter makes its 1st cross-country flight
  • 1942 Pitcher Jim Tobin belts 3 HRs in a game
  • 1943 German & Italian forces in Africa surrender
  • 1943 German occupiers confiscate all radios
  • 1944 69th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 1:59.2
  • 1945 US troops conquer Dakeshi Okinawa
  • 1946 Sarwate & Banerjee add 249 for 10th wkt for Indians v Surrey
  • 1946 US sentences 58 camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death
  • 1946 Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam
  • 1947 US Senate approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions
  • 1949 1st British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, makes its 1st test flight
  • 1950 Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards
  • 1950 The first round of the Formula 1 World Championship is held at Silverstone.
  • 1952 Minor-league Bristol pitcher Ron Necciai strikes out 27 in 9-innings
  • 1952 Pandit Nehru becomes premier of India
  • 1952 The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1953 NY Giants Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 HRs & a triple

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1954 "Pajama Game" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances
  • 1954 Labour Party wins British municipal elections
  • 1954 Robin Roberts gives up a HR then retires next 27 men in a row
  • 1954 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • 1954 Chinese Middle School students in Singapore take part in anti-National Service riots.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1955 Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of at least 463'

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1956 Pachyderm Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
  • 1958 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • 1958 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
  • 1958 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government

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1958 Rioters attack US VP Richard Nixon in Venezuela

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1958 Stan Musial is 8th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1958 The trade mark Velcro is registered.
  • 1959 Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1960 1st launch of Delta satellite launching vehicle; it failed
  • 1960 Phillies lose 3rd consecutive 1-0 game
  • 1960 WOLE TV channel 12 in Aguadillo, PR
  • 1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 1965 Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction"
  • 1965 Several Arab nations break ties with West Germany after it established diplomatic relations with Israel
  • 1966 Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black"
  • 1966 US Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
  • 1967 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits career HR #500 off Stu Miller
  • 1967 Octagonal boxing ring is tested to avoid corner injuries

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1968 1,000,000 French demonstrate against Charles de Gaulle & Georges Pompidou

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1969 Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 1970 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres
  • 1971 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane seriously injured in a car accident
  • 1972 115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi dept store (Osaka Japan)
  • 1972 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12)
  • 1972 Battle at Springmartin: following a loyalist car bombing of a Catholic-owned pub in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast, clashes erupte between the PIRA, UVF and British Army
  • 1973 "Cyrano" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 49 performances

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1973 Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Smith Court in Mother's Day match in Calif

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
Tennis Legend Margaret Smith Court
Tennis Legend
Margaret Smith Court
  • 1973 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • 1975 "Rodgers & Hart" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • 1975 Hail stones as large as tennis balls hit Wernerville Tenn
  • 1976 9th & final ABA championship: NY Nets beat Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 2

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1977 Howard Stern begins broadcasting at WRNW, Briarcliff Manor NY

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1978 "Angel" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1978 Musical "Runaways" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 199 performances, with Elizabeth Swados
  • 1978 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4)
  • 1978 Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels
  • 1979 "Utter Glory... Morrissey Hall" opens & closes at Mark Hellinger NYC
  • 1979 Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
  • 1979 Shah of Iran & family sentenced to death in Tehran
  • 1980 Cincinnati Red Ray Knight hits 2 HRs in 5th inning vs NY Mets
  • 1981 Dinamo Tbilisi wins 21st European Cup Winner's Cup against Carl Zeiss Jena of East Germany 2-1 in Düsseldorf

MurderAssassination Attempt

1981 Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1982 Braniff Airlines files for bankruptcy
  • 1982 Chicago Cubs win their 8,000th (beat Astros)
  • 1982 Soyuz T-5 is launched-Berezovoi & Lebedev for 211 days in space
  • 1982 Terri Lea Utley, 20 (Arkansas) crowned 31st Miss USA

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1983 Reggie Jackson is 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1984 "Oliver!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 1984 Amy Alcott wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • 1984 Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff''s last competitive match
  • 1985 Carlton Fisk becomes 5th catcher to steal 100 bases
  • 1985 Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA
  • 1985 Philadelphia police attack a house held by group "Move", 11 killed
  • 1987 Ajax of the Netherlands win 27th European Cup Winner's Cup against Lokomotive Leipzig 1-0 of East Germany in Athens
  • 1987 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • 1989 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China

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1989 Minn Twin Kirby Puckett becomes 35th to hit 4 doubles in a game

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1989 Trinidad & Tobago ties US 1-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1990 "Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1990 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic

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1991 "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1991 Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0
  • 1991 Yankee Stadium fans sing "Like a Virgin" to Jose Canseco
  • 1992 3 astronauts simultaneous walked in space for the 1st time
  • 1992 Concrete foundation for ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field) is poured
  • 1992 Final episode of "Night Court" airs on NBC-TV
  • 1992 Frank Stallone beats Geraldo Rivera in boxing on Howard Stern Show
  • 1992 Li Hongzhi gave the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, People's Republic of China.
  • 1993 6th annual business person run held in Wall Street
  • 1993 Arsenio Hall's 1,000th show retrospective seen in Netherlands
  • 1993 CBS' Knots Landing ends 14 year run with 334th show in Netherlands

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1993 KC Royal George Brett hits his 300th HR

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1993 Methane gas explosion in Secunda coal mine South-Africa, kills 50
  • 1994 Indians begin a 18 home game home win streak at Jacobs Field
  • 1995 6.5 earthquake hits Greece
  • 1995 New Zealand beats US for the America's Cup
  • 1995 Chelsi Smith, 21, of USA, crowned 44th Miss Universe Shanna Lynn Moakler, (19-NY), replaces Chelsi Smith as Miss USA
  • 1995 40th Eurovision Song Contest: Secret Garden for Norway wins singing "Nocturne" in Dublin

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1996 OJ Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
OJ Simpson
  • 1996 Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.

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1997 Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1998 Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesian of Chinese descendants are looted and women raped.
  • 1998 India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, in addition to the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
  • 1998 Chelsea of England win 38th European Cup Winner's Cup against Stuttgart of Germany 1-0 in Stockholm
  • 2000 In Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage.
  • 2000 45th Eurovision Song Contest: Olsen Brothers for Denmark wins singing "Fly on the Wings of Love" in Stockholm
  • 2001 Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing "House of Freedoms" coalition wins the Italian general election.
  • 2001 47th British Academy Television Awards: "Da Ali G Show" Best Comedy, "Clocking Off" Best Drama
  • 2004 The final episode of "Frasier" on NBC is watched by 33 million people
  • 2005 The Andijan Massacre occurs in Uzbekistan.
  • 2006 2006 São Paulo violence: a major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil.
  • 2007 Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins.
  • 2007 5th Republic protest in support of state secularism held in İzmir, Turkey
  • 2011 Portugal slips into double-dip recession after the economy contracts by 0.7% in the first quarter of 2011, with a 0.6% contraction in the last quarter of 2010, it is reported today
  • 2011 Romania officially leaves the recession after 2 years following economic growth of an annualised 1.6% in the first quarter
  • 2012 49 dismembered bodies are found on a Mexican highway as part of the Mexican drug war
  • 2012 Torrential rain in Hunan Province, China, destroys a bridge, 3,500 homes and displaces 28,000 people
  • 2012 Manchester City win the English Premier League for the first time

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2013 Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield departs the International Space Station to return to Earth

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut
Chris Hadfield

CommunicationSanta María

2014 Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa María, is discovered off the northern coast of Haiti

  • 2014 301 miners are killed by an underground explosion and mine fire in Soma Mine, Manisa, Turkey