Events in History on May 13

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Explorer John Smith
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
  • 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
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1861 Queen Victoria announces Britain's position of neutrality

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • 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
  • 1888 DeWolf Hooper 1st recited "Casey at Bat"
  • 1888 Princess Isabel of Brazil signs "Lei Auréa" abolishing slavery
  • 1890 Lord Salisbury offers Helgoland to Germany in exchange for Zanzibar, Uganda & Equatoria
  • 1906 Bezalel Art School opens in Jerusalem
  • 1909 Christian National Labor Workers (CNV) party begins in Netherlands
  • 1911 NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)
  • 1912 Royal Flying Corps forms in Great Britain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
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
  • 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)
  • 1923 Pulitzer prize awarded to Willa Carter (One of Ours)
  • 1927 "Black Friday" on Berlin Stock Exchange
  • 1930 Farmer killed by hail in Lubbock, Texas; only known fatality due to hail
  • 1931 Paul Doumer elected president of France
  • 1934 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies
  • 1936 Quiroga government takes office in Spain
  • 1939 SS St Louis departs Hamburg with 937 Jews fugitives
  • 1940 British bomb factory at Breda

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1942 Helicopter makes its 1st cross-country flight
  • 1943 German & Italian forces in Africa surrender
  • 1943 German occupiers confiscate all radios
  • 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 Pandit Nehru becomes premier of India
  • 1952 The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
  • 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.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 Rioters attack US VP Richard Nixon in Venezuela

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1958 The trade mark Velcro is registered.
  • 1960 1st launch of Delta satellite launching vehicle; it failed
  • 1965 Several Arab nations break ties with West Germany after it established diplomatic relations with Israel
  • 1966 US Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.
  • 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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Howard Stern begins broadcasting at WRNW, Briarcliff Manor NY

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 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 Shah of Iran & family sentenced to death in Tehran

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 Soyuz T-5 is launched-Berezovoi & Lebedev for 211 days in space
  • 1985 Philadelphia police attack a house held by group "Move", 11 killed
  • 1989 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China
  • 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 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 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
  • 1996 Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.
  • 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.
  • 2000 In Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage.
  • 2001 Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing "House of Freedoms" coalition wins the Italian general election.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
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