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 and sweat" in his first speech as Prime Minister to British House of Commons
  • 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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May 13 in Film & TV

  • 2004 The final episode of "Frasier" on NBC is watched by 33 million people

May 13 in Music

May 13 in Sport

  • 1950 First ever race of the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship is run at Silverstone, England and won by Giuseppe Farina of italy in an Alfa Romeo

Did You Know?

Cardinal Richelieu of France reputedly creates the table knife

On May 13, 1637

Would You Believe?

22 year old UK blogger halts spread of global ransomware cyber-attack by accidentally identifying "kill switch"

On May 13, 2017

Famous Weddings

  • 1922 "Latin Lover" silent actor Rudolph Valentino (27) weds film costume and set designer Natacha Rambova (25) in Mexicali, Mexico; divorce in 1925
  • 1932 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (25) weds Russian physicist Nina Varsar (23), mostly until her death in 1954
  • 1985 American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen (35) weds American actress Julianne Phillips (25) at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon; divorce in 1989

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