Historical Events on November 13

Event of Interest

833 Louis the Pious, King of the Franks, performs public act of penance at the Church of Saint Medard in Soissons

  • 866 Pope Nicholas I answers the envoys of Boris (Ad consulta vestra)
  • 1002 English king Ethelred II (the 'Unready') launches 'St Brice's Day' massacre of Danish settlers

Event of Interest

1553 English Lady Jane Grey and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer accused of high treason

Event of Interest

1565 King Philip II's "Letters out Segovia" reaches Brussels

  • 1565 Pope Pius IV publishes decree Professi fidei

Battle at Turnham Green

1642 Battle at Turnham Green outside London: King Charles I vs English parliament

Appointment of Interest

1673 Christopher Wren is appointed architect for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral in London by King Charles II [1]

  • 1715 Battle of Sheriffmuir during Jacobite rebellion. Battle inconclusive but Government forces halt advance of Jacobite army lead by Scottish Earl of Mar
  • 1775 American Revolutionary forces capture Montreal
  • 1781 British troops occupy Negapatam, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Event of Interest

1789 Benjamin Franklin writes "Nothing . . . certain but death & taxes"

  • 1839 1st US anti-slavery party, Liberty Party, convenes in NY
  • 1841 James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually calls hypnosis
  • 1849 Peter Burnett elected first governor of California
  • 1851 1st meeting of anti-revolutionary "Netherlands & Orange"
  • 1851 Telegraph connection between London-Paris linked
  • 1851 The Denny Party lands at Alki Point, the first settlers of what would become Seattle, Washington
  • 1854 "New Era" sinks off New Jersey coast with loss of 300

Palace of Westminster

1856 The Great Bell of Big Ben first chimes at the foot of the still unfinished clock tower outside the Palace of Westminster [1]

  • 1861 A letter is written by Reverend Mark R. Watkinson petitioning the Treasury Department to "recognize Almighty God" on American coins; the department eventually decides on the motto "In God We Trust"
  • 1864 The new Constitution of Greece adopted

Event of Interest

1865 P. T. Barnum's New American museum opens in Bridgeport

  • 1865 US issues 1st gold certificates
  • 1868 American Philological Association organized in NY
  • 1875 Harvard-Yale game is 1st college football contest with uniforms
  • 1875 National Bowling Association organized in NYC
  • 1887 Bloody Sunday clashes in central London
  • 1900 Baltimore Orioles (now NY Yankees) enter baseball's American League
  • 1901 Caister Lifeboat Disaster claims lives of nine lifeboat men off the coast of Norfolk, England

Historic Publication

1902 "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad is first published in one volume (previously serialized) by William Blackwood in Edinburgh

  • 1906 C. W. Gregory out for 383 as NSW make 763 v Queensland, in record cricket innings by an Australian
  • 1907 French cyclist Paul Cornu flies 1st helicopter (twin rotor)
  • 1907 The Conference of Central American States, convoked in response to the war between Honduras and Nicaragua, meets in Washington, D.C. to promote unification
  • 1909 259 miners die in a fire at St Paul Mine at Cherry, Illinois
  • 1909 Ben Simpson of Hamilton Tigers kicks 9 singles in 14-4 win over the Argos at Rosedale Field in Toronto
  • 1909 Collier's magazine accuses U.S. Secretary of the Interior Richard Ballinger of questionable dealings in Alaskan coal fields
  • 1916 British offensive at Ancre, Belgium
  • 1916 Prime Minister of Australia Billy Hughes is expelled from the Labor Party over his support for conscription
  • 1918 Prince Friedrich, last reigning Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, abdicates
  • 1918 Russia cancels Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
  • 1918 Stahlhelm forms (anti communist/Polish/French) in Magdenburg
  • 1920 Hudson River freezes at Albany
  • 1921 US, France, Japan and British Empire sign a Pacific Treaty

Music Premiere

1922 George M. Cohan's musical "Little Nellie Kelly" premieres in NYC

Event of Interest

1922 Marc Connelly and George Kaufman's "'49ers" premieres in NYC

  • 1926 Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) uprising in Bantam, West Java
  • 1927 New York - New Jersey Holland Tunnel, 1st twin-tube underwater auto tunnel, opens
  • 1930 WA Drake's "Grand Hotel" premieres in NYC
  • 1931 Hattie Caraway (D-AK) appointed first US woman senator
  • 1933 1st modern sit-down strike by Hormel meat packers in Austin, Minnesota
  • 1935 Anti-British riots in Egypt
  • 1937 NBC forms first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio
  • 1938 America's first saint, Mother Frances Cabrini, beatified


1940 Walt Disney's animated film "Fantasia", starring Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mickey Mouse, and ballet dancing hippopotamuses, premieres at the Broadway Theatre, New York City

Event of Interest

1941 German Abweht consults with Chetnikleider Draza Mihailovic

  • 1941 U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal near Gibraltar
  • 1942 Chaotic "sea battle of Friday the 13th" at Guadalcanal
  • 1942 Minimum draft age lowered from 21 to 18 in the US
  • 1945 Australian Services draw 1st Victory Test against India

Sports History

1946 Bradman scores 106 for an Australian XI v the MCC

  • 1946 First artificial snow produced from a natural cloud, Mt Greylock, Massachusetts
  • 1948 "As the Girls Go" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 420 performances
  • 1950 General Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, President of Venezuela, is assassinated in Caracas
  • 1950 US win 1st world championship bridge contest
  • 1951 Janet Collins is the first 1st African-American dancer to appear at the Metropolitan Opera, in a production of Aida

Sports History

1951 Lefty O'Doul's all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio and Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan)

  • 1952 False fingernails 1st sold
  • 1952 KLBK TV channel 13 in Lubbock, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting

Music History

1953 Dmitri Shostakovich's 4th String Quartet premieres

  • 1954 1st Rugby League World Cup, Parc des Princes, Paris: Great Britain beats France, 16-12; Man of The Match: GB second rower Don Robinson
  • 1955 1st live telecast from non-contiguous foreign country-Havana Cuba
  • 1955 Argentine general Pedro Aramburu succeeds E Lonardi as president
  • 1956 US Supreme court rules race separation on buses in Alabama unconstitutional
  • 1958 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner announces plans to begin a new baseball called the Continental League
  • 1959 The Academy of St Martin in the Fields' first professional concert takes place in London
  • 1960 Fire in movie theater kills 152 children in Amude, Spain
  • 1961 Vladimir Yefimovich Semichastny succeeds Aleksandr Nikolayevich Shelepin as head of the KGB.
  • 1961 WCBB TV channel 10 in Augusta, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 Bob Petit (St Louis Hawks) becomes 1st NBAer to score 20,000 points

Event of Interest

1964 Pope Paul VI gives tiara to poor

  • 1965 "Skyscraper" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 248 performances
  • 1965 "Yarmouth Castle" burns and sinks off Bahamas, killing 89
  • 1965 Director Kenneth Tynan says the word "F*ck" on BBC

TV Show Appearance

1966 American comedian Flip Wilson makes his debut appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; he returns 10 times [1]

  • 1967 Carl Stokes sworn-in as 1st major city black mayor (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1967 NL owners OK AL expansion to Seattle & Kansas City

Sports History

1968 As a rookie, future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Elvin Hayes scores 54 points in San Diego Rockets' 122-120 win over Detroit Pistons, a career-high

Sports History

1968 Bob Gibson edges Pete Rose to win NL MVP

  • 1968 William Craig, Home Affairs Minister, bans all marches, with the exception of 'customary' parades, in Derry, Northern Ireland; the exception of 'customary' parades meant that Loyalist institutions could parade but civil rights marches could not

Film & TV History

1969 Vice President Spiro Agnew accuses network TV news departments of bias and distortion

  • 1970 US Vice President Spiro Agnew calls TV executives "impudent snobs"
  • 1971 Mariner 9, 1st to orbit another planet (Mars)
  • 1973 "Gigi" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 103 performances

Sports History

1973 Oakland A's Reggie Jackson wins AL MVP unanimously

Sports History

1974 Dodgers Steve Garvey wins NL MVP

  • 1975 Marilyn Clark and Charles Burr's revue "A Musical Jubilee", featuring Lillian Gish. John Raitt, Tammy Grimes, Cyril Ritchard, and Dick Shawn opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 92 performances
  • 1977 25th Islander shut-out Resch 6-0 Gilles scores on 5th penalty shot
  • 1977 Final Al Capp comic strip of "Li'l Abner" (1934-77)
  • 1978 NASA launches HEAO 2
  • 1979 British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year

Sports History

1979 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell and St Louis Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez share National League MVP Award

Event of Interest

1979 Ronald Reagan announces his candidacy for US President in NYC

  • 1980 Gabriella Brum, 18, of West Germany crowned 30th Miss World; she resigns the next day because she wants to marry her 52 year old boyfriend
  • 1980 US spacecraft Voyager 1 sends back 1st close-up pictures of Saturn during its fly-by

Wrack My Brain

1981 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain", written and produced by George Harrison, in the UK

  • 1982 Vietnam Veterans Memorial opens in Washington, D.C., featuring the names of over 58,000 US soldiers killed or missing in the Vietnam War
  • 1982 WBA lightweight champion Ray Mancini beats South Korean challenger Duk Koo Kim by TKO in 14th round in Las Vegas; Kim collapses, falls into a coma and dies 4 days later; as a result, WBC shortens title bouts to 12 rounds; WBA & WBO follow in 1988, and IBF in 1989
  • 1984 David Levy finds his first comet

Sports History

1984 Ryne Sandberg wins the NL MVP Award

Sports History

1985 Dwight Gooden, youngest 20 game winner, wins Cy Young award

  • 1985 Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts in Colombia, killing 25,000 in the town of Armero
  • 1986 Giselle Jeanne-Marie LaRonde of Trinidad, 23, crowned 36th Miss World
  • 1986 NASA launches space vehicle S-199
  • 1986 US President Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran
  • 1987 1st condom commercial on British TV

Music History

1987 Sonny & Cher perform together for the final time, singing "I Got You Babe" on 'Late Night with David Letterman' (NBC)

F1 World Champion

1988 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna finishes 2nd in the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins title by 3 points from Alain Prost

Figure of 8

1989 Paul McCartney releases single "Figure of 8" & "Ou Est Le Soleil"

  • 1990 In the New Zealand seaside town of Aramoana, David Gray shoots dead 13 people in the Aramoana massacre
  • 1990 Oakland's Bob Welch wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 1990 Saudis ask US for rights to bid on SPR (Strategic Petroleum Reserve) crude
  • 1991 Bomb destroys Dutch Labour party politician Aad Kosto's house in a failed assassination attempt, he survives and in a famous image finds and cuddles his cat

Sports History

1991 Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens wins AL Cy Young Award

Boxing Title Fight

1992 Riddick Bowe wins the undisputed world heavyweight boxing crown with a unanimous points decision over Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas; first of their 3 meetings

  • 1993 7.1 seaquake east of Kamchatka
  • 1993 Chinese MD82 makes crash landing at Urumqi, 12 killed
  • 1993 Pakistani minister of Foreign affairs Faruk Leghari elected president

Sports History

1994 44th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

  • 1994 Sweden agrees to join European Union

F1 World Champion

1994 Title contenders Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill famously collide on lap 35 of the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; Schumacher wins his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Hill


1995 "GoldenEye", 17th James Bond film released, starring Pierce Brosnan for the first time, Robbie Coltrane and Judi Dench as M

  • 1996 "Three Sisters" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • 1996 Joel Armengaud discovers 2^1398269 - 1 (35th known Mersenne prime)
  • 1996 Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti is 4th unanimous winner of NL MVP
  • 1997 "Lion King" opens at New Amersterdam Theater NYC
  • 1997 UN pulls out arms inspection teams from Iraq

Toy Story 2

1999 "Toy Story 2", directed by John Lasseter, starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premieres in the US

Event of Interest

2000 Philippine House Speaker Manuel B. Villar, Jr. passes the articles of impeachment against Philippine President Joseph Estrada

  • 2000 The Beatles release their compilation album “1” (2001 Billboard Album of the Year), and launch their official website - thebeatles.com

Laundry Service

2001 Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira's fifth studio album and first English language album, "Laundry Service", is released

  • 2001 Doha Round: The World Trade Organization ends a four-day ministerial conference in Doha, Qatar

Event of Interest

2001 US President George W. Bush orders that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve be filled to capacity over the next few years

  • 2001 War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.

Lose Yourself

2002 Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of "8 Mile", 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song

  • 2002 Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441
  • 2002 The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill

Sports History

2005 French tennis star Amélie Mauresmo beats countrywoman Mary Pierce 5–7, 7–6, 6–4 for the season ending WTA Tour Championship at the Staples Center, Los Angeles

  • 2007 An explosion hits the south wing of the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Quezon City, killing four people, including Congressman Wahab Akbar, and wounding six
  • 2008 Equity research by Deutsche Bank states that Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines should not experience a recession, despite potential harm to economic growth from falling commodity prices and possible weaker exports
  • 2008 Germany's economy, Europe's largest, contracts by 0.5% in the third quarter after GDP fell 0.4% in the second quarter, putting it in recession for the first time in five years
  • 2009 Germany's growth of 0.7% in the third quarter helps lead the Eurozone out of the recession after providing overall growth of 0.4% in the same period, with the whole European Union growing 0.2%, it is reported today
  • 2009 The Netherlands officially exits the recession after experiencing 0.4% growth in the third quarter, but recovery for the Netherlands still remains fragile as the country is highly dependent on exports to maintain the recovery
  • 2010 Australian rock band Powderfinger, perform their last concert at the Brisbane River Stage
  • 2012 3 Syrian tanks enter the demilitarized zone of Golan Heights
  • 2014 Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout wins the MVP awards in MLB for 2014
  • 2014 Indian cricket batsman Rohit Sharma sets new world ODI record of 264 runs off 173 balls against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata
  • 2015 Terror attacks in Paris at bars, restaurants, the national football stadium and Bataclan music venue leave 130 dead. Isis claim responsibility.
  • 2016 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Strasbourg, France: Czech pair Karolína Plíšková & Barbora Strýcová beats Caroline Garcia & Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-5, 7-5 to wrap up 3-2 win and 3rd straight title
  • 2017 First Barbie doll to wear a hijab, modeled on Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad unveiled in New York
  • 2017 Italy fails to qualify for 2018 Football World Cup (first time since 1958), after play-off defeat against Sweden
  • 2017 World's earliest wine-making uncovered from Khramis Didi Gora, Georgia, in clay pots from 6,000BC
  • 2018 Amazon announces two new corporate outposts at Queens, New York and Arlington, Virginia
  • 2018 Four members of a family arrested for the Rhoden family massacre where eight people were shot, south of Columbus, Ohio in 2016
  • 2018 Kristine E. Guillaume is named the first black woman to head prestigious Harvard student newspaper "The Crimson"
  • 2018 Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court blocks President Maithripala Sirisena from dissolving parliament

Event of Interest

2019 Bolivian opposition senator Jeanine Áñez assumed interim presidency of Bolivia after Evo Morales resignation

Event of Interest

2019 First day of public testimony in Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry held in Washington, D.C.

  • 2019 Rediscovered painting "Lucretia" by female baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi sells for $4.1 million at auction in Paris

Music History

2019 South Korean girl group Blackpink are the first K-pop group to have a single reach 1 billion views on YouTube for "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du"

  • 2019 Venice hit by worse floods for 50 years, due to a very high tide with waves in St Mark's square, killing one resident

Music History

2020 British pop singer Harry Styles becomes the first-ever solo male featured on the cover US Vogue magazine

Event of Interest

2020 British strategist and chief advisor to the PM Dominic Cummings is let go by Boris Johnson

  • 2020 Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez scores all the Pumas points as Argentina claim their 1st ever win over New Zealand's All Blacks, winning 25-15 in a Rugby Championship game in Sydney

Music History

2020 Kylie Minogue becomes the first woman to top the UK album chart over five consecutive decades with "Disco"

  • 2021 Germany records its highest number of daily COVID-19 cases amid warnings its fourth wave could kill 100,000 [1]
  • 2021 Glasgow Climate Pact agreed at COP26: commits countries to a phasedown" of "unabated" coal, end deforestation by 2030 and cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030 [1]
  • 2022 Bombing on Istiklal Avenue, central Istanbul, Turkey, labelled a terrorist attack, killing six people and injuring 81 [1]
  • 2022 Four Idaho university students stabbed and killed in their home in Moscow, Idaho. Suspect Bryan Kohberger arrested seven weeks later. [1]
  • 2022 ICC Men's Cricket T20 World Cup, Melbourne: England beats Pakistan by 5 wickets to win their WC second title; Player of the match & series: England fast bowler Sam Curran; crowd 80,462
  • 2022 The Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, built in 1957 and host to JFK, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra is imploded; closed in 2017 after an electrical fire