On This Day

On This Day in History for April 13 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1976 US Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes
  • 1978 Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, & the field is showered
  • 1979 Christian Turks occupy St Jansbasiliek
  • 1979 Longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours
  • 1979 Yusuf Lule becomes premier of Uganda
  • 1981 Pulitzer prize awarded to Beth Henley for "Crimes of the Heart"
  • 1981 Wash Post Janet Cooke wins Pulitzer Prize (later admits story a hoax)
  • 1983 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1984 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41C)-Challenger 5-returns to Earth
  • 1985 Space Shuttle Atlantis ferried to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Ramiz Alia succeeds Enver Hoxha as party leader of Albania

Dictator of Albania Enver Hoxha
Dictator of Albania
Enver Hoxha

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1986 Pope John Paul II meets Rome's Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff at Rome synagogue

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1987 Portugal signs agreement to return Macau to China (in 1999)
  • 1988 Italian government of De Mita forms
  • 1991 BPAA US Open by Pete Weber
  • 1992 Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits Netherlands

  • 1992 American Airlines reduce its 1st-class fares 20%-50%
  • 1992 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Sacramento, Providence, Denver, Dallas, and Grand Rapids
  • 1992 Great Chicago Flood - Chicago's underground tunnels flood

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1993 Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia" premieres in London directed by Trevor Nunn, starring Rufus Sewell, Felicity Kendal and Bill Nighy

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
  • 1994 Presidential guard at Kigali, Rwanda, chops 1,200 church members to death
  • 1994 Target date for Israeli complete withdrawal, doesn't occur
  • 1994 United Arab Emirates' 1st official ODI, losing to India
  • 2002 Pedro Carmona, interim president of Venezuela, resigns one day after taking office
  • 2006 Powerful tornadoes rip through Iowa City, Iowa.
  • 2012 North Korean long range rocket testing ends in failure after the rocket broke up after launch
  • 2013 8 people are killed after a bomb explodes on a bus in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 2013 20 civilians are killed by the government bombing of Saraqib, Idlib
  • 2015 Migrant ship carrying around 550 sinks off the Libyan coast, about 400 drown
  • 2019 Body of 38-year-old Filipino woman discovered in abandoned mine starts the hunt for Cyprus's first serial killer, at least 5 other bodies later discovered
  • 2019 Australian super-horse Winx ends extraordinary career with a 3rd Queen Elizabeth Stakes win in Sydney; 33 consecutive race wins, a world record 25 Group One victories and $26.4 million prize money
  • 2019 World's largest plane by wingspan at 117m (385 ft), the Stratolaunch, built as a flying launch pad for satellites, takes its first flight from Mojave, California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Bernie Sanders endorses former rival Joe Biden for president

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo says “I believe the worst is over if we continue to be smart,” about the COVID-19 pandemic in New York as death toll passes 10,000

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo
  • 2021 US, South Africa and the EU authorities temporarily stop administrating Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines after six women developed blood clots (out of 6.8 million)

Birthdays in History

  • 1937 Lanford Wilson, American playwright (Hot L Baltimore), born in Lebanon, Missouri
  • 1938 John Weston, British diplomat, representative for NATO (1992-95) and UN (1995-98)
  • 1939 Barbara-Rose Collins, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestSeamus Heaney

1939 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), born in Castledawson, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (d. 2013)

  • 1939 Wijnie Jabaaij, Dutch politician (PvdA), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1941 Michael Stuart Brown, American geneticist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1985), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Ataol Behramoğlu, Turkish poet and writer, born in Çatalca, Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • 1943 Billy Kidd, American skier, born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1944 Charles Burnett, American film director (When It Rains; Glass Shield), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1944 Susan Davis, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California (D), 2001-21), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1945 Carlos Gimenez, Argentine-Venezuelan founder (Theater festival of Caracas) (d. 1993)
  • 1946 Roy Loney, American rocker (Flamin' Groovies)
  • 1948 Sue Doughty, British politician (MP for Guildford), born in York, England
  • 1948 Nam Hae-il, 25th Chief of Naval Operations of Republic of Korea Navy
  • 1949 Jean-Jacques Favier, French engineer and astronaut (STS 78), born in Kehl, Germany
  • 1949 Philippe Petit, French high-wire artist, born in Nemours, Seine-et-Marne, France

Person of interestChristopher Hitchens

1949 Christopher Hitchens, English author and columnist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2011)

Author, Journalist and Orator Christopher Hitchens
Author, Journalist and Orator
Christopher Hitchens
  • 1951 Jack Quinn, American politician (US House of Representatives from New York (R), 1993-2005), and college president (Erie Community, 2008-17), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952 Ron Dittemore, American space administrator, born in Cooperstown, New York
  • 1952 David Drew, British politician (MP for Stroud), born in Gloucestershire, England
  • 1953 Stephen Byers, British politician (L), (MG Rover Group controversy), born in Wolverhampton
  • 1953 Brigitte Macron, French teacher and wife of politician Emmanuel Macron, born in Amiens, France
  • 1954 Barbara Roche, British Labour Party politician
  • 1955 Ole von Beust, German politician and Mayor of Hamburg, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1957 Amy Goodman, American activist and host of Democracy Now, born in Bay Shore, New York
  • 1960 Rudi Völler, German football coach, born in Hanau, West Germany
  • 1960 Bob Casey, Jr., American lawyer and politician (U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (D), 2007-present), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Patricio Pouchulu, Argentine architect, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1968 Margrethe Vestager, Danish politician and European Commissioner for Competition, born in Glostrup, Zealand
  • 1974 Ruben Östlund, Swedish director (The Square), born in Styrsö, Sweden
  • 1987 Brandon Hardesty, American internet entertainer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1991 Dylan Francis Penn, daughter of Sean Penn & Robin Wright, born in Los Angeles, California

Divorces in History


Deaths in History