On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1991 Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0
  • 1992 3 astronauts simultaneous walked in space for the 1st time
  • 1992 Concrete foundation for ballpark at Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field) is poured, In downtown Cleveland, Ohio
  • 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 Methane gas explosion in Secunda coal mine South-Africa, kills 50
  • 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 Indonesians of Chinese descent 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.
  • 1999 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi is elected 10th President of Italy
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2014 Unidentified shipwreck is discovered off the northern coast of Haiti by marine archaeologist Barry Clifford
  • 2014 301 miners are killed by an underground explosion and mine fire in Soma Mine, Manisa, Turkey
  • 2017 Bus plunges off cliff near Marmaris, Turkey, killing at least 23, injuring 11
  • 2017 22 year old UK blogger halts spread of global ransomware cyber-attack by accidentally identifying "kill switch"
  • 2018 Family of six carry out 3 church bombings in Surabaya, Indonesia, killing at least 13. Islamic State claims responsibility.
  • 2018 China's first domestically built aircraft carrier begins sea trials in Dalian, China
  • 2019 Sri Lanka imposes a nationwide curfew from 9pm to 4am to curb violence against Muslims after the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks
  • 2019 New study on the moon shows it is still shrinking with recent moonquakes as it cools, published in journal "Nature Geoscience"

SudanAnti Omar al-Bashir Protest

2019 Former President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir is charged in connection with the deaths of protesters the previous month

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Alaa Salah during a protest against President Omar al-Bashir
Alaa Salah during a protest against President Omar al-Bashir
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  • 2019 China retaliates against the US as their trade war escalates, raising tariffs on $60 billion worth of goods affecting over 4,000 items
  • 2019 Diary of Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt's last days rediscovered and displayed for the 400th anniversary of his execution
  • 2020 Every African country now has cases of COVID-19 as Lesotho becomes the last county on the continent to record a case
  • 2021 Gaza conflict has killed 103 people in Palestine, including 27 children, through Israeli airstrikes, more than 1000 rockets fired into Israel by Gaza militants killing seven, city of Lod center of street fighting [1]
  • 2021 American CDC says people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can stop wearing masks

Birthdays in History

  • 1982 Oguchi Onyewu, American footballer
  • 1983 Anita Görbicz, Hungarian handball player

Deaths in History