Events in History on July 13

  • 574 John III ends his reign as Catholic Pope

Historic Event

1174 William I of Scotland, key rebel in Revolt of 1173-1174, captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to Henry II of England

  • 1522 Hunger appeal by women of Utrecht
  • 1558 Battle of Gravelines: In France, Spanish forces led by Count Lamoral of Egmont defeat the French forces of Marshal Paul des Thermes at Gravelines
  • 1568 Dean of St. Paul's London, Alexander Nowell perfects a way to bottle beer
  • 1573 Haarlem surrenders after 7 months to Spanish army
  • 1643 Battle at Roundway Down: Royalists beat parliamentary armies
  • 1645 Aleksei Romanov succeeds his father Michael as Tsar of Russia

Historic Event

1657 Oliver Cromwell constrains English army leader John Lambert

  • 1700 Treaty of Constantinople establishes peace after Russo-Turkish war

Voyage of Discovery

1772 Captain James Cook begins his second voyage to the South Seas aboard the Resolution to search for Terra Australis (Southern continent)

  • 1787 Congress establishes Northwest Territory (excludes slavery)
  • 1787 US Ordinance of 1787 passed, establishes first organized US territory
  • 1794 Battle of the Vosges between French forces and those of Prussia and Austria
  • 1832 Source of Mississippi River discovered by American geographer Henry Schoolcraft

Historic Invention

1835 Swedish-American inventor John Ericsson files for a patent for his screw propeller design

  • 1836 US patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels

Historic Event

1837 Queen Victoria is 1st monarch to live in present Buckingham Palace

  • 1851 John F Loudon discovers tin on East Indian Island of Billiton
  • 1854 In the Battle of Guaymas, Mexico, General Jose Maria Yanez stops the French invasion led by Count Gaston de Raousset Boulbon
  • 1854 US forces shell and burn San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua
  • 1861 Battle of Corrick's Ford, Virginia (Carrick's Ford) - Union army takes total control of western Virginia
  • 1862 Battle of Murfreesboro, fought in Rutherford County, Tennessee begins (Forrest's Raid), Confederate victory (US Civil War)
  • 1863 Anti-draft mobs lynch blacks in NYC; about 1,000 die
  • 1863 Battle of Bayou La Fourche, Louisiana
  • 1863 Battle of Tupelo, Mississippi (Harrisburg) [->JUL 15]
  • 1863 Rebellion at Morgan's, Ohio [->JUL 26]
  • 1864 Early retreats from Washington City back to Shenandoah Valley
  • 1865 Horace Greeley, founder and editor of the "New-York Tribune" reputedly advises his readers to "Go west young man"
  • 1868 Oscar J Dunn, former slave, installed as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana

Historic Event

1870 King Wilhelm of Prussia sends "Emser Depeche" on Bismarck

  • 1871 World's first championship cat show; Organised by Harrison Weir and held in Crystal Palace, London
  • 1876 29th US Postmaster General: James N Tyner of Indiana takes office
  • 1878 Congress of Berlin ends, redrawing the terms of Treaty of San Stefano to give Russia less influence in old Ottoman Empire
  • 1882 200 die as train derails near Tcherny, Russia
  • 1893 Germany Army Bill is ratified
  • 1898 San Francisco Ferry Building at foot of Market St opens
  • 1911 Great Britain and Japan renew their alliance of 1902 for another four years; the reason Japan joins WWI on the Allies side
  • 1917 Vision of Virgin Mary appears to children of Fatima, Portugal
  • 1919 Race riots in Longview, Gregg County, Texas
  • 1923 American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews discovers the first recognised dinosaur eggs, in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia
  • 1925 French occupation force begins evacuating country
  • 1930 David Sarnoff reports in NY Times "TV would be a theater in every home"
  • 1935 US-Russian commerce treaty takes effect
  • 1936 112°F (44°C), Mio, Michigan (state record)
  • 1936 114°F (46°C), Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin (state record)
  • 1938 Kroller-Muller museum opens in Holland
  • 1941 World War II: Montenegrins start popular uprising against the Axis Powers (Trinaestojulski ustanak).
  • 1942 5,000 Jews of Rovno Polish Ukraine, executed by Nazis
  • 1942 German occupiers imprison 800 prominent Dutch as hostages
  • 1942 SS shoots 1,500 Jews in Josefov Poland
  • 1944 Vilnius, Lithuania, liberated


1949 Pope Pius XII excommunicates communist catholics

  • 1950 René Pleven forms French government
  • 1951 Great Flood: 2.000,000 acres in Kansas and Missouri in central US are flooded from rain swollen Missouri and Kansas Rivers
  • 1953 Battle of the Kumsong River begins - last major battle of the Korean war
  • 1954 Dean Stone gets credit for AL win, although he didn't retire a batter, he threw out Shoendienst trying to steal home, AL-11 NL-9

Conference of Interest

1955 Industrialist Cyrus Eaton first offers to host a conference on dangers of nuclear weapons in Pugwash, Nova Scotia

  • 1955 The last execution of a woman in Britain, Ruth Ellis, takes place at Holloway Prison, London
  • 1960 KDBQ-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KYA

Presidential Convention

1960 US Democratic convention nominates JFK as presidential candidate

  • 1962 500 Indonesian parachutist land on New Guinea
  • 1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1963 Indian government announces it will cut last remaining links with South Africa by refusing landing facilities to South African aircraft
  • 1966 A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founds the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna movement) in New York City
  • 1967 Race riots break out in Newark, 27 die
  • 1968 French government-Couve de Murville forms

Historic Event

1969 North Ireland loyalist Ian Paisley addresses a crowd at Loughgall, County Antrim, and is reported to have said: "I am anti-Roman Catholic, but God being my judge, I love the poor dupes who are ground down under that system."

  • 1969 Russia launches unmanned Luna 15 to Moon
  • 1970 Building begins of Amsterdam metro
  • 1970 The annual 'Twelfth' parades passes off without serious incident in Northern Ireland
  • 1972 A series of gun-battles and shootings erupt across Belfast between the Provisional Irish Republican Army and British Army soldiers
  • 1973 Bobby Murcer's 3 homers accounted for all RBIs, beating KC 5-0
  • 1973 Hector de Campora resigns as President of Argentina
  • 1974 India's 1st one-day international (v England, Headingley)
  • 1975 8.5" (21.6 cm) of rainfall, Dover, Delaware (state record)
  • 1976 Court martial begins in USSR for Valery Sablin (Hunt for Red Oct)
  • 1977 NYC experiences 25 hr black-out
  • 1978 Albania drops diplomatic relations with People's Republic of China
  • 1978 Alexander Ginzburg sentenced by Soviet court to 8 years
  • 1978 Ford Motor Company chairman Henry Ford II fires company president Lee Iacocca
  • 1978 Russian dissidents Ginsburg, Piatkus and Sjtsjaranki sentenced to work camps
  • 1978 Walter Poenisch completes swim of 207 km from Cuba to Florida
  • 1980 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1982 Iran launches first attack into Iraq
  • 1982 Train crash at Aalter Belgium, 5 killed
  • 1983 The Transvaal Attorney General announces that Eugène Terre'Blanche, leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) and three associates will face terrorism charges, South Africa
  • 1984 The last sitting of an all-white Parliament in South Africa
  • 1986 Zola Budd and Annette Cowley are banned from the Commonwealth Games, a direct consequence of Britain's refusal to support economic sanctions against the apartheid government of South Africa
  • 1992 The Tripartite Alliance, consisting of the African National Congress, South African Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Union, outlines a mass action plan for August
  • 1995 Space shuttle STS-70 (Discovery 20), launches
  • 1996 Cigar wins record 16th straight win, (ties Citation in 1940)
  • 1997 Indonesian ferry sinks, killing at least 77

Historic Event

2008 Brewing company InBev announces deal to buy American brewer Anheuser-Busch for almost $52 billion

  • 2011 Mumbai is rocked by three bomb blasts during the evening rush hour, killing 26 and injuring 130
  • 2012 19-30 people are killed after a train collides with a truck in Malelane, South Africa
  • 2012 China's economic growth drops to 7.6%, its lowest level for three years
  • 2013 #BlackLivesMatter created in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin
  • 2013 18 people are killed and 40 are injured after a gravel truck collides with a bus in Podolsk, Russia
  • 2013 Ten people are killed after a bus crash in Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • 2015 Greek Credit Crisis: Eurozone agrees conditional deal to lend €86bn over 3 years if Greece passes reforms.
  • 2015 Sandra Bland is found dead in Waller County jail, Texas after spending weekend in jail after a traffic offence. Her family disputes her supposed suicide

Election of Interest

2016 Theresa May is elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom by Conservative Party MPs

Historic Event

2017 US President Donald Trump arrives in Paris for a 2-day visit with French President Emmanuel Macron

  • 2018 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay record $4.7 billion in damages in talc cancer case by jury in US state of Missouri

Historic Event

2018 Large protests in London against US President Donald Trump featuring Trump-like baby blimp as President Trump meets Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle

  • 2018 Outline of 5,000 year-old henge discovered at New Grange, Ireland through drought and drone footage
  • 2018 Suicide bombing in Baluchistan, Pakistan, targeting election campaign event kills 128, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • 2018 US Department of Justice charges 12 Russian intelligence officers with cyber-attacks against Democratic officials during 2016 US election
  • 2021 "Unprecedented" early fire season in western US as 67 large fires and nearly 918,000 acres reported burnt by Interagency Fire Center [1]

Historic Event

2021 337 die in violent protests and looting in South Africa following the jailing of Jacob Zuma, with more than 200 shopping malls set alight [1]

  • 2022 Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees to the Maldives just before leaving office amid nationwide protests and economic unrest [1]

Historic Event

2022 US President Joe Biden lands in Israel to begin a four-day trip to the Middle East