This day in history

This Day In History: It’s April 13th 20 something….

There’s been thousands of these days in the past and more to come.

We thought it’d be cool to to take a look back at everything that happened in history on this day.

We’re here to help you remember everything you forgot so what could be better than a history of events that have happened on this day!

Each day of the week, The Beat Chicago takes you back through the years to see all the birthdays, heavenly birthdays and major events that have impacted life here on Earth.

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The Beat’s Backspin section takes you back in time highlighting all the biggest events of the each year. We start Backspin at 1970 and go all the way to 1999. We’ve cataloged all the biggest news stories, top movies, TV shows, sporting events and more to help you remember everything you forgot or, help you learn something you didn’t know.

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1742 – Handel’s “Messiah” was performed publicly for the first time ever in Dublin, Ireland.

1954 – Hank Aaron debuted with the Milwaukee Braves.

1957 – The Boston Celtics won their first NBA Championship beating the St. Louis Hawks 125-123 in Game 7.

1958 – Van Cliburn of Kilgore, TX, became the first American to win 1st prize in the Soviet Union’s Tchaikovsky International Piano Contest in Moscow.

1963 – The New York Mets played their first home game ever at the Polo Grounds.

1963 – Pete Rose gets his first in the major leagues.

1967 – The Rolling Stones performed their first concert behind the Iron Curtain at the Palace of Culture in Warsaw, Poland.

1970 – Led Zeppelin became the first band to sell out the Montreal Forum.

1972 – After the first strike in Major League Baseball history, owners and players decide to not make up the games cancelled due to the strike.

1979 – The world’s longest doubles ping-pong match ended after 101 hours.

1980 – The Broadway musical “Grease” closed after 3,883 performances.

1985 – “We Are the World” by U.S.A. For Africa hits #1 in the U.S.

1985 – “The Grand Ole Opry” debuts on TV.

1985 – Howard Cosell was a guest on “Saturday Night Live.”

1986 – Jack Nicklaus, at age 46, won his sixth Masters.

1994 – Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announced that they were separating.

1997 – Eldrick “Tiger” Woods became the youngest and the first African-American person to win the Masters Tournament at the age of 21. He also set a record when he finished at 18 under par with a tournament-record score of 270.

1999 – Jack Kervorkian was sentenced 10 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of Thomas Youk. Youk’s assisted suicide was videotaped and shown on “60 Minutes” the year before.

1999 – Late to the game and long after Cyber-Radio, Beat Radio and Groove Radio, VH1 debuted their Internet radio station called VH1 at Work. The first webcast was the “Divas Live” concert.

1999 – Yoko Ono sued Frederic Seaman over personal effects of the late John Lennon. Seaman, a former assistant to Lennon, was accused of “an elaborate scheme” to “exploit Lennon’s death by stealing priceless personal and sentimental items.”

2000 – Heather Mills won $316,700 in damages for a 1993 accident that involved a British motorcycle officer. Mills, Paul McCartney’s girlfriend, received the out-of-court-settlement without any admission of guilt for the loss of her left leg.

2000 – Gavin Rossdale (Bush) collapsed at the end of a show in Los Angeles.

2000 – Metallica filed suit against Napster, the University of Southern California, Yale University and Indiana University for copyright infringement, unlawful use of digital audio interface device and violations of the Racketeering Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

2003 – Mike Weir became the first Canadian to win the Masters Tournament.

2016 – The Golden State Warriors ended the regular season with a record of 73-9. This beat the NBA record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.


Thomas Jefferson 1743 – 3rd U.S. President

Frank W. Woolworth 1852 – Merchant, created the five and ten cent store, head of F.W. Woolworth & Co.

Butch Cassidy (Robert LeRoy Parker) 1866 – American train robber, bank robber and leader of the Wild Bunch Gang

Don Adams (Donald James Yarmy) 1926 – Actor (Get Smart and more)

Lyle Waggoner 1935 – Actor (The Carol Burnett Show, Wonder Woman, passed away in 2020)

Paul Sorvino 1939 – Actor (Oh God!  Goodfellas, Law & Order and more)

Bill Conti 1942 – Composer (Rocky and more)

Tony Dow 1945 – Actor (Leave it to Beaver)

Al Green 1946 – Singer, songwriter

Ron Perlman 1950 – Actor (Beauty and the Beast and more)

Peabo Bryson 1951 – Singer

Jimmy Destri 1954 – Musician (Blondie)

Saundra Santiago 1957 – Actress (Miami Vice and more)

Garry Kasparov 1963 – Chess champion

Davis Love III 1964 – Golfer

Lisa Unbarger 1965 – Musician (Toadies)

Rick Schroder 1970 – Actor (Silver Spoons, NYPD Blue)

Jonathan Brandis 1976 – Actor (seaQuest DSV)

Courtney Peldon 1981 – Actress