This Day In History – May 13th


This Day In History – May 13th

This Day In History is a daily feature on The Beat Chicago

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

Each day of the week we look in the rear view mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays and more that have happened on May 13th in the past.

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Let’s go back in time to see everything that happened on this day in history

1568 – Mary Queen of Scots was defeated at Battle of Langside

1607 – English colonists led by John Smith made a second landing near James River in Virginia

1643 – A heavy earthquake struck Santiago Chile; reportedly kills one-third of the population

1780 – The Cumberland Compact was signed in the Cumberland River area which eventually became Tennessee
1767 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s first opera “Apollo et Hyacinthus” was written when he was 11 years old, it premiered on this day in Salzburg
1787 – England loads up 11 ships (known as “The First Fleet”) filled with convicts to create a penal colony in Australia
1846 – The United States declared war on the Federal Republic of Mexico over a dispute regarding the American annexation of the Republic of Texas and a Mexican military incursion
1861 – Britain declared its neutrality in the American Civil War
1865 – The last land battle of the Civil War was fought at the Battle of Palmito Ranch in far south Texas
1873 – Ludwig M. Wolf received a patent for his creation of the sewing machine lamp holder
1880 – Thomas Edison performed his first test of the electric railway in Menlo Park, New Jersey
1884 – The Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) was created in New York
1888 – Brazil abolished slavery
1888 – DeWolf Hooper first recited “Casey at Bat”
1897 – Guglielmo Marconi sent the world’s first wireless communication over open seas
1913 – Not too sure how it was going to go, Igor Sikorsky flew the first four engine aircraft successfully
1912 – The Royal Flying Corps was formed, it would later become the Royal Air Force
1917 – Three children reported the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.
1918 – The first US airmail stamps were issued, the value was 24 cents
1940 – Winston Churchill makes his “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech to the House of Commons.
1940 – As Nazi Germany was spreading its virus, swallowing up European countries, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands fled her country to Great Britain and Princess Juliana took her children to Canada for safety
1942 – The helicopter made its first cross-country flight
1947 – The US Senate passed the Taft-Hartley Act which limited the power of unions

1949 – The first gas turbine to pump natural gas was installed in Wilmar, AR.

1950 – The first round of the Formula One World Championship was held at Silverstone
1950 – Diner’s Club issued its first credit cards

1954 – President Eisenhower signed the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Act

1955 – Mickey Mantle hits three consecutive home-runs of at least 463 feet
1958 – Ben Carlin became the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having traveled over 11,000 miles by sea and 39,000 miles by land during a ten-year journey
1958 – Stan Musial got his 3,000th hit
1965 – The Rolling Stones went into the studio to begin recording their cover version of Otis Redding’s “Satisfaction”

1967 – Mickey Mantle hit his 500th homerun

1970 – The movie “Let It Be” starring The Beatles was released
1976 In the ninth and final ABA championship before they merged with the NBA, the NY Nets beat the Denver Nuggets four games to two
1981 – Mehmet Ali Ağca assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II failed
1982 – The Chicago Cubs became the first team in baseball to win their 8,000th game beating the Houston Astros (at that time, they were in the NL)
1985 – Police bombed MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia to end a stand-off, killing six adults and five children, and destroying the homes of 250 city residents
1989 – Large groups of students occupy Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike
1991 – Apple released their Macintosh System 7.0
1992 – Li Hongzhi gives the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, People’s Republic of China
1992 – Three astronauts walked in space simultaneously for the first time
1995 – Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of Sherpas

1999 – For the third time, the impeachment of Russian President Boris Yeltsin began. He was never impeached, he resigned at the end of 1999

2003 – The first $20 to use color was issued. The color was in an effort to stop counterfeiters

2004 – The final episode of Frasier on NBC was watched by over 33 million people



1792 – Pope Pius IX, passed in i878
1914 – Champion boxer Joe Louis, passed in 1981
1922 – “Maude” and one of the “Golden Girls”, Bea Arthur, passed in 2009
1931 – The man who got them all to drink the Kool-Aid, Jim Jones, American cult leader, founder of the Peoples Temple, killed himself and hundreds others in 1978
1939 – “Mr. White”, Harvey Keitel
1941 – Richie Valens (Richard Steven Valenzuela)
1950 – Singer, songwriter, musician, Stevie Wonder
1961 – Bad boy Dennis Rodman
1964 – Comedian Stephen Colbert
1966 – The voice of Hootie and country music star Darius Rucker
1986 – Actor Robert Pattinson


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