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1997Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games

19681,000,000 French demonstrate against Charles De Gaulle & Georges Pompidou

1955Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of at least 463'

2014Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa Maria, is discovered north off the coast of Haiti

1607English colonists, led by John Smith, land near James River in Virginia

1940Winston Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat

1958Rioters attack US VP Richard Nixon in Venezuela

1977Howard Stern begins broadcasting at WRNW, Briarcliff Manor NY

1996OJ Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict

1981Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City

1991"Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale

1993KC Royal George Brett hits his 300th HR

1973Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Smith Court in Mother's Day match in Calif

1962Mickey Wright wins LPGA Western Golf Open

1905james j jeffries retires as boxing champion

1946Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam

1967NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits career HR #500 off Stu Miller

2013Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield departs the International Space Station to return to Earth

1953NY Giants Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 HRs & a triple

1989Minn Twin Kirby Puckett becomes 35th to hit 4 doubles in a game

19131st four-engined aircraft built and flown (Igor Sikorsky, Russia)

1958Stan Musial is 8th to get 3,000 hits

May 13th Historical Events
Date Event
535
St Agapitus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
609
Pope Boniface I turns Pantheon in Rome into a Catholic church 
641
Eligius (Saint Eloy) becomes bishop of Doornik-Noyon 
1106
Henry I of Limburg becomes duke of Neth-Lutherans 
1110
Crusaders march into Beirut causing a bloodbath 
1364
Peter Coutherel banished from Leuven 
1497
Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola 
1559
Exhumed corpse of heretic David Jorisz burned in Basel 
1568
Mary Queen of Scots is defeated by English at battle of Langside 
1588
King Henri III flees Paris 
1607
English colonists, led by John Smith, land near James River in Virginia 
1624
Admiral Hermites' fleet blockade Lima, Peru 
1637
Cardinal Richelieu of France reputedly creates the table knife 
1643
Battle of Grantham: English parliamentary armies beat royalists 
1643
Heavy earthquake strikes Santiago Chile; kills 1/3 of population 
1648
Construction of the Red Fort at Delhi is completed. 
1652
Ingen Ryuki invited to become the abbot of Sofokuji temple in Nagasaki 
1654
Venetian fleet under Adm Adeler beats Turkish 
1767
Mozart's opera "Apollo et Hyacinthus" premieres in Salzburg 
1777
University library at Vienna opens 
1779
War of Bavarian Succession ends 
1787
Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia 
1820
Opera "Die Jagarsbrautt" is completed 
1830
Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president 
1835
1st foreign embassy in Hawaii forms 
1846
US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins 
1848
First performance of Finland's national anthem. 
1861
Queen Victoria announces Britain's position of neutrality 
1861
The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia. 
1864
-16] Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca Georgia 
1865
Battle of Palmito Ranch, near Brownsville, Texas: final engagement of the American Civil War, Private John Jefferson Williams of B Company, 34th Regiment Indiana Infantry is last man killed 
1874
Pope Pius IX encyclical "On Greek-Ruthenian rite" 
1876
Amersfoort-Zutphen railway opens 
1877
Caesar Franck's "Lesson Eolides" premieres 
1882
Toba indians killed 20 members of French expedition 
1884
Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) forms in New York 
1887
15th Preakness: William Donohue aboard Dunboyne wins in 2:39.25 
1888
DeWolf Hooper 1st recited "Casey at Bat" 
1888
Princess Isabel of Brazil signs "Lei Auréa" abolishing slavery 
1890
18th Preakness: W Martin aboard Montague wins in 2:36.75 
1890
Lord Salisbury offers Helgoland to Germany in exchange for Zanzibar, Uganda & Equatoria 
1891
17th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Kingman wins in 2:52.25 
1905
james j jeffries retires as boxing champion 
1906
Bezalel Art School opens in Jerusalem 
1909
Christian National Labor Workers (CNV) party begins in Netherlands 
1909
The first Giro d'Italia takes place in Milan: Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner. 
1911
37th Kentucky Derby: George Archibald aboard Meridian wins in 2:05 
1911
NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st) 
1912
Royal Flying Corps forms in Great Britain 
1913
1st four-engined aircraft built and flown (Igor Sikorsky, Russia) 
1915
US Secretary of State Bryan sends a note to Germany demanding that Germany disavow the attacks on the Lusitania and make immediate reparations; however, the note is written only to 'pacify exited public opinion', according to Bryan 
1916
1st observance of Indian (Native American) Day 
1916
42nd Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard George Smith wins in 2:04 
1917
1st appearance of Mary to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal 
1917
Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo" premieres 
1918
1st US airmail stamps issued (24 cents) 
1922
48th Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson aboard Morvich wins in 2:04.6 
1922
48th Preakness: L Morris aboard Pillory wins in 1:51.6 
1923
Pulitzer prize awarded to Willa Carter (One of Ours) 
1926
German government of Luther falls 
1927
"Black Friday" on Berlin Stock Exchange 
1927
VVOG soccer team forms in Harderwijk 
1930
Farmer killed by hail in Lubbock, Texas; only known fatality due to hail 
1931
Paul Doumer elected president of France 
1933
59th Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard Head Play wins in 2:02 
1934
Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies 
1936
Quiroga government takes office in Spain 
1939
65th Preakness: George Seabo aboard Challedon wins in 1:59.8 
1939
SS St Louis departs Hamburg with 937 Jews fugitives 
1940
British bomb factory at Breda 
1940
Winston Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat 
1940
Dutch Queen Wilhelmina flees to England 
1940
German breakthrough at Grebbelinie 
1941
Martin Bormann is named head of Nazi Chancellery in Germany 
1941
Trial against resistance fighter comte d'Estienne d'Orves begins 
1941
Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland 
1942
Helicopter makes its 1st cross-country flight 
1942
Pitcher Jim Tobin belts 3 HRs in a game 
1943
German & Italian forces in Africa surrender 
1943
German occupiers confiscate all radios 
1944
70th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 1:59.2 
1945
US troops conquer Dakeshi Okinawa 
1946
Sarwate & Banerjee add 249 for 10th wkt for Indians v Surrey 
1946
US sentences 58 camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death 
1946
Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam 
1947
US Senate approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions 
1949
1st British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, makes its 1st test flight 
1950
Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards 
1950
The first round of the Formula 1 World Championship is held at Silverstone. 
1952
Minor-league Bristol pitcher Ron Necciai strikes out 27 in 9-innings 
1952
Pandit Nehru becomes premier of India 
1952
The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting. 
1953
NY Giants Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 HRs & a triple 
1954
"Pajama Game" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances 
1954
Labour Party wins British municipal elections 
1954
Robin Roberts gives up a HR then retires next 27 men in a row 
1954
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
1954
Chinese Middle School students in Singapore take part in anti-National Service riots. 
1955
Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of at least 463' 
1956
Pachyderm Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens 
1958
French settlers riot against French army in Algeria 
1958
Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation 
1958
Pierre Pflimlin forms French government 
1958
Rioters attack US VP Richard Nixon in Venezuela 
1958
Stan Musial is 8th to get 3,000 hits 
1958
The trade mark Velcro is registered. 
1959
Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle last airs on NBC-TV 
1960
1st launch of Delta satellite launching vehicle; it failed 
1960
Phillies lose 3rd consecutive 1-0 game 
1960
WOLE TV channel 12 in Aguadillo, PR 
1962
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Western Golf Open 
1965
Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction" 
1965
Several Arab nations break ties with West Germany after it established diplomatic relations with Israel 
1966
Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black" 
1966
US Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act 
1967
NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits career HR #500 off Stu Miller 
1967
Octagonal boxing ring is tested to avoid corner injuries 
1968
1,000,000 French demonstrate against Charles De Gaulle & Georges Pompidou 
1969
Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 
1970
Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres 
1971
Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane seriously injured in a car accident 
1972
115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi dept store (Osaka Japan) 
1972
Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12) 
1972
Battle at Springmartin: following a loyalist car bombing of a Catholic-owned pub in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast, clashes erupte between the PIRA, UVF and British Army 
1973
"Cyrano" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 49 performances 
1973
Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Smith Court in Mother's Day match in Calif 
1973
Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open 
1975
"Rodgers & Hart" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 108 performances 
1975
Flyers 4-Isles 1-Semifinals-Flyers win semifinals 4-3 
1975
Hail stones as large as tennis balls hit Wernerville Tenn 
1976
9th & final ABA championship: NY Nets beat Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 2 
1977
Howard Stern begins broadcasting at WRNW, Briarcliff Manor NY 
1978
"Angel" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances 
1978
Musical "Runaways" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 199 performances, with Elizabeth Swados 
1978
Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4) 
1978
Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels 
1979
"Utter Glory... Morrissey Hall" opens & closes at Mark Hellinger NYC 
1979
Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament 
1979
Shah of Iran & family sentenced to death in Teheran 
1980
Cincinnati Red Ray Knight hits 2 HRs in 5th inning vs NY Mets 
1981
Dinamo Tbilisi wins 21st Europe Cup II 
1981
Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City 
1982
Braniff Airlines files for bankruptcy 
1982
Canucks 0-Isles 3-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 3-0 lead 
1982
Chicago Cubs win their 8,000th (beat Astros) 
1982
Soyuz T-5 is launched-Berezovoi & Lebedev for 211 days in space 
1982
Terri Lea Utley, 20 (Arkansas) crowned 31st Miss USA 
1983
Reggie Jackson is 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times 
1984
"Oliver!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 17 performances 
1984
Amy Alcott wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic 
1984
Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff's last competitive match 
1985
Carlton Fisk becomes 5th catcher to steal 100 bases 
1985
Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA 
1985
Philadelphia police attack a house held by group "Move", 11 killed 
1987
Ajax wins 27th Europe Cup II 
1989
Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China 
1989
Minn Twin Kirby Puckett becomes 35th to hit 4 doubles in a game 
1989
Trinidad & Tobago ties US 1-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup 
1990
"Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 perfs 
1990
Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic 
1991
"Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale 
1991
Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0 
1991
South African activist Winnie Mandela convicted of abducting 4 blacks 
1991
Yankee Stadium fans sing "Like a Virgin" to Jose Canseco 
1992
3 astronauts simultaneous walked in space for the 1st time 
1992
Ajax wins 21st UEFA Cup 
1992
Concrete foundation for ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field) is poured 
1992
Final episode of "Night Court" airs on NBC-TV 
1992
Frank Stallone beats Geraldo Rivera in boxing on Howard Stern Show 
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
Arsenio Hall's 1,000th show retrospective seen in Netherlands 
1993
CBS' Knots Landing ends 14 year run with 334th show in Netherlands 
1993
KC Royal George Brett hits his 300th HR 
1993
Methane gas explosion in Secunda coal mine South-Africa, kills 50 
1994
Indians begin a 18 home game home win streak at Jacobs Field 
1995
6.5 earthquake hits Greece 
1995
New Zealand beats US for the America's Cup 
1995
Chelsi Smith, 21, of USA, crowned 44th Miss Universe Shanna Lynn Moakler, (19-NY), replaces Chelsi Smith as Miss USA 
1996
OJ Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict 
1996
Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people. 
1997
Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games 
1998
Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesian of Chinese descendants 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. 
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. 
2006
2006 São Paulo violence: a major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil. 
2007
Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins. 
2007
Republic Protests in 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 
2012
Manchester City win the English Premier League for the first time 
2013
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield departs the International Space Station to return to Earth 
2014
Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa Maria, is discovered north off the coast of Haiti 
2014
238 miners are killed by an underground explosion and mine fire in Soma Mine, Turkey 
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