May 13 Events in History - May 13 Birthdays - May 13 Deaths
2015 The Vatican indicates its intention to enter a treaty with Palestine, officially recognizing it as an independent state
2014 A shipwreck off of Haiti may be that of the Santa Maria, one of the three ships led by Christopher Columbus; the wreck was discovered about 10 years ago, but has only now been tentatively identified in light of Columbus' writings and other evidence
2014 Frustrated with the lack of progress in resolving the Syrian conflict, Lakhdar Brahimi resigns from his post as United Nations mediator
2013 In Belize, a construction company requiring road fill gravel destroys a 2,300 year-old Mayan pyramid
2013 U.S. veteran newscaster Barbara Walters announces plans for retirement in 2014
2012 In China, violent rainfalls and flooding in the Hunan Province destroy a bridge and 3,500 homes, causing Pinhjiang County to evacuate 28,000 people
2012 Scientists believe a link exists between the disappearance of endangered languages and cultures and a loss of biodiversity
2011 Pope Benedict XVI announces Roman Catholic bishops must obey a papal order allowing priests to say the old-style Tridentine Mass
2011 In Egypt, authorities extend the detention of former President Hosni Mubarak for another 15 days
2010 Pope Benedict XVI celebrates open-air Mass at Fatima, Portugal with over 500,000 pilgrims attending from 35 nations including Vietnam, China and India
2005 Star Trek: Enterprise broadcasts it's final show in the U.S.
1997 Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games
1996 O. J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict
1995 6.5 earthquake hits Greece
1995 New Zealand beats U.S. 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
1994 Indians, begin a 18 home game hoome win streak at Jacobs Field
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 Kansas City Royal George Brett hits his 300th home run
1993 Methane gas explosion in Secunda coal mine South Africa, kills 50
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
1991 "Michael Jackson: Magic and 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
1990 "Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 16 performances
1990 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic
1989 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China
1989 Minnesota Twin Kirby Puckett becomes 35th to hit 4 doubles in a game
1989 Trinidad and Tobago ties U.S. 1-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
1987 Ajax wins 27th Europe Cup II
1985 Carlton Fisk becomes 5th catcher to steal 100 bases
1985 Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA
1985 Philadelphia Police bomb a house held by group "Move," kills 11
1984 "Oliver!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 17 performances
1984 Amy Alcott wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
1984 Johan Cruyffs last competitive match
1983 Reggie Jackson is 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times
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 and Lebedev for 211 days in space
1982 Terri Lea Utley, 20, (Arkansas), crowned 31st Miss USA
1981 Attempt on Pope John Paul II by Mehemet Ali Agca
1981 Dinamo Tbilisi wins 21st Europe Cup II
1981 Pope John Paul II shot, wounded by assailant in St. Peter's Square
1980 Cincinnati Red Ray Knight hits 2 home runs in 5th inning vs New York Mets
1979 "Utter Glory... Morrissey Hall" opens and closes at Mark Hellinger New York City
1979 Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
1979 Shah and family sentenced to death in Teheran
1978 "Angel" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 5 performances
1978 "Runaways" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 199 performances
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
1978 Musical "Runaways" with Elizabeth Swados premieres in New York City
1977 Howard Stern begins broadcasting at WRNW, Briarcliff Manor, New York
1976 9th and final ABA championship: New York Nets beat Denv Nuggets, 4 games to 2
1975 "Rodgers and Hart" opens at Helen Hayes Theater New York City for 108 performances
1975 Flyers 4-Isles 1-Semifinals-Flyers win semifinals 4-3
1975 Hail stones as large as tennis balls hit Wernerville, Tennessee
1973 "Cyrano" opens at Palace Theater New York City for 49 performances
1973 Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Smith Court in Mother's Day match in California
1973 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
1972 115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi department store (Osaka Japan)
1972 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12)
1971 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane seriously injured in a car accident
1970 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres
1968 1,000,000 French demonstrate against De Gaulle and Pompidou
1967 Octagonal boxing ring is tested to avoid corner injuries
1966 Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black"
1966 Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
1965 Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction"
1965 Several Arab nations break ties with West Germany after it established diplomatic relations with Israel
1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Western Golf Open
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
1959 Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle, last airs on NBC-TV
1958 New York Giants Willie Mays and Darryl Spencer each hit 2 home runs and a triple
1958 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
1958 Jordan and Iraq form Arab Federation
1958 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government
1958 Rioters attack U.S. Vice President Nixon in Venezuela
1958 Stan Musial, is 8th to get 3,000 hits
1956 Pachyderm Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
1955 Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive home runs of at least 463'
1954 "Pajama Game" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 1063 performances
1954 Labour Party wins British municipal elections
1954 Robin Roberts gives up a home run then retires next 27 men in a row
1954 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1952 Minor-league Bristol pitcher Ron Necciai strikes out 27 in 9-innings
1952 Pandit Nehru becomes premier of India
1950 Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards
1949 1st British-produced jet bomber, Canberra, makes its 1st test flight
1947 Senate approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions
1946 Sarwate and Banerjee add 249 for 10th wkt for Indians vs. Surrey
1946 U.S. convicts 58 camp guard of Mauthausen concentration camp to death
1946 Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam
1945 U.S. troops conquer Dakeshi Okinawa
1944 70th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 1:59.2
1943 German and Italian forces in Africa surrender
1943 German occupiers confiscate all radios
1942 Helicopter makes its 1st cross-country flight
1942 Pitcher Jim Tobin belts 3 home runs in a game
1941 Martin Bormann is named head of Nazi Party Chancellery in Germany
1941 Trial against resistance fighter comte d'Estienne d'Orves begins
1941 Willy Lewis' U.S. jazz band performs in Switzerland
1940 British bomb factory at Breda
1940 Churchill says "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat"
1940 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina flees to England
1940 German breakthrough at Grebbelinie
1939 65th Preakness: George Seabo aboard Challedon wins in 1:59.8
1939 SS St. Louis departs Hamburg with 937 Jews fugitives
1936 Quiroga government takes office in Spain
1934 Great dustbowl storm
1933 59th Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard Head Play wins in 2:02
1932 Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitch marries Nina Varsar
1931 Paul Doumer elected president of France
1930 Farmer killed by hail in Lubbock, Texas, only known fatality due to hail
1927 "Black Friday" on Berlin Stock Exchange
1927 VVOG soccer team forms in Harderwijk
1926 German government of Luther falls
1923 Pulitzer prize awarded to Willa Carter (One of Ours)
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
1918 1st U.S. airmail stamps issued (24 cents )
1917 1st appearance of Mary to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal
1917 Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo," premieres
1916 1st observance of Indian (Native American) Day
1916 42nd Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard George Smith wins in 2:04
1916 Native American Day is 1st observed
1913 1st 4 engine aircraft built and flown (Igor Sikorsky-Russia)
1912 Royal Flying Corps forms in England
1911 37th Kentucky Derby: George Archibald aboard Meridian wins in 2:05
1911 New York Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)
1909 Christian National Labor Workers (CNV) party begins in Netherlands
1906 Bezalel Art School opens in Jerusalem
1905 James J Jeffries retires as boxing champ
1891 17th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Kingman wins in 2:52
1890 18th Preakness: W Martin aboard Montague wins in 2:36.75
1890 Lord Salisbury offers Germany Helgoland in exchange for Zanzibar, Uganda and Equatoria
1888 DeWolf Hooper 1st recited "Casey at Bat"
1888 Princess Isabel of Brazil signs "Lei Aurea" abolishing slavery
1887 15th Preakness: William Donohue aboard Dunboyne wins in 2:39
1884 Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) forms
1882 Toba-indians killed 20 members of French expedition
1877 Cesar Franck's "Lesson Eolides," premieres
1876 Amersfoort-Zutphen railway opens
1874 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On Greek-Ruthenian rite"
1865 S Brownsville, Texas (Palmito Ranch) Final engagement of Civil War PVT John J Williams of 34th Indiana is last man killed
1864 Atlanta Campaign-Battle of Resaca Georgia
1861 Queen Victoria announces England's position of neutrality
1846 U.S. declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins
1835 1st foreign embassy in Hawaii forms
1830 Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president
1828 U.S. passes Tariff of Abominations
1820 Opera "Die Jagarsbraut" is completed
1787 Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay
1779 War of Bavarian Succession ends
1777 University library at Vienna opens
1767 Mozart's opera "Apollo et Hyacinthus," premieres in Salzburg
1654 Venetian fleet under Admiral Adeler beats Turkish
1652 Ingen Ryuki invited to become the abbot of Sofokuji temple in Nagasaki
1643 Battle at Grantham: English parliamentary armies beat royalists
1643 Heavy earthquake strikes Santiago, Chile; kills 1/3 of population
1637 Cardinal Richelieu of France creates the table knife
1624 Admiral Hermites fleet blockade Lima Peru
1607 English colonists (John Smith) lands near James River in VA
1588 King Henri III flees Paris
1568 Mary Queen of Scots is defeated by English at battle of Langside
1559 Excavated corpse of heretic David Jorisz burned in Basel
1497 Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola
1364 Peter Coutherel banished from Leuven
1110 Crusaders march into Beirut causing a bloodbath
1106 Henry I of Limburg becomes duke of Netherlands-Lutherans
641 Eligius (Saint Eloy) becomes bishop of Doornik-Noyon
609 Pope Boniface I turns Pantheon into Catholic church
535 St. Agapitus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope