What happened on May 13? There are more than 280 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About May 13

May 13 In HistoryMay 13 is the 133rd day of the year 2021. There are 232 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 19th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Chicago Ridge, Illinois 60415 sunrise occured at 05:32 AM and sunset occured at 08:02 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Taurus. The modern birthstone for this month is Emerald while the mystical birthstone is Sapphire.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 264 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For May 13

  • 1373
    Julian of Norwich has visions which are later transcribed in her Revelations of Divine Love.
  • 1497
    Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola.
  • 1515
    Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk are officially married at Greenwich.
  • 1568
    Battle of Langside: the forces of Mary, Queen of Scots, are defeated by a confederacy of Scottish Protestants under James Stewart, Earl of Moray, her half-brother.
  • 1619
    Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is executed in The Hague after being convicted of treason.
  • 1648
    Construction of the Red Fort at Delhi is completed.
  • 1779
    War of Bavarian Succession: Russian and French mediators at the Congress of Teschen negotiate an end to the war. In the agreement Austria receives the part of its territory that was taken from it (the Innviertel).
  • 1780
    The Cumberland Compact is signed by leaders of the settlers in early Tennessee.
  • 1787
    Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England, with eleven ships full of convicts (the “First Fleet”) to establish a penal colony in Australia.
  • 1804
    Forces sent by Yusuf Karamanli of Tripoli to retake Derna from the Americans attack the city.
  • 1830
    Ecuador gains its independence from Gran Colombia.
  • 1846
    Mexican-American War: The United States declares war on Mexico.
  • 1848
    First performance of Finland’s national anthem.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom issues a “proclamation of neutrality” which recognizes the breakaway states as having belligerent rights.
  • 1861
    Pakistan’s (then a part of British India) first railway line opens, from Karachi to Kotri.
  • 1861
    The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Resaca – the battle begins with Union General Sherman fighting toward Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Battle of Palmito Ranch – in far south Texas, more than a month after Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender, the last land battle of the Civil War ends with a Confederate victory.
  • 1880
    In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performs the first test of his electric railway.
  • 1888
    With the passage of the Lei Áurea (“Golden Law”), Brazil abolishes slavery.
  • 1909
    The first Giro d'Italia starts from Milan. Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna will be the winner.
  • 1912
    The Royal Flying Corps (now the Royal Air Force) is established in the United Kingdom.
  • 1917
    Three children report the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.
  • 1923
    Robert Bellarmine, a Doctor of the Catholic Church, is beatified.
  • 1939
    The first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later becomes WDRC-FM.
  • 1940
    Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands flees her country to Great Britain after the Nazi invasion. Princess Juliana takes her children to Canada for their safety.
  • 1940
    World War II: Germany’s conquest of France begins as the German army crosses the Meuse. Winston Churchill makes his “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech to the House of Commons.
  • 1941
    World War II: Yugoslav royal colonel Dragoljub Mihailović starts fighting with German occupation troops, beginning the Serbian resistance.
  • 1943
    World War II: German Afrika Korps and Italian troops in North Africa surrender to Allied forces.
  • 1948
    1948 Arab-Israeli War: the Kfar Etzion massacre is committed by Arab irregulars, the day before the declaration of independence of the state of Israel on May 14.
  • 1950
    The first round of the Formula One World Championship is held at Silverstone.
  • 1951
    The 400th anniversary of the founding of the National University of San Marcos is commemorated by the opening of the first large-capacity stadium in Peru.
  • 1952
    The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
  • 1954
    The anti-National Service Riots, by Chinese Middle School students in Singapore, take place.
  • 1958
    During a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Richard Nixon’s car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators.
  • 1958
    May 1958 crisis: a group of French military officers lead a coup in Algiers demanding that a government of national unity be formed with Charles de Gaulle at its head in order to defend French control of Algeria.
  • 1958
    The trade mark Velcro is registered.
  • 1960
    Hundreds of University of California, Berkeley students congregate for the first day of protest against a visit by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Thirty-one students are arrested, and the Free Speech Movement is born.
  • 1963
    The U.S. Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland is decided.
  • 1967
    Dr. Zakir Hussain becomes the third President of India. He is the first Muslim President of the Indian Union. He holds this position until August 24, 1969.
  • 1969
    Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 1972
    Faulty electrical wiring ignites a fire underneath the Playtown Cabaret in Osaka, Japan. Blocked exits and non-functional elevators lead to 118 fatalities, with many victims leaping to their deaths.
  • 1980
    An F3 tornado hits Kalamazoo County, Michigan. President Jimmy Carter declares it a federal disaster area.
  • 1981
    Mehmet Ali Ağca attempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The Pope is rushed to the Agostino Gemelli University Polyclinic to undergo emergency surgery and survives.
  • 1985
    Police storm MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia to end a stand-off, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.
  • 1989
    Large groups of students occupy Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike.
  • 1992
    Li Hongzhi gives the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, People’s Republic of China.
  • 1994
    Johnny Carson makes his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.
  • 1995
    A 33 years old British mother Alison Hargreaves, became the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.
  • 1996
    Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.
  • 1998
    India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, following the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
  • 1998
    Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesians of Chinese descent are looted and women raped.
  • 2000
    In Enschede, Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage.
  • 2005
    The Andijan Massacre occurs in Uzbekistan.
  • 2005
    The Binh Bridge opens to traffic in Hai Phong, Vietnam.
  • 2006
    2006 São Paulo violence: a major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil.
  • 2008
    The Jaipur bombings in Rajasthan, India results in dozens of deaths.
  • 2011
    the 2011 Charsadda bombing in the Charsadda District of Pakistan two bombs exploded killing 98 and wounding 140.

Who Were Born On May 13?

  • 1024
    Hugh of Cluny, French saint (d. 1109)
  • 1254
    Maria of Brabant, queen of France (d. 1321)
  • 1588
    Ole Worm, Danish physician (d. 1654)
  • 1638
    Richard Simon, French Biblical critic (d. 1712)
  • 1655
    Pope Innocent XIII (d. 1724)
  • 1699
    Marquis of Pombal, Prime Minister of Portugal (d. 1782)
  • 1712
    Johann Hartwig Ernst, Count von Bernstorff, Danish statesman (d. 1772)
  • 1717
    Queen Maria Theresa of Hungary and Bohemia, Holy Roman Empress (d. 1780)
  • 1730
    Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1782)
  • 1742
    Archduchess Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen (d. 1798)
  • 1753
    Lazare Carnot, French general, politician and mathematician (d. 1823)
  • 1792
    Blessed Pope Pius IX (d. 1878)
  • 1794
    Louis Léopold Robert, French painter (d. 1835)
  • 1795
    Gérard Paul Deshayes, French geologist (d. 1875)
  • 1822
    Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain (d. 1902)
  • 1830
    Zebulon Baird Vance, three-time governor of North Carolina (d. 1894)
  • 1840
    Alphonse Daudet, French novelist (d. 1897)
  • 1842
    Arthur Sullivan, English composer (d. 1900)
  • 1856
    Tom O'Rourke, American boxing manager (d. 1938)
  • 1857
    Ronald Ross, English physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1932)
  • 1881
    Lima Barreto, Brazilian author (d. 1922)
  • 1882
    Georges Braque, French painter (d. 1963)
  • 1883
    Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the pap smear (d. 1962)
  • 1894
    Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, 2nd President of Iceland (d. 1972)
  • 1895
    Nandor Fodor, Hungarian-born psychologist and parapsychologist (d. 1964)
  • 1898
    Justin/Giustino Tuveri, Italian World War I veteran (d. 2007)
  • 1904
    Louis Duffus, South African cricketer (d. 1984)
  • 1907
    Dame Daphne du Maurier, English author (d. 1989)
  • 1911
    Robert Middleton, American film and television actor (d. 1977)
  • 1912
    Gil Evans, Canadian musician (d. 1988)
  • 1912
    Judah Nadich, American rabbi (d. 2007)
  • 1913
    William R. Tolbert, Jr., President of Liberia (d. 1980)
  • 1914
    Joe Louis, American boxer (d. 1981)
  • 1918
    T. Balasaraswati, Indian Bharatanatyam dancer (d. 1984)
  • 1920
    Gareth Morris, British flautist (d. 2007)
  • 1922
    Beatrice Arthur, American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1922
    Michael Ainsworth, British cricketer (d. 1978)
  • 1922
    Otl Aicher, German graphic designer (d. 1991)
  • 1923
    Red Garland, American hard bop jazz pianist (d.1984)
  • 1924
    Harry Schwarz, South African anti-apartheid politician, lawyer and diplomat (d. 2010)
  • 1924
    Theodore Mann, American theatre producer and director
  • 1926
    Wallace Breem, British author (d. 1990)
  • 1927
    Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (d. 1958)
  • 1927
    Herbert Ross, American director (d. 2001)
  • 1928
    Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1928
    Enrique Bolaños, Nicaraguan politician
  • 1928
    Jim Shoulders, American rodeo cowboy (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    José Jiménez Lozano, Spanish writer
  • 1930
    Mike Gravel, American politician
  • 1930
    Vernon Shaw, President of Dominica
  • 1931
    Jim Jones, American businessman and cult leader of the Peoples Temple (d. 1978)
  • 1934
    Ehud Netzer, Israeli archaeologist (d. 2010)
  • 1934
    Leon Wagner, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1935
    Dominic Cossa, American baritone
  • 1937
    Roch Carrier, Canadian novelist
  • 1937
    Roger Zelazny, American author (d. 1995)
  • 1937
    Trevor Baylis, English inventor
  • 1937
    Zohra Lampert, American actress
  • 1938
    Giuliano Amato, Italian politician
  • 1938
    Laurent Beaudoin, French/Canadian businessman
  • 1939
    Harvey Keitel, American actor
  • 1939
    Hildrun Claus, German athlete
  • 1940
    Bruce Chatwin, British writer (d. 1989)
  • 1941
    Jody Conradt, American basketball coach
  • 1941
    Joe Brown, British singer
  • 1941
    Ritchie Valens, American singer (d. 1959)
  • 1941
    Senta Berger, Austrian actress
  • 1942
    Roger Young, American television director
  • 1943
    Kurt Trampedach, Danish artist
  • 1943
    Mary Wells, American singer (d. 1992)
  • 1944
    Armistead Maupin, American author
  • 1945
    Magic Dick, American musician (The J. Geils Band)
  • 1945
    Sam Anderson, American actor
  • 1946
    Waneta Hoyt, American convicted serial killer (d. 1998)
  • 1947
    Edgar Burcksen, Dutch film editor
  • 1949
    Zoë Wanamaker, English/American actress
  • 1950
    Bobby Valentine, American baseball player and manager
  • 1950
    Danny Kirwan, British musician (Fleetwood Mac)
  • 1950
    Manning Marable, American academic and author (d. 2011)
  • 1950
    Stevie Wonder, American singer and musician
  • 1951
    James Whale, English radio personality
  • 1951
    Paul Thompson, British rock drummer (Roxy Music)
  • 1951
    Sharon Sayles Belton, American politician
  • 1952
    John Kasich, American politician and political commentator
  • 1952
    Mary Walsh, Canadian comedian and actress
  • 1954
    Johnny Logan, Irish singer and songwriter
  • 1956
    Richard Madeley, English television presenter
  • 1956
    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Indian spiritual figure
  • 1956
    Steve Blackwood, American actor and musician
  • 1957
    Alan Ball, American screenwriter, director and producer
  • 1957
    Andrea Klump, German Red Army Faction terrorist
  • 1957
    Koji Suzuki, Japanese writer
  • 1957
    Manuel “Mar” Araneta Roxas II, Philippine politician
  • 1958
    Frances Barber, British actress
  • 1961
    Dennis Rodman, American basketball player and actor
  • 1962
    Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor (d. 2003)
  • 1962
    Kathleen Jamie, Scottish poet
  • 1962
    Paul McDermott, Australian comedian
  • 1962
    Sean McDonough, American sportscaster
  • 1963
    Wally Masur, Australian tennis player
  • 1964
    Ronnie Coleman, American bodybuilder
  • 1964
    Stephen Colbert, American comedian and actor
  • 1964
    Tom Verica, American actor
  • 1965
    Hikari Ota, Japanese comedian
  • 1965
    José Antonio Delgado, Venezuelan mountaineer (d. 2006)
  • 1965
    Lari White, American country music singer
  • 1965
    Tasmin Little, English violinist
  • 1966
    Alison Goldfrapp, English musician
  • 1966
    Darius Rucker, American singer (Hootie & the Blowfish)
  • 1966
    Kamen Vodenicharov, Bulgarian entertainer
  • 1966
    Nikos Aliagas, Greek TV show host
  • 1967
    Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death, Control Denied) (d. 2001)
  • 1967
    Melanie Thornton, American pop singer (La Bouche) (d. 2001)
  • 1968
    Miguel Ángel Blanco, Spanish politician (d. 1997)
  • 1968
    PMD, American rapper
  • 1969
    Buckethead, American musician
  • 1971
    Tom Nalen, American football player
  • 1972
    Stefaan Maene, Belgian swimmer
  • 1974
    Brian Geraghty, American actor
  • 1975
    Cristian Bezzi, Italian rugby player
  • 1975
    Jamie Allison, Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Mark Delaney, Welsh footballer
  • 1976
    Trajan Langdon, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Ilse DeLange, Dutch singer
  • 1977
    Neil Hopkins, American actor
  • 1977
    Robby Hammock, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Samantha Morton, English actress
  • 1978
    Barry Zito, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Dilshan Vitharana, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1978
    Mike Bibby, American basketball player
  • 1978
    Ryan Bukvich, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Steve Mildenhall, English footballer
  • 1979
    Michael Madden, American musician (Maroon 5)
  • 1979
    Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland of Sweden
  • 1980
    Chris Barker, American bassist (Anti-Flag)
  • 1980
    Mau Marcelo, Filipino singer
  • 1980
    Waka Inoue, Japanese gravure idol and actress
  • 1981
    Jimmy Wang Yang, American professional wrestler
  • 1981
    Rebecka Liljeberg, Swedish actress
  • 1981
    Sunny Leone, Canadian/American pornographic actress
  • 1982
    Albert Crusat, Spanish footballer
  • 1982
    Oguchi Onyewu, American footballer
  • 1982
    Yoko Kumada, Japanese gravure idol
  • 1983
    Anita Görbicz, Hungarian handball player
  • 1983
    Grégory Lemarchal, French singer (d. 2007)
  • 1983
    Yaya Touré, Ivorian footballer
  • 1984
    Benny Dayal, Indian singer
  • 1985
    Iwan Rheon, Welsh stage/television actor and singer
  • 1985
    Jaroslav Halak, Slovak hockey player
  • 1985
    Travis Zajac, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986
    Alexander Rybak, Norwegian singer
  • 1986
    Giuliana Marino, German glamour model
  • 1986
    Robert Pattinson, English actor, musician and model
  • 1986
    Scott Sutter, English footballer
  • 1987
    Candice Accola, American actress and singer
  • 1987
    Carrie Prejean, American beauty pageant contestant
  • 1987
    Hunter Parrish, American actor
  • 1987
    Matt Doyle, American broadway actor and singer
  • 1988
    Casey Donovan, Australian singer
  • 1991
    Francisco Lachowski, Brazilian model
  • 1993
    Debby Ryan, American actress
  • 1993
    Romelu Lukaku, Belgian footballer

Who Died On May 13?

  • 1176
    Matthias I, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1119)
  • 1312
    Theobald II, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1263)
  • 1573
    Takeda Shingen, Japanese warlord (b. 1521)
  • 1619
    Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Dutch statesman (b. 1547)
  • 1704
    Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher (b. 1632)
  • 1742
    Ludwig IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (b. 1719)
  • 1807
    Eliphalet Dyer, American statesman and judge (b. 1721)
  • 1809
    Beilby Porteus, Bishop of London, first Anglican to challenge the Church’s position on slavery (b. 1731)
  • 1832
    Georges Cuvier, French naturalist (b. 1769)
  • 1835
    John Nash, English architect (b. 1752)
  • 1866
    Nikolai Brashman, Russian mathematician (b. 1796)
  • 1871
    Daniel Auber, French composer (b. 1782)
  • 1878
    Joseph Henry, American scientist (b. 1797)
  • 1884
    Cyrus McCormick, American inventor (b. 1809)
  • 1885
    Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, German physician (b. 1809)
  • 1901
    Leopoldo Alas y Ureña, a.k.a. “Clarín”, Spanish novelist and literary critic (b. 1851)
  • 1903
    Apolinario Mabini, Filipino political theoretician and Prime Minister (b. 1864)
  • 1916
    Sholom Aleichem, Russian author (b. 1859)
  • 1921
    Jean Aicard, French poet and novelist (b. 1848)
  • 1925
    Boris Savinkov, Russian writer and terrorist (b. 1879)
  • 1926
    Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian Catholic prelate (b. 1857)
  • 1930
    Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer, scientist and diplomat, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1861)
  • 1937
    Ekaterina Geladze, Georgian mother of Joseph Stalin (b. 1858)
  • 1938
    Charles Edouard Guillaume, Swiss physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1861)
  • 1941
    Ōnishiki Uichirō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 26th Yokozuna (b. 1891)
  • 1945
    Tubby Hall, American jazz drummer (b. 1895)
  • 1947
    Sukanta Bhattacharya, Bengali poet (b. 1926)
  • 1957
    Michael Fekete, Hungarian-born Israeli mathematician (b. 1886)
  • 1961
    Gary Cooper, American actor (b. 1901)
  • 1962
    Henry Trendley Dean, American dental researcher (b. 1893)
  • 1963
    Alois Hudal, Austrian-born Catholic bishop who assisted Nazi war criminals in escaping (b. 1885)
  • 1972
    Dan Blocker, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 1974
    Arthur J. Burks, “million-words-a-year” pulp magazines author (b. 1898)
  • 1974
    Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican writer (b. 1902)
  • 1975
    Bob Wills, American musician (b. 1905)
  • 1977
    Mickey Spillane, Irish-American gangster (b. 1934)
  • 1985
    Leatrice Joy, American actress (b. 1893)
  • 1988
    Chet Baker, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1929)
  • 1992
    F. E. McWilliam, Northern Irish sculptor (b. 1909)
  • 1994
    Duncan Hamilton, British racing driver (b. 1920)
  • 1999
    Gene Sarazen, American golfer (b. 1902)
  • 2000
    Jumbo Tsuruta, Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1951)
  • 2000
    Paul Bartel, American actor (b. 1938)
  • 2001
    Jason Miller, American playwright (b. 1939)
  • 2001
    R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (b. 1906)
  • 2002
    Clinton Davis, American artist (b. 1918)
  • 2002
    Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (b. 1925)
  • 2002
    Valeri Lobanovsky, Ukrainian footballer and manager (b. 1939)
  • 2005
    Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • 2005
    George Dantzig, American mathematician (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Michael Ross, American serial killer (b. 1959)
  • 2006
    Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (b. 1923)
  • 2006
    Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (b. 1949)
  • 2008
    Ron Stone, American television reporter (b. 1936)
  • 2008
    Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait (b. 1930)
  • 2009
    Achille Compagnoni, Italian mountaineer (b. 1914)
  • 2009
    Frank Aletter, American character actor (b. 1926)
  • 2009
    Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, Belgian-born member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, Jerusalem (b. 1934)
  • 2011
    Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (b. 1942)
  • 2011
    Derek Boogaard, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1982)

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