13 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Pope Innocent XIII, 1655
  • Empress Maria Theresa, 1717
  • King John VI Portugal, 1769
  • Pope Pius IX, 1792
  • Sir Arthur Sullivan, 1842
  • Georges Braque, 1882
  • Daphne du Maurier, 1907
  • Joe Louis, 1914
  • Beatrice Arthur, 1926
  • Herbert Ross, 1927
  • Clive Barnes, 1927
  • Luciano Benetton, 1935
  • Bruce Chatwin, 1940
  • Ritchie Valens, 1941
  • Tim Pigott-Smith, 1946
  • Franklyn Ajaye, 1949
  • Zoe Wanamaker, 1949
  • Stevie Wonder, 1950
  • Dennis Rodman, 1961

Died On This Day:

  • Cyrus McCormick, 1884
  • Sholem Aleichem, 1916
  • Prince Aly Khan killed, 1960
  • Gary Cooper, 1961
  • Saul Steinberg, 1999
  • Gene Sarazen, 1999
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers, 2013
  • Margot Kidder, 2018
  • Doris Day, 2019

Today's Events:

  • 1568 - Mary Queen of Scots defeated at Battle of Langside.
  • 1607 - First permanent English settlement made at Jamestown, VA; 100 colonists on left bank of Powhatan.
  • 1779 - Treaty of Teschen ends War of Bavarian Succession. Austria loses Bavaria.
  • 1787 - 11 ships set sail from Portsmouth with 548 Brit male and 188 female convicts bound for Australia.
  • 1830 - Quito becomes the Republic of Ecuador.
  • 1846 - U.S. finally declares war against Mexico although it had been happening since March.
  • 1871 - Pope gets possession of Vatican under Italy's 'Law of Guarantees.'
  • 1888 - Serfdom abolished in Brazil.
  • 1897 - Guglielmo Marconi sends first ever wireless communication over open sea from Bristol Channel to South Wales - 3.7 miles; Morse code message reads "Are you ready?"
  • 1912 - Royal Flying Corps, later to become the Royal Air Force established in England.
  • 1917 - Vision of Fatima in Portugal. Three children site miracle Lady for first time.
  • 1918 - First issue of 6˘, 16˘ and 24˘ airmail stamp in America; two days later airmail service starts.
  • 1940 - Churchill's 'blood, toil, tears and sweat' speech before House of Commons - 3 days after election.
  • 1954 - 'The Pajama Game,' Broadway musical directed by George Abbott, opens in New York.
  • 1981 - Pope John Paul II shot, seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square Vatican City by Turkish terrorist.
  • 2007 - Two million people gather in Izmir, Turkey for the Republic Protests.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Erconwald
  • Robert Bellarmine
  • Andrew Fournet
  • Euthymius the Enlightener

Holiday:

  • Festival of all Saints

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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