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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for May 13th

  • Year 1373 » Julian of Norwich has Visions of Jesus and Mary known as visions which are later transcribed in her 'Revelations of Divine Love'.
  • Year 1515 » Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk are officially married at Greenwich.
  • Year 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 Sibling half known as half-brother.
  • Year 1619 » Netherlands or Dutch Politician or statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is executed in The Hague after being convicted of treason.
  • Year 1648 » Construction of the Red Fort at Delhi is completed.
  • Year 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).
  • Year 1780 » The Cumberland Compact is signed by leaders of the settlers in early Tennessee.
  • Year 1787 » Captain (Royal Navy) e.g Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England, with eleven ships full of convicts (the "First Fleet") to establish a penal colony in Australia.
  • Year 1804 » Forces sent by Yusuf Karamanli of Tripoli to Battle of Derne named retake Derna from the United States e.g Americans attack the city.
  • Year 1830 » Ecuador gains its independence from Gran Colombia.
  • Year 1846 » Mexican–American War: The United States declares war on Mexico.
  • Year 1861 » American Civil War: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom issues a "proclamation of Neutrality (international relations) or neutrality" which recognizes the Confederate States of America e.g breakaway states as having belligerent rights.
  • Year 1861 » The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Year 1862 » The USS Planter 1862 6, a steamer and gunship, steals through Confederate lines and is passed to the Union, by a southern slave, Robert Smalls, who later was officially appointed as captain, becoming the first black man to command a United States ship.
  • Year 1864 » American Civil War: Battle of Resaca the battle begins with Union (American Civil War) or Union General William Tecumseh Sherman or Sherman fighting toward Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Year 1880 » In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performs the first test of his electric railway.
  • Year 1888 » With the passage of the 'Lei Áurea' ("Golden Law"), Brazil abolishes slavery.
  • Year 1912 » The Royal Flying Corps, the forerunner of the Royal Air Force, is established in the United Kingdom.
  • Year 1917 » Three children report the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.
  • Year 1923 » Robert Bellarmine, a Doctor of the Church named Doctor of the Catholic Church, is beatified.
  • Year 1939 » The first commercial Frequency Modulation or FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later becomes WDRC-FM.
  • Year 1940 » Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands flees her country to Great Britain after the Nazism e.g German invasion. Princess Juliana of the Netherlands named Princess Juliana takes her children to Canada for their safety.
  • Year 1941 » World War II: Kingdom of Yugoslavia called Yugoslav royal colonel Dragoljub Mihailović starts fighting with German occupation troops, beginning the Serbian resistance.
  • Year 1943 » World War II: German Afrika Korps and Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) Fascism (1922–1943) or Italian troops in North Africa surrender to Allies of World War II known as Allied forces.
  • Year 1948 » 1948 Arab-Israeli War: the Kfar Etzion massacre is committed by Arab irregulars, the day before Israeli Declaration of Independence e.g the declaration of independence of the state of Israel on May 14.
  • Year 1950 » The first round of the Formula One World Championship is held at Silverstone Circuit e.g Silverstone.
  • Year 1951 » The 400th anniversary of the founding of the National University of San Marcos is commemorated by the opening of the Estadio Universidad San Marcos called first large-capacity stadium in Peru.
  • Year 1952 » The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
  • Year 1954 » The 1954 National Service Riots called anti-National Service Riots, by Chinese people or Chinese Middle School students in Singapore, take place.
  • Year 1954 » The original Broadway theatre Broadway production of The Pajama Game opens and runs for another 1,063 performances. Later received three Tony award Tony Awards for Tony Award for Best Musical Best Musical, Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Act
  • Year 1958 » The trademark 'Velcro' is registered.
  • Year 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 Algerie francaise known as French control of Algeria.
  • Year 1958 » Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to Circumnavigation circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over convert 17,000 km mi by sea and convert 62,000 km mi by land during a ten-year journey.
  • Year 1960 » Hundreds of University of California, Berkeley students congregate for the first day of protest against a visit by the House Un-American Activities Committee called House Committee on Un-American Activities. Thirty-one students are arrested, and the Free
  • Year 1963 » The U.S. Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland is decided.
  • Year 1967 » Zakir Hussain (politician) named Dr. Zakir Hussain becomes the third President of India. He is the first Muslim President of India or President of the Indian Union. He holds this position until August 24, 1969.
  • Year 1969 » Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Year 1972 » Faulty electrical wiring ignites a fire underneath the Sennichi Department Store Building fire named Playtown Cabaret in Osaka, Japan. Blocked exits and non-functional elevators lead to 118 fatalities, with many victims leaping to their deaths.
  • Year 1972 » The Troubles: a car bombing outside a crowded pub in Belfast sparks Battle at Springmartin named a two-day gun battle involving the Provisional IRA, Ulster Volunteer Force and British Army. Seven people are killed and over 66 injured.
  • Year 1980 » An Fujita Scale named F3 tornado Kalamazoo Tornado of 1980 known as hits Kalamazoo County, Michigan. President Jimmy Carter declares it a federal disaster area.
  • Year 1985 » Police release a bomb on MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania known as Philadelphia to end a impasse e.g stand-off, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.
  • Year 1989 » Large groups of students Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 known as occupy Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike.
  • Year 1994 » Johnny Carson makes his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.
  • Year 1995 » Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, became the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.
  • Year 1996 » Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.
  • Year 1998 » Jakarta riots of May 1998 known as Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesians of Chinese Indonesian known as Chinese descent are looted and women raped.
  • Year 1998 » India carries out two nuclear testing named nuclear tests at Pokhran, following the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
  • Year 2000 » In Enschede, the Netherlands, a Enschede fireworks disaster known as fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage.
  • Year 2005 » The Bính Bridge opens to traffic in Hai Phong, Vietnam.
  • Year 2005 » The May 2005 unrest in Uzbekistan known as Andijan Massacre occurs in Uzbekistan.
  • Year 2006 » 2006 São Paulo violence: a major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil.
  • Year 2008 » The Jaipur bombings in Rajasthan, India results in dozens of deaths.
  • Year 2011 » 2011 Charsadda bombing or 2 bombs explode in the Charsadda District, Pakistan called Charsadda District of Pakistan killing 98 people and wounding 140 others.
  • Year 2014 » An Soma mine disaster named explosion at an underground coal mine in south-western Turkey kills 301 miners.
  • Year 2014 » 2014 Southeast Europe floods e.g Major floods in Southeast Europe kill at least 47 people.

World History for the Month of May