May 13th Events

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May 13th, 2007 (May 13 2007)EventConstruction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins.
May 13th, 2007 (May 13 2007)EventRepublic Protests in Turkey.
May 13th, 2006 (May 13 2006)Event2006 Sao Paulo violence: a major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil.
May 13th, 2005 (May 13 2005)EventThe Andijan Massacre occurs in Uzbekistan.
May 13th, 2001 (May 13 2001)EventSilvio Berlusconi s House of Freedoms coalition wins the Italian general elections.
May 13th, 2000 (May 13 2000)EventIn Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately ?450 million in damage.
May 13th, 1998 (May 13 1998)EventRace riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesian of Chinese descendants are looted and women raped.
May 13th, 1998 (May 13 1998)EventIndia 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.
May 13th, 1996 (May 13 1996)EventSevere thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.
May 13th, 1994 (May 13 1994)EventJohnny Carson makes last television appearance on The David Letterman Show.David Letterman Quotes
May 13th, 1989 (May 13 1989)EventLarge groups of students occupy Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike.
May 13th, 1985 (May 13 1985)EventPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, police storm MOVE headquarters to end a stand-off, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.
May 13th, 1981 (May 13 1981)EventMehmet Ali Agca 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.
May 13th, 1980 (May 13 1980)EventAn F3 tornado hits Kalamazoo County, Michigan. President Jimmy Carter declares it a federal disaster area.Jimmy Carter Quotes
May 13th, 1972 (May 13 1972)EventFaulty electrical wiring ignites a fire underneath the Playtown Cabaret in Osaka, Japan. Blocked exits and non-functional elevators cause 118 fatalities, with many victims leaping to their deaths.
May 13th, 1969 (May 13 1969)EventRace riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
May 13th, 1967 (May 13 1967)EventDr. Zakir Hussain becomes the third President of India. He is the first Muslim President of Indian Union. He holds this position till August 24, 1969.
May 13th, 1960 (May 13 1960)EventHundreds of UC Berkeley students congregate for the first day of protest against a visit by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Thirty-one students are arrested, and the Free Speech Movement is born.
May 13th, 1958 (May 13 1958)EventDuring a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Richard Nixon s car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators.
May 13th, 1958 (May 13 1958)EventThe trade mark Velcro is registered.
May 13th, 1954 (May 13 1954)EventThe anti-National Service Riots, by Chinese Middle School students in Singapore, take place.
May 13th, 1952 (May 13 1952)EventThe Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
May 13th, 1950 (May 13 1950)EventThe first round of the Formula 1 World Championship is held at Silverstone.
May 13th, 1948 (May 13 1948)Event1948 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.
May 13th, 1943 (May 13 1943)EventWorld War II: German Afrika Korps and Italian troops in North Africa surrender to Allied forces.
May 13th, 1941 (May 13 1941)EventWorld War II: Yugoslav royal colonel Dragoljub Mihailovic starts fighting with German occupation troops, beginning the Serbian resistance.
May 13th, 1940 (May 13 1940)EventWorld War II: Germany s conquest of France begins as the German army crosses the Meuse River. Winston Churchill makes his "blood, toil, tears, and sweat" speech to the House of Commons.Winston Churchill Quotes
May 13th, 1940 (May 13 1940)EventQueen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands flees the Nazi invasion in the Netherlands to Great Britain. Princess Juliana takes her children to Canada for their safety.Lee Child Quotes
May 13th, 1939 (May 13 1939)EventThe first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later becomes WDRC-FM.
May 13th, 1913 (May 13 1913)EventIgor Sikorsky becomes the first man to pilot a four-engine aircraft.
May 13th, 1912 (May 13 1912)EventThe Royal Flying Corps (now the Royal Air Force) is established in the United Kingdom.
May 13th, 1909 (May 13 1909)EventThe first Giro d Italia takes place in Milan. Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner.
May 13th, 1888 (May 13 1888)EventWith the passage of the Lei Aurea ("Golden Law"), Brazil abolishes slavery.
May 13th, 1880 (May 13 1880)EventIn Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performs the first test of his electric railway.
May 13th, 1865 (May 13 1865)EventAmerican 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.Robert South Quotes
May 13th, 1864 (May 13 1864)EventAmerican Civil War: Battle of Resaca - the battle begins with Union General Sherman fighting toward Atlanta, Georgia.
May 13th, 1861 (May 13 1861)EventAmerican Civil War: Queen Victoria of Britain issues a "proclamation of neutrality" which recognizes the breakaway states as having belligerent rights.
May 13th, 1861 (May 13 1861)EventThe Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.
May 13th, 1848 (May 13 1848)EventFirst performance of Finland s national anthem.
May 13th, 1846 (May 13 1846)EventMexican-American War: The United States declares war on Mexico.
May 13th, 1830 (May 13 1830)EventEcuador gains its independence from Gran Colombia.
May 13th, 1787 (May 13 1787)EventCaptain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England with eleven ships full of convicts (First Fleet) to establish a penal colony in Australia.
May 13th, 1779 (May 13 1779)EventWar 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 them (the Innviertel).
May 13th, 1648 (May 13 1648)EventConstruction of the Red Fort at Delhi is completed.
May 13th, 1619 (May 13 1619)EventDutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is executed in The Hague after having been accused of treason.
May 13th, 1568 (May 13 1568)EventBattle 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.
May 13th, 1497 (May 13 1497)EventPope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola.Alexander Pope Quotes

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