Monday, May 13, 2013


MAY 13

What was happening on this day in modern history? Let's take a look at some of the big events, Birthdays, and anniversaries for May 13th....

1884 - Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) forms.
1905 - James J Jeffries retires as boxing champ.

1912 - Royal Flying Corps forms in England.
1913 - 1st four engine aircraft built and flown (Igor Sikorsky-Russia).
1916 - 1st observance of Indian (Native American) Day.
1918 - 1st US airmail stamps issued (24 cents).
1926 - Beatrice Arthur, [Frankel], NY, actress (Maude, Dorothy-Golden Girls) is born.

1930 - Farmer killed by hail in Lubbock, Texas.
1934 - Great dustbowl storm.

1939 - Harvey Keitel, actor (Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs) is born.

1940 - Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat.
1941 - Ritchie Valens, singer (Donna, La Bamba) is born.

1942 - Helicopter makes its 1st cross-country flight.
1943 - German & Italian forces in Africa surrender.
1945 - US troops conquer Dakeshi, Okinawa.

USMC in Okinawa

1946 - US convicts 58 camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death.
1950 - Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards.
1950 - The first round of the Formula 1 World Championship is held at Silverstone.
1950 - Stevie Wonder, Saginaw, Michigan, American singer-songwriter (You are the Sunshine of My Love) is born.

1954 - "Pajama Game" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances.
1955 - Elvis Presley's performance at Jacksonville, FL, becomes the first Presley show at which a riot ensues.
1958 - The trade mark Velcro is registered.
1958 - Jerry Lee Lewis is granted a divorce from his second wife six months after marrying his third wife, Myra.
1959 - Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle, last airs on NBC-TV.
1961 - Gary Cooper, 2 time Acad award winning actor (High Noon), dies at 60.

1966 - Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black".
1971 - Grace Slick smashes her Mercedes into a concrete wall near San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
1972 - Dan Blocker, American actor (Hoss-Bonanza), dies at 43.

Dan Blocker "Hoss" on set of Bonanza
Dan Blocker at home with his 4 children

1973 - Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Smith Court in Mother's Day match in Calif.
1975 - Bob Wills, actor (Lone Prairie), dies at 69.


1978 - The final episode of "Bionic Woman" airs.

1982 - Terri Lea Utley, 20, (Arkansas), crowned 31st Miss USA.
1983 - Reggie Jackson is 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times.
1985 - Selma Diamond, comedienne (Selma-Night Court), dies of cancer at 64.

1989 - Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China.
1991 - "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale.
1991 - Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0.
1991 - South African activist Winnie Mandela convicted of abducting 4 blacks.
1992 - Frank Stallone beats Geraldo Rivera in boxing on Howard Stern Show.
1993 - The final episode of "Knots Landing" airs.

1996 - OJ Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict.
2012 - 49 dismembered bodies are found on a Mexican highway near border as part of the Mexican drug war.
2012 - Torrential rain in Hunan Province, China, destroys a bridge, 3,500 homes and displaces 28,000 people.

Some of the stars of today's really big shoooo....

Bea Arthur
Harvey Keitel
Ritchie Valens
Stevie Wonder
Gary Cooper
Dan Blocker
Bob Wills
Bionic Woman
Selma Diamond
Knots Landing

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