May 13. Today, in 2012, that’s Mother’s Day. Hope you treated your mom well.
Here’s the historical events that I found interesting that occurred this day in year’s past…
1780 – The Cumberland Compact is signed by leaders of the settlers in early Tennessee.
1846 – Mexican-American War: The United States declares war on Mexico.
1861 – American Civil War: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom issues a “proclamation of neutrality” which recognizes the breakaway states as having belligerent rights.
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.
1939 – The first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later becomes WDRC-FM.
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.
1958 – During a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Richard Nixon‘s car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators.
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 theFree Speech Movement is born.
1963 – The U.S. Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland is decided.
1980 – An F3 tornado hits Kalamazoo County, Michigan. President Jimmy Carter declares it a federal disaster area.
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.
1994 – Johnny Carson makes his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.
1922 – Bea Arthur, American actress (d. 2009)
1931 – Jim Jones, American businessman and cult leader of the Peoples Temple (d. 1978)
1939 – Harvey Keitel, American actor
1941 – Ritchie Valens, American singer (d. 1959)
1950 – Stevie Wonder, American singer and musician
1961 – Dennis Rodman, American basketball player and actor
1964 – Stephen Colbert, American comedian and actor
1961 – Gary Cooper, American actor (b. 1901)
1977 – Mickey Spillane, Irish-American gangster (b. 1934)
2012 – Donald “Duck” Dunn, American bass player, songwriter, producer, and actor (Booker T. & the M.G.’s, The Blues Brothers, and The Mar-Keys) (b. 1941)