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Interesting historical events that occurred on May 13…

May 13, 2012

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.

the gun wire

Harvey Keitel

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 JerseyThomas 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 IIGermany‘s conquest of France begins as the German army crosses the MeuseWinston Churchill makes his “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech to the House of Commons.

1958 – During a visit to CaracasVenezuelaVice 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 SpillaneIrish-American gangster (b. 1934)

2012 – Donald “Duck” Dunn, American bass player, songwriter, producer, and actor (Booker T. & the M.G.’sThe Blues Brothers, and The Mar-Keys) (b. 1941)



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