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1607English colonists, led by John Smith, land near James River in Virginia

1905james j jeffries retires as boxing champion

19131st four-engined aircraft built and flown (Igor Sikorsky, Russia)

1940Winston Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat

1946Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam

1953NY Giants Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 HRs & a triple

1955Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of at least 463'

1958Rioters attack US VP Richard Nixon in Venezuela

1958Stan Musial is 8th to get 3,000 hits

1962Mickey Wright wins LPGA Western Golf Open

1967NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits career HR #500 off Stu Miller

19681,000,000 French demonstrate against Charles De Gaulle & Georges Pompidou

1973Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Smith Court in Mother's Day match in Calif

1977Howard Stern begins broadcasting at WRNW, Briarcliff Manor NY

1981Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City

1983Reggie Jackson is 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times

1989Minn Twin Kirby Puckett becomes 35th to hit 4 doubles in a game

1991"Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale

1993KC Royal George Brett hits his 300th HR

1996OJ Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict

1997Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games

2013Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield departs the International Space Station to return to Earth

On This Day In History
Date Event
May 13, 535
St Agapitus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
May 13, 609
Pope Boniface I turns Pantheon in Rome into a Catholic church 
May 13, 641
Eligius (Saint Eloy) becomes bishop of Doornik-Noyon 
May 13, 1106
Henry I of Limburg becomes duke of Neth-Lutherans 
May 13, 1110
Crusaders march into Beirut causing a bloodbath 
May 13, 1364
Peter Coutherel banished from Leuven 
May 13, 1497
Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola 
May 13, 1559
Exhumed corpse of heretic David Jorisz burned in Basel 
May 13, 1568
Mary Queen of Scots is defeated by English at battle of Langside 
May 13, 1588
King Henri III flees Paris 
May 13, 1607
English colonists, led by John Smith, land near James River in Virginia 
May 13, 1624
Admiral Hermites' fleet blockade Lima, Peru 
May 13, 1637
Cardinal Richelieu of France reputedly creates the table knife 
May 13, 1643
Battle of Grantham: English parliamentary armies beat royalists 
May 13, 1643
Heavy earthquake strikes Santiago Chile; kills 1/3 of population 
May 13, 1648
Construction of the Red Fort at Delhi is completed. 
May 13, 1652
Ingen Ryuki invited to become the abbot of Sofokuji temple in Nagasaki 
May 13, 1654
Venetian fleet under Adm Adeler beats Turkish 
May 13, 1767
Mozart's opera "Apollo et Hyacinthus" premieres in Salzburg 
May 13, 1777
University library at Vienna opens 
May 13, 1779
War of Bavarian Succession ends 
May 13, 1787
Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia 
May 13, 1820
Opera "Die Jagarsbrautt" is completed 
May 13, 1830
Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president 
May 13, 1835
1st foreign embassy in Hawaii forms 
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