May 13 in History
1787May 13, 1787:
The First Fleet, carrying naval officers, convicts and food supplies takes off. The fleet, which is under the leadership of Arthur Phillip, makes its way to New South Wales, Australia.
1846May 13, 1846:
The United States Congress approves President James K. Polk’s declaration for the Mexican-American War.
1871May 13, 1871: The Italian parliament passes the Law of Guarantees to assure the Pope of a status as a sovereign figure, in spite of depriving him of ruling over the Papal States.
1888May 13, 1888:
Isabel of Braganca, Princess of Brazil, signs the Golden Law to abolish slave trade in Brazil.
1917May 13, 1917:
Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, experience their first apparitions of the Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Fatima).
1960May 13, 1960:
A Swiss/Nepali/Austrian expedition becomes the first to climb Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh-tallest mountain, under the leadership of Max Eiselin.
1981May 13, 1981:
Turkish assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca attempts to assassinate Pope John Paul by shooting him four times at St. Peter’s Square.
1989May 13, 1989:
Chinese students begin hunger strike as part of the Tiananmen Square Protests against the government.
2019May 13, 2019:
Hollywood star, Doris Day, dies.