The Brighter Side of History - May 13

1607 English colonists, led by John Smith, land near James River in Virginia More ...
1821 First practical printing press built in the US More ...
1846 US declares war on México, 2 months after fighting begins More ...
1854 First American billiards match More ...
1861 Queen Victoria announces Britain's position of neutrality More ...
1861 Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia More ...
1873 Ludwig M. Wolf of Avon, CT patented the sewing machine lampholder More ...
1873 First US postal card issued More ...
1888 Ernest Thayer composes "Casey at the Bat" More ...
1911 New York Giant Fred Merkle is first to get 6 RBIs in an inning (first) More ...
1912 Royal Flying Corps is established in England More ...
1913 First 4 engine aircraft built & flown (Igor Sikorsky-Russia) More ...
1916 First observance of Indian (Native American) Day More ...
1917 First appearance of Mary to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal More ...
1918 The first U.S. airmail stamps featuring a picture of an airplane were introduced More ...
1930 Farmer killed by hail in Lubbock TX; this is the only known fatality due to hail
1934 Great dustbowl storm More ...
1938 Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded "When the Saints Go Marching In" More ...
1940Winston Churchill gives his first speech as prime minister of Britain More ...
1940 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands safely arrived in England as a refuge from the invading Nazi Germany
1940 First successful helicopter flight, Stratford, CT More ...
1942 Helicopter makes its first cross-country flight More ...
1947 US Senate approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions More ...
1949 First British-produced jet bomber, Canberra, makes its first test flight More ...
1950 Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards More ...
1952 Minor-league Bristol pitcher Ron Necciai strikes out 27 in 9-innings More ...
1953 NY Giants Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 HRs & a triple
1954 "The Pajama Game" made its debut on Broadway in NYC at the St. James Theatre More ...
1954 Robin Roberts gives up a homerun then retires the next 27 men in a row More ...
1955 Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive homeruns of at least 463' More ...
1958 Stan Musial, is 8th to get 3,000 hits More ...
1958 VELCRO was trademark registered More ...
1959 Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle last airs on NBC-TV
1960 Phillies lose 3rd consecutive 1-0 game
1961 "Runaway" by Del Shannon topped the charts More ...
1965 Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction" More ...
1966 Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black" More ...
1967 "The Happening" by the Supremes topped the charts More ...
1967 "Somethin' Stupid" by Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra topped the charts More ...
1967 Octagonal boxing ring is tested to avoid corner injuries
1970 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres More ...
1971 Aretha Franklin received a gold record for "Bridge over Troubled Water" More ...
1972 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack topped the charts More ...
1972 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12) More ...
1973 Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Smith Court in Mother's Day match in California More ...
1975 Tennis ball-sized hail stones hit Wernersville TN to a depth of 10”
1976 9th & final ABA championship: New York Nets beat Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 2 More ...
1978 "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman topped the charts More ...
1978 Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels More ...
1980 Cincinnati Red Ray Knight hits 2 HRs in 5th inning vs NY Mets More ...
1981 Pope John Paul II shot, wounded by assailant in St Peter's Square
1982 Chicago Cubs win their 8,000th (beat Astros)
1982 Soyuz T-5 is launched-Berezovoi & Lebedev for 211 days in space More ...
1983 Reggie Jackson is first major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times More ...
1984 "The Fantasticks'" 10,000th performance More ...
1985 Carlton Fisk becomes the 5th catcher to steal 100 bases
1989 "I'll Be There for You" by Bon Jovi topped the charts More ...
1989 Minnesota Twin Kirby Puckett becomes the 35th to hit 4 doubles in a game More ...
1991 "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale
1991 Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0
1992 Three astronauts simultaneous walked in space for the first time More ...
1993 Kansas City Royal George Brett hits his 300th homerun More ...
1993 "Knots Landing" a spin off of the hit soap "Dallas " goes off the air
1994 Indians begin a 18 home game home win streak at Jacobs Field
1997 Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games More ...
2004 It was reported that scientists had recorded as much as a 10% drop in the amount of sunshine reaching Earth since the 1950s, likely due to atmospheric pollution
2005 Pope John Paul II to be Beatified
2014 Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa Maria, is discovered More ...