What happened this day in history May 13

What are the important events that happened on May 13? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 13: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 13 is the 133rd day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 232 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 30, 2022 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 459,000 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatriacontatrigon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 254 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,430 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 13 Historical Events

  • 1619
    Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is executed in The Hague after being convicted of treason.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom issues a “proclamation of neutrality” which recognizes the breakaway states as having belligerent rights.
  • 1880
    In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performs the first test of his electric railway.
  • 1888
    With the passage of the Lei Áurea (“Golden Law”), Brazil abolishes slavery.
  • 1943
    World War II: German Afrika Korps and Italian troops in North Africa surrender to Allied forces.
  • 1948
    1948 Arab-Israeli War: the Kfar Etzion massacre is committed by Arab irregulars, the day before the declaration of independence of the state of Israel on May 14.
  • 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 the Free Speech Movement is born.
  • 1967
    Dr. Zakir Hussain becomes the third President of India. He is the first Muslim President of the Indian Union. He holds this position until August 24, 1969.
  • 1992
    Li Hongzhi gives the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, People’s Republic of China.
  • 2000
    In Enschede, Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage.

Who were born on May 13?

  • 1655
    Pope Innocent XIII (d. 1724)
  • 1742
    Archduchess Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen (d. 1798)
  • 1842
    Arthur Sullivan, English composer (d. 1900)
  • 1898
    Justin/Giustino Tuveri, Italian World War I veteran (d. 2007)
  • 1911
    Robert Middleton, American film and television actor (d. 1977)
  • 1924
    Harry Schwarz, South African anti-apartheid politician, lawyer and diplomat (d. 2010)
  • 1967
    Melanie Thornton, American pop singer (La Bouche) (d. 2001)
  • 1972
    Stefaan Maene, Belgian swimmer
  • 1976
    Mark Delaney, Welsh footballer
  • 1986
    Alexander Rybak, Norwegian singer

Who died on May 13?

  • 1573
    Takeda Shingen, Japanese warlord (b. 1521)
  • 1619
    Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Dutch statesman (b. 1547)
  • 1704
    Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher (b. 1632)
  • 1921
    Jean Aicard, French poet and novelist (b. 1848)
  • 1926
    Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian Catholic prelate (b. 1857)
  • 1941
    Ōnishiki Uichirō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 26th Yokozuna (b. 1891)
  • 1957
    Michael Fekete, Hungarian-born Israeli mathematician (b. 1886)
  • 2000
    Jumbo Tsuruta, Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1951)
  • 2002
    Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (b. 1925)
  • 2009
    Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, Belgian-born member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, Jerusalem (b. 1934)

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