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Flashback Fridays: Today in History (5/13)

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Flashback Fridays: Today in History (5/13)
May 13, 2016 1:03 PM


Discover which shocking historical facts occurred today in the areas of art, entertainment, science, music, sports, military, entertainment and more.

On this day in 1644, English colonists arrived by ship at the site of what became the Jamestown settlement

On this day in 1888, Slavery was abolished in Brazil.

On this day in 1913, 1st 4 engine aircraft built and flown.

On this day in 1914, Babe Ruth made his pitching debut with the Baltimore Orioles.

On this day in 1916, 1st Native American Day is observed.

On this day in 1917, Near Fatima, Portugal, three peasant children reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary.

On this day in 1930, Farmer killed by hail in Lubbock, Texas, only known fatality due to hail.

On this day in 1938, “When the Saints Go Marching In” was recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra.

On this day in 1945, US liberates 31,601 in Nazi concentration camp in Dachau Germany.

On this day in 1946, U.S. convicts 58 camp guard of Mauthausen concentration camp to death.

On this day in 1952, An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television.

On this day in 1958, Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, were spat upon and their limousine battered by rocks thrown by anti-U.S. demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela.

On this day in 1970, 50,000 US & South Vietnamese troops invade Cambodia.

On this day in 1975, Hailstones the size of tennis balls hit Wenerville, TN.

On this day in 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter’s Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca.

On this day in 1985, a confrontation between Philadelphia authorities and the radical group MOVE ended as police dropped a bomb onto the group’s row house; 11 people died in the resulting fire that destroyed 61 homes.

On this day in 1985, Tony Perez became the oldest major league baseball player to hit a grand slam home run at the age of 42 and 11 months.

On this day in 1989, Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China.

On this day in 1992, 3 astronauts simultaneous walked in space for the 1st time.

On this day in 1993, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bette Midler and Barry White were guest voices on the season finale of the “The Simpsons.” The episode was entitled “Krusty Gets Kancelled.”

On this day in 1991, Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0.

On this day in 1995, 6.5 earthquake hits Greece.

On this day in 1996, O. J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict.

(Photo credit should read MYUNG J. CHUN/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit should read MYUNG J. CHUN/AFP/Getty Images)
On this day in 1999, In Moscow, the impeachment of Russian President Boris Yeltsin began.

On this day in 2003, The U.S. government unveiled a newly designed version of the $20 bill. It was the first to be colorized in an effort to stop counterfeiters.

On this day in 2005, Star Trek: Enterprise broadcasts it’s final show in the U.S.

On this day in 2013, U.S. veteran newscaster Barbara Walters announces plans for retirement in 2014

On this day in 2014, The Michael Jackson album XSCAPE was released by Epic Records.

On this day in 2014, A shipwreck off of Haiti may be that of the Santa Maria, one of the three ships led by Christopher Columbus; the wreck was discovered about 10 years ago, but has only now been tentatively identified in light of Columbus’ writings and other evidence

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