What Happened on May 13


Historical Events

1909 – First Giro d’Italia takes place in Milan – Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner
1922 – 47th Preakness: L Morris aboard Pillory wins in 1:51.6
1972 – Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12)
1981 – Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City
2019 – China retaliates against the US as their trade war escalates, raising tariffs on $60 billion worth of goods affecting over 4,000 items
2019 – Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty for her part in the US college admissions scandal

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Famous Birthdays

1729 – Henry William Stiegel, German-American early glassmaker (built American Flint Glassworks at Manheim which had rapid rise and fall), born near Cologne (d. 1785)
1840 – Alphonse Daudet, French writer (Tartarin of Tarascon), born in Nîmes, France (d. 1897)
1886 – Joseph Achron, Lithuanian-American concert violinist and composer (Golem Suite), born in Lozdzieje, Russian Empire (now Lazdijai, Lithuania) (d. 1943)
1930 – Mike Gravel, American politician (US Senator (D) – Alaska, 1969-81), and peace activist (Pentagon Papers), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2021)
1937 – Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, born in Kilburn, London (d. 2018)
1949 – Zoe Wanamaker, American actress (Raggedy Rawney), born in NYC, New York

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Famous Deaths

1732 – Theodor Schwartzkopff, German composer, dies at 72
1925 – Boris Savinkov, Russian writer and revolutionary, dies in prison under mysterious circumstances at 46
1981 – Carl Weinrich, American organist and composer, dies at 76
2005 – Michael Ross, American serial killer (b. 1959)
2013 – Vladimir Romanovsky, Soviet sprint canoer, dies at 56
2013 – Chuck Muncie, American football running back, dies from a heart attack at 60

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