by Bob Fields

On May 13:

Maria Theresa (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Joe Louis (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Stevie Wonder (Image Credit: WikiTree)










1221 – Alexander Nevsky, Russian prince and saint (d. 1263).
1717 – Maria Theresa, Austrian wife of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1780).
1792 – Pope Pius IX, the longest-reigning elected pope (31 years) (d. 1878).
1842 – Arthur Sullivan, English composer (d. 1900) (Gilbert and SullivanThe Pirates of PenzanceThe Mikado).
1857 – Sir Ronald Ross, Indian-English bacteriologist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1932)
1883 – Georgios Papanikolaou*, Greek-American pathologist, invented the pap smear (d. 1962).
1907 – Daphne du Maurier, English novelist and playwright (d. 1989) (RebeccaJamaica Inn).
1914 – Joe Louis*, American boxer, wrestler, and actor; heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949 (d. 1981).
1922 – Bea Arthur, American actress and singer (d. 2009) (MaudeThe Golden Girls).
1931 – Jim Jones*, American cult leader, founder of the Peoples Temple, who killed 918 followers in Guyana (d. 1978).
1939 – Harvey Keitel, American actor (The PianoReservoir Dogs).
1950 – Stevie Wonder, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (“Superstition“, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life“).


Joseph Henry (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Cyrus McCormick (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Gary Cooper (Image Credit: WikiTree)











1832 – Georges Cuvier, French zoologist and academic; the “father of paleontology” (b. 1769).
1878 – Joseph Henry*, American physicist, academic, and inventor (b. 1797) (self-inductance).
1884 – Cyrus McCormick, American businessman, co-founded the International Harvester Company (b. 1809).
1885 – Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle*, German physician, pathologist, and anatomist (b. 1809) (germ theory of disease).
1961 – Gary Cooper, American actor (b. 1901) (Sergeant YorkThe Pride of the YankeesHigh Noon).
2013 – Dr. Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, author, and actress (b. 1927).

Other Events:

Mexican-American War (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

German invasion of France (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Pope assassination attempt (Image Credit: Wikipedia)









1846 – Mexican-American War: The United States declares war on Mexico.
1865 – American Civil War: Battle of Palmito Ranch: In far south Texas, the last land battle of the Civil War ends with a Confederate victory.
1912 – The Royal Flying Corps, the forerunner of the Royal Air Force, is established in the United Kingdom.
1917 – Three children report the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.
1940 – World War II: The German army crosses the Meuse, beginning the conquest of France. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands flees her country to Great Britain. Winston Churchill makes his “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech to the House of Commons.
1981 – Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Ağcaattempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The Pope undergoes emergency surgery and survives.
1985 – Police release a bomb on MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia to end a stand-off, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.
1992 – The Falun Gong movement had its beginning as the sect’s founder, Li Hongzhi* gives the first public lecture in Changchun, People’s Republic of China.

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