13th May

Born on this Day 13th May
1655 Pope Innocent XIII
1730 Charles Watson-Wentworth
1842 Sir Arthur Sullivan
1907 Dame Daphne du Maurier
1914 Joe Louis
1922 Michael Ainsworth
1941 Richie Valens
1926 Beatrice Arthur
1927 Archie Scott-Brown
1937 Trevor Baylis
1939 Harvey Keitel
1941 Joe Brown
1941 Richie Valens
1946 Tim Pigott-Smith
1949 Zoe Wanamaker
1950 Stevie Wonder
1950 Danny Kirwan
1951 Selina Scott
1963 Helen Sharman
1965 Tasmin Little
1977 Samantha Morton
1986 Robert Pattinson

Died on this Day
1835 John Nash
1961 Gary Cooper
2001 Perry Como


1968 John Lennon and Paul McCartney spent the day talking to the ‘serious press’ in New York about the business side of Apple Records.


1984 In preparation for John McEnroe’s appearance at the World Cup competition in Dusseldorf, organisers imported three widely experienced, English speaking umpires to deal with his matches in case he went into one of his trantrums.

1992 In a warm-up match for the European Championship finals, England beat Hungary by 1-0.

People & Showbiz

1981 Pope Joh Paul II survived an assassination attempy when he was shot four times by a Turkish gunman in St. Peter’s Square, Rome, while being driven through a crowd of 20,000 people in his open-top jeep.

1995 The Queen Mother refused to help Prince Edward make a film about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor for his television company.

1997 The most expensive production to hit the London theatres, the £10 million Walt Disney production of ‘Beauty and The Beast’ , opened at the Dominion Theatre.

1999 Days after being turned down for a British passport, Egyptian Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed announced he was going to have 100 clones of himself made to ‘haunt the English’ and continue to fight his cause after his death.

General Events

1568 Mary Queen of Scots was defeated at the Battle of Langside. resulting in her flight to England.

1977 Prime Minister James Callaghan appointed his son-in-law Peter Jay as Britain’s ambassador to Washington, prompting accusations of nepotism.

1989 A National Westminster Bank employee and his wife were awarded £65,000 libel damages over allegations made in the Sunday People that they ran a topless spanking service.

1995 British mother of two, Alison Hargreaves 33, became the first woman to reach the peak of Mount Everest, without oxygen or the aid of sherpas.

1995 Four homosexual RAF officers refused to resign and said they would appeal to the Queen if discharged and were prepared to challenge the Ministry of Defense’s ban on gay servicemen.

1997 In a survey by the Department of Transport, Birmingham Airport was named the country’s most punctual airport with 84% of flights leaving on time over the last year with Gatwick coming bottom of the table with only 70% getting away on time.

1998 India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, in addition to the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.

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