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Births for April 13


  • 1519 Catherine de M‚dicis, Queen consort of Henry II of France
  • 1648 Jeanne-Marie Bouvier de la Mothe-Guyon, French mystic (qui‚tisme)
  • 1721 John Hanson, Maryland, 1st US Pres under Articles of Confederation
  • 1729 Thomas Percy, English bishop of Dromore
  • 1732 Frederick Lord North, (C) British PM (1770-82)
  • 1743 Thomas Jefferson, Virginia, (D-R) 3rd pres (1801-09)
  • 1756 Louis H J Cond‚, French prince
  • 1771 Richard Trevithick, inventor (steam locomotive)
  • 1791 F‚lix PBOG earl the Merode, Belgian minister of War/Finance
  • 1799 Heinrich F L Rellstab, German musician
  • 1810 F‚licien C David, French composer (Perle du Br‚sil, D‚sert)
  • 1817 Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian/archivist (Brussels)
  • 1822 Leroy Augustus Stafford, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 186
  • 1822 William Stephen Walker, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1899
  • 1832 James Wimshurst, British designer/inventor (electricstatic generator)
  • 1847 Cornelis P˜nacker Hord˜k, gov-gen (Neth East-Indies)
  • 1852 Frank W Woolworth, 5 & 10 King
  • 1854 Richard T Ely, US economist (Hard Times)
  • 1860 James Ensor, Flemish painter/etcher (De lampenjongen)
  • 1885 Pieter S Gerbrandy, lawyer/premier to London (1940-45)
  • 1892 Robert A Watson-Watt, England, physicist (radar)
  • 1895 Olof R J„ndel, Swedish poet
  • 1899 Alfred Moser Butts, game inventor ("Scrabble")
  • 1901 Ren‚-Jean Pleven, French premier (1950-52)
  • 1902 Philippe de Rothschild, Paris, manager (Bordeaux Vineyard)
  • 1906 Budd (Lawrence) Freeman, US jazz saxophonist (Eel)
  • 1906 Samuel Beckett, French playwright (Waiting for Godot, Nobel 1969)
  • 1907 Harold Stassen, (Gov-R-Minn) perennial pres candidate
  • 1909 Eudora Welty, US novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973)
  • 1912 Roy Winsor, Chicago, producer (Search for Tomorrow, Love of Life)
  • 1913 David Donald Albritton, Danville Al, high jumper (Olympic-silver-1936
  • 1915 Bert (Albert L F) Peleman, (Dirk Dyckmans), Flemish writer
  • 1917 Howard Keel, Ill, actor/singer (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate
  • 1919 Madalyn Murray O'Hair, American atheist (opppsed prayer in school)
  • 1922 John Braine, English novelist (Life at the Top)
  • 1924 Stanley Donen, SC, film director/producer (Bedazzled, Damn Yankees)
  • 1926 Don Adams, NYC, comedian (Maxwell Smart-Get Smart, Check it Out)
  • 1927 Mari Blanchard, Long Beach Calif, actress (Kathy-Klondike)
  • 1933 Ben Nighthorse Campbell, (Sen-D Colorado)
  • 1933 Shani Wallis, Ireland, singer/actress (Oliver)
  • 1935 Erich von D„niken, author (Chariots of the Gods)
  • 1935 Lyle Waggoner, KC Kansas, actor (Carol Burnette Show, Wonder Woman)
  • 1937 Edward Fox, London England, actor (M-Never Say Never Again)
  • 1937 Lanford Wilson, US playwright (Hot L Baltimore)
  • 1938 Frederic Rzewski, Westfield Mass, composer (Spacecraft)
  • 1939 Barbara-Rose Collins, (Rep-D-Michigan)
  • 1939 W˜nie Jaba˜, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
  • 1940 Lester Chambers, vocalist (Chamber Brothers-Time Has Come Today)
  • 1941 Margaret Price, Tredegar Wales, soprano (Pamlina-Die Zauberfl”te)
  • 1942 Bill Conti, Providence RI, composer (For Your Eyes Only, Rocky IV)
  • 1944 Brian Pendleton, rocker (Pretty Things)
  • 1944 Jack Casady, bassist (Jefferson Airplane-Miracles, Hot Tuna)
  • 1945 Carlos Gimenez, Arg/Venez founder (Theater festival of Caracas)
  • 1945 Edward J Caruthers Jr, Troy Ala, high jumper (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • 1945 Lowell George, rock vocalist/guitarist (Little Feat-Time is a Hero)
  • 1945 Raymond of Geytenbeek, singer/drummer (Lesson Baroques)
  • 1945 Tony Dow, Hollywood Calif, actor (Wally-Leave it to Beaver)
  • 1946 Al Green, Arkansas, singer (Lets Stay Together)
  • 1948 Kathleen Battle, US soprano (Tannh„user)
  • 1949 Philippe Petit, Nemours France, juggler/aerialist
  • 1950 Riff West, rocker (Molly Hatchet)
  • 1950 Ron Perlman, Bronx NY, actor (Quest for Fire, Beauty & the Beast)
  • 1951 Beatrix "Trixie" Schuba, Austria, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1951 Jack Quinn, (Rep-R-New York)
  • 1951 Peabo Bryson, R&B singer, Greenville SC, (I'm So into You)
  • 1954 Jimmy Destri, rocker (Blondie-Rapture)
  • 1955 Louis Johnson, rocker (Brothers Johnson)
  • 1956 Michael Nikolay, German DR, gymnist (Olympics)
  • 1957 Gary Kroeger, Cedar Falls Iowa, comedian (SNL)
  • 1957 Saundra Santiago, Bronx NY, actress (Gina-Miami Vice)
  • 1957 Wayne Lewis, keyboardist, (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1958 Randy Piper, heavy metal rocker (Wasp-Wildchild)
  • 1963 Gary Kimovich Kasparov, USSR, world chess champion (1985- )
  • 1964 Bill D'Angelo, heavy metal rocker
  • 1964 Jose Rijo, pitcher (NY Yankees, Cin Reds)
  • 1964 Page Hannah, Chicago Ill, actress (Kate Riley-Fame)
  • 1969 Harold Pruett, rocker (Outsiders-Time Won't Let Me)
  • 1970 Rick Schroder, SI NY, actor (Ricky-Silver Spoons, Champ, Earthling
  • 1971 Corey Yothers, LA Calif, actor (Off the Rock)
  • 1976 Jonathan Brandis, Danbury Ct, actor (Never Ending Story II)
  • 1991 Dylan Francis Penn, LA Calif, daughter of Sean Penn & Robin Wright
  • 1992 Jet Travolta, daughter of John Travolta & Kelly Preston


Passings for April 13


  • 799 Paulus Diaconus Warnafridi, Longobardisch writer, dies
  • 1638 Henri II, duke of Rohan-Gi‚, French hugenot leader, dies at 58
  • 1756 Johann TG Goldberg, German klavecinist/composer, dies at 29
  • 1868 Theodorus, (Kasa), emperor of Abyssinia, commits suicide
  • 1904 Vasili Veresjtsjagin, Russian painter (War & peace), dies
  • 1932 Johannes T de Visser, Dutch theologist, dies
  • 1936 Demertzis, Greek premier, dies
  • 1942 Henk Sneevliet, leader of Dutch RSAP/Spartacus, executed
  • 1944 Paul Hazard, French literature historian, dies
  • 1959 Eduard A van Beinum, musician/conductor, dies
  • 1975 N'garta Tombalbaye, president Chad, dies
  • 1978 Paul McGrath, actor (Witness), dies at 73
  • 1984 Christopher Wilder, FBI's "most wanted man," accidentally kills self
  • 1992 Walter Stuart Surridge, cricketeer (Capt of Surrey), dies at 74
  • 1993 Henny Budie, director/producer (Sterrenslag)
  • 1993 Max Tripels, attorney/Second-Member of parliament, dies at 72


Special events for April 13


  • 837 Best view of Halley's Comet in 2000 years
  • 1055 Bishop Gebhard van Eichst„tt named Pope Victor II
  • 1111 Pope Paschalis II crowns Roman catholics-German king Hendrik II
  • 1180 Republic day of Gelnhausen
  • 1556 Portugese Marranos who revert back to Judaism burned by order of Pope
  • 1598 Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots
  • 1742 Dublin: 1st performance H„ndels oratorium De Messias
  • 1759 French beat European Aliies in Battle of Bergen
  • 1796 1st elephant brought to America (from Bengal, India)
  • 1808 William Henry Lane ("Juda") perfects tap dance
  • 1829 English Parliament grants freedom of religion to Catholics
  • 1842 Lord Rosse successfully casts 72" (183-cm) mirror for a telescope
  • 1849 Hungarian Republic proclaimed
  • 1861 After 34 hours of bombardment, Ft Sumter surrenders to Confederates
  • 1863 Battle of Irish Bend, LA (Ft Bisland)
  • 1865 Battle of Raleigh, NC
  • 1865 Sherman's march through Georgia begins
  • 1869 Steam power brake patented (George Westinghouse)
  • 1873 Colfax Massacre in Grant Parish Louisiana (60 blacks killed)
  • 1883 Alfred Packer convicted of cannibalism
  • 1895 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Solitary Cyclist" (BG)
  • 1902 JC Penney opened his 1st store in Kemmerer, Wyo
  • 1904 Congress authorizes Lewis & Clark Expo $1 gold coin
  • 1906 M Wolf discovers asteroid #598 Octavia
  • 1906 Munity on Portugese battleships Dom Carlos & Vasco da Gama
  • 1908 Groundbreaking on Philadelphia's Shibe Park (home of A's & Phillies)
  • 1918 Electrical fire kills 38 mental patients at Oklahoma State Hospital
  • 1919 Amritsar Massacre-British Army fires on nationalist rioters in India
  • 1919 British forces kill 100s of Indian Nationalists (Amritsar Massacre)
  • 1923 Army wins 1st college three-weapon fencing championships
  • 1924 Greek plesbicite for a republic
  • 1926 At 41, Walter Johnson pitches his 7th opening day shutout
  • 1926 Bicyclist without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam
  • 1927 Ottawa Senators beat Bos Bruins with 2 wins & 2 ties for Stanley Cup
  • 1928 1st trans atlantic flight Europe-US (Fitzmaurice-von Hnefeld-K”hl)
  • 1933 1st flight over Mount Everest (Lord Clydesdale)
  • 1933 NY Rangers beat Tor Maple Leafs 3 games to 1 for Stanley Cup
  • 1934 4.7 million US families report receiving welfare payments
  • 1936 Metaxas proclaims himself dictator of Greece
  • 1936 P Djurkovic discovers asteroid #1605 Milankovitch
  • 1940 1st pole vaulter to clear 15' (4.57 m), C Warmerdam, Berkeley, CA
  • 1940 2nd battle of Narvik-8 German destroyers, destroyed
  • 1940 Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft
  • 1940 NY Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs 4 games to 2 for Stanley Cup
  • 1941 Heavy German assault on Tobroek
  • 1941 Russian-Japan no-attack treaty goes into effect
  • 1943 FDR dedicates Jefferson Memorial
  • 1943 Nazi's discovers mass grave of Polish officers near Katyn
  • 1944 Mont Canadiens sweep Chicago Black Hawks for Stanley Cup
  • 1944 SC rejects black suffrage
  • 1945 Allies occupy Wien (Vienna)
  • 1945 Assen freed from Nazis
  • 1945 US marines conquer Minna Shima at Okinawa
  • 1946 Belgian premier Acker proclaims wage & price freeze over
  • 1949 Minneapolis beats Washington, 4 games to 2, for NBA championship
  • 1954 Balt Orioles 1st game, lost to Tigers in Detroit 3-0
  • 1954 Robert Oppenheimer accused of being a communist
  • 1955 20.33" (51.64 cm) of rainfall, Axis, Alabama (state record)
  • 1956 KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 Boston beats St Louis, 4 games to 3, for NBA championship
  • 1957 Due to lack of funds, Saturday mail delivery in US is halted
  • 1959 USAF launches Discover II into polar orbit
  • 1959 Vanguard SLV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • 1959 Vatican edict forbids Roman Catholics for voting for communists
  • 1960 France becomes 4th nuclear nation exploding an A-Bomb in Sahara
  • 1960 Transit 1B, 1st navigational satellite, placed in Earth orbit
  • 1961 UN General Assembly condemns South Africa for apartheid
  • 1962 US steel industry forces price increases
  • 1963 Pete Rose triples for his 1st major league base hit
  • 1963 Pirate's Bob Friend balks 4 times in a game
  • 1964 Ian D Smith becomes premier of Rhodesia
  • 1964 New Zealand Colin Bosher shears a record 565 sheep in 1 work day
  • 1964 Sidney Poitier became 1st black man to win Oscar for best actor
  • 1965 Beatles record "Help"
  • 1965 Lawrence Bradford Jr, 16 of NYC became 1st black congressional page
  • 1972 1st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days
  • 1975 Chad military coup by General Odingar
  • 1975 Jack Nicklaus wins his 5th Masters golf tournament
  • 1975 Penguins 5-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 1-0 lead
  • 1976 $2 bill re-introduced as US currency
  • 1976 1st NBA playoff game for Cleve Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Wash
  • 1976 Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes
  • 1977 Perth Observatory discovers asteroid #2382 Nonie
  • 1979 Longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours
  • 1980 Steve Ballesteros becomes youngest winner of Masters
  • 1980 Z Vavrova discovers asteroid #2568 Maksutov
  • 1981 Pulitzer prize awarded to Beth Henley for "Crimes of the heart"
  • 1981 Wash Post Janet Cooke wins Pulitzer Prize (later admits story a hoax)
  • 1982 Penguins 3-Isles 4 (OT)-Preliminary-Isles win series (3-2)
  • 1983 Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault
  • 1984 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41C)-Challenger 5-returns to Earth
  • 1984 Pete Rose becomees 1st NL to get get 4,000 hits in a career
  • 1985 "TASS" denounced US.boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • 1985 Atlantis ferried to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
  • 1985 Caps 1-Isles 2-Patrick Div Semifinals- Caps hold 2-1 lead
  • 1986 Boston Celtics end season with a 40-1 home win record
  • 1986 Golfer Jack Nicklaus wins his 6th Masters, at age 46
  • 1986 Pope John Paul II met Rome's Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff at Rome synagogue
  • 1986 Spanish Grand Prix decided by 0.014 of a second
  • 1987 Portugal signs agreement to return Macau to China (in 1999)
  • 1990 4th largest NBA crowd (45,458) see Orlando play at Minneapolis
  • 1990 Final episode of Pat Sajak's late night TV show on CBS
  • 1990 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-5, Rangers win preliminary, 4-1
  • 1992 "Two Trains Running" opens at Walter Kerr theater on Broadway
  • 1992 5.5 Earthquake in Netherlands
  • 1992 5.5 earthquake hits Netherlands
  • 1992 American Airlines reduce its 1st-class fares 20%-50%
  • 1992 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Providence, Denver & Dallas
  • 1992 Great Chicago Flood - Chicago's underground tunnels flood
  • 1992 Leak in tunnel underneath Chicago River, $800m in damages


Songs for date April 13


  • 04/13/44 --- I Love You (Crosby, Bing)
  • 04/13/44 --- I'll Get By (James, Harry)
  • 04/13/44 --- Besame Mucho (Russell, Andy)
  • 04/13/51 --- When You And I Were Young Maggie Blues (Crosby, Bing)
  • 04/13/51 --- Sound Off (Monroe, Vaughn)
  • 04/13/57 --- So Rare (Dorsey, Jimmy)
  • 04/13/57 --- Mangos (Clooney, Rosemary)
  • 04/13/57 --- Rock-A-Billy (Mitchell, Guy)
  • 04/13/59 --- Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) (Impalas)
  • 04/13/63 --- Surfin' U.S.A. (Beach Boys)
  • 04/13/63 --- Watermelon Man (Santamaria, Mongo)
  • 04/13/68 --- Tighten Up (Bell, Archie & The Drells)
  • 04/13/74 --- Midnight At The Oasis (Muldaur, Maria)
  • 04/13/74 --- You Make Me Feel Brand New (Stylistics)
  • 04/13/74 --- Show Must Go On, The (Three Dog Night)
  • 04/13/85 --- Axel F (Faltermeyer, Harold)
  • 04/13/85 --- Suddenly (Ocean, Billy)
  • 04/13/85 --- Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears)
  • 04/13/91 --- I Don't Wanna Cry (Carey, Mariah)
  • 04/13/91 --- More Than Words (Extreme)
  • 04/13/91 --- Silent Lucidity (Queensryche)
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