Today is Friday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2022. There are 232 days left in the year.
On May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter’s Square by Turkish striker Mehmet Ali Agca.
У 1607, English colonists arrived by ship at the site that became the settlement of Jamestown in Virginia (the next day the colonists came ashore).
У 1914, Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis was born in Lafayette, Alabama.
У 1917, three shepherd children reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary near Fatima, Portugal; it was the first of six such announcements witnessed by children.
У 1940, in his first speech as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill said in Parliament: “I have nothing to offer but blood, work, tears and sweat.”
У 1972, 118 people died after a fire at the Sennichi department store in Osaka, Japan.
У 1973, in the first tennis so-called “Battle of the Halves” Bobby Riggs defeated Margaret Court 6-2, 6-1 in Ramon, CA. (Billy Gene King strongly defeated Riggs at the Houston Astrodome in September.)
У 1985, Clashes between Philadelphia authorities and the radical MOVE group ended with police dropping a bomb on the group’s home, killing 11 people and destroying 61 homes.
У 1994, President Bill Clinton has nominated Federal Appeals Judge Stephen G. Breer to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retired Judge Harry A. Blackmoon; Breer was approved by the Senate.
У 2002, President George W. Bush has announced that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin will sign an agreement to reduce their countries’ nuclear arsenals by two-thirds.
У 2016, The Obama administration has issued a directive requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms according to their chosen gender identity.
У 2019, Doris Day, a sunny blonde movie star and singer who appeared in comedy roles alongside Rock Hudson and Carrie Grant in the 1950s and 1960s, has died at her home in California at the age of 97.
У 2020, The Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Governor Tony Evers’ order to keep the coronavirus at home, ruling that his administration had exceeded its authority by extending the order for another month.