Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Today in History: Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Today in History: Wednesday, May  13, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca.
AP Photo/Arturo Mari
On this date in:
1607An English colony was settled at Jamestown in present-day Virginia.
1842Composer Arthur Sullivan, who collaborated with William Gilbert in writing 14 comic operas, was born in London.
1846The United States declared that a state of war existed against Mexico.
1914Boxing champion Joe Louis was born in Lafayette, Ala.
1917Three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary.
1940Winston Churchill told the British House of Commons in his first speech as prime minister, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
Audio LinkWinston Churchill
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1958Vice President Richard Nixon's limousine was battered by rocks thrown by anti-U.S. demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela.
1985Philadelphia police dropped an explosive onto the headquarters of the radical group MOVE; 11 people died in the resulting fire.
AP Photo/George Widman
1992The Falun Gong movement had its beginning as the sect's founder, Li Hongzhi, began publicly lecturing on his spiritual philosophy in the northeastern Chinese city of Changchun.
2003The government unveiled a new version of the $20 bill - the first to be colorized in an effort to thwart counterfeiters.
2011Two suicide bombers attacked paramilitary police recruits heading home after months of training in northwest Pakistan, killing 87 people in what the Pakistan Taliban called revenge for the U.S. slaying of Osama bin Laden.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
TV host Stephen Colbert ("The Colbert Report") turns 51 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
Harvey KeitelActor76
Stevie WonderSinger, musician65
John KasichGovernor of Ohio63
Alan BallProducer, screenwriter58
Dennis RodmanBasketball Hall of Famer54
Tom VericaActor ("American Dreams")51
Darius RuckerRock singer (Hootie and the Blowfish)49
Samantha MortonActress38
Hunter ParrishActor ("Weeds")28
Actor Robert Pattinson ("Twilight" movies) turns 29 years old today.
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
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