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Wednesday, May 13

Wednesday, May 13

Today is Wednesday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2009. There are 232 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1779 - France abandons Goree, West Africa, to Britain.
1809 - French army under Napoleon Bonaparte takes Vienna.
1871 - Law of Guarantees in Italy declares pope's person inviolable and allows him possession of the Vatican.
1888 - Serfdom is abolished in Brazil.
1917 - Three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, report seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary.
1940 - In his first speech as prime minister of Britain, Winston Churchill tells the House of Commons, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
1962 - Gunman tries to assassinate Indonesia's President Sukarno, who escapes unhurt.
1968 - Peace negotiations open in Paris between United States and North Vietnam.
1969 - More than 100 people are reported killed in race riots in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1970 - Israel attacks Lebanon to try to wipe out guerrilla bases.
1973 - Nineteen nations begin talks in Vienna aimed at cutting number of troops in Europe.
1981 - Pope John Paul II is shot and seriously wounded in Rome by Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turk. Eastern European intelligence agencies are suspected to be behind the attack on the Polish-born pontiff.
1985 - A confrontation between Philadelphia authorities and the black radical group MOVE ends as police drop an explosive onto the group's headquarters; Eleven people die in the resulting fire.
1988 - Israeli riot police storm sacred Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem and fire rubber bullets at Muslim worshippers.
1990 - Two American airmen are slain near Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, in an attack blamed on communist rebels.
1991 - South African judge convicts Winnie Mandela of kidnapping four young men and being an accessory in their beating.
1992 - Election officials in Manila ban media from reporting unofficial vote counts; the crew of the shuttle Endeavor walk in space to rescue a damaged satellite.
1993 - An underground methane fire at a coal mine in South Africa kills at least seven miners.
1994 - Israeli troops leave Jericho after 27 years, giving the Palestinian Authority control over its first West Bank town.
1995 - Angry crowds burn schools, government buildings and Hindu temples in the Himalayan state of Kashmir in apparent retaliation for the destruction of a 15th-century Muslim shrine.
1996 - Israeli helicopters attack Hezbollah guerrillas trying to infiltrate the Israel-occupied enclave in south Lebanon.
1997 - The body of a Russian climber is found on a stormy Mount Everest slope, but seven other climbers are missing and presumed dead.
1998 - Riots break out in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta after students were killed by police the previous day. President Suharto cuts short a state visit to Egypt.
1999 - With foreign reporters invited to watch, Yugoslavia withdraws 120 of its estimated 40,000 troops from Kosovo. NATO calls the pullout insignificant and airstrikes continue.
2000 - The Vatican ends an enduring mystery, saying the third secret of Fatima, the Virgin Mary is said to have told three children in 1917, was a foretelling of the shooting of Pope John Paul II in 1981.
2001 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro leaves Malaysia after his first state visit to that country. The visit is part of Castro's efforts to bolster support for Cuba, which languishes under a four-decade U.S. embargo.
2002 - The United States and Russia announce they have reached agreement on a pact committing both countries to cut their arsenal of nuclear weapons by two-thirds over the next 10 years.
2003 -The Chinese government issues new rules that require local officials throughout China to accurately and promptly report threats to public health, such as disease outbreaks or epidemics.
2004 - A French lawyer Jacques Verges claiming to represent a nephew of Saddam Hussein says he has filed suit at the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes by British military leaders in Iraq.
2005 - Soldiers loyal to Uzbekistan's authoritarian leader open fire on thousands of demonstrators to put down an uprising. Witnesses say that more than 700 people, most of them peaceful demonstrators, were killed by the troops. The government contends the uprising was encouraged by Islamic extremists, and puts the death toll at 187.
2006 - Rival Somali militias pound each other with heavy artillery and mortar fire as the death toll rises to 142 in seven days of fighting for control of a northern neighborhood in the capital Mogadishu.
2007 - The Taliban's most prominent military commander, Mullah Dadullah, a one-legged fighter who orchestrated an ethnic massacre and a rash of beheadings, is killed in a U.S.-led military operation in southern Afghanistan.
2008 - Bombs rip through crowded parts of Jaipur in western India, killing 60 people and wounding 150.
Today's Birthdays:
Pius IX, Italian pope (1792-1878); Sir Arthur Sullivan, English composer (1842-1900); Dame Daphne du Maurier, English novelist/playwright (1907-1989); Joe Louis, U.S. former heavyweight boxing champion (1914-1981); Bea Arthur, U.S. actress (1922-2009); Stevie Wonder, U.S. pop singer (1950--); Kim Fields, U.S. actress (1969--); Stephen Colbert, U.S. comedian (1964--); Samantha Morton, British actress (1977--).
Thought For Today:
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbors _ William Ralph Inge, English religious leader and author (1860-1954).


Updated : 2021-03-07 20:35 GMT+08:00