May 13 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
May 13 History Highlights
Our Lady of Fátima – Marian Visions
|Our Lady of Fátima was a Marian apparition. Three young Roman Catholic shepherds, Lúcia dos Santos, Francisco, and Jacinta Marto, saw six apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary beginning on May 13, 1917, whom the children described as “a Lady more brilliant than the Sun” with several heavenly messages from Jesus and Mary during their series of visions, which the Church later called apparitions.|
May 13 is…
|Apple Pie Day
Frog Jumping Day
Fruit Cocktail Day
May 13 Birthday Quotes
“Contrary to what people may say, there’s no upper limit to stupidity.”
“This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is.”
“With villains, you always have to understand what motivates them. Most people don’t just think they’re evil. They believe or know they are doing the right thing because of the circumstances they find themselves in.”
“I really cut my teeth on off-off-off Broadway shows.”
“A champion doesn’t become a champion in the ring, he’s merely recognized in the ring. His ‘becoming’ happens during his daily routine.”
May 13 Birthdays
|1911 – Robert Middleton, American character actor (died in 1977)
1914 – Joe Louis, American boxer (died in 1981)
1922 – Bea Arthur, American actress and singer (died in 2009)
1941 – Ritchie Valens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 1959)
1943 – Mary Wells, American singer-songwriter (died in 1992)
1946 – Marv Wolfman, American comic book author
1961 – Dennis Rodman, American basketball player
1964 – Stephen Colbert, American comedian and talk show host
1986 – Lena Dunham, American actress
1987 – Candice King, American actress
1993 – Debby Ryan, American actress
May 13 History
|1607 – English in Virginia founded Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America.
1637 – Cardinal Richelieu created the rounded table knife in France.
1890 – Nikola Tesla was issued a patent (#428,057) for an electric generator.
1917 – Three children, Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto report the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.
1939 – The first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later became WDRC-FM.
1950 – The first round of the Formula One World Championship was held at Silverstone.
1954 – Broadway Show – The Pajama Game (Musical) May 13, 1954
1958 – Ben Carlin became the first person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle
1967 # 1 Hit May 13, 1967 – May 19, 1967: The Supremes – The Happening
1972 – A fire at the Playtown Cabaret nightclub in Osaka, Japan killed 118 people.
1973 – Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Court in a $10,000 winner-take-all challenge tennis match. Billie Jean King played him on September 20, 1973, and won the second Battle of the Sexes.
# 1 Hit May 13, 1978 – May 19, 1978: Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You
May 13, 19** Birthday (fictional) Barry Allen (The Flash), DC Comics
1981 – Pope John Paul II was shot by Mehmet Ali Agca.
May 13, 1984 (fiction) A T-800 arrived from the future to kill Sarah Conner, The Terminator, Film
1985 – Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode ordered police to raid the MOVE headquarters, and a small bomb was detonated on top of 6221 Osage Avenue. Six adults and five children were killed in the fire that destroyed the entire block and 250 nearby homes.
1989 # 1 Hit May 13, 1989 – May 19, 1989: Bon Jovi – I’ll Be There for You
1994 – Broadway Show – Grease (Musical) May 11, 1994
1994 – Johnny Carson made his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.
2005 – East End Show – Billy Elliot the Musical (Musical) May 11, 2005
2006 # 1 Hit May 13, 2006 – June 2, 2006: Rihanna – SOS
#1 Hit May 13, 2017 – May 19, 2017: Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
|A group of owls is called a “Parliament of owls.”|
“I said.. GOOD DAY!” – Willy Wonka #moviequotes
The shortest performance to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor was Anthony Quinn’s eight-minute role as Gauguin in “Lust for Life”.
Squish – word invented by Mark Twain “To Squash something down.”
So my pizza came before I ordered it. (Thank you, tachyons) But, my order is wrong. Who do I complain to
No other species is responsible for the loss of as many human lives each year as mosquitoes
It was the SECOND person who said “I’m Spartacus” who is really worthy of the praise. #ImSpartacus
Useless Pronunciation: K as in know
“You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have the facts of life.” #songlyrics
Frozen On Ice is the first time any Disney On Ice production has ever made any sense.
I think I’ll take some headphones to the ATM next time just to be the only person to ever use headphones at an ATM.
One of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World: Great Pyramid of Giza in (now) El Giza, Egypt constructed ~2580-2560 BC
A group of Grouse is called a Pack or Covey.
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