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April 13th In Pop Culture History

1204 - Constantinople fell to the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade.

1360 - On "Black Monday," a hail storm killed 1,000 English soldiers and 6,000 horses. Edward III, fearing it a sign from God, paused the Hundred Years' War.

1570 - Guy Fawkes was born (died in 1606)

1742 - Handel's Messiah premiered in Dublin, Ireland.

1829 - The Roman Catholic Relief Act gave Roman Catholics in the United Kingdom the right to vote and to sit in the UK's Parliament.

1869 - The first US Patent (#88,929) for an air brake was issued to George Westinghouse of Schenectady, N.Y., called an "Improvement in steam-power-brake devices".

1870 - The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded.

1902 - James C. Penney (now Penneys) opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

1943 - The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.

April 13, 1953 - The CIA's Project MKUltra began

1957 - #1 Hit April 13, 1957 - June 7, 1957: Elvis Presley - All Shook Up

1959 - #1 Hit April 13, 1959 - May 10, 1959: The Fleetwoods - Come Softly to Me

1968 - #1 Hit April 13, 1968 - May 17, 1968: Bobby Goldsboro - Honey

1970 - An oxygen tank exploded on Apollo13, but everyone survived. It was also the major plot for the 1995 film, Apollo 13.

1974 - Western Union, with NASA and Hughes Aircraft, launched the US' first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1.

1976 - The United States Treasury Department reintroduced the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note.

1985 - #1 Hit April 13, 1985 - May 10, 1985: USA for Africa - We Are the World

1984 - Friday the 13th: Final Chapter, Iceman and Swing Shift were released in theaters.

1990 - The Gods Must Be Crazy II and Crazy People debuted in theaters.

1991 - #1 Hit April 13, 1991 - April 19, 1991: Londonbeat - I've Been Thinking About You

1994 - Serial Mom was released in theaters.

1997 - Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament.

2001 - Bridget Jones's Diary debuted in theaters.

2002 - My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Scorpion King and Murder By Numbers were released in theaters.

2007 - Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film, The Condemned and The Invisible debuted in theaters.

2012 - The Cabin in the Woods and The Three Stooges were released in theaters.

April 13th Celebrity Birthdays

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English Catholic conspirator, Guy Fawkes (1570, d.1606)
3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson (1743, d.1826)
Outlaw, Butch Cassidy (1866)
Scrabble inventor, Alfred Moser Butts (1899)
Actor, Godfrey Kenton (1902)
Actor, Rex Evans (1903)
Musician, Bud Freeman (1906, d.1991)
Writer, Samuel Beckett (1906)
Producer, Roy Winsor (1912)
Actress, Phyllis Fraser Cerf Wagner (1916, d.2006)
Actor, Howard Keel (1917)
Radio/TV announcer, Phil Tonken (1919, d.2000)
Musician, John LaPorta (1920, d.2004)
Voice-over artist, Ken Nordine (1920)
Actor, Jean Topart (1922, d.2012)
Actor, Don Adams (1923, d.2005)
Director, Stanley Donen (1924)
Actress, Mari Blanchard (1927)
Actor, Maurice Ronet (1927)
Actor, Michael Burchill (1931)
Sesame Street co-creator, Jon Stone (1931, d.1997)
Actress, Shani Wallis (1933)
Musician, Horace Kay (1934)
Actor, Lyle Waggoner (1935)
Actor, Edward Fox (1937)
Actor, Paul Sorvino (1939)
Musician, Lester Chambers (1940)
Musician, Eve Graham (1943)
Musician, Brian Pendleton (1944)
Director, Charles Burnett (1944)
Musician, Jack Casady (1944)
Musician, Lowell George (1945)
Musician, Stacy Johnson (1945)
Actor, Tony Dow (1945)
Actor, Charles Robinson (1945)
Musician, Al Green (1946)
Musician, Roy Loney (1946)
Actress, Amy Robinson (1948)
Musician, Peter Swevel (1948)
Musician, Riff West (1950)
Actor, William Sadler (1950)
Actor, Ron Perlman (1950)
Actor, Terry Lester (1950)
Musician, Max Weinberg (1951)
Musician, Peabo Bryson (1951)
Actor, Peter Davison (1951)
Actor, Erick Avari (1952)
Musician, Jimmy Destri (1954)
Musician, Neils Olsen (1954)
Musician, Louis Johnson (1955)
Comedian, Gary Kroeger (1957)
Actress, Saundra Santiago (1957)
Musician, Wayne Lewis (1957)
Musician, Randy Piper (1958)
Model, Vicki Witt (1959)
Musician, Tammy Stephens (1961)
Actress, Jennifer Rubin (1962)
Musician, Hillel Slovakj (1962, d.1988)
Musician, Bill D'Angelo (1964)
Actress, Page Hannah (1964)
Actress, Caroline Rhea (1964)
Musician, Marc Ford (1966)
Musician, Olga Tanon (1967)
Musician, Harold Pruett (1969)
Actor, Rick Schroder (1970)
Actor, Cory Yothers (1971)
Actress, Dina Korzun (1971)
Musician, Valensia (1971)
Musician, Jeroen Thesseling (1972)
Musician, Aaron Lewis (1972)
Actor, Bokeem Woodbine (1973)
Musician, Lou Bega (1975)
Actor, Jonathan Brandis (1976, d.2003)
Actress, Valentina Cervi (1976)
Actor, Glen Howerton (1976)
Actor, Kyle Howard (1978)
Musician, Chris Sligh (1978)
Model, Sylvie van der Vaart (1978)
Voice actress, Colleen Clinkenbeard (1980)
Actress, Courtney Peldon (1981)
Musician, Nellie McKay (1982)
Musician, Janice Vidal (1982)
Internet star, Brandon Hardesty (1987)
Sean Penn and Robin Wright daughter, Dylan Francis Penn (1991)
John Travolta's son, Jet Travolta (1992)
Actress, Emma Degerstedt (1992)
Actress, Sloane Momsen (1997)
A hard thing about a business is minding your own.

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

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