About May 13

May 13, 2024 is the 134th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 232 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 261 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 13

  • 1619
    Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is executed in The Hague after being convicted of treason.
  • 1648
    Construction of the Red Fort at Delhi is completed.
  • 1787
    Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England, with eleven ships full of convicts (the “First Fleet”) to establish a penal colony in Australia.
  • 1848
    First performance of Finland’s national anthem.
  • 1861
    Pakistan’s (then a part of British India) first railway line opens, from Karachi to Kotri.
  • 1888
    With the passage of the Lei Áurea (“Golden Law”), Brazil abolishes slavery.
  • 1909
    The first Giro d'Italia starts from Milan. Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna will be the winner.
  • 1912
    The Royal Flying Corps (now the Royal Air Force) is established in the United Kingdom.
  • 1940
    World War II: Germany’s conquest of France begins as the German army crosses the Meuse. Winston Churchill makes his “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech to the House of Commons.
  • 1954
    The anti-National Service Riots, by Chinese Middle School students in Singapore, take place.
  • 1958
    The trade mark Velcro is registered.
  • 1967
    Dr. Zakir Hussain becomes the third President of India. He is the first Muslim President of the Indian Union. He holds this position until August 24, 1969.
  • 1969
    Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 1972
    Faulty electrical wiring ignites a fire underneath the Playtown Cabaret in Osaka, Japan. Blocked exits and non-functional elevators lead to 118 fatalities, with many victims leaping to their deaths.
  • 1980
    An F3 tornado hits Kalamazoo County, Michigan. President Jimmy Carter declares it a federal disaster area.
  • 1992
    Li Hongzhi gives the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, People’s Republic of China.
  • 1994
    Johnny Carson makes his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.
  • 1996
    Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.
  • 2005
    The Andijan Massacre occurs in Uzbekistan.
  • 2011
    the 2011 Charsadda bombing in the Charsadda District of Pakistan two bombs exploded killing 98 and wounding 140.

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