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This Day in History for May 13

1607 – English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing near James River in Virginia.

1846 – US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins.

1888 – DeWolf Hooper 1st recites “Casey at Bat”

1911 – NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)

1913 – Women’s suffrage march through Washington organized by Alice Paul and led by Inez Milholland.

1915 – US Secretary of State Bryan sends a note to Germany demanding the Germany disavow the attacks on the Lusitania and make immediate reparations; however, the note is written only to ‘pacify exited public opinion’, according to Bryan.

1918 – 1st US airmail stamps issued (24 cents)

1942 – Helicopter makes its 1st cross-country flight.

1947 – US Senate approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions.

1958 – The motorcade carrying US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked in Caracas, Venezuela; several of Nixon’s staff are injured.

1966 – US Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Right Act.

1975 – Hail stones as large as tennis balls hit Wernerville, Tennessee.

1978 – Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels.

1982 – Braniff Airlines files for bankruptcy.

1991 – Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0.

1994 – Cleveland Indians begin a 18 home game win streak at Jacobs Field.

2014 – Unidentified shipwreck is discovered off the northern coast of Haiti by marine archaeologist Barry Clifford.

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