On This Day..... April 13

 

APRIL 13TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PEACH COBBLER DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL SCRABBLE DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • GUY FAWKES (1570-1606)
  • THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826)
  • BUTCH CASSIDY (1866-1908)
 
  • SAMUEL BECKETT (1906-1989)
  • LYLE WAGGONER (1935, 83)
  • PAUL SORVINO (1939, 79)
 
  • CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS (1949-2011)
  • CAROLINE RHEA (1964, 54)
 
  • RICKY SCHRODER (1970, 48)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1742, GEORGE HANDEL’S “MESSIAH” WAS PERFORMED FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1796, THE FIRST ELEPHANT ARRIVES IN THE US FROM INDIA
  • IN 1860, THE FIRST RIDER FOR THE PONY EXPRESS REACHES SACRAMENTO, CA
 
  • IN 1861, FORT SUMTER SURRENDERS TO THE CONFEDERACY AFTER A 34 HOUR ATTACK
  • IN 1881, BILLY THE KID IS SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING
  • IN 1883, ALFRED PACKER IS CONVICTED OF MANSLAUGHTER FOR KILLING AND EATING FIVE OF HIS FRIENDS. THE SIX MEN TRIED TO HIKE THROUGH THE ROCKIES IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER AND FAILED. PACKER KILLED THEM AND LIVED OFF THEIR BODIES FOR TWO MONTHS BEFORE FINISHING HIS HIKE. HIS STORY IS THE BASIS FOR “CANNIBAL: THE MUSICAL”
 
  • IN 1896, JOHN PHILIP SOUSA PREMIERES “EL CAPITAN” AT THE TREMONT THEATRE IN BOSTON
  • IN 1902, THE FIRST J C PENNEY STORE OPENS IN WYOMING
 
  • IN 1911, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTES TO ALLOW FOR DIRECT ELECTIONS OF UNITED STATES SENATORS.
  • IN 1943, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT DEDICATES THE JEFFERSON MEMORIAL
  • IN 1946, EDDIE KLEP, THE FIRST WHITE PLAYER TO CROSS THE COLOR LINE AND PLAY IN BASEBALL’S NEGRO LEAGUE IS BANNED FROM PLAYING A GAME IN BIRMINGHAM, AL
 
  • IN 1954, HANK AARON PLAYS IN HIS FIRST GAME FOR THE MILWAUKEE BRAVES
  • IN 1954, ROBERT OPPENHEIMER IS ACCUSED OF BEING A COMMUNIST
  • IN 1957, SIDNEY LUMET RELEASES “12 ANGRY MEN”
 
  • IN 1963, PETE ROSE GETS HIS FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE HIT, A TRIPLE
  • IN 1964, SIDNEY POITIER BECOMES THE FIRST BLACK MAN TO WIN BEST ACTOR AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS
 
  • IN 1965, THE BEATLES RELEASE “HELP!”
  • IN 1970, AN OXYGEN TANK EXPLODES ON APOLLO 13 ON ITS WAY TO THE MOON LEADING TO THE IMFAMOUS QUOTE “HOUSTON, WE’VE GOT A PROBLEM”
  • IN 1971, THE ROLLING STONES RELEASE “BROWN SUGAR”
 
  • IN 1972, THE FIRST EVER BASEBALL STRIKE ENDS AFTER 13 DAYS
  • IN 1973, BOB MARLEY RELEASES “CATCH A FIRE”
  • IN 1974, ELTON JOHN HITS #1 ON THE SINGLES CHART WITH “BENNIE AND THE JETS”
 
  • IN 1974, PAUL MCCARTNEY HITS #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH “BAND ON THE RUN”
  • IN 1978, NBC DEBUTS “THE HANNA BARBERA HAPPY HOUR”, A VARIETY SHOW HOSTED BY A PAIR OF GIANT PUPPETS NAMED HONEY AND SIS. IT WOULD LAST ONLY 4 WEEKS
  • IN 1980, THE UNITED STATES BOYCOTT THE SUMMER OLYMPICS IS MOSCOW
 
  • IN 1981, WASHINGTON POST REPORTER JANET COOKE WINS A PULITZER PRIZE FOR HER STORY “JIMMY’S WORLD” ABOUT AN 8 YEAR OLD HEROIN ADDICT WHICH SHE LATER ADMITS SHE MADE UP
  • IN 1982, DAVID CROSBY IS ARRESTED WHEN POLICE FIND HIM DOING COCAINE BACK STAGE BEFORE THE START OF A CONCERT
  • IN 1983, ZSA ZSA GABOR MARRIES HER 8TH HUSBAND BUT ITS ANNULLED THE NEXT DAY
  • IN 1986, THE BOSTON CELTICS END THEIR SEASON WITH A 40-1 HOME RECORD
 
  • IN 1987, PORTUGAL SIGNS AN AGREEMENT TO RETURN MACAU TO CHINA IN 1999
  • IN 1990, CBS CANCELS PAT SAJAK’S LATE NIGHT SHOW OPPOSITE “THE TONIGHT SHOW”
  • IN 1992, PEPSI BEGINS SELLING “CRYSTAL PEPSI” IN THREE MARKETS TO TEST ITS POPULARITY: DENVER, DALLAS AND PROVIDENCE
 
  • IN 1992, A UTILITY TUNNEL UNDERNEATH THE CHICAGO RIVER CRATERS OPENING A BREACH WHICH FLOODS ALL OF CHICAGO’S UNDERGROUD TUNNELS AND MANY BASEMENTS. IT WOULD BE KNOWN AS “THE GREAT CHICAGO FLOOD”
  • IN 1992, NELSON AND WINNIE MANDELA ANNOUNCE THEY ARE DIVORCING
  • IN 1996, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE APPEAR ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. THEY ATTEMPT TO HANG INVERTED AMERICAN FLAGS DURING THEIR FIRST NUMBER WHICH LEADS THE SHOW TO CUT THEIR SECOND SONG
 
  • IN 1997, MARIO LEMIEUX PLAYS HIS FINAL NHL GAME
  • IN 2003, MADONNA RESPONDS TO PIRATE LEAKING HER LATEST ALBUM “AMERICAN LIFE” ON THE INTERNET BY FLOODING FILE SHARING NETWORKS WITH FAKE TRACKS OF HERSELF ASKING “WHAT THE F**K DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING?”
  • IN 2004, BARRY BONDS HITS HIS 661ST HOME RUN, PASSING WILLIE MAYS FOR MOST HOME RUNS OF ALL TIME
 
  • IN 2009, PHIL SPECTOR IS FOUND GUILTY OF MURDERING LANA CLARKSON IN 2003
  • IN 2015, MARVEL RELEASES “THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON”
 

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