Interesting facts about This day in History May 13th
Today in History
- 1787 – Arthur Phillip sets sail with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia.
- 1830 – Republic of Equador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president.
- 1934 – Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies.
- 1940 – Winston Churchill says ” I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat ” in his first speech as Prime Minister to British House of Commons.
- 1981 – Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City.
- 1989 – Approximately 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China.
Today in Film and TV
- 2004 – The final episode of Frasier on NBC is watched by 33 million people.
Today in Sport
- 1950 – First ever race of the Formula One world drivers championship is run at Silverstone, England and won by Guiseppe Farina of Italy in an Alfa Romeo.