1846: The Mexican American War begins when the U.S declares war on Mexico.
1861: During the American Civil War, the United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria issues a Neutrality Proclamation.
1861: John Tebbutt discovered the Great Comet of 1861.
1862: A southern slave named Robert Smalls commandeers and sneaks the USS Planter through Confederate lines to the Union. He would later be appointed captain of the vessel – becoming the first black man to command a U.S ship.
1864: Union General Sherman fights his way towards the city of Atlanta at the Battle of Resaca during the American Civil War.
1880: The first test of an electric railway is conducted by Thomas Edison in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
1917: The first appearance of the apparition of Our Lady of Fátima is reported by children in Fatima, Portugal.
1940: German forces cross the Meuse and start their invasion of France during World War 2.
1940: After the Germans invade the Netherlands, Queen Wilhelmina flees to Great Britain.
1943: Italian forces and German forces surrender to the Allies in North Africa.
1971: During the Demra Massacre, over nine hundred Bengali Hindus are killed.
1972: Almost one hundred and twenty people die in Osaka, Japan when faulty wiring causes a fire underneath Playtown Cabaret.
1980: In Kalamazoo Country, Michigan, an F-3 tornado touches down. United States President Jimmy Carter declares the area a Federal disaster area.
Famous Birthdays on May 13
Indian-English physician, mathematician and Nobel Prize laureate, Ronald Ross is born in 1857.
American actor Robert Middleton is born in 1911.
American boxer and actor, Joe Louis is born in 1914.
American singer-songwriter Johnnie Wright is born in 1914.
American actress Zohra Lampert is born in 1937.
American actor Harvey Keitel is born in 1939.
American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder is born in 1950.
American actor and screenwriter, Neil Hopkins is born in 1977.
American actor and producer, Brian Thomas Smith is born in 1977.