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On This Day: Key events in history on May 13; From American-Mexican war to attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II

On May 13th, several significant events have occurred throughout history, spanning various fields such as politics, culture, and conflicts.

A priest walks through Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. File Photo: Paul Hanna/Reuters. (Representative Image) (Paul Hanna/Reuters.)Premium
A priest walks through Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. File Photo: Paul Hanna/Reuters. (Representative Image) (Paul Hanna/Reuters.)

On this Day: Throughout history, May 13th has been marked by numerous significant events across various domains, including politics, culture, and conflicts. From declarations of war to cultural milestones, this date has left its mark on the historical tapestry of the world.

US declared war on Mexico

The annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845 sparked escalating tensions between Mexico and the US on May 13, 1846, these tensions culminated in a decisive move by the US Congress, which approved a declaration of war against Mexico.

Winston Churchill's first speech in British Parliament as PM of UK

Winston Churchill's first speech as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 13, 1940, where he said, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat."

When Churchill became Prime Minister, Britain was facing a dire situation. Nazi Germany's aggressive expansion had plunged Europe into war, and the British Expeditionary Force was trapped at Dunkirk, facing imminent destruction or capture by the advancing German army.

Pope John Paul II attempted assassination

Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish national, fired four shots at Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Two bullets struck the Pope, causing severe injuries to his abdomen, intestines, and left hand. Despite his injuries, Pope John Paul II survived the assassination attempt.

Andijan massacre

The unrest in Andijan began on May 13, 2005, when a group of demonstrators, largely composed of residents and business owners, gathered in the city's central square to protest against government repression, economic hardship, and human rights abuses.

The Uzbek government, led by President Islam Karimov, responded to the unrest with a heavy-handed crackdown.

Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev's last performance

The acclaimed ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev performed for the last time in his career 1983, dancing in the ballet “Le Jeune Homme et la Mort" at the Paris Opera. Nureyev's contributions to ballet and his impact on dance culture are widely celebrated.

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Published: 13 May 2024, 06:54 AM IST
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