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The Almanac for May 13, the 133rd day of 2017


UPI News Service, 05/13/2017 

Today is Saturday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2017 with 232 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Uranus, and Neptune. Evening stars are Jupiter and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include composer Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert and Sullivan, in 1842; French cubist painter Georges Braque in 1882; English novelist Daphne du Maurier in 1907; former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis in 1914; singer Mary Wells in 1943; actor/singer Bea Arthur in 1922; cult leader Jim Jones in 1931; actor Harvey Keitel in 1939 (age 78); actor Senta Berger in 1941 (age 76); singer Ritchie Valens in 1941; singer Stevie Wonder, born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, in 1950 (age 67); politician John Kasich in 1952 (age 65); basketball Hall of Fame member Dennis Rodman in 1961 (age 56); comedian Stephen Colbert in 1964 (age 53); singer Darius Rucker in 1966 (age 51); actor Samantha Morton in 1977 (age 40); Lena Dunham and Robert Pattinson in 1986 (age 31); actor Candice Accola in 1987 (age 30).On this date in history:

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In 1607, Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in North America, was founded near the James River in Virginia.

In 1846, the United States declared war on Mexico.

In 1912, Britain established its air force -- the Royal Flying Corps.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy sent military riot-control units to Birmingham, Ala., stating that the government would do everything in its power preserve order, to protect the lives of its citizens and to uphold the law. Kennedy also directed an executive order be drafted enabling him to order the Alabama National Guard into immediate federal service if violence between black and white people was to once again erupt.

In 1981, Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca shot and injured Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Later, the pope, from his hospital bed, forgave his assailant.

In 1985, a Philadelphia police helicopter bombed the fortified house of a radical organization, MOVE, to end a 24-hour siege. Eleven people died and the ensuing fire destroyed 53 homes.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated Judge Stephen Breyer to succeed Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court. Breyer joined the court in August.

In 2005, Colombian authorities said they made the biggest drug raid in the nation's history, seizing 12 tons of cocaine valued at $300 million.

In 2009, astronauts on a 14-day servicing mission embarked on the first of five planned spacewalks to repair and update the 19-year-old Hubble Space Telescope. The project included installation of a wide-field camera and a Cosmic Origins Spectograph.

In 2011, in a reported retaliation to the slaying of terrorist chief Osama bin Laden, two suicide bombers killed 80 Pakistani recruits at a training center.

In 2012, the mutilated bodies of 49 people, apparently victims of an escalating war between the Zetas gang and Sinaloa drug cartel, were found along a highway between Monterrey, Mexico, and McAllen, Texas.

In 2013, psychologist and longtime newspaper columnist Joyce Brothers died in Fort Lee, N.J., at age 85.

In 2014, in Israel former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for taking bribes while he was mayor of Jerusalem. In western Turkey, an explosion and fire in a coal mine killed more than 300 people and injured dozens of others.

A thought for the day: "Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right." -- Theodore Roosevelt



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