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On This Day In History for May 13, 2020

This is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 232 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 1787, that Captain Arthur Phillip left Portsmouth, England, with eleven ships full of convicts (the “First Fleet”) to establish a penal colony in Australia.
  • It was 159 years ago today, that The Great Comet of 1861 was discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.
  • It was also this date in 1880 that In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performed the first test of his electric railway.
  • On May 13, 1958, Ben Carlin became the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over 17,000 kilometres (11,000 mi) by sea and 62,000 kilometres (39,000 mi) by land during a ten-year journey.
  • It was on this date in 1995, that Alison Hargreaves, a 33 -year-old British mother, became the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French mathematician, astronomer, and geophysicist, Alexis Clairaut, born on this date in 1713.
  • Born May 13, 1857, Indian-English physician and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate Ronald Ross.
  • Inge Lehmann, Danish seismologist and geophysicist was born on that same date in 1888.
  • Spanish mathematician, academic, and astronomer, Antonia Ferrín Moreiras was born 106 years ago today.
  • Born May 13, 1922, American actress and singer Bea Arthur.
  • Trevor Baylis, the English inventor, invented the wind-up radio was born 83 years ago today.
  • Ritchie Valens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on that same date in 1941.
  • American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer, Stevie Wonder is 70 today.
  • American electrical engineer, Ruth A. David, born on this date in 1953.
  • American comedian and talk show host, Stephen Colbert is 56 today.

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for May 13, 2020

Listener Birthdays (May 13-22)

  • 14 – JPCJ
  • 22 – Tim Elliott

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