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  • 2012 – Forty-nine dismembered bodies are discovered by Mexican authorities on Mexican Federal Highway 40.
  • 1998 – India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, following the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
  • 1995 – Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.
  • 1992 – Li Hongzhi gives the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, People's Republic of China.
  • 1967 – Dr. Zakir Husain becomes the third President of India. He is the first Muslim President of the Indian Union. He holds this position until August 24, 1969.
  • 1960 – Hundreds of University of California, Berkeley students congregate for the first day of protest against a visit by the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
  • 1958 – Ben Carlin becomes 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.
  • 1958 – During a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Richard Nixon's car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators.
  • 1952 – The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
  • 1951 – The 400th anniversary of the founding of the National University of San Marcos is commemorated by the opening of the first large-capacity stadium in Peru.
  • 1950 – The first round of the Formula One World Championship is held at Silverstone.
  • 1939 – The first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later becomes WDRC-FM.
  • 1917 – Three children report the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.
  • 1909 – The first Giro d'Italia starts from Milan. Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna will be the winner.
  • 1880 – In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performs the first test of his electric railway.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: Battle of Palmito Ranch: In far south Texas, the last land battle of the Civil War ends with a Confederate victory.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Resaca: The battle begins with Union General Sherman fighting toward Atlanta.
  • 1862 – The USS Planter, a steamer and gunship, steals through Confederate lines and is passed to the Union, by a southern slave, Robert Smalls, who later was officially appointed as captain, becoming the first black man to command a United States ship.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom issues a "proclamation of neutrality" which recognizes the breakaway states as having belligerent rights.
  • 1861 – Pakistan's (then a part of British India) first railway line opens, from Karachi to Kotri.
  • 1861 – The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 1846 – Mexican–American War: The United States declares war on Mexico.
  • 1804 – Forces sent by Yusuf Karamanli of Tripoli to retake Derna from the Americans attack the city.
  • 1787 – Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England, with eleven ships full of convicts (the "First Fleet") to establish a penal colony in Australia.


  • 1993 – Debby Ryan, American actress and singer. From 2008 to 2011, she starred as Bailey Pickett on The Suite Life on Deck and appeared in the 2010 Disney Channel Original Movie 16 Wishes as Abby Jensen, which was the most watched cable program the day of its premiere.
  • 1990 – Mychal Givens, American baseball player. Mychal Antonio Givens (born May 13, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • 1987 – Bobby Shuttleworth, American soccer player. Robert "Bobby" Shuttleworth (born May 13, 1987) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Minnesota United in Major League Soccer.
  • 1987 – Candice Accola, American singer-songwriter and actress. She is best known for her role as Caroline Forbes in The CW supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017) and her recurring role as the same character on the spin-off series The Originals (2018).
  • 1986 – Lena Dunham, American actress, director, and screenwriter. Dunham also directed several episodes of Girls and became the first woman to win the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series.
  • 1984 – Dawn Harper, American hurdler. Dawn Harper-Nelson (born May 13, 1984) is an American track and field athlete who specializes in the 100-meter hurdles.
  • 1984 – J. B. Cox, American baseball player. B." Cox (born May 13, 1984) is an American former baseball relief pitcher.
  • 1983 – Jacob Reynolds, American actor, producer, and screenwriter. Jacob Reynolds (born May 13, 1983) is an American film actor.
  • 1982 – Oguchi Onyewu, American soccer player. Oguchialu Chijioke Onyewu (born May 13, 1982) is an American retired soccer player who is currently the sporting director for Orlando City B in USL League One.
  • 1981 – Shaun Phillips, American football player. Phillips has also been a member of the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, and Indianapolis Colts.
  • 1980 – L. J. Smith, American football player. John Smith III (born May 13, 1980), commonly known as L.
  • 1978 – Barry Zito, American baseball player. His pitching repertoire consisted of a curveball (his strikeout pitch), a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a circle changeup, and a cutter–slider.
  • 1978 – Brooke Anderson, American journalist, was a co-host of The Insider, and is now a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. Previously, she was a culture and entertainment anchor and producer for CNN and served as co-host for Showbiz Tonight on HLN.
  • 1978 – Mike Bibby, American basketball player and coach. He last served as the head coach for his alma mater, Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 1978 – Ryan Bukvich, American baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and Baltimore Orioles.
  • 1977 – Anthony Q. Farrell, Canadian-American actor and screenwriter. He has written for The Office, presided as executive story editor for Little Mosque on the Prairie as well as produced and performed in various stand-up and sketch comedies.
  • 1977 – Brian Thomas Smith, American actor and producer. Brian Thomas Smith (born May 13, 1977) is an American actor and comedian known for playing the dim-witted but kind-hearted Zack Johnson on The Big Bang Theory, and his appearances on Fear Factor and The Amazing Race Season 7.
  • 1977 – Neil Hopkins, American actor, producer, and screenwriter. Neil Edward Hopkins (born May 13, 1977) is an American television and film actor.
  • 1977 – Pusha T, American rapper. Terrence LeVarr Thornton (born May 13, 1977), better known by his stage name Pusha T, is an American rapper, songwriter and record executive.
  • 1977 – Robby Hammock, American baseball player and coach. He is currently the quality control and catching coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • 1976 – Ana Popović, Serbian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Ana Popović (Serbian Cyrillic: Ана Поповић, born May 13, 1976) is a blues guitarist and singer from Serbia who currently resides in the United States.
  • 1976 – Trajan Langdon, American basketball player and scout. A 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) and 211 lb (96 kg) shooting guard, he first gained fame in the U.S. while playing college basketball at Duke University.
  • 1973 – Bridgett Riley, American boxer and stuntwoman. The interest in the sport came from her brother Patrick's strong interest in mixed martial arts.
  • 1973 – Eric Lewis, American pianist. Eric Lewis is the name of:
  • 1971 – Rob Fredrickson, American football player. Fredrickson (born May 13, 1971) is a former National Football League linebacker who played 9 seasons for the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, and Arizona Cardinals.
  • 1971 – Tom Nalen, American football player and sportscaster. Thomas Andrew Nalen (born May 13, 1971) is a former American football center who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1969 – Buckethead, American guitarist and songwriter. Brian Patrick Carroll (born May 13, 1970), known professionally as Buckethead, is an American multi-instrumental musician who has received critical acclaim for his innovative electric guitar playing.
  • 1967 – Chuck Schuldiner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2001). He founded the band Death in 1983 and was their lead vocalist until his death in 2001.
  • 1967 – Melanie Thornton, American-German singer (d. 2001), was an American pop and dance music singer. She was the lead singer of the Eurodance group La Bouche from 1994 to 2001, alongside American rapper Lane McCray.
  • 1966 – Darius Rucker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. The band released five studio albums with him as a member and charted six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 1965 – Lari White, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress, was an American country music artist and actress. She first gained national attention in 1988 as a winner on You Can Be a Star, a talent competition which aired on The Nashville Network.
  • 1964 – Stephen Colbert, American comedian and talk show host. He is best known for hosting the satirical Comedy Central program The Colbert Report from 2005 to 2014 and the CBS talk program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert beginning in September 2015.
  • 1961 – Dennis Rodman, American basketball player, wrestler, and actor. Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1957 – Alan Ball, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Alan Ball may refer to:
  • 1953 – David Voelker, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013). Mullady, Audrey, and Kitty Voelker
  • 1953 – Ruth A. David, American electrical engineer. While at the CIA, David was responsible for encouraging the agency to pursue partnerships with the private sector and designed a proposal to procure technology at the stage of development from the private sector.
  • 1952 – John Kasich, American politician, 69th Governor of Ohio. Congressman
  • 1952 – Londa Schiebinger, American academic and author. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1984.
  • 1951 – Sharon Sayles Belton, American politician, 45th Mayor of Minneapolis. She is Vice President of Community Relations and Government Affairs for Thomson Reuters Legal business.
  • 1950 – Bobby Valentine, American baseball player and manager. Valentine played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1969, 1971–72), California Angels (1973–75), New York Mets (1977–78), and Seattle Mariners (1979) in MLB.
  • 1950 – Manning Marable, American author and academic (d. 2011), was an American professor of public affairs, history and African-American Studies at Columbia University. Marable founded and directed the Institute for Research in African-American Studies.
  • 1950 – Stevie Wonder, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer. Through his heavy use of electronic instruments and innovative sounds, Wonder became a pioneer and influence to musicians of various genres including pop, rhythm and blues, soul, funk and rock.
  • 1949 – Zoë Wanamaker, American-British actress. Zoë Wanamaker CBE (born 13 May 1949) is an American-born British actress who has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.
  • 1948 – Dean Meminger, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013). Meminger was born in Walterboro, South Carolina, and came to Harlem, New York, with his family as a seventh-grader.
  • 1947 – Edgar Burcksen, Dutch-American film editor. Edgar Burcksen (born 13 May 1947, Apeldoorn), is a Dutch film editor, who moved to the United States in 1985 after editing over 15 films in the Netherlands.
  • 1946 – Marv Wolfman, American author. Marvin Arthur Wolfman (born May 13, 1946) is an American comic book and novelization writer.
  • 1945 – Lou Marini, American saxophonist and composer. He is best known for his work in jazz, rock, blues, and soul music, as well as his association with The Blues Brothers.
  • 1945 – Magic Dick, American blues-rock harmonica, trumpet, and saxophone player (The J. Geils Band). Richard Salwitz (born May 13, 1945), known as Magic Dick, is an American musician, noted for playing the harmonica for the J.
  • 1944 – Armistead Maupin, American author, screenwriter, and actor. Armistead Jones Maupin, Jr. (/ˈmɔːpɪn/ MAW-pin) (born May 13, 1944) is an American writer who wrote Tales of the City, a series of novels set in San Francisco.
  • 1944 – Carolyn Franklin, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 1988), was an American singer–songwriter. Besides her own musical success, Franklin was best known as the daughter of prominent Detroit preacher and civil rights activist C.
  • 1943 – Mary Wells, American singer-songwriter (d. 1992), was an American singer, who helped to define the emerging sound of Motown in the early 1960s. Along with The Supremes, The Miracles, The Temptations, and the Four Tops, Wells was said to have been part of the charge in black music onto radio stations and record shelves of mainstream America, "bridging the color lines in music at the time."
  • 1942 – Leighton Gage, American author (d. 2013), was an author of crime fiction best known for the Chief Inspector Mario Silva Investigations series of novels set in Brazil. He was inspired to write these novels after spending over 20 years living in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and being immersed in the Brazilian culture.
  • 1941 – Jody Conradt, American basketball player and coach. Her coaching career spanned 38 years, with the last 31 years at UT from 1976 to 2007.
  • 1941 – Ritchie Valens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1959). A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens' recording career lasted eight months and abruptly ended when he died in a plane crash.
  • 1939 – Harvey Keitel, American actor. He has starred in films such as Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), The Duellists (1977), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Bugsy (1991), Thelma & Louise (1991), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Bad Lieutenant (1992), The Piano (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), Cop Land (1997), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Youth (2015) and The Irishman (2019).
  • 1938 – Francine Pascal, American author and playwright. Francine Pascal (née Rubin, born May 13, 1938) is an American author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of young adult novels.
  • 1937 – Roger Zelazny, American author and poet (d. 1995), was an American poet and writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels, best known for The Chronicles of Amber. He won the Nebula Award three times (out of 14 nominations) and the Hugo Award six times (also out of 14 nominations), including two Hugos for novels: the serialized novel ...And Call Me Conrad (1965), subsequently published under the title This Immortal (1966) and then the novel Lord of Light (1967).
  • 1937 – Trevor Baylis, English inventor, invented the wind-up radio, was an English inventor best known for the wind-up radio. The radio, instead of relying on batteries or external electrical source, is powered by the user winding a crank.
  • 1937 – Zohra Lampert, American actress. Zohra Lampert (born May 13, 1937) is an American actress, who has had roles on film, television, and stage, including as the title character in the 1971 cult horror film Let's Scare Jessica to Death; she also starred alongside Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in the 1961 Splendor in the Grass.
  • 1935 – Dominic Cossa, American opera singer. Dominic Cossa (born May 13, 1935) is an American operatic lyric baritone particularly associated with the Italian and French repertoire.
  • 1935 – Teddy Randazzo, American singer-songwriter and accordion player (d. 2003), was an American pop songwriter, singer, arranger and producer, who composed hit songs such as "Goin' Out of My Head", "It's Gonna Take a Miracle", "Pretty Blue Eyes", and "Hurt So Bad" in the 1960s.
  • 1934 – Leon Wagner, American baseball player and actor (d. 2004), was an American professional baseball left fielder who played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants (1958–1959, 1969), St. Louis Cardinals (1960), Los Angeles Angels (1961–1963), Cleveland Indians (1964–1968), and Chicago White Sox (1968).
  • 1933 – John Roseboro, American baseball player and coach (d. 2002), was an American professional baseball player and coach. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1957 until 1970, most notably for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • 1931 – Jim Jones, American cult leader, founder of the Peoples Temple (d. 1978), was an American civil rights preacher, faith healer and cult leader who conspired with his inner circle to direct a mass suicide and mass murder of his followers in his jungle commune at Jonestown, Guyana. He launched the Peoples Temple in Indiana during the 1950s.
  • 1930 – Mike Gravel, American lieutenant and politician. Maurice Robert "Mike" Gravel (/ɡrəˈvɛl/; born May 13, 1930) is an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Alaska from 1969 to 1981.
  • 1927 – Fred Hellerman, American folk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Weavers) (d. 2016), was an American folk singer, guitarist, producer, and songwriter. Hellerman was an original member of the seminal American folk group The Weavers, together with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Ronnie Gilbert.
  • 1927 – Herbert Ross, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2001), was an American actor, choreographer, director and producer who worked predominantly in the stage and film.
  • 1924 – Harry Schwarz, German-South African lawyer, politician, and diplomat, 13th South African Ambassador to the United States (d. 2010), was a South African lawyer, statesman and long-time political opposition leader against apartheid in South Africa, who eventually served as the South African Ambassador to the United States during the country's transition to majority rule.
  • 1924 – Theodore Mann, American director and producer (d. 2012), was an American theatre producer and director and the Artistic Director of the Circle in the Square Theatre School.
  • 1922 – Bea Arthur, American actress and singer (d. 2009), was an American actress and comedian.
  • 1914 – Joe Louis, American boxer, wrestler, and actor (d. 1981), was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951. He reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949, and is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.
  • 1914 – Johnnie Wright, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2011), was an American country music singer-songwriter, who spent much of his career working with Jack Anglin as the popular duo Johnnie & Jack, and was also the husband of country music star Kitty Wells.
  • 1912 – Gil Evans, Canadian-American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1988), was a Canadian jazz pianist, arranger, composer and bandleader. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest orchestrators in jazz, playing an important role in the development of cool jazz, modal jazz, free jazz, and jazz fusion.
  • 1912 – Judah Nadich, American colonel and rabbi (d. 2007), was a Conservative rabbi, who served congregations in Buffalo, New York and Chicago, Illinois, and later was the U.S. Army's senior Jewish chaplain in Europe while Allied forces were liberating Nazi concentration camps, and later was the President of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative rabbis.
  • 1911 – Maxine Sullivan, American singer and actress (d. 1987), was an American jazz vocalist and performer.
  • 1911 – Robert Middleton, American actor (d. 1977). Messer, May 13, 1911 – June 14, 1977) was an American film and television actor known for his large size, beetle-like brows, and a deep, booming voice (for which he was known as "Big Bob Middleton"), usually in the portrayal of ruthless villains.
  • 1909 – Ken Darby, American composer and conductor (d. 1992), was an American composer, vocal arranger, lyricist, and conductor. His film scores were recognized by the awarding of three Academy Awards and one Grammy Award.
  • 1895 – Nandor Fodor, Hungarian-American psychologist, parapsychologist, and author (d. 1964), was a British and American parapsychologist, psychoanalyst, author and journalist of Hungarian origin.
  • 1883 – Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek-American pathologist, invented the pap smear (d. 1962), was a Greek pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection, and inventor of the "Pap smear".
  • 1881 – Joe Forshaw, American runner (d. 1964), was an American athlete who competed mainly in the Marathon.
  • 1868 – Sumner Paine, American target shooter (d. 1904), was an American shooter. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.
  • 1830 – Zebulon Baird Vance, American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 37th Governor of North Carolina (d. 1894), was a Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, the 37th and 43rd Governor of North Carolina, and U.S. Senator.


  • 2015 – David Sackett, American-Canadian physician and academic (b. 1934)
  • 2015 – Earl Averill, Jr., American baseball player (b. 1931)
  • 2015 – Robert Drasnin, American clarinet player and composer (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – J. F. Coleman, American soldier and pilot (b. 1918)
  • 2013 – Chuck Muncie, American football player (b. 1953)
  • 2013 – Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, author, and actress (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Cuban-American theologian, author, and academic (b. 1943)
  • 2012 – Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bass player, songwriter, and producer (b. 1941)
  • 2011 – Bruce Ricker, American director and producer (b. 1942)
  • 2011 – Stephen De Staebler, American sculptor and educator (b. 1933)
  • 2011 – Wallace McCain, Canadian businessman, co-founded McCain Foods (b. 1930)
  • 2009 – Frank Aletter, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2008 – Ron Stone, American journalist and author (b. 1936)
  • 2006 – Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian and scholar (b. 1923)
  • 2006 – Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (b. 1949)
  • 2005 – Eddie Barclay, French record producer, founded Barclay Records (b. 1921)
  • 2005 – George Dantzig, American mathematician and academic (b. 1914)
  • 2000 – Paul Bartel, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1938)
  • 1999 – Gene Sarazen, American golfer and journalist (b. 1902)
  • 1995 – Hao Wang, Chinese-American logician, philosopher, and mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 1988 – Chet Baker, American singer and trumpet player (b. 1929)
  • 1985 – Leatrice Joy, American actress (b. 1893)
  • 1985 – Richard Ellmann American literary critic and biographer (b. 1918)
  • 1977 – Mickey Spillane, American mobster (b. 1934)
  • 1975 – Bob Wills, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1905)
  • 1974 – Arthur J. Burks, American colonel and author (b. 1898)
  • 1972 – Dan Blocker, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 1962 – Franz Kline, American painter and academic (b. 1910)
  • 1962 – Henry Trendley Dean, American dentist (b. 1893)
  • 1961 – Gary Cooper, American actor (b. 1901)
  • 1945 – Tubby Hall, American drummer (b. 1895)
  • 1926 – Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian-American bishop (b. 1857)
  • 1916 – Sholem Aleichem, Ukrainian-American author and playwright (b. 1859)
  • 1884 – Cyrus McCormick, American businessman, co-founded the International Harvester Company (b. 1809)
  • 1878 – Joseph Henry, American physicist and academic (b. 1797)
  • 1835 – John Nash, English architect, designed the Royal Pavilion (b. 1752)
  • 1807 – Eliphalet Dyer, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (b. 1721)
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