On This Day…

On This Day…


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We like to start the weekend with a simple “scroll down memory lane.” If you are new, welcome! We’re glad you are here. If this is part of your Saturday routine, we thank you.

This is just a look back at events that have happened on this day in the pages of history before we head out and make new history today. So, grab your favorite sippin’ drink and let’s scroll!

Today is Saturday, May 13th, the 133rd day of the year.

On this day:

In 1607, captains John Smith and Christopher Newport landed near the James River in the future town of Jamestown, Virginia.  It became the first permanent English settlement in what would be the United States.

In 1637, the table knife was created by Cardinal Richelieu in France.

In 1821, Samuel Rust patented the first printing press in the U.S. 

In 1846, Congress declared war against Mexico triggering the Mexican-American war. 

In 1913, the first four-engined aircraft was built and flown by Igor Sikorsky in Russia.

In 1918, the first airmail stamps were issued in 24-cent denominations.

In 1938, Louis Armstrong recorded “When The Saints Go Marching In.”

In 1950, Diner’s Club issued its first credit cards.

In 1961, Academy Award-winning actor Gary Cooper died at the age of 60.  He won Oscars for his roles in the popular films “Sergeant York” and “High Noon.”

In 1972, actor Dan Blocker died at the age of 43.  He is best remembered for his role as Hoss Cartwright on the television show “Bonanza.”

In 1975, country music legend Bob Wills died at the age of 70.

In 1981, Pope John Paul the Second was shot and wounded in St. Peter’s Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca. 

In 1993, the series finale of “Knots Landing” aired on CBS.  The popular drama spent more than a decade on the air.

In 1999, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and columnist Meg Greenfield died in Washington at age 68.

In 2004, after eleven seasons, the final episode of “Frasier” aired on NBC.  

In 2007, the longrunning family drama “7th Heaven” came to an end after eleven seasons on the air. The show became the longest running family drama in the history of television, surpassing both “The Waltons” and “Little House on the Prairie.” 

In 2008, a new stamp bearing the likeness of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra went on sale on this date, the same day the United States Postal Service raised the price of a first class stamp one penny to 42-cents.

In 2009, President Barack Obama delivered his first commencement speech address as President of the United States at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.  ASU officials denied to award Obama the honorary degree, previously saying the President had not yet accomplished enough in his life to earn it. 

In 2012, following its record 207-million-dollar opening the week before, the Marvel-Disney superheroes adventure “The Avengers,” pulled in another 103-point-two-million-dollars, making it the first film to score more than 100-million-dollars in box office receipts in a second weekend. 

In 2012, the final episode of the ABC drama “Desperate Housewives” aired after eight seasons. 

In 2013, Barbara Walters announced on her TV talk show “The View” that she would retire from broadcast appearances in 2014, marking the end of more than 50 years in television. 

In 2013, pioneering TV psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers died on this date at the age of 85. 

In 2016,  the Obama administration ordered public schools across the country to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice.  The decree said schools could lose funding if they don’t comply. 

In 2019, actress Felicity Huffman plead guilty in the ongoing U.S. college admission scandal.

In 2021, the CDC said that fully vaccinated against COVID-19 people can stop wearing masks.

And that brings us here to this day, so whatever plans you have on your own 5.13.2023 here’s hoping there are moments along the way to record on the pages of your own personal history.

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