April 13 in Pop Culture History

13April 13
1204 – Constantinople fell to the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade.

1570 – Guy Fawkes was born (died in 1606)

1742 – Handel’s Messiah premiered in Dublin, Ireland.

1829 – The Roman Catholic Relief Act gave Roman Catholics in the United Kingdom the right to vote and to sit in the UK’s Parliament.

1869 – The first US Patent (#88,929) for an air brake was issued to George Westinghouse of Schenectady, N.Y., called an “Improvement in steam-power-brake devices”.

1870 – The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded.

1902 – James C. Penney (now Penneys) opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

1943 – The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.

1957 – #1 Hit April 13, 1957 – June 7, 1957: Elvis PresleyAll Shook Up

1959 – #1 Hit April 13, 1959 – May 10, 1959: The FleetwoodsCome Softly to Me

1968 – #1 Hit April 13, 1968 – May 17, 1968: Bobby GoldsboroHoney

1970 – An oxygen tank exploded on Apollo13, but everyone survived. It was also the major plot for the 1995 film, Apollo 13.

1974 – Western Union, with NASA and Hughes Aircraft, launched the US’ first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1.

1976 – The United States Treasury Department reintroduced the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note.

1985 – #1 Hit April 13, 1985 – May 10, 1985: USA for AfricaWe Are the World

1991 – #1 Hit April 13, 1991 – April 19, 1991: LondonbeatI’ve Been Thinking About You

1997 – Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament.

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