May 13 in Pop Culture History

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May 13 in Pop Culture History
1607 – English in Virginia founded Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America.

1637 – The rounded table knife was created by Cardinal Richelieu in France.

1890 – Nikola Tesla was issued a patent (#428,057) for an electric generator.

1917 – Three children, Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto report the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.

1939 – The first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later became WDRC-FM.

1954 – The original Broadway production of The Pajama Game opened.

1967 # 1 Hit May 13, 1967 – May 19, 1967: The SupremesThe Happening

1972 – A fire at the Playtown Cabaret nightclub in Osaka, Japan killed 118 people.

1973 – Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Court in a $10,000 winner-take-all challenge tennis match. Billie Jean King played him on September 20, 1973 and won the second Battle of the Sexes.

1978 # 1 Hit May 13, 1978 – May 19, 1978: Yvonne EllimanIf I Can’t Have You

1981 – Pope John Paul II was shot by Mehmet Ali Agca.

1985 – Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode ordered police to raid the MOVE headquarters, and a small bomb was detonated on top of 6221 Osage Avenue. Six adults and five children were killed in the fire that destroyed the entire block, along with 250 nearby homes.

1988 – Friday the 13th Part VII was released in theaters

1989 # 1 Hit May 13, 1989 – May 19, 1989: Bon JoviI’ll Be There for You

1994 – Johnny Carson made his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.

1994 – The Crow debuted in theaters

2006 # 1 Hit May 13, 2006 – June 2, 2006: RihannaSOS

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