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Some famous, and infamous, events in history that occurred on May 13.

1846 US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins.

1916 first observance of Indian (Native American) Day.

1918 first US airmail stamps issued (24 cents).

1934 Great Dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies.

1942 Helicopter makes its 1st cross-country flight.

1947 US Senate approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions.

1950 Diner’s Club issues its first credit cards.

1958 The trade mark Velcro is registered.

1958 The motorcade carrying US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked in Caracas, Venezuela; several of Nixon’s staff are injured.

1967 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits career home run #500 off Stu Miller.

1967 Octagonal boxing ring is tested to avoid corner injuries.

1973 Bobby Riggs beats Margaret Smith Court in Mother’s Day match in California.

1981 Pope John Paul II is critically wounded by Turkish gunman in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City.

1983 Reggie Jackson is first major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times.

1991 Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0.

1992 three astronauts simultaneous walked in space for the 1st time.

1996 O.J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict.

2004 The final episode of “Frasier” on NBC is watched by 33 million people.