On This Day in
American History:
May 13

Settlement of Jamestown in Virginia 

"The first permanent English settlement in North America, commenced by 105 persons, 13th of May, 1607”

Image via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions 

Future President of the U.S. Herbert Hoover about to throw a baseball 

May 13, 1922

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions

On May 13, 1862, Robert Smalls and other enslaved crewmen of the Confederate gunboat CSS Planter carried out a plan (with their families) to escape to freedom by navigating the gunboat to a Union blockade. 

Smalls later fought with the Union and became a U.S. Congressman. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Vice President Richard Nixon’s motorcade was attacked on May 13, 1958 by protestors in Caracas Venezuela, damaging vehicles and injuring several of Nixon’s staff. Venezuelan authorities failed to protect the motorcade but the actions of the dozen Secret Service agents allowed Nixon to reach the US embassy shaken but unharmed.

US government image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain in the US.

The Battle of Derna, the first U.S. victory on foreign soil, concluded on May 13, 1805.

More than 2 weeks after U.S. Marines took the city of Derna, a counter attack by the enemy was repulsed on May 13th as the USS Argus bombarded the attackers forcing them to retreat.

Image: USS Argus in 1803 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

On today’s date May 13, 1955, Mickey Mantle hit three home runs in the same game. 
Two were hit batting left handed and one was hit batting right handed.

Image: Mickey Mantle in the 1950s via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

USS Honolulu firing during the night bombardment of Japanese positions on May 13, 1943.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

WWII Veteran and boxing champion, Joe Louis, was born on May 13, 1914 in LaFayette, Alabama.

Image: Joe Louis in 1941 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Teddy Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt III) at circus, 5/13/24

via LOC, no known restrictions 

 Joel McCrea and Jean Arthur on set with Director George Stevens (looking through camera viewfinder) during filming of "The More The Merrier" which was released on May 13, 1943.

Image via Alamy 

 Ken Darby, who provided vocals for the Munchkinland mayor in The Wizard of Oz, was born on May 13, 1909 in Hebron, Nebraska.  

He was also a composer who won three Academy Awards.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

On May 13, 1950 Stevie Wonder was born in Saginaw, Michigan.

Stevie Wonder in 1965 
The same year he released the hit song “Uptight” (Everything’s Alright)

Image via Alamy

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