May 13: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 13



May 13th is officially celebrated as International Hummus Day and Leprechaun Day.

Welcome to day 134 of the year folks, there are 232 days left in 2024.

Learn all about May 13th right here as we step back in time to the major events that all made this day a unique day in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1983, Reggie Jackson became the first major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times? He would eventually retire with a total of 2,597 strikeouts.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about May 13th in history!


What memorable events happened on May 13 in history? Keep reading to find out!


OpenAI’s newest version of ChatGPT, GPT-4 Omni (GPT-4o), went live.

This latest iteration boasted unprecedented capabilities, including enhanced contextual understanding and multilingual proficiency, making it a significant milestone in AI development.


A new study was published in the journal “Nature Geoscience,” which showed that the moon is still shrinking with recent moonquakes as it cools.


Three astronauts, Richard J. Hieb, Thomas D. Akers, and Pierre J. Thuot, simultaneously walked in space for the first time.


Apple released its Macintosh System 7.0.

OTD in 1991: Apple released its Macintosh System 7.0.

Qualities of this new operating system included virtual memory, personal file sharing, QuickTime, QuickDraw 3D, and an improved user interface.


Reggie Jackson became the first major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times.


An assassination attempt was made on Pope John Paul II.

While the Pope was entering St. Peter’s Square, he was shot four times and suffered blood loss. The shooter was arrested and sentenced to life in prison; however, the Pope pardoned him, and the shooter was deported to Turkey.


The Beatles movie, “Let it Be,” premiered.

OTD in 1970: The Beatles movie

The film was a documentary following their rehearsals and recording for their final studio album, “Let it Be.”


Zakir Husain began an almost two-year term as President of India.

President Husain was the first Indian President to die while in office, making his term the shortest in Indian history. He was also the first Indian President to be Muslim.


An Australian man became the first to circumnavigate the world in an amphibious vehicle.

During WWII, Ben Carlin first saw amphibious vehicles in action when serving in India. After the war, he and his wife crossed from the US to Australia in an amphibious vehicle for their honeymoon – which they completed in 1951. By the time Ben Carlin completed his circumnavigation of the world, he had traveled 11,000 miles (17,000 km) by sea and 39,000 miles (62,000 km) by land.


The first British-made jet bomber, the English Electric Canberra, made its first test flight.


Winston Churchill made his famous speech to the House of Commons.

This was Winston Churchill’s first-ever speech, where he said his famous quote, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” It was his first speech as Prime Minister.


The first US airmail stamps were issued, costing 24 cents.


The first four-engine aircraft was built and flown by Igor Sikorsky.

OTD in 1913: The first four-engine aircraft was built and flown by Igor Sikorsky.


Brazil introduced the Golden Law (Lei Áurea), signed by the Princess Imperial of Brazil, which abolished all forms of slavery.


The first railway line in Pakistan opened, with trains running from Karachi to Kotri.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Robert Pattinson? See what other famous people were born on this day.


Debby Ryan



Debby Ryan


31 years old

Born In:

Alabama, USA


Robert Pattinson



Robert Pattinson


38 years old

Born In:

England, UK


Candice King



Candice King


37 years old

Born In:

Texas, USA


Stevie Wonder



Stevie Wonder


74 years old

Born In:

Michigan, USA


Stephen Colbert



Stephen Colbert


60 years old

Born In:

Washington D.C., USA

Special Holidays

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

May 13: Leprechaun Day
United States

Leprechaun Day

The wee folk has been known to hang around Ireland since ancient days, with tales of leprechauns and their pots of gold going back thousands of years. Leprechaun day celebrates this history and is a great chance to learn more about them.

May 13: International Hummus Day
United States

International Hummus Day

It’s tough to find someone that doesn’t absolutely love hummus, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise! You could, of course, go out today and buy a pack of hummus from the supermarket, but real hummus connoisseurs know that the best hummus is homemade!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

The Postal Service got its name based on the fact that they originally used USPS to send each other music tracks because of conflicting schedules.

Birthday & Zodiac

Everyone who was born on this day shares the same zodiac sign, Taurus.

Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet that controls love, beauty, and money. Taurus is one of three earth signs, the others being Virgo and Capricorn.

If you were born in May, your birthstone is the emerald. The Emerald birthstone symbolizes spiritual awareness while providing protection, a love-filled life, and great wisdom.

Anyone born on May 13 would likely have been conceived around August 20 in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on this day will likely be due around February 3, 2025.

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