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Once Upon A Time – May 13 – 1830 – Republic Of Ecuador Is Founded With Juan Jose Flores As President

1787 Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia

1828 Evangelist David Marks asks his audience what they want him to preach on. Someone shouts “nothing” and so Marks preaches on “nothing” to an Ancaster, Ontario, crowd, showing them that they would be nothing and have nothing without Christ.

1830 Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president

1934 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies

1940 Winston Churchill says “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat” in his first speech as Prime Minister to British House of Commons

1981 Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City

1989 Approximately 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China

HISTORICAL EVENTS TODAY

TODAY IN FILM & TV

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

TODAY IN MUSIC

1767 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s first opera “Apollo et Hyacinthus”, written when he was 11 years old, premieres in Salzburg

TODAY IN SPORT

1950 First ever race of the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship is run at Silverstone, England and won by Giuseppe Farina of Italy in an Alfa Romeo

MORE FACTS

1637 Cardinal Richelieu of France reputedly creates the table knife

2017 22-year-old UK blogger halts spread of global ransomware cyber-attack by accidentally identifying “kill switch”