MAY 13 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1717 ~ MARiA THERESA the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions was born on the 13th day of May in 1717 (died in 1780 aged 63). Maria Theresa was the sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia, the Austrian Netherlands and Parma. She was also the Duchess of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Holy Roman Empress(by marriage).

Archduchess Maria Theresa 1727 oil painting Andreas Möller 10 year old girl portrait royal flowers dress child art Hofburg Palace Vienna
Archduchess Maria Theresa in 1727 aged 10 years old, oil painting by Andreas Möller at Hofburg Palace Vienna

1787 ~ CAPTAiN ARTHUR PHiLLiP and the First Fleet left England, with 11 ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia on the 13th day of May in 1787.

1882 ~ GEORGES BRAQUE the French painter was born on the 13th day of May in 1882 (d. 1963).

1922BEA ARTHUR the American actress was born on the 13th day of May in 1922 (d. 2009).

1922OTL AiCHER the German graphic designer was born on the 13th day of May in 1922 (d. 1991).

1941 ~ RiTCHiE VALENS the American singer was born on the 13th day of May in 1941(d. 1959).

1941JOE BROWN the British singer was born on the 13th day of May in 1941.

1943 ~ MARY WELLS the American singer known as one of Motown’s first singing superstars was born on the 13th day of May in 1943. Mary Wells is best known for her signature hit, “My Guy” (1964)

1945MAGiC DiCK the American musician from The J. Geils Band was born on the 13th day of May in 1945.

1950 ~  FORMULA ONE World Championship was held for the first time in the World at Silverstone on the 13th day of May in 1950.

1950STEViE WONDER the American singer and musician was born on the 13th day of May in 1950.

1958 ~ VELCRO was registered as a trade mark on  the 13th day of May in 1958.

1962PAUL McDERMOTT the Australian comedian was born on the 13th day of May in 1962.

1966ALiSON GOLDFRAPP the English musician was born on the 13th day of May in 1966.

1964 ~ LORRAiNE MciNTOSH the Scottish singer from Deacon Blue  was born on the 13th day of May in 1964.

1966DARiUS RUCKER the American singer from Hootie & the Blowfish was born on the 13th day of May in 1966.

1988 ~ CASEY DONOVAN the Australian singer was born on the 13th day of May in 1988.

2002 ~ RUTH CRACKNELL the Australian actress died on the 13th day of may in 2002 aged 76.

TODAY iN HiSTORY for MAY 13th video presented by the Associated Press

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