On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
Nikola Tesla is issued a patent for the pyromagneto-electric generator.
The hit sitcom "Frasier," starring Kelsey Grammer as a radio psychologist, comes to an end after 11 seasons on NBC.
Jazz great Louis Armstrong and his orchestra record the New Orleans standard "When the Saints Go Marching In."
Igor Sikorsky successfully flies the VS-300, America's first helicopter.
Pope John Paul II is shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square.
Born on This Day
Born: May 13, 1964
Age: 49 years old
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Occupation: Comedian, Talk Show Host
1941 | 17 years old
1939 | 74 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, Producer
Songwriter, Pianist, Singer / 1950 -
Stevie Wonder is an American musician and a former child prodigy who became one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. His hit songs include "Living in the City," "Boogie on a Reggae Woman" and "Isn't She Lovely."
Born: May 13, 1950
Age: 63 years old
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Occupation: Songwriter, Pianist, Singer
1914 | 66 years old
Animal Rights Activist, Basketball Player / 1961 -
Dennis Rodman is considered one of professional basketball's all-time great rebounders. He helped lead the Detroit Pistons and later the Chicago Bulls to multiple titles.
1961 | 52 years old
Animal Rights Activist, ...
Died on This Day
Died: May 13, 1961
Age: 60 years old
Place: Los Angeles, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor
1988 | 58 years old
Singer, Trumpet Player
1878 | 80 years old
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