This Day In History : May 13

1967 India

Zakir Husain is elected the third President of India

Dr Zakir Husain served as the third President of India, holding office from May 13, 1967, until his demise on May 3, 1969.

Also on This Day in History May 13

Discover what happened on May 13 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, May 13
  • 1914 Joe Louis

    American boxer, heavyweight boxing champion from 1937-49

  • 1922 Beatrice (Bea) Arthur

    American actress and singer

  • 1753 Lazare Carnot

    French politician, engineer and mathematician known as the Organizer of Victory in the French Revolutionary Wars

  • 1937 Roch Carrier

    Canadian novelist

  • 1956 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

    Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation

Deaths on This Day, May 13
  • 2013 Joyce Brothers

    American psychologist, columnist, and actress

  • 1884 Cyrus McCormick

    American inventor and businessman

  • 1984 Stanislaw Ulam

    Polish-American mathematician and nuclear physicist

  • 2001 R.K. Narayan

    Indian novelist

  • 2022 Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

    2nd President of the United Arab Emirates (2004-2022)


British Neutrality

Queen Victoria announces Britain's position of neutrality during the US Civil War

Nixon Attacked in Venezuela

The motorcade carrying US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked in Caracas, Venezuela; several of Nixon's staff are injured

Reggie Jackson is 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times

On May 13, 1983, Reggie Jackson became the first major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times. This milestone marked the beginning of a new club in baseball—the 2,000 strikeout club.

New Zealand wins the America's Cup

In 1995, Team New Zealand achieved a historic victory in the America’s Cup. Their boat, Black Magic (NZL 32), helmed by Russell Coutts and led by Sir Peter Blake, defeated Dennis Conner’s boat, Young America, in the fifth and deciding race.
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