Thursday, April 13, 2017
History for April 13 - On-This-Day.com:
Thomas Jefferson 1743 - 3rd U.S. President, Butch Cassidy (Robert LeRoy Parker) 1866 - American train robber, bank robber and leader of the Wild Bunch Gang, Alfred Butts 1899 - Architect, game inventor (Scrabble)
Samuel Beckett 1906 - Author, critic, playwright, Don Adams (Donald James Yarmy) 1926 - Actor ("Get Smart"), Rick Schroder 1970 - Actor ("Silver Spoons", "NYPD Blue")
1860 - The first mail was delivered via Pony Express when a westbound rider arrived in Sacremento, CA from St. Joseph, MO.
1861 - After 34 hours of bombardment, the Union-held Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederates.
1949 - Philip S. Hench and associates announced that cortizone was an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
1964 - Sidney Poitier became the first black to win an Oscar for best actor. It was for his role in the movie "Lilies of the Field."
1976 - The U.S. Federal Reserve introduced $2 bicentennial notes.
1981 - Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke received a Pulitzer Prize for her feature about an 8-year-old heroin addict named "Jimmy." Cooke relinquished the prize two days later after admitting she had fabricated the story.
1997 - Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament at the age of 21. He also set a record when he finished at 18 under par.
1999 - Jack Kervorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, MI, to 10 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of Thomas Youk. Youk's assisted suicide was videotaped and shown on "60 Minutes" in 1998.