Tuesday, May 13, 2008

On This Day for 5/13 - Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt, and more

May 13th in history.

Sorry, I can't post any links at the moment as my school has a block
on the Britannica website (see earlier post). I'll put the links up in
a few hours when I get home

A methane gas explosion in a coal mine in Secunda, South Africa,
claimed the lives of 50 miners.

Pope John Paul II waving to the crowd in Zadar, Croatia, June 9,
2003.Pope John Paul II survived an assassination attempt in Vatican
City, in which he was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square
by Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish national.

Dhaulagiri mountain, seen from the Kali River gorge, north-central
Nepal.A Swiss expedition led by Max Eiselin reached the summit of
Dhaulagiri in the Himalayas.

Stevie Wonder, 1994.American musician Stevie Wonder, a child prodigy
who developed into one of the most creative musical figures of the
late 20th century, was born in Saginaw, Michigan.

The Somali Youth Club—a precursor to the Somali Youth League, which in
1960 helped to form Somalia's first independent government—was formed
in Mogadishu.

Basilica at the shrine of Our Lady of Fátima, Portugal.Three
children—Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta
Marto—reported seeing the Virgin Mary near Fátima, Portugal.

With the Law of Guarantees, the Italian government attempted to settle
the question of its relationship with the pope, who had been deprived
of his lands in the process of Italian national unification.

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