Looking Back: On May 13…

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Johnny Carson, left, and David Letterman.

Johnny Carson, left, and David Letterman.

In 1940Germany‘s conquest of France began as Nazi troops crossed the Meuse during World War II; and Winston Churchill made his “blood, toil, tears and sweat” speech to the House of Commons

In 1948, 15 Jewish residents of Kibbutz Kfar Etzion in Israel were massacred following their surrender after a two-day battle with the Arab Legion and Arab settlers.

In 1954, the original Broadway production of “The Pajama Game” opened. It ran for 1,063 performances and received Tony Awards for Best MusicalBest Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and Best Choreography.

In 1958, during a visit to CaracasVenezuelaVice President Richard Nixon‘s car was attacked by anti-American demonstrators; the trademark Velcro was registered; and Ben Carlin became the first person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having traveled more than 11,000 miles by sea and 39,000 miles by land during a 10-year journey.

In 1985, 11 members of the American black liberation group MOVE were killed when a Philadelphia police helicopter dropped a bomb on their house during a raid.

In 1989, groups of students occupied Tiananmen Square and began a hunger strike.

In 1994Johnny Carson made his last television appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

In 1995, Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, became the first woman to conquer Mount Everest without oxygen or the help of Sherpa.

 

 

 

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