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13th May

1607 3 ships of English soldiers became the first permanent settlers in Jamestown, America.

1568 Mary Queen of Scots was defeated at the Battle of Langside and immediately fled to North England.

1842 * Sir Arthur Sullivan, English composer associated with the librettist, W.S. Gilbert.

1846 The United States formally declared war on Mexico after several days of fighting.

1868 Aboriginal cricketers arrived in England some 10 years before the white Australian team.

1938 Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded the New Orleans's jazz classic, When the Saints Go Marching In, on Decca Records.

1940 Winston Churchill gave his first speech as prime minister: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.'

1914 * Joe Louis, US world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937-1949.

1946 * Tim Piggot-Smith, English actor who appeared in the TV series the Jewel in the Crown.

1950 * Stevie Wonder, US singer who made his first Motown recording aged 12.

1961 US film actor and twice Oscar winner Gary Cooper (Frank James Cooper) died.

1968 Paris a one day workers general strike is called in solidarity with students calling for the fall of government and protesting police brutality.

1977 England captain Tony Greig was sacked for recruiting players to Australian media mogul Kerry Packer's rival World XI 'circus' team in what was seen as a "breach of trust".

1981 Crowds in St Peter's Square in Rome were stunned by the close-range shooting of the Pope by Mehmet Ali Hagca, an escaped Turkish fugitive murderer.

1995 A British mother of two Alison Hargreaves 33, became the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.

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