April 13 is a winning day. On this day in 1997, Tiger Woods won his first Masters Tournament. The 21-year-old also made it by a record 12 strokes. The year before, Woods had been named Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year.” By June 1997, Woods was ranked the No. 1 golfer in the world. Although his success has been less so in recent years, he is nonetheless considered one of the most successful golfers of all time.
It was on April 13, 1964, that Sidney Poitier won Best Actor Oscar for “Lilies of the Field,” about a traveling handyman who helps a group of nuns build a chapel in rural Arizona. Poitier was the first African-American to win Best Actor and the second to win any Acad- emy Award. The first was Hattie McDaniel, who won in the Best Supporting Actress category in 1939 for “Gone with the Wind.”
Poitier is recognized for a career that includes such films as “In the Heat of the Night,” “Guess Who’s Com- ing to Dinner” and “To Sir, with Love.”
In other movie news, April 14, 1969, is when two actresses tied for Best Actress Oscar. The award went to both Katharine Hepburn, for her turn as Eleanor of Aquitaine in “The Lion in Winter,” and Barbra Streisand, for her debut performance in “Funny Girl.”
April 13 is also recognized as the birthday of Thomas Jefferson and Old West train-robber Butch Cassidy.