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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.

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