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To­day is Satur­day, May 13, the 133rd day of 2017. There are 232 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

On May 13, 1917, three shep­herd chil­dren, Lu­cia de Je­sus dos San­tos and two of her cousins, Jac­inta and Fran­cisco Marto, re­ported see­ing a vi­sion of the Vir­gin Mary near Fatima, Por­tu­gal; it was the first of six such ap­pari­tions that the chil­dren claimed to have wit­nessed.

On this date:

In 1607, English colonists ar­rived by ship at the site of what be­came the Jamestown set­tle­ment in Vir­ginia (the colonists went ashore the next day).

In 1846, the United States de­clared that a state of war al­ready ex­isted with Mex­ico.

In 1935, T.E. Lawrence, who earned in­ter­na­tional fame as Lawrence of Ara­bia, was crit­i­cally in­jured in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent in Dorset, Eng­land; he died six days later.

In 1940, in his first speech as Bri­tish prime min­is­ter, Win­ston Churchill told Par­lia­ment, “I have noth­ing to of­fer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

In 1958, Vice Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, were spat upon and their limou­sine bat­tered by rocks thrown by anti-U.S. demon­stra­tors in Cara­cas, Venezuela.

In 1967, a vault fire at Metro-Gold­wyn-Mayer in Cul­ver City, Cal­i­for­nia, de­stroyed hun­dreds of the stu­dio’s early films.

In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and se­ri­ously wounded in St. Peter’s Square by Turk­ish as­sailant Mehmet Ali Agca.

In 1985, a con­fronta­tion be­tween Philadel­phia au­thor­i­ties and the rad­i­cal group MOVE ended as po­lice dropped a bomb onto the group’s row house; 11 peo­ple died in the re­sult­ing fire that de­stroyed 61 homes.

In 1992, the Falun Gong move­ment had its be­gin­nings in the north­east­ern Chi­nese city of Changchun.

In 2007, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush made a pil­grim­age to the site of the Jamestown set­tle­ment in Vir­ginia to mark the 400th an­niver­sary of its found­ing.

To­day’s Birthdays

Ac­tor Buck Tay­lor is 79. Ac­tor Har­vey Kei­tel is 78. Au­thor Charles Bax­ter is 70. Ac­tress Zoe Wana­maker is 69. Ac­tor Franklyn Ajaye is 68. Singer Ste­vie Won­der is 67. Ohio Gov. John Ka­sich is 65. Ac­tress Les­lie Win­ston is 61. Pro­ducer-writer Alan Ball is 60. Bas­ket­ball Hall of Famer Den­nis Rod­man is 56. “Late Show” host Stephen Col­bert is 53. Rock mu­si­cian John Richard­son (The Gin Blos­soms) is 53. Ac­tor Tom Ver­ica is 53. Coun­try singer Lari White is 52. Singer Dar­ius Rucker (Hootie and the Blow­fish) is 51. Ac­tress Su­san Floyd is 49. Con­tem­po­rary Chris­tian mu­si­cian Andy Wil­liams (Cast­ing Crowns) is 45. Ac­tress Sa­man­tha Mor­ton is 40. Rock mu­si­cian Mickey Mad­den (Ma­roon 5) is 38. Ac­tor Iwan Rheon is 32. Ac­tress-writer-direc­tor Lena Dun­ham is 31. Ac­tor Robert Pat­tin­son is 31. Ac­tress Candice Ac­cola King is 30. Ac­tor Hunter Par­rish is 30. Folk-rock mu­si­cian Wylie Gel­ber (Dawes) is 29. Ac­tress Debby Ryan is 24.

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