spotlight Today In History, May 13: Pope John Paul II May 13, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Monday, May 13. This is Mother's Day.Today's Highlight in History: 1981: Pope John Paul II On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca (MEH'-met AH'-lee AH'-juh). AP 1918: Inverted Jenny Stamp In 1918, the first U.S. airmail stamp, costing 24 cents and featuring a picture of a Curtiss JN-4 biplane, was publicly issued. (On some of the stamps, the "Jenny" was printed upside-down, making them collector's items.) AP 1940: Winston Churchill 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." AP 1958: Nixon Venezuela 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. AP 1973: "Battle of the Sexes" In 1973, in tennis' first so-called "Battle of the Sexes," Bobby Riggs defeated Margaret Court 6-2, 6-1 in Ramona, California. (Billie Jean King soundly defeated Riggs at the Houston Astrodome in September.) AP 1985: MOVE Firebombing In 1985, a confrontation between Philadelphia authorities and the radical group MOVE ended as police dropped a bomb onto the group's row house, igniting a fire that killed 11 people and destroyed 61 homes. AP 1994: Stephen G. Breyer In 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated federal appeals Judge Stephen G. Breyer to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Harry A. Blackmun; Breyer went on to win Senate confirmation. AP 2002: George W. Bush & Vladimir Putin In 2002, President George W. Bush announced that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) would sign a treaty to shrink their countries' nuclear arsenals by two-thirds. AP 2004: Donald Rumsfeld Abu Ghraib In 2004, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld visited the Abu Ghraib (grayb) prison camp in Iraq, where he insisted the Pentagon did not try to cover up abuses there. AP 2004: George W. Bush In 2004, during a campaign swing in West Virginia, President George W. Bush said he felt "disgraced" by the images of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners but told his listeners that actions of a handful of Americans should not sully the nation's military. AP 2009: Hubble Space Telescope Ten years ago: Atlantis' astronauts captured the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope for five days of repair work. AP 2014: Google Five years ago: A European court, in an important test of the "right to be forgotten," ruled that Google had to amend some of its search results at the request of ordinary people when they showed links to outdated, irrelevant information. AP 2014: Turkey Mining Accident Five years ago: A mine fire in Soma, Turkey, killed 301 workers. AP 2018: Donald Trump ZTE One year ago: President Donald Trump said he would help the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE get "back into business"; the Commerce Department had earlier moved to block the company from importing American components. AP 2018: Kilauea Volcano One year ago: Officials in Hawaii called for more evacuations near the Kilauea volcano amid signs of an imminent eruption at the volcano's summit. (The eruption came four days later.) AP 2018: Margot Kidder One year ago: The body of 69-year-old "Superman" actress Margot Kidder was found by a friend near her Montana home in what was later ruled a suicide from a drug and alcohol overdose. 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