spotlight Today In History, April 13: Apollo 13 Apr 13, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Saturday, April 13.Today's Highlight in History: 1970: Apollo 13 On April 13, 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. (The astronauts managed to return safely.) AP 1743: Thomas Jefferson In 1743, the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was born in Shadwell in the Virginia Colony. AP 1861: Fort Sumter In 1861, at the start of the Civil War, Fort Sumter in South Carolina fell to Confederate forces. AP 1943: Jefferson Memorial In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. on the 200th anniversary of the third American president's birth. AP 1958: Van Cliburn In 1958, Van Cliburn of the United States won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition for piano in Moscow; Russian Valery Klimov won the violin competition. AP 1964: Sidney Poitier In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award for his performance in "Lilies of the Field." AP 1986: Pope John Paul II In 1986, Pope John Paul II visited the Great Synagogue of Rome in the first recorded papal visit of its kind to a Jewish house of worship. AP 1992: Great Chicago Flood In 1992, the Great Chicago Flood took place as the city's century-old tunnel system and adjacent basements filled with water from the Chicago River. AP 1997: Tiger Woods In 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament and the first player of partly African heritage to claim a major golf title. AP 1999: Dr. Jack Kevorkian In 1999, right-to-die advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, Michigan, to 10 to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder in the lethal injection of a Lou Gehrig's disease patient. (Kevorkian ended up serving eight years.) AP 2005: Eric Rudolph In 2005, a defiant Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to carrying out the deadly bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and three other attacks in back-to-back court appearances in Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta. AP 2009: Harry Kalas Ten years ago: Harry Kalas, whose "Outta here!" home run calls thrilled Philadelphia baseball fans, died after collapsing in the broadcast booth before the Phillies' 9-8 victory over the Nationals in Washington; he was 73. AP 2009: Phil Spector Ten years ago: Music producer Phil Spector was found guilty by a Los Angeles jury of second-degree murder in the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson (he was later sentenced to 19 years to life in prison). AP 2009: U.N. Security Council Ten years ago: The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's April 5 rocket launch. AP 2009: US Cuba Ten years ago: President Barack Obama allowed Americans to make unlimited transfers of money and visits to relatives in Cuba. AP 2014: Bubba Watson Five years ago: Bubba Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years. AP 2014: Kansas City Shooting Five years ago: Three people were shot to death at two sites in suburban Kansas City; suspect Frazier Glenn Miller, a white supremacist, was allegedly targeting Jews (none of the victims was Jewish). AP 2014: Mexico Bus Crash Five years ago: Thirty-six people were killed when a bus slammed into a broken-down truck in Veracruz, Mexico. AP 2018: I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby One year ago: Trump issued a pardon to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, suggesting that the former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney had been "treated unfairly" by a special counsel. AP 2018: Syria Airstrikes One year ago: President Donald Trump announced that the United States, France and Britain had carried out joint airstrikes in Syria meant to punish President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons. AP 2018: Teacher Protests Kentucky One year ago: As thousands of teachers rallied inside and outside the state Capitol, the Republican-dominated Kentucky state legislature overrode vetoes by GOP Gov. Matt Bevin on a spending plan that included new money for education. AP 2018: Trump Comey Book One year ago: Responding to a stinging new memoir from former FBI Director James Comey, Trump laced into Comey, describing him as an "untruthful slime ball." 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