Today in History: May 13

Today in History: May 13

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1607

English colonists land near the James River in Virginia.

1648

Margaret Jones of Plymouth is found guilty of witchcraft and is sentenced to be hanged.

1779

The War of Bavarian Succession ends.

1846

The United States declares war on Mexico after fighting has already begun.

1861

Britain declares its neutrality in the American Civil War.

1864

The Battle of Resaca commences as Union General William T. Sherman fights towards Atlanta.

1888

Slavery is abolished in Brazil.

1912

The Royal Flying Corps is established in England.

1913

Igor Sikorsky flies the first four-engine aircraft.

1944

Allied forces in Italy break through the German Gustav Line into the Liri Valley.

1958

French troops take control of Algiers.

1968

Peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam begin in Paris.

1981

Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt.