On this day: Pope John Paul II shot by terrorist

Pope John Paul II moments after the assassination attempt by a Turkish terrorist in St Peter's Square. Picture: Getty Images
Pope John Paul II moments after the assassination attempt by a Turkish terrorist in St Peter's Square. Picture: Getty Images
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EVENTS, birthdays and anniversaries on May 13

1568: Battle of Langside, in which a force raised by Mary, Queen of Scots, after her escape from Loch Leven Castle, was defeated by a confederacy of Scottish Protestants. It was her last attempt to regain the throne from her son and his adherents.

1607: Captain John Smith and 105 Cavaliers in three ships landed on the Virginia coast and started the first permanent English settlement in the New World, in Jamestown.

1787: A fleet of 11 ships containing about 730 convicts set out from England to Australia, under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, on a journey which lasted until the following January.

1809: French army under Napoleon Bonaparte took Vienna.

1871: Law of Guarantees in Italy declared Pope’s person inviolable and allowed him possession of the Vatican.

1891: Bogey score in golf introduced.

1943: German and Italian forces in North Africa surrendered.

1949: The first British-designed jet bomber, English Electric Canberra B Mark One, was test flown at Warton, Lancashire, by Wing Commander RP Beaumont.

1957: The first regular schools programmes on television began on BBC.

1968: Peace negotiations officially opened in Paris between United States and North Vietnam.

1970: Israel attacked Lebanon to try to wipe out guerrilla bases.

1975: United States Marines, warships and planes were placed on alert in western Pacific after seizure of US merchant ship Mayaguez by Cambodians.

1981: An attempt was made on the life of Pope John Paul II in St Peter’s Square, Rome. He was shot at close range by a Turkish terrorist.

1988: Riot police stormed sacred Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem and fired rubber bullets at Muslim worshippers.

1990: Two American airmen slain near Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, in attack blamed on communist rebels.

1991: South African judge convicted Winnie Mandela of conspiracy in kidnap and assault of four youths in Soweto, including Stompie Moeketsi, later murdered.

1995: Alison Hargreaves, 33, a mother of two from Spean Bridge, became the first woman to climb Everest solo and without oxygen. She died three months later while descending K2, the world’s second-highest mountain.

2000: Donald Dewar was elected as first minister of the Scottish Parliament.

2005: The Andijan Massacre occurred in Uzbekistan.

2006: Major rebellions occurred in several prisons in São Paulo, Brazil.

2009: Former golf Open champion Paul Lawrie vowed to never return to an exclusive golf club after it kicked him out over remarks he made about the state of its course.

2011: Network Rail was fined £3 million for safety failings over the Potters Bar train crash, which killed seven people.

2011: Sienna Miller agreed to accept £100,000 in damages from the News of the World, after the paper admitted liability over the hacking her phone.

2014: More than 300 miners were killed following an explosion and fire at a coal mine in Manisa province, western Turkey. The trapped miners were more than a mile below the surface and a mile and a half from the mine’s exit.


Samantha Morton, actress, 38; Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw, advocate, explorer, Rothesay Herald of Arms, 71; Frances Barber, actress, 58; Rosie Boycott, journalist and broadcaster, 64; Joe Brown MBE, actor and singer, 74; Dr Jane Glover CBE, conductor, 66; Harvey Keitel, actor, 76; Richard Madeley, television presenter, 59; Tim Pigott-Smith, actor and director, 69; Dennis Rodman, American basketball player and actor, 54; Selina Scott, television presenter, 64; Zoë Wanamaker CBE, actress, 66; Stevie Wonder, singer and songwriter, 65; Robert Pattinson, actor, 29.


Births: 1828 Josephine Butler, social reformer; 1840 Alphonse Daudet, French novelist; 1842 Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, composer; 1864 Vesta Tilley, music hall star; 1867 Sir Frank Brangwyn, artist; 1882 Georges Braque, French Cubist painter; 1907 Dame Daphne du Maurier, novelist; 1914 Joe Louis, “the Brown Bomber”, world heavyweight champion 1937-49; 1922 Bea Arthur, American actress; 1924 Alexander Robert Leslie-Melville, 14th Earl of Leven.

Deaths: 1835 John Nash, architect; 1884 Cyrus Hall McCormick, inventor of first patented reaping machine; 1907 Alexander Buchan, meteorologist, founder of the Ben Nevis Observatory; 1930 Fridtjof Nansen, Arctic explorer; 1961 Gary Cooper, American film actor; 1982 Ralph Reader, creator of Gang Shows; 1997 Laurie Lee MBE, author and poet; 1999 Gene Sarazen, golfer.