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05-13-2012, 01:24 PM
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May 13th 1559 Excavated corpse of heretic David Jorisz burned in Basel
May 13th 1568 Mary Queen of Scots is defeated by English at battle of Langside
May 13th 1588 King Henri III flees Paris
May 13th 1767 Mozart's opera "Apollo et Hyacinthus," premieres in Salzburg
May 13th 1777 University library at Vienna opens ..
May 13th 1835 1st foreign embassy in Hawaii forms
May 13th 1846 US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins
May 13th 1888 Princess Isabel of Brazil signs "Lei Aurā€ša" abolishing slavery
May 13th 1911 NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)
May 13th 1913 1st 4 engine aircraft built & flown (Igor Sikorsky-Russia)
May 13th 1926 German govt of Luther falls
May 13th 1934 Great dustbowl storm
May 13th 1940 Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat
May 13th 1958 Rioters attack US VP Nixon in Venezuela
May 13th 1968 1,000,000 French demonstrate against De Gaulle & Pompidou
May 13th 1978 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4) (Why oh why didn't Obama just take up running?)
May 13th 1992 Final episode of "Night Court" airs on NBC-TV
May 13th 1992 Frank Stallone beats Geraldo Rivera in boxing on Howard Stern Show

05-13-2012, 04:35 PM
May 13th 1911 NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)

Merkle is know for something a bit more ominous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merkle's_Boner). In 1908, the Giants had runners on 1st and 3rd and 2 out with Merkle on 1st. The next batter hit a single up the middle and the runner on 3rd scored the winning run...however, Merkle running from first, just turned and jogged back to the dugout thinking the game was over but one of the Cubs fielders retrieved the ball and threw to 2nd baseman Johnny Evers(of Tinkers, to Evers, to Chance fame) for the force on Merkle. Since everyone, fans included, thought the game was over, the field was teaming with fans because the win put the Giants in 1st place but since Merkle was forced at 2nd, the run didn't score so it remained tied and the play was legal because the home plate ump saw that Merkle didn't touch 2nd and since it was too dark to play on let alone a thousand fans were on the field so the game had to replayed which the Cubs won en route to their last World Championship. This would go on to be known as Merkle's Boner.