On This Day in History, Apr. 13, 2021

  • 1743 – Thomas Jefferson is born.
  • 1866 – Butch Cassidy is born in Beaver, Utah.
  • 1870 – Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City.
  • 1909 – Eudora Welty is born. She became a writer and photographer, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1973 and was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • 1919 – Madalyn Murray O’Hair is born. She was an outspoken atheist behind the 1962 Supreme Court’s 8-1 ruling that organized Bible reading in public schools was unconstitutional. In 1995, she was kidnapped and later murdered by a former employee.
  • 1933 – Ruth Bryan Owen becomes the first woman to represent the US as a foreign minister when she is appointed as an envoy to Denmark and Iceland.
  • 1970 – Apollo 13 oxygen tank explodes. “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”