On this day: May 13

Posted: 1:30 AM EDT May 12, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT May 13, 2016

America declares war on Mexico, The Beatles film "Let It Be" premieres, Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt, and Tipper Gore doesn't like what she hears, all on this day.

OTD May 13 - Soma mine disaster
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2014: An explosion at a coal mine in Soma, Turkey, causes an underground fire that leave 301 people dead before it was fully extinguished on May 15. The fire began during the mine's shift change, meaning there were 787 workers underground at the time of the explosion. The accident is the worst mining accident in the 21st century so far.

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    On this day: May 24

    "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is first published, the Brooklyn Bridge opens, Major League Baseball gets lit up, Bob Dylan is born, and "Thelma & Louise" and "Braveheart" premiere in theaters, all on this day.