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On this day: May 13

POSTED: 10:30 PM PDT May 11, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 12, 2013 

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 - Civil War
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1865: More than a month after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender, the last land battle of the Civil War ends with a Confederate victory at the Battle of Palmito Ranch on the banks of the Rio Grande in far south Texas Two weeks later, Texan forces surrendered formally on May 26, 1865.

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