On this day: May 13

POSTED: 10:30 PM PDT May 11, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 12, 2015 

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 - Tiananmen Square
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1989: Nearly a month into their protests, large groups of students occupying Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, begin a hunger strike. The student demonstrators would continue to occupy the square in the heart of the country's capital until a military crackdown on June 3-4 resulted in bloodshed. Estimates of those killed in the crackdown range from several hundred to several thousand.


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