updated 4/13/2007 12:06:57 AM ET 2007-04-13T04:06:57

Today is Friday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2007. There are 262 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 13, 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. (The astronauts managed to return safely.)

On this date:
In 1598, King Henry IV of France endorsed the Edict of Nantes, which granted rights to the Protestant Huguenots. (The edict was abrogated in 1685 by King Louis XIV, who declared France entirely Catholic again.)

In 1742, Handel’s “Messiah” was first performed publicly, in Dublin, Ireland.

In 1743, the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was born.

In 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in New York. (The original museum opened in 1872.)

In 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial.

In 1957, the jury-deliberation movie drama “12 Angry Men,” starring Henry Fonda, opened in New York.

In 1958, American pianist Van Cliburn won the first Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.

In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award, for “Lilies of the Field.”

In 1986, Pope John Paul II visited a Rome synagogue in the first recorded papal visit of its kind.

In 1992, the Great Chicago Flood took place as the city’s century-old tunnel system and adjacent basements filled with water from the Chicago River.

Ten years ago: With tanks, sharpshooters and thousands of police deployed to protect him, Pope John Paul II preached forgiveness during a mass in Sarajevo. Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament and the first player of partly African heritage to claim a major golf title.

Five years ago: Venezuela’s interim president, Pedro Carmona, resigned a day after taking office in the face of protests by thousands of supporters of the ousted president, Hugo Chavez.

One year ago: Confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui expressed no remorse for his role in the Sept. 11 attacks as he took the stand for the second time in his death-penalty trial in Alexandria, Va. British author Dame Muriel Spark died in Florence, Italy, at age 88.

Today’s Birthdays: Movie director Stanley Donen is 83. Former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., is 74. Actor Lyle Waggoner is 72. Actor Edward Fox is 70. Playwright Lanford Wilson is 70. Actor Paul Sorvino is 68. Movie and TV composer Bill Conti is 65. Rock musician Jack Casady is 63. Actor Tony Dow is 62. Singer Al Green is 61. Actor Ron Perlman is 57. Actor William Sadler is 57. Singer Peabo Bryson is 56. “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” bandleader/rock musician Max Weinberg is 56. Bluegrass singer-musician Sam Bush is 55. Rock musician Jimmy Destri (Blondie) is 53. Singer-musician Louis Johnson (The Brothers Johnson) is 52. Comedian Gary Kroeger is 50. Actress Saundra Santiago is 50. Rock musician Joey Mazzola (Sponge) is 46. Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is 44. Actress Page Hannah is 43. Actress-comedian Caroline Rhea (RAY) is 43. Rock musician Lisa Umbarger is 42. Rock musician Marc Ford is 41. Reggae singer Capleton is 40. Actor Rick Schroder is 37. Singer Lou Bega is 32. Actor-producer Glenn Howerton is 31. Actress Courtney Peldon is 26. Pop singer Nellie McKay is 25.

Thought for Today: “In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.” — Charles Louis de Montesquieu, French philosopher (1689-1755).

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