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    This day in history

    Saturday, April 13, is the 103d day of 2013. There are 262 days left in the year.

    Today’s birthdays: Actor Paul Sorvino is 74. Poet Seamus Heaney is 74. Rock musician Jack Casady is 69. Actor Tony Dow is 68. Singer Al Green is 67. Bandleader/rock musician Max Weinberg is 62. Bluegrass singer-musician Sam Bush is 61. Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is 50. Rock singer Aaron Lewis (Staind) is 41.

    In 1613, Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, was captured by English Captain Samuel Argall in Virginia and held in exchange for English prisoners and stolen weapons.


    In 1742, Handel’s ‘‘Messiah’’ had its first public performance in Dublin.

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    In 1860, the Pony Express completed its inaugural run from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif., in 10 days.

    In 1861, at the start of the Civil War, Fort Sumter in South Carolina fell to Confederate forces.

    In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of the third American president’s birth.

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


    In 1970, Apollo 13, on the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. (The astronauts returned safely.)

    In 2008, a construction worker’s bid to curse the New York Yankees by planting a Red Sox jersey in their new stadium was foiled when the home team removed the shirt from its burial spot.