On this day: May 13

Published On: May 12 2013 12:30:59 AM CDT   Updated On: May 13 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - Ritchie Valens
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1941: Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ritchie Valens, best known for the hit songs "La Bamba," "Come On, Let's Go" and "Donna," is born Richard Steven Valenzuela in Los Angeles, Calif. Valens had a recording career that lasted all of eight months before dying at age 17 in the same Feb. 3, 1959, plane crash that claimed Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

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