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On this day: May 13

POSTED: 11:30 PM May 11 2013   UPDATED: 12:00 AM May 13 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 - Mexican-American War
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1846: After a series of hostilities between Mexican and American troops along the border, the United States declares war on Mexico, starting the Mexican-American War.