This Day in History: April 13

Alfred Dreyfus

1895 – Alfred Dreyfus imprisoned on Devils Island. Accused of selling military secrets to Germany and convicted in an irregular trial against a backdrop of anti-Semitism, French officer Alfred Dreyfus was imprisoned this day in 1895 on Devils Island, off French Guiana.

Hugo Chávez

2002 – The military coup that a day before had installed businessman Pedro Carmona Estanga as interim president of Venezuela collapsed this day, and the following morning Hugo Chávez was restored to the presidency.

Tiger Woods

1997 – Tiger Woods won the Masters Tournament, becoming the first golfer of African American descent and the youngest player to place first in the event.

scene from Lilies of the Field

1964 – For his performance in Lilies of the Field (1963), Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win the Academy Award for best actor.

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