Today in History April 13

An explosion cripples Apollo 13 on its way to the Moon; President Thomas Jefferson born; Pope John Paul II visits a synagogue; Actor Sydney Poitier achieves an Oscar milestone; Golfer Tiger Woods wins the Masters for the first time. (April 13)

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SANDY KOZEL: April 13th, 1970.

- You're going right about. We've got a man named [INAUDIBLE].

SANDY KOZEL: Apollo 13 is crippled on its way to the moon when a tank containing liquid oxygen bursts in its command module. The three astronauts on board are forced to return to earth relying on their lunar module as a lifeboat in space. 1743, Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and America's third president is born in the Virginia colony. 1986, in Rome, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to officially visit a synagogue. It's one of John Paul's most visible moves to improve the Catholic Church's relationship with Jews. 1964, Sidney Poitier is the first black performer in a leading role to win an Oscar for his role in Lilies of the Field. And in 1997.

TIGER WOODS: It's something that I've always dreamed of. I think any golfer as a-- a kid has always dreamed of playing the Masters and winning it. And I was able to do that.

SANDY KOZEL: 21-year-old Tiger Woods becomes the youngest player to win the Masters tournament. Woods is also the first person of either African-American or Asian heritage to win the Masters. Today in history, April 13th. Sandy Kozel, the Associated Press.