Today we wish the nation of Ecuador a very happy birthday. On this day in 1830, she separated from South American liberator Simón Bolívar's, “Republic of Gran Colombia”, becoming an independent state in her own right.
Independence from Spain was gained 8 years earlier on 24th May 1822 (which is now celebrated as Independence Day), when Antonio José de Sucre defeated the Spanish royalist forces at the Battle of Pichincha. This secured the independence of the Spanish colonial administrative area of Quito, from where the republic of Ecuador would arise.
Other 13th May birthdays include:
Inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis (78) --->
Harry Potter and My Family actress and daughter of film director Sam, Zoë Wanamaker (66)
Newsreader, former BBC Breakfast Time presenter and latter day mohair mogul, Selina Scott (64)