What are the important events that happened on August 13? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 13: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 13 is the 225th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 140 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 31, 2017 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 417,384 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaicosapentagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 190 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,696 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 13 Historical Events

  • 3114 BC
    According to the Lounsbury correlation, the start of the Maya calendar.
  • 1806
    Battle of Mišar during the Serbian revolution begins. The battle will end two days later, with a decisive Serbian victory over the Ottomans.
  • 1831
    Nat Turner sees a solar eclipse, which he believes is a sign from God. Eight days later he and 70 other slaves kill approximately 55 whites in Southampton County, Virginia.
  • 1898
    Carl Gustav Witt discovers 433 Eros, the first near-Earth asteroid to be found.
  • 1898
    Spanish–American War: Spanish and American forces engaged in a mock battle for Manila, after which the Spanish commander surrendered in order to keep the city out of Filipino rebel hands.
  • 1906
    The all black infantrymen of the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Regiment are accused of killing a white bartender and wounding a white police officer in Brownsville, Texas, despite exculpatory evidence; all are later dishonorably discharged.
  • 1913
    Otto Witte, an acrobat, is purportedly crowned King of Albania.
  • 1937
    The Battle of Shanghai begins.
  • 1968
    Alexandros Panagoulis attempts to assassinate the Greek dictator Colonel Georgios Papadopoulos in Varkiza, Athens.
  • 2004
    Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.

Who were born on August 13?

  • 1887
    Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (d. 1952)
  • 1888
    Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian sculptor (d. 1975)
  • 1919
    Sir George Shearing, British jazz pianist (d. 2011)
  • 1929
    Pat Harrington, Jr., American actor
  • 1930
    Wilmer David Mizell, American baseball player (d. 1999)
  • 1961
    Neil Mallender, England cricketer
  • 1961
    Stuart Maconie, English music writer and broadcaster
  • 1970
    Elvis Grbac, American football player
  • 1984
    James Morrison, British singer
  • 1985
    Grega Bole, Slovenian cyclist

Who died on August 13?

  • 586
    Radegund, Frankish princess consort of King Chlothar I (b. c. 520)
  • 1382
    Eleanor of Aragon, Queen of Castile, consort of King John I of Castile (b. 1358)
  • 1667
    Jeremy Taylor, Irish prose writer and bishop (b. 1613)
  • 1863
    Eugène Delacroix, French painter (b. 1798)
  • 1912
    Jules Massenet, French composer (b. 1842)
  • 1946
    H. G. Wells, English writer (b. 1866)
  • 1999
    Jaime Garzón, Colombian journalist and comedian (b. 1960)
  • 2007
    Yone Minagawa, Japanese supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • 2008
    Dino Toso, American Formula 1 engineer (b. 1969)
  • 2010
    Edwin Newman, American broadcast journalist (b. 1919)

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