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

February 13: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 13 is the 44th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 322 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 31, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,455,321,600 seconds 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 ‘tetracontatetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 350 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 1,149 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 13 Historical Events

  • 1503
    Disfida di Barletta – famous challenge between 13 Italian and 13 French knights near Barletta.
  • 1668
    Spain recognizes Portugal as an independent nation.
  • 1867
    Work begins on the covering of the Zenne, burying Brussels’s primary river and creating the modern central boulevards.
  • 1983
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Pig in Chinese astrology.
  • 2007
    Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as the chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted by the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of embezzlement during his tenure as the mayor of Taipei; Ma also announces his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election.

Who were born on February 13?

  • 1855
    Paul Deschanel, French President (d. 1922)
  • 1884
    Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (d. 1961)
  • 1907
    Katy de la Cruz, Filipino singer (d. 2004)
  • 1930
    Ernst Fuchs, Austrian artist
  • 1976
    Martin Sastre, Uruguayan artist

Who died on February 13?

  • 1219
    Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese shogun (b. 1192)
  • 1975
    André Beaufre, French General (b. 1902)
  • 1989
    Wayne Hays, American politician (b. 1911)
  • 2004
    Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, Chechen leader (b. 1952)
  • 2007
    Elizabeth Jolley, Australian writer (b. 1923)

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