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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

  • 1914
    Copyright: In New York City the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is established to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.
  • 1945
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 1951
    Korean War: Battle of Chipyong-ni, which represented the “high-water mark” of the Chinese incursion into South Korea, commences.
  • 1970
    Black Sabbath, arguably the very first heavy metal album, is released.
  • 1981
    A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky.

Who were born on February 13?

  • 1885
    Bess Truman, First Lady of the United States, wife of President Harry S. Truman (d. 1982)
  • 1892
    Robert H. Jackson, American jurist, 57th United States Attorney General and Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (d. 1954)
  • 1939
    Beate Klarsfeld, German Nazi hunter
  • 1942
    Peter Tork, American musician and actor (The Monkees)
  • 1949
    Judy Dyble, British singer/songwriter (Fairport Convention)

Who died on February 13?

  • 1141
    Béla II of Hungary (b. 1110)
  • 1952
    Josephine Tey, English author (b. 1896)
  • 1982
    Zeng Jinlian, tallest woman ever, at 8 ft. 1.75 in. (b. 1964)
  • 2006
    Andreas Katsulas, Greek-American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2006
    Peter Frederick Strawson, British philosopher (b. 1919)

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