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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, 24,255,360 minutes 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.
  • 1660
    With the death of Swedish King Charles X Gustav, the Swedish government can start to seek peace with Sweden’s enemies in the Second Northern War – something that Charles X Gustav had refused. As his son and successor on the throne, Charles XI, is only four years old, a regency takes over the ruling of Sweden until 1672.
  • 1668
    Spain recognizes Portugal as an independent nation.
  • 1739
    Battle of Karnal: The army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah.
  • 1983
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Pig in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 13?

  • 1719
    George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, British naval officer (d. 1792)
  • 1921
    Aung Khin, Burmese painter (d. 1996)
  • 1957
    Denise Austin, American fitness expert
  • 1964
    Ylva Johansson, Swedish politician
  • 1966
    Jeff Waters, Canadian musician (Annihilator)

Who died on February 13?

  • 1624
    Stephen Gosson, English satirist (b. 1554)
  • 1968
    Mae Marsh, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1974
    Ustad Amir Khan, Indian classical singer (b. 1912)
  • 2007
    Charlie Norwood, American politician (b. 1941)
  • 2009
    Edward Upward, British novelist and short-story writer (b. 1903)

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