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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, 404,256 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 ‘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

  • 1633
    Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition.
  • 1689
    William and Mary are proclaimed co-rulers of England.
  • 1881
    The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne is first published in Paris by the activist Hubertine Auclert.
  • 1945
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 1978
    Hilton bombing: a bomb explodes in a refuse truck outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia, killing two refuse collectors and a policeman.

Who were born on February 13?

  • 1906
    Agostinho da Silva, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1994)
  • 1946
    Louis Kondos, Greek actor
  • 1946
    Richard Blumenthal, American Senator
  • 1951
    David Naughton, American actor and singer
  • 1974
    Fonzworth Bentley, American hip-hop artist

Who died on February 13?

  • 1951
    Lloyd C. Douglas, American author (b. 1877)
  • 1958
    Dame Christabel Pankhurst, English suffragette (b. 1880)
  • 1989
    Dave Tarras, klezmer clarinetist (b. 1897)
  • 1991
    Ron Pickering, athletics coach and BBC sports commentator and presenter (b. 1930)
  • 2003
    Walt Rostow, U.S. government official (b. 1916)

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