What happened this day in history

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

December 13: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 13 is the 347th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 18 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 30, 2019 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,269,920 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 ‘trihectatetracontaheptagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 43 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 2,548 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 13 Historical Events

  • 1294
    Saint Celestine V resigns the papacy after only five months; Celestine hoped to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit.
  • 1636
    The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the United States National Guard.
  • 1949
    The Knesset votes to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem.
  • 1960
    While Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia visits Brazil, his Imperial Bodyguard seizes the capital and proclaim him deposed and his son, Crown Prince Asfa Wossen, Emperor.
  • 1968
    Brazilian president Artur da Costa e Silva decrees the AI-5 (or the fifth Institutional Act), which lasts until 1978 and marks the beginning of the hard times of Brazilian military dictatorship.

Who were born on December 13?

  • 1818
    Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady of the United States (d. 1882)
  • 1887
    Alvin York, American soldier & Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1964)
  • 1902
    Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1986)
  • 1970
    Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Austrian mountaineer
  • 1981
    Amy Lee, American singer/songwriter (Evanescence)

Who died on December 13?

  • 1048
    Abū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī, Persian mathematician (b. 973)
  • 1868
    Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist (b. 1794)
  • 1935
    Victor Grignard, French chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1871)
  • 1944
    Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-born French artist (b. 1866)
  • 2011
    Kabir Chowdhury, Bangladeshi National Professor (b. 1923)

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