What happened this day in history April 13

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

April 13: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 13 is the 103rd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 262 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 31, 2019 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 431,976 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 ‘hectatrigon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 287 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 2,304 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 13 Historical Events

  • 1256
    The Grand Union of the Augustinian order formed when Pope Alexander IV issues a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.
  • 1613
    Samuel Argall kidnaps Chief Powhatan’s daughter, Pocahontas in Virginia along the Potomac River.
  • 1742
    George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland.
  • 1873
    The Colfax Massacre takes place.
  • 1945
    World War II: Soviet and Bulgarian forces capture Vienna, Austria.
  • 1958
    During the Cold War, American Van Cliburn wins the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
  • 1970
    An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: The Battle of An Lộc begins.
  • 1974
    Western Union (in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft) launches the United States’ first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1.
  • 1987
    Portugal and the People’s Republic of China sign an agreement in which Macau would be returned to China in 1999.

Who were born on April 13?

  • 1852
    F.W. Woolworth, American businessman (d. 1919)
  • 1909
    Stanislaw Marcin Ulam, Polish mathematician (d. 1984)
  • 1911
    Jean-Louis Lévesque, Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist (d. 1994)
  • 1917
    Robert O. Anderson, American businessman (d. 2007)
  • 1944
    Brian Pendleton, musician (d. 2001)
  • 1945
    Judy Nunn, Australian actress
  • 1961
    Hiro Yamamoto, American rock bassist
  • 1970
    Monty Brown, American professional wrestler
  • 1975
    Lou Bega, German-born musician and artist
  • 1976
    Patrik Eliáš, Czech ice hockey player

Who died on April 13?

  • 1722
    Charles Leslie, Irish Anglican theologian (b. 1650)
  • 1853
    Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (b. 1788)
  • 1880
    Robert Fortune, Scottish botanist (b. 1813)
  • 1927
    Georg Voigt, German politician (b. 1866)
  • 1942
    Henk Sneevliet, Dutch Communist (b. 1883)
  • 1975
    Larry Parks, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 1984
    Dionyssis Papayannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1912)
  • 1997
    Dorothy Frooks, American author and military figure (b. 1896)
  • 2002
    Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver (b. 1928)
  • 2006
    Bill Baker, American baseball player (b. 1911)

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