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 104th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 262 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 31, 2020 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,586,736,000 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 ‘hectatetragon’ 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 305 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 2,670 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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April 13 Historical Events
Henry IV of France issues the Edict of Nantes, allowing freedom of religion to the Huguenots. (Edict repealed in 1685.)
Samuel Argall kidnaps Chief Powhatan’s daughter, Pocahontas in Virginia along the Potomac River.
George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland.
The British Parliament grants freedom of religion to Roman Catholics.
Hungary becomes a republic.
The Abyssinian War ends as British and Indian troops capture Magdala.
The Hadassah medical convoy massacre: In an ambush, 79 Jewish doctors, nurses and medical students from Hadassah Hospital and a British soldier are massacred by Arabs in Sheikh Jarra near Jerusalem.
At the Academy Awards, Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American male to win the Best Actor award for the 1963 film Lilies of the Field.
The Universal Postal Union decides to recognize the People’s Republic of China as the only legitimate Chinese representative, effectively expelling the Republic of China administering Taiwan.
Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament.
Who were born on April 13?
Ray Lyman Wilbur, 31st United States Secretary of the Interior and 3rd President of Stanford University (d. 1949)
Robert Scholl, German politician, father of Hans and Sophie Scholl (d. 1973)
Alfred Mosher Butts, American architect and Scrabble inventor (d. 1993)
Max Mosley, British racing driver, engineer and former president of the FIA
Michael Stuart Brown, American geneticist, Nobel laureate
Al Green, American singer and pastor
Frank Doran, Scottish politician
Hiro Yamamoto, American rock bassist
Gerry Creaney, Scottish footballer
Anders Lindegaard, Danish footballer
Who died on April 13?
Sasaki Kojirō, Japanese samurai
Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1818)
William Quiller Orchardson, British painter (b. 1835)
George Washington Glick, American politician (b. 1827)
Lavr Georgevich Kornilov, Russian general (b. 1870)
Grey Owl, British-born First Nations conservationist (b. 1888)
Larry Parks, American actor (b. 1914)
Dorothy Frooks, American author and military figure (b. 1896)
Bill Baker, American baseball player (b. 1911)
John Wheeler, American physicist and educator (b. 1911)
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