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
The Grand Union of the Augustinian order formed when Pope Alexander IV issues a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.
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 Colfax Massacre takes place.
World War II: Soviet and Bulgarian forces capture Vienna, Austria.
During the Cold War, American Van Cliburn wins the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
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.
Vietnam War: The Battle of An Lộc begins.
Western Union (in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft) launches the United States’ first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1.
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?
F.W. Woolworth, American businessman (d. 1919)
Stanislaw Marcin Ulam, Polish mathematician (d. 1984)
Jean-Louis Lévesque, Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist (d. 1994)
Robert O. Anderson, American businessman (d. 2007)
Brian Pendleton, musician (d. 2001)
Judy Nunn, Australian actress
Hiro Yamamoto, American rock bassist
Monty Brown, American professional wrestler
Lou Bega, German-born musician and artist
Patrik Eliáš, Czech ice hockey player
Who died on April 13?
Charles Leslie, Irish Anglican theologian (b. 1650)
Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (b. 1788)
Robert Fortune, Scottish botanist (b. 1813)
Georg Voigt, German politician (b. 1866)
Henk Sneevliet, Dutch Communist (b. 1883)
Larry Parks, American actor (b. 1914)
Dionyssis Papayannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1912)
Dorothy Frooks, American author and military figure (b. 1896)
Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver (b. 1928)
Bill Baker, American baseball player (b. 1911)
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