What happened this day in history February 13

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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 322 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 31, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,359,200 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 ‘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 365 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 2,610 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 13 Historical Events

  • 1660
    With the death of Swedish King Charles X Gustav, the Swedish government can start to seek peace with Sweden’s enemies in the Second Northern War – something that Charles X Gustav had refused. As his son and successor on the throne, Charles XI, is only four years old, a regency takes over the ruling of Sweden until 1672.
  • 1914
    Copyright: In New York City the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is established to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.
  • 1945
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 1945
    World War II: The siege of Budapest concludes with the unconditional surrender of German and Hungarian forces to the Red Army.
  • 1960
    With the success of a nuclear test codenamed “Gerboise Bleue”, France becomes the fourth country to possess nuclear weapons.
  • 1981
    A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 1990
    German reunification: An agreement is reached on a two-stage plan to reunite Germany.
  • 2004
    The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces the discovery of the universe‘s largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star “Lucy” after The Beatles’song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”.
  • 2007
    Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as the chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted by the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of embezzlement during his tenure as the mayor of Taipei; Ma also announces his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election.
  • 2008
    Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations.

Who were born on February 13?

  • 1811
    François Achille Bazaine, French marshal (d. 1888)
  • 1910
    William Shockley, British-American physicist and eugenicist, Nobel Laureate (d. 1989)
  • 1945
    Simon Schama, British historian
  • 1976
    Dave Padden, Canadian musician (Annihilator)
  • 1976
    Martin Sastre, Uruguayan artist
  • 1982
    Lanisha Cole, American model
  • 1988
    Fuat Kalkan, Turkish footballer
  • 1989
    Carly McKillip, Canadian actress
  • 1989
    Rodrigo Possebon, Brazilian Footballer
  • 1990
    Gyaincain Norbu, 11th Panchen Lama

Who died on February 13?

  • 858
    Kenneth I of Scotland
  • 1662
    Elizabeth Stuart (b. 1596)
  • 1905
    Konstantin Savitsky, Russian painter (b. 1844)
  • 1934
    József Pusztai, Slovene writer, poet, journalist in Hungary (b. 1864)
  • 1974
    Ustad Amir Khan, Indian classical singer (b. 1912)
  • 1976
    Murtala Mohammed, Nigerian military leader (b. 1938)
  • 1982
    Zeng Jinlian, tallest woman ever, at 8 ft. 1.75 in. (b. 1964)
  • 1984
    Andre Stander, South African police captain and bank robber (b. 1946)
  • 1997
    Robert Klark Graham, American businessman and eugenecist (b. 1906)
  • 2000
    Anders Aalborg, Canadian politician (b. 1914)

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