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
Henry III of France is crowned at Rheims, marrying Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont on the same day.
Work begins on the covering of the Zenne, burying Brussels’s primary river and creating the modern central boulevards.
The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne is first published in Paris by the activist Hubertine Auclert.
New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Sheep in Chinese astrology.
Korean War: Battle of Chipyong-ni, which represented the “high-water mark” of the Chinese incursion into South Korea, commences.
Israel obtains 4 of the 7 Dead Sea scrolls.
Vietnam War: Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
A bomb explodes in the city of Pune, Maharashtra, India, killing 17 and injuring 60 more.
For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, were able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855.
Who were born on February 13?
Leopold Godowsky, Polish-American pianist, composer (d. 1938)
Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1949)
Tennessee Ernie Ford, American musician (d. 1991)
Boudleaux Bryant, American songwriter (d. 1987)
Costa Gavras, Greek-French filmmaker
Arne Sølvberg, Norwegian computer scientist
Freddy Maertens, Belgian cyclist
Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian runner
Derek Riggs, British artist
Sonia, British singer
Who died on February 13?
Kenneth I of Scotland
Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese shogun (b. 1192)
Stephen Gosson, English satirist (b. 1554)
Henrik Steffens, Norwegian-German philosopher (b. 1773)
Ron Pickering, athletics coach and BBC sports commentator and presenter (b. 1930)
Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist (b. 1965)
Maurice Trintignant, French race car driver (b. 1917)
Richard Gordon Wakeford, Air Marshal, Royal Air Force (b. 1922)
Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
John Reed, British singer of Gilbert & Sullivan (b. 1916)
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