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, 439,320 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 ‘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

  • 1503
    Disfida di Barletta – famous challenge between 13 Italian and 13 French knights near Barletta.
  • 1542
    Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England, is executed for adultery.
  • 1575
    Henry III of France is crowned at Rheims, marrying Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont on the same day.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    A 500,000-year-old rock is discovered near Olancha, California, US, that appears to anachronistically encase a spark plug.
  • 1967
    American researchers discover the Madrid Codices by Leonardo da Vinci in the National Library of Spain.
  • 1970
    Black Sabbath, arguably the very first heavy metal album, is released.
  • 1983
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Pig in Chinese astrology.
  • 1984
    Konstantin Chernenko succeeds the late Yuri Andropov as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • 2009
    At 23:31:30 UTC the Unix system time (time_t) number reaches 1234567890 seconds.

Who were born on February 13?

  • 1719
    George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, British naval officer (d. 1792)
  • 1855
    Paul Deschanel, French President (d. 1922)
  • 1932
    Susan Oliver, American actress (d. 1990)
  • 1933
    Caroline Blakiston, British actress
  • 1942
    Donald E. Williams, NASA astronaut
  • 1950
    Donna Hanover, American journalist, radio and television personality
  • 1963
    Thomas Miller, German footballer
  • 1964
    Mark Patton, American actor
  • 1979
    Mena Suvari, American actress
  • 1987
    Eljero Elia, Dutch footballer

Who died on February 13?

  • 1542
    Jane Boleyn, Dowager Viscountess of Rochford, lady-in-waiting of the above (b.c. 1505)
  • 1592
    Jacopo Bassano, Italian painter
  • 1662
    Elizabeth Stuart (b. 1596)
  • 1883
    Richard Wagner, German composer (b. 1813)
  • 1991
    Arno Breker, German sculptor (b. 1900)
  • 1997
    Mark Krasnosel’skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (b. 1920)
  • 2000
    Anders Aalborg, Canadian politician (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Maurice Trintignant, French race car driver (b. 1917)
  • 2005
    Nelson Briles, baseball player (b. 1943)
  • 2007
    Charlie Norwood, American politician (b. 1941)

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