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
Disfida di Barletta – famous challenge between 13 Italian and 13 French knights near Barletta.
Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England, is executed for adultery.
Henry III of France is crowned at Rheims, marrying Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont on the same day.
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.
A 500,000-year-old rock is discovered near Olancha, California, US, that appears to anachronistically encase a spark plug.
American researchers discover the Madrid Codices by Leonardo da Vinci in the National Library of Spain.
Black Sabbath, arguably the very first heavy metal album, is released.
New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Pig in Chinese astrology.
Konstantin Chernenko succeeds the late Yuri Andropov as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
At 23:31:30 UTC the Unix system time (time_t) number reaches 1234567890 seconds.
Who were born on February 13?
George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, British naval officer (d. 1792)
Paul Deschanel, French President (d. 1922)
Susan Oliver, American actress (d. 1990)
Caroline Blakiston, British actress
Donald E. Williams, NASA astronaut
Donna Hanover, American journalist, radio and television personality
Thomas Miller, German footballer
Mark Patton, American actor
Mena Suvari, American actress
Eljero Elia, Dutch footballer
Who died on February 13?
Jane Boleyn, Dowager Viscountess of Rochford, lady-in-waiting of the above (b.c. 1505)
Jacopo Bassano, Italian painter
Elizabeth Stuart (b. 1596)
Richard Wagner, German composer (b. 1813)
Arno Breker, German sculptor (b. 1900)
Mark Krasnosel’skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (b. 1920)
Anders Aalborg, Canadian politician (b. 1914)
Maurice Trintignant, French race car driver (b. 1917)
Nelson Briles, baseball player (b. 1943)
Charlie Norwood, American politician (b. 1941)
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