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What happened on October 13? There are more than 270 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About October 13

October 13 In HistoryOctober 13 is the 286th day of the year 2017. There are 79 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 41st week of the year 2017.

On this day in Westfield, North Carolina 27053 sunrise occured at 12:27 PM and sunset occured at 11:47 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Libra. The modern birthstone for this month is Opal while the mystical birthstone is Jasper.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 129 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 19, 2018).

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Historical Events For October 13

  • 54
    Roman Emperor Claudius is poisoned to death under mysterious circumstances. His 17-year-old stepson Nero succeeds him to the Roman throne
  • 409
    Vandals and Alans cross the Pyrenees and appear in Hispania.
  • 1307
    Hundreds of Knights Templar in France are simultaneously arrested by agents of Phillip the Fair, to be later tortured into a “confession” of heresy.
  • 1332
    Rinchinbal Khan, Emperor Ningzong of Yuan becomes the Khagan of the Mongols and Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, reigning for only 53 days.
  • 1582
    Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
  • 1710
    Port Royal, the capital of French Acadia, falls in a siege by British forces.
  • 1773
    The Whirlpool Galaxy is discovered by Charles Messier.
  • 1775
    The United States Continental Congress orders the establishment of the Continental Navy (later renamed the United States Navy).
  • 1792
    In Washington, D.C., the cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion (known as the White House since 1818) is laid.
  • 1812
    War of 1812: Battle of Queenston Heights – As part of the Niagara campaign in Ontario, Canada, United States forces under General Stephen Van Rensselaer are repulsed from invading Canada by British and native troops led by Sir Isaac Brock.
  • 1843
    In New York City, Henry Jones and 11 others found B'nai B'rith (the oldest Jewish service organization in the world).
  • 1845
    A majority of voters in the Republic of Texas approve a proposed constitution, that if accepted by the U.S. Congress, will make Texas a U.S. state.
  • 1881
    Revival of the Hebrew language as Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and friends agree to use Hebrew exclusively in their conversations.
  • 1884
    Greenwich, in London, England, is established as Universal Time meridian of longitude.
  • 1885
    The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is founded in Atlanta, United States.
  • 1892
    Edward Emerson Barnard discovers D/1892 T1, the first comet discovered by photographic means, on the night of October 13–14.
  • 1915
    The Battle for the Hohenzollern Redoubt marks the end of the Battle of Loos in northern France, World War I.
  • 1917
    The “Miracle of the Sun” is witnessed by an estimated 70,000 people in the Cova da Iria in Fátima, Portugal.
  • 1918
    Mehmed Talat Pasha and the Young Turk (C.U.P.) ministry resign and sign an armistice, ending Ottoman participation in World War I.
  • 1921
    The Soviet republics of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia sign the Treaty of Kars with the Grand National Assembly of Turkey to establish the contemporary borders between Turkey and the South Caucasus states.
  • 1923
    Ankara replaces Istanbul as the capital of Turkey.
  • 1943
    World War II: The new government of Italy sides with the Allies and declares war on Germany.
  • 1944
    World War II: Riga, the capital of Latvia is occupied by the Red Army.
  • 1946
    France adopts the constitution of the Fourth Republic.
  • 1962
    The Pacific Northwest experiences a cyclone the equal of a Cat 3 hurricane. Winds measured above 150 mph at several locations; 46 people died.
  • 1967
    The first game in the history of the American Basketball Association is played as the Anaheim Amigos lose to the Oakland Oaks 134-129 in Oakland, California.
  • 1970
    Fiji joins the United Nations.
  • 1972
    An Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-62 crashes outside Moscow killing 176.
  • 1972
    Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashes in the Andes mountains, near the border between Argentina and Chile. By December 23, 1972, only 16 out of 45 people lived long enough to be rescued.
  • 1976
    A Bolivian Boeing 707 cargo jet crashes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, killing 100 (97, mostly children, killed on the ground).
  • 1976
    The first electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle is obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, now at U.C. Davis, who was then working at the C.D.C.
  • 1977
    Four Palestinians hijack Lufthansa Flight 181 to Somalia and demand release of 11 members of the Red Army Faction.
  • 1983
    Ameritech Mobile Communications (now AT&T) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1990
    End of the Lebanese Civil War. Syrian forces launch an attack on the free areas of Lebanon removing General Michel Aoun from the presidential palace.
  • 1992
    An Antonov An-124 operated by Antonov Airlines registered SSSR-82002, crashes near Kiev, Ukraine killing 8.
  • 1999
    The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
  • 2010
    The 2010 Copiapó mining accident in Copiapó, Chile comes to an end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground awaiting rescue.

Who Were Born On October 13?

  • 1162
    Leonora of England, Queen of Castile (d. 1214)
  • 1244
    Jaques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar (d. 1314)
  • 1453
    Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales (d. 1471)
  • 1474
    Mariotto Albertinelli, Italian painter (d. 1515)
  • 1566
    Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, Irish politician (d. 1643)
  • 1613
    Luisa of Medina-Sidonia, queen of Portugal (d. 1666)
  • 1696
    John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey, English statesman and writer (d. 1743)
  • 1713
    Allan Ramsay, Scottish painter (d. 1784)
  • 1714
    Pieter Burmann the Younger, Dutch philologist (d. 1778)
  • 1756
    James Gambier, 1st Baron Gambier, Royal Navy admiral of the fleet (d. 1833)
  • 1768
    Jacques Félix Emmanuel Hamelin, French explorer (d. 1839)
  • 1820
    John William Dawson, Canadian geologist (d. 1899)
  • 1821
    Rudolf Virchow, German physician, pathologist, biologist, and politician (d. 1902)
  • 1844
    Ernest Myers, English poet, Classicist and author (d. 1921)
  • 1853
    Lillie Langtry, British actress (d. 1929)
  • 1862
    Mary Kingsley, English writer and explorer (d. 1900)
  • 1874
    József Klekl, Slovene politician in Hungary (d. 1948)
  • 1876
    Rube Waddell, American baseball player (d. 1914)
  • 1878
    Patrick Joseph Hartigan, Australian Roman Catholic priest (d. 1952)
  • 1880
    Sasha Cherny, Russian poet (d. 1932)
  • 1887
    Jozef Tiso, Slovak politician (d. 1947)
  • 1890
    Conrad Richter, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1968)
  • 1891
    Irene Rich, American actress (d. 1988)
  • 1895
    Mike Gazella, American baseball player (d. 1978)
  • 1896
    E. Beatrice Riley, Australian supercentenarian (d. 2009)
  • 1900
    Gerald Marks, American songwriter (d. 1997)
  • 1902
    Arna Wendell Bontemps, American writer (d. 1973)
  • 1904
    Wilfred Pickles, English actor and broadcaster (d. 1978)
  • 1905
    Coloman Braun-Bogdan, Romanian football player and manager (d. 1983)
  • 1905
    Yves Allégret, French film director (d. 1987)
  • 1909
    Art Tatum, American jazz pianist (d. 1956)
  • 1909
    Herbert “Herblock” Block, American cartoonist (d. 2001)
  • 1911
    Ashok Kumar, Indian actor (d. 2001)
  • 1913
    Igor Torkar, Slovenian writer (d. 2004)
  • 1915
    Cornel Wilde, American actor (d. 1989)
  • 1915
    Sir Terry Frost, English artist (d. 2003)
  • 1917
    Burr Tillstrom, American puppeteer (d. 1985)
  • 1917
    George Osmond, American patriach of The Osmonds (d. 2007)
  • 1918
    Robert Walker, American actor (d. 1951)
  • 1920
    Laraine Day, American actress (d. 2007)
  • 1921
    Yves Montand, Italian singer and actor (d. 1991)
  • 1923
    Cyril Shaps, English actor (d. 2003)
  • 1923
    Faas Wilkes, Dutch footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1924
    Moturu Udayam, Indian woman’s activist (d. 2002)
  • 1924
    Terry Gibbs, American jazz vibraphonist and band leader
  • 1925
    Gustav Winckler, Danish singer (d. 1979)
  • 1925
    Lenny Bruce, American comedian (d. 1966)
  • 1925
    Margaret Thatcher, English politician
  • 1926
    Ray Brown, American jazz bassist (d. 2002)
  • 1926
    Walter “Killer” Kowalski (wrestler) Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2008)
  • 1927
    Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist
  • 1929
    Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter (d. 2010)
  • 1930
    Bruce Geller, American screenwriter and television producer (d. 1978)
  • 1931
    Eddie Mathews, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1931
    Raymond Kopa, French footballer
  • 1932
    Jack Colvin, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1932
    Johnny Lytle, jazz vibraphonist and drummer (d. 1995)
  • 1933
    Queen Narriman, Egyptian royalty (d. 2005)
  • 1933
    Raynald Frechette, Canadian politician and jurist (d. 2007)
  • 1933
    Thomas Bingham, English jurist
  • 1934
    Nana Mouskouri, Greek singer and politician
  • 1935
    Etterlene DeBarge, gospel singer, songwriter, matriarch of the DeBarge family
  • 1937
    Sami Frey, French actor
  • 1938
    Hugo Young, English journalist (d. 2003)
  • 1939
    Melinda Dillon, American actress
  • 1939
    T. J. Cloutier, American poker player
  • 1940
    Pharoah Sanders, American saxophonist
  • 1941
    Paul Simon, American singer and musician (Simon & Garfunkel)
  • 1942
    Bob Bailey, American baseball player
  • 1942
    Jerry Jones, American football team owner
  • 1942
    Pamela Tiffin, American film actress
  • 1942
    Rutanya Alda, American actress
  • 1942
    Walter McGowan, Scottish boxer
  • 1943
    Mike Barnicle, American newspaper columnist
  • 1944
    Robert Lamm, American musician (Chicago)
  • 1945
    Christophe, French singer
  • 1945
    Dési Bouterse, Surinamese politician
  • 1946
    Demond Wilson, American actor
  • 1946
    Edwina Currie, British politician
  • 1947
    Alan Wakeman, English saxophonist (Soft Machine)
  • 1947
    Jerry Trupiano, American sports broadcaster
  • 1947
    Sammy Hagar, American singer (Van Halen)
  • 1948
    John Ford Coley, American musician
  • 1948
    Lacy J. Dalton, country singer
  • 1948
    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician and singer (d. 1997)
  • 1948
    Ted Poe, American politician
  • 1949
    Leona Mitchell, African-American and Chickasaw operatic soprano
  • 1949
    Marisol Malaret, beauty pageant contestant
  • 1949
    Patrick Nève, Belgian racing driver
  • 1949
    Rick Vito, American guitarist and singer
  • 1949
    Tom Mees, American sports broadcaster (d. 1996)
  • 1950
    Mollie Katzen, American cookbook author
  • 1950
    Simon Nicol, British guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist, member of Fairport Convention
  • 1952
    Beverly Johnson, American supermodel
  • 1952
    John Lone, Hong Kong actor
  • 1953
    Pat Day, American jockey
  • 1954
    Claude Ribbe, French historian
  • 1954
    Frank Dunn, American artist
  • 1954
    George Frazier, American baseball player
  • 1954
    Mordechai Vanunu, Israeli nuclear technician
  • 1955
    John Ferenzik, American musician, keyboardist, guitarist and composer
  • 1956
    Chris Carter, American television producer
  • 1956
    Joseph Toal, Scottish religious figure
  • 1957
    Reggie Theus, American basketball player and head coach
  • 1958
    Jair-Rohm Parker Wells, American musician and composer
  • 1958
    Maria Cantwell, American politician, junior senator of Washington
  • 1959
    Marie Osmond, American entertainer
  • 1960
    Ari Fleischer, American White House press secretary to George W. Bush
  • 1960
    Joey Belladonna, American musician (Anthrax)
  • 1960
    Peter Keisler, American attorney
  • 1960
    Tim Brewster, American football coach
  • 1961
    Doc Rivers, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962
    Jerry Rice, American football player
  • 1962
    Kelly Preston, American actress
  • 1962
    T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, American actress
  • 1963
    Chip Foose, American automotive designer and fabricator
  • 1963
    Colin Channer, Jamaican writer
  • 1963
    Scott Andrew Mink, American convicted murderer (d. 2004)
  • 1964
    Allen Covert, American actor
  • 1964
    Christopher Judge, American actor
  • 1964
    Marco Travaglio, Italian journalist
  • 1964
    Niè Hǎishèng, Chinese astronaut
  • 1965
    Johan Museeuw, Belgian cyclist
  • 1967
    Javier Sotomayor, Cuban Athlete
  • 1967
    Kate Walsh, American actress
  • 1967
    Scott Cooper, American baseball player
  • 1967
    Steve Vickers, English footballer
  • 1967
    Trevor Hoffman, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Carlos Marin, Spanish baritone (Il Divo)
  • 1968
    Tisha Campbell-Martin, American actress and singer
  • 1969
    Cady McClain, American actress
  • 1969
    Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater
  • 1969
    Rhett Akins, American country singer
  • 1970
    Mel Jackson, American actor and musician
  • 1970
    Paul Potts, British opera singer
  • 1970
    Rob Howley, Welsh rugby player
  • 1970
    Serena Altschul, American reporter
  • 1971
    Billy Bush, American TV host
  • 1971
    Hitesh Modi, Kenyan cricketer
  • 1971
    Luis Tosar, Spanish actor
  • 1971
    Pyrros Dimas, Greek weightlifter
  • 1971
    Sacha Baron Cohen, English comedian
  • 1972
    Summer Sanders, American swimmer and sports broadcaster
  • 1973
    Brian Dawkins, American football player
  • 1973
    Matt Hughes, American mixed martial artist
  • 1973
    Nanako Matsushima, Japanese actress
  • 1973
    Peter Dumbreck, Scottish racing driver
  • 1974
    Hawick Lau, Chinese actor and singer
  • 1977
    Antonio Di Natale, Italian football player
  • 1977
    Gareth Batty, English cricketer
  • 1977
    Justin Peroff, drummer for the Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene
  • 1977
    Kiele Sanchez, American actress
  • 1977
    Paul Pierce, American basketball player
  • 1978
    Jermaine O'Neal, American basketball player
  • 1979
    Mamadou Niang, Senegalese footballer
  • 1979
    Wes Brown, English footballer
  • 1980
    Ashanti, American singer
  • 1980
    David Haye, English boxer
  • 1980
    Magne Hoseth, Norwegian footballer
  • 1980
    Scott Parker, English footballer
  • 1981
    Dimitris Mougios, Greek rower
  • 1981
    Kele Okereke, English singer (Bloc Party)
  • 1981
    Ryan Ashford, English footballer
  • 1981
    Taylor Buchholz, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Antonio Pavanello, Italian rugby player
  • 1982
    Ian Thorpe, Australian swimmer
  • 1984
    Frank Simek, American footballer
  • 1984
    Misono, Japanese singer (Day After Tomorrow)
  • 1986
    Gabriel Agbonlahor, English footballer
  • 1987
    Ashley Newbrough, American actress
  • 1988
    Scott Jamieson, Australian footballer
  • 1989
    Breno Borges, Brazilian footballer
  • 1992
    Aaron Dismuke, American voice actor

Who Died On October 13?

  • 54
    Claudius, Roman Emperor (b. 10 BC)
  • 1093
    Robert I, Count of Flanders
  • 1282
    Nichiren Daishonin Japanese spiritual figure (b. 1222)
  • 1415
    Thomas FitzAlan, 12th Earl of Arundel, English military officer (b. 1381)
  • 1508
    Edmund de Ros, 11th Baron de Ros, English politician (b. 1446)
  • 1605
    Theodore Beza, French theologian (b. 1519)
  • 1673
    Kristoffer Gabel, Danish statesman (b. 1617)
  • 1687
    Geminiano Montanari, Italian astronomer (b. 1633)
  • 1694
    Samuel von Pufendorf, German jurist (b. 1632)
  • 1706
    Iyasus I of Ethiopia (b. 1682)
  • 1715
    Nicolas Malebranche, French philosopher (b. 1638)
  • 1759
    John Henley, English minister (b. 1692)
  • 1788
    Robert Nugent, 1st Earl Nugent, Irish politician and poet (b. 1702)
  • 1812
    Sir Isaac Brock, British general (b. 1769)
  • 1815
    Joachim Murat, French marshal (b. 1767)
  • 1822
    Antonio Canova, Venetian sculptor (b. 1757)
  • 1825
    Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (b. 1756)
  • 1841
    Patrick Campbell, British naval officer (b. 1773)
  • 1869
    Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French literary critic (b. 1804)
  • 1882
    Arthur de Gobineau, French philosopher (b. 1816)
  • 1890
    Samuel Freeman Miller, American jurist (b. 1816)
  • 1904
    Pavlos Melas, Greek military officer (b. 1870)
  • 1905
    Sir Henry Irving, the first British actor to be knighted (b. 1838)
  • 1909
    Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, Spanish free-thinker (b. 1849)
  • 1917
    Florence La Badie, American actress (b. 1888)
  • 1919
    Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Danish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • 1926
    Hans E. Kinck, Norwegian author and philologist (b. 1865)
  • 1931
    Ernst Didring, Swedish author (b. 1868)
  • 1938
    E.C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye) (b. 1894)
  • 1945
    Milton S. Hershey, American chocolate tycoon (b. 1857)
  • 1950
    Ernest Haycox, American writer (b. 1899)
  • 1955
    Manuel Ávila Camacho, Mexican politician (b. 1897)
  • 1961
    Louis Rwagasore, Burundi politician (b. 1932)
  • 1966
    Clifton Webb, American actor (b. 1889)
  • 1968
    Bea Benaderet, American actress (b. 1906)
  • 1971
    Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (b. 1921)
  • 1973
    Albert Mandler, Israeli colonel, (b.1929)
  • 1974
    Ed Sullivan, American television personality (b. 1901)
  • 1979
    Rebecca Helferich Clarke, English composer and violist (b. 1886)
  • 1987
    Kishore Kumar, Indian singer (b. 1929)
  • 1987
    Walter Brattain, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1988
    Mike Venezia, American jockey (b. 1945)
  • 1990
    Lê Ðức Thọ, Vietnamese general and politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1911)
  • 1992
    Dantrell Davis, American gang shooting victim (b. 1985)
  • 1993
    Wade Flemons, American soul singer (b. 1940)
  • 1996
    Beryl Reid, British actress (b. 1919)
  • 2000
    Jean Peters, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 2001
    Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers) (b. 1949)
  • 2002
    Stephen Ambrose, American historian and biographer (b. 1936)
  • 2003
    Bertram Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2004
    Enrique Fernando, Filipino jurist (b. 1915)
  • 2005
    Vivian Malone Jones, American civil rights activist (b. 1942)
  • 2006
    Wang Guangmei, wife of Liu Shaoqi (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Bob Denard, French mercenary (b. 1929)
  • 2008
    Alexei Cherepanov, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1989)
  • 2008
    Guillaume Depardieu, French actor (b. 1971)
  • 2009
    Al Martino, American singer and actor (b. 1927)
  • 2009
    Stephen Barnett, American legal scholar (b. 1935)
  • 2010
    Vernon Biever, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2011
    Barbara Kent, Canadian born - U.S. silent film actress and WAMPAS Baby Stars (b.1907)


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