Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,062 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

Let us begin with what happened today in history. You may also enter a specific day using the form on the right sidebar. It is optional to input the year. If you do give a complete date with month, day and year then only events that happened on that specific date will be shown.

About February 13

February 13, 2016 is the 44th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 322 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

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 350 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 13

  • 1867
    Work begins on the covering of the Zenne, burying Brussels’s primary river and creating the modern central boulevards.
  • 1920
    The Negro National League is formed.
  • 1945
    World War II: Royal Air Force bombers are dispatched to Dresden, Germany to attack the city with a massive aerial bombardment.
  • 1945
    World War II: The siege of Budapest concludes with the unconditional surrender of German and Hungarian forces to the Red Army.
  • 1967
    American researchers discover the Madrid Codices by Leonardo da Vinci in the National Library of Spain.
  • 1971
    Vietnam War: Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: Two laser-guided “smart bombs” destroy the Amiriyah shelter in Baghdad. Allied forces said the bunker was being used as a military communications outpost, but over 400 Iraqi civilians inside were killed.
  • 2000
    The last original “Peanuts” comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.
  • 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”.
  • 2029
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rooster in Chinese astrology.

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