About April 13

April 13, 2024 is the 104th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 262 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Aries is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 291 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 13

  • 1204
    Constantinople falls to the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade, temporarily ending the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1612
    Miyamoto Musashi defeats Sasaki Kojiro at Funajima island.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: American forces are surprised in the Battle of Bound Brook, New Jersey.
  • 1796
    The first elephant ever seen in the United States arrives from India.
  • 1849
    Hungary becomes a republic.
  • 1868
    The Abyssinian War ends as British and Indian troops capture Magdala.
  • 1870
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art founded.
  • 1873
    The Colfax Massacre takes place.
  • 1902
    James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
  • 1909
    The Turkish military reverses the Ottoman countercoup of 1909 to force the deposal of Sultan Abdul Hamid II.
  • 1945
    World War II: German troops kill more than 1,000 political and military prisoners in Gardelegen Germany.
  • 1948
    The Hadassah medical convoy massacre: In an ambush, 79 Jewish doctors, nurses and medical students from Hadassah Hospital and a British soldier are massacred by Arabs in Sheikh Jarra near Jerusalem.
  • 1953
    CIA director Allen Dulles launches the mind-control program MKULTRA.
  • 1960
    The United States launches Transit 1-B, the world’s first satellite navigation system.
  • 1964
    At the Academy Awards, Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American male to win the Best Actor award for the 1963 film Lilies of the Field.
  • 1970
    An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.
  • 1974
    Western Union (in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft) launches the United States’ first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1.
  • 1975
    Bus massacre in Lebanon: Attack by the Phalangist resistance kill 26 militia members of the P.F.L. of Palestine, marking the start of the 15-year Lebanese Civil War.
  • 1984
    India moves into Siachen Glacier thus annexing more territory from the Line of Control.
  • 1992
    The Great Chicago Flood.

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