About April 13

April 13, 2021 is the 103rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 262 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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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 294 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.
  • 1256
    The Grand Union of the Augustinian order formed when Pope Alexander IV issues a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.
  • 1598
    Henry IV of France issues the Edict of Nantes, allowing freedom of religion to the Huguenots. (Edict repealed in 1685.)
  • 1613
    Samuel Argall kidnaps Chief Powhatan’s daughter, Pocahontas in Virginia along the Potomac River.
  • 1742
    George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland.
  • 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.
  • 1829
    The British Parliament grants freedom of religion to Roman Catholics.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces.
  • 1868
    The Abyssinian War ends as British and Indian troops capture Magdala.
  • 1873
    The Colfax Massacre takes place.
  • 1902
    James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
  • 1919
    Eugene V. Debs enters prison at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, for speaking out against the draft during World War I.
  • 1941
    Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan is signed.
  • 1945
    World War II: German troops kill more than 1,000 political and military prisoners in Gardelegen Germany.
  • 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.
  • 1974
    Western Union (in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft) launches the United States’ first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1.
  • 1976
    The United States Treasury Department reintroduced the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note on Thomas Jefferson’s 233rd birthday as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration.
  • 1984
    India moves into Siachen Glacier thus annexing more territory from the Line of Control.
  • 1987
    Portugal and the People’s Republic of China sign an agreement in which Macau would be returned to China in 1999.

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