About August 13

August 13, 2020 is the 226th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 140 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 183 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 13

  • 3114 BC
    According to the Lounsbury correlation, the start of the Maya calendar.
  • 1516
    The Treaty of Noyon between France and Spain is signed. Francis I of France recognises Charles’s claim to Naples, and Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, recognises Francis’s claim to Milan.
  • 1536
    Buddhist monks from Kyōto’s Enryaku-ji temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout in what will be known as the Tenbun Hokke Disturbance. (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1536).
  • 1814
    The Convention of London, a treaty between the United Kingdom and the United Provinces, is signed in London.
  • 1831
    Nat Turner sees a solar eclipse, which he believes is a sign from God. Eight days later he and 70 other slaves kill approximately 55 whites in Southampton County, Virginia.
  • 1868
    A massive earthquake near Arica, Peru, causes an estimated 25,000 casualties, and the subsequent tsunami causes considerable damage as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand.
  • 1898
    Carl Gustav Witt discovers 433 Eros, the first near-Earth asteroid to be found.
  • 1898
    Spanish–American War: Spanish and American forces engaged in a mock battle for Manila, after which the Spanish commander surrendered in order to keep the city out of Filipino rebel hands.
  • 1906
    The all black infantrymen of the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Regiment are accused of killing a white bartender and wounding a white police officer in Brownsville, Texas, despite exculpatory evidence; all are later dishonorably discharged.
  • 1918
    Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) established as a public company in Germany.
  • 1918
    Women enlist in the United States Marine Corps for the first time. Opha Mae Johnson is the first woman to enlist.
  • 1920
    Polish-Soviet War: the Battle of Warsaw begins and will last till August 25. The Red Army is defeated.
  • 1937
    The Battle of Shanghai begins.
  • 1954
    Radio Pakistan broadcasts the “Qaumī Tarāna”, the national anthem of Pakistan for the first time.
  • 1960
    The Central African Republic declares independence from France.
  • 1961
    The German Democratic Republic closes the border between the eastern and western sectors of Berlin to thwart its inhabitants’ attempts to escape to the West.
  • 1962
    Representatives from the Russian Orthodox Church and the Holy See meet in Metz, France, and come to an agreement wherein the Russian church would send observers to the Second Vatican Council and in exchange, the Roman Catholic Church would refuse to condemn Communism.
  • 1968
    Alexandros Panagoulis attempts to assassinate the Greek dictator Colonel Georgios Papadopoulos in Varkiza, Athens.
  • 1978
    150 Palestinians in Beirut are killed in a terrorist attack during the second phase of the Lebanese Civil War.
  • 2008
    South Ossetian War: Russian units occupy the Georgian city of Gori.

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