About February 13

February 13, 2021 is the 44th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 321 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Aquarius is the sun 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 353 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 13

  • 1503
    Disfida di Barletta – famous challenge between 13 Italian and 13 French knights near Barletta.
  • 1542
    Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England, is executed for adultery.
  • 1660
    With the death of Swedish King Charles X Gustav, the Swedish government can start to seek peace with Sweden’s enemies in the Second Northern War – something that Charles X Gustav had refused. As his son and successor on the throne, Charles XI, is only four years old, a regency takes over the ruling of Sweden until 1672.
  • 1867
    Work begins on the covering of the Zenne, burying Brussels’s primary river and creating the modern central boulevards.
  • 1880
    Thomas Edison observes the Edison effect.
  • 1881
    The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne is first published in Paris by the activist Hubertine Auclert.
  • 1894
    Auguste and Louis Lumière patent the Cinematographe, a combination movie camera and projector.
  • 1920
    The Negro National League is formed.
  • 1945
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 1955
    Israel obtains 4 of the 7 Dead Sea scrolls.
  • 1960
    Black college students stage the first of the Nashville sit-ins at three lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • 1960
    With the success of a nuclear test codenamed “Gerboise Bleue”, France becomes the fourth country to possess nuclear weapons.
  • 1970
    Black Sabbath, arguably the very first heavy metal album, is released.
  • 1971
    Vietnam War: Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
  • 1982
    Río Negro massacre in Guatemala.
  • 1984
    Konstantin Chernenko succeeds the late Yuri Andropov as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • 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”.
  • 2007
    Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as the chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted by the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of embezzlement during his tenure as the mayor of Taipei; Ma also announces his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election.
  • 2009
    At 23:31:30 UTC the Unix system time (time_t) number reaches 1234567890 seconds.
  • 2011
    For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, were able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855.

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