About February 13

February 13, 2024 is the 44th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 322 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

What Happened On February 13

  • 1542
    Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England, is executed for adultery.
  • 1633
    Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition.
  • 1668
    Spain recognizes Portugal as an independent nation.
  • 1689
    William and Mary are proclaimed co-rulers of England.
  • 1739
    Battle of Karnal: The army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah.
  • 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.
  • 1894
    Auguste and Louis Lumière patent the Cinematographe, a combination movie camera and projector.
  • 1931
    New Delhi becomes the capital of India.
  • 1945
    World War II: Royal Air Force bombers are dispatched to Dresden, Germany to attack the city with a massive aerial bombardment.
  • 1951
    Korean War: Battle of Chipyong-ni, which represented the “high-water mark” of the Chinese incursion into South Korea, commences.
  • 1954
    Frank Selvy becomes the only NCAA Division I basketball player ever to score 100 points in a single game
  • 1955
    Israel obtains 4 of the 7 Dead Sea scrolls.
  • 1960
    With the success of a nuclear test codenamed “Gerboise Bleue”, France becomes the fourth country to possess nuclear weapons.
  • 1978
    Hilton bombing: a bomb explodes in a refuse truck outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia, killing two refuse collectors and a policeman.
  • 1983
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Pig in Chinese astrology.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations.
  • 2010
    A bomb explodes in the city of Pune, Maharashtra, India, killing 17 and injuring 60 more.

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