About March 13

March 13, 2021 is the 72nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 293 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 325 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On March 13

  • 624
    Battle of Badr: a key battle between Muhammad’s army – the new followers of Islam and the Quraish of Mecca. The Muslims won this battle, known as the turning point of Islam, which took place in the Hejaz region of western Arabia.
  • 1138
    Cardinal Gregorio Conti is elected Antipope as Victor IV, succeeding Anacletus II.
  • 1781
    William Herschel discovers Uranus.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The U.S. federal government forbids all Union army officers to return fugitive slaves, thus effectively annulling the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • 1881
    Alexander II of Russia is killed near his palace when a bomb is thrown at him. (Gregorian date: it was March 1 in the Julian calendar then in use in Russia.)
  • 1920
    The Kapp Putsch briefly ousts the Weimar Republic government from Berlin.
  • 1921
    Mongolia, under Baron Roman Ungern von Sternberg, declares its independence from China.
  • 1925
    Scopes Trial: A law in Tennessee prohibits the teaching of evolution.
  • 1930
    The news of the discovery of Pluto is telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory.
  • 1933
    Great Depression: Banks in the U.S. begin to re-open after President Franklin D. Roosevelt mandates a “bank holiday”.
  • 1938
    World News Roundup is broadcast for the first time on CBS Radio in the United States.
  • 1943
    World War II: In Bougainville, Japanese troops end their assault on American forces at Hill 700.
  • 1954
    Battle of Điện Biên Phủ: Viet Minh forces attack the French.
  • 1962
    Lyman Lemnitzer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers a proposal, called Operation Northwoods, regarding performing terrorist attacks upon Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. The proposal is scrapped and President John F. Kennedy removes Lemnitzer from his position.
  • 1969
    Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module.
  • 1979
    The New Jewel Movement, headed by Maurice Bishop, ousts Prime Minister Eric Gairy in a nearly bloodless coup d'etat in Grenada.
  • 1992
    An earthquake registering 6.8 on the Richter scale kills over 500 in Erzincan, eastern Turkey.
  • 2003
    Human evolution: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy.
  • 2005
    Terry Ratzmann shoots and kills six members of the Living Church of God and the minister at Sheraton Inn in Brookfield, Wisconsin before killing himself.
  • 2008
    Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time.

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