13 April

13 April

April 13 is the 103rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 262 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about April 13th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 13th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • International Creative Innovative Day.
  • International Pink Day.
  • School Librarian Day.
  • National Thomas Jefferson Day
  • National Scrabble Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – April 13

1997: Tiger Woods becomes the youngest ever golfer to win the Masters Tournament

The then 21-year old sportsman was also the first person of African heritage to win a major golf title. Tiger Woods is considered one of the most successful golfers of all time.

1970: An oxygen tank explodes on Apollo 13, leaving the spacecraft crippled

The emergency prompted Jack Swigert’s famous quote “Houston, we’ve had a problem”. The crew managed to return to Earth safely.

1970: Mikis Theodorakis is freed

The Greek composer and politician was interned in the concentration camp of Oropos by the right-wing military junta. The solidarity movement demanding his release included Dmitri Shostakovich, Leonard Bernstein, and Harry Belafonte.

1960: The world’s first satellite navigation system is launched

Transit 1B was primarily used by the U.S. Navy to update the navigation systems aboard their Polaris submarines.

1919: British troops massacre around 400 unarmed civilians in India

Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer ordered his men to shoot into the crowd, in his own words “to punish the Indians for disobedience.” The Indian independence movement grew considerably after the Amritsar massacre.

1951: Donation Drive In America to Buy Wheat For India. India Faced Severe Food Shortage In 1951 ( Photo – Yale Joel )

1951: Donation Drive In America to Buy Wheat For India. India Faced Severe Food Shortage In 1951 ( Photo – Yale Joel )

1945: Britain “SAS” patrol in North Africa during WW2.

Britain “SAS” patrol in North Africa during WW2.

1917: A crashed British Plane. Northern France. 1917

A crashed British Plane. Northern France. 1917

1869: The Steam power brake was patented in 1869.

1868: Abyssinian War ends as British and Indian troops capture Magdala and Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros II commits suicide in 1868.

1840: A daguerreotype of John Armstrong Jr, 1840. Armstrong was the last surviving delegate to the Continental Congress, dying in 1843. He is the only delegate to have been photographed.

A daguerreotype of John Armstrong Jr, 1840. Armstrong was the last surviving delegate to the Continental Congress, dying in 1843. He is the only delegate to have been photographed.

1796: Battle of Millesimo, Italy: Napoleon’s forces defeat the allied armies of Austria and of the Kingdom of Sardinia Piedmont in 1796.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, April 13

1963: Garry Kasparov, Russian chess player

1949: Christopher Hitchens, English/American journalist, author

1924: Stanley Donen, American director, choreographer

1906: Samuel Beckett, Irish/French author, playwright, director, Nobel Prize laureate

1743: Thomas Jefferson, American politician, 3rd President of the United States

Thomas Jefferson was born.

Glenn Howerton was born.

Crishtopher Hitchers was born.

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, April 13

2009: Harry Kalas, American sportscaster

1954: Angus Lewis Macdonald, Canadian politician

1938: Grey Owl, English/Canadian environmentalist, author

1882: Bruno Bauer, German historian, philosopher

1868: Tewodros II, of Ethiopia

Milos Formann died.

Tewodros II of Ethiopia died.

John Archibald Wheeler died.


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