13 July 2012
Friday the thirteenth
FACT: People afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th are called Paraskevidekatriaphobics (after the Greek word for Friday) or friggatriskaidekaphobics (after the Norse goddess who is the namesake of Friday).
FACT: In the year 2012, there have been three Friday's the thirteenth (January, April and July), each 13 weeks apart.
IT HAPPENED ON FRIDAY THE 13TH:
Sept. 13, 1940 – Five German bombs hit Buckingham Palace and destroyed the Palace Chapel, as part of Hitler's strategic "Blitz" bombing campaign, according to reports from U.K. newspaper The Guardian.
Nov. 13, 1970 – A huge South Asian storm killed an estimated 300,000 people in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and create floods that killed as many as 1 million in the Ganges delta.
Jan. 13, 1989 – The "Friday the 13th virus" infected hundreds of IBM computers across Great Britain, wiping out program files and causing considerable anxiety at a time when large-scale computer viruses were a relatively new threat.
Oct. 13, 1989 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average underwent the second largest drop it had ever experienced at that time. Nicknamed the Friday-the-13th mini-crash, the Dow dropped 190.58 points that day.
Aug. 13, 1999 – Alfred Hitchcock would have turned 100.
BORN ON FRIDAY THE 13TH:
Friday, April 13, 1866 - Butch Cassidy
February 13, 1885 - Bess Truman
April 13, 1906 - Samuel Beckett
April 13, 1923 - Don Adams
August 13, 1926 - Fidel Castro
February 13, 1942 - Peter Tork
December 13, 1957 - Steve Buscemi
June 13, 1986 - Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen