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.


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.

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

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