February 13: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, February 13, 2017, Star Wars actor Harrison Ford nearly crashed his plane?

February 13th observes Radio Day and Tortellini Day.

We’d like to welcome you to the 44th day of the year! We still have 321 days left of this year.

And, what a day this day was in history from famous crimes, sports and legendary beasts and more, this day is jam packed with past events to keep you entertained.

Did you know that on this day in 2017, Star Wars actor Harrison Ford nearly crashed his plane? While landing he narrowly missed another aircraft at John Wayne Airport, California.

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

What Events Happened On February 13 In History?

2021 Winter Storm Uri caused blackouts and killed 82 people in Texas & northern Mexico.

The damages from the blackouts are estimated to be $195 billion, making it the costliest natural disaster in the recorded history of Texas.

2017 After a near collision with another aircraft at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, Star Wars actor Harrison Ford was almost killed.

OTD in 2017: After a near collision with another aircraft at John Wayne Airport in Orange County

2012 The European Space Agency successfully launched the Vega launch rocket for the first time.

The launch took off from the Centre Spatial Guyanais, otherwise known as Europe's Spaceport, located in French Guiana. The Vega's maiden flight carried nine satellites into orbit - two science satellites and seven miniature satellites called CubeSats. The mission was a complete success.

2009 At exactly 23:31:30 (UTC), Unix time passed 1,234,567,890.

Unix time is the number of seconds passed since a certain point. The Unix time was at 00:00:00 UTC on January 1, 1970. Leap seconds are ignored.

1996 The world-famous British boy band, Take That, announced their breakup.

The British charity The Samaritans set up a helpline for distressed fans.


1972 Grease The Musical first opened at the Eden Theatre in Manhattan, New York.

1960 France became the fourth nuclear-capable nation following its successful Gerboise Bleue atomic test.

The yield of the French nuclear bomb was 70 kilotons, which was the largest first test bomb at the time, with the detonation taking place in French Algeria during the height of the Algerian War.

1945 Planes dropped bombs across Dresden, Germany, during WWII.

OTD in 1945: Planes dropped bombs across Dresden

The bombing destroyed over 2.5 square miles (6.5 square kilometers), and up to 25,000 people were killed.

1923 Robert L. Douglas, the Father of Black Professional Basketball, set up the first pro-black basketball team called Renaissance.

The Rens took part in 2,699 games and won 2,318 of them!

1866 Jesse James performed his first daylight armed robbery in the US.

OTD in 1866: Jesse James performed his first daylight armed robbery in the US.

He robbed Clay County Savings Association bank in Liberty, Missouri.

1795 The University of North Carolina opened, becoming the first US public state university.

1689 William and Mary ascended to the English throne as co-rulers.

While this isn't the only case of England being co-ruled, it's the only time both co-rulers had equal power.

1633 Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for his trial before the Roman Inquisition.

He was eventually placed under house arrest.

1258 The city of Baghdad, Iraq, surrendered to the Mongols after a battle that saw thousands killed.

The battle took place between January 29 and February 10, but the Mongols did not move into Baghdad until this day.

Famous People Born On February 13

Is today your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Jerry Springer. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.

1974 Robbie Williams

English Singer

Robbie Williams
49 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1944 Jerry Springer

British-American Broadcaster

Jerry Springer
79 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1988 Aston Merrygold

English Singer

Aston Merrygold
35 years old
Born In:
England, UK
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1944 Stockard Channing

American Actress

Stockard Channing
79 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

Special Holidays On February 13

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

February 13: World Radio Day

World Radio Day

You may not know it, but radio is still the number one source of mass media in the world. That’s why UNESCO designated today as World Radio Day, so be sure to tune in today and turn off that TV!

February 13: National Tortellini Day

National Tortellini Day

There’s simply nothing better than a big plate of steaming tortellini to warm your soul. You can try making some today by yourself, or duck out to your favorite store, just don’t miss this opportunity to treat yourself to this Italian delight.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

New Jersey had 4 Governors in the span of 8 days in early 2002. The shortest term of those was served by John Farmer Jr. for 90 minutes.

February 13 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on February 13 shares the same star sign, Aquarius.

Air is the element given to Aquarius because they are in the middle of the winter season, meaning they can be stubborn.

People born in February all have the Amethyst birthstone. Wearing this violet gem can help to reduce tension and stress. Amethyst symbolizes protection, safety, and protection against overall bad health.

If you were born on this day, you were likely conceived on the week of May 23 in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on February 13, 2023, will likely be born around November 6, 2023.

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