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I am sure you all are familiar with the concept of this particular day. According to theorists and folklorists, the concept of this day did not exist before the 19th century so we can be certain that the superstition started somewhere in the nineteenth century. The earliest documented reference to this date is in the 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini; he died on Friday the 13th. The book was written by Henry Sutherland Edward. Rossini considered Friday an unlucky day and thirteen and unlucky number and it’s a weird coincidence that he died on the 13th of Friday as well. There will be a total of three ‘13th Friday’ this year and two of them have already happened. The third is due in July. I will list down some of the lesser known events associated with this day that you probably haven’t heard of before. Enjoy the read.
10. BLACK SABBATH RELEASE THEIR FIRST ALBUM
I am pretty sure you are familiar with this band. I am not a fan but most of you must be interested to know that in the year 1970 on the bad day in February, Black Sabbath released their first album in the UK. It reached to number eight in UK and managed a number 23 on the Billboard charts. The album was called Black Sabbath but I am sure you already know this.
9. SUPREME COURT ALLOWS SCHOOLS TO CENSOR
In 1988, in January on the bad day, the US Supreme Court made a ruling. This particular ruling gave the administration of the public schools to broadly censor the school newspapers. The ruling actually made changes to the first amendment. The first amendment gave everyone the freedom of speech and everything but because of this stories regarding teen pregnancy and divorce were published in the school newspapers. That was not a good impact on the students.
8. SEWER EXPLOSIONS IN LOUISVILLE
It looked as if the city of Louisville, Kentucky was under an attack of some sort. In 1981, on the bad date in the month of February, a series of explosions occurred in the sewer system of the city. The explosions destroyed more than two miles of roads and streets. No fatalities occurred but the National Guard was called in because of the damage. It must have been a scary sight. Imagine the streets suddenly start cracking into half or something.
7. US DELTA PROGRAM HAS A BAD START
USA was rushing to catch up to Russia in the space race in the 1960s. USA introduced the Delta rockets. The day of the first test was Friday the thirteenth in May in the year 1960. They should have waited a day maybe. Those rockets were all set to launch the communication satellite called Echo. After the launch, the first stage was over quickly and perfectly however, the problems began with the second stage. Echo never reached the intended orbit.
6. UPHAAR CINEMA FIRE
On the same date in June 1997 a tragedy occurs in India. The Uphaar Cinema caught fire and killed 59 people. The fire injured another 103 people. A transformer is said to have leaked some oil which caught fire. The cars in garage quickly caught on and soon thereafter it turned into a nightmare. The entire five-story structure caught fire. It was indeed a terrible incident.
5. A HOTEL IN THAILAND COLLAPSES
Friday the thirteenth was the date. It was an August in 1993 when the Royal Plaza Hotel in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand collapsed. It killed 137 people and injured another 227. It was thought to be one of the finest hotels of the city. It happened around 10:10 am. The entire building took less than ten seconds to collapse.
4. JAMES HUNTER WINS FREE AGENCY
A reserve clause is a contract provision in baseball that kept players bound to a single team. Curt Flood challenged this in 1970. He lost his career and the case because of this. But it did benefit Jim Hunter. Just months after Oakland A had won the world series, in December on Friday the thirteenth in 1974, an arbitrator ruled that A’s owner, Charles O had invalidated the entire contract by breaching a part of Hunter’s contract; that also included the reserve clause. That ultimately made Hunter a free agent for the first time in baseball. He signed up a contract with the NY Yankees for 3.75 million dollars later.
3. FATIMA APPARITION
The first apparition of Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in the village of Fatima in Portugal. This incident happened in May on Friday the 13th in the year 1917. The three children were named Lucis dos Santos, Jacinta Marto and Francisco Marto. The children are reported to have said that the woman was dressed in white and was brighter than the sun. The woman asked the children to return to the spot of the sighting on every 13th for the next six months.
2. ALFERD PACKER CONVICTED OF CANNIBALISM
He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1883 on Friday the thirteenth. He was accused of killing and eating five people. He was one of the two Americans ever who were convicted of cannibalism. Later however, his crimes were considered manslaughter and his sentence was changed to forty years in prison. Alfred Packer died in the year 1907 and he is reported to have said that the breast of a man is the sweetest meat he ever tasted; that’s just weird.
1. EARTH’S GRAVITY DECIDES ARE FATE
Apophis is an asteroid that is bound to come really close to the Earth in the year 2029 on Friday, April 13th. The asteroid is named after the Egyptian God of evil and it is quite apt. The asteroid is said to come closer to our planet than the orbit of the satellites although it will not enter the area that is densely populated by these satellites so collisions might not occur. That’s not all; see if the asteroid enters a specific region known as ‘the keyhole’ the Earth’s gravity will throw it at an angle that the next time it comes near the orbit of the Earth, it will make contact with the surface. That’s supposed to happen in 2036 although, if it misses the keyhole, the asteroid will not hit the Earth.