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13 Spooky Things That Happened on Friday the 13th

By Lauren Ford
Posted On May 13, 2016
13 Spooky Things That Happened on Friday the 13th

Today is Friday the 13th! You know what that means- stay away from black cats and don’t fly over the Bermuda Triangle. Just kidding, that’s all superstitious mumbo-jumbo. Or is it? Believe it or not, many spooky things have happened throughout history on Friday the 13th.

  1. R.I.P Tupac

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Tupac, one of the greatest rappers alive, was in Las Vegas leaving a boxing match when he was shot and rushed to the hospital. He remained in the hospital for over a week heavily sedated, and eventually passed away on September 13, 1996, which also doubled as, drum roll please, Friday the 13th.

  1. HBD Hitchcock

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The psychological thriller mastermind known for the movies Psycho and The Birds was born on Friday the 13th, August 13, 1899, to be exact. Is it any wonder that he became one of the most prominent names in the thriller/suspense genre? The number 13 was also a recurring number in many of this films and is reportedly his favorite number.

  1. Bombs Over Buckingham

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During World War II, Nazi Germany began an intensive bombing campaign against the UK, more specifically London. One of the most destructive of these hits occurred on Friday, September 13, 1940. Queen Elizabeth and King George the VI were having tea when five bombs struck the palace. Three people were injured, one died, and the Interior of the Royal Chapel was destroyed.

  1. Killer Cyclone

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A cyclone killed 500,000 people in Bangladesh on Friday, November 13, 1970. This was one of the most catastrophic natural events the world had ever seen. It was also THE deadliest cyclone ever recorded.

  1. Ctrl + Alt + Delete

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In the 80’s a huge virus known as the Jerusalem virus (via floppy disk) destroyed all executable files on infected computers on Friday, January 13, 1989. The virus hit a bunch of IBM PCs in Britain and deleted very important files that were unrecoverable. This was before the time of backup systems.

  1. The OG Stock Market Crash

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On Friday, October 13 , 1989, the stock exchange suffered the second most damaging crash of all time. The recession blew these stats away, but at the time, this was a huge deal. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 190.85 points.

  1. Let It Snow… in October?

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On Friday, October 13, 2006, nearly half a million people lost power when Buffalo, New York, and the surrounding areas were buried under 22 to 24 inches of snow. Now, this wouldn’t be unusual except for the fact that it was early October.

  1. Vacation Gone REALLY Awry

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Remember the movie Alive? Yeah, the one where the rugby team had to resort to cannibalism because their plane crashed into the Andes mountains. Well, it was based on a true story that happened on, you guessed it, Friday, October 13, 1972. Twelve passengers died instantly, and the rest were stranded in the mountains for 72 days!

  1. Friday the 13th the Trifecta

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On Friday, August 13, 2010, at 13:13 a 13-year-old boy was struck by lightning in Lowestoft, Suffolk. He was okay and only sustained a minor burn on his shoulder but seriously how creepy is that?!

  1. Eighth Most Destructive Hurricane

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Hurricane Charley made landfall in Cuba on Friday, August 13, 1992. There were four deaths in Cuba that day, and many more in the surrounding areas.

  1. A Brutal New York Murder

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One of New York’s most brutal and notorious murders occurred on Friday, March 13, 1964. A young woman, Kitty Genovese, was stabbed and raped by a stranger. The attack went on for more than 30 minutes, with at least 38 witnesses yet nobody reported the attack. Kitty lost her life that day. This tragic case became a psychology case study and created what is now known as the  “bystander effect,” which occurs when people fail to act in a situation because they assume someone else will step in.

  1. All Aboard U.S.S Sink

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On Friday, January 13, 2012, an Italian cruise ship, Costa Concordia, capsized and sank after hitting an underwater rock obstruction, killing 32 people.

  1. The End of the World

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According to a NASA prediction, on Friday the 13th in 2029, Asteroid 99942 Apophis is forecasted to pass Earth at a closer distance than any of our satellites. We aren’t completely sure what this means, but it doesn’t sound pleasant. Looking back at what has happened over the years on this dreadful day, this might just be the next fatal Friday the 13th disaster.

There you have it! A compilation of the weirdest, spookiest, goosebump-ensuing events that have happened on this infamous date. What do you guys think about the Friday the 13th myth now?