April 13: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 13



April 13th is known as Thomas Jefferson Day as well as Scrabble Day.

We’ve reached the 104th day of the year. There are 262 days left until the end of the year.

This day may be a great day for board games, but unfortunately the history of this day hasn’t all been fun & games. Here we look at historical events that all happened on this very day, April 13.

Did you know that on this day in 1796, The United States received its first elephant? It was purchased in Calcutta for $450 and sold in New York for $10,000!

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about April 13th in history!


What memorable events happened on April 13 in history? Keep reading to find out!


The FBI arrested US Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeria for leaking classified documents.

Teixeira, a cyber transport systems journeyman, leaked highly classified national defense information to his gaming friends on Discord’s social media app.


Simpsons voice actor Hank Azaria apologized for voicing Apu for 30 years.

Azaria, a white man, felt he needed to apologize to “every single Indian person” for the harm he did in voicing the iconic Indian shopkeeper.


The world’s largest plane, The Stratolaunch, had its first flight from the Mojave Desert in California.

OTD in 2019: The world's largest plane

The airplane was built to launch rockets into orbit while high in the atmosphere. Its wingspan was bigger than a football field.


Manny Pacquiao reclaimed WBO welterweight boxing title after defeating Timothy Bradley.


Star Trek actor George Takei had an asteroid named after him.

The asteroid 7307 Takei was discovered on this day from Nachi-Katsuura Observatory in Japan.


Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela revealed their separation.


The world record for the longest table tennis doubles marathon was broken with a time of 101 hours.

Lance, Phil & Mark Warren, and Bill Weir from Sacramento, California, began playing on April 9 and were only allowed a five-minute break for each hour they played.


The world’s first satellite navigation system, Transit 1-B, was successfully launched from the US.

OTD in 1960: The world's first satellite navigation system


The director of the CIA launched Project MKUltra, the US’ top secret mind control program.

The highly controversial and illegal program used various methods, including the forced exposure to certain substances to manipulate captives into giving up vital information against their will. The program was only halted in 1973, and the majority of files relating to it were destroyed.


US President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial to Thomas Jefferson.

The memorial was dedicated on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City was founded.


George Westinghouse Jr. patented steam power brake devices in the US.

OTD in 1869: George Westinghouse Jr. patented steam power brake devices in the US.


The United States received its first elephant.

The elephant called Bet was purchased in Calcutta, India, for $450 and sold in New York for $10,000.


John Dryden was appointed as England’s first Poet Laureate by King Charles II.

Dryden received £300 a year and a cask of Canary wine for being the kingdom’s official poet.


The Ottoman forces took over Cairo, Egypt.

OTD in 1517: The Ottoman forces took over Cairo


Pope Paschal II crowned Henry V as the Holy Roman Emperor.

Before becoming emperor, Henry V had attempted to wrest some control away from the Church, which Paschal II was obviously against. In the end, Henry V captured and imprisoned Paschal II and forced him to perform his coronation.

Famous Births

If today’s your birthday, you share this special day with Ron Perlman! Here are other famous people born on this day.


Dylan Conrique



Dylan Conrique


20 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Thomas Jefferson



Thomas Jefferson

Died On:

Jul 4, 1826 (Age 83)

Born In:

Virginia, USA


Allison Williams



Allison Williams


36 years old

Born In:

Connecticut, USA


Ron Perlman



Ron Perlman


74 years old

Born In:

New York, USA


Below you’ll find the most popular things people have said or written on this day throughout history.


Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

American Basketball Player


Houston, we have a problem.

Jim Lovell

Jim Lovell

American Astronaut


The greatest human achievements have never been for profit.

H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft

American Writer

Special Holidays

Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, here’s a few! These unique holidays are sure to bring some enjoyment to your day.

April 13: National Thomas Jefferson Day
United States

National Thomas Jefferson Day

On April 13, 1743, the third President of the United States was born. Thomas Jefferson was no ordinary man, no, for he was one of the US’ Founding Fathers and one of the greatest Presidents the US has ever seen. Celebrate today by learning more about his great deeds!

April 13: National Scrabble Day
United States

National Scrabble Day

Alfred Mosher Butts, the inventor of Scrabble, was born on this day in 1899, so what better day to celebrate his timeless board game? Gather your friends and family for a fun-filled evening on Scrabble Day, and do try to be civil when someone inevitably makes up a word!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

50% of apartments in Los Angeles don’t come with a fridge. This is legal, as fridges are considered an “amenity,” Therefore, landlords are not required to provide one.

Birthday & Zodiac

Those of you who were born on April 13th share the Aries zodiac sign.

Aries send out positive energy into everything and everybody around them. Feeding off this power source can be exhilarating for other signs.

If you were born in April, your birthstone is the Diamond. This rare gem brings such a balance into the wearer’s life to bring rich and long-lasting relationships to fruition.

Anyone born on April 13 would likely have been conceived around July 21 in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on this day will be due around January 4th, 2025.

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