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August 13: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 13

August 13th is known as Filet Mignon Day & Left-Handers Day.

Today marks the 225th day of the year. We now have only 140 days left until the end of the year.

August 13 in history was a great day for astronomers, but also a terrible one for natural disasters. Keep reading to find out more about what historical events happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1985, a three-year-old from Dublin became the world’s youngest heart & lung transplant patient? Britain’s leading transplant specialist, Magdi Yacoub, performed the operation.

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

What Events Happened On August 13 In History?

2018

TikTok star Loren Gray released her first song under Capitol Records called “My Story.”

OTD in 2018: TikTok star Loren Gray released her first song under Capitol Records called "My Story."
2014

Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani became the world’s first woman to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics.

1997

South Park premiered on Comedy Central, with the first episode titled “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe.”

It was the first weekly show to carry a TV-MA rating.
1985

A three-year-old boy from Dublin became the world’s youngest heart and lung transplant patient.

Jamie Gavin had the four-hour operation at Harefield Hospital in Middlesex, London.
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1961

Berlin’s city became entirely divided in two, with all borders sealed between the east and west.

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1906

Black soldiers were blamed for raiding a bar in Brownsville, Texas, US.

On this day in the evening a bartender was killed, and an officer injured. Although the blame was put on black soldiers, the all-white commanders confirmed all personnel were at their barracks.
1892

The Baltimore Afro-American newspaper was published for the first time.

1889

Inventor William Gray received a patent for his creation of the telephone that uses coins to operate it.

1868

The Arica earthquake occurred in Peru and Ecuador.

OTD in 1868: The Arica earthquake occurred in Peru and Ecuador.
On this day a 9.0 magnitude earthquake shook the two countries and claimed the lives of more than 25,000 people.
1608

John Smith, famous for setting up the first permanent English colony in the New World, told the first stories about Jamestown.

523

Saint John I became the Catholic Pope.

3114 BC

The Mayan calendar started being used.

OTD in 3114BC: The Mayan calendar started being used.

August 13 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on August 13th all share the Leo zodiac sign.

Leo is the fifth sign in the zodiac and is represented by the lion. Did you know that “Leo” is the Latin word for “lion”?

If you were born in August, Peridot is your assigned birthstone. Did you know that the largest peridot in the world weighs an astonishing 311.8 carats? That’s equivalent to 62.35 grams. It can be found at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Anyone born on Aug 13 would likely have been conceived around November 20 in the previous year.

If you were born on this day, you actually have the same birthday as Annie Oakley. Here are some other famous people born on August 13th.

Famous People Born On August 13

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

Cuban Politician
Birthday: August 13, 1926
Died On: Nov 25, 2016 (Age 90)
Born In: Birán, Cuba
Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley

American Sharpshooter
Birthday: August 13, 1860
Died On: Nov 3, 1926 (Age 66)
Born In: Ohio, USA

Special Holidays On August 13th

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

August 13: National Filet Mignon Day

National Filet Mignon Day

August 13: International Left-Handers Day

International Left-Handers Day

Did you know that on this day, August 13th 1985, a three-year-old from Dublin became the world's youngest heart & lung transplant patient?