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 226th day of the year. We now have only 140 days remaining 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 fun & interesting facts about August 13th in history!


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


Supergiant Games released their most ambitious game to date, Hades, on PC, Switch, and macOS.

Hades was a huge step up from Supergiant Games’ previous releases in terms of plot and complexity. At the 2020 Golden Joystick Awards, it won both the best Indie Game Award and the Critic’s Choice Award.


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."


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


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.


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.


After parading around New York City, the Apollo 11 crew was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


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


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

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


Carl Gustav Witt discovered the first near-Earth asteroid, 433 Eros.

The German astronomer was working at the Berlin Urania observatory, taking long-exposure photos of a much more distant asteroid, when he captured evidence of 433 Eros. The stony asteroid is approximately 10.4 miles (16.8 km) in diameter and is elongated in shape.


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


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


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.


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

523 AD

Saint John I became the Catholic Pope.

3114 BC

The Mayan calendar started being used.

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

Famous Births

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.


Sebastian Stan



Sebastian Stan


41 years old

Born In:

Constanta, Romania


Corey Fogelmanis



Corey Fogelmanis


24 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Fidel Castro



Fidel Castro

Died On:

Nov 25, 2016 (Age 90)

Born In:

Birán, Cuba


Annie Oakley



Annie Oakley

Died On:

Nov 3, 1926 (Age 66)

Born In:

Ohio, USA


Alfred Hitchcock



Alfred Hitchcock

Died On:

Apr 29, 1980 (Age 80)

Born In:

England, UK

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, August 13th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



Kenny Baker



Kenny Baker



Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker was an English actor born on August 24, 1934. He died on this day in 2016, at age 81 in Preston, Lancashire, England, UK.

Died On:

Aug 13, 2016 (Age 81)

Died In:

England, UK


Below are the most famous quotes people have said or written on August 13th throughout history.


Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

English Filmmaker


One likes people much better when they’re battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

English Writer

Special Holidays

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
United States

National Filet Mignon Day

Whether you like your steak rare, medium, well done, or burnt to a crisp, we can all agree that there’s one thing; filet mignon truly is the king of steaks. So celebrate Filet Mignon Day today by treating yourself and your loved ones to this extra special steak; you deserve it!

August 13: International Left-Handers Day

International Left-Handers Day

Left-handed people make up about 10% of the world’s population, yet the rest of us almost always forget to accommodate them. If you’re a lefty, take extra special pride in it today! And the rest of you – take today as a reminder to try and look out for the left-handers in your life.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

In Indonesian, there is a word, “Jayus,” that means “A joke told so poorly, and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.”

Birthday & Zodiac

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.

A baby that is conceived on this day will be due around May 6, 2025.

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