August 13: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

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.

1969 After parading around New York City, the Apollo 11 crew were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

1961 Berlin’s city became entirely divided in two, with all borders sealed between the east and west.

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.

1898 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.

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 AD Saint John I became the Catholic Pope.

Famous Quotes Said On August 13

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


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

– Virginia Woolf

Famous People Born On August 13

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.

1982 Sebastian Stan

Romanian-American Actor

Sebastian Stan
39 years old
Born In:
Constanta, Romania

1926 Fidel Castro

Cuban Politician

Fidel Castro
Died On:
Nov 25, 2016 (Age 90)
Born In:
Birán, Cuba

1860 Annie Oakley

American Sharpshooter

Annie Oakley
Died On:
Nov 3, 1926 (Age 66)
Born In:
Ohio, USA

1899 Alfred Hitchcock

English Filmmaker

Alfred Hitchcock
Died On:
Apr 29, 1980 (Age 80)
Born In:
England, UK

Special Holidays On August 13

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

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.

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