2021 February

February 13: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 13

February 13th observes Radio Day and Tortellini Day.

We’d like to welcome you to the 44th day of the year! We still have 321 days left of this year.

Everyone who was born on February 13 shares the same star sign, Aquarius.

And, what a day this day was in history from famous crimes, sports and legendary beasts and more, this day is jam packed with past events to keep you entertained.

Did you know that on this day in 2017, Star Wars actor Harrison Ford nearly crashed his plane? While landing he narrowly missed another aircraft at John Wayne Airport, California.

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

What Happened On February 13 In History?


Winter Storm Uri caused blackouts and killed 82 people in Texas & northern Mexico.

The damages from the blackouts are estimated to be $195 billion, making it the costliest natural disaster in the recorded history of Texas.

Star Wars actor Harrison Ford was almost killed after a near collision with another aircraft at John Wayne Airport, Orange County, California, US.


At exactly 23:31:30 (UTC), Unix time passed 1,234,567,890.

Unix time is the number of seconds passed since a certain point. The Unix time was at 00:00:00 UTC on January 1, 1970. Leap seconds are ignored.

World famous British boy band Take That announced their breakup.

The British charity The Samaritans set up a helpline for distressed fans.
Source BBC

Grease the musical first opened at the Eden Theatre, Manhattan, New York, US.


Planes dropped bombs across Dresden, Germany during WWII.

OTD in 1945: Planes dropped bombs across Dresden
The bombing destroyed over 2.5 square miles (6.5 square kilometers), and up to 25,000 people were killed.

Robert L. Douglas aka The Father of Black Professional Basketball set up the first pro-black basketball team called Renaissance.

The Rens took part in 2,699 games and won 2,318 of them!

Jesse James performed his first daylight armed robbery in the US.

OTD in 1866: Jesse James performed his first daylight armed robbery in the US.
He robbed Clay County Savings Association bank in Liberty, Missouri.

The University of North Carolina opened on this day, becoming the first US public state university.


Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for his trial before the Roman Inquisition.

He was eventually placed under house arrest.

The city of Baghdad, Iraq surrendered to the Mongols after a battle which saw thousands killed.

The battle took place between January 29th and February 10th, but Mongols did not move into Baghdad until this day.

Did you know that on this day, February 13th 2017, Star Wars actor Harrison Ford nearly crashed his plane?