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July 13: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Did you know that on this day, July 13, 1923, the iconic Hollywood sign was placed in Los Angeles, California?

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July 13th is French Fries Day & Embrace Your Geekness Day.

We are now on the 195th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far into 2024. There are 171 days remaining until the end of the year.

What an interesting day today has been in history! Here we look at things people invented on this day, as well as new businesses that launched, and celebrities that were born.

Did you know that on this day in 1923, the iconic Hollywood sign was placed in Los Angeles, California? It originally said “Hollywoodland” but the “land” was later removed to reflect the wider area it was in.

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

Events

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

2016

British prime minister, Theresa May of the Conservative Party, was elected by the Party’s MPs.

2006

British singer-songwriter Lily Allen released her first album, “Alright, Still,” in the UK.

1993

Mexican grill chain Chipotle opened its first restaurant.

OTD in 1993: Mexican grill chain Chipotle opened its first restaurant.

The founder Steve Ells opened 16 restaurants in Colorado, US, and there are now over 500 locations.

1985

The Live Aid concert raised funds and awareness for famine relief efforts in Africa.

The concert, organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, featured some of the biggest musical acts of the time, including Queen, U2, David Bowie, and Madonna. The event was watched by an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion and is considered one of history’s most significant music events.

1977

New York City experienced a 25-hour blackout when a substation on the Hudson River was struck by lightning, causing two circuit breakers to trip.

It was one of the worst blackouts New York City experienced, and many crimes, such as looting, were carried out. These crimes were exceptionally high because the city was going through a financial crisis at the time.

1969

The USSR’s Luna 15 robotic spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Launched three days before the Apollo 11 crewed mission to the Moon, Luna 15 was the far less technologically advanced mission. Still, considering the many failures of the Soviet space program, its launch was still impressive. After orbiting the Moon for two days, Luna 15 attempted to de-orbit, but communication was lost, and it crashed into the surface of the Moon. If successful, it would have brought back the USSR’s first lunar soil sample.

1960

John F. Kennedy was nominated as a presidential candidate by the US Democrats.

OTD in 1960: John F. Kennedy was nominated as a presidential candidate by the US Democrats.

1939

Legend Frank Sinatra recorded his debut single with the Harry James band.

Harry James had heard Sinatra on the radio show Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour just a few years earlier and was captured by his vocals. Sinatra and Harry James recorded “Melancholy Mood” and “From The Bottom of My Heart” on this day.

1923

The famous iconic Hollywood sign was placed in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, US.

The sign originally read “Hollywoodland” until 1949, when the last four letters were removed.

1878

The Treaty of Berlin was signed, granting Serbia, Montenegro, and Romania independence from Turkey.

1837

Queen Victoria inherited Buckingham Palace from her uncle and moved in, becoming the first royal to live on the property.

1835

Swedish-American inventor John Ericsson patented the screw propeller design.

OTD in 1835: Swedish-American inventor John Ericsson patented the screw propeller design.

1787

The Northwest Ordinance was enacted; it is considered one of the most important legislative acts that the Confederation Congress of the US passed.

The act established territory, which created the Northwest Territory, also known as the Old Northwest. It was the United States’ first organized incorporated territory. There has not been a new act of this kind since 1959.

1772

British explorer Captain James Cook departed on his second voyage from Plymouth.

His first stop was Funchal, Madeira Islands, on August 1, 1772.

Famous Births

If you were born on this day, you actually have the same birthday as Harrison Ford. Here are some other famous people born on July 13th.

1942

Harrison Ford

American

Actor

Harrison Ford

Age:

81 years old

Born In:

Illinois, USA

1988

Steven R. McQueen

American

Actor

Steven R. McQueen

Age:

35 years old

Born In:

California, USA

1969

Ken Jeong

American

Comedian

Ken Jeong

Age:

54 years old

Born In:

Michigan, USA

1940

Patrick Stewart

English

Actor

Patrick Stewart

Age:

83 years old

Born In:

England, UK

Famous Deaths

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

1982

2013

Cory Monteith

Canadian

Actor

Cory Monteith

1982

2013

Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith was a Canadian actor born on May 11, 1982. He died on this day in 2013, at age 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Died On:

Jul 13, 2013 (Age 31)

Died In:

British Columbia, Canada

1907

1954

Frida Kahlo

Mexican

Painter

Frida Kahlo

1907

1954

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter born on July 6, 1907. She died on this day in 1954, at age 47 in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico.

Died On:

Jul 13, 1954 (Age 47)

Died In:

Mexico City, Mexico

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.

July 13: National French Fry Day
United States

National French Fry Day

Of all foods in the world, this day must celebrate the ultimate drool-worthy food – the french fry! That’s right, today is officially French Fries Day, and you can take part by making french fries or buying takeaway today. Don’t forget the dips!

July 13: Embrace Your Geekness Day
United States

Embrace Your Geekness Day

The time has come to shed your shyness and accept your geekier side! Whether you embrace your geekiness privately or shout it from the rooftops, it just matters that you celebrate the geekier things in life today. So go on already, get your geek on!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

Northern Korean people are legally only allowed to have one of 28 haircuts. Men and women can choose from 14 different styles.

Birthday & Zodiac

Everyone who was born on July 13 shares the star sign of Cancer.

Water is the element given to those within the Cancer zodiac; like the emotions of Cancers, the oceans and rivers are constantly flowing and always changing.

All those born in July have the Ruby birthstone. This deep red fiery stone is said to bring a life of passion and romance while also rewarding the bearer with many great fortunes throughout their life.

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

Babies conceived on July 13th, 2024, will be due around April 5th, 2025.

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