2021 July

July 13: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on July 13

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

We are now on the 194th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far into 2021. There are 171 days left until next year.

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

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 facts about July 13th in history!

What Happened On July 13 In History?


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

Source GOV UK

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


Mexican grill chain Chipotle opened their first restaurants.

OTD in 1993: Mexican grill chain Chipotle opened their first restaurants.
The founder Steve Ells opened 16 restaurants in Colorado, US and there are now over 500 locations.

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.

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

Source Politico

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.

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.

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


The screw propeller design was patented by Swedish-American inventor, John Ericsson.

OTD in 1835: The screw propeller design was patented by Swedish-American inventor

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.

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

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