2021 March

March 13: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on March 13

March 13th is celebrated as Coconut Torte Day and Open An Umbrella Indoors Day.

Welcome to day 13 of March, we are slowly approaching the middle of the month.

People who were born on March 13th all share the Pisces star sign.

March 13 in the past has proven to be a great day for discoveries in space but the day is jam packed with so many other interesting events including areas such as war, crime and law!

Did you know that on this day in 1781, Uranus was first observed by astronomer William Herschel? At the time Herschel was actually searching for double stars.

Keep reading for more facts about March 13th in history!

What Happened On March 13 In History?

2020

Bill Gates left the Microsoft board after founding company four decades prior.

Source NY Times
2014

Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” premiered in Los Angeles.

2004

Luciano Pavarotti’s final opera took place at New York Metropolitan Opera.

Source UPI
1980

Prolific killer John Wayne Gacy was given the death sentence for the murder of 33 young men and boys.

Gacy was given lethal injection May 10, 1994.
Source UPI
1969

Apollo 9 and its crew returned to Earth after a 10-day mission orbiting Earth.

OTD in 1969: Apollo 9 and its crew returned to Earth after a 10-day mission orbiting Earth.
During their mission, astronaut Russell L. Schweickart walked in space on the fourth day and many tasks were performed to mimic the future Apollo 11 mission that would land and liftoff the moon.
Source NASA
1942

The US army enlisted its 1st female colonel, Julia Flikke.

1930

The discovery of Pluto was announced by Clyde Tombaugh.

OTD in 1930: The discovery of Pluto was announced by Clyde Tombaugh.
1915

American baseball catcher Wilbert Robinson tried to claim a record by catching a ball dropped from a plane 525 feet above him.

The aviator forgot the ball and instead she brought a grapefruit with her. The fruit splattered all over Robinson's face, much to the amusement of his teammates.
1877

Earmuffs were patented.

Chester Greenwood created earmuffs with the help of his grandmother when he was just 15 years old. He came up with the idea because his ears were cold when he was ice skating. Their creation provided many jobs in Maine, US for almost 60 years.
1781

Uranus was first observed on this day by astronomer William Herschel.

Did you know that on this day, March 13th 1781, Uranus was first observed by astronomer William Herschel?