October 13: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 13



October 13th is No Bra Day and Train Your Brain Day.

We are now on the 287th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far! There are only 79 days remaining in 2024.

Today in history was a day of grand discovery, inventions and space exploration. We are going to cover all that and more right here!

Did you know that on this day in 2010, all 33 miners trapped after a mining accident in Chile were rescued? They had been stuck underground for 69 days when they were finally saved.

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


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


Microsoft purchased Activision Blizzard in a record-breaking $69 billion takeover.

OTD in 2023: Microsoft purchased Activision Blizzard in a record-breaking $69 billion takeover.

Microsoft’s chief gaming executive announced that despite the takeover, gamers’ favorite franchises would remain accessible to the usual platforms.


115,000-year-old human bones found in Poland turned out to be from a Neanderthal child who was eaten by a giant bird.


The American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan posthumously won a Nobel prize in literature.


A painting called “Abstraktes” by Gerhard Richter sold for a record $34 million.

OTD in 2012: A painting called "Abstraktes" by Gerhard Richter sold for a record $34 million.


All 33 miners trapped after a mining accident in Chile were rescued after being stuck underground for 69 days.

The accident happened on August 5, 2010, at the San José copper-gold mine in the Atacama Desert. The men were stuck 296.6 ft (700 m) under the surface, and it cost $20 million for the rescue mission.


Cellular mobile phone service was made available to the American public for the first time.


The US government began its trade embargo against Cuba.

OTD in 1960: The US government began its trade embargo against Cuba.

Most US exports were halted aside from medicine and basic food items.


The American drama film “All About Eve,” by Joseph L. Mankiewicz starring Bette Davis, premiered in the US.

The film won the Best Picture award in 1951.


The Safety Hood, which would later become the gas mask, was patented by Garrett Morgan.

Morgan described his invention as a “portable attachment which will enable a fireman to enter a house filled with thick, suffocating gases and smoke.”


Margaret Symons became the first woman to speak in British Parliament.


James Wallace Black took the USA’s first aerial photo in Boston from a hot air balloon.


The citizens of Texas accepted the new constitution and approved the annexation ordinance.

The Republic of Texas applied to become part of the United States of America when it declared independence from the Republic of Mexico; however, its application was rejected. After negotiating, the US congress offered a resolution that Texas accepted.


The cornerstone of the White House was laid, marking the first day of construction.


Charles Messier discovered the Whirlpool Galaxy.

OTD in 1773: Charles Messier discovered the Whirlpool Galaxy.

The galaxy is around 76,000 light years in diameter and contains an estimated 2.1 trillion stars.

54 AD

Nero began his reign as Roman Emperor at the age of 16, as his predecessor Claudius died from suspicious circumstances.

Famous Births

If you were born on this day, you actually have the same birthday as Kate Walsh. Here are some other famous people born on October 13th.


Caleb McLaughlin



Caleb McLaughlin


22 years old

Born In:

New York, USA







43 years old

Born In:

New York, USA


Kate Walsh



Kate Walsh


56 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Margaret Thatcher



Margaret Thatcher

Died On:

Apr 8, 2013 (Age 87)

Born In:

England, UK


Memorable quotes are being said or written every day. Here we have the most notable quotes ever said on October 13th.


Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Brazilian Lyricist

Special Holidays

If you’re looking to try something new today, here are some special holidays that might just give you an idea.

October 13: National Train Your Brain Day
United States

National Train Your Brain Day

When was the last time you really exercised your mind? Most of us fall into comfortable cycles where we don’t have to strain our brains too much. National Train Your Brain Day encourages us all to break out of this cycle, if only for a day, and give our brains a challenge!

October 13: National No Bra Day
United States

National No Bra Day

National No Bra Day encourages women worldwide to ditch their bras for a day to raise awareness of breast cancer. You can also participate by scheduling a breast exam with your doctor and donating to one of the many breast cancer charities.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Volkswagen sells more sausages than cars. Sold under “Volkswagen original parts,” the currywurst has been available for 45 years now.

Birthday & Zodiac

If you were born on this day, your star sign is Libra.

Libra is represented by the scales and is the seventh sign in the zodiac. Anyone born between September 23 and October 22 falls into this astrological sign.

If you were born in October, Pink Tourmaline is your assigned birthstone. In ancient Indian ceremonies, the tourmaline gem was used to reveal who or what was the cause of troubles or evil deeds.

People born on this day were likely conceived on or around January 20th in the same year.

Babies conceived on October 13th, 2024, will likely be born around July 6th, 2025.

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