September 13th is known as Fortune Cookie Day and Roald Dahl Day.
We’d like to welcome you to the 257th day of the year, with only 109 days remaining in 2024.
Here you will learn all about September 13 with our hand-selected range of fun facts and historical events that all happened on this day throughout history.
Did you know that on this day in 1955, Velcro was patented by Swiss Engineer George de Mestral? He named his invention after the French words “velour” and “crochet,” which means “velvet hook.”
Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about September 13th in history!
What memorable events happened on September 13 in history? Keep reading to find out!
“UFO expert” Jaime Maussan presented the bodies of two alleged aliens before the Mexican Congress.
Maussan had made several debunked claims in the past, and on this day, he presented the mummified “aliens” with the claim that they are “not part of our terrestrial evolution.” Scientists worldwide have since decried the entire thing as yet another elaborate hoax.
“Uncle Sam” became the official nickname of the United States.
Congress designated the personification of the United States of America as “Uncle Sam,” and this day became known as “Uncle Sam Day.” September 13 was the birthday of Samuel Wilson, a descendant of one of the oldest families of Boston, and is thought to have been where the nickname came from.
Super Mario Bros was released for the Nintendo Family Computer in Japan.
The Family Computer, popularly known as the Famicom, was the first version of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Super Mario Bros is one of the best-selling games of all time, with over 58 million copies sold across all platforms.
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Unfortunately, September 13th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…
Tupac Shakur was an American rapper born on June 16, 1971. He died on this day in 1996, at age 25 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Sep 13, 1996 (Age 25)
If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.
Roald Dahl Day
Roald Dahl Day is celebrated yearly on Roald Dahl’s birthday to honor the joy and wonder he brings to children’s lives through his magical books. Celebrate today by picking up your favorite Roald Dahl book and reading it. The hardest part about today is picking which book!
National Fortune Cookie Day
Get ready to have your mind blown through the many words of wisdom and witticisms found within fortune cookies, as today is National Fortune Cookie Day! Don’t like the fortune that the cookie gave you? Go on, try another one; we won’t tell on you!
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Fun Fact Of The Day
Overwhelmingly, red states have the highest dog ownership rate, while residents of blue states are more likely to keep a cat as a pet.
Birthday & Zodiac
Everyone who was born on this day shares the zodiac sign of Virgo.
Virgo is the sixth sign in the zodiac and is represented by the goddess of fertility and agriculture. Did you know that the brightest star in the Virgo constellation is called “Spica” and is the 15th brightest star in the sky?
If you were born in September, Sapphire is your assigned birthstone. Sapphire comes from the Greek word “sapheiros.” The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that wearing blue sapphires would protect the wearer from physical harm and envy.
For people born on this day, your estimated date of conception falls on December 21 in the previous year.
The due date for babies conceived on this day is around June 6, 2025.