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September 13: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Did you know that on this day, September 13, 1955, Velcro was patented by Swiss Engineer George de Mestral?

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September 13th is known as Fortune Cookie Day and Roald Dahl Day.

We’d like to welcome you to the 256th day of the year, with only 108 days left of this year.

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!

Events

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

2005

The pilot episode of “Supernatural,” created by Eric Kripke, aired on The WB Television Network.

OTD in 2005: The pilot episode of "Supernatural

1997

Elton John released the single “Candle in the Wind” as a tribute to Princess Diana of Wales.

1990

The legal drama TV series “Law & Order” aired for the first time on NBC.

The show had great success and went on to have 20 seasons with 456 episodes.

1989

“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.

1985

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.

1977

American sitcom “Soap” became the first show to display the warning “Viewer discretion advised.”

1969

The animated mystery-comedy “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” first aired on CBS.

OTD in 1969: The animated mystery-comedy "Scooby-Doo

1965

The Beatles released their hit single “Yesterday.”

1959

The Soviet Union’s Luna 2 space probe became the first spacecraft to reach the moon’s surface.

The entire purpose of the Luna 2 mission was to crash a probe into the moon’s surface – something neither the US nor the USSR had achieved.

1955

Swiss engineer George de Mestral patented velcro.

1935

Howard Hughes designed and built the world’s fastest plane called the H-1 racer, then, on this day, flew it at a new world speed record at 352 miles per hour in Santa Fe, California.

1899

Henry Bliss became the first person killed in an automobile accident in the United States.

1845

Chemist Michael Faraday discovered the Faraday Effect.

The Faraday effect is when there is a reaction between both a magnetic field and light when inside a medium.

1501

Michelangelo began his three-year project sculpting the Statue of David.

OTD in 1501: Michelangelo began his three-year project sculpting the Statue of David.

Famous Births

Is today your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Niall Horan! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

1993

Niall Horan

Irish

Singer

Niall Horan

Age:

30 years old

Born In:

Mullingar, Ireland

1996

Lili Reinhart

American

Actress

Lili Reinhart

Age:

27 years old

Born In:

Ohio, USA

1969

Tyler Perry

American

Actor

Tyler Perry

Age:

54 years old

Born In:

Louisiana, USA

1980

Ben Savage

American

Actor

Ben Savage

Age:

43 years old

Born In:

Illinois, USA

Famous Deaths

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

1971

1996

Tupac Shakur

American

Rapper

Tupac Shakur

1971

1996

Tupac Shakur

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.

Died On:

Sep 13, 1996 (Age 25)

Died In:

Nevada, USA

Special Holidays

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

September 13: Roald Dahl Day
World

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!

September 13: National Fortune Cookie Day
United States

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!

THe Fact Site’s

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, 2024.

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