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September 13: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on September 13

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 109 days left of this year.

Everyone who was born on this day shares the zodiac sign of Virgo.

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 interesting facts about September 13th in history!

What Happened On September 13 In History?

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.
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.”

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.
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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.

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