It's officially Friday the 13th, an unofficial holiday for people around the world who appreciate slasher flicks, black cats, and all around bad luck. (Essentially, it's the Boo-Boo to Halloween's Yogi Bear, and I love when the calendar lands on it!)
Today, to celebrate, I figured I'd make a list of 13 things you might not have known occurred on Friday the 13th - good things, bad things, and well, very strange things too.
Learn something new, share it with your friends, and have a happy Friday the 13th!
The Olsen Twins were born on Friday, June 13th, 1988 - which is bad news for some and good news for any girl who was a preteen in the late 90s.
Tupac Shakur was shot and killed on Friday, September 13, 1996. Or he moved to Mexico. Depending on who you ask.
The accordion was patented by Cyrill Demian in Vienna on Friday, January 13, 1854. (I don't know what's going on in that gif either.)
On Friday, August 13, 1539, the Aztecs brutally killed 39,000 in one day under the direction of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who they believed to be a descended god.
Billy Ray Cyrus, Bobby Brown, and Michael Bolton all released albums on Friday the 13th, so if you're looking for a soundtrack for the occasion, there you go.
On Friday, July 13, 1923, the 'Hollywoodland' sign was first unveiled in California. Eventually, they dropped the 'land', and now the 'Hollywood' sign is a popular LA tourist site.
A 13-year-old boy was struck by lightning at on Friday, August 13, 2010 on 13:13 (military time for 1:13 PM) in Suffolk, England. (Don't worry. He only had a mild burn.)
On Friday, October 13, 1972, a plane traveling from Montevideo to Chile crashed in the Andes. 2 survivors were found ten weeks later, having survived off the flesh of the dead. (You're welcome.)
Everyone's favorite actor, Steve Buscemi, was born on Friday, December 13, 1957. (What do you mean he's not your favorite actor? What's wrong with you?!)
The first nudist colony was founded on Friday, June 13, 1930 by novelist Ernest Hemingway's cousin, Edward Hemingway and his wife Catherine. How, uh... freeing?
Evelyn Pinckert Kilgore, the first female flight instructor, was officially licensed on Friday, October 13, 1939. (Cue Aretha Franklin's 'Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves'.)
The Summer Olympics returned to its home base of Athens, Greece on Friday, August 13, 2004. (Do you remember watching this one?)
The asteroid Apophis 99932 is predicted to pass 'dangerously close' to Earth on Friday, April 13, 2029. (Sweet dreams, Vinglers?)
I hope you have a wonderful Friday the 13th, guys! Avoid black cats, steer clear of ladders, and well, don't do anything I wouldn't do.