October 13 in Pop Culture History

October 13th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

October 13th History Highlights

  • 1269 – The present church building at Westminster Abbey was consecrated.
  • 1775 – The United States Navy (Continental Navy) was authorized by the Second Continental Congress.
  • 1792 – The cornerstone for the White House was laid.
  • October 13, 1961 Birthday (fictional) Fox Mulder, The X-Files
  • If you were born on October 13th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… January 20th (same year)

US Navy Birthday

The original fleet consisted largely of the Continental Army, which frankly did not manage to do much in the American Revolution itself. The Navy was disbanded in 1794, although it played an important role during the Revolutionary War. This fleet was called the “Continental Army” and was responsible for disrupting supplies from Britain to our country.

Two years after the American Revolution, it was dissolved, but deemed necessary in 1794, when the US government recognized the need to protect American interests against piracy and rival powers in the Western Hemisphere. In 1972, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Secretary of the Navy Elmo D. Brown authorized the official recognition of October 13 as the birthday of the US Navy.

October 13th is…

English Language Day
Failure Day
Silly Sayings Day
Skeptics Day
Train Your Brain Day
US Navy Birthday
Yorkshire Pudding Day

October 13th Birthday Quotes

“I do not regret one moment of my life.”
– Lillie Langtry

“If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.”
– Marie Osmond

“The American Constitution was not written to protect criminals; it was written to protect the government from becoming criminals.”
– Lenny Bruce

“Answers make you wise, but questions make you human.”
– Yves Montand

“I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It’s chicken and eggs. And I said I gotta use that one.”
– Paul Simon

“It’s so important to never limit yourself, to find yourself in a box.”
– Ashanti

October 13th Birthdays

1853 – Lillie Langtry, English actress and singer (died in 1929)
1909 – Art Tatum, American jazz pianist (died in 1956)
1921 – Yves Montand, Italian-French actor (died in 1991)
1925 – Lenny Bruce, American comedian (died in 1966)
1926 – Killer Kowalski, American wrestler (died in 2008)
1935 – Bruce ‘Cousin Brucie’ Morrow, American radio host, and actor
1941 – Paul Simon, American singer-songwriter
1942 – Jerry Jones, American businessman, longtime owner of The Dallas Cowboys
1956 – Chris Carter, American director, producer, and screenwriter, The X-Files
1959 – Marie Osmond, American singer, actress, and television spokesperson
1962 – Kelly Preston, American actress
1962 – Jerry Rice, American football player
1969 – Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater
1971 – Sacha Baron Cohen, English comedian, and actor
1980 – Ashanti, American singer-songwriter
2001 – Caleb McLaughlin, American actor

October 13th History

1773 – The Whirlpool Galaxy, almost 25 million light-years away, was discovered by Charles Messier.

1775 – The United States Continental Congress ordered the establishment of the Continental Navy (later renamed the United States Navy).

1843 – B’nai B’rith was founded in New York City.

1917 – The 10 minute “Miracle of the Sun” was witnessed by an estimated 70,000 people in the Cova da Iria in F├ítima, Portugal.

1958 – Paddington Bear made his debut in A Bear Called Paddington.

October 13, 1961 Birthday (fictional) Fox Mulder, The X-Files, TV

1963 (Volcano Eruption) Kuril Islands

1979 – #1 Hit October 13, 1979 – October 19, 1979: Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough

1984 – #1 Hit October 13, 1984 – November 2, 1984: Stevie Wonder – I Just Called to Say I Love You

1990 – #1 Hit October 13, 1990 – October 19, 1990: George Michael – Praying For Time

1991- Jennifer Lopez joined the cast of In Living Color as a Fly Girl. Jamie Foxx, Steve Park, and Shawn Wayans were also added to the cast.

2010 – The 2010 Copiapo mining accident in Copiapo, Chile ended as all 33 miners came to the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground.

October 13, 2324 Birthday (fictional) Beverly Crusher, Star Trek: The Next Generation, TV

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The band Aerosmith made more money on Guitar Hero: Aerosmith than any of their albums.

Rome held the record for ‘largest city ever’ (1.2M people) for over 1600 years, before being surpassed by Beijing in the early 19th century.

The word ‘graffiti’ is actually the plural of ‘graffito’

I’m cutting the sleeves off my Snuggie because it makes me look more badass.

The word “quintessential” is actually Latin for ‘the fifth element”.

“An old man dies. A young woman lives. Fairtrade.” – Sin City #moviequotes

Red M&Ms were eliminated in 1976 over concern about the dye amaranth that could be carcinogenic despite M&Ms not containing it.

A group of Tasks is an Agenda.

I was gonna post a joke about apathy, but then I figured, why bother?

“I’m as pure as the driven slush.” – Tallulah Bankhead

“Star Wars” was originally prefixed by the definite article ‘The’.

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