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The only Friday the 13th for 2022: superstitions and events that happened on the fatal date

Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny - Reporter at The European Times News

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Do you suffer from paraskavedecatriaphobia or

Do you suffer from paraskavedecatriaphobia or frigategriscaidecaphobia?

Today is Friday the 13th – a date often associated with bad luck. During the day, millions of superstitious people avoid meeting black cats, stay away from mirrors for fear of breaking them, and eat tasteless dishes, worried that they may spill the salt. Others refuse to drive or board a plane. For people who associate day and date with misery and bad luck, it will probably be somewhat comforting that today is the only Friday the 13th for 2022.

There is at least one Friday the 13th of each calendar year. For the last time, the day and date coincided only once last year. The next “lonely” Friday the 13th will be in June 2025.

In the next two years we will have two Fridays on the 13th – in January and October 2023 and September and December 2024.

In some years, to the horror of superstitious people, there are three Friday the 13th. The last time such a coincidence was observed was in 2015. Three Fridays on the 13th – in February, March and November, will come to us again in 2026.

The “fatal” date may raise fears among superstitious people, but some important events have taken place.

January 13 marks the patron saint’s day of St. Mungo, patron and supposed founder of the Scottish city of Glasgow, who died on that date in 614.

On this date in 888 the Frankish emperor Charles the Fat died, and in 1128 Pope Honorius II issued a decree declaring the Knights Templar to be God’s army.

On January 13, 1404, the ruler of England, King Henry IV, signed a law forbidding alchemists from converting base metals to gold, and just over 200 years later, on January 13, 1610, Galileo Galilei discovered Callisto, the fourth companion. of Jupiter.

On this date, in 1854, Anthony Faas of Philadelphia patented the accordion, and in 1942, Henry Ford patented the world’s first plastic car, known as the Soy Car.

On January 13, 1929, the famous Sheriff Wyatt Earp died at the age of 80.

According to the calendar of the TV show “Sesame Street” from 1973, January 13 is the birthday of the Rubber Duck. This date in the United States marks the Day of the popular rubber toy.

There is a term for the fear of Friday the 13th – paraskavedekatriaphobia or frigateriskaidekaphobia. A study conducted in the UK shows that 30 percent of the island’s population suffers from this phobia. About 43 percent of respondents identify as superstitious. Some people go so far as to change their plans for the day so that they do not have to leave their homes and eventually have misfortune.

The fear of the number 13, which plagues an impressive 70 percent of Britons, is known as triscaidecaphobia. According to a survey, 72 percent of the island’s residents have experienced bad luck on the “fatal” date. But is it all a figment of their imagination? Judging by some facts, people have reason to fear, because on this date some terrible events have happened or are about to happen.

In August 2010, a 13-year-old boy was struck by lightning in Suffolk, UK. Unbelievable as it may sound, it happened at 13 hours and 13 minutes. Fortunately, the boy escaped with only minor burns.

In a 1993 publication entitled “Is Friday the 13th Harmful to Health?”, Researchers analyzed road accidents and hospital admissions on that date compared to other Fridays. The analysis shows that although fewer people are behind the wheel on Friday the 13th, hospital admissions have increased by 52 percent.

The most sinister plane crash, recorded on Friday the 13th, occurred in October 1972, when a plane crashed in the Andes. Twelve people died on the spot, others died in an avalanche. Before being helped 72 days later, the survivors were forced to eat corpses. The incident was turned into the movie “Alive”.

The end of the world is expected on this date. According to forecasts, on Friday the 13th in 2029, the asteroid 99942 Apophis with a diameter of 320 meters will pass dangerously close to Earth. According to NASA scientists, it is large enough to survive passing through Earth’s atmosphere. If it lands, the asteroid could devastate a Texas-sized region. If it falls into the ocean, it could cause a tsunami.

Friday the 13th is indeed a day of bad luck for drivers, according to traffic statistics. An analysis of the six Fridays of the 13th, which occurred between 2002 and 2006, conducted by the Norwich Union insurance company, shows that claims for compensation on that day were 13 percent higher than on other days.

During World War II in September 1940, on the 13th, the Nazis bombed Buckingham Palace.

On November 13, 1970, a cyclone claimed the lives of 500,000 people in Bangladesh in one of the most catastrophic natural disasters humanity has ever witnessed.

In 2012, on this date, the cruise ship Costa Concordia partially sank. More than 30 people died.

The cash loss every Friday the 13th is estimated at about $ 900 million, as many people are afraid to work and travel on that date.

One of the most famous and brutal murders in New York takes place on this date. On Friday the 13th of March 1964, bar manager Kitty Genovese was attacked, mistreated and raped by an unknown maniac, later identified as Winston Moseley. According to a New York Times publication, 38 people witnessed the attack, but no one called police. The tragic case lies in psychology courses as an illustration of the “bystander effect” or “Kitty Genovese syndrome”, when people do not react in a situation, assuming that someone else will.

More murders are committed on this date. One of the most famous of these is the murder of 25-year-old prostitute Francis Coles on February 13, 1891, who became the last victim of Jack the Ripper.

Friday, September 13, 1996, is a black day for hip-hop – rapper Tupac Shakur died at a hospital in Los Angeles from injuries sustained in a shooting on September 7.

The “fatal” date has not only a scary but also a curious aspect.

It is not clear when and why Friday the 13th is associated with bad luck. The association may be biblical – 13 are guests of the Last Supper when Jesus was betrayed. He was crucified the next day – Friday.

Whatever the reason, the fear of Friday the 13th is very common. That’s why hotels and hospitals often skip the 13th floor, and airports skip the 13th exit.

If you’re worried it’s Friday the 13th, be glad you’re not a 14th century Knight Templar. On October 13, 1307, officers of King Philip IV of France raided the homes of thousands of Templars and arrested them on charges of illegal activity. Although the allegations have not been proven, many are dying from brutal torture.

Psychological thriller director Alfred Hitchcock was born on Friday the 13th. Fidel Castro was also born on Friday the 13th in August 1926.

Why are the superstitions about Friday the 13th so deeply ingrained in our country? According to Thomas Gilovic, dean of the Department of Psychology at Cornell University, our brains are too good at associations.

For the Gentiles, 13 is a lucky number corresponding to the number of full moons in a year.

President Franklin Roosevelt did not travel on Friday the 13th, nor did he give dinners for 13 people. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover also suffered from a painful fear of the number 13.

Mark Twain was once the 13th invited to dinner. A friend warned him not to go. “It was really bad luck,” the writer later told him. “They only had food for 12 people.” In France, if there are 13 guests, it is customary to invite 14, and sometimes even resort to a professional.

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Today is Friday the 13th – a date often associated with bad luck. During the day, millions of superstitious people avoid meeting black cats, stay away from mirrors for fear of breaking them, and eat tasteless dishes, worried that they may spill the salt. Others refuse to drive or board a plane. For people who associate day and date with misery and bad luck, it will probably be somewhat comforting that today is the only Friday the 13th for 2022.

There is at least one Friday the 13th of each calendar year. For the last time, the day and date coincided only once last year. The next “lonely” Friday the 13th will be in June 2025.

In the next two years we will have two Fridays on the 13th – in January and October 2023 and September and December 2024.

In some years, to the horror of superstitious people, there are three Friday the 13th. The last time such a coincidence was observed was in 2015. Three Fridays on the 13th – in February, March and November, will come to us again in 2026.

The “fatal” date may raise fears among superstitious people, but some important events have taken place.

January 13 marks the patron saint’s day of St. Mungo, patron and supposed founder of the Scottish city of Glasgow, who died on that date in 614.

On this date in 888 the Frankish emperor Charles the Fat died, and in 1128 Pope Honorius II issued a decree declaring the Knights Templar to be God’s army.

On January 13, 1404, the ruler of England, King Henry IV, signed a law forbidding alchemists from converting base metals to gold, and just over 200 years later, on January 13, 1610, Galileo Galilei discovered Callisto, the fourth companion. of Jupiter.

On this date, in 1854, Anthony Faas of Philadelphia patented the accordion, and in 1942, Henry Ford patented the world’s first plastic car, known as the Soy Car.

On January 13, 1929, the famous Sheriff Wyatt Earp died at the age of 80.

According to the calendar of the TV show “Sesame Street” from 1973, January 13 is the birthday of the Rubber Duck. This date in the United States marks the Day of the popular rubber toy.

There is a term for the fear of Friday the 13th – paraskavedekatriaphobia or frigateriskaidekaphobia. A study conducted in the UK shows that 30 percent of the island’s population suffers from this phobia. About 43 percent of respondents identify as superstitious. Some people go so far as to change their plans for the day so that they do not have to leave their homes and eventually have misfortune.

The fear of the number 13, which plagues an impressive 70 percent of Britons, is known as triscaidecaphobia. According to a survey, 72 percent of the island’s residents have experienced bad luck on the “fatal” date. But is it all a figment of their imagination? Judging by some facts, people have reason to fear, because on this date some terrible events have happened or are about to happen.

In August 2010, a 13-year-old boy was struck by lightning in Suffolk, UK. Unbelievable as it may sound, it happened at 13 hours and 13 minutes. Fortunately, the boy escaped with only minor burns.

In a 1993 publication entitled “Is Friday the 13th Harmful to Health?”, Researchers analyzed road accidents and hospital admissions on that date compared to other Fridays. The analysis shows that although fewer people are behind the wheel on Friday the 13th, hospital admissions have increased by 52 percent.

The most sinister plane crash, recorded on Friday the 13th, occurred in October 1972, when a plane crashed in the Andes. Twelve people died on the spot, others died in an avalanche. Before being helped 72 days later, the survivors were forced to eat corpses. The incident was turned into the movie “Alive”.

The end of the world is expected on this date. According to forecasts, on Friday the 13th in 2029, the asteroid 99942 Apophis with a diameter of 320 meters will pass dangerously close to Earth. According to NASA scientists, it is large enough to survive passing through Earth’s atmosphere. If it lands, the asteroid could devastate a Texas-sized region. If it falls into the ocean, it could cause a tsunami.

Friday the 13th is indeed a day of bad luck for drivers, according to traffic statistics. An analysis of the six Fridays of the 13th, which occurred between 2002 and 2006, conducted by the Norwich Union insurance company, shows that claims for compensation on that day were 13 percent higher than on other days.

During World War II in September 1940, on the 13th, the Nazis bombed Buckingham Palace.

On November 13, 1970, a cyclone claimed the lives of 500,000 people in Bangladesh in one of the most catastrophic natural disasters humanity has ever witnessed.

In 2012, on this date, the cruise ship Costa Concordia partially sank. More than 30 people died.

The cash loss every Friday the 13th is estimated at about $ 900 million, as many people are afraid to work and travel on that date.

One of the most famous and brutal murders in New York takes place on this date. On Friday the 13th of March 1964, bar manager Kitty Genovese was attacked, mistreated and raped by an unknown maniac, later identified as Winston Moseley. According to a New York Times publication, 38 people witnessed the attack, but no one called police. The tragic case lies in psychology courses as an illustration of the “bystander effect” or “Kitty Genovese syndrome”, when people do not react in a situation, assuming that someone else will.

More murders are committed on this date. One of the most famous of these is the murder of 25-year-old prostitute Francis Coles on February 13, 1891, who became the last victim of Jack the Ripper.

Friday, September 13, 1996, is a black day for hip-hop – rapper Tupac Shakur died at a hospital in Los Angeles from injuries sustained in a shooting on September 7.

The “fatal” date has not only a scary but also a curious aspect.

It is not clear when and why Friday the 13th is associated with bad luck. The association may be biblical – 13 are guests of the Last Supper when Jesus was betrayed. He was crucified the next day – Friday.

Whatever the reason, the fear of Friday the 13th is very common. That’s why hotels and hospitals often skip the 13th floor, and airports skip the 13th exit.

If you’re worried it’s Friday the 13th, be glad you’re not a 14th century Knight Templar. On October 13, 1307, officers of King Philip IV of France raided the homes of thousands of Templars and arrested them on charges of illegal activity. Although the allegations have not been proven, many are dying from brutal torture.

Psychological thriller director Alfred Hitchcock was born on Friday the 13th. Fidel Castro was also born on Friday the 13th in August 1926.

Why are the superstitions about Friday the 13th so deeply ingrained in our country? According to Thomas Gilovic, dean of the Department of Psychology at Cornell University, our brains are too good at associations.

For the Gentiles, 13 is a lucky number corresponding to the number of full moons in a year.

President Franklin Roosevelt did not travel on Friday the 13th, nor did he give dinners for 13 people. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover also suffered from a painful fear of the number 13.

Mark Twain was once the 13th invited to dinner. A friend warned him not to go. “It was really bad luck,” the writer later told him. “They only had food for 12 people.” In France, if there are 13 guests, it is customary to invite 14, and sometimes even resort to a professional.

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