This month brings with it a Friday the 13th. Instead of focusing on the superstitious aspect of this much-maligned day, let’s take a look at some positive happenings that occurred on Friday the 13th.
- A big date for Ben Franklin lovers and tax haters. It’s said Franklin wrote, “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes,” on a Friday the 13th in November 1789.
- There is water on the Moon, NASA scientists declared on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.
- Super Mario Brothers was released on a Friday the 13th in 1985.
- Into heavy metal? Black Sabbath’s namesake album release on a Friday the 13th in 1970 has been deemed the “birth of heavy metal.”
- The accordion was patented on a Friday the 13th in January 1854 in Philadelphia.
- On a Friday the 13th in 1935, Hughes H-1 Racer set a world airspeed record and a transcontinental speed record across the United States. It was the last aircraft built by a private individual to do so.
- On a Friday the 13th in July 1923, the landmark HOLLYWOOD sign was inaugurated in Los Angeles.
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