Friday the 13th is believed to be the unluckiest day in the calendar. It is not clear why it is feared, but many think that the myth has biblical origins. Jesus Christ was crucified on a Friday and Judas, who betrayed him, was the 13th guest at the Last Supper, the night before Jesus’s crucifixion.
Here are some interesting facts about this weird day:
On October 13th, 1307 (Friday), hundreds of the Knights Templars were arrested by the king Philip IV of France.
The fear of Friday the 13th has spread worldwide. A lot of people don’t want to fly on this day so airline businesses suffer serious losses. Many hotels skip the 13th room and 13th floor.
In every calendar year there is at least one, but no more than three Friday the 13ths.
Alfred Hitchcock, the thriller master is born on Friday the 13th (August 13, 1899). His first directed movie was Number 13 from 1922.
On Friday, September 13, 1940, five German bombs hit the Buckingham Palace and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were almost killed.
On Friday, September 13, 1996, the rapper Tupac Shakur died after being shot multiple times.
In 2010 on Friday 13th at 13:13, a 13 year old Suffolk boy was hit by a lightning.
On Friday 13th in January 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship sank near the western coast of Italy. 30 people were killed.
On April the 13th in 2029 (Friday the 13th) an asteroid called 99942 Apophis has a small chance to collide with the Earth.
In Finland, one Friday the 13th in the year is dedicated as National Accident Day to raise awareness about safety.
Friday the 13th is one of the most popular films in the modern culture.
The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia.
But unlike the other people, number 13 is the lucky number for Taylor Swift. She is born on the 13th and turned 13 on Friday the 13th. Also, her first #1 song had an intro with 13 seconds length and her first album went gold in 13 weeks.