Holidays Calendar for February 13, 2016

Get a Different Name Day is one of those bizarre informal holidays, which are so numerous. It is celebrated on February 13.

February 13 is the holiday for all lovers of the Italian cuisine. It's National Tortellini Day!

Trndez is an Armenian feast of purification celebrated on February 13, the eve of the Candlemas Day.

World Radio Day is a United Nations observance that has been held on February 13 since 2012. It was originally proposed by Spain upon request of the Spanish Radio Academy.

This Day in History

  • 2012 The first European rocket Vega was launched by the European Space Agency from spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
  • 2004 BPM 37093, the universe's largest known diamond white dwarf star was discovered by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The star was named Lucy after The Beatles' song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
  • 2001 An earthquake measuring 6.6 hit El Salvador. At least 400 killed.
  • 1997 Born: Prince Michael Jackson I, American actor, the eldest child of pop legend Michael Jackson.
  • 1991 Two laser-guided smart bombs destroyed the Amiriyah shelter in Baghdad. The bunker was said to be used as a military communications outpost, but over 400 civilians inside were killed.
  • 1983 64 were killed in a cinema fire in Turin, Italy. The victims tried to escape fire, but the exits were closed and locked.
  • 1982 Died: Zeng Jinlian, Chinese giant. Jinlian was the tallest woman ever identified in medical history. She died at the age of 17 and was 8 feet, 1.75 inches (2.48 m).
  • 1980 Died: David Janssen, American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Richard Kimble in television series The Fugitive. Also played in series Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Harry O and O'Hara, U.S. Treasury.
  • 1978 A bomb exploded in a refuse truck outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney. 2 refuse collectors and a policeman were killed.
  • 1976 Died: Lily Pons, French-American soprano and actress, whose career spanned for over 50 years. She performed nearly 300 times in New York City from 1931 and 1960, made number of appearances on radio and television, including programs like The Ed Sullivan Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour and The Dave Garroway Show.
  • 1974 Born: Gus Hansen, professional Danish poker player, 3-time winner World Poker Tour open titles, Aussie Millions main event and Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament.
  • 1974 Born: Robbie Williams, English singer and songwriter, producer. Williams gained popularity as a member of Take That, had a great commercial success as a solo artist.
  • 1968 Died: Mae Marsh, American actress, whose career spanned over 50 years, known for roles in The Birth of a Nation and The White Rose.
  • 1967 American researchers discovered two manuscripts called the Madrid Codices by Leonardo da Vinci in the National Library of Spain. The codices remained unknown in the library for 252 years.
  • 1960 Born: Pierluigi Collina, Italian footballer and referee, widely considered as the best referee of his generation, was named FIFA's Best Referee of the Year 6 consecutive times.
  • 1960 France became the fourth country to possess nuclear weapons after successful conduction of nuclear test codenamed Gerboise Bleue.
  • 1951 Died: Lloyd C. Douglas, American author, known for novels Magnificent Obsession, White Banners, The Robe, The Big Fisherman and others.
  • 1950 Died: Rafael Sabatini, Italian author, best known for worldwide bestsellers The Sea Hawk, Scaramouche, Captain Blood, Bellarion the Fortunate.
  • 1942 Died: Otakar Batlička, Czech journalist and anti-Nazi resistance group Obrana Národa (Defense of the Nation) leader. His adventures became the basis for the semi-autobiographical adventure stories for young people, and his youth was the basis for the fictional series.
  • 1932 Born: Barbara Shelley, English actress, mostly known for her works during the 1950s and 1960s in number of horror films. Shelly played in Blood of the Vampire, Dracula, Prince of Darkness, Rasputin, the Mad Monk and Quatermass and the Pit and widely referred as a scream queen.
  • 1903 Born: Georges Simenon, Belgian author, best known as the creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret.
  • 1891 Born: Grant Wood, American painter, best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest. His American Gothic became an iconic image of the 20th century.
  • 1883 Died: Richard Wagner, German director and composer, primary known for his operas The Flying Dutchman, The Valkyrie, Tristan and Isolde.
  • 1881 Born: Eleanor Farjeon, English author of children's stories, winner of many literary awards. The Eleanor Farjeon Award for children's literature is presented annually in her memory.
  • 1881 Activist Hubertine Auclert published in Paris La Citoyenne, the first feminist newspaper.
  • 1835 Born: Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Indian religious leader, founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community with population at least 10 to 20 million worldwide.
  • 1805 Born: Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, German mathematician, who made contributions to number theory and to the theory of Fourier series, also credited with being one of the first mathematicians to give the modern definition of a function.
  • 1787 Died: Roger Joseph Boscovich, Croatian physicist, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher, made many contributions to astronomy, including procedure of determining the equator, and discovered the absence of atmosphere on the Moon.
  • 1571 Died: Benvenuto Cellini, Italian painter and sculptor, one of the important artists of Mannerism. Among his most notable works are Perseus with the Head of Medusa and Saliera.
  • 1542 Catherine Howard, the 5th wife of Henry VIII of England, was decapitated for adultery.