Holidays Calendar for June 13, 2016

The sovereign's official birthday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom and some Commonwealth realms. Its date varies as adopted by each country. For example, the Queen's Official Birthday in Australia is celebrated on the second Monday in June.


June 13 is Anthony of Padua Feast Day, who is a marriage saint in Portugal, Spain and Brazil. This feast is very important for these countries.

June 13 is National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day. This is your day, if you really want to cook something delicious, but end up with a mess and cut fingers.

Sewing Machine Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated on June 13. It is not clear why this date was selected, because none of the patents for a sewing machine was issued on June 13. However, this fact does not prevent sewing enthusiasts from celebrating.

International Albinism Awareness Day is an annual United Nations observance held on June 13. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2014. The date of June 13 was chosen because on that day in 2013 the United Nations adopted its first resolution on albinism.


This Day in History

  • 2012 At least 93 people were killed and over 300 injured in a series of simultaneous suicide car bombings and shootings that occurred in Iraq.
  • 2010 The Japanese unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa returned to Earth, carrying samples of the asteroid 25143 Itokawa. Its mission lasted over 7 years.
  • 2010 Died: Jimmy Dean, American singer, actor, television host and businessmen best known as the founder of the food company Jimmy Dean Foods.
  • 2002 Two South Korean schoolgirls were struck and killed by a United States Army armored vehicle-launched bridge (the Yangju highway incident).
  • 1998 Died: Reg Smythe, British cartoonist primarily remembered for creating the popular Andy Capp comic strip that was launched in 1967.
  • 1987 Died: Geraldine Page, American actress of stage and screen who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Trip to Bountiful.
  • 1986 Died: Benny Goodman, American jazz and swing musician, songwriter, clarinetist and bandleader who is considered to be the "King of Swing".
  • 1986 Born: Kat Dennings (stage name of Katherine Litwack), American actress best known for her role as Max Black in the sitcom 2 Broke Girls.
  • 1986 Born: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, also known as the Olsen twins, American actresses and fashion designers who frequently star together.
  • 1983 The American space probe Pioneer 10 crossed the orbit of Neptune, becoming the the first man-made object to leave the central Solar System.
  • 1982 Died: Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the fourth King of Saudi Arabia who ruled the country from 1975 until his death due to a heart attack.
  • 1981 Born: Chris Evans, American actor best known for his superhero roles as Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four and Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • 1975 Born: Jeff Davis, American writer and producer best known as the creator, executive producer and head writer of MTV series Teen Wolf.
  • 1972 Died: Georg von Békésy, Hungarian biophysicist who was awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research of the cochlea.
  • 1966 The United States Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona suspects must be informed of their rights before being questioned (Miranda warning).
  • 1966 Born: Grigori Perelman, Russian mathematician who proved the Poincaré conjecture and was awarded the 2006 Fields Medal but declined to accept it.
  • 1965 Died: Martin Buber, Austrian-born Israeli Jewish existentialist philosopher best known for creating the so-called philosophy of dialogue.
  • 1955 A group of Soviet geologists discovered diamond-bearing deposits in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. The Mir mine was the first diamond mine in the USSR.
  • 1951 Born: Stellan Skarsgård, Swedish actor. He is particularly associated with director Lars von Trier and has appeared in six of his movies.
  • 1944 The Battle of Bloody Gulch was fought during the Second World War between American and German forces. It resulted in the US victory.
  • 1944 Germany launched the first V-1 flying bomb at London. At the peak of the attack, more than one hundred V-1s a day were fired at England.
  • 1943 Born: Malcolm McDowell, English actor whose career spans more than four decades. He is known for his boisterous and sometimes villainous roles.
  • 1938 Died: Charles Édouard Guillaume, Swiss physicist who was awarded the 1920 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of anomalies in nickel-steel alloys.
  • 1930 Died: Henry Segrave, American racer who set 3 land speed records and the water speed record. He was the first person to hold both records simultaneously.
  • 1911 Born: Luis Walter Alvarez, American experimental physicist, inventor and professor who was awarded the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • 1886 The Great Vancouver Fire destroyed most of the newly incorporated city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It began as a brush fire.
  • 1865 Born: William Butler Yeats, Irish poet who was awarded the 1923 Nobel Prize in Literature. He completed his greatest works after receiving the award.
  • 1831 Born: James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish mathematical physicist who is best known for formulating the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation.
  • 1645 Died: Miyamoto Musashi, expert Japanese swordsman and rōnin. He is the author of The Book of Five Rings, a text on kenjutsu and martial arts.
  • 1525 Martin Luther married Katharina von Bora against the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for priests and nuns.