Daily Calendar for Friday, January 13, 2023 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Friday, January 13, 2023

In Sweden, January 13 is the traditional day to discard the Christmas tree and end the season’s festivities.

A children’s party is the favored way to strip the tree of its decorations, after which the children are free to plunder” the edible treats and small gifts placed on the tree especially for the occasion.

This Christmas tree plundering is often accompanied by smashing up the gingerbread houses and eating them while discarding of the decorations.

Finally, everyone β€œdances” the tree out the door. Singing special songs, they pick up the tree and toss it out into the snow.”

There is no year without one Friday the 13th, and no year with more than three. This day is considered the unluckiest of days in many superstitions, unless you were born on Friday the 13th, in which case it is your lucky day. β€œFriggatriskaidekaphobia” is the fear of Friday the 13th. Some people don’t like the number 13, whether it’s a Friday or not. The fear of the number 13 is called β€œtriskaidekaphobia.” Quite a few skyscrapers and hotels do not have a 13th floor (or a room 13, for that matter), and many buildings substitute 12 1/2 for 13 in their addresses. Winston Churchill wouldn’t travel on Friday the 13th, considering it too unlucky.”  Discover more fun and freaky facts about Friday the 13th!


  • Maria Sibylla Merian (naturalist/artist) –
  • Wyatt Earp (legendary marshal) –
  • James Joyce (author) –
  • Hubert Humphrey (vice president of the United States) –
  • Charity Adams Earley (first African American officer in the Women’s Army Corps and commander of the only unit of African American women to serve overseas in WW II) –
  • Patrick McGoohan (actor) –
  • Teddy Pendergrass (R&B singer) –
  • Blackie (thought to be the oldest male Nile hippopotamus recorded in North America at the time; he died at an estimated age 59) –
  • Alfred K. Newman (U.S. Marine Corps specialist) –


  • Friedrich Muller (painter) –
  • Horatio Alger (author) –
  • Sophie Tucker (singer) –
  • Kay Francis (actress) –
  • Robert Stack (actor) –
  • Gwen Verdon (actress) –
  • Charles Nelson Reilly (actor) –
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (actress) –
  • Patrick Dempsey (actor) –
  • Orlando Bloom (actor) –


  • American troops ordered into disputed territory between the Nueces and Rio Grande River–
  • A meeting took place in Washington, D.C., to organize the National Geographic Society –
  • Opera was heard live for the first time on the radio–
  • Mickey Mouse comic strip debuted in newspapers–
  • The Wham-O Company developed the first frisbee–
  • Brazil and the U.S. signed their first extradition treaty–
  • Robert C. Weaver, the first African American ever nominated to the U.S. Cabinet, named Secratary of the new Department of Housing and Urban Development–
  • U.S. Department of the Interior approved construction of the Alaskan pipeline–
  • Hank Aaron was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame–
  • Air Florida plane crashed into a bridge in Washington, D.C., killing 78 people–
  • The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public school officials can censor student newspapers–
  • Figure skater Tonya Harding’s bodyguard, Shawn Eckardt, was arrested for his alleged role in the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan–
  • Existence of monkey clone Tetra announced–


  • Nochian Flood of California created a vast sea in the Sacramento Valley–
  • Sixty-five degrees below zero F at Fort Keogh near Miles City, Montana–
  • Temperature rose 64 degrees in 14 hours at Radio City, South Dakota–
  • Citrus crop froze in Florida; 8 degrees F, in Tallahasee–
  • 13.5 inches of snow in San Antonio, Texas–
  • Hallock, Minnesota, suffered a cold temperature of -38 degrees F–

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