April 13: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On April 13, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The 103rd day of the Gregorian calendar commemorates the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as well as the launch of Transit 1-B, the world’s first satellite navigation system.

Aries is the zodiac sign for April 13th. Caroline Rhea, Ricky Schroder, Glenn Howerton, and Allison Williams all have April 13th birthdays. The 13th of April is also National Make Lunch Count Day.


(April 13, 1895)
On this day in 1895, French officer Alfred Dreyfus was imprisoned on Devils Island, off the coast of French Guiana, after being accused of transferring military secrets to Germany and convicted in an irregular trial amid a backdrop of anti-Semitism.


(April 13, 1906)
Samuel Beckett, the Nobel Prize-winning playwright and critic, is thought to have been born on this day in Ireland.

(April 13, 1909)
Eudora Welty, an American short storey writer and novelist, was born. Her work is primarily focused on the regional manners of people inhabiting a small Mississippi town that reflects her own origins and the Delta nation.

(April 13, 1963)
Garry Kasparov, a Russian chess master who won the world championship in 1985, was born.

(April 13, 1964)
Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in Lilies of the Field (1963).


(April 13, 1997)
Tiger Woods became the first African-American golfer and the youngest player to win the Masters Tournament.

(Died on April 13, 2017)
Dan Rooney, American football executive and former United States Ambassador to Ireland (b. 1932).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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