December 13: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On December 13, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The 347th day of the Gregorian calendar is December 13. On this day, Sir Frances Drake set off from Plymouth, England on his trip around the world, the first performance of An American in Paris took place, and the EU signed the Treaty of Lisbon.

Sagittarius is the zodiac sign for December 13th. Taylor Swift, Jamie Foxx, and Steve Buscemi all have famous birthdays. National Horse Day, National Ice Cream Day, National Violin Day, and the Birthday of the United States National Guard all fall on December 13.


(December 13, 1642)
Abel Tasman, a Dutch navigator, observed South Island, New Zealand, and subsequently believed he had discovered the west coast of a hypothetical southern continent after mistaking the strait north of the island for a harbour. photo source:


(December 13, 1937)
During the Sino-Japanese War, the Japanese Imperial Army seized Nanjing, China, resulting in the Nanjing Massacre, which may have killed up to 300,000 Chinese. photo source:

(December 13, 1962)
Relay 1, NASA's first active repeater communications satellite, is launched into orbit. photo source:

(December 13, 1989)
Taylor Swift, a country music singer-songwriter from the United States, was born. photo source:

(Died on December 13, 2018)
Noah Klieger, Holocaust survivor who became an award-winning Israeli journalist (b. 1926).

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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