October 13: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On October 13, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The 286th day of the Gregorian calendar is October 13th. On this day, 33 miners in Copiapó, Chile, were rescued after being buried underground for a record 69 days; Ankara became the capital of Turkey; and B’nai B’rith, the world’s oldest Jewish service organisation, was founded in New York City.

The 13th of October falls under the sign of Libra. Margaret Thatcher and singer Paul Simon are two famous people that were born on October 13th. National No Bra Day and National Fossil Day are both celebrated today.


(October 13, 1792)
This day in 1792, the cornerstone for the White House, the official office and home of every United States president and first lady since 1800 (when John and Abigail Adams moved in near the end of his term), was placed.


(October 13, 1843)
B'nai B'rith, the world's oldest Jewish service organisation, is established in New York City. photo source:

Happy Birthday! (October 13, 1925)
Margaret Thatcher, English chemist and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. photo source:

(October 13, 1972)
It took over two months to uncover the wreckage of a plane (Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571) hired by the Uruguayan rugby team that had crashed in Argentina's Andes Mountains. The tragedy attracted worldwide notice after it was discovered that the survivors had turned to cannibalism to survive. photo source:

(October 13, 2010)
After a record-breaking 69 days underground, the Copiapó mining disaster in Chile comes to an end with the rescue of all 33 trapped miners. photo source:

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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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