Friday the Thirteenth is a superstitious person’s worst nightmare. It’s a day that for over a century has been considered the most cursed and unlucky day. People buy less and travel less; in fact, the United States airline industry is estimated to lose almost $900 million each Friday the 13th.
Here are the 10 worst things that have ever happened on a Friday the 13th.
1307 — The Knights Templar are Arrested in France
Some say this incident is what cursed Friday the 13th. The Pope and the king of France, deciding that the Knights Templar were getting too powerful and wealthy, called for their arrest and execution. Above, Templar Jacques De Molay walks toward the stake where he will be burned. Read more about it here.
1521 — Cortez Captures the Aztec Emperor
Ruthless Spanish Conqueror Hernan Cortez took the Azetec capital of Tenochtitlan in present-day Mexico. After the three-month brutal siege, Cortez captured the new emperor Cuauhtemoc. Read more about it here.
1821 — KKK Leader and Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest is Born
On a Friday the thirteenth, Nathan Bedford Forrest was born. Forrest with a ruthless Confederate general in the Civil War, and afterward became a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. In the picture above Reverend Al Sharpton protests in front of the statue of Forrest in Tennessee. Read more here.
1940 — Germans Bomb Buckingham Palace
During World War II, it took a Friday the 13th for the Germans to find their target and bomb Buckingham Palace. The bombs destroyed a good portion of the palace, including the chapel. The photo above is of the clean-up processes after the palace was hit. Read more about the bombing here.
1970 — Monsoon in Bangladesh Kills Hundreds of Thousands
The 1970 Bhola Cyclone struck Bangladesh and caused the deadliest Friday the 13th incident on this list. Almost half a million people were killed when flooding and winds leveled entire villages. You can read more about it here.
1989 — Second Largest Stock Market Dip Ever
On Friday October 13, 1989, stock markets made an usual dip. The incident, known as the “mini-crash,” resulted in the loss of billions of dollars for large companies. Read more about it here.
1989 — Friday the 13th Virus Strikes Hundreds of Computers in the UK
Just as computer were becoming more reliable and widely used, a virus known as the “Friday the 13th Virus” attacked hundreds of computers throughout the UK. You can read more about it here.
1996— Tupac Shakur is Killed
Legendary West Coast rapper was shot during a drive by shooting in Las Vegas in September 1996. He died on Friday the 13th. You can read more about it here.
2004 — Julia Child Dies
Julia Child was America’s first celebrity chef. Her cooking shows and flare for French cuisine won the heart of people everywhere. She sadly died on a Friday the 13th. You can read more about her here.
2012 — Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Runs Aground in Italy
The Costa Concordia was a giant cruise ship carrying over 4,000 people off the coast of Italy. The ship ran aground and partially sank, causing the deaths of over 30 people. You can read more about it here.