Over the years, Friday the 13th has become most famous for being that day that has a bunch of horror movies named after it. But the creepiness associated with Friday the 13th isn’t all fiction. We looked back in history and found 13 real-life creepy things that happened on Friday the 13th. If you weren’t already a sufferer of Friggatriskaidekaphobia–yes, that’s a real word, and it means the fear of Friday the 13th, which causes around $900 million in business to be lost each time the day occurs–you may be after reading this.
1. Stuntman Sam Patch Died, Nov. 13, 1829
Sam Patch was a former mill worker with the bizarre hobby of jumping off stuff. One day in 1829 he found out that people would give him money to watch him jump off stuff. Then, another day in 1829, his new career died when he jumped off a 125-foot platform into the Genesee River and died.
2. Accordion Is Patented, Jan. 13, 1854
We’re torn about this one. On one hand, when Anthony Foss patented the accordion he gave birth to polka, the favorite music of the scariest people alive. On the other hand, the accordion gave us Weird Al.
3. Alfred Hitchcock Was Born, Aug. 13, 1899
Never has there been a man born on a more appropriate date than Alfred Hitchcock on Friday the 13th.
4. Tennessee Passes A Law Outlawing The Teaching Of Evolution, March 13, 1925
Scary? Most definitely. Surprising? Sadly not.
5. The First Nudist Colony Is Founded In England, June 13, 1930
You’re saying, “Oh, a nudist colony isn’t a bad thing. Nudity is awesome!” But you’re not reading the whole sentence. See that last part? It says “in England.” The land of these people. That makes this a bad thing.
6. Nazis Bombed Buckingham Palace, Sept. 13, 1940
The Nazis bombed Buckingham Palace while the King and Queen were taking tea. What a bunch of d***s!
7. Black Sabbath’s Debut Album Was Released, Feb. 13, 1970
Did Black Sabbath release its self-titled debut album on Friday the 13th to be all dark and spooky, or did the devil dictate that an album as evil as this could only be released on the most evil date on the calendar? Clearly, it’s the first, but it’s fun to pretend otherwise.
8. Andes Plane Disaster, Oct. 13, 1972
Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed in the Andes on this date. Twelve people died in the crash, a few more were killed by the cold and several days later eight were killed in an avalanche. More than two months later, 16 survivors were rescued. SCARY STUFF.
10. “Friday The 13th Virus” Hit British Computers, Jan. 13, 1989
IBM computers across Britain were hit with a “Friday the 13th Virus” on this day, deleting all of the songs in everyone’s iTunes. No more Wham! MP3s? That’s the definition of scary.
11. Tupac Died, Sept. 13, 1996
He was shot on September 7 in Las Vegas, but Tupac didn’t actually die until Friday the 13th. Surviving for six days after being shot four times? Now that’s scary.
12. Roger Clemens Recorded His 300th Win, June 13, 2003
The Rocket racked up his 300th win at the age of 41. What’s so scary about that? Well, he was so eerily good on the mound that he could have only achieved it with the help of supernatural enhancement.
13. 13-Year-Old Kid Struck By Lightning At 13:13, Aug. 13, 2010
And now for a doozy: A 13-year-old British boy was struck by lightning on this date at 1:13 in the afternoon–they call that 13:13 over there.