If Monday is the most dreaded day of the week, Friday the 13th is considered as the unluckiest of the year. The fear of Friday the 13th is known as friggatriskaidekaphobia (from Norse goddess Frigga). Many people believed that on this day one can be a victim of series of unfortunate events.
Here some of the tragedies that happened during Friday the 13th.
Sam Patch’s plunge to death
Samuel Patch was born in Rhode Island in 1807 and met his death on November 13, 1828, Friday. The daredevil gathered more than 10,000 viewers as he planned to dive into the Genesse River. On that day, Sam leaped after examining the depth of 128 feet and position himself with his arrow-like descent trademark. However, according to witnesses Patch did not hold the position while crashing into the water. Suddenly, his body went limp and hit the water with a loud slap and sank.
Boy struck by lightning
A 13-year-old boy from Suffolk, England was struck by lightning at 13:13 on August 13, 2010, Friday. Medic team leader Rex Clarke narrated that they heard a loud crack of lightning and received a call that someone was hit. What amused him was that the boy was 13 and it happened at 13:13 on Friday 13. The boy suffered minor burn.
Tupac Shakur’s death
On September 7, 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was leaving a boxing match in Las Vegas when bullets were fired from unknown killers. He was rushed to hospital until his death on September 13, Friday.
A storm hit Chittagong, Bangladesh on November 13, 1970. More than 300,000 people died due to chaotic weather and flooding.
Summer of 65
On July 13, 1865, prostitutes, flower sellers, secretaries and nun were attacked by a man wearing an athletic mask.
On June 13, 1997, a fire during the screening of ‘Border’, a patriotic Hindi movie caused a stampede that injured more than hundred people and killed 59 others. Dubbed Uphaar Cinema fire, it is one of the most horrible fire catastrophes in the Indian history.
Banished from paradise
In the biblical times, it was thought that Adam and Eve was banished from the Garden of Eden on Friday (although Friday was non-existent that time).
Judas, referred to as the 13th guest deceived Jesus. Jesus was crucified on Friday, also known as ‘Hangman’s Day’ during medieval times.
A 13th guest
In Norse mythology, Loki, the trickster god of mischief incited Hind, the blind god of winter, to assault and afterward murder Balder the Good, the god of joy and gladness.
Knights of Templar
Urban legends held that it was Friday the 13th when King Philip IV of France ordered the raid against the Knights of Templar. Hundreds of warrior monks suffered tortures and died.
The origin of the superstition belief over the fear of Friday the 13th is supposed to be from the distress caused by the grouping of Friday as unlucky day and 13 as unlucky number.