On This Day

Historical Events on February 13 (Part 2)

  • 2009 Unix time passed 1,234,567,890 seconds February 13, 2009 at exactly 23:31:30 (UTC).
  • 2009 The Dutch Statistics agency confirms the Netherlands are in recession
  • 2010 A bombing at the German Bakery in Pune, India, kills 10 and injures 60 more.

Grammy Awards

2011 53rd Grammy Awards: "Need You Now"; Esperanza Spalding; Lady Gaga; Usher; Jeff Beck win

  • 2011 64th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The King's Speech" Best Film, David Fincher Best Director
  • 2013 16 Muslim insurgents are killed in an attack on a Narathiwat military base, Thailand
  • 2013 10 civilians, including 3 children, are killed by a NATO airstrike in the Kunar Province, Afghanistan
  • 2013 Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, says he believes "a recovery is in sight" after fears raised about a triple dip recession
  • 2014 Polish cross country skier Justyna Kowalczyk follows her Vancouver (2010) Olympic women's 30k classical title with a gold medal in the 10k classical in Sochi
  • 2014 Slopestyle freestyle skiing event makes Olympic debut at Sochi Winter Games; American Joss Christensen is inaugural men's gold medallist
  • 2014 French biathlete Martin Fourcade wins his 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the individual competition; also claims the pursuit title
  • 2014 Women's luge singles champion Natalie Geisenberger and men's doubles winners Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt earn their 2nd Olympic gold medals in Sochi in team relay event; Germany sweeps 4 events
  • 2014 Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu is first to break 100 points barrier in the short program (101.45 points) at the Sochi Winter Olympics, on way to the men's singles gold medal

Music History

2015 "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" 4th mixtape by Drake is released

  • 2016 Ninth Republican presidential candidates debate held in Greenville, South Carolina

Historic Event

2017 US President Donald Trump accepts the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn over his dealings with Russia

Film & TV History

2017 Harrison Ford involved in a near miss while flying a plane at John Wayne Airport, Orange County

  • 2018 After winning Olympic gold in the women's curling in Sochi (2014), Canadian Kaitlyn Lawes wins the mixed doubles with dual gold medallist John Morris in Pyeongchang

Historic Event

2018 South African President Jacob Zuma is ordered to step down by the A.N.C.

  • 2018 South Africa declares a three-year drought a National Disaster, though pushes Cap Town's "Day Zero" to June 4

Historic Event

2018 Israeli Police report recommends Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be prosecuted on bribery, fraud and breach-of-trust charges

  • 2018 Dutch speed skater Kjeld Nuis wins the men's 1,500m gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also takes 1,000m gold
  • 2018 Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher wins the men's combined gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; goes on to also win giant slalom gold

Spirit Rover Begins Mars Mission

2019 NASA confirms Mars Opportunity rover's mission has ended after 15 years due to a sandstorm damaging its communications

  • 2019 Suicide attack on bus carrying Iranian military's Revolutionary Guard kills 23 in Sistan-Baluchestan province, separatist group Jaish al-Adl claim responsibility
  • 2019 Iran marks 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution with huge street marches and protests against the US
  • 2019 Flinders River swells to 37 miles wide (60km) creating its own weather system after intense flooding in Queensland, Australia
  • 2020 Fire in US-run orphanage kills 15 children near Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • 2020 January 2020 was the hottest January in recorded history according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • 2020 Scientists overturn current thought about how planets form - not by violent collision but gentle clumping, through study of Arrokoth in Kepler belt, published in "Science"

Historic Event

2021 Former US President Donald Trump acquitted in second Senate impeachment trial on charge of incitement of insurrection after senators vote 57 to 43 in favor of conviction, less than the two thirds majority required for impeachment

  • 2021 Archaeologists announce discovery of oldest known beer factory in Abydos, Egypt, from early Dynastic period 3150 B.C.- 2613 B.C

Historic Event

2021 Mario Draghi, former head of the European Central Bank, is sworn in as Italian Prime Minister ahead of a new coalition government